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Greg Abeyounis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, East Carolina University

Greg Abeyounis, CFRE is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at East Carolina University. His responsibilities include working with the East Carolina University Foundation, Inc., the East Carolina University Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Inc., East Carolina Alumni Association and the East Carolina University Educational Foundation, Inc. (Pirate Club) with all estate planning gifts. Greg also oversees and leads the ECU Annual Giving Program which works across the ECU Foundation, Inc. and the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Inc. Greg’s office sets the strategy and distributes all forms of centralized annual giving that include solicitations via phone, direct mail, electronic channels, social media and crowdfunding for alumni, friends, faculty and staff and various constituent groups that support ECU annually. Prior to his current role, Greg has held the positions of Major Gift Officer, Director of Planned Giving, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. At Barton College, Greg started as the Director of the Annual Fund and then moved to the Director of Development position where he managed the Annual Fund, the Alumni Office while raising major and planned gift for endowments and capital projects. Greg has earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration as well as in Sports Administration from Barton College, a Master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University.

Wes Ardoin, Manager of Advancement Information Services, North Carolina State University

Wes Ardoin is the Manager of Advancement Information Services at North Carolina State University. He began his Advancement Services career at the LSU Foundation in 2006 in a multi-purpose prospect research, prospect management and records maintenance office. After the broad introduction to three key pieces of Advancement Services, he transitioned to the information services team of the same organization. He also branched out to assisting in gift processing troubleshooting and process analysis as a Director of Development Research. Wes joined NC State’s Advancement Services office as Lead Applications Analyst in 2011. He and his team provide the backbone and infrastructure for University Advancement by overseeing business process analysis and implementation. Almost all new fundraising processes, as they relate to data, are outlined, documented and tested by his team. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the university’s Advance system and Advancement reporting systems. Wes has always enjoyed giving presentations to users across campus related to new business processes and features in Advance and in other media.

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Chris is a Regional Development Officer in the University Development Office at UNC Chapel Hill. In this role, he represents the breadth of Carolina’s philanthropic investment opportunities to our alumni and friends in a geographic region generally defined as Eastern North Carolina that includes Wake County and points north, south, and east. He also is responsible for the states of Indiana and Michigan. Chris joined Carolina following a successful 15-year career in private, commercial and business banking in the Triangle region. He brings to the table exceptional skill in building meaningful relationships with clients and prospects that adds immediate value to work with Carolina’s philanthropic partners. Chris is invested and involved in our communities as evidenced by the leadership roles he has played at a number of local organizations, including as Immediate Past Chair of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. And what’s more, Chris is a proud Carolina alumnus!

AmyLynn Bliem, Assistant Director of Prospect Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AmyLynn Bliem currently leads UNC Chapel Hill’s Prospect Research Services Office within the Department of Prospect Management, Research and Analytics (PMRA). As Assistant Director, she develops, manages and delivers the university prospect research services program while managing a team of three analysts and serving on the PMRA leadership team. AmyLynn has 13+ years of higher education prospect research experience having joined University Development in 2004 as a Prospect Research Analyst. She began working at the university in 2002 as an Information and Publication Specialist in the Department of Chemistry. Prior to arriving at UNC Chapel Hill, AmyLynn served as Senior Marketing Officer and Market Research Analyst at First Security Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Preceding her work at First Security, she served in a number of research and administrative roles in state and local politics. She graduated from the University of Utah with a major in political science and minor in history.

Brad Bohlander, Chief Communications Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University

Brad Bohlander is the Chief Communications Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor at North Carolina State University. He serves as the top communications official and oversees NC State’s brand identity and central communications operations including public and media relations, marketing, web and digital communications, social media, development communications, internal and constituent communications, university events, crisis communications and design. Brad serves as the official university spokesperson and sits on the Chancellor’s Cabinet as NC State's lead communications strategist. Utilizing solid research and forward-thinking, goal-oriented strategies, Brad’s team has driven significant positive change in campus-wide communications culture and led the university to new levels of collaboration, visual and message consistency and communications success. Two examples include implementation of a comprehensive university-wide brand strategy and development of the Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign identity and communications plan.

Lennon Brooks, Associate Director of Annual Giving, North Carolina State University

Lennon Brooks is an Associate Director of Annual Giving for NC State University. He works closely with all aspects of NC State’s annual giving program, developing solicitation and stewardship strategies across all channels with a data-driven and analytical approach. Lennon began his career with Ruffalo Noel Levitz as a student fundraiser for his alma mater. Upon graduation, Lennon served as the manager of NC State’s student call center before transitioning to the NC State Annual Giving team as an Assistant Director in 2014. Lennon earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Vanderbilt University in 2012.

Tamara Holmes Brothers, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Fayetteville State University

Tamara Holmes Brothers, PhD is the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Fayetteville State University. She has experience in grassroots marketing and leadership in quantifying the value of brand and philanthropic outcomes. She is responsible for initiating and cultivating relationships between the university and private organizations in a way that advances the priorities of both entities. As Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Dr. Brothers has worked with companies such as Coca Cola, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Food Lion, Wells Fargo, The Tom Joyner Foundation, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Nationwide, and more.

