Tabor names West Coast development director

Michael Spinelli: Tabor College?s new director of development on the West Coast. Tabor College photoTabor College has named Michael Spinelli of Clovis, Calif., as its new director of development for the West Coast, effective Jan. 5.

The majority of Spinelli?s responsibilities will include networking with Tabor alumni and donors, while nurturing and developing donor relationships.

Ron Braun, vice president of advancement, said he is excited to have someone as well-connected as Spinelli to assume this role for Tabor.

?He enjoys meeting people and that will serve him well as he learns to know the more than 1,400 Tabor alumni on the West Coast,? Braun said.

Spinelli said he is looking forward to contributing to the effort of the advancement staff.

?I am thrilled to join the Tabor family and help reconnect the West Coast alumni and friends to their Tabor roots in real and personal ways,? he said.

?I am a person who enjoys being with people, listening to their dreams and helping point out the threads in their dreams that might lead to service that benefits the kingdom of God.?

Jules Glanzer, Tabor president, said it is important for Tabor to have someone on the West Coast to keep in touch with constituents.

?We want to connect with them, serve them and keep them informed about what is happening at their alma mater,? Glanzer said.

Spinelli received his bachelor of arts degree in contemporary ministries and business administration from Fresno Pacific College in California in May 1986.

In May 1995, he received a master of divinity degree, with emphasis in church and family ministry, from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno. He earned a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral leadership in May 2009 from Western Seminary, Portland, Ore.

Spinelli has held pastoral staff positions in Eugene and Springfield, Ore., and San Jose, Calif.

Recently, Spinelli has been involved with Rick Bartlett, director of theological education for Tabor College in Wichita, helping to develop courses for the master of arts in entrepreneurial ministry leadership degree.

Spinelli will begin teaching an online class in project management for the EML degree in April. The class is designed to explore the many issues surrounding the successful start and completion of a project, not just creating to-do lists.

Spinelli and wife Cheryl have two daughters, Lindsey, 18, who is a freshman at Tabor and Ashley, 19, who is a sophomore at Fresno Pacific University.

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