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Dondi Cupp
Associate Vice President for Development
University of Michigan

Dondi Cupp is a veteran of public higher education fundraising. His passionate approach to building fundraising capacity focuses on strengthening the talent, leadership and culture within the organizations he serves. He has played a leadership role in four major campaigns, including two multi-billion dollar efforts.

In 2012, Cupp was selected to serve as associate vice president for development at the University of Michigan. As a member of the senior management team in the Office of University Development, he is responsible for leading the national major gifts team and supervising constituency fundraising programs that include parent and family giving, foundation relations, and the Business Engagement Center. He also leads the operations teams including finance and administration and the talent management program.

Cupp came to Michigan from the University of Washington, where he led the office of corporate and foundation relations and supervised advancement teams in the health sciences. He joined the University of Washington in 1999 as director of development for the sciences. While at Washington, Cupp founded the Advancement Leadership Class, a comprehensive leadership development program. In 2012, he was nominated by his peers for the UW's David B. Thorud Leadership Award. In 2006, he received the Marilyn Batt Dunn Endowed Award for Excellence in University Advancement.

Cupp began his career at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and training sessions for CASE and other nonprofit organizations. He is a fellow of the Advancement Leadership Academy.


Laurie K. Houck

Laurie K. Houck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Rollins College

As vice president for institutional advancement at Rollins College, Laurie Houck oversees the Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services and Scheduling and Events teams.

Prior to joining the Rollins community in January 2017, Houck served as vice president for development and alumni relations at the College of Wooster. During that time, she and her team created and implemented effective fundraising and alumni engagement programs that led to increased giving and volunteer involvement, and built on the strong relationships with and commitment of the board of trustees and the Alumni Board.

She also led the development team at Whitman College from 2006 - 2011, where she created the architecture for their largest campaign. Prior to Whitman, during her decade-long tenure at the University of Washington, she played a key role in the university's $2 billion campaign.

Houck holds a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College and completed coursework at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management in 2013.

David Lively

David Lively
Senior Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager, Alumni Relations and Development
Northwestern University

With 24 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages "We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern," a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), gift planning, and campaign planning.

Lively earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University (SMU), a master's degree in history from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, and a certificate from the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In April 2017, he authored Managing Major Gift Fundraisers: A Contrarian's Guide (published by CASE).

Kathi Dantley Warren

Kathi Dantley Warren
Associate Vice President for Development
Rice University

Kathi Dantley Warren joined Rice University in July 2017 as the associate vice president for development. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and oversees various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and the annual fund.

She has more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions. Before joining Rice, she was the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute. In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University's College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues from $22.7 million to more than $56 million and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college's history. Philanthropy secured during her tenure enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

She has a master's degree in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Hampton University.

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Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham
President and CEO
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which supports more than 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. As president and CEO, Cunningham provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in more than 80 countries. She became president of CASE in March, 2015.

While at CASE, she engaged CASE and thousands of its volunteers in a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in Reimagining CASE: 2017- 2021, an ambitious and comprehensive framework for serving CASE's members and championing education worldwide. This volunteer and member engagement extends into a comprehensive effort to refine CASE's governance structure to more effectively support CASE's global reach and service to members.

Among the key initiatives that have developed under her leadership include the recent acquisition of the Voluntary Support of Education survey and the development of AMAtlas; a reinvigorated advocacy agenda; ambitious reviews of the curriculum across all advancement; and an update of CASE's management and reporting standards and guidelines, which operate as the industry-leading set of standards. She is most proud of CASE's efforts to diversify the advancement professions and CASE's commitment to talent management, within the organization and across CASE's membership.

Cunningham serves on the steering committee of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, on the board of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations and on the fundraising committee for the Aurora Foundation.

Prior to her appointment to CASE, she served as vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne where she lead the "Believe" campaign resulting in surpassing its $500 million goal; and the director of development for the University of Oxford where she led a development team in the execution of the largest fundraising campaign outside of the United States: the "Oxford Thinking Campaign," with a goal of £1.25 billion. She served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.

Before working in education, Cunningham enjoyed a career in theatre, the arts and the cultural sector. She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012, she received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and in 2008, she was awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Cunningham holds a master's degree from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in performing arts from Middlesex University.

Wallace Loh
University of Maryland

Wallace Loh is president of the University of Maryland, the state's flagship and land-grant institution with 37,500 students in 12 schools and colleges, 9,000 faculty and staff, and a $1.9B annual operating budget, including $500M in external research funding.

Loh assumed the position in 2010. Previously, he was executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University, director of the executive policy office and chief policy adviser to Governor Gary Locke, State of Washington, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and dean at the University of Washington Law School.

At Maryland, he is a professor of public policy. Previously, he was a professor of law at Washington, Colorado-Boulder, and Iowa; a visiting professor of law at Cornell University, Peking University (China), Emory University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, and Vanderbilt University. His scholarship and teaching are in the areas of law and social change and in criminal justice reform.

He is a Fellow for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; on the board of directors of the American Council of Education; on the advisory board of the U.S. Comptroller General; is a former advisory board chair for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and is the recipient of many honorary degrees.

Loh has a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a master’s degree from Cornell University. Additional degrees include Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium), graduate study; a doctorate from the University of Michigan; and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

Crystal Apple AwardCASE Crystal Apple Award winner for excellence in teaching