JEREMY ALLEN, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL SUPPORT AND ADVANCEMENT COMMUNICATIONS, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Jeremy Allen's eight years in University Advancement span three different institutions. He started his fundraising career at Elon University where he held multiple roles on the annual giving team, helping to create Elon's first-ever giving day and steadily increase alumni participation rates. He later served as Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado, helping to grow and engage the university's 130,000 member alumni network. Jeremy now serves as the Senior Director of Annual Support and Advancement Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he leads a four-person annual giving team charged with raising $4 million in annual unrestricted gifts for the school. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
AL BARNETT, DIRECTOR OF GIFT PLANNING, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL & TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
After completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, Al Barnett began career his 15-year Financial Services career with BB&T’s Scott & Stringfellow Inc. He worked with small business owners, executives, retirees, and professional athletes in the areas of portfolio construction, financial management, and estate planning. He is a passionate leader who remains amazed how much can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit. His 20-year marriage to Katina S. Barnett has allowed him to enhance his patience and fine tune his skills of diplomacy and negotiation. Al and Katina have a high school freshman son named Alonza, and a sixth-grade daughter named Makenna. Al’s love of driving has enabled him to chauffeur his kids to each school, church, academic and athletic event with unbridled excitement. Al has served on over 10 Boards in the Piedmont Triad community including Junior Achievement, The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Greensboro Historical Museum. He enjoys reading, being able to outrun his kids, and arriving in the office before the cleaning crew has completed their tasks.
PATRICIA BERRY, CO-CREATOR, HEURISTA, CO.
Patricia Berry is a self-proclaimed “socialized data wonk” who brings to the Heurista Institute a unique background as an Accenture consulting alumna along with 17+ years’ experience leading fundraising organizations that range from Ivy league with global reach to faith-based serving local communities. Most recently, she led the Faculty, Staff and Retiree Campaign for the University of Michigan, along with acting as Director of Development at the University of Michigan Libraries. Her broad interests in positive psychology, permaculture design theory and the placemaking movement have resulted in a unique approach that fosters collaborative thinking and creative solutions for client organizations that depend on good relationships to achieve their missions.
JESSIE BLEKFELD-SZTRAKY, STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST, NC STATE UNIVERSITY
Jessie Blekfeld-Sztraky is a Stewardship Specialist with Development, Communications and Stewardship at North Carolina State University. She manages the stewardship of all university-wide scholarships, is responsible for creating donor impact reports and works closely with the Director of Stewardship to develop principal-level stewardship plans and opportunities. Prior to coming to NC State, Jessie was the Advancement Services Manager with UNC School of Law, where she was responsible for the annual stewardship of all endowments, prospect management and managing data projects for constituent and giving reports. Jessie, a native of North Carolina and a 2011 graduate of Mary Baldwin College with double majors in International Economics/Business and Asian Studies. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two dogs.
RYAN BROWN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, 160over90
Ryan Brown joined the 160over90 team in 2006, managing teams and leading strategy development for consumer brands like Under Armour, Ferrari North America, and American Eagle Outfitters. In addition, Ryan has spearheaded rebranding initiatives and major comprehensive campaigns for the likes of Michigan State University, Miami University, University of Houston, Trinity College, Tulane University, University of the Arts, and the University of Virginia, among others. His current focus pertains to advancement strategy and campaign key messaging, as well as guiding creative teams in the execution of inspiring development communications for donors and other key stakeholders
J CHRISTOPHER BUDDO, DEAN, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
J. Christopher Buddo has been Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University since 2012. He came to ECU in 2006 as Director of the School of Music. Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also taught at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. As a double bassist, he has performed with the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival in Door County Wisconsin and the Bedford Springs Music Festival in Pennsylvania. He has also played with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony. As a conductor, Dr. Buddo has led numerous opera productions, he has directed the Iowa City Youth Orchestra, and was the founding conductor of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
ALLAN BURROWS, PRESIDENT, CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Allan Burrows has been with Capital Development Services for over 20 years, and manages the company's marketing, campaign and search divisions. In his 30+ years of fundraising experience, Allan has run capital, endowment, and comprehensive campaigns throughout the Southeastern U.S. for all types of nonprofits. Allan is widely recognized for his expertise in building leadership, strategizing major gift solicitations, and is skilled at delivering strategic insights to advance development and executive search work with nonprofits of all sizes and missions. He brings decades of experience in board development, strategic and campaign planning, and capacity building, and is a frequently requested and dynamic speaker, known for sharing relevant and interesting stories from his own experience with CapDev clients.
An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Allan began his work in 1986 as a development officer at the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina. In 1990, Allan became vice president for development and operations at the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, prior to joining Capital Development Services in 1994, and becoming president in 2006. Allan was awarded the Triad AFP Fundraiser of the Year in 2011.
Additionally Allan has served on several area boards, including serving as senior warden and stewardship chairman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Forsyth County; Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem; Creative Corridors Coalition; JDRF; and the N.C. Center for Nonprofits.
CHRIS CARNAL, PRESIDENT & CEO, TIAA CHARITABLE
Chris Carnal's joined TIAA in 2016 as Head of Fundraising & Distribution and was promoted to President and CEO in 2018. Prior to TIAA, Chris was a member of the Operating Committee and the Head of Fundraising at Fidelity Charitable where he led their national fundraising and complex assets teams, responsible for strategic direction, alignment, and execution. Chris and his teams have raised over $16B and granted over $10B to non-profits. Prior to Fidelity Charitable, Chris was president, managing partner and founder of Protective Wealth Management, an investment platform start-up offering a variety of advisory services to registered investment advisors. Earlier in his career, Chris held senior positions with Allianz, Legg Mason, and ING in sales and distribution roles. In addition to Protective Wealth Management, Mr. Carnal has founded three other companies: Krosswalk, an augmented reality CRM, Honest Guys Pizza, a family entertainment concept and Alternative Distributors, a global import/export company.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University and resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his wife, Amanda, their three children, Grace, Katherine and Claire, and their two yellow labs, Cisco and Pancho.
CAL CHRISTIAN, PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Cal Christian Cal Christian is a Professor of Accounting at East Carolina University (ECU) teaching International Accounting and Accounting for Decision Making for MBAs. Cal has been named an ECU College of Business Fellow and has been awarded the University of NC Board of Governor’s Outstanding Teaching Award and The College of Business ECU Scholar/Teacher. Cal also has had several service responsibilities within ECU including currently serving as The Faculty Athletic Representative and having served as an ECU Faculty Senator for over 12 years. Cal has his Ph.D. from Florida State University and his BAccy from the University of Mississippi.
Cal is a registered CPA in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi and has over 10 years of experience in both the public accounting profession with the former international accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney in Houston, TX, and Jackson, MS, and in industry with LDDS (the predecessor to WorldCom) and the Mississippi law firm of Holcomb, Dunbar.
Cal also teaches continuing education classes for the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA), AICPA, CPA firms, and publicly traded companies—and has been recognized as an NCACPA Outstanding Conference Speaker. Cal has been the opening orientation speaker for all incoming ECU freshmen students and parents since 2011 and presented at the UNC Controller’s Conference in 2018. Cal has been involved within the CPA profession as an NCACPA Board Member and within the Greenville Community as President of the Eastern NC Ronald McDonald House
CANDACE CLARK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DONOR RELATIONS & REVENUE MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Candace Clark began her career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with the UNC School of Medicine and joined the Office of University Development in 1988 in its Office of Gift Planning. During her 22 years in planned giving, Clark served many roles including associate director of gift planning and trust administration where she was responsible for managing and marketing Carolina’s life income gift programs and stewarding its donors. In 2010, Clark was named Director of Gift Services, overseeing the acceptance, recording and receipting of all charitable gifts and commitments to Carolina as well as the conversion and implementation from the University’s home-grown alumni database to Blackbaud CRM in 2013. In December 2017, Clark was named Executive Director of Donor Relations and Revenue Management, adding responsibility for central donor relations and stewardship activities including gift agreement creation and maintenance, Chancellor and Vice Chancellor acknowledgements, management of annual and cumulative recognition societies, management of scholarship stewardship, and annual endowment reporting including highly personalized unified reporting to a select group of major and principal gifts donors.
KINNA CLARK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF GIFT PLANNING SERVICES, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SYSTEM
Kinna Clark is the Associate Director of Gift Planning Services for The University of North Carolina System. In her 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.
Prior to joining the UNC System Office, Kinna served as the Major & Planned Gifts Officer at North Carolina Central University School of Law for two years. During her time at the 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 the 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 and National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. 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, PRESIDENT & CEO, ADVIZOR SOLUTIONS
Doug Cogswell is the founder and current President & CEO of ADVIZOR Solutions, a Business Intelligence software company that is all about enabling people to better understand and analyze their data. Under Doug’s leadership, ADVIZOR has been delivering data discovery solutions in a variety of industries for over 15 years, and in particular, has been #1 in fundraising analytics for over 12 years. By combining ADVIZOR’s cutting-edge software with services of a team of data and analytics experts, we are giving people quick easy access to their data in a visual interactive format that is transforming the way they make decisions, improving overall performance, and creating a culture of analytics.
