Conferences & Training
Faculty - Homecomings, Reunions and Alumni Involvement

Conference Chair

Karen White

Karen White
Executive Director for Alumni Relations
George Washington University

Karen White has spent more than 20 years in higher education advancement. She is the executive director for alumni relations at the George Washington University. In this role she provides strategy and direction for the university's Colonials Weekend program and alumni affinity engagement programs. She is responsible for the overall volunteer management of GW's Alumni Association and the Mount Vernon National Advisory Council. 

Prior to joining GW, she served as assistant to the president at Miami University where she directed all university ceremonies and events hosted by the President's Office. She has worked regionally and nationally to advance the alumni relations profession, serving in a variety of volunteer roles for CASE. She served as a faculty member for CASE's Institute for Senior Alumni Relations Professionals, Newcomers in Alumni Relations workshop, and Summer Institute in Alumni Relations. She recently finished her term as a CASE Commissioner on Alumni Relations. 

White holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's degree in college student personnel from Miami University. A CASE member for more than 20 years, she is a current member of the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations and is a contributing writer to the book From Donor to Philanthropist: The Value of Donor Education In Creating Confident, Joyful Givers.


Ralph Amos

Ralph Amos
President and CEO, Purdue Alumni Association
Purdue University

Ralph Amos is a recognized alumni relations executive with 26 years of experience in institutional advancement and alumni engagement. Before becoming president and CEO of Purdue Alumni, Amos seved as vice president of alumni relations for the University System of Maryland Foundation, responsible for implementing system-wide initiatives throughout Maryland's 12 degree-granting universities and, collectively, its nearly one million alumni.

Prior to his role at Maryland, he served as assistant vice chancellor of the Division of External Affairs at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and chief executive officer of the UCLA Alumni Association; assistant vice president of alumni relations at Ohio University; and assistant vice president of membership marketing and constituent societies at The Ohio State University.

Amos received a bachelor's degree in international studies from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in public administration from Ohio University.

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood
Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Career Services
Longwood University

Ryan Catherwood is the assistant vice president, alumni and career services at Longwood University. He leads a team of seven full-time employees and a dozen student employees operating out of two spaces on campus. Prior to joining Longwood, he was the director of digital engagement strategy in the University Advancement Office at the University of Virginia. Early in his career, he obtained event-based professional experience in the hospitality industry through positions as a banquet manager, convention services manager and eventually catering sales for a Sheraton hotel.

Catherwood attended the University of Queensland Business School in 2007, and it was at UQBS that he began work in higher education administration as an intern in the marketing department. After transitioning back to the United States, he worked at a private, boarding secondary school as the director of marketing and communication before leaving for a position in the Office of Alumni Affairs at Washington and Lee University. At Washington and Lee, he served as the primary manager of all marketing and communications.

For two and a half years, he hosted a professional development web show called "Advancement Live" that featured interviews with industry thought leaders. He is passionate about network building and developing engagement strategies. He is regular contributor to and frequently publishes on Linkedin.

Cindy Fredrick

Cindy Fredrick
Associate Vice President, Engagement and Annual Giving
University of Virginia

Cindy Fredrick is the associate vice president for engagement and annual giving at the University of Virginia. She joined the office of engagement as one of the founding staff members in 2006; following a 14-year career as executive director for U.Va.’s student volunteer center.

In her current role, Fredrick supervised the transformation of U.Va.’s engagement efforts—which resulted in a nearly 500 percent increase in activities during a five year period—and currently produces more than 1,400 events each year. A significant aspect of this revitalization was the full integration of parents into traditional alumni engagement efforts through clubs, travel and lifetime learning programs.

Prior to her 20 year career at the University of Virginia, Fredrick served as the associate director for the Virginia state coalition of sexual assault crisis centers; managing director for an equity touring children’s theatre; and director of social services, admissions and recreational activities for long-term care facilities.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Luther College and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University in Sacramento.