Meet Our Staff
Development & Alumni
Director of Development
Julie has worked as a fundraising and nonprofit professional for more than 20 years. She has enjoyed a career raising money for organizations large and small, including the University of New Mexico, Special Olympics New Mexico and now Sandia Prep. Julie is past president of the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which named her the 2012 Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Julie's interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and their two girls, photography, running and tennis.
Melissa Besante Dineen ’97
Associate Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Ten years after graduating from Sandia Prep, Melissa joined the School’s Development team to lead Sandia Prep’s Alumni Affairs Office. The proud Sundevil serves as the alumni representative for the 2,000+ Prep alumni living and working around the globe. Melissa believes that by combining creative opportunities for alumni to stay in touch, with various philanthropic initiatives, that her office will continue to help Sandia Prep stand out as one of the country’s leading preparatory schools.
Melissa has an extensive communication and marketing background – previously working at Northwest Federal Credit Union in Herndon, Virginia and the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. She received a bachelor's degree in Communications & Journalism from the University of New Mexico.