With a diverse background, Dr. Brothers has worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development & Marketing at FSU. As a talented sports administrator, Dr. Brothers has experience as a competitive swimmer as well as in amateur and professional sport events and venues. Dr. Brothers is a native of Fayetteville, NC, and has earned a Bachelor's degree in Art from Hampton University, a Master's degree in Sport Management from West Virginia University, a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a PhD in Educational Management from Hampton University.

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Christopher S. Carabell, Managing Director and Head of Business Development, Covariance Capital Management (a TIAA Company)

Christopher S. Carabell is a Managing Director and Head of Business Development for Covariance Capital Management (a TIAA Company). Prior to joining Covariance, Chris was a Managing Director in the Institutional Investment & Advisory Services group within Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Retirement & Philanthropic Services business where he worked with institutional clients on the development and implementation of investment policy statements, asset allocation, and portfolio strategy and investment manager selection. Previously, Chris managed Bank of America’s Institutional Investment Solutions product management group. In this capacity, he had responsibility for the organization’s bundled 401(k) and defined-benefit retirement platforms. His previous investment experience also includes positions as Director of Equity research for BARRA Rogers Casey’s institutional consulting group, where he was responsible for asset class coverage, manager research and investment program design, and as Director of Investments for the Boy Scouts of America pension and endowment plans. He has been a member of the investment community since 1990. Chris earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and economics from Baylor University.

Tom Cawley, Director of Advancement Services, University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

Tom Cawley is the Director of Advancement Services at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has a dual role at the Business School - sharing his time between compliance and events. In his compliance role Tom acts as liaison between programs and the finance area; writes new gift agreements; and makes sure that scholarships and fellowships are being administered as donors intended. In his events role he oversees the strategy and execution on a variety of Advancement events including alumni receptions, basketball pre-game receptions, and other high level donor events. He serves as Chair of the Business Cares Committee at Kenan-Flagler. This initiative supports three local charities that deal with children’s health in the community – UNC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and Super Cooper Little Red Wagon Foundation. Tom also serves as Secretary of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation. Tom joined Kenan-Flagler in January 2006 with more than twenty years of restaurant, hotel, and event experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at San Diego State University in 1994 and has lived in New York, San Diego, Northern Virginia and the DC area.

Randal V. Childs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, North Carolina Central University

Randal V. Childs is currently the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Development in the Division of Institutional Advancement at North Carolina Central University. With more than 14 years of software management and technical professional services experience with IBM and more than 13 years of fundraising experience, Childs is involved with several civic organizations in the Raleigh-Durham area. He has also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development at North Carolina Central University and Director of Development and Internet Technology for the Durham Public Education Network. As a volunteer, Childs served two years as president of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Additionally, he is also one of the founders of Uplift Project, Inc., a local non-profit organization. Randal is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College and an MBA in management and marketing from Elon University. Childs is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Triangle. He is also director of a children’s choir in Durham.

Kinna Clark, Associate Director of Gift Planning Services, University of North Carolina General Administration

Kinna Clark joined University of North Carolina General Administration on March 1 as the new Associate Director of Gift Planning Services.  In her new role, Kinna works with the Advancement team and the North Carolina Gift Planning, LLC to assist constituent campuses with the enhancement of their gift planning programs.  Kinna comes to UNC-GA from North Carolina Central University where she served as the Major & Planned Gifts Officer at North Carolina Central University School of Law for the past two years. During her time at NCCU School of Law, she gained experience in annual, major & planned giving, grant writing, event planning, and marketing.  An alumna of the UNC system, Kinna holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from East Carolina University and a Juris Doctorate from NCCU School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2014. Since being licensed, Kinna has provided pro bono legal services as a “Lawyer on the Line” volunteer attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina.  In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kinna is a member of the NC Planned Giving Council. She volunteers on the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Durham Advisory Council and Resource & Development Committee. She also serves on the Development Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association and is an active member of the NCCU School Law Alumni Association.

Doug Cogswell, Founder, President and CEO, Advizor Solutions

Doug Cogswell is the founder and current President and CEO of ADVIZOR Solutions, a Business Intelligence software company that is all about enabling people to better understand and analyze their data. This year ADVIZOR is celebrating its 10th year as the #1 provider of data discovery and analytics solutions in not-for-profit fundraising. ADVIZOR’s ever-growing list of fundraising clients includes higher education, healthcare, and other non-profits, too. With a degree in physics and engineering from Dartmouth, an MBA from Harvard, strategy consulting experience with both Bain and Booze Allen, and more than 15 years in the BI sector, Doug has extensive data analytics and client strategy expertise. He is a thought leader in the world of data discovery and analysis.

Doug has participated on the Boards of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Information Technology Association of Illinois, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences. He is also heavily involved in his church. And when he’s not working, he enjoys hockey, skiing, running, backpacking, and pretty much anything outdoors.