With a degree in physics and engineering from Dartmouth, an MBA from Harvard, strategy consulting experience with both Bain and Booze Allen, and over 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.
KEITH CRADLE, PH.D., YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MECKLENBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Dr. Keith Cradle is the Youth Program Director for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and responsible for youthful offenders dealing with incarceration and the staff associated with successful implementation of rehabilitation/re-entry and youth development programs/initiatives Dr. Cradle is currently on the Board of Directors for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (www.bechtler.org), Inspire the Fire (www.inspirethefire.org) and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Mecklenburg County. Keith’s involvement and commitment to the development of the arts and cultural sectors of Charlotte have led him to start a podcast “Crafted with Cradle” and co-create the Jail Arts Project with the Bechtler Museum that works with youth in detention discover, cultivate and harness their appreciation for art. Additionally, his first book is entitled “Cut the Check! Successful Strategies for Increasing Donor Engagement and Fundraising” and aims to help nonprofits become more sustainable.
His community-based initiatives have been awarded the 2001 NACO award for outstanding program of the year in the state of North Carolina, the Golden Project Award 2004 from the North Carolina Public Health Association, the Kathy Kerr Outstanding Health Education Project Award 2004, 2006 APPCNC Award for pregnancy prevention program of the year in North Carolina, and the 2007 Outstanding Service Award from Crossroads Charter High School [CMS]. In 2012, he was awarded the Young and Powerful for Obama Rising Star Award and in 2018 the Excellence in Leadership for Public Service award from UNC-Charlotte. He was previously selected into the Community Building Initiatives Leaders under 40 and Charlotte Style Magazines 75 Most Stylish.
Dr. Cradle is a native of White Plains, NY, currently resides in Charlotte, NC and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was 2018 initiate of UNC-Charlotte’s Graduate Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta (National academic honor society). He has a BA in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MBA/MSL from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC and his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership & Management from Walden University in Baltimore, MD.
JACLYN DAY, ANNUAL GIVING MANAGER, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
As a professional fundraiser with ten years of fundraising experience, Jaclyn Pingel Day found her love for annual giving as a student caller at Brigham Young University. Currently, she is the Annual Giving Manager at UNC School of the Arts and oversees all aspects of the annual giving program, including direct mail, UNCSA’s annual Day of Giving, the Giannini Society – UNCSA’s outstanding leadership gifts program – and more. Working for UNCSA has blended her love for the arts and passion for higher education. Jaclyn obtained her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University.
CYNTHIA DOWNING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL & TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Cynthia Downing is currently the Executive Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning at North Carolina A&T State University. She has more than 16 years of experience in career services, including roles as career counselor, assistant director and later associate director for Career Counseling Programs and associate director of Career Services/Employer Relations. Ms. Downing is a member of several professional organizations in which she has held leadership roles, including the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers, National Career Development Association and the National Association of Professional Women. She has participated in corporate training programs with the National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program (Florida), Cargill (Minnesota), National Security Agency (Maryland), Milliken (South Carolina), NC Aquarium (North Carolina), Fastenal (North Carolina), Adtran (Alabama), Amazon (Illinois) and Sonoco (South Carolina). In 2011, she was recognized by the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program as the HBCU Campus Liaison of the Year. She was also awarded the 2017 Student Affairs Outstanding Employer Award and nominated for the University’s Teamwork and Performance awards. Ms. Downing earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University and a master’s in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T. She is a certified True Colors Facilitator, Business Etiquette Consultant, Global Career Development Facilitator, Master Career Development Professional and a graduate of the NACE’s Management Leadership Institute.
CHRISTOPHER DYBA, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Christopher Dyba is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Duke University. Upon completion of graduate school, Dyba joined the development office at Duke and worked for eight years as both an annual fund reunion giving officer and a major gift officer. After Duke, Dyba worked for more than six years at Auburn University as the Director of Advancement for the College of Business managing a team and the campaign through its successful completion. A native of Louisiana, Dyba returned to aid Tulane University in its post-Hurricane Katrina efforts to reestablish its advancement office. While at Tulane, Dyba served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Development where he built development teams for ten schools and units, managed the annual fund program, and served as a principal and international gift officer.
Dyba has been the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at East Carolina University and President of the ECU Foundation since March of 2014.
STEPHANIE EDWARDS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING, WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Stephanie Edwards is the assistant director of annual giving at Western Carolina University. After graduating from western Carolina University in 2009, she served as the marketing and communications manager at a conference and retreat center before beginning her career in annual giving. She began working at Western Carolina University in 2017 and manages the call center and student philanthropy, as well as coordinates direct mail and email solicitation strategies. Stephanie also assists with the planning and implementation of I love WCU, WCU’s month-long fundraising initiative to engage alumni, students, faculty and staff.
WHITNEY EGSTAD, PROGRAM MANAGER, ACADEMIC IMPRESSIONS
Whitney Egstad's mission is to optimize your organization by cultivating lifelong learners across your shop. For twelve years, she has designed empowering learning experiences for diverse groups of professionals and students. As program manager at Academic Impressions, she partners with the research team identifies trends and best practices and collaborates with subject matter experts to build professional development programs for leaders in advancement. She has designed and facilitated practical training to reach every corner of the advancement shop.
MORGAN ELLIS, CONTENT MANAGER, UNC OFFICE OF UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
Morgan Ellis is a content manager on the marketing team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of University Development. In this role, he manages Carolina Stories — a website that aggregates stories from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now an annual printed magazine. He also leads or contributes to a variety of other marketing and communications projects. Prior, Morgan wrote major gift proposals for the UNC Development Office. Before that, he spent more than seven years as the Special Projects Editor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, managing social media, web content, and print projects.
MEGAN ELLISOR, SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Megan Ellisor is a social media specialist at North Carolina State University. After interning with Team USA during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, she returned to her alma mater to join the Social Media Strategy Hub, where she plans, executes and optimizes organic and paid social media campaigns. Megan has led NC State’s homecoming week social media strategy for the past two years, garnering more than 11 million impressions per year. Although Megan planned on becoming a journalist after four years of working at NC State’s student newspaper, her love of pop culture references, witty copy, and the university atmosphere made the Social Media Hub a perfect fit. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Communication – Media with minors in International Studies and Spanish..
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KIM GARCIA, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL EVENTS, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Kim Garcia has worked in several departments at Duke, Duke Temporary Services, Duke Stores, and Duke Children’s Hospital. She also spent several years in marketing and public relations at the Duke/New York Life Joint Venture, Wellpath Community health plans. Kim has been with the Office of University Development since 1999 and was promoted to Director in 2006. As director, Kim manages a staff of six and oversees and manages the departmental budget. Kim and her staff create, implement and execute over 100 events a year for the university.
Highlights of Kim’s Duke career include helping to set up an electronic order and inventory system for Duke mail order, coordinating celebrity participation at the duke children's classic, planning and executing the first duke children's teddy bear ball, and planning and executing the Duke forward launch and regional events.
Kim holds a B.S.B.A. from Appalachian State University. These days, Kim’s time outside of work is mostly spent watching her sons play baseball & basketball, working on the school PTA's, and volunteering with Westminster Presbyterian Church.
LAUREN GREGG, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
Lauren Gregg is the Senior Director of University Events and Programs at UNC Charlotte and has more than 15 years of public relations, marketing, and events experience. She is responsible for leading the university events team in developing and implementing strategic events that will build relationships and strengthen ties to the university. This team focuses on university events hosted by the chancellor including UNC Charlotte’s six annual commencement ceremonies. Lauren is also responsible for the programming and coordination of the UNC Charlotte civic series presented by Bank of America, which works to bring renowned speakers to Charlotte discuss current issues.
Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Lauren served as associate director of university special events at NC State University, managing the planning, execution and promotion of all chancellor-level events. She also served NC State in several other communications and marketing roles. Before her time at NC State, Lauren served in various communications roles throughout state government including as assistant press secretary in the Office of the Governor.
RANDY HAM, ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALUMNI RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Randy Ham is an Associate Executive Director of Alumni Relations at North Carolina State University where he oversees engagement/outreach, data analysis, and Park Center facilities operations.
Ham graduated from NC State with bachelor’s degrees in business management and economics. He worked as a financial analyst for the Dun & Bradstreet Corp. in Greensboro and Raleigh, NC returning to NC State in 1987 as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.
Ham became the Director of Alumni/Donor Records in the newly formed Advancement Services office at NC State in 1993, supervising the bio and gift processing staff and responsible for developing new alumni and donor reports.
Returning to the NC State Alumni Association in 2000 as an Associate Executive Director, Ham has supervised the areas of marketing, membership, alumni networks and business operations. He served as the association’s liaison during the design and construction of the Park Alumni Center, working with the building committee, construction manager and architect on the $24 million project.
