Angela Zambito-Hill likes her job as the chief fundraiser for West Liberty University.
"This fiscal year's goal is $4 million," she said. "We're now at $3.9 million.
"Our goals are pretty aggressive for a small shop. We're a small state university, but we're growing."
Zambito-Hill, 29, grew up in Wheeling. She earned bachelor's degrees in both French and history from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2005. Then she moved away to Wilmington, N.C., for a few years, where she worked at an ad agency placing media for the pharmaceutical industry.
"Being 10 hours away when my sister was having babies was kind of hard on me, so I moved back up to Wheeling," she said.
She worked for a couple of years for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, coordinating the statewide development campaign for Catholic Charities West Virginia. About three years ago, she joined the staff at West Liberty University, where she now is development director. With a staff of three other people, she's in charge of annual fundraising, the capital campaign and major gifts.
"It's so focused on cultivating and building relationships with all different kinds of people," she said. "It's interesting to talk with so many types of people, and I'm passionate about the mission."
West Liberty can be a powerful part of the Wheeling region, she said.
"I like higher education," she said. "I love being around the students as well as the alumni.
"I'm involved in everything from athletics to science, so it's a very full spectrum."
Zambito-Hill is on the board for the Museum of the Ohio River and is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Heath and Wellness Foundation Board. She also is a member of the Oglebay Institute Museum Committee.