Conferences & Training
Faculty - Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership

Leadership Team

William Bryant

William Bryant
Revenue and Membership Growth Coach, National Office, Boyscouts of America
External Consultant

William Bryant, Jr. is a performance coach/external consultant for the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a subject matter expert in fund development. He is the immediate past senior development director for the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Bryant has served as a district executive, senior district executive, district director, field director, ScoutReach director, summer camp director, Woodbadge staff advisor and finance director. In his more than15 years of experience, he has raised more than $240M through annual giving, special events and endowment. He also served as the Council's endowment director and managed the operational process of a $40M endowment fund.

Bryant is the immediate past president of the Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals, past president of the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals and past co-chair of programs for the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Atlanta Chapter. Currently, he serves as the chair of National Philanthropy Day 2018 for the AFP Chapter in Dallas and national co-chair, 2018 African American Development Officers Network National Conference.

He is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta, a leadership program of selected executives from across the state. He holds membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Urban League, and is a very active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Bryant has received the Atlanta Urban League's Rising Star Award, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. Man of the Year Award and is the recipient of the coveted National President's Award through the Boy Scouts. He has also achieved the Major Gift award six consecutive years. He is an alumnus of Grambling State University and holds a master's degree in nonprofit administration from Oglethorpe University.

Birgit Smith Burton

Birgit Smith Burton
Executive Director of Foundation Relations
Georgia Institute of Technology

Birgit Smith Burton is a respected leader in the fundraising profession having raised more than $500M during her 30-year career. As the executive director of foundation relations at Georgia Tech she led her team in raising $309M toward the institute's most recent successful $1.8B capital campaign.

Burton is a well-regarded speaker on the topics of fundraising and diversity. She has authored articles on diversity in the fundraising profession and co-authored the book, The Philanthropic Covenant with Black America. She was proud to be selected by Georgia Tech leadership to participate in the first cohort of Leading Women @ Tech, which identified the next community of leaders who will guide the institution in the 21st century.

She serves on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International, the A.E. Lowe Grice Scholarship Fund, and Hosea Helps. She is the vice chair for AFP's Member Engagement committee. She is an advisor for the Aspen Leadership Group and founder and chair of the African American Development Officers Network, which for 20 years has supported diversity in the fundraising profession by promoting professional development and facilitating interaction among its members.

Burtin earned a bachelor's degree in media communications from Medaille College.

Christina Z. W. Chang

Christina Z. W. Chang
Christina Chang Equity Consulting

Prior to her current position as a race and equity consultant based in Seattle, Christina Chang headed the Finance, Talent and Administration teams for University of Washington Advancement for 15 years, with responsibility for the stewardship of advancement's people, finances and space. She co-chaired the 2018 CASE Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership, led the 2017 and 2016 CASE Strategic Talent Management Conferences, has presented at CASE's Summit for leaders in Advancement, and has been invited to speak to the advancement organizations at the University of Florida, the UNC system, the Smithsonian, Georgetown University and George Washington University.

She has more than two decades of experience in higher education administration, and is committed to transforming institutional culture and policy with a focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. She graduated from Georgetown University and holds a master's degree in public administration from American University.


Dino Hernandez
Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director, MSU-Denver Foundation
University of Denver

Dino Hernandez brings more than 29 years of experience ranging from nonprofit association membership recruitment and fundraising to higher education advancement, transformational, principal and major gifts, and leading two comprehensive capital campaigns. In 1995, Hernandez began a 22+ year career specifically in higher education advancement. He has worked for and led successful campaigns at Oakland University, University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, Sierra Nevada College, Notre Dame de Namur University, and is now leading advancement efforts at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Hernandez has served with many award-winning teams including the University of Michigan's first $1 Billion "Campaign for Michigan" (which concluded at $1.4B). He successfully directed the $20M "Campaign for Lawrence Tech: A Commitment to Our Students" which concluded at $46.6M on June 30, 2006, and the "Proud Heritage-Bold Future Campaign" which launched July 1, 2006 with a goal of $75M and concluded at $120M toward a stretch goal of a $100M. In addition, Hernandez and his team at Notre Dame de Namur University met and exceeded a daunting $6M Taube Challenge in record time in under 12 months and raised more than $25M to complete the project and campaign.

His teams at OU, U of M, LTU, and NDNU have received some of the highest awards for excellence. A frequent presenter for both CASE and AFP, he has contributed to the profession on fundraising topics both locally, nationally and internationally.
Hernandez attended Wayne State University and earned his bachelor's degree in history and later earned his executive master's degree in leadership (MBA-Leadership) from Georgetown University.