Ham speaks at a wide range of alumni association events and loves to travel internationally.
MEGAN HAYES, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR AND CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Megan Hayes has a background in marketing and public relations work with university, corporate, civic and government leaders, particularly as related to regional economic development, brand management and positioning in regional and national markets, college markets and the local tourism economy. Her skills and areas of expertise include brand management; crisis management and communication; developing and executing organizational marketing and communication plans; team development and project management for maximum productivity, efficiency and employee morale. She manages the Appalachian State University communications team and the university’s content management and marketing strategies. For 11 years, she has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Appalachian, and currently teaches a course in the university’s Department of Marketing. Megan is accredited in Public Relations with the Public Relations Society of America and is certified in crisis communications and media crisis interview and response training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Appalachian State University and a M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. She loves podcasts and hosts the Appalachian State Unversity's SoundAffect podcast. She also loves roller skating with her family, playing with her new kitten and running with her dog.
AYANA D. HERNANDEZ, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
Ayana D. Hernandez joined North Carolina Central University in 2012 as Director of Public Relations and was promoted to her current position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing in November 2015. In this position, she leads the Office of Communications and Marketing team and is responsible for all internal and external communications, including brand promotion, marketing and engagement activities. Hernandez was a Vice President at Fleishman-Hillardional Communications in Raleigh prior to joining NCCU. There she created earned-media opportunities for clients on a national level, created marketing and communications materials and assisted with strategy and content for social media accounts.
Earlier in her career, Hernandez helped to manage communications and media relations for Episcopal Relief and Development. She began her career in the magazine publishing industry and served on the editorial staff at Essence and Heart & Soul magazines in New York City.
Hernandez has a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and minor in Writing from Spelman College.
JEFF HILL, CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Jeff Hill is the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Campaign Director. In that role, he manages strategy, reporting and logistics for University’s forthcoming campaign. He also provides campaign advice and counsel to Carolina’s 26 schools and units with development operations. Previously, he was Director of Advancement at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. He lives in Chapel Hill with wife Melanie, son Tyler and dog Wilson.
PENELEPE C. HUNT, SENIOR CONSULTANT & PRINCIPAL, MARTS & LUNDY
Penelepe Hunt joined Marts & Lundy in 2013 after 28 years as an advancement professional, 24 spent in higher education and four in the arts. As Penelepe’s professional responsibilities grew, culminating in her position as Vice Chancellor for Development at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), so too did Penelepe’s role as a mentor for fellow development professionals. While at UIC, Penelepe consulted with a variety of nonprofit organizations, providing executive coaching and facilitating training programs for deans, senior academic leaders and development staff.
Penelepe’s tenure at UIC spanned nine years, from 2004 to 2013, during which time she led a $650 million comprehensive campaign. The campaign ultimately exceeded its goal by $26 million. Prior to her move to Chicago, Penelepe served as Associate Vice President and Campaign Director for Northwestern University. During her 12 years at Northwestern, Penelepe designed and led a successful $1.5 billion campaign. In her early career, Penelepe worked for the nonprofit arts community, serving as director of development for the Des Moines Art Center and the Illinois Arts Alliance.
A frequent faculty member for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Penelepe created and chaired the national conference, Advanced Development for Deans, and was chair of the 2012 CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders. Penelepe was awarded CASE’s prestigious Steuben Apple for excellence in teaching. Her book, Development for Academic Leaders, a Practical Guide to Fundraising Success, was published in the fall of 2012. In May 2013, Penelepe’s numerous contributions to philanthropy were recognized by the Chicago Chapter of the AFP with the Benjamin Franklin Award.
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ERIC JAVIER, PRINCIPAL & MANAGING DIRECTOR, CCS FUNDRAISING
Eric B. Javier is a Principal and Managing Director with CCS, the largest fundraising strategy and management firm in the world. Established in 1947, CCS designs and implements significant fundraising campaigns and programs for leading non-profit institutions.
For the last 20 years, Eric has advised leading executives and trustees from across the nonprofit sector. He has helped design and direct more than 200 fundraising campaigns and initiatives that have raised more than $2 billion to make a positive difference in communities all around the world. Eric’s primary areas of expertise include feasibility and planning studies; capital and endowment campaigns; major donor programs; principal gift solicitation strategies; strategic development planning; case messaging and development; and coaching and training.
He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and professional conferences, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Eric is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. Eric, his wife Kristin, and their two daughters reside in Westchester, NY.
KIT JENKINS, DONOR SERVICES SPECIALIST, NC STATE UNIVERSITY
Kit Jenkins has over 30 years of practical experience as a non-profit professional supporting national, regional and local organizations. She is internationally recognized as a trainer and for program evaluation, development and management. Jenkins joined the NC State Donor Services team in 2016.
ANN E. KAPLAN, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE VSE PROGRAM, CASE
Ann Kaplan is the senior director of the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) program at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She joined CASE in July 2018, when CASE acquired the VSE program. Ms. Kaplan manages the VSE survey, the annual survey on charitable support of education institutions since 1957, and she directs the companion benchmarking program, Data Miner.
Prior to joining CASE, Ms. Kaplan was a vice president at the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), where she also directed the VSE program. She held this position from 2001 to 2018.
Ms. Kaplan joined CAE after serving for ten years as the principal researcher and editor of Giving USA, the annual report on philanthropy in the United States, published by the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy, now called The Giving Institute. Ms. Kaplan continues to serve as an adviser to that publication.
Ms. Kaplan has served as consultant or adviser on the topic of charitable giving for the Foundation Center, the President’s Council on Philanthropy (under President Clinton), the Treasury Department, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics.
She is the author of “What We Know About Women as Donors,” published in the journal New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising as well as multiple annual editions of Giving USA and Voluntary Support of Education.
She holds a baccalaureate degree, cum laude, in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.
EILEEN KEELEY, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COLLEGE RELATIONS, DAVIDSON COLLEGE
Eileen Keeley has spent her career increasing understanding of and support for her alma mater, Davidson College. A 1989 Davidson graduate, she currently serves as Davidson’s vice president for college relations, overseeing an 80-person staff responsible for fundraising, alumni and family relations, donor relations, advancement services and operations, and the Charlotte region’s all-classical music service, 89.9 WDAV. Eileen assumed the vice presidency in March 2006, after serving as Davidson’s director of development, director of alumni relations and in positions of increasing responsibility in the college’s development office.
Eileen currently oversees the Game Changers campaign, which exceeded its $425 million goal 15 months early. By the time the campaign ends in June 2019, it will have exceeded $500 million and achieved an alumni participation rate exceeding 70%. Eileen serves on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.
Through the inspiration of her daughter and with her family, Eileen co-founded a non-profit in 2013, E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide, which has worked successfully with 140 schools in the Charlotte Region to help more than 8,000 families bridge the digital divide using laptops, digital access, and computer training provided by E2D.
An advocate for access and affordability and a diehard fan of the Davidson Wildcats and Carolina Panthers, Eileen and her husband, Pat Millen, have three children: Paddy, 21, Franny, 18, and Sam, 14.
MISSY KENNEDY, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
Missy Kennedy serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In this role, she oversees annual giving, leadership annual giving, communications and stewardship, in addition to providing a strategic vision for the division and the UNCW Alumni Association. Missy’s 18-year career in annual giving, marketing and promotions includes work with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NextMedia Group and the House of Blues.
Missy received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UNC Wilmington and has served as a staff member for over 11 years, receiving recognition as an Award of Excellence Nominee and outstanding internship supervisor. Missy has been recognized by CASE as a stellar speaker and her teams have earned Special Merit and Grand Excellence Awards as well as overall fundraising improvement. She has also served as a presenter for the Annual Giving Network.
RANDY KINDER, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, ZEAL GIVING SOLUTIONS
Randy Kinder is a champion for progressive philanthropic marketing and lean advancement operations. Over his 18-year career in higher education development, Randy journeyed from a Student Fundraiser to an Executive Director. Now, his newest venture (Zeal Giving Solutions) focuses on fluid multi-channel engagement, specialized project management solutions, and operational efficiency optimization. An adventurer by nature, Randy enjoys exploring emerging tactics in our industry and empowering other development professionals to become their best.
Based in Birmingham, AL, Randy enjoys bass fishing, camping, getting lost at farmer's markets, professional/personal development, public speaking, and, most of all, being "Dad" to his two boys (Andy 8, Chris 3.) Randy and his wife of 17 years, Kim, actually worked together as student callers while studying at Colorado State University.
LINDSAY LEROY, DIRECTOR, ALUMNI RELATIONS; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNCW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
Lindsay LeRoy is the director of alumni relations at UNCW and the executive director of the UNCW Alumni Association. Lindsay and her team work to engage UNCW’s alumni body of just over 80,000 into the life of the university.
