Conferences & Training
Faculty - Strategic Talent Management

Conference Chair

Katrina Onderdonk

Katrina Onderdonk
Director of Talent Management for Development and Institute Relations
California Institute of Technology

Katrina Onderdonk is the director of talent management for development and institute relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where she specializes in executive search, employee engagement, individual coaching and team building.  Onderdonk has over 15 years of executive search and leadership experience in both corporate and non-profits settings. Prior to joining Caltech, she was a Search Consultant with S. Benjamins & Company, and began her career at Banc of America Securities and Gap Inc. 

Onderdonk holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is very active in the Los Angeles community, having served on boards of several nonprofits.



Faculty

Jeff Chitester

Jeff Chitester
Executive Director, Talent Management
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs

Jeff Chitester is executive director of talent management for Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs.

In his current role, Jeff has focused on competency based talent management, onboarding, diversity, organizational and professional development, work culture and employee engagement. He has led talent acquisition efforts to fully staff DHDAA for its recent successful completion of the Duke Forward campaign.

Prior to joining the DHDAA team, Jeff spent most of career in human resources on the clinical side of healthcare and academic medicine and served notably as the chief human resources officer at Duke Regional Hospital, University of Virginia Health System and The University of Connecticut Health Center.

Jeff earned his bachelor's in English from SUNY Geneseo, his master's degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and his master's degree in Human Resources and Leadership Development from the University of Scranton.


Elizabeth McGreal Cook

Elizabeth McGreal Cook
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Talent Management and Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth McGreal Cook serves as the assistant vice chancellor for talent management and administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously she served as director of training and employee engagement for the 150+ members of the advancement community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining a best-in-class advancement team. She possesses a successful professional track record in talent management, business development, fundraising, persuasive communication, marketing and sales. Her career path has led her from Walt Disney World to small business ownership to higher education. A common theme that emerges from these experiences is an ongoing passion for performance improvement and a commitment to diligently and enthusiastically building inclusive learning teams and organizations.

Elizabeth holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a master's in teacher leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.


Mae McCallie Cooper

Mae McCallie Cooper
Learning and Development Manager
George Washington University

Mae Cooper is a trainer and facilitator with experience in collaborative, experiential and interactive approaches to training and meeting design. Currently, she manages training, professional development and organizational development for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University. She also developed curriculum for adult learners for CISV International and has led training for trainers in the United States, Colombia, Guatemala and Canada.

Cooper holds a master's degree in community development from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree in political communication from George Washington University. She is certified in Myers Brigg Type Indicator and Strengths Finder and leads a D.C. community of practice based on the Liberating Structures facilitation techniques.


Yvette Marsh

Yvette Marsh
Senior Director of Talent Management and Facilities
LSU Foundation

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resource and talent management, Yvette Marsh is currently employed as the senior director of talent management for the LSU Foundation where she is responsible and oversees all human resource functions: recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, professional development, employee relations, payroll, performance management, and leadership development. She previously served as the director of training and development for Louisiana State University and as a consultant with SSA Consultants, an internationally recognized organizational development firm. She specializes in the areas of management development, performance management, cultural change management, and curriculum design and development.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in information systems and decision sciences, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Human Resource Education and Leadership Development program, all at Louisiana State University.


Josh Wyatt

Josh Wyatt
Director of Talent Development
University of Arizona

Josh Wyatt has recently joined the team in Tucson at the University of Arizona as the director of talent development.

He discovered his passion for training and talent management while working Envision EMI in the Washington, D.C. area. After seven years he left Washington, D.C., for the newly created position of training and talent development manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Development. While at UNC-CH he worked to develop a comprehensive talent management strategy involving recruiting, on boarding, training and developing 350+ frontline fundraisers and support staff. This included the implementation and administration of a Learning Management System, a full e-learning catalog of courses specific to Blackbaud CRM and dedicated moves management cohorts for development officers and aspiring development officers. 

Wyatt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in criminal justice from James Madison University.



Speakers

Mauria Brough

Mauria Brough
Vice President of Design
Advancement Resources

Mauria Brough leads the team that has designed Advancement Resources' curriculum of more than 80 highly impactful workshops for academic institutions, medical organizations and other nonprofit groups. In addition, she has personally delivered hundreds of workshops, primarily for development professionals, communications professionals and support associates. She also has extensive experience with highly successful campaign launches and closings, as well as strategic development communications.

