Two new employees with experience in industry and law have joined the Pittsburg State University Development Office, according to Scott Roberts, director of University Development. Chasity McCoy, a native of Rockdale, Texas, has joined the office to serve as the new major gifts officer for the College of Technology. McCoy will be responsible for cultivating relationships with the college's alumni and constituents, as well as consulting with industry partners to strengthen financial support for the college. McCoy, who graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M, has been working for the past four years for Schreiber Foods, Inc. at their Carthage location. As a production team leader, she managed more than 150 employees and worked on projects such as equipment design and product innovation. She was also involved in an environment sustainability project with one of the company's cardboard suppliers, as well as a packaging design project for a major weight loss company. McCoy is the first full-time major gifts officer for the College of Technology. Her hands-on experience in industry, she says, will be a benefit in her new role. "I'm really looking forward to working with the college and learning what drives their programs and what their needs are," McCoy said. "I'm excited to start working with them and to be a part of the team here at PSU." McCoy is a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, a former co-chair of the United Way of Carthage, Mo., and a member of the Xi Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Texas A&M. She lives in Oronogo, Mo. The Office of University Development has also hired a new director of Planned Giving. Shawn Naccarato, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in political science from Pittsburg State University, will serve the university by working largely with friends and constituents who would like to support PSU with a planned gift. While attending Pitt State, Naccarato served in leadership roles for a number of organizations, including Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Student Government Association, Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and Senior Gift Council. Naccarato earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2004. While in school, he interned with the Office of the United States Attorney General for the Western District of Missouri. After completing his degree, he worked for three years for the Missouri Attorney General's Office as an assistant attorney general, specializing in criminal cases and special prosecution work. Currently, he is finishing his master's degree in public affairs from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. "I'm looking forward to using the skills I've gained from my education and work experience for the betterment of the university," said Naccarato, who recently relocated to Pittsburg with his wife, Chrissy, an occupational therapist with Freeman Health Systems and his son Jude, 2, and newborn daughter Norah. "I'm excited to be back at Pitt State in a role where I can help to advance the university and work with constituents of PSU." Roberts, who hired the two after a national search, says he was pleased to offer the positions to McCoy and Naccarato, and that he looks forward to having them work in such important areas of University Development. "I believe we've made the best selection for the benefit of the university," Roberts said. "I am extremely impressed with their backgrounds and capabilities, and I know they are going to be successful at reaching out to even more supporters of the university in order to continue to grow the programs and offerings at Pittsburg State."
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