Julie Varee

Julie Varee
Donor Relations Director
Anchorage Museum

Julie Varee is the donor relations director for the Anchorage Museum, where she works with donors and prospective donors of leadership-level and legacy gifts. She has been working in the development field for more than 30 years. Starting with a special events job at Very Special Arts in Washington, D.C., she has worked with nonprofit organizations on the east coast, in Monterey, California, and Anchorage, Alaska.

She earned a master's degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. 

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Anita B. Walton
Director of Diversity and Talent Management
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Anita B. Walton serves as director of diversity and talent management for CASE. She provides leadership in developing, communicating and executing a comprehensive strategy to successfully attract, hire and maintain a continuous talent pipeline, engage and serve select CASE constituencies with significant emphasis on efforts to diversify the profession, enhance and promote student programs including CASE ASAP, the CASE Advancement Internship Program and provide oversight to the CASE Career Central.

Prior to joining CASE, Walton served at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) for five years as director of alumni relations and the last two years as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. Prior to NCCU, she served at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) for 18 years, seven years in student affairs and 11 years in alumni relations. With a master's degree in higher education and 25 years of experience including program management, volunteer stewardship, strategic and process development and relationship building, Walton is no stranger to CASE. She has served in numerous volunteer roles, including chair of CASE III, a member of the Commission on Alumni Relations, an active contributor to CASE's opportunity and inclusion activities serving as the DIII O&I chair from 2007-2011, CASE ASAP activities and has been a frequent CASE speaker.

She earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in education, with a concentration in higher education administration, from North Carolina State University.

Keynote Speakers

Emmett D. Carson

Emmett D. Carson
President and CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Emmett D. Carson is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He led the unprecedented merger of the two community foundations that created it. In the process, he has pioneered a new 21st century community foundation model whereby individuals and corporations can pursue their philanthropic dreams in Silicon Valley, across the nation and around the world. This new approach to giving explains SVCF's remarkable growth in assets under management from $1.7B in 2007 to more than $13.5B today. It also accounts for the inspiring generosity of SVCF's donors who have provided $5.6B in philanthropic capital to nonprofit organizations over the last 11 years.

Before SVCF, Carson had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, was the first leader of the Ford Foundation's U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. An international thought leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, he has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He has been recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States, more than any other person, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College, Becker College and the National Hispanic University.

He received both his master's degree and doctorate in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor's degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

Blayne Alexander Bailey

Blayne Alexander Bailey
NBC News Correspondent (Washington, D.C.)
Four-time Emmy Nominee

Blayne Alexander is a Washington-based political correspondent for NBC NewsChannel. Her daily stories can be seen every evening on NBC affiliate stations nationwide.

Before joining NBC News in February 2017, Alexander spent six years as a reporter and anchor with 11Alive News, Atlanta's NBC affiliate. A five-time Emmy Award nominee, she has traveled across the country to cover some of the biggest news stories in recent history, including repeated trips to Ferguson, Missouri, to report on the aftermath of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown. She also covered the Baltimore protests following the death of Freddie Gray.

In 2016, Alexander spent nearly four weeks in Rio de Janeiro, providing exclusive local coverage of the Summer Olympic Games for 11Alive.

Her other major assignments include twice covering the Inauguration of President Barack Obama (in 2009 and 2013), reporting from Selma during the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and interviewing Congressman John Lewis in Washington during the grand opening celebration for the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the only Atlanta reporter to do so.

She was awarded the Rising Star Award from the Atlanta Press Club, a recognition given to the city's top journalists under age 30. Her stories have received multiple awards from both National and Atlanta Associations of Black Journalists.

Alexander began her career as a production assistant for NBC Nightly News in Washington, DC. Soon after, she landed her first reporting job in Augusta, Georgia, spending nearly two years as a general assignment and education reporter at WRDW-TV.

In 2015, she and her husband, James Bailey, founded the Phoenix Leadership Foundation-a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing positive role models and exposure for young men in struggling communities. To date, through her husband's passionate leadership, Phoenix has reached and facilitated programming for more than 2000 young people in the Metro Atlanta area.

Alexander is a graduate of Duke University.

