Conferences & Training
Faculty - Institute for Senior Advancement Services Professionals

Conference Chair

Linda McIntosh

Linda McIntosh
Executive Director of Advancement Information Systems and Prospect Research
Boston College

Linda McIntosh is executive director of advancement information systems and prospect research at Boston College. She started her career in advancement services 20+ years ago and has managed all aspects of the database, from managing data integrity, gift processing, training, prospect research, policy and procedures and report writing. As a member of the senior leadership team, she participates in high-level strategy discussions for the successful completion of the "Light the World Campaign" at Boston College.



Faculty

Amy Carrier

Amy Carrier
Senior Director, Advancement Information Management
Oregon State University Foundation

Amy Carrier is the senior director of advancement information management at the Oregon State University Foundation, which she joined in January 2018. Prior to that she served as the director of prospect management and research at Barnard College in Manhattan; she also spent 11 years at Georgetown University in a number of roles. Before joining Georgetown's advancement team, she was the manager of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship, a network of civic entrepreneurs working to address the issues facing today's regions.

Carrier has studied at Trinity University, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Georgetown University, and the University of Colorado Denver; she completed her doctorate in public affairs in 2015. She has spoken at the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, the Conference of Jesuit Advancement Administrators, and the American Planning Association, and taught statistics at the University of Colorado Denver's Graduate School of Public Affairs.


Deb Cunningham

Deb Cunningham
Executive Director, Strategic Information Management – Office of Prospect Development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deb Cunningham is currently the executive director of strategic information management at MIT, where she oversees information technology and prospect development. Previously, as vice president of administration, she oversaw the administrative operations at the UConn Foundation, including information technology, research, gift management, human resources and facilities.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, she was a senior consultant for SunGard Higher Education. During her tenure at SunGard Higher Education, she worked with a large variety of customers including Dartmouth, Harvard, Columbia, Notre Dame, University of Colorado, the California State System and many others on major system implementations, automation, staffing assessments and reengineering of policy and process. She also previously held advancement positions at Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Business and the University of Vermont.

Cunningham continues to work with a small client group as a partner in Cunningham, Scarlett and Associates. She attended Mount Holyoke College and earned her master's degree in business administration from the University of Vermont.


Brenda Ricard

Brenda Ricard
Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations and Planning
Boston College

Brenda Speight Ricard has spent the past 29 years working in higher education administration at Boston College where she currently serves as the associate vice president of operations and planning for University Advancement, leading the units supporting the work of the recently completed $1.6B "Light the World" comprehensive fundraising campaign. In addition to her current role, she has served in leadership roles in the office of the vice president for student affairs and in the office of the executive vice president.

Her professional experiences have included significant work in strategic planning, organizational development and reengineering in higher education. She has successfully led the development and implementation of a number of key initiatives at Boston College, including shared business service centers in a number of different areas on campus designed to improve service and reduce cost. More recently she managed, on behalf of University Advancement, the design and renovation of the new Cadigan Alumni Center into which staff from three different buildings were moved. With its new, contemporary open office design, this project has had a significant impact on the organization, creating many opportunities for creativity and collaboration.

Ricard graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut's School of Business Administration and earned her master's degree and doctorate in higher education administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.


Ben Storck

Ben Storck
Assistant Vice President, Advancement Services
University of Nebraska Foundation

Ben Storck is currently the assistant vice president of advancement services at the University of Nebraska Foundation, where he oversees information technology, gift processing and biographical records, prospect management and research, advancement reporting, and the advancement CRM. He has worked for the foundation for four and a half years and has been in his current role for just over a year.

Prior to joining the foundation, he was executive director of advancement services for the University of Denver. He began his career in gift processing at The Ohio State University and has 16+ years of experience in advancement services.

Storck has a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in management from the University of Denver.





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