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Tracy Barlok
Vice President for Advancement
College of the Holy Cross

Tracy Barlok serves as the vice president for advancement at the College of the Holy Cross, a position she has held since July 2012.

She has had a 31-year career in the field of advancement, working at Skidmore College for 16 years and, prior to that, at her alma mater, Colgate University. Before being named Skidmore's associate vice president, she served as director of the college's successful $200M comprehensive campaign from 2002-2010, and was director of leadership gifts from 1997-2002. She began her career in advancement at Colgate, where she served as the director of alumni affairs, director of special gift programs as well as Colgate's special assistant to the president.

Over the course of her career, Barlok has served on the staff of five institutional campaigns. She is now directing Holy Cross' $400M comprehensive campaign, "Become More: a Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross."

An active member of CASE, she served as a member of the board of trustees for eight years. She was a member of the presidential search committee for CASE in 2014 and is a frequent lecturer and panelist. She was named CASE District II Professional of the Year in 2010. She serves on the board of the Worcester County Food Bank, the Worcester Center for the Performing Arts (Hanover Theater) and the Worcester Economic Club.


Kyle Button

Kyle Button
Associate Vice President Development – Campaign Director
California State University, San Marcos

Kyle Button has been with California State University, San Marcos for the past four years as the associate vice president for development leading the fundraising efforts for the first comprehensive campaign in the university's 27-year history.

He has been a thought leader in ethical standards, advancement measurement and best practices in the profession. He has served as a CASE Trustee, a Philanthropy Commissioner, a member of the CASE Campaign Reporting Standards Task Force, Chair of the CSU Council of Vice Presidents, a leader on the board of CASE District VII for 18 years and a frequent presenter for national and regional conferences. In his role as Philanthropy Commissioner, he co-authored the Principles of Practice for Fundraising Professionals at Educational Institutions, adopted by the CASE Board of Trustees in 2005.

During 2017, he was selected by CASE to receive the District VII Tribute Award for achievement and service to the profession. Previously, he served as the vice president for institutional advancement at Cal State L.A. for 18 years. Button claims both Colgate University and New York University as his alma maters.

Jennifer Sachs Dahnert

Jennifer Sachs Dahnert
Director of Development, Principal Gifts
Princeton University

Jennifer Sachs Dahnert is the director of development for principal gifts at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton in 2015, she served as an associate vice president for principal gifts at Vassar College. During her 24 years at Vassar she served as the associate director of the "Vassar 150: World Changing" campaign, a $400M endeavor that concluded at $431M on June 30th, 2013, and in a leadership role for "The Campaign for Vassar" in the early 1990s that raised $206M.

Over her 35-year career in development, Dahnert has focused primarily on major individual giving, though her management portfolio has at various times also included international fundraising, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, prospect research and stewardship for institutions including the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the American Red Cross, and her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

Before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she attended Mount Holyoke College. She has served on the faculty of previous CASE and AFP conferences focusing on campaigns and major gifts.

Terry Travis

Terry Travis
Senior Associate Vice President of Advancement
St. Joseph's College

Terry Travis has more than 23 years' fundraising experience in higher education. She joined Saint Joseph's University in 2013. As the senior associate vice president of advancement, she is a member of the senior management team and recently assumed direct responsibility for management of SJU's new comprehensive campaign.

Previously, Travis spent 12 years as the assistant vice president of development at her alma mater, La Salle University, where she managed all university fundraising programs, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, athletics, special events, corporate and foundation giving, grants, sponsored research and the campaign. She began her career in fundraising as a major gift officer at Villanova University. Her early career experience was in the financial services industry.

Travis has two degrees from La Salle, a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in education. A native of the City of Brotherly Love, Terry is proud to have worked to advance the mission of three of Philadelphia's "Big Five" schools.

Bill Ring

Bill Ring
Senior Consultant
Plus Delta Partners

Bill Ring brought with him more than 15 years of experience in higher education philanthropy when he joined Plus Delta Partners, including frontline and managerial roles at prestigious institutions including Boston University, Boston College and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Plus Delta, Ring served as the assistant vice president of leadership gifts at Boston University where he managed a team of regional fundraisers and oversaw all major gift fundraising across the university. Under his guidance, the leadership gifts team experienced rapid and unprecedented growth-setting records in virtually every measurable category. He was promoted to assistant vice president following a successful three year tenure as director of leadership gifts.

He came to BU following a three-year stint as the associate director of athletic development at Boston College. In that role, he and his colleagues on the athletic development team secured more than 80 commitments of $100,000 or greater.

Prior to BC, Ring served more than five years in the athletic development office at Georgetown University. He began on "The Hilltop" as the assistant director of Hoyas Unlimited from 1998 through 2001. He was then promoted to the leadership gifts team where he served as the assistant director of athletic development until 2004. During his time at Georgetown, Ring played an integral role in the university's $1B "Third Century Campaign," in which gifts to athletics exceeded $51M.

Ring has served as the president of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. He is a frequent presenter on leadership gifts topics at association events including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the NCAA Leadership Institute, the ECAC Annual Convention, and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors, among others.

He graduated from Georgetown University.


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