Hello, my name is . . . Diana Tsotsis

On Mondays, the Daily Voice introduces you to a member of the UMass Medical School community—could be a new face, or maybe one that’s has been around for a while. We’ve asked our subjects to answer a few questions that might give you insight into their personalities. If you have a suggestion as to someone who might be profiled, let us know at ummscommunications@umassmed.edu

Diana Tsotsis is director of Alumni and Parent Relations and director of Development Events. She’s been at UMass Medical School since 2006.   Tsotsis2 

What brought you here to UMass Medical School?

The opportunity to expand and develop multiple programs within a well established institution.

What do you love most about the work that you do?

I like the challenge of managing multiple and diverse projects and the opportunity to meet and work with interesting individuals.

How would you explain your work to your spouse/child/a student?

I work to develop and strengthen relationships among our alumni and parent constituency groups and establish programs that increase alumni awareness, involvement and support. I also manage development events, which acknowledge the generosity of our donors and engage and encourage those in our community to support our academic health science center.

What is the practical application of your work?

I manage alumni and parent communications, events and programs, along with development events, which assist with the fundraising efforts of my colleagues.

Which trait do you most admire in yourself?


What’s the question you’re most often asked about your work – and the answer?

Do you like your job? Yes, love it!

Describe yourself in six words or fewer.

Ambitious, fun-loving, independent, outgoing, honest

If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you would want.

1. Food
2. Matches
3. Bug spray

If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be?

Ann Curry, television news journalist, who is co-anchor on NBC’s The Today Show and host of Dateline NBC.

What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of work?

Traveling, baking, gardening, strength training and spending time with friends and family.

What do you consider the most interesting thing about yourself that most people might not know (and you would want to tell them).

I have traveled to fifteen different countries and have attended two Olympic Games.

What would you tell someone who was considering applying to UMass (as a student or for a position)?

I would recommend you speak with one of our alums to hear firsthand the value of a UMMS education.