Among the institutions Brough is privileged to serve are University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Penn State University, Oregon State University, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Laura Browender

Laura Browender
Director of Professional Development
Smithsonian Institution

Laura Browender is the director of professional development for the Smithsonian Institution, which recently launched its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. The $1.5 billion Smithsonian Campaign, "Today, Tomorrow, Forever" is the largest and most ambitious in history for any cultural organization.

After nearly 20 years in public education and teacher preparation, she shifted to development and joined the Smithsonian to design and implement the Advancement Academy, an in-house program for advancement staff that focuses on refining and enhancing professional skills and encouraging collaboration across the institution.

Browender earned two bachelor's degrees in education from Concordia University-Nebraska and her master's degree and specialist in administration and leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato.


Ana Burton

Ana Burton
Training and Events Coordinator
Washington State University

Ana Burton is the training and events coordinator for the Washington State University Foundation where she is responsible for identifying training initiatives and developing solutions for more than 120 employees. Passionate about life-long learning, Burton implements programs and learning opportunities that engage, promote collaboration and lead toward success in professional and personal growth.

She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and holds a master's degree in adult organizational learning and leadership with certification in human resource development.


Michelle Carter
Associate Director of Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer, Development and Alumni Relations
University of Georgia

Michelle Carter is associate director of talent management and chief diversity officer for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education hiring, training and coaching staff in student affairs, career services, and now development and alumni relations. Currently, she oversees employee onboarding, engagement and retention as well as strategic diversity initiatives for approximately 200 employees.

Carter has a master's degree in counselor education and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a SHRM-CP designation.


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Christy Cates
Executive Director, Advancement Services
California Institute of Technology

Christy Cates is currently the executive director of advancement services for development and institute relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She plays a central role in furthering the organization's vision of building a world-class advancement organization by establishing and refining comprehensive programs that integrate into all facets of the organization. Her areas of focus include, prospect research, prospect management, reporting, prospect analytics, talent acquisition, professional development, staff engagement and performance management.

Prior to joining Caltech, Cates served as the senior executive director of university advancement human resources at UC Irvine. During her 11-year tenure at UC Irvine, she was responsible for developing and implementing one of the first talent management programs in the higher education advancement arena. Under her leadership, the university advancement human resources team won two District VII and one national CASE award for best practices in talent management.

Active in her profession, Cates has chaired two national conferences, served as faculty and presenter at many CASE, Annual Giving Professionals Network, Advancement Learning Network and Association of American Medical Colleges conferences.

Before entering the world of higher education advancement, she held human resources positions with In-N-Out Burgers and Pick Up Stix, Inc., both privately held, multisite corporations that employed between 800-4,000 employees.

She earned a degree in political science from San Diego State University, and has certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Mediation and Strengthsfinders.


Maria Cochrane

Maria Cochrane
Director of Development, Training & Support
George Washington University

Maria Cochrane is the director of training and support at George Washington University. She oversees professional development, technical training, organizational development and user support for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Outside of the office, she co-chairs the Advancement Management Best Practices Committee and the annual DC Symposium for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals.

Prior to joining GWU, Cochrane developed leadership and technical training programs at CGI Federal, a Virginia-based federal contractor. At CGI Federal, she created and delivered training programs for clients such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of State. She has a master's degree in legislative affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Organization Performance Improvement from GWU, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Andrew Crain
Talent Acquisition Specialist
University of Georgia

Andrew Crain is a doctoral student in the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education and a talent acquisition specialist with UGA Development and Alumni Relations. He was previously a staff member in the UGA Career Center for six years.

Crain's professional interests include career planning and development, mentoring future professionals and organizational change. He presents regularly on LinkedIn and other career development topics and is a past president of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE).


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Angelique S. C. Grant
Senior Consultant and Certified Diversity Recruiter
Aspen Leadership Group

Angelique Grant has worked in the field of advancement for 24 years, most recently serving as assistant vice president for development at Florida International University in Miami, where she oversaw the fundraising efforts for eight colleges and museums during the university's $750M campaign.