Janine Davidson

Janine Davidson
Metropolitan State University of Denver

The ninth president of MSU Denver, Janine Davidson, is a compelling leader with extensive experience guiding large and complex organizations. She became president of MSU Denver on July 24, 2017. Her primary focus is on student retention and graduation—better serving the nearly 20,000 current students that call the university home and preparing them to launch into the workforce. While MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans through programs relevant to the state's economy, Davidson aims to build the institution's reputation both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the university, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy, where she managed all Department of the Navy affairs including Navy and Marine Corps integration, acquisition, finance, personnel, legislative affairs, research and development. In that role, she was responsible for the health and well-being of nearly 900,000 sailors, marines, civilians and their families. 

Davidson has nearly 30 years of experience in military operations, national security policy and academic research. As an analyst and academic, she was a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a lifetime member. She has taught national security policy and political science at Georgetown University, George Mason University and Davidson College.

She holds a master's degree and doctorate from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force's tactical C-130. 


Tahsin I. Alam

Tahsin I. Alam
Assistant Vice President, Talent Management
Rutgers University Foundation

Tahsin I. Alam is  the assistant vice president of talent management at the Rutgers University Foundation. Previously, he served as director of talent management. 

A higher education search industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience in presidential and advancement professional searches, Alam began his career as an associate with Isaacson Miller, a Boston-based national search firm. After eight years of working with and building the development and alumni relations search practice, he went on to become a managing associate with the Nonprofit Professional Advisory Group (NPAG), a boutique national search firm with clients across the nonprofit sector. Here he served as an establishing partner for the development and communications search practice, where in four years, the practice grew from inception to the most profitable practice at the firm. He has also conducted presidential, dean of faculty, and dean of student level searches. In all, he has closed more than 200 searches in his career.

He earned his bachelor's degree in politics, economics and theater from Bates College.

Sonya Allen

Sonya Allen
Associate Director of Talent Acquisition
University of Florida

Sonya Allen is the associate director of talent acquisition at UF Advancement. In addition to driving the talent acquisition strategy for the talent management department, she serves as a talent management partner to hiring managers, college HR representatives, and central HR by providing advice and support on broad issues related to workforce planning, culture and engagement, and talent development. With more than 11 years of experience in advancement, Allen has grown the talent acquisition program at UF Advancement and developed tools and resources to aid in the search for top talent.

She has been a driving force in the creation of UF Advancement's diversity initiative. She co-leads the diversity and inclusion group called H.A.N.D. (Helping Advancement Nurture Diversity). This group strives to create an inclusive environment that reflects our community and the community we serve.

Allen holds a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Central Florida and Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Anna Barber

Anna Barber
President and Principal Consultant
Barber & Associates

Anna Barber is president and principal consultant for Barber & Associates, a boutique fundraising consulting firm focused on helping nonprofit organizations achieve their full fundraising potential.

Prior to starting her own business, Barber was a senior major gift officer for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) where she worked for more than eight years. She was part of NMAAHC's inaugural fundraising team that surpassed its $270M private philanthropic goal by $50M. Personally, Barber secured $42M in leadership ($1M+) and major ($100K) gift support, highlighted by the closure of 22 individual one million-dollar gifts, 90 percent contributed by first time donors to the Smithsonian. She also built and maintained a portfolio of high-profile celebrities, including Pauletta and Denzel Washington, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, Magic and Cookie Johnson, Michael Jordon and Kobe Bryant, among many other national individual philanthropists. Leading into NMAAHC's Grand Opening in 2016, she led the efforts to host a $1M per plate fundraiser at the home of Denzel Washington and a mid-level fundraising event that generated $5M from $25K donors.

Prior to the Smithsonian, Barber spent 10 years working as a frontline fundraiser in big-time college athletics. She served as the director of major gifts for Michigan State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics where she was part of the team that successfully completed a $110M capital campaign, which was part of a larger $1.2B university-wide campaign. In addition to fundraising, she oversaw the athletics department's endowment, planned giving and communication programs, and the led the fundraising team for the renovation of the university's baseball, softball and soccer complexes.

Prior to working at MSU, Barber served as the assistant director of development at Miami University in Ohio where she participated in launching the athletics department's $30M capital campaign, part of a university-wide $350M campaign. She started her career at Arizona State University where she was mentored under the legendary athletics director Gene Smith.

She earned a Juris Doctorate (intellectual property) from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Howard University.