Lisa Howe Combs, Director of Annual Giving, Davidson College

Lisa Howe Combs is Director of Annual Giving at Davidson College, a position she has held since early 2016. In the late 1990s, Lisa worked in the offices of annual giving, major gifts and alumni relations at Davidson. In the interim, she worked as an independent consultant for secondary schools and religious organizations, advising and managing comprehensive capital campaigns ranging from $3 to $12 million. The Office of Annual Giving is responsible for raising $16.5 million for the Fund for Davidson this fiscal year. These unrestricted funds support the college’s budget with gifts in support of scholarships; visual, literary and performing arts; the operating budgets of 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams and experiential learning opportunities for Davidson students. The Office of Annual Giving works closely with the offices of Parent Giving, Major Gifts and the Davidson Athletic Fund to encourage support from all constituencies. All funds raised from the Fund for Davidson are included in the college’s capital campaign, Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World. Currently at the midpoint of the public phase of the $425 million campaign, the commitments to Davidson made during the campaign exceed $360 million.

Regina Craven, Interim Director of the Annual Fund, Winston-Salem State University

Regina Craven serves as the Interim Director of the Annual Fund at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). She began her fundraising career there as the Annual Fund Program Coordinator in 2010. In her previous role, she worked closely with the Director of the Annual Fund to execute donor events, fundraising initiatives, direct mail solicitations, and the university’s online giving campaign. Before joining the WSSU Advancement staff, Regina worked at Big Brother Big Sisters Services of Winston-Salem where she managed a variety of projects related to volunteer recruitment, public relations, and match relationships. Regina is also active on her campus and in the community. She has served as a group leader with the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, the Chair of the WSSU Staff Senate Employee Recognition Committee, completed the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program, and volunteered as a Big Sister. She currently sits on the Staff Senate Professional Development and University Events Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from High Point University.

Sue Cunningham, President, The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Sue Cunningham became the 10th president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in March 2015. CASE supports more than 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in advancing their institutions through developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. Under her leadership, CASE has reimagined its membership model and begun an ambitious strategic plan to better serve its members. A recognized expert in the advancement profession, Ms. Cunningham has 20 years of experience at leading institutions, including the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, Christ Church, Oxford and St. Andrews University. Ms. Cunningham earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlesex University and was awarded a master’s degree from Oxford University. She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A long-time CASE volunteer, Ms. Cunningham received a CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award and CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Ethan Dodson, Director of Leadership Gifts and Board Development, Appalachian State University

Ethan Dodson is currently the Director of Leadership Gifts and Board Development at Appalachian State University where he works primarily with the Foundation Board in addition to front line fundraising responsibilities. Before this role, he worked as a Regional Development Officer at North Carolina State University where he managed the Midwest, South Carolina, and New Hanover counties over the course of 5 years. He has also worked in reunion riving at the University of Virginia and annual giving also at Appalachian State University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, a Masters in Higher Education, and brings over 10 years of development experience.

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Kim Elenez, Chief Marketing Officer, Development Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kim Elenez oversees the creation and implementation of communications strategies that will contribute to effective development work, and, in particular, a successful comprehensive campaign. She works directly with development leadership across the university to generate its case for support, create a campaign communications plan and provide a portfolio of campaign materials for use across campus. Elenez also works with development leaders in the schools and units to define and craft individualized messages appropriate for each constituency. She further serves as the development liaison with the Office of Communications and Public Affairs to ensure coordination of messaging and content.

A native of Virginia and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Elenez came to the Office of University Development in July 2015. Before UNC, she served as group publisher of D Magazine Partners in Dallas. She brings more than 16 years’ experience in marketing, brand management and strategy for brands across a spectrum of categories that include financial, technology, luxury, fashion, retail travel, nonprofit and more. She and her husband, Jerome, live in Raleigh, N.C., with their daughter.

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Amy Feriozzi, Executive Director of Development Communications and Stewardship, North Carolina State University

Amy Feriozzi is the Executive Director of Development Communications and Stewardship at North Carolina State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, working in marketing and communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and campaign communications at Colorado State University before joining NC State in 2012. A proven track record of building new programs and forming collaborative relationships in large decentralized university environments, Amy launched NC State’s first development communications initiative upon her arrival. At her current role, Amy works to incorporate messages of philanthropy into NC State’s story, highlights the impact of private support and helps build a culture of philanthropy. She leads a talented team of development writers and stewardship professionals to manage and implement NC State’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign’s communications and stewardship strategy. Publicly launched in fall 2016, the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign is NC State’s most ambitious philanthropic effort in the university’s proud 130 year history and will raise $1.6 billion by 2021 to support key Campaign priorities. Amy’s office is responsible for managing the Think and Do the Extraordinary website, writing philanthropy features, managing senior level acknowledgments and scripting remarks for campaign focused events.

