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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.

Ian Buchanan Ian Buchanan
Development Analyst
University of Georgia
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Ian Buchanan is a graduate of Georgia State University and was the 2017 CASE intern for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia in August 2018 as a Development Analyst. Ian is a member of the Advancement Research and Prospect Management team, focusing on major gift prospect identification and prospect research in support of UGA's $1.2 billion Commit to Georgia Campaign.

Jen Cole Jennifer Cole
Assistant for Annual Giving
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
2018 CASE Advancement Intern

Jennifer Cole was a 2018 CASE intern for the Leadership Giving Team at Harvard Business School. She is now the assistant for annual giving at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is responsible for coordinating projects and initiatives in support of the HKS Fund team. She works heavily on data analysis and direct marketing and stewardship execution. Before she went to Harvard world, Jen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a minor in non-profit studies from Emerson College in Boston. During her time at Emerson, she served as a Resident Assistant, an Eco-rep, a Producer for environmental theater, a founding member of the Student Alumni Association, Chair of the Senior Class Gift and a student caller and supervisor at the Phonathon for annual giving.

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.

Lyric Fields Lyric Fields
Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving
The Ohio State University
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Lyric Fields is the Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving at The Ohio State University. In this role she works closely with College of Social Work, Arts and Sciences, and Optometry to engage their alumni base philanthropically across the country. She travels on behalf of the university to meet face-to-face with alumni and secure gifts, focusing on the $3k - $99k range.

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.

Mary Kate Hansen Mary Kate Hansen
Project Coordinator
St. Vincent Foundation
2018 CASE Reuss Intern

Mary Kate Hansen is the Project Coordinator for the St. Vincent Foundation in Indianapolis, IN. She oversees volunteers for the large-scale events, nursing and non-clinical scholarships, and board relations. She works with a team of individuals to support special fundraising initiatives such as Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, the St. Vincent House and the St. Vincent Heart Center, along with many others.

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.

Chase McNamee Chase McNamee
Stewardship Manager
Bank Street College of Education
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Chase McNamee is serving as the Stewardship Manager for the Development & External Relations Office at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. At Bank Street, Chase oversees and manages all stewardship activities. This includes assisting with the stewardship and endowment reports for the institution, working closely with the frontline fundraising team on stewardship programs and planning, and managing stewardship visits and activities for major gift donors. He is currently in the doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher & Postsecondary Education, where his research focuses on philanthropy and alumni relations. He also serves as the Editorial Assistant for the academic journal, Philanthropy & Education.

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.

Sarah Perry Sarah Perry
Associate Director of Development
The Everglades Foundation
2018 CASE Advancement Intern


Sarah Perry has had a passion for South Florida's waterways all of her life. She earned her bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida. Her studies focused on event management as well as development and advancement in higher education. Following graduation, Sarah studied at the University of Houston as the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) intern during the summer months of 2018 assisting in their efforts for the University's first billion-dollar campaign. Sarah grew up in South Florida and was raised in a household where a normal dinner table conversation consisted of Everglades restoration and the condition of the connecting waterways. She knew that being able to do her part to restore our beautiful ecosystem through The Everglades Foundation was a once in a lifetime opportunity that could not be passed up. Sarah enjoys horseback riding, boating with her family and being outdoors.

Jesus Rangel Jesus Rangel
Development Coordinator
Oregon State University Foundation
2018 CASE Resident

Jesus Rangel, a recent graduate of Texas State University and a 2017 CASE intern for the University of California - San Francisco, now serves as a development coordinator for the Oregon State University Foundation as part of the CASE Fundraising Residency Program. Jesus will continue to explore the world of advancement while working in the Annual Giving Department. In his role Jesus will help to oversee the foundation's social media, student and young alumni giving initiatives, and the foundation's first ever giving day.

Terrance Range Terrance Range
Program Manager
Michigan State University
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Terrance Range is Program Manager for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University in the Office for International Studies and Programs (ISP). The vision of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to educate and develop academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. In addition, as a university-level office under the leadership of an associate provost and dean, ISP supports international activities throughout the institution, working to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students. 

Jon Soderlund Jon Soderlund
Prospect Management Analyst
North Central College
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Jon Soderlund serves as the prospect management analyst for North Central College, a private liberal arts college in Naperville, IL. Jon was first introduced to prospect management and research as a 2017 CASE Intern at the Harvard Business School. In his current role, Jon is responsible for developing and sustaining the movement of major gift prospects through the development cycle to ensure optimization of giving. He does this through consulting development officers to target the right prospects while simultaneously assisting in managing their portfolios.

Ryan Steele H. Ryan Steele
Stewardship & Donor Engagement - CASE Resident
Kansas State University Foundation
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Ryan Steele, former CASE Advancement Intern, is now participating in the inaugural cohort of the CASE North America Fundraising Residency Program at the Kansas State University Foundation. At the KSU Foundation, Ryan is a part of the Stewardship and Donor Engagement department where he works on special projects that inspire a greater affinity between donors and the University. His work is designed to express gratitude, engage donors and show impact of their philanthropic gifts.

Suryana Thappa Suryana Thappa
Advancement Officer, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
OISE, University of Toronto
2017 CASE Advancement Intern

Suryana Thappa is an Advancement Officer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Under the direction of the Director of Advancement & External Relations at OISE, Suryana coordinates and ensures the successful execution of Leadership Annual Giving appeals at OISE. She oversees stewardship related correspondence such as thank-you letters or messages and impact reports, in addition to planning and executing all Advancement related events & awards programming at OISE. Suryana also provides support with the processing and logging of donations, in addition to assisting with the coordination of Donor Financial Reports and Alumni Communications at OISE.

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.