Previously, she served as the College of Medicine's assistant vice president of development and as assistant dean of medical advancement at FIU. She has expertise in medical development fundraising, building teams and strategic development. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration, specializing in institutional advancement; a master's degree in communication from Washington State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.


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Kristen Green
Director, Talent Development
University of Florida

Kristen Green serves as the director of talent development for University of Florida Advancement. Over the last five years, her focus has been to design, implement and sustain impactful training programs that further employee engagement.

She joined the University of Florida after several years with the Walt Disney Company where she worked with entertainment, special events, training and Disney Internships and Programs.

Green has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a BSBA from California Polytechnic State University.


Erin Hodge

Erin Hodge
Senior Director of Development
University of Florida

Erin Hodge is senior director of development for the Warrington College of Business, responsible for managing all individual fundraising activities for the college. Prior to joining the University of Florida in 2010, she was assistant vice president of development at Rollins College where she worked in advancement for 11 years.

Hodge began her fundraising career at United Way. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stetson University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.


James Hurley

James Hurley
Consultant
EAB

James Hurley is a consultant on EAB's Advancement Forum. In this capacity, he conducts research related to fundraising in higher education; he has worked on projects related to talent acquisition, affinity-based giving, the changing face of the 21st century donor, and advancement-focused diversity and inclusion efforts.

Prior to joining EAB, Hurley worked at the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of State. He was the first recipient of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Program's joint award with the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Queen's University of Belfast. He studied at Oxford University, the Queen's University of Belfast and Iona College. He holds degrees in political science, history and legislative affairs and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London.

Hurley's pro-bono engagements focus on the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the LGBT Capital Pride Alliance. He is a founding member of EAB's LGBT employee affinity group.


Alexis Kanda-Olmstead

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead
Director of Advancement Talent Management
Dartmouth College

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead started a new role as the director of advancement talent management at Dartmouth College. Prior to this position, she was the managing director for talent management, training and support at Colorado State University. In this role, she leads diversity and inclusion efforts, coordinates career and professional development initiatives, and delivers learning programs for 140 staff in the division of University Advancement. She has worked in higher education for 20 years, primarily in the field of student affairs where she taught leadership classes and coordinated programming for undergraduate students.

Her work around diversity and women's development has been recognized at the university and national levels. She is the founder of AKO Collective, a women's leadership development initiative based in Northern Colorado that offers training and development to women and girls.

Kander-Olmstead holds a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Certificate in Organization Development from Colorado State University. She is a certified StrengthsQuest Educator and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner.


Megan Lineberry

Megan Lineberry
Director of Projects, Human Resources
Emory University

Megan Lineberry is director of projects for human resources in development and alumni relations. She has been in this position since October 2016, working on talent management initiatives.

Previously, Lineberry worked in DAR at Candler School of Theology for nine years. She began working as program coordinator and was eventually named director of alumni relations and then development services manager, a critical assignment that oversees operations, donor stewardship and other special projects. Her unique career path in DAR has provided a great knowledge base for working in human resources.


Theo Long

Theo Long
Director of Talent Management
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theo Long is the director of talent management in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive learning and talent management strategy in order to attract, engage and retain advancement staff. He works closely with advancement leadership to identify, create and implement ongoing professional development solutions in order to enhance performance, career development and retention efforts.

Prior to joining the talent management team, Long helped the campus grow its dual career program in order to attract and retain tenure track faculty members and their partners. He has more than 11 years of combined human resources and talent management experience. Prior to joining UIUC, he worked in private industry, specializing in health care compliance, employee relations and professional recruitment.

He earned a bachelor's degree in English from UIUC and has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications.


Andrea Parris
Senior Director of Talent Management
University of Georgia

During the past 12 years, Andrea Parris has served the University of Georgia as director of development for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and is now senior director of talent management for Development and Alumni Relations.

Throughout her career, she has worked in public relations, marketing and development for nonprofit organizations including the Atlanta Ballet and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.


Sophie Penney
Senior Program Coordinator/Lecturer
Penn State University

Sophie Penney is the senior program coordinator and lecturer for Penn State's online Certificate Program in Fundraising Leadership and president of i5 Fundraising.

She started her career in student affairs in higher education. While earning her doctorate in higher education administration, she transitioned into fundraising then served in various roles at Hanover College, Bucknell University, and Penn State.


