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WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 16, 2012 – Julie Westhafer Basic and Carter S. Sonders, both of Williamsburg, have assumed new leadership roles in the development office of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, which operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.  Ms. Basic has been appointed senior director of development, and Ms. Sonders has been named director of principal gifts.

Ms. Basic, who was acting development director during the past year, will be responsible for overall direction of private fundraising by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., in support of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s museums and educational programs, including major gifts, Annual Fund and communication.  Ms. Sonders, previously chief development officer, will focus on securing major gifts.

Ms. Basic joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in 2000 as Annual Fund director and became senior development officer in 2009.  She previously held development positions at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Mary Baldwin College and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hollins University.  Ms. Sonders has been a member of the development staff since 1994.  She previously worked in development positions at The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation in Charlottesville and the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation.

“Fundraising in support of the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which will replace the Yorktown Victory Center, will be a priority of the development program,” said Foundation Executive Director Philip G. Emerson.  Private donations will support elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources.  Work started at the site in mid-2012, and the project is anticipated to be complete by late 2016. 

“Carter and Julie had critical roles in the very successful ‘Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007.’  Their proven leadership skills and institutional knowledge are invaluable assets as we move forward,” Mr. Emerson said.