ALBANY, N.Y., December 19, 2006—Rick Werwaiss has been appointed director of principal gifts at Albany Medical Center, according to an announcement made by Fardin Sanai, senior vice president of development and Foundation operations. In this position, Werwaiss will support Albany Medical College and its fundraising priorities.
“I am delighted that Rick is bringing his wealth of fundraising experience and knowledge to our team,” Sanai said. “As one of the nation’s oldest medical schools, Albany Medical College is a highly respected institution known for providing outstanding education and advancing medicine through scientific research. I am confident that Rick will continue to generate philanthropic support for this extraordinary regional asset and help secure its ongoing success.”
As director of principal gifts, Werwaiss will plan, organize, coordinate and direct Medical College fundraising efforts that focus on capital gifts from alumni and individuals across the country. In addition, he will assist the director of leadership gifts and senior colleagues in identifying institutional funding priorities.
Prior to joining Albany Med, Werwaiss served as executive director of the Heritage Breeds Conservancy and Northeast Livestock Alliance in Great Barrington, Mass., organizations dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered livestock breeds, where he was responsible for all financial, operational and program activities. He also served as director of development for Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, N.Y., an organization that helps communities with economic development and nature conservation.
Werwaiss holds a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is the immediate past president of the North Chatham Free Library.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.