Dina Plapler has been named the new Director of Advancement at Kingswood Oxford, effective May 29, 2018.
Prior to assuming the role at Kingswood Oxford, Dina served as the Executive Director for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts and Senior Advisor Mission Advancement for the American Heart Association. While there, she increased annual fundraising from $700,000 to over $2.2 million and doubled the number of leadership donations in her first year. Prior to that position, Dina was the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at UConn Health with oversight of a $12 million annual fundraising goal and a $60 million capital and endowment campaign.
Dina also held key positions in development at the Connecticut Science Center, the Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford Stage and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and is a frequent guest speaker at fundraising conferences. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts for nearly five years. She earned a J.D. from Georgetown University and practiced law for several years prior to her move to non-profit fundraising. Dina and her husband, Earl McMahon, live in West Hartford and have two adult sons.
Head of School elect Tom Dillow said, “Dina is incredibly dynamic, and she comes to KO with a deep knowledge of institutional advancement. We conducted a national search for this position, and Dina was the unanimous choice among a very talented pool of advancement candidates. She is a strategic thinker with a strong track record of success in fundraising. Her energy, warmth, and strong communication skills make her a great addition to the KO community. I look forward to working together to ensure the continued success and exciting future of Kingswood Oxford.”
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.