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Intern Spotlight - CASE Advancement Internship Program

Intern spotlight 

Participating in the CASE Advancement Internship Program opens doors for students seeking a career in advancement. Congratulations to all of our former CASE Advancement Interns who are now working in advancement.

Paola Alonso Paola Alonso
Development Associate
University of California, Berkeley
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Paola Alonso is a 2017 CASE Advancement Intern, now working at the University of California, Berkeley as a development associate. She is a part of the Class Campaigns team, within Annual Programs, which raises funds from all undergraduate UC Berkeley alumni celebrating a major reunion. Her responsibilities include supporting two Class Giving Officers, who each manage two reunion classes. She also provides content for the Cal Reunions website, and helps administer the Cal Reunions social media pages.

James Bresette James Bresette
Coordinator, Student and Talent Management Programs
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

James Bresette is the coordinator for student and talent management programs for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. James provides day-to-day support for Diversity and Talent Management initiatives to include CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) and the CASE Advancement Internship Program. He acts as a staff liaison for CASE ASAP advisors and executive board members as well as the summer interns. Lastly, James ensures that all information related to talent management and diversity programs are consistent across channels for CASE members and staff.

Michael Cylkowski Michael Cylkowski
Advancement Communications and Events Coordinator
Michigan State University
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Michael Cylkowski is the advancement communications and events coordinator for Michigan State University's Office for International Advancement. In his role, Michael develops the content and strategy behind all international communications for 50,000+ MSU alumni, donors, and friends around the world. He also manages the planning and execution of the university's international events, including executive forums, parent receptions, and alumni reunions. Lastly, Michael oversees MSU's international annual giving efforts, focusing particularly on young alumni constituents.

Deloan D'sa Deloan D'sa
Advancement Coordinator
The York School
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

Deloan D'sa started working at The York School as an advancement coordinator to develop the school's parent volunteer and engagement program. Today, Deloan had expanded her portfolio to include building the alumni program for young and experience alumni. In addition to this she works as an Event Coordinator and specializes in planning and executing various cultivation and stewardship events.

Betsy Edler Betsy Edler
Development Assistant
Iowa State University Foundation
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

Betsy Edler joined the Iowa State University Foundation in Ames, Iowa in June 2017 as a development assistant in the Central Development Office and the college of Design. She is part of a team of 100+ development professionals whose current campaign goal is to raise a record $1.1 billion for Iowa State University. She assists in a variety of campaign initiatives as well as day-to-day functions, including regional prospect research and documentation, collegiate advancement council coordination, and gift proposal creation.

LaDarius Gorden LaDarius Gorden
Assistant Director, Student Alumni-Programs
Purdue Alumni Association
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

LaDarius Gorden oversees the Senior Year Experience and Recent Graduate Programs, which provides help in the transition process from student to successful alum. Once alumni status is established, LaDarius is there to present opportunities and advice that will aid in post-graduate life to ensure that recent alum are utilizing all resources the Purdue Alumni Association make available in order to build the foundation to a prosperous career. LaDarius' varied background in student affairs, peer mentoring, and fundraising has fueled him to the position he is in today. He is very passionate about giving back to the community through service and advocacy, making sure that he stays directly connected in order to walk with individuals on the path to success. Being a First Generation college graduate, his primary goal is to show that he is a living testament of an individual who has been resilient in life's battles and that no amount of trouble can prevent anyone from staying determined to reach their goals and true potential.

Mariana Herrera Mariana Herrera
Annual Funds Programs
Columbia University
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Mariana Herrera currently serves as the assistant director for annual fund programs at Columbia University in the Office of Alumni and Development. In this role she assists in the planning, implementation, and management of direct marketing efforts for various schools and programs. Her areas of focus also include recent grad and student philanthropy, student call center efforts as well as crowdfunding activities for Annual Fund Programs.

Tracy Kamen Tracy Kamen
Associate Director
CCS Fundraising
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

Tracy Kamen is an Associate Director at CCS Fundraising, a leading global fundraising consulting and management firm, which provides development services and strategic consulting to nonprofit organizations worldwide. Tracy recently completed a Planning Study at a large client in Northwest DC, in which CCS conducts strategic discussions with major stakeholders and presents a detailed recommendation for beginning a successful capital campaign. She is currently serving as the campaign director for an multi-million dollar fundraising effort on the same client site.

John Matthews John Matthews
Assistant Director of Development, Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California San Diego
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

John Matthews is the assistant director of development at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. He is responsible for fundraising efforts at the major gift level through portfolio management, donor relations and stewardship, and program planning. His team's fundraising efforts help to further the Birch Aquarium mission of providing ocean science education, interpreting Scripps Oceanographic research, and promoting ocean conservation to our local, national, and global communities.

Shelly Neuhart Shelly Neuhart
Strategic Marketing Coordinator
Washington State University
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Shelly Neuhart has recently accepted a position at the Washington State University Foundation after completing an internship with them this summer through the CASE Advancement Internship Program. She will be working in Annual Giving as their Strategic Marketing Coordinator. She will oversee their student giving initiatives, recent grad programs, and advise the student organization PAWS (Philanthropy @ Washington State). Also, Shelly will be analyzing internal data along with researching industry trends to assist in the development of creating strategic marketing plans for Annual Giving.

Jasmine Williams Jasmine Williams
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Emory University
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

Jasmine Williams is the associate director of annual giving at Emory University, where she devotes her expertise to co-managing the Telefund student caller program. She recruits, trains, and coaches a staff of 75 of Emory's bright and brilliant undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to the beginning of her career in development Jasmine obtained a dual bachelor's degree in Biology and Religion from Emory University's College of Arts and Sciences. During her time at Emory she served, for three years, as a senior student researcher in the Department of Physiology, a representative on the Annual Giving Board, a leader in a plethora of volunteer organizations, and four years as a student caller and supervisor at the Telefund. She is ecstatic to continue her service to the Emory community through both her volunteer and development efforts!

Talia Vilaplana Talia Vilaplana
Project Associate, Major Gifts
New York University Langone
2016 CASE Advancement Intern

Talia Vilaplana is the project associate to the Major Gifts team for The NYU Langone office of Development and Alumni Affairs. She works closely with front line fundraisers to write proposals for donors, create gift contracts, assist in stewardship strategies, and acts as a liaison between hospital administrators and the Major Gifts team. She coordinates donor visits and tours, as well as manage agendas for upcoming strategy meetings with the team and partnering physicians. In her role, she works cross departmentally with gifts processing, prospect research, and communications teams to streamline tasks such as submitting donations, creating research briefs for events, and conducting large mailings.