Meet the Staff
BBA, Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration
John Phillips began his development career at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1983. He rose to senior development officer at Henry Ford before moving to San Diego in 1989 to develop Mercy Hospital's planned giving program. Shortly after the Mercy/Scripps merger in 1995, Phillips joined the planned giving staff at Scripps Health Foundation as vice president, director of Planned Giving. In 2004, he became the senior director of Planned Giving at the University of San Diego. During his nearly three decades in development, Phillips has worked in the major gift development, annual fund mailings and small foundation grants. Since 1989, planned giving has been his chosen career path. His experience includes helping donors achieve their financial and philanthropic goals through the funding of charitable remainder trusts with various types of assets and partial interests, charitable lead trusts, bargain sales, gift annuities, Life Estate Gift Annuities (LEGA), pooled income funds, and gifts of real property. Phillips was an accountant at Henry Ford Hospital before moving to development. He speaks frequently on planned giving techniques and is an instructor for University of California, San Diego Extension where he teaches Basics of Planned Giving in the Fundraising and Development certificate program.
BA, University of San Diego, Music
Tracy Zetts is the marketing coordinator for the Office of Planned Giving, as well as the director of the Bridges Academy Lecture Series. Bridges Academy is a lifelong learning program for retired San Diegans and USD alumni to maintain a supportive relationship with the university. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Zetts was involved in many facets of university life and had the privilege to perform at university fundraisers and special events. She served as student director for the USD Founders Chapel Choir and Choral Scholars, had a marketing internship with Bach Collegium San Diego, and was selected as a member of the Alcala 100 for her leadership and service to the school. She is excited to take on this new role in organizing activities and overseeing publications to benefit the Office of Planned Giving.
BS, San Diego State University, Business Administration
Lauren Burns is the newest member of the Office of Planned Giving team where she is responsible for a wide variety of tasks including office, gift and budget management, assisting with special events, and website maintenance. Prior to starting with USD, Burns interned for a public relations agency in West Hollywood with clients such as Hilton Hotels Corporation. Burns has also been responsible for coordinating special events for the President's Office at San Diego State University (SDSU) and worked as a sales representative for AT&T. Burns earned her bachelor's at SDSU with an emphasis in financial services and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration at USD with an emphasis in corporate social responsibility.
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