Since 2014, Lindsay has successfully managed the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors and assumed the responsibilities of strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, staff management, along with the preservation and operations of the of the Wise Alumni House. Prior to that, Lindsay served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Chapter Management, building and managing the association’s regional chapter program. Over the past 11 years of her service and leadership, the alumni program has engaged record numbers of alumni in volunteering, event participation, and philanthropy.
Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining UNCW, she was employed at the University of Maryland in the Smith School of Business.
As a Pennsylvania native, Lindsay has consistently moved south in search of sunny weather. Lindsay and her husband Keith reside in Wilmington, NC and have a seven-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, dog, and cat. They enjoy all beach activities, but take advantage of every opportunity to travel back to the mountains to ski and snowboard.
D J. LEWIS, III, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ADVANCEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (UNCSA)
Ed Lewis joined UNCSA in 2015 as Vice Chancellor for Advancement to develop, implement and lead the university’s major fundraising initiative “Powering Creativity: The Campaign for UNCSA.” Previously he was Senior Director of Development at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he provided strategic direction for a comprehensive fundraising program for one of the nation’s leading university presenting programs and the university’s arts schools as part of UMD’s historic $1 billion campaign “Great Expectations.”
Ed holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He is a violist and also an alumnus of the University of Maryland School of Music where he studied chamber music with the Guarneri String Quartet. Ed’s professional experiences include performing as a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Toledo Symphony.
JUSTIN LEWTER, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Justin Lewter is the Director of Development for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University. He has served in this role since December 2016. Mr. Lewter is committed to enhancing the educational and experiential learning opportunities for students at North Carolina A&T. Prior to coming to NC A&T, Mr. Lewter worked with the Boy Scouts of America.
DAVID LIBENGOOD, SENIOR DIRECTOR, RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT, TIAA KASPICK
David Libengood has over 30 years of experience in the planning, administration, and investment of planned gifts. He is currently Vice Chair-Business of the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) and formerly served as chair of its Rates Committee. He is also a past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England. Prior to joining TIAA Kaspick in 2001, he was responsible for gift planning, trust and bequest administration, and the investment of life income gifts at The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Mr. Libengood graduated with high honors from the American Bankers Association’s National Graduate Trust School and is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA).
He holds a Bachelors of Music Performance degree and an MBA with distinction from The University of Michigan.
KESTREL LINDER, CEO, GIVECAMPUS
Kestrel Linder is the CEO of GiveCampus, the social fundraising and engagement platform trusted by more than 500 educational institutions for giving days, reunions and class giving campaigns, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer fundraising, and volunteer management. A recognized leader in digital innovation and entrepreneurship, Kestrel speaks regularly on the evolution of web platforms, social media, and online marketplaces; the dynamics that drive user adoption and retention across different demographics and social networks; digital engagement and best practices; and the future of advancement amidst rapid technological change.
ANNE MANNER-MCLARTY, PRESIDENT & LEAD STRATEGIST, HEURISTA
Anne Manner-McLarty is lead strategist for the donor recognition firm, Heurista, founder of the Heurista Institute, and managing editor of the Journal of Donor Relations and Stewardship. She founded Heurista in 2011, to address the growing complexities of donor relations and stewardship. She and her team work with nonprofits to develop authentic, sustainable programs that provide meaningful connections between mission, beneficiaries, and donors.
THOMAS MANSHACK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Thomas Manshack is Associate Director of Development in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at NC State University, where he focuses on developing University partnerships with locally and nationally relevant funding organizations. He has over a decade of wide-ranging experience in higher-ed advancement at NC State University, the University of North Carolina, and Sewanee; including extensive experience securing gifts from corporate and nonprofit partners toward major research initiatives.
Thomas received his B.A. at Sewanee, with a double-major in English and Philosophy. He lives in Cary with his wife Sarah and three children.
DAVID MASICH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF GIFT PLANNING, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
David Masich joined the Office of Gift Planning as Executive Director in May 2016. His career spans 30 years during which time he has worked for universities in leadership roles for planned giving (College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina), non-profits and financial institutions. As a gift planner, he teaches donors about ways to support the organizations they care about while encouraging holistic thinking about their personal legacies. David also has experience acting as a fiduciary in estate and trust administration.
David is a past president of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council and in 2013, he was recognized as the 2013 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Lowcountry Chapter.
David was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and his roots are tied to NC State. His father, an electrical engineer, attended "State College." David received a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. In addition, he has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Columbia International University.
BROCK MATTHEWS, ASSISTANT DEAN FOR ADVANCEMENT, COLLEGE OF SCIENCES, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Brock Matthews joined the NC State College of Sciences in August of 2013 and has been in his current role as Assistant Dean for Advancement since March of 2016. Brock oversees fundraising and constituent engagement for the College of Sciences and is currently leading the College’s efforts to raise $60M for the university’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign. He also serves as president of the NC State College of Sciences Foundation where he manages the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Before joining NC State’s advancement team, Brock served as the Director of Development for Major Gifts in Cardiology at the UNC Medical Foundation. He also worked for Emory University for nearly 10 years in various roles including Chief Development Officer for University Libraries and Senior Director of Annual Giving. Brock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Emory University.
SHINIKA MCKIEVER, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Shinika McKiever is a leader, an innovative and intellectual thinker, a dreamer and doer, as well as a believer of the power of positivity and leading from within. She is passionate about helping others, community engagement, giving back, and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. Her greater purpose is using her talents for the good of others and her professional niche is philanthropy, resource and community development, and nonprofit management.
She currently serves as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Division of University Advancement at NC A&T State University. Shinika received a B. A. in Political Science and minor in African- American studies from the University at North Carolina—Greensboro and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Leadership Studies at NC A&T State University. Her past recognitions include Leadership Winston-Salem Class of 2017 inductee, 2016 Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business, 2016 Wells Fargo Piedmont Triad Chapter Volunteer of the Year, and 2015 Winston under 40 Leadership Award. She has volunteered with numerous local nonprofit organizations and served on the boards of community nonprofits such as the Black Philanthropy Initiative, Horizons Residential Care Center, Dress for Success, and Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.
Shinika enjoys spending time with her family and two fur babies, writing, traveling, photography, crafting, and baking. She feels that it is important to give back so she is also passionate about mentoring, coaching, and helping others develop their ideas and potential.
LORENA MCLAREN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Lorena McLaren joined NC State in November 2015 as Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations. Lorena engages with university leadership to build and direct a central program that establishes and fosters successful partnerships with industry and foundations to support university priorities. Her experience in Corporate & Foundation Relations includes roles at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Washington.
Lorena has been involved in the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) since its formation in 2007, including committee roles, conference host, and facilitating mastery sessions. She served a three-year term as Vice President, President, and Past President from 2010-2013.
Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University and a Master’s degree in Education from Western Washington University. Lorena was born and raised in the Seattle area.
MISTY MCMILLAN, WEB CONTENT MANAGER, FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
As Web Content Manager, Misty McMillan oversees the content creation and website launch at FSU. In her role, she is developing a unified vision, framework, and voice for the university website resulting in a 12% increase in views and increased enrollment. The website has received the Judges’ Choice Gold award from HBCUgrow LEAD and a Special Merit Award from CASE District III.
Prior to joining FSU, Misty served as Director of Communications and Marketing at St. Andrews University. She also spent some time as an Art Director at a sports marketing company.
Misty began her career in visual design at a local newspaper. She is a native North Carolinian, a graduate of Liberty University, and currently lives in Scotland County with her husband and daughter.
MAGGIE MILLER, TRAINING GENERALIST FOR DEVELOPMENT TRAINING, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Alongside the Director of Development Training, Maggie Miller identifies and addresses training gaps, responds to training requests, and maintains the training resources for the Development Office. She is currently focusing on updating and streamlining the e-learning content for all development related training. Prior to joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2018, she was the sole Corporate Trainer at AGDATA, a Charlotte-based data management company. There she managed the cross-functional training needs of the organization, from new hire orientation to management training. Maggie received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Theater from North Carolina State University, where she attended as a Park Scholar.
STEPHANIE MONEY, DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY SPECIAL EVENTS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Stephanie Money currently serves as the Director of University Special Events at NC State University. Her duties include managing donor-related events, events at the chancellor’s residence, and overseeing the chancellor’s aides program. Prior to joining NC State in 2015, she spent seven years at Ravenscroft working as the director of special events and constituent relations. Stephanie holds a B.A. in communication studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in liberal studies from NC State University.
ISAAC MOORE, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT, WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
Issac Moore joined Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) as the director of alumni engagement in 2017. Since that time, his role has expanded. Moore sets the goals, strategies, and objectives for engaging alumni and friends through events, mass communications, and personal interactions, to increase advocacy and financial support for the University. He is responsible for the Annual Fund, which includes telephone campaigns, direct mail, e-appeals, and web-based appeals to support specific projects and unrestricted funds. He also works closely with the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors to develop and support collaborative initiatives designed to engage alumni as advocates and donors. Isaac is also an adjunct professor of First Year Experience.