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Adam Gerdts, Associate Dean of Advancement, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

Adam Gerdts is the Associate Dean of Advancement at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. Adam is a proud Carolina alumnus. He graduated in 2000 with majors in history and dramatic art. He began his development career in 2002 at Manhattan Theatre Club, where he worked on five annual fund campaigns and a capital campaign to restore Broadway's Biltmore Theater. He then moved to higher education fundraising in 2006 when he started work at American Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gerdts returned to Carolina in 2007 as director of Young Alumni Programs for Carolina Annual Fund within the University Development Office. He came to UNC Kenan-Flagler as a major gifts officer in 2008 and became the Executive Director of Development in 2010. In August 2014, Adam was named the Associate Dean of Advancement.

Darlene Gooch, Executive Director of Annual Giving, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Darlene Gooch is the Executive Director of Annual Giving at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she oversees the strategic direction of the annual giving program. She also serves a liaison between annual giving colleagues in schools and units across campus. Darlene represents Carolina in the Annual Giving Directors Consortium. With over 18 years of development experience, she started her career in the Department of Stewardship at UNC-Chapel Hill. She previously held the Associate Director of Annual Giving, Direct Marketing position. Darlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from East Carolina University.

Megan Gorham, Director of Corporate & Foundation Engagement, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Megan Gorham is the Director of Corporate & Foundation Engagement at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She manages principal corporate and foundation relationships for the University. She also works synergistically with the Office of the Chancellor to facilitate the alignment of local, regional and national corporate and foundation partners with UNCW’s priorities. Megan serves as the university’s centralized point of contact for corporate and private foundation submissions and communication. She also works collaboratively with the Associate Provost for Research to educate faculty about grant and gift proposal submission processes and identify opportunities for interdisciplinary faculty collaboration. Megan began her career in international business and has been working in nonprofit development and management since 2004. Before joining UNCW in 2008, she served as the Director of Corporate Relations for WHQR Public Radio and Director of The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Megan’s professional affiliations include the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Megan received her bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA. from UNCW.

Geoff Graham, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Real Estate Management, Appalachian State University

Geoff Graham is Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Real Estate Management at Appalachian State University. He supports various areas of development at Appalachian, including oversight of its Office of Gift Planning. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Geoff practiced law in Boone from 1993-1997 before joining the Development Office and Gift Planning at ASU. During his development career he also served as an Assistant Director of Planned Giving at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Geoff is a past president (and current member) of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council and member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

Tanner Greaves, Director of Annual Giving, Appalachian State University

Tanner Greaves is a native of Greenwood, SC. He began his career in philanthropy as a student caller at the University of South Carolina in 2010, raising more than $50,000 individually for the Carolina Fund. After graduating from USC in 2013, Tanner was selected as the Call Center Coordinator for The Appalachian Fund where he managed fundraising operations through Appalachian's annual phone-a-thon. In December 2015, Tanner was promoted to the Director of Annual Giving, and he is currently in this role at Appalachian. Over the last three years, Tanner has been an integral part of Appalachian's #iBackAPP program, and May 4th marks the 4th Annual #iBackAPP Day.

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Sharon Hamilton, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, East Carolina University

Sharon Hamilton founded the Corporate and Foundation Relations program at East Carolina University in 2001 and currently serves as its senior director. She and her colleagues have secured millions of dollars for the ”mission doers” of the university by helping them to find the best fit between their projects and corporate and foundation funders, and to tell compelling stories that ultimately lead to support. Sharon’s experience in higher education builds on a career in which communications has been her passion. Prior to joining East Carolina, Sharon worked for nearly 20 years as a television news reporter and anchor for stations throughout North Carolina; the chief communications officer for Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants and one of the worlds’ largest restaurant companies; and a media training consultant. Sharon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.

Ayana Davis Hernandez, Associate Vice Chancellor of University Relations, North Carolina Central University

Ayana Davis Hernandez is Associate Vice Chancellor of University Relations at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C. In her role, she leads strategic communications efforts for NCCU, including all marketing, advertising, public relations, and digital and social media campaigns. Previously, she served as a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications in the Raleigh, N.C., office. Ayana has 18 years of experience in communications, including marketing, public relations and magazine publishing. Prior to joining Fleishman-Hillard, Ayana served as the manager for communications and media relations at Episcopal Relief and Development, an international non-profit relief and development organization based in New York City. Ayana also worked in the magazine publishing industry, serving as associate beauty editor at Essence magazine and beauty editor for Heart & Soul magazine. Ayana and her team won a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America and several InSpire Awards presented by the North Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2015, Ayana’s team was awarded the Best Alumni Publication Award by HBCU Digest for NCCU Now Magazine.

David Hibbard, Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

David Hibbard joined the UNC Pembroke team last October as Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement. His previous higher education experience includes communications and media relations positions at Louisburg College and Elon University. A 1989 Elon graduate, he spent nearly 15 years there in different roles, including assistant athletic director for media relations, news bureau director and communications director for the Elon School of Law. He also spent seven years in the non-profit sector as director of public relations for Hospice of Scotland County in Laurinburg. He began his career as the first full-time sports information director at Presbyterian College from 1989 to 1993.

