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Suzanne Killen
Director of Advancement

Suzanne has more than 25 years of professional experience dedicating her career to philanthropic endeavors in the not-for-profit and arts industry. Prior to joining the ICC, Suzanne spent a number of years working in the field of development for top universities, including University of North Texas, Indiana University Foundation, Butler University, and Ball State University. In addition, she served as Director of Development for two children’s homes. In those positions she was responsible for major gift fundraising, planned giving, campaign management, public outreach, special events, volunteer management, and donor stewardship.

A native of Indianapolis, Suzanne majored in harp at DePauw University and graduated with a degree in Applied Music. While there she won the Concerto Competition with her performance of the “Concerto for Flute and Harp” by Mozart and was awarded successive scholarships to Bay View Summer Conservatory in Petoskey, Michigan.

While living in Texas, Suzanne established the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society and served as its organizing president. She also served on the board of directors for the Lemonade Opera Company, South Texas Symphony Association and the McAllen Opera Guild. Suzanne was featured regularly at the McAllen Country Club and The Club at Cimarron and she and her Lyon & Healy concert harp graced many wedding parties, private gatherings, church and political functions.  Over the years she has given instructions to would be harpists and lent her talent to giving demonstrations at public schools, hospitals and retirement homes, providing education as well as entertainment.

Early in her career, Suzanne served as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Rio Grande Valley International Music Festival, and subsequently, became their first Managing Director. She planned and managed the scheduling of concerts for 15,000 school children, classical and pops community concerts, and opera performances. A highlight of her time in Texas was spearheading the highly successful BorderFest in Hidalgo, Texas and working with the McAllen, Hidalgo, and Pharr Chambers of Commerce.

Suzanne holds a Master of Library Science with a focus on children’s services in a public library from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and has held the credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International, 2003 – 2018.

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