Prior to coming to Winston-Salem, Isaac was the senior assistant director for alumni relations at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. In this role, he was not only the program director for the Bucknell Professional Network, but he recruited alumni advisory boards, designed and curated a social media presence and rebranded and restructured the unit and staff roles. He also implemented large-scale global events, a digital engagement strategy, a text-based communications platform and expanded engagement between alumni as far away as Asia and at companies as large as Google. Prior to Bucknell, Isaac served in several management roles in private education and industry. Those roles include associate director of admissions at Susquehanna University, associate director of recruitment at Harrisburg University and executive logistics manager at the Target Corporation.
LAURA HAYES MORGAN, PRESIDENT, CREATIVE EVENT STRATEGIES
Laura Hayes Morgan is a leader in event marketing execution and strategy. Working across the globe, she has the proven ability to create incredible experiences for donors, customers and senior executives.
A native New Yorker, her previous experience includes time at Lehman Brothers, most recently as vice president, event marketing and at Reuters where she established the international corporate events group. She has worked successfully throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia for major universities, corporations and us government delegations.
In 2003, she took on the newly created role of director of university events at UNC-Chapel Hill and created a large department that upon her departure in 2018 managed over 350 events a year. In her tenure at UNC, her teams organized the award-winning Carolina first campaign closing, planned the campus visit of President Barack Obama and most recently created and executed the “campaign for Carolina: for all kind” multi-city launch.
Laura is currently leading Creative Event Strategies (CESs), an event firm focused on delivering strategic returns for the investment, while providing extraordinary experiences for donors, prospects, and guests – from Durham to Dubai. CES provides end-to-end services, fully planning and flawlessly executing a range of events.
Laura resides in Chapel Hill with her husband Reg, three children and two golden doodles.
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TIM O’CONNELL, ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALUMN RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Tim O'Connell has witnessed a few national championship bonfires growing up in the heart of the Tobacco Road rivalry living in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. He attended Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina where he completed his undergraduate degree in journalism. He continued his educational tour of the UNC System by completing the dual masters' program at NC State in Public Administration and Natural Resource Management.
After graduating from NC State, O’Connell went on to a twenty-year career serving communities throughout the state with his work with the YMCA of the Triangle and Northwest North Carolina. During his tenure with the Y, he served as Executive Director and Vice President of Operations, overseeing some of the largest branch operations in North America with responsibilities for everything from fitness to fundraising. His love of NC State and the great work it does call him back to his current role as an Associate Executive Director for the NC State Alumni Association.
O’Connell has been married for 28 years. He has two amazing adult children who are working on degrees at NC State and ECU, respectively. His past times include his family, Wolfpack sports, running, sailing, fly fishing, being the president-elect for his local Rotary Cub and trying not to be stung as an NC Certified Beekeeper.
KETURA PARKER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, CAROLINA PERFORMING ARTS AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Ketura Parker is the associate director of development for Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. Being driven by her passion for the arts, she secures private support that ensures student engagement, artistic excellence, and artistic innovation. With more than a decade of fundraising experience, Ketura is an advocate for creating impactful opportunities in higher education that incite life-long learning, access, and innovation.
Ketura began her development career at UNC School of the Arts as the development officer for the Chancellor’s Office. She was later promoted to an annual fund manager. Returning to her alma mater in 2012, Ketura became an associate director of development for the Arts and Sciences Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill where she led the fundraising efforts for 10 academic departments and programs. Following her tenure there, she served as director of development for NC State’s College of Engineering where she acquired funding from alumni and corporations to meet the top programmatic priorities of the College and its Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Throughout her career, she has raised millions of dollars to cement educational initiatives for all.
Being an ambassador for children’s rights, Ketura was as a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for four years followed by service on the Children’s Law Center Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies from UNC-Greensboro—a tribute to her zeal for the world of apparel and design.
NICOLE PETERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR DIVISION OF ACADEMIC & STUDENT AFFAIRS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Nicole Peterson has more than 20 years of professional development experience. She has been at NC State for 14 years and founded the Division of Academic & Student Affairs development office in 2014. In this role, Nicole developed the unit’s fundraising infrastructure, identified fundraising initiatives, and has made significant progress by raising $20M toward NC State’s $1.6B Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign. She is especially proud of her current work fundraising for NC State’s most vulnerable students struggling with food, housing, and financial insecurity. Prior to building DASA’s development program, Nicole oversaw the Arts Development Office. During her time in the arts, she led the building campaign for the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC State’s first stand-alone art museum, which opened in 2017.
Before her tenure at NC State, Nicole honed her development skills at Duke University, George Washington University, the Corcoran Gallery of Art & Design, and Dartmouth College. She holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park.
In her free time, you will likely find Nicole screaming on the sidelines at her son’s various sporting events, having fun on the tennis court, or supporting a variety of Triangle-area arts organizations and Dress for Success.
SUSAN PETTYJOHN, SENIOR CONSULTANT, WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK, LLC
Susan Pettyjohn joined Washburn & McGoldrick in 2016 after 26 years in higher education advancement work at William and Mary and Appalachian State University. During her time at William and Mary from 1990 until 2007, Susan oversaw all areas of development and was instrumental in the successful conclusion of the $500 million Campaign for William and Mary in 2006.
In 2007, Susan became the Vice Chancellor for Advancement at Appalachian State University. She led the assessment, reorganization, planning, and implementation that culminated in the successful conclusion of the $200 million Campaign for Appalachian. As president of the ASU Foundation, she worked to develop a strong and vital board of directors and a more effective strategy for investing.
Susan serves as lead consultant for Western Carolina University, Rollins College and The Universities at Shady Grove. She has participated on projects for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University System of Maryland and UMD, the UVA Alumni Association, Denison University, Mount Holyoke College and Simmons College. She is also working with NC State on a Women in Philanthropy program.
Susan has been on the faculty of the National Planned Giving Institute at The College of William & Mary and completed the Cornell Administrative Management Institute.
Susan received a Bachelor of Music degree from UNCG and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from The College of William and Mary.
Susan is a member of William & Mary’s School of Education Development Board and serves on the steering committee for William & Mary Women. She is an avid sailor and taught sailing professionally to women for several years.
JALISHA PONE, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
Jalisha C. Pone was born and raised in Cumberland County, North Carolina and graduated from South View Senior High of Hope Mills, NC. Ms. Pone, now 31, 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 Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Currently, Jalisha serves as the Associate Director of Development at Fayetteville State University where she solicits and manages major gifts. Previously Ms. Pone 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 is the Nominating Chairperson for The Junior League of Fayetteville as well as the Immediate Past Chair of Fayetteville Young Professionals. In 2017, Jalisha was selected as one of the Fayetteville Observers 40 under 40 members. Ms. Pone is a firm believer that if serving is below you…leadership is beyond you, in other words, lead by example and not by words alone!
ROBERT "BOB" POOLE, SAAD & SHAW
Robert "Bob" Poole offers nearly 40 years of experience in higher education fund development, with expertise in corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, major gifts, and alumni giving. He is also skilled in the creation of effective marketing and public relations programs.
In his role as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Saad&Shaw, Poole applies his expertise to working with colleges and universities, with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities, and small colleges. His areas of expertise include:
1. Growing annual giving campaigns
2. Increasing donor participation
3. Structuring direct mail campaigns
4. Donor segmentation
5. Fundraising assessments (staff and donor base)
6. Board development
7. Prospect portfolio development and management
8. Donor analysis
Poole served for 14 years in institutional advancement at Meharry Medical College, most recently in the role of senior vice president. There, he partnered with the board of trustees and president toward successful completion of the historic $125 million Campaign for Meharry, and later he and his team helped secure more than $90 million in private philanthropy.
Poole launched his career at Fisk University before serving as director and vice chancellor for development at North Carolina Central University, where he launched and completed the institution’s first comprehensive campaign. He then served at Norfolk State University as vice president for development, expanding private giving and marketing initiatives and generating significant federal funding. He later returned to Fisk University as vice president for institutional advancement, and subsequently worked in the major gifts division at Dillard University.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Poole earned his degree in economics at Fisk University. He has served on a number of volunteer and community boards, including CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), and local American Heart Association, United Way, and Chambers of Commerce boards.
TIMOTHY J. PROSSER, J.D., RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, TIAA KASPICK
Timothy Prosser's joined TIAA Kaspick in 2009 with nearly 20 years of experience in legal practice and financial services. Prior to joining TIAA Trust Company in 2000, Mr. Prosser practiced law in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, and business succession planning with the firms of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Armstrong Teasdale Schlafly & Davis in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Prosser has served on the board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and is a past board member and president of the Saint Louis Planned Giving Council. Mr. Prosser received his JD degree and MA degree in Public Administration from St. Louis University in December 1990 and his BA in Russian Area Studies in 1987 from Loyola University, New Orleans.
