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Kelly Prachniak
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Kelly Prachniak 1937443
Position: Director of Annual Giving
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: Manheim Township
Alma Mater: Shippensburg (Pa.)
Graduating Year: 2008

Kelly Prachniak was named director of annual giving and special gifts for University of Delaware Athletics in September, 2014.  

The former Kelly Erisman, she came to Delaware from West Chester (Pa.) University where she served the previous four years as assistant development director for WCU Athletics.

Prachniak is responsible for the management of the Delaware Athletics annual giving program and serves as director of the Blue Hens Club. She works closely with staff, coaches, alumni, and volunteers and is instrumental in developing strategic initiatives to provide increased revenue in support of the mission of Delaware Athletics.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., Prachniak received her degree in biology with a minor in coaching from Shippensburg (Pa.) University in 2008 and received her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2010. While at Shippensburg, she was a four-year standout on the women's lacrosse team at attack and midfield.

She began her career as program coordinator at Most Valuable Kids in Washington, D.C. in 2010 and served as an event coordinator with Octagon in Charlotte, N.C. later that year.

Prachniak joined the West Chester University staff in 2011 and enjoyed outstanding success during her four years there. She achieved a 10 percent increase in donations through an annual family and friends campaign, coordinated fundraising golf tournaments, and cultivated relationships with local businesses.

She married Jad Prachniak on June 18, 2016. Jad is currently the head baseball coach at West Chester (Pa.) University where he led the Rams to NCAA Division II national title in 2012 and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016.

Updated 7/1/16

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