Conferences & Training

Conference Chair


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
Vice President for Advancement
Widener University

Terry Travis has more than 23 years of fundraising experience in higher education. She joined Widener University in 2018. As the vice president of advancement, she leads the University Advancement team dedicated to raising funds to advance the university's mission and vision, and communicating Widener's commitment to excellence through its marketing and its internal and external storytelling channels.

Previously, Travis spent five years as the senior associate vice president of advancement at St. Joseph's College where she was responsible for SJU's newest comprehensive campaign. She also 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. As the senior associate vice president of advancement, she was a member of the senior management team and recently assumed direct responsibility for management of SJU's new comprehensive campaign.

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.

Guest Speakers

Ivan Adames

Ivan Adames
Chief Development Officer
DePaul University

As the chief development officer, Ivan Adames is responsible for the fundraising units at DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the country. He was previously the Executive Director of Schools & Programs at Northwestern University where he oversaw several development teams including the Medill School of Journalism, Bienen School of Music, and the Block Museum. Ivan also served as the director of development for international programs at Johns Hopkins University. A former Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and CASE Fellow, he has held professional positions at varied education institutions including the Ohio State University, Imperial College London, and the University of Massachusetts Foundation. Adames is a past board member and advisor of the Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago. He has also been an active CASE volunteer, and is currently on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.

Dale Wright

Dale Wright
Chief Advancement Officer, College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dale Wright is the chief advancement officer for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serving in this role since January 2015. He joined the Illinois advancement from his alma mater, the University of Missouri (Mizzou), where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Wright served the University of Missouri from 1999-2014, beginning as an alumni relations program officer and managing award-winning student and alumni engagement programs before his final role as the executive director of advancement for the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. During his tenure at the University of Missouri, Wright secured a number of transformational gifts in a number of areas, during the "For All We Call Mizzou" and the "Mizzou: Our Time to Lead" $1.3B comprehensive campaign.

In his current role of associate dean at Illinois, Wright serves on the college’s senior leadership team and leads a team responsible for fundraising and constituent engagement programs for one of the top ranked engineering programs in the world. He serves as the campaign director for the "With Illinois" $2.25B comprehensive campaign, with a College of Engineering goal of $550M.

Wright has been an active CASE volunteer at the both the district and national level, including district leadership positions and co-chair of the CASE 2016 Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership. He also volunteers his time in other charities including the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program where he serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors and currently serves the program as its dean of counselors.

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