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ANYA REID, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS, POOLE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Anya Reid joined NC State as the chief development officer for the Poole College of Management in November 2011. In her role, she oversees comprehensive fundraising and external relations/alumni relations efforts at the Poole College including collaboration with, and support of, volunteers, corporate and foundation partners, and other leaders in their related fundraising efforts. Anya came most recently to NC State from the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management where she held a similar position as assistant dean of external relations and development.
Before joining the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis as senior director of development in September 2005, Anya held marketing positions in the United States, Singapore, and Hong Kong with companies such as SAP Markets Asia Pacific, Similan.com Pte Ltd., Discovery Communications, and Turner International. She was also a brand manager for Southcorp Wines in the Napa Valley, one of the largest premium wine companies in the world at the time. Anya holds an MBA from UC Davis and a BA in history from Davidson College.
ELLEN RICHARDSON, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Ellen Richardson joined the alumni association in January 2011, bringing with her 10 years of experience in North Carolina state government from the state treasurer’s office. She is a two-time graduate of NC State, receiving her undergraduate degree in communication in 2001 and her M.A. in international studies with a concentration in communication in 2010. Ellen and her husband, Shane, live in Raleigh with their two sons.
ROBERT "ROB" ROBBINS, DIRECTOR, PROSPECT STRATEGY AND RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
Rob Robbins is Director of Prospect Strategy and Research at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a position he has held since October 2017. Prior to joining the advancement team at UNC Charlotte, Rob was Director, Research and Development Services at Saint Louis University from 2012 to 2017 and prior to that held mid to senior level prospect development and advancement services positions at the Saint Louis Zoo, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Central Florida. A longtime member of APRA, Rob has held leadership positions with that organization’s Florida and Missouri-Kansas chapters. Rob lives in Mint Hill, North Carolina with his wife Michelle and two children. .
BRYAN ROBINSON, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ADVANCEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
Bryan Robinson is the Vice Chancellor for Advancement at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. An experienced executive, Robinson has more than a decade of fundraising and development experience in higher education, including health care education. Prior to leading the UNCP Advancement Team, he served the University of Louisville for 10 years, first as the Senior Assistant Vice President and then as the Interim Vice President for Advancement at the University of Louisville. He also served in a Senior Director of Development and Campaign Planning role at Indiana University. He subsequently served as Assistant to the Dean and Senior Director of Development at Indiana University where he helped plan a $2.5 billion multi-campus comprehensive campaign. He began his career as principal and co-founder of a firm known as Equity, Inc., a commercial business consulting, development and asset sales and management enterprise Kentucky and Indiana. He co-founded the firm in 2000, building the company from start-up status before expanding to locations Tennessee as well. A Kentucky native from a small town, he holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and social change from Bellarmine University in Louisville. He holds a master’s degree in leadership in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in pre-law studies, both, from the University of Louisville. Active in his community, Robinson has served on numerous boards, councils, and committees in academia, state government and in the private sector. Bryan currently serves as a member of the Education Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
DAVID ROUTH, SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
David Routh is the University’s Senior Development Officer and oversees the Office of University Development staff. Routh is also the Executive Director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Inc., a nonprofit corporation that receives gifts on behalf of the University, its schools, and units. He is presently overseeing the Campaign for Carolina, the University’s most ambitious campaign in its history, with a goal to raise $4.25 billion.
Routh is a veteran corporate executive with extensive connections to philanthropy on campus as a staff member and volunteer. He served as managing director for U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, N.C., and before taking the Vice Chancellor’s post in October 2013, spent 17 years of his career serving individuals, families and their charitable interests, including colleges and universities, private foundations and charitable trusts.
He previously served as Carolina’s Director of Gift Planning in the Office of University Development from 2006-2009 during the Carolina First Campaign, which raised a record $2.38 billion over eight years. He has been vice chair of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors and chair of its Capital Campaign Planning Committee. He is a past board member and committee chair for the UNC Parents Council.
Routh resides in Chapel Hill with his wife, Jenny, also a Carolina graduate. They have three daughters – Elizabeth Routh Jalazo, Anna Routh Barzin, and Sallie Routh Gallagher – all Tar Heel alumni.
KRISTIN SACHS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, 160OVER90
Kristin Sachs is a supporter of the Philadelphia accent and engaging copywriting, in that order. After graduating from Fairfield University, she went on to learn the art of advertising at the Creative Circus in Atlanta. In her career thus far, she’s had the pleasure of writing and directing creative teams for a wide range of brands such as American Airlines, L.L.Bean, San Pellegrino, and Swarovski, along with an array of universities including East Carolina University, University of Vermont, Kent State University, and University of Florida. Additionally, she is a co-founder of Brine Street Picklery, a Philadelphia-based pickle company.
MIKE SANDERS, REGIONAL SALES MANAGER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SOLUTIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST, BLACKBAUD
Mike Sanders is the Regional Sales Manager for Higher Education Solutions in the Southeast at Blackbaud. Based in Charleston SC he has been with Blackbaud since 1996 and has worked in a variety of roles including customer support, training, consulting and sales. He also spent four years working in the Blackbaud Europe office in Glasgow, Scotland. He is married to Andrea and has an 18-year-old daughter Caroline and 14-year-old son David.
YUBISELA ARANDA SANDOVAL, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
Yubisela Aranda Sandoval is a UNCG alumna with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. She is the former Administrative Support Specialist to the director and associate director of Planned Giving at UNCG. She served as the primary contact for internal and external partners, assisted with marketing efforts, provided technical and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings and fundraising efforts. In mid-February of 2019, Yubi joined the Alumni Engagement team as an Assistant Director, with the objective to develop and oversee programming that increases alumni engagement.
She is actively involved with various non-profits and initiatives, such as the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford, synerG, Youth Focus, Let’s Learn Triad, Immigrant Fund, and FaithAction International House. Yubi enjoys working with these organizations because they give a voice to those underrepresented, while also helping young professionals grow and develop into future community leaders.
Yubi is the youngest of four, born in Mexico and raised in the U.S. She is married with two fur babies and expecting her first child. She enjoys trying new foods, dancing, traveling, and attending motivational/professional development workshops.
RONALD J. SCHILLER, FOUNDING PARTNER, ASPEN LEADERSHIP GROUP
Founding partner of the Aspen Leadership Group, Ronald J. Schiller is a nationally recognized advisor to nonprofit leaders. Ron has held leadership positions in seven educational and cultural institutions, including the University of Chicago, where he led a team of more than 450 that completed a $2.3 billion campaign and facilitated two nine-figure gifts. He serves on the faculty of the annual case conference, "inspiring the largest gifts of a lifetime,” and has served as co-chair of case's winter institute for chief development officers. He is the author of three books: The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising, Belief, And Confidence: Donors Talk About Successful Philanthropic Partnership, and Raising Your Organization’s Largest Gifts: A Principal Gifts Handbook.
JESSICA SCHRIDER-LABORDE, ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR OF ADVANCEMENT SERVICES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Jessica Schrider-LaBorde is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Services for the University of California, Davis. Jessica and her team develop and provide advancement services solutions with the front-line fundraiser in mind. With nearly 25 years of experience in corporate sales, political and nonprofit fundraising, and philanthropy operations, Jessica is passionate about improving both internal and external processes to drive a leaner, more efficient business while supporting the UC Davis philanthropic goals and priorities. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP), and is active in CASE as both a speaker and an awards judge for Advancement Services Programs. She has recently completed an Executive MBA program and holds a BS in Mass Communications and a BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University. When not fearlessly leading her team to new professional heights, she takes pleasure at home and abroad by gardening with her tween twins, supporting farm-to-fork initiatives, and sampling beverages from family-owned wineries and microbreweries with her charming husband. She is also a voracious reader who enjoys catnapping between chapters nearly as much as turning pages.
STACY SERENO, DONOR SERVICES SPECIALIST, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Stacy Sereno serves as Donor Services Specialist at North Carolina State University where she specializes in drafting complex gift agreements, managing the distinguished professorship process, and developing various policies and procedures. Stacy joined in NC State in the fall of 2018 came to NC State from Washington, DC where she worked as a legislative aide for the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and as an aide to executives at the US Department of Agriculture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2014.
JASMIN SESSOMS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
Jasmin Sessoms is currently the Assistant Director of Development at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Prior to joining the institutional advancement team at FSU, Ms. Sessoms gained public relations experience as a consultant for a boutique firm in Raleigh, NC. This experience along with her communications degree, allowed her to transition into the world of revenue management and development. As an alumna of FSU, she is excited about her new journey within development at her alma mater. In her role, Ms. Sessoms advocates for causes and inspires action in her target audience with ease. Since joining the development team, she continues to be active in the Fayetteville community through her volunteer work.
JEFF SHAFER, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
Jeff Shafer is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications at UNC Greensboro. Jeff leads a cross-functional communications staff covering all aspects of marketing, communications, and messaging to build awareness of the university, its programs and its people. This includes driving University-level branding efforts, communications policies and crisis communications/issues management. This role reports to the Chancellor.