Becky Rafferty
Vice President, Talent Management
University of Iowa Foundation

As the vice president of talent management for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Becky Rafferty is responsible for the strategic direction of the human resources programs for a separate, 501c3 organization of more than 250 employees. A generalist by trade, she has held HR leadership positions for more than 15 years, integrating best practices into talent development, employee relations, recruitment and total rewards. She is passionate about compensation programs as part of an overall total rewards package, with expertise is executive and physician compensation as well as market benchmarking.

Since joining the University of Iowa Foundation in June 2016, Rafferty has reorganized talent management services to be employee experience driven and implemented an integrated HRIS/Talent platform to provide tools and information to employees and leaders in a self-service model. In 2017, she helped guide the foundation through a merger with the University of Iowa Alumni Association in a little under six months, creating a new organization, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement.

Rafferty received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and will receive her master's degree in healthcare administration in June 2018 from Colorado State University.


Brandy Shillings
Recruiting Specialist
LSU Foundation

Brandy Shillings serves as recruiting specialist as part of the talent management team at the LSU Foundation. She studied mass communication at LSU and is currently pursuing her master's degree in public administration with a concentration on human resources. In her current role, she provides recruitment support and is responsible for the recruitment life-cycle of each candidate.


Deb Snellen

Deb Snellen
Director of Organizational and Professional Development
University of Missouri

Deborah Snellen joined the staff of the University of Missouri Advancement team in February 2013. After working in the Corporate Relations office, she was named the director of organizational and professional development for the division.

For 25 years prior to this, Snellen owned a nationally known consulting firm, Business Class, a company dedicated to training and development options for improving organizational performance. A specialist in leadership, management and organizational development, communication skills, and strategic planning, she has provided workshops and seminars nationwide and in Canada. She has been a regularly featured speaker at annual meetings of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and has presented programs at three of the International Conferences of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), now known as the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In June 2003, she joined the faculty of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and continues to teach courses at Institute locations nationwide.

Snellen is an author on business related skills and topics. More than 100 of her articles have been published including a collection marketed by NACS in a book titled Lead the Team: Effective and Inspirational Training for Supervisors. She has also served as an instructor for the senior capstone class for the Department of Communication at Mizzou.

Deb received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute.


Katie Walker

Katie Walker
Assistant Director of Talent Management, Talent Acquisition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katie Walker is the assistant director of talent management, talent acquisition in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is responsible for attracting top talent to opportunities within advancement at Illinois through proactive recruitment strategies in order to identify, cultivate and steward prospective candidates.

Prior to joining UIUC, she worked in private industry, with her focus in healthcare and agency recruitment. She has more than six years of combined talent acquisition and human resources experience. She earned her master's degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University, and her bachelor's degrees in both communication and psychology from UIUC, and has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications as well.


Raelene Wolf
Director of Human Resources, Development and Alumni Relations
Emory University

Raelene Wolf, director of human resources for development and alumni relations, has been with Emory since November 2011 and in her current role since July 2013. Prior to Emory, she worked for the University of Rochester as business/human resources administrator for development and alumni relations. As director of human resources for Emory University's Development and Alumni Relations division, she oversees all human resources functions, including recruitment and retention, compensation, employee relations, training and development and strategic planning.


Holly Wolk

Holly Wolk
Executive Director of Talent Management for University Advancement
University of Rochester

Holly Wolk serves as the executive director of talent management for the University of Rochester and oversees the talent management program with a focus on recruitment and employee development for more than 250 advancement professionals. In this capacity, she works with senior leadership to develop and build the next generation of advancement professionals. Her focus and passion is on helping advancement professionals develop career paths that are beneficial to themselves and the organization.

During Wolk's tenure, the University of Rochester has worked to redefine its recruitment strategy from focusing on external recruitment efforts to developing staff and promoting from within the organization.

Prior to coming to the University of Rochester, she held similar talent management roles at Tufts University and Boston University, where she also managed the university's employment and training function. She began her career in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon, before transitioning to Carnegie Mellon's organizational development and human capital management department.

Wolk has a master's degree in human resource management from Carnegie Mellon and more than 16 years of advancement experience. She has served as a presenter and faculty at CASE previously, and enjoys sharing best practices with her talent management colleagues.