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Queen's University

Meet The Team

[Linda Pearson]

Linda Pearson B.Sc., M.A., M.B.A.
Executive Director, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 77196

Passionate about helping people make gratifying and prudent gift decisions, Linda Pearson joined Queen's in the fall of 2010. She has held the positions of Vice President, Development, for the Women’s College Hospital Foundation and Director of Gift Planning at the U of T. Linda was a Director on the National Board of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (2005-10) and is also Past Chair of their Greater Toronto Area Round Table.


[Faye Ransom] Faye Ransom
Associate Director, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 77823

Faye has over 25 years of fundraising experience both in the hospital and university sectors. Prior to joining the Gift Planning office in 2004, she was the Major Gift Development Officer for the Faculty of Health Sciences.




Carmen Vanderlinde
Senior Development Officer, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 79444

Motivated by a desire to contribute to the greater good and make a difference, Carmen brings a background in insurance underwriting and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration to her role in Gift Planning.  She loves to build new relationships and solve problems, a winning combination for her position where she enjoys helping people make sound decisions that will positively impact the university and achieve their personal philanthropic goals.



Deidre Powell B.Sc., L.L.B., L.L.M.
Senior Estate & Trusts Officer, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 77919

Deidre has over 20 years’ experience working within the fields of law, mediation and insurance.  Prior to joining the Gift Planning Department, Deidre was a general legal practitioner in Ottawa with particular emphasis on Wills, Trusts, Estates, Powers of Attorney.  In addition to assisting her clients with their philanthropic plans, Deidre has presented on estate planning and leaving a legacy in Canada and Jamaica.



Marie Miller
Senior Development Officer, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 75377

Marie’s almost 20 years’ experience at Queen’s, 11 of which she served as a Major Gifts Officer, along with her natural aptitude for building relationships and stewarding donors in a professional manner makes her a good fit for working with donors who have included Queen’s in their estate plans.  Marie is highly motivated in working with prospects and donors to align their philanthropic wishes with  the University’s priorities, now and well into the future.



Julia Bryan B.A., M.A.
Development Coordinator, Gift Planning
613-533-6000 Ext. 77444

Julia Bryan is a Queen's alumna (Artsci'04,MA'07) with considerable experience serving diverse client groups. Much of that experience is rooted in volunteer management and not-for-profit work, which she brings to bear on her role in Gift Planning. As Development Coordinator, Gift Planning, Julia assists her colleagues and donors in developing strategies that reflect the donor's desires while supporting university priorities.


fortner.jpg Melanie Fortner
Gift Planning Assistant
613-533-6000 Ext. 77470

Melanie Fortner has worked at Queen’s for more than 12 years in a variety of administrative and research roles. While working at the Queen’s University Biological Station, Melanie discovered a passion for connecting with alumni and helping them make meaningful gifts to the university. This passion led her to Gift Planning where she assists with donor relations and program and gift administration.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.