Previously Jeff was VP, Corporate Communications for Lenovo, then a $46 billion+ global technology leader and world’s top PC company. There, Jeff had global responsibility for corporate and product PR, internal/executive communications, analyst relations, financial communications, M&A announcements, tradeshows/events/sponsorships, CSR and philanthropy.
Prior to joining Lenovo he was a V.P. at Fleishman-Hillard, then the world’s largest PR agency, managing a multimillion dollar account portfolio. Before that, Jeff spent about 15 years in PR positions at a variety of tech companies (CompuServe, Ericsson, Sprint, Internet startup).
Jeff currently serves on the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism Board of Advisors. Jeff was also the Wells Fargo Endowed Chair in Communications at North Carolina Central University during the Fall 2016 semester. Jeff received his BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas.
TODD HURST SIMMONS, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Todd Simmons is the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations at North Carolina A&T State University. As the university's chief brand officer, he oversees marketing/advertising, media relations, social media, web communications, publications and overall brand management.
Over the past 30 years, Todd has worked in senior roles in both academia and journalism, notably serving as a communications vice president for both Oregon State University and Hawaii Pacific University and in multiple editor and reportorial/writer roles for award-winning Civil Beat in Hawaii, The Tampa Tribune and the New York Times News Group. His work has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Society of Professional Journalists and other leading organizations.
Todd holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, Ore. and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Florida. He also is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
BRIAN SISCHO, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Brian Sischo oversees a comprehensive, cross-University Advancement organization that incorporates Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, University Communications and Marketing, and University Development. He leads a team of more than 220 central and college-based advancement staff to strengthen relationships with alumni and donors, elevate the NC State brand and build a culture of philanthropy.
Under Sischo’s leadership, NC State launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history, a $1.6 billion effort to increase scholarship support, fund research and faculty positions, revitalize campus and increase the university’s endowment. To date, nearly 80,000 alumni and friends from all 100 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and 62 countries have supported the Campaign, resulting in record giving in the past two fiscal years. Sischo has implemented university-wide engagement initiatives such as Red and White Week and the Campaign Cabinet to connect alumni and friends with NC State.
Prior to joining NC State, Sischo served as vice president for development at Syracuse University, where he spearheaded the planning, implementation and successful conclusion of the university’s first-ever $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Before joining Syracuse in 2001, Sischo worked at his alma mater, Clarkson University, where he served as the chief development officer, and led two successful capital campaigns. Sischo earned a B.S. in finance and a master’s degree in management systems from Clarkson.
SALLIE HUTTON SISTARE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
Sallie Hutton Sistare serves as the Executive Director of Alumni Affairs at UNC Charlotte where she leads the efforts to engage close to 140,000 49er alumni. Sallie and her team are focused on keeping alumni connected and involved with the university through various programs, events and communications.
With almost 20 years spent in alumni affairs, Sallie got her start as the Coordinator of Alumni Reunions at UNC Chapel Hill where she managed Homecoming along with class and affinity reunions. From there, she served her alma mater, Elon University, as the director of parent programs before becoming the director of alumni engagement. She wrapped up her time at Elon in the development office as a leadership giving officer. From Elon, Sallie moved south to Charleston, SC where she was the executive director of alumni affairs for the Medical University of South Carolina from 2014-2017. In all of these roles, Sallie’s goal has always been to work with her team (staff and volunteers) and campus colleagues to create strategic and intentional opportunities for alumni to meaningfully connect, partner, advocate and invest with their alma mater.
Sallie earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Elon University. She and her husband, Charlie, and their family reside in Charlotte, NC.
KRISTIN SOURS, DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SUCCESS, DONORSEARCH
Kristin Sours graduated from East Carolina University, where she received a B.A. Public Relations and Strategic Communications. Her career with DonorSearch started in 2014. In 2018, she received certification as ‘ZenDesk Administrator.' Kristin has a passion for helping people and takes pride in her 100% customer rating and is looking forward to being the best resource she can for her clients.
EDDIE STUART, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
Eddie Stuart has been with UNCW since October of 2000. While at UNCW, he has served as Director of Development for Major Gifts, Senior Director of Development, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Major Gifts before being named Vice Chancellor in summer of 2013. Under Eddie’s leadership, the Division for University has seen significant increases in both private support and alumni engagement. Prior to coming to UNCW over his 24-year career in development, he worked for a national health charity, a K-12 private institution and a chamber of commerce. Eddie earned a BA in Corporate Communications from Elon University and a Master’s of Public Administration from UNCW. He and his wife, Amy, live in Wilmington with their three children.
BOB SWEENEY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, PRINCIPAL, SWEENEY PHILANTHROPY
Bob Sweeney has spent his entire career leading colleges and universities in maximizing their fundraising and public outreach. Among those served is University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Richmond and Loyola University. He served at the vice president level for 33 years.
As UVA’s Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Mr. Sweeney was the architect of two of the largest campaigns in the history of public higher education: $1.43 billion completed in 2000 (at the time, the largest ever raised by a public university); and a $3 billion fundraising effort, completed in 2013. During his tenure at UVA, Mr. Sweeney orchestrated funding exceeding $5 billion.
Upon his retirement after 25 years as Senior Vice President, he is a recipient of The Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia’s highest honor for life-time service to the University and was named as the University’s first Senior Vice President for Advancement, Emeritus.
Mr. Sweeney serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and The Better Angels Society, the philanthropic arm for documentarian Ken Burns. His past service includes the Boards of Trustees of St. Joseph Hospital (Towson, MD), his alma mater Niagara University (where he received an honorary doctorate in 2006), and several University of Virginia related foundations.
Mr. Sweeney is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society recognizing his contributions to Jesuit education while leading Loyola University in Maryland.
DREW SYKES, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY HUB, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Drew Sykes is the Interim Director of the Social Media Strategy Hub at North Carolina State University. He’s a writer at heart and took his love of storytelling with him when he began his career in digital marketing at Ignite Social Media, the “original social media agency.” There, he managed the content and communities for the social media presence of global clients like Radisson Hotels and Club Carlson and developed thought leadership stories for the agency blog. He returned to his alma mater in 2014 when he became NC State’s first-ever social media specialist. Since then, he’s helped grow his position into a team effort that has become the Social Media Strategy Hub. Drew has a Master’s in Interactive Media from Elon University and loves the process of developing ideas and strategies into stories that make people smile. His number one goal in social media marketing is to create content that gets people to say, “Wow. A university did that?” Talk to Drew for five minutes and you’ll learn that he believes emotional connection is key to any great campaign, he loves his Wolfpack and he’ll tell you that there’s a John Mayer song for every occasion.
JOHN TANNOUS, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH DELIVERY, THE EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)
John Tannous serves as Director of Research Delivery with EAB. He has been with EAB for six years as a facilitator and research project manager across programs for provosts, chief business officers, enrollment managers, and others, though he now primarily serves advancement leaders. His work for senior alumni relations and development officers has centered around board, volunteer, donor, and alumni bodies with an interest in the changing preferences and motivations of Millennial and Generation X constituents as they impact principal gifts, annual gifts, and engagement programs. John received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, where he also worked in student affairs and institutional research. In his spare time, John has been a pro bono fundraising and engagement consultant to several nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless and youth.
HEATHER TART, DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
As the Director of Stewardship at NC State University, Heather Tart works with senior development and university leadership to create principal-level stewardship opportunities for NC State’s most loyal donors. This includes acknowledging and recognizing donors for their generosity, reporting on the use and impact of their philanthropic support and helping to ensure their long-term engagement with the university. Prior to joining NC State, Heather served for more than nine years as the Public Information Officer for Pitt County Schools in Greenville, NC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from East Carolina University.
TONYA TAYLOR, SENIOR DIRECTOR, CCS FUNDRAISING
Tonya Taylor joined CCS in 2011, and has returned to the firm in 2018 in the role of Senior Director. Tonya has extensive experience in leading national and international capital and comprehensive campaigns across higher education, healthcare and non-profit sectors. With more than 25 years in fundraising and philanthropy, Tonya has led numerous campaign, major gift and annual fund efforts. Tonya founded a philanthropy consulting firm in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 2014.
She most recently served as interim Advancement and Campaign Director for Fayetteville State University, the Executive Campaign Director for the UNC Chapel Hill- Medical Foundation Horizons Program, the Interim Director of Corporations and Foundations for the UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health and Talent Management Counsel for the UNC- Chapel Hill Office of Talent Management. Prior to that, Tonya held an Executive Campaign Director position for the University of North Carolina Newman Center in Chapel Hill, where she led a multi- million-dollar campus facility expansion effort that included six and seven-figure gifts. After joining CCS Fundraising, Tonya worked as the Executive Director of an international Donor Engagement Program for Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England in order to better assess the Cathedral’s potential for moving forward with a campaign to support several capital, preservation, programmatic, and global initiatives.
