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Class of 2002

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Sara Lussier


Director of Annual Giving & Lyndon Alumni Liaison

Sara graduated magna cum laude from Lyndon State College as a double major with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and business administration in May 2002. She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, growing up in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. As a commuter student, she worked as a customer service representative, tour guide, and receptionist at Littleton Coin Company in nearby Littleton, New Hampshire. At Lyndon, she worked in the Conference Services Office, was a PeerNet Mentor, and was the treasurer for the Business Club.

After graduating, Sara spent five years working in the accounting industry – first as a staff accountant for a public accounting firm and then as a senior accounting associate for a global leader in the transformer industry. She returned to Lyndon as an employee in August 2007 as the assistant to the dean of institutional advancement. At the time, Lyndon was embarking on its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, A New View: The Second Century Campaign, which raised over $10 million by the end of 2011.

In 2014, Sara transitioned to the role of assistant director of annual giving, where she provided leadership to and managed the annual giving program, which included the coordination of campus fundraising and direct mail, online, and telephone fundraising. Soon after, she took on additional duties in the absence of an alumni director. These duties included overseeing and coordinating the publication of the alumni magazine, providing volunteer management and support to the Alumni Council, and overseeing and coordinating homecoming and family weekend as well as other events. Sara became the director of annual giving and alumni relations in 2016. She has supervised and mentored many alumni who worked in the Alumni Office as student office assistants, museum hosts, and phonathon callers. She also gets to know Lyndon’s soon-to-be alumni by coordinating Senior Week activities and events in the weeks leading up to their graduation.

In her sixteen years at Lyndon, Sara has served on various committees, including the Health and Safety Committee, Fun and Spirit Committee, Wellness Committee, and Academic Ceremonies Advisory Committee. She is involved as a volunteer in the community as well. She has been a corporator for the Caledonia County Fair Association since 2001 and a past treasurer; served on the parent board for the former Lyndon Children’s Center; was a member of The Riverside School’s Parent Advisory Group and member and co-chair of their annual fundraising auction committee; and served as team manager and volunteer for Lyndon Youth Baseball and Softball. Sara is also a founding member and former treasurer of a local nonprofit childcare facility, Northeast Kingdom Preschool and Childcare, which opened in 2016. She joined the Lyndon Institute Booster Club in 2021 and became treasurer in 2022.

Sara resides in Kirby, Vt., with her husband Toby and two sons, Trevor and Ethan. In her free time, she enjoys watching her sons play sports, being an auntie to her nieces and nephews, dabbling in photography, and camping.