James A. Marotto and Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04 began their new positions at Canisius College last month.

Marotto, new development officer for the college, comes from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served as director of advancement. In this position, Marotto will work closely with the college’s institutional advancement team to secure support for campus-wide initiatives, including an interdisciplinary science center, academic programs, endowed chairs, professorships and scholarships, and unrestricted annual support and reunion giving.

He previously served as associate director of development for the University of West Georgia and assistant director for the Library Foundation of Buffalo and Erie County Inc. He is a board member on a number of committees including the Western New York Book Arts Center and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is certified in the fundamentals of funrdaising through the Canisius College Professional Development program.

Marotto earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in art history in 2003 and his master’s degree, summa cum laude, in art history in 2005, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04, new director of alumni engagement at Canisius College, started her career at Canisius as assistant director of donor relations and special events, responsible for the development, management and execution of the college’s high-profile events for alumni and donors. In her new role, Zack is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction towards a comprehensive, vibrant and sustainable alumni engagement program. Charged with actively involving graduates in the life of the college, Zack plans to expand the breadth and depth of alumni programs by emphasizing career development, student recruitment and mission-driven programs.

Zack returns to Canisius from the University at Buffalo (UB) where she was associate director for alumni engagement, managing all facets of the university’s signature alumni events, including homecoming. She similarly provided leadership to the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors and its 30-plus local and national chapter leaders and volunteers.  

Zack earned both her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice and her master’s degree in student personnel administration from Canisius. 

Submitted by: College Communications