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Karen Isble, Assistant Vice President, Development Services & Strategic Solutions, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Karen Isble oversees the data and technology infrastructure for the University of Michigan’s fundraising community of nearly 600 on three campuses, including gift and records administration, integrated data services, prospect development and analytics, CRM management, and web/e-communications /application development. She also serves as the central liaison and joint supervisor for three U-M fundraising units: the Clements Library, Matthaei Botanical Garden/Nichols Arboretum and the Center for the Education of Women. In addition to serving on the Office of University Development management team and the Victors for Michigan campaign team, she represents development on several university-wide data governance and IT committees. Prior to joining Michigan in 2006, Karen served in fundraising and administrative roles with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Goodman Theatre. Karen also served five years on the board of directors for APRA International, including serving as president in 2013-2014. She speaks regularly at national and regional chapter conferences for APRA, CASE, the Big Ten Development Conference and AFP. Karen holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan.

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Andrea M. Jenkins, Director of Development for Major and Planned Gifts, Winston-Salem State University

Andrea M. Jenkins serves as the Director of Development for Major and Planned Gifts at Winston-Salem State University. She’s currently a new member to the North Carolina Planned Giving Council Board. With nearly ten years of experience in fundraising, volunteer management, strategic planning, events, marketing, program development, community engagement, Andrea has served in several capacities professionally and as a community volunteer. She is the Community Service Chair for WSSU’s Staff Senate, Asset Development Committee and Black Philanthropy Initiative member of the Winston-Salem Foundation. Lastly, is a member of the Experiment in Self Reliance Advisory Board (EISR). She’s also served as a major gifts officer and platform leader for Obesity, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Andrea holds a MPA in Nonprofit Organizations from High Point University and bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Lee Knight, Development Officer and Legacy Gift Planning Advisor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Lee Knight is a university-wide development officer and legacy gift planning advisor for University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Lee’s son, Aaron, graduated from UNCW in 2003. Prior to joining UNCW in 2014, Lee served as senior director for gift planning at UNCG for ten years, and as director of planned giving at Campbell University for three and one-half years. Before becoming a full-time university gift planning advisor, Lee was in the trust industry for twelve years. He served as trust officer and legal advisor for Wachovia Charitable Funds Management – in which role he provided administration and counsel for a number of planned giving programs of colleges, universities, and religious organizations; as an estate planner and new business officer for Wachovia Personal Trust; and later as senior trust officer for administration for Merrill Lynch Trust Company of North Carolina. Lee is a 1973 graduate of Wake Forest University, a 1978 graduate of the Wake Forest School of Law, a member of the North Carolina State Bar, and served as the elected Clerk of Superior Court and Judge of Probate for Guilford County from 1982 through 1986. Lee serves on the board of directors of the NC Planned Giving Council.

C. Alan Korthals, Chief Client Relationship Officer, Kaspick & Company (a member of the TIAA group of companies)

C. Alan Korthals serves as the Chief Client Relationship Officer at Kaspick & Company (a member of the TIAA group of companies). Kaspick & Company provides comprehensive planned gift management services to many of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations. Alan oversees the firm's relationship management, technical consulting, business development, and marketing and client communications teams. He has played a lead role in the development of the firm's gift planning consulting support, including client educational events, as well as its client website and reporting capabilities. Prior to joining Kaspick & Company in 1997, Alan led the gift planning and management activities of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. He has spoken on gift planning and investment topics at regional and national conferences. Alan is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in Finance and a graduate with high honors from the American Bankers Association's National Graduate Trust School. He is an active nonprofit volunteer and board member and is a past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England.

Keith Krumpe, Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Keith Krumpe, PhD is Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Keith received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Allegheny College (1985) and a doctorate in organic chemistry at Emory University (1991). After completing his postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, he joined the faculty at UNC Asheville in 1992 where he served as chair of chemistry (2003-2009) before becoming dean. As a supervisor of undergraduate research, Keith's focus has been on the synthesis of biologically active molecules and the development of new synthetic methodologies. His involvement in undergraduate research has also included serving on the editorial staff of the Proceedings for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for 15 years and serving as the onsite editor for the proceedings at each annual NCUR during that period. Since becoming involved with SENCER, Keith has expanded his scholarly focus to include teaching and learning; specifically, he is actively involved in developing SENCER-ized General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses for STEM majors, and in using SENCER to improve pre-medical education.

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Bond Lammey, Managing Associate, Bentz Whaley Flessner

Bond Lammey is the Managing Associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner Insight, a practice within BWF. Her area of expertise is prospect development, including integration between prospect research, prospect management, and analytics functions/teams. Bond has experience working in higher education, academic medicine, large and small social service agencies, and national and local member/cause organizations. She is accomplished in principal gift prospecting, daily wealth screenings, and comprehensive prospect development strategies. Prior to working at BWF, Bond was the director of prospect research at the University of Chicago. Bond received her bachelor's degree in sociology and her master's degree in nonprofit administration, both from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is on the board of Apra International and has presented at CASE, AASP, ADRP, and Apra conferences.