SARAH THOMAS, DIRECTOR OF DONOR SERVICES, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sarah Thomas has more than 10 years of non-profit experience and four years of higher education experience and has worked with the following companies: Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, Red Cross, University of Houston and NC State. Her expertise is in process improvement, project management, team development, advancement services, gift acceptance, namings, policy creation, and program development..
COURTNEY THORNTON, PH.D., ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST FOR ACADEMIC PERSONNEL AND POLICY, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Courtney Thornton is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Policy at North Carolina State University. She supports faculty and academic administrators in interpreting and implementing a wide range of state, system, and institutional policies. Prior to joining NC State in 2017, Dr. Thornton held research and academic affairs administration roles with the University of North Carolina System Office from 2008-2017. She holds bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Science Education, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration, from North Carolina State University. Dr. Thornton’s work experiences span K-12 education, private industry, and higher education. Her research on higher education engagement and student civic responsibility has appeared in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development.
TROY TUTTLE, UNIVERSITY CREATIVE DIRECTOR, APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Troy Tuttle has a background in photography and customer experience. He provides creative direction for the university, serves as creative director for the university magazine, provides executive direction for the university podcast studio productions, leads the media production and graphics teams, provides support for emergency communications, and advises on social media.
ELIZABETH SAXMAN UNDERWOOD, PH.D., SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT AND ANNUAL GIVING, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE
Dr. Elizabeth Saxman Underwood currently serves as the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC Asheville). Elizabeth is an alumna of UNC Asheville where she earned a B.A. in Literature in 2001. Subsequently, she earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Arkansas in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy also from the University of Arkansas in 2012. In 2013 Elizabeth earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study higher education in Germany.
Before returning to UNC Asheville in 2017, Elizabeth spent 14 years working in the University of Arkansas system. Most recently she served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and University Relations for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS). Prior to that, she led the UAFS alumni affairs office. Elizabeth also worked for the University of Arkansas in alumni relations.
In 2016 she was among the 10 who were named Most Powerful Women statewide by the Arkansas magazine, About You. She was given the Award of Excellence in 2011 for Integration of Social Media by the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE). In 2009, she was given the Outstanding Staff Team Award by the Staff Senate at the University of Arkansas. In 2005 she received the Outstanding Adviser Award from the Association of Student Advancement Professionals, a division of CASE.
JENNIFER VINCENT, MANAGER OF PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
Jennifer Vincent is the Manager of Prospect Development at UNC Wilmington. She joined University Advancement in 2008 as a prospect researcher and worked her way up through several positions before becoming the head of Prospect Development in 2016. Her current position focuses on Prospect Management while overseeing Prospect Research. She works closely with the Major Gifts team to strategize and maximize their portfolios while ensuring proper flow through the pipeline. Prior to her career in Prospect Development, she was the office manager for a neuropsychological testing facility.
She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from UNC Wilmington and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Donor Analytics from Baruch College - CUNY. She has been a member of Apra Carolinas since 2015 and currently serves on their board as President-Elect. When not working, she enjoys rehabilitating her nonagenarian house and spending as much time as possible in the mountains with her husband, daughter, and goofy pup.
ANITA B. WALTON, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND TALENT MANAGEMENT, COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT AND SUPPORT OF EDUCATION (CASE)
Anita B. Walton has over 25 years of 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 and North Carolina Central University where she effectively grew and managed a broad range of activities involving relationship building, fundraising, building inclusive cultures, event, and volunteer management. Anita currently serves as the Senior Director of Diversity and Talent Management at CASE. In this role, she leads CASE’s strategic diversity, inclusion, and talent management efforts. This includes initiatives focused on diversifying the advancement profession, programs to address the growing need for a pipeline of advancement professionals including the CASE Advancement Internship Program, the North American Residency Program, the development of leadership programs, professional development programs, and the volunteer engagement of diverse professionals throughout the lifecycle of CASE. 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.
JUSTIN WARE, PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER, GROUNDWORK DIGITAL
With work spanning nonprofits, higher education, and media, Justin Ware is a fundraising and content marketing expert as well as a thought leader in the digital donor engagement industry. In 2009, Justin was the executive producer on one of the first ever YouTube videos to win an Emmy. The “Science of Watchmen” video has been viewed nearly 2 million times and was also nominated for a Webby. Justin began his career in television before joining the University of Minnesota and then Bentz Whaley Flessner. After this, Justin worked at Ruffalo Noel Levitz leading digital fundraising strategy as well as product management for Annual Giving. Justin has spoken at numerous conferences and led consulting engagements for universities and non-profits around the world. In his spare time, Justin can be found rooting for the Minnesota Vikings and Gophers, skiing, hiking with his dog, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children.
KRISTY WASILEWSKI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DONOR SERVICES, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Kristy Wasilewski is the Assistant Director of Donor Services at North Carolina State University. She specializes in managing the centralized endowment reporting process, overseeing distinguished professorship agreements and metrics, and working closely with units across campus to streamline solutions for gift agreements. Kristy joined NC State in September 2015 and previously served in donor relations roles at small nonprofits and a New England university. She holds a bachelor's degree in English/Communications and is pursuing a master's degree in public administration from NC State.
SASHA WEDEKIND, RESEARCH ANALYST, ACADEMIC IMPRESSIONS
Sasha Wedekind is a Research Analyst with Academic Impressions (AI), a professional development firm that helps institutions of higher education build the capacity of their people and develop the next generation of leaders. AI delivers online and in-person professional development that is rooted in practical application and delivered by vetted experts.
Sasha leads topic selection for AI’s advancement programs by conducting hundreds of hours of research with advancement professionals each year. She keeps her hand on the pulse of key challenges facing advancement shops of all types and sizes and identifies proven solutions to these problems, which are then featured in AI’s professional development. Prior to joining AI, Sasha worked in a variety of research roles in the non-profit sector.
BRIDGETT HERRING WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL &TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Bridgett Herring received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her Masters of Public Administration from High Point University.
Bridgett began a career in construction as an assistant project manager while also pursuing her passion in inner-city youth, by volunteering for the local Boys and Girls Club. Through her volunteerism, Bridgett learned more about the non-profit sector which eventually led to her career change. Dedicating almost 20 years to the non-profit sector, Bridgett’s vast experiences as a program director to an executive director has been demonstrated in program development, grant writing, facilitating partnerships, consulting, and leading fundraising campaigns for non-profits of various sizes and missions. Having worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation, Bridgett learned the challenges of non-profit leadership from many different points of view. Additionally, she facilitates leadership development and management seminars and workshops for other community and faith-based organizations. Having returned to her roots, currently, Bridgett is the Director of Development for the College of Science & Technology here at North Carolina A&T State University.
Through her community affiliations, Bridgett has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and advisory committees.
JOEY WILKERSON, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Joey Wilkerson currently serves as the Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at North Carolina State University. In this role, he works with the CFR team and university leadership to establish and grow corporate partnerships across campus. Prior to joining the CFR team, he spent 3 years on the University’s central development team coordinating fundraising activities in the Western part of NC and along the West Coast. Joey brings over 15 years of higher education experience to this role. Before shifting to university advancement, he spent 5 years in student affairs working with university special events, new student orientation, and student activities. Joey’s advancement career has included positions at both large public and small private institutions and has spanned annual giving, major gifts, athletics fundraising, and corporate & foundation relations.
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TAMERA ZIGLAR, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT-COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
Tamera Ziglar is Director of Development and Corporate Relations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in Greensboro, NC. Her background includes over 25 years of Relationship Management, Human Resources Development, and Fundraising expertise.
Tamera attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Biology. After working in RTP as a Research Analyst she moved to Greensboro, where she enrolled in North Carolina A&T and earned a Master’s degree in Human Development.
Following a stint as a Counselor in the Guilford County Schools Tamera moved into Training & Development with Ciba-Geigy, then AT&T; and from there she went on to start her own consulting company, Timberlake & Associates. She developed and successfully marketed workshops in Team Building, Workforce Diversity, and Career Management & Transition. Her clients included AT&T, American Express, Guilford County Schools, Sara Lee Hosiery, and (the former) Reynolds Tobacco, to name a few.
Marketing her portfolio and consultative services to prospective clients allowed Tamera to successfully transition into Sales and Relationship Management. She spent a decade in Pharmaceutical Sales with Eli Lilly before completing a five-year stint in the non-profit arena as a Senior Relationship Manager and Fundraiser.As Director of Development and Corporate Relations at North Carolina A&T State University Tamera has brought her considerable program development and implementation expertise to University Advancement and the College of Engineering. During her tenure, Tamera has been able to successfully leverage and expand the College’s portfolio of corporate partners and engaged stakeholders. Her keen interest in collaborating with corporate entities to move the needle beyond the typical recruiting and engagement tactics and practices, towards a more strategic and comprehensive corporate engagement strategy, continues to result in a win-win for all stakeholders.