director of communications
For Immediate Release
Aug. 5, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The CASE membership has formally elected 12 individuals to fill open positions on the CASE Board of Trustees. The 30-member board sets CASE policies, approves the annual budget and ensures sound management of the organization.
The results were announced during the annual membership meeting at the recent 2011 CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in Chicago. The 12 trustees are as follows:
Brian Lee, chair-elect. Lee currently serves as vice president for university advancement at Tufts University. During his 25 years at Tufts, he has served as vice president for development, director of university development, and as assistant dean for resources and director of development at Tufts' School of Veterinary Medicine.
Catherine Brod, trustee-at-large. Brod currently serves as vice president for community relations, and executive director, educational foundation at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. She previously served as vice president for community and alumni relations at Harper and was director of development and marketing for a national cancer research organization.
Joëlle du Lac, trustee-at-large. Du Lac currently serves as director of external affairs at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Previously, she served as director of development and fellow, King's College, at the University of Cambridge. She also served as former director of alumni relations at INSEAD.
Lourdes Esperon Diaz Ordaz, trustee-at-large. Esperon currently serves as director of alumni relations at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She was previously a consultant specializing in pharmacoeconomics and medical services for banks. Esperon also was director of international banking and business at Banco Mexicano Somex.
James Harris, trustee-at-large. Harris is president of Widener University. Prior to this, he served as president of Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Harris has held numerous senior advancement positions, including vice president for advancement at Wright State University and vice president for advancement at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Sergio Gonzalez, trustee-at-large. Gonzalez is senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs at the University of Miami. In this role, he oversees communications, government relations and alumni affairs. He has been with the university since 2001.
Peter Hayashida, trustee-at-large. Hayashida is vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of California, Riverside. He previously served as assistant vice chancellor for external affairs and executive director of the UCLA Foundation at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, he was the associate executive director for finance and administration and chief financial officer at the UCLA Alumni Association.
Lisa Lapin, trustee-at-large and chair, CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing. Lapin is assistant vice president for university communications at Stanford University. She previously served as assistant vice chancellor of university communication at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the education sector, she was a newspaper editor and writer at the Sacramento Bee and the San Jose Mercury News.
Jeffery McLain, District IV trustee. McLain is vice president for development at the LSU Foundation in Baton Rouge, La. Previously, McLain served as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement in the Texas Tech University System. He also has held advancement positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University.
Gary Olsen, trustee-at-large and chair, CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. Olsen is associate vice president for alumni relations, and executive director, alumni association at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., a position he has held since 1993. Prior to this, Olsen held executive positions at several nonprofit organizations.
Kristina Schaefer, District I trustee. Schaefer is associate dean of external relations for the MIT Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to this, she served as vice president for advancement at Simmons College. Schaefer has also held advancement positions at Rice University, the University of Vermont and Texas Christian University.
Kelly J. Zúñiga, trustee-at-large. Zúñiga is executive director of the Houston Community College Foundation. Previously, she served as director of development and external relations at the Houston Zoo. Zúñiga has held advancement positions at the University of Houston, Sacred Heart University and Claremont Graduate University.
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