Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Vice President for Seminary Relations, the Rev. Lisa M. Dormire’86, has accepted a position as the vice president for development at Redstone Highlands Presbyterian Senior Care, a Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to providing living alternatives and high quality services which help to meet the changing needs of the community. She will begin Oct. 20.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at Pittsburgh Seminary and the decision to move on has not been easy. At a middle point of my life, however, I feel very ready for a new and different challenge which I will have at Redstone Highlands. As my seminary alma mater, PTS will always have a very special place in my heart and my life,” said Dormire.
“For the past 16 years, Lisa Dormire has done a marvelous job in advancement, public relations, marketing and Seminary relations at Pittsburgh Seminary. She has helped us develop on campus a positive, healthy, and joyful community dedicated to teaching students, pastors, and lay people who promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ both here in this country and around the world. Lisa is one who understands and lives the Seminary’s motto of ‘Bridging the Word and the World.’ Her ever-present smile and collegial leadership will certainly be missed. But we wish her well in her new calling at Redstone Highlands,” said Seminary President the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III.
Born in Pittsburgh, Dormire began her fundraising career while in high school, co-chairing Kiski Area’s Children’s Hospital Fundraiser. They became the first school to hold a telethon and win the KDKA Jack Bogut “Farkleberry” Award for raising the most money. Following high school, she attended Grove City College, Grove City, Pa. Each summer, she interned at Mister Rogers Neighborhood, meeting everybody’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers. “I was blessed to have a most remarkable mentor in Fred Rogers,” she recalled. After earning her bachelor’s Dormire went on to get her master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She then completed a residency in hospital chaplaincy at the University of Virginia. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she served as a hospital chaplain and a pastor before coming to work at the Seminary in 1994.
Since then she has worked in several areas of the administration including public relations, alumnae/i relations, and development. In 2003 she became the Seminary’s vice president for seminary relations and development, being the first woman to hold a VP position. While in this position her staff and volunteers raised the highest annual fund and capital gifts in the Seminary’s history. This funding helped develop the Miller Summer Youth Institute, build Calian Hall, and renovate the classrooms, Kadel Dining Hall, Barbour Library, and John Knox Room.
In 2007 Dormire’s responsibilities shifted when she became vice president for seminary relations. She serves as the chief communications officer in the areas of internal communications and external public relations; foundation relations including proposal writing and reporting; and supervising alumnae/i relations and activities. Dormire also is a resource for the Board of Directors and the long range planning process. In addition she focuses on building campus community and enhancing the Seminary’s hospitality toward visitors.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.