The current Keydet Club staff has over 50 years of combined development experience, and is proud of their accomplishments in support of VMI athletics and the Institute’s cadet-athletes and coaches. The staff of the Keydet Club over sees the fund raising efforts in support of VMI’s Division I athletic program. Accordingly they are responsible for generating support for athletic scholarship and athletic operations through annual and endowed giving.
The Keydet Club coordinates numerous events and initiatives throughout the year in support of their mission. While the VMI Keydet Club is a “small shop” the support they receive from alumni, parents and friends of VMI is unparalleled in comparison to conference and other institutions in the state of Virginia.
Gregory “Greg” M. Cavallaro was born in Schwabisch Gemund Germany as the son of an Army Colonel/Dentist. He graduated from Menchville High School in 1980, and matriculated to VMI in the Fall of 1980 from Newport News, VA. In 1981, Greg won the Virginia State AAU Boxing Champion as a member of the VMI Boxing Team. In 1984, he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from VMI, and immediately went to work in the VMI Office of Admissions.
After spending two years working in Admissions, Greg was hired to be the Director of Annual Giving in the VMI Foundation. After fourteen years Greg moved over to the Keydet Club. He has been its Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President since June 2000. Greg’s interests include VMI athletics, golfing, boating, and traveling. He and his wife, Marlene Cavallaro, currently reside in Lexington.
Donald “Donnie” S. Ross is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Donnie attended Benedictine High School and graduated in 1970. He matriculated to VMI in the Fall of 1970, and was a three-sport athlete. Donnie spent one year playing Rat Football and Rat Basketball before finishing with a two-year career with the VMI Baseball team. Donnie completed his cadetship with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, with a concentration in Spanish, in 1974.
Donnie comes from a strong VMI family. His brother, Bobby, was a 1959 graduate of the Institute, and Donnie’s two sons, Brian and David, graduated in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Donnie married his wife, Barbara, in the Fall of 1974. Coincidentally, Barbara comes from a VMI family as well since her brother, Bill Holzgrefe, is a 1977 graduate of the Institute.
Donnie joined the Keydet Club following two seasons as a VMI Football Coach, and he currently holds the title of Vice President. Donnie enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, golfing, and reading. He and Barbara currently reside in Lexington.
Douglas “Doug” P. Bartlett was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Doug graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo in 1970 with a High School Teaching Degree in Mathematics. Doug was a four-year starter on the Geneseo lacrosse team, and led the team in scoring multiple years while garnering All-League honors. Doug spent over thirty-five years coaching lacrosse, including his final twenty-one years as the Head Coach at VMI.
He was the Director of the Division One North-South Collegiate Senior All-Star Game for ten years, and held the honor of coaching in the North-South game twice. Doug’s 1992 VMI Lacrosse Team earned a special recognition being ranked in the Top 25 in Division One lacrosse, only the fourth time in VMI history for a sports team to achieve that honor. Doug retired in the Spring of 2006 ranked 13th among active coaches in career wins.
He immediately joined the Keydet Club staff, and currently is the Vice President. He and his three daughters Jessie, Kelsey, and Maiah currently reside in Lexington.
Andrew Deal '12 is a native of Chester, Virginia where he attended L.C. Bird High School. Andrew graduated from VMI in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. A beneficiary of the Senator Elmon T. Gray '46 Annual Scholarship, he was a member of the baseball team for four years at VMI and a team captain his first class year. He was also a cadet liaison to the Athletic Department and was a 2012 class campaign fundraiser.
Andrew joined the Keydet Club staff in August 2012 as a Development Officer. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2015. He currently resides in Lexington.
Erica Putney ’15 was born and raised in Midlothian, VA where she attended Midlothian High School. She graduated from VMI in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Exercise Science and was a Dean’s List student. Erica and her twin sister, Sarah, were members of the VMI women’s soccer team for four years and were the recipients of the W. Douglas Gottwald, Jr. ’56 Annual Scholarship.
In 2015, Erica became familiar with the work of the VMI Alumni Agencies when she served as a cadet assistant for the VMI Alumni Review. In 2016, she became the Program Outreach Coordinator for the VMI Alumni Association, helping to organize events across the nation for the Association.
Erica began working with the Keydet Club in May of 2017. Her experience as a female cadet-athlete and grant-in-aid recipient will enable her to provide an invaluable perspective in her position as a Development Officer. She currently resides in Lexington.