Nicholas Langhorne, Development Communications Specialist, North Carolina State University

Nicholas Langhorne is a Development Communications Specialist at North Carolina State University, where his duties include writing philanthropy stories, gift acknowledgements and talking points and scripts for events. He came to NC State in 2015 from the College of William & Mary, where he spent four years in a similar capacity. Prior to embarking on a career in advancement, Nicholas worked as a newspaper reporter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Margaret McCoy, Executive Director for Donor Engagement and University Events, Appalachian State University

Margaret McCoy currently serves as the Executive Director for Donor Engagement and University Events at Appalachian State University. She oversees all University Advancement related events, and acts as the strategic advisor for development officers, deans, and Chancellor’s office for other donor related events and prospect engagement. She joined Appalachian in 2008 to establish a new donor relations office and direct the campaign feasibility study prior to its public launch in 2011. Margaret holds a B.S in Health Policy and Administration from UNC- Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

Liz McFarlane, Major Gift Officer, North Carolina State University

Liz McFarlane has been advancement professional in higher education for nearly 23 years. Currently serving NC State University as a major gift officer on a central university-wide team, her diverse experience includes annual and major giving, alumni relations, board development, prospect identification and research, gift processing, development communications, volunteer management, and stewardship. Previously Liz served in positions at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of Maryland School of Law, Towson University, and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Liz is married to David Mansfield and they are the parents of three fur-bearing “children.” When not on the road for the Wolfpack, Liz enjoys gardening, canning and preserving, crocheting and other crafts, hiking, and playing disc golf.

Chelsey Megli, Director of Talent Management, University of Oregon

Chelsey Megli is the Director of Talent Management for the University of Oregon Advancement Division, where she leads recruitment, learning development, and organizational effectiveness strategy. Prior to her move to Oregon, Chelsey created and led the TalentED Practice at the international fundraising consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner. As Director of TalentED she was responsible for providing counsel in the area of talent management, which included: conducting culture and talent management needs assessments, creating and facilitating training programs for advancement professionals and academics, and designing industry research projects in the topic areas of performance, turnover, time management, staffing, communications, and organizational health. Chelsey has worked with many prestigious institutions in her career, including the University of Arizona Foundation, Boston University, the University of California (Davis and San Diego), the University of Washington, the University of Miami, the University of Sydney, World Vision International, and the University of Texas System. Chelsey speaks and writes regularly on the topic of talent management and has been featured in several publications, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CASE Currents and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Journal. Her blog,, analyzes trends, research, and strategy in fundraising talent management.

Jonathan Miller, Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of the Phoenix Club, Elon University

Jonathan Miller serves as Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of the Phoenix Club at Elon University. In this role he helps lead fundraising efforts for athletics at Elon, which includes playing a major part in the school’s successful Elon Day effort. This past March, Elon saw its total number of gifts increase by 550 to nearly 4,300, and for the first time, raised more than $1 million on Elon Day. In his role, Miller also oversees athletics marketing, communications and ticket operations. Before coming to Elon, Miller spent five years in the athletics ticket office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2015 graduate of Elon’s Masters in Business Administration program.

Ben C. Minter, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Events Management, Fayetteville State University

Ben C. Minter is a sixteen-year veteran of Fayetteville State University and serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Events Management. With more than forty years of event planning experience, Ben has implemented all types of events for the public and private sectors. Ben has responsibility for general campus event initiatives as well as fundraising events directly related to Institutional Advancement. This has included, during some academic years, over 75 strategic events. Ben led the implementation of a centralized campus process for event management that includes Advancement input and support. Ben has the responsibility for all IA events including those associated with the university’s current Capital Campaign, and is in the planning stages for over 70+ additional strategic events that will celebrate FSU’s Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebration during 2017-18. Ben is a graduate of Holmes College and Southern Wesleyan University. He has been recognized by CASE Region III for design, the State of North Carolina for support of youth initiatives, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners for community service, and is a two-time recipient of the coveted Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance and Support.

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Benjamin (Ben) J. Pendry, Director of Prospect Strategy and Research, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Benjamin (Ben) J. Pendry, CFRE, is the Director of Prospect Strategy and Research at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to his current appointment since January 2016, he originally joined UNCC as development director in 2014. Ben had previously served the Sigma Chi Foundation as a Major Gift Officer and the North-American Interfraternity Conference as the Vice President for Advancement. Ben and his team work within the Advancement Services unit and oversee portfolio management, prospect research profiles, activity measurement, and multiple reporting functions which support the development function of university advancement. Ben is actively involved as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. He serves as the chair of the board of directors for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation. He also serves on the Western Carolina University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ben is a regular presenter and speaker on alumni engagement, fundraising, community building, and strategic planning. Ben is completing a master’s of public administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management at UNCC and received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from Western Carolina University.