Matthew Carcella

Matthew Carcella
Director of Diversity Alumni Programs
Cornell University

Matt Carcella is the director of diversity alumni programs (DAP) which oversees and supports the diverse alumni associations (CBAA, CLAA, CAAA, CUGALA, and CNAAA) and Cornell Mosaic. In addition, DAP serves as a liaison between Alumni Affairs and Development and our on campus diversity programs. Additional areas of engagement include veterans, first generations college student alumni, and COSEP alumni. Prior to his role in Alumni Affairs, Matt was the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center at Cornell and also held diversity related positions at Princeton University and St. Francis University Upward Bound. Matt has a BA in political science from Allegheny College and an MA in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Matt and DAP seek to engage all alumni in issues of diversity and inclusion and support the inclusion of diverse alumni in all aspects of alumni engagement and giving.

Jessica Elmore

Jessica Elmore
Associate Director for Diversity Programs, K-State Alumni Association
Kansas State University

Jessica Elmore is the associate director for diversity programs, for the K-State Alumni Association. As the key diversity liaison for the K-State Alumni Association she is responsible for leading and managing individual and group outreach, producing engagement opportunities that recognize and respect people's diversity and individual difference. Elmore also establishes rapport with diverse communities and creates an inclusive practitioner approach to color-conscious and culturally responsive donor engagement strategies and best practices. She strives to lead her team to be more inclusive and equity-minded to create an atmosphere that provides strategies to enhance cooperation, coordination and collaboration.

She believes that it is imperative for the universities and their local agencies like the alumni association, foundation and athletics units to work in concert with each other to accomplish positive student experiences and a strong future for the institution. She also believes that it is critical for university's to develop dedicated environments, that elevate programming and experiences to assist underserved students to navigate their home and campus culture, reduce cultural stress, and validate the students' cultural identities.

Elmore's research interests include relationship building and engagement strategies for diverse fundraising, HBCU advancement services, and multicultural and international alumni relations. She is a CASE District VI board of director and chair of the district's opportunity and inclusion committee. She received her doctorate in educational leadership and master;s degree in business administration from Kansas State University and her bachelor's degree in mass communication from Grambling State University.


Angelique S. C. Grant
Senior Consultant and Certified Diversity Recruiter
Aspen Leadership Group

Angelique Grant has worked in the field of advancement for 24 years, most recently serving as assistant vice president for development at Florida International University in Miami, where she oversaw the fundraising efforts for eight colleges and museums during the university's $750M campaign.

Previously, she served as the College of Medicine's assistant vice president of development and as assistant dean of medical advancement at FIU. She has expertise in medical development fundraising, building teams and strategic development. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration, specializing in institutional advancement; a master's degree in communication from Washington State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.

Anissa Holmes

Anissa Holmes
Acting Director of Development Research
Smithsonian Institution

Anissa Holmes is the acting director of development research, leading a team that identifies, collects, organizes, analyzes and disseminates information to enhance the work of the Smithsonian Institution's advancement staff. She has more than 20 years of prospect research and prospect tracking experience and is one of three Principals of Advancement Alliance, LLC.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she served as manager of prospect research at the Pew Charitable Trusts and spent 12 years with the University of Maryland College Park in the Office of Research and Prospect Management.

Holmes previously worked at the Capital Children's Museum as well as the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). She is a member of the APRA and the Association of Advancement Services Professional (AASP). She earned degrees from Hampton University and the University of Maryland University College.

Amy Lavi

Amy Lavi
Director, Recruitment & Human Resources, Talent Management, Office of University Development
University of Michigan

Amy Lavi brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of development, and has been focused on recruitment and human resources for the University of Michigan Development Community since 2004.

Lavi partners with the development community colleagues in recruiting and retaining talent across all areas of development, with a focus on senior fundraising positions. Her recruitment work includes local, regional and national outreach and engagement to help grow the pipeline of candidates interested in careers in philanthropy. She has also created an internal coaching program for U-M's development community, which includes individual professional coaching and group sessions to teach coaching skills to managers.

Prior to her work with the University of Michigan, Lavi taught English as a second language (ESL) in Israel, where she lived with her family for nine years. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, her Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management, and her Co-Active Professional Coaching Certification (CPCC) from Coaches Training Institute.


Chelsey D. Megli

Chelsey D. Megli
Director of Talent Management
University of Oregon

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

Megli speaks and writes regularly on the topic of talent management and has been featured in several publications, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Currents magazine and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Journal. Her blog,, analyzes trends, research and strategy in fundraising talent management.

Timothy Minor

Timothy Minor
Vice President, University Advancement
University of North Carolina System

Tim Minor is the vice president for university advancement for the University of North Carolina General Administration. He is responsible for raising external funding to meet the priority needs within the UNC multicampus university which is composed of all 17 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation's first public residential high school for gifted students. Prior to his current role, he served as the associate vice chancellor for university advancement at North Carolina A&T State University for five years where he led fundraising initiatives and day-to-day operations of A&T's central development office.

