Senior Administration

MaryEllen Dickey

MaryEllen Dickey, CFRE, is Senior Vice President of Advancement for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries. As such, she oversees a range of giving programs, including grants, major gifts, planned giving, corporate giving, endowments, and special capital projects, to support Diakon’s mission to serve those in need.

Before joining Diakon the beginning of 2007, Ms. Dickey was Vice President for Development at Good Shepherd Hospital and Rehabilitation Network, Allentown. In addition to completing a successful $40 million capital campaign that resulted in $52 million in giving, her department focused on creating its first chair, expanding numerous program endowments, and supporting the development of a health and technology center. She also has held planned giving and executive director positions with Lafayette College, Easton, and Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

A graduate of East Stroudsburg State College and the Canon Financial Institute, with specializations in charitable and estate planning and development of private foundations and endowments, Ms. Dickey began her career in the finance industry. She has held the positions of Vice President of wealth management and charitable services for Fulton Financial Advisors and Senior Trust and Charitable Specialist for First Union National Bank in the Lehigh Valley. While in banking, she provided support for non-profit organizations in endowment management and development, major gifts and planned giving development, and donor-solicitation support.

Certified as a fundraising professional, Ms. Dickey is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Committee of Planned Giving, and the Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council. In the past, she has served as nomination committee co-chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, finance committee chair and trustee for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, endowment trustee and development committee member for the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and as a member of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the Council for Advancement & Support of Education, Girl Scouts’ Great Valley Council, the Planned Giving Group of Greater New York, the board of Family Counseling Services of Lehigh Valley Board, and the Pittsburgh Estate Planning Council.