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Johns Hopkins Athletics Welcomes Three New Staff Members

Vina Ranaivoarijaona, Lauren Dellipoali and Jacob Lee have joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics & Recreation staff.
Aug. 7, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University Director of Athletics Alanna Shanahan announced the addition of three staff members today. Joining the Blue Jay staff are Jacob Lee, Lauren Dellipoali and Vina Ranaivoarijaona; each fills a role on the department's external relations team.

Lee replaces Kristen Kitrick as the Director of Corporate Sponsorships. He arrives from IMG Learfield at the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped generate significant increases in new revenue for the athletic department and was instrumental in renewal and donation revenue for the football and basketball programs.

Lee previously worked for the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Double A affiliate, as a ticket sales associate and front office intern. In his role at Johns Hopkins, he will be responsible for working on existing national and local partnerships, while also developing a portfolio of new partners.

Lee will work closely with Athletic Communications, Marketing, Ticketing and Game Operations to develop in-game promotions that suit sponsors' needs. A 2014 graduate of Robert Morris University, Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Sports Management and Marketing.

Dellipoali joins the staff as an Athletic Communications Assistant and will be the primary contact for the following sports: women's soccer, volleyball, men's & women's cross country, men's & women's track & field, women's basketball and baseball. She will assist in day-do-day operation of the athletic communications office, including maintaining the athletic website, updating athlete/coach's bios, writing game recaps and press releases and nominating student-athletes for a variety of awards.

Dellipoali comes to Johns Hopkins from Wesleyan University, where she was the Athletic Communications Intern. She served as the primary contact for 13 sports, for which she handled game-day operations and wrote postgame stories and relevant releases. She assisted in the process of merging Wesleyan's old athletic website onto the new Presto Sports site, and regularly provided updates to the site. Dellipoali also created game day programs, assisted in monitoring student workers and helped with the broadcast of home athletic events.

Prior to her time at Wesleyan, Dellipoali also spent time at ESPN as a Stats Associate and Production Assistant and interned at NBC Sports during the 2012 Summer Olympics. A 2012 graduate of Syracuse University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Television, Radio and Film.

Joining the Blue Jay staff from nearby Townson University, Ranaivoarijaona comes to Homewood as the Marketing Coordinator for the Department of Athletics and Recreation. His position at Johns Hopkins was created through an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant.

In his role, Ranaivoarijaona will be responsible for marketing all events within athletics and recreation, developing and executing marketing plans and working with the community, student body and campus partners to increase awareness of athletics and recreation at the University.

As the Fan Development Assistant at Towson, he successfully promoted the athletic program to students and the community and provided positive game day experiences for the fans through in-game presentations, contests and pre/postgame activities. He also assisted in the business office, serving as an intern for the department.

Ranaivoarijaona earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2013 from Montgomery College and received his Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management from Towson in 2015.

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