Loma Linda University Medical Center advancement team adds four new members
Four individuals have joined Loma Linda University Medical Center’s advancement team under the leadership of Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director of philanthropy, hospital divisions, according to J. Lynn Martell, DMin, vice president for advancement, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
Joining the office of philanthropy team are Jillian Aalborg, major gifts officer for Loma Linda International Heart Institute; Paul Arceneaux, major gifts officer for the Proton Treatment Center; Pauline Deeb, development officer for the Behavioral Medicine Center; and Marilyn Thomsen, East Campus development director.
“Each of these individuals possesses unique talents and skills enhancing their area of responsibility,” says Ms. Pettis. Ms. Pettis directs the development effo
rts for the four hospitals at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
Ms. Aalborg joined the Loma Linda University Medical Center philanthropy team in May 2005 as major gifts officer for the Loma Linda International Heart Institute. She brings to this position expertise in fundraising, management, marketing, and public relations, which help her in building the philanthropic program for the International Heart Institute.
“The desire to contribute innovation and excellence has afforded Jillian opportunities in educational advancement, publishing, health care marketing, and advocacy for children,” Ms. Pettis says. “She brings to the International Heart Institute an emphasis on building relationships, creating pathways for community involvement, and strong leadership.&r
Previously, Ms. Aalborg managed the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House, where she focused on developing original programs and led a team of colleagues in providing quality care for more than 1,600 families with children in need of health care. In addition, Ms. Aalborg served as managing editor for The Front Porch magazine, a publication that celebrates ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
A graduate of Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, Ms. Aalborg enjoyed working with the advancement team at Union to create new opportunities for the students who came after her. She studied communication, public relations, and marketing at Union and graduated with honors.
Mr. Arceneaux is a seasoned professional in the areas of marketing, management, and relationship building. He brings to his position at
the Loma Linda University Proton Treatment Center a diverse portfolio of experience, spanning nearly 30 years in the dynamic technology and telecommunications sectors.
He has held senior executive and sales positions for such notable firms as Xerox, Bell Atlantic Business System Services, and Digital Equipment Corporation, and has provided solutions for clients in government, health care and private industry.
“Mr. Arceneaux has gained the respect of his peers and colleagues through various professional organizations including the National Association of Sales Professionals and Sales and Marketing Executives International,” Ms. Pettis says. “His sense of mission is extremely strong, and his talent in relationship building and personal care is exceptional.
“As committed as Paul is to his professional life, he is equally devoted to his family and to community, and to his church. His leadership in mens’ ministries at the Kansas Seventh-day Adventist Church has touched many lives of families in Riverside and beyond. Paul has carried this same sense of mission and ministry into his endeavors with the supporters of the Proton Treatment Center.”
Mr. Arceneaux is an alumnus of La Sierra University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in sociology and has pursued graduate studies in public health education.
Joining the philanthropy team in September 2005 as development officer for the Behavioral Medicine Center is Pauline Deeb.
Because of her passion for building strong community relationships through increasing awareness and enlisting support, Ms. Deeb has served in a variety of realms, including positions focused in health care, higher education, and publishing.
She previously coordinated marketing, sales, and communication efforts at HealthWare Corporation, an organization that provides practice management software for physicians and dentists around the world. In addition, she was the project manager for The Front Porch, a syndicated page and magazine celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
Concerned about helping students receive quality Christian education, Ms. Deeb participated as phonathon coordinator during an internship at Union College, her alma mater, located in Lincoln, Nebraska. During her involvement in this position, she helped manage marketing and communication strategies while doubling the number of new gifts from local business owners to aid in the success of the program. An active participant in her Lincoln community, she was also a member of Amnesty International and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska.
“Pauline’s dedication translates into going ‘that extra mile,’” says Ms. Pettis. “Her passion for bringing healing and restoring hope to those families receiving treatment at the Behavioral Medicine Center is evident in her planning and programming.”
Completing her degrees at Union College, Pauline graduated summa cum laude, holding a bachelor of arts degree in both communications with an emphasis in public relations and in English with an emphasis in writing and speaking. A native Canadian, she is also an accomplished pianist, placing first in the province of Ontario for piano exams directed by the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Joining the East Campus as development director is Marilyn Thomsen, who has more than two decades of experience in the field of communication.
Before joining Loma Linda, she was director of marketing and communications for Claremont Graduate University, a member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges consortium. While at Claremont she served as editor of the university magazine, The Flame, which won top awards for excellence nationally and regionally, and edited the university’s annual reports. Her department also handled publications for a variety of advancement and recruitment purposes.
As director of development and communication for Loma Linda’s East Campus, Ms. Thomsen is currently focusing on a major gifts campaign, while collaborating to implement a comprehensive fundraising effort to support the Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, and Neurosurgery Institute.
An experienced writer, Ms. Thomsen has been published in Reader’s Digest, Healthcare Forum Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Public Relations Journal, and other publications. She is the author of two books—Wedgwood and From Here to Maternity—and was editor or a contributing editor of five others. She has won awards for feature writing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
“One of the unique gifts Marilyn brings to the team is that of ideation,” says Ms. Pettis. “Her ability to generate a multiplicity of ideas stimulates a forum where the group can easily brainstorm to ‘think outside the box.’ When coupled with her excellent research and writing skills, this translates into development communications at its best.”
Ms. Thomsen holds a master of fine arts degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California and recently earned a master of arts in management degree from Claremont Graduate University, where she was fortunate to study under Peter F. Drucker. She is currently a doctoral candidate in education and management at Claremont.
“These additions are consistent with an organizational structure for philanthropy that builds off of the LLUAHSC operational structure,” says Dr. Martell. “We welcome these fine individuals, and are grateful for their commitment.”