Jalisha was born and raised in Cumberland County, North Carolina and graduated from South View Senior High of Hope Mills, NC. Ms. Pone, now 29, has graduated with a dual degree in Hospitality Tourism Management (Event Management Concentration) and Communication Studies (Business Minor) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In May 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Currently Jalisha serves as the Associate Director of Development at Fayetteville State University but previously served as a Relay for Life Community Manager with the American Cancer Society servicing Lee, Harnett and Chatham Counties. Her career aspirations are to encourage and inspire giving to support those in need whether it is due to an illness or financial restraints. In her spare time, she serves as the Chair of Member Support and Events for the Junior League of Fayetteville as well as the Chair of Fayetteville Young Professionals. Ms. Pone is a firm believer that you live by example and not by words alone in other words be the change that you want to see.

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Chris Saunders, Associate Editor, North Carolina State University

Chris Saunders has been associate editor at North Carolina State University magazine for six years. He writes feature stories on subjects ranging from a female drag racer to a country music hall of famer. His favorite stories to tell involve historical research. He also focuses on sports stories and edits the research and class notes sections in the magazine. He lives in Mebane with his wife and two children, Lillie and Quentin.

Rob Saunders, Director of Advancement Operations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Rob Saunders is the director of advancement operations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has led the advancement services teams at North Carolina A&T State University, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and at Oakland University in Michigan. In his more than 17 years of Advancement experience, Rob has been responsible for prospect research and prospect management, information services and analytics along with gift processing, stewardship, financial administration and promoting “lean” thinking and culture. He has been an instructor at multiple Ellucian conferences. He and his teams have won a number of CASE awards, both regionally and nationally. In addition, Rob worked for Plante Moran, the nation's 11th largest public accounting and business advisory firm. He began his career working in the healthcare industry. At two hospitals in the greater Detroit area, he worked as budget analyst, financial analyst and in healthcare cost accounting. His budget and financial experience carried on throughout his next leadership roles, within HBO & Company, a healthcare information services company, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries where he was vice president of finance and information systems. Rob has a B.S. in Finance and a Certificate in Data Mining and Business Intelligence from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Melissa Shampine, Assistant Director of Alumni Outreach, North Carolina State University

Melissa Shampine has been on the outreach team at the North Carolina State University Alumni Association for 8 years serving as the program coordinator and now assistant director. Melissa recruits, trains and manages alumni volunteer networks all over the country. She is particularly interested in different methods of finding all-star volunteer leaders. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two dogs.

Quiana Shepard, Director of Marketing and Communications, North Carolina Central University

Quiana Shepard serves as Director of Marketing and Communications at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In her role, she manages media relations, social media and branding efforts on behalf of the university. Prior to joining NCCU, Quiana lead community programs at The EGAMI Group, Inc. for Fortune 500 companies Procter & Gamble and Target, which empowered multicultural women, teens and college students. Her nearly 10-year career in public relations and marketing also includes leading consumer healthcare campaigns on behalf of Eisai, Sanofi US, Forest Laboratories and McNeil Consumer Healthcare. The programs focused on the unique needs of multicultural patients, digital marketing to moms and young adults, and advocacy partnerships. Graduating from Howard University with a bachelor's degree in human development and psychoeducational studies, Quiana then earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. Quiana also spends time empowering teens via beauty and self-esteem workshops, traveling and creating plant-based meal recipes for her Christian Instagram and Facebook handles, @TableSet4Two.

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John Tannous, Associate Director of Research Delivery, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

John Tannous serves as Associate Director of Research Delivery with EAB. He has contributed to EAB’s research programs serving provosts, deans, chief business officers, enrollment managers, heads of student affairs, senior alumni relations and development officers, and other university executives. Over the last four years, he has supervised or contributed to 140+ research projects for EAB members. John has a Bachelor of Art from The Ohio State University, where he also worked in student affairs and institutional research before coming to EAB.

Scott Thompson, Senior Web Developer, North Carolina State University

Scott Thompson is the Senior Web Developer within University Communications at North Carolina State University. He works closely with a team of developers, designers, writers, and other creatives to help campus units achieve their digital communication goals.

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Ben Underwood, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Ben has been working in fundraising since 2008. Beginning as a grant writer for the Chicago office of a national education reform nonprofit, he moved into corporate, foundation, and government relations with that organization. Ben then led the fundraising efforts of a local Chicago education and human service organization, and then an Illinois-wide human service and criminal-justice reform nonprofit. He returned to the South and joined the UNC Asheville team in February 2016, where he is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services.

Sophia Ungert, Major Gift Officer, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Sophia Ungert joined the Advancement team at UNC Asheville in 2012 after holding other positions in the Foundation and the Chancellor’s office. In addition to major gifts work, she heads UNC Asheville’s corporate fundraising efforts, engaging and informing local industry leaders, and assisting them in developing connections across campus. She draws from her prior work experience as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in Europe, where she focused on regional relationship building and client management with traders at other banks. Sophia was born and grew up in New York City and has lived and worked in Boston, Paris, Hong Kong, New York, London, and Frankfurt. She received her bachelor’s in Political Science from Tufts University.

