Director of Development - Major Gifts
Anjanette LaBellarte Gilbert has been a Director of Development and Major Gifts since 2014. Anjanette previously worked in hotel sales and developed a wide-range networking group. She is super friendly and very outgoing, which is essential in connecting with alumni and adding life to alumni events. Anjanette was born in California, lived in Arkansas for much of her childhood and moved to Republic, Missouri during high school. She’s been in Nixa for almost 20 years and raised her children there. Anjanette married Danny Gilbert in 2013 and together their family has four daughters, two who are already Drury alumni themselves.
Everyone always asks Anjanette why her name is so long. She says, “It’s because I do not have a middle name, so I kept my father's name right next to mine. I lost him when he was only 54 years old.”
Anjanette received her Bachelor’s in Communications and Public Relations from Drury University in 2012. She began working on her degree after her children started school. Anjanette graduated from Drury in August 2017 with her master's degree in the Nonprofit and Civic Leadership Program. She says, “I truly understand how valuable having a Drury education is in today's world.”