Nancy Colón joined Viz in 2019 as a substitute teacher in the Montessori and Lower School. She now holds the role of Gift and Data Coordinator, handling all facets of information management in the Viz Advancement Office. Nancy maintains the school’s database, records and acknowledges gifts to Viz, produces financial reports, prepares year-end tax statements for donors, and helps with Advancement Office events. Prior to Viz, most of her working years were spent in administrative roles at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Richmond. While in Virginia, Nancy was involved with AFS Intercultural Programs, a global study abroad program, running seminars for U.S. families who were sending their teens abroad for summer and year programs. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Relations with a double minor in History and German. She also has a Project Management Associate’s Certificate from George Washington University, also in Washington D.C.
Ellen Cooper joined the team in the Viz Advancement Department in October 2014 as marketing and communications coordinator before moving into her current role as director of marketing and communications. In this capacity, she manages the marketing and communications efforts across the Viz Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, helping to facilitate consistent messaging and Viz branding on the school website and in promotional opportunities. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Webster University.
Lisa Kohler ’02 joined the Viz Advancement team in 2018 and served as the Director of Development until the summer of 2021 when she assumed her current role of Director of Community Relations. In this capacity, she manages events, parent relations and alumnae relations. Lisa’s primary focus is building relationships within the Viz community to put our charism of love into action. In addition to being an alumnae and charter member of Viz, Lisa also is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Visitation Associates program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago.
Jenny Lucas joined the Viz family in 2011 in the role of Director of Advancement, and moved to Chief Advancement Officer following the restructuring of the Viz Advancement Department in 2019. In this role, Jenny oversees key areas that support the development and strengthening of constituent relations including admissions and enrollment management, marketing and communications, and fundraising and development. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree with an emphasis on corporate law from the St. Louis University School of Law.
Colleen Porter joined the Viz Advancement team in 2019 as Editor and Communications Specialist. In this capacity, she conceives, writes, and edits many of the school’s internal and external communications pieces, including press releases and the school’s printed publication, The Visitor magazine. Prior to joining Viz, she worked in the business-to-business communications and marketing sector, in both an agency and freelance capacity. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Management from Missouri State University.