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Ron Vetter, Associate Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Ron Vetter, PhD is the Associate Provost for Research, Dean of the graduate school, and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Vetter is also a co-founder of both Mobile Education and PowerPlay Mobile, both are technology companies. His research has been supported by the USWEST Foundation, NSF, USDA, NASA, and others. Dr. Vetter received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from North Dakota State University and his PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He has published more than 100 journal, conference, and technical papers and has served as the PI or Co-PI on grants and contracts exceeding $5 million dollars. Additionally, Dr. Vetter is editor-in-chief emeritus of Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. He previously served on the editorial advisory board of Communications of the ACM, the flagship publication of the ACM, from 1996-2008, and is an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. He was selected as the 2001-2002 ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year.

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Rachael is the Director of Prospect Development and Analytics at UNC General Administration, the system office overseeing the seventeen UNC campuses, where she has spent almost three years building a shared services program to provide prospect research support to the UNC system’s emerging campuses. Rachael has been in prospect research for six years and learns something new every day. She is an alumna of the UNC system, having earned her MLIS from UNC-Greensboro in 2013, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.

Anita B. Walton, Director of Diversity and Talent Management, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Anita B. Walton has over 25 years of significant and progressive experience in Higher Education, specializing in advancement and student affairs. Her prior work experience includes service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Division of Student Affairs, the UNC General Alumni Association and North Carolina Central University where she effectively grew and managed a broad range of activities involving relationship building, fundraising, program, event and volunteer management. Most recently, Anita served at North Carolina Central University as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. There she was responsible for student engagement, administration and strategic initiatives. On December 1, 2017, Anita began her tenure with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) as Director of Diversity and Talent Management. In this role Anita provides leadership in developing, communicating and executing a comprehensive strategy to successfully attract, hire and maintain a continuous talent pipeline, with significant emphasis on efforts to diversify the profession, enhance and promote student programs including CASE ASAP, the CASE Advancement Internship Program and oversight to CASE Career Central. Anita earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in Education from North Carolina State University.

Kristy Wasilewski, Donor Services Specialist, North Carolina State University

Kristy Wasilewski joined NC State University as a Donor Services Specialist in September 2015. She serves as a central resource for campus partners, working closely with accounting and general counsel to approve and offer creative solutions for gift agreements, organizing the endowment reporting process for 2,800 reports, and tracking distinguished professorship endowments. Kristy previously served in donor relations roles at a community foundation and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In her free time, she enjoys crafting and volunteering in communications and event planning roles for an animal rescue.

Steve Watt, Assistant Vice President of Development and Gift Planning, University of North Carolina General Administration

Steve Watt is Assistant Vice President of Development and Gift Planning at the University of North Carolina General Administration. He has worked in fundraising and college/university advancement for 39 years and has specialized in planned giving since 1987. A native of New Jersey, Steve graduated from Muskingum College (Ohio) with a degree in speech communication. He received his Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education Leadership. During the course of his career, Steve has worked at Muskingum College, Newberry College (SC), UNC-Greensboro, the YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem, Guildford College, the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation, and most recently 10 years at North Carolina State University. He is a past president of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, an affiliate of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, a past secretary of the Wake County Estate Planning Council, a board member of the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He previously served on the board of the Financial Planning Association of the Triangle. Steve has been a frequent speaker for seminars and workshops on planned giving, including the Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference in Washington, DC, the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, the Kanuga Planned Giving Conference, and many North Carolina fundraising programs.

Brent Winter, Writer and Editor, University Communications, North Carolina State University

Brent Winter is a Writer and Editor with University Communications at North Carolina State University. He has more than 20 years of experience in publishing and communications, ranging from scholarly journals and literary magazines to book publishing and higher ed marketing. At NC State Brent advances the university’s brand by editing and proofreading marketing, advertising and promotional materials in both print and digital formats. He also writes and edits news and feature articles for the Bulletin, NC State’s weekly faculty/staff e-newsletter, and he writes, edits and proofreads for Results magazine, which covers the university’s research achievements. In addition, he provides communications planning services for partners on campus. Brent is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and he earned an MFA in creative writing from NC State.

Brandon Wright, Associate Director of Gift Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brandon Wright joined University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Office of Gift Planning in June 2015. As Associate Director, he assists donors seeking to make current and future gifts to nine of Carolina’s schools and units. Before joining Carolina’s gift planning team, Brandon spent more than 10 years with UNC School of Law’s office of development. Brandon held several positions at Carolina Law including Assistant Dean of Advancement, Associate Director of Development, and Deputy Director of Development. In these roles, Brandon served as the primary staff liaison (and assistant secretary) to the UNC Law Foundation’s board of directors, managed a major gifts portfolio and the Law Annual Fund, and oversaw the School’s annual stewardship functions. Brandon also served as Associate Dean for External Relations at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law from January 2001 – September 2004. He began his professional career at Wachovia Bank. He held several positions within the bank in the Triad, Triangle and Sandhills regions of North Carolina before transitioning to higher education fundraising. Brandon is member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council. He is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University.

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