Minor started his career in university development in 1994 at Emory University followed by 12 years at UNC at Chapel Hill as a senior member of the Development Office, serving in various major gift director roles in the university's $500M "Bicentennial Campaign" and the university's largest campaign, the $2.3B "Carolina First" campaign that concluded in 2007. He was appointed to the role as associate vice president at UNC General Administration in September 2013 and became vice president in September 2014.

Minor received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master's degree in public affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An active citizen, he serves on various community and state boards including his service as a trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council where he currently serves vice chair. 

Judy Nagai

Judy Nagai
Assistant Vice President for Development
University of the Pacific

Judy Nagai recently joined the University of the Pacific as the assistant vice president for development. She previously worked for California State University, Sacramento, as the campaign director, where she coordinated the launched of the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. She has spent more than 20 years in higher education in various development and alumni relations roles, which includes serving as assistant dean for development and external relations at the University of California, Davis, during its $1B campaign, director of external relations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during its $500M campaign, and deputy director and class alumni relations officer for the Stanford Alumni Association during the university's $1B campaign. Through each of these roles, she worked to advance the student-centered mission of each university through fundraising and alumni relations activities.

Nagai is a conference volunteer for CASE District VII and has served on the Capital Public Radio Board of Directors.She holds a bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Pierre Quinn

Pierre Quinn
Chief Executive Officer
The Cardell Group

Pierre Quinn is a speaker, educator, author and minister who has traveled across the country challenging others to live, learn and lead with confidence. As a gifted communicator and engaging storyteller the most frequently asked question is, "When can Pierre come back?"

For nearly a decade Quinn taught college students in the areas of communication, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team building and leadership. His classroom experience created opportunities to motivate, challenge and inspire various groups of students, educators, administrators, nonprofit groups and leadership teams.

He is the author of Leading While Green: How Emerging Leaders Can Ripen Into Effective Leaders. He is also the CEO of The Cardell Group, LLC, a consulting firm which focuses on growing leaders and empowering teams of all sizes.

Mamie Jackson Williams

Mamie Jackson Williams
Vice President of Development
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Mamie Jackson Williams is the vice president of development for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), where she strategically completed their $20M capital campaign for the organization's new administrative headquarters and clinic in Washington, D.C. PPMW's philanthropy has more than doubled under her leadership.

Previously, she served as the executive director of development for George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). While at GWSB, she managed the day-to-day operations and the school's $80M campaign. Before GWSB, she was with the Smithsonian Institution, where she crafted the initial philanthropic programming for the chief information officer (CIO) and the institution's archives as the associate director of advancement in the organization's history. As a seasoned development professional, Williams previously worked in higher education as associate vice president of development for Spelman College, where she spearheaded major gifts and planned giving activity in their largest campaign ever. In addition, she served as a major gift officer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park, Rutgers University Division of Life Sciences, and Purdue University. At Purdue, she secured the Gupta Professorship in Nanotechnology and raised over $15M toward their Nanotechnology Center.

Williams is a contributing author to Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. She earned a master's degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and an undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College.

Sandra L. Williams

Sandra L. Williams
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Human Resource Development
Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Williams is active in program administration, university change, and teaching human resource development. As a researcher in organizational development, she has published over 26 articles (primarily mentoring, e-mentoring, and OD/HRD improvement), and is currently writing a book on the value of training accreditation. She has written several 2017 blogs on Addressing Trust in Higher Education and Trust for Todays' Leaders published by the Association for Talent Development.

George Zeno

George Zeno
Chief Development Officer

George Zeno directs PATH's philanthropic fund-development strategy and operations and is responsible for expanding philanthropic support of the organization and accelerating funding for new innovation. He has nearly 25 years of expertise and leadership in philanthropic development and has led teams who have raised more than $400M in support of access to education for diverse communities.

Before joining PATH in 2017, Zeno served as the chief advancement officer for university scholarship and student programs for the University of California, Berkeley. There, he led a team of development and marketing professionals focused on mobilizing resources from a wide range of individuals, corporations and foundations to support student programming with a focus on economic mobility, including launching the first campaigns in the United States for undocumented (DACA) and refugee/asylee-status students.
Previously, he spent 11 years at the University of Washington, leading a team focused on scholarship support for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students, capital development, and student initiatives, including LGBT programs and support for student veterans.