Senior Staff Listing
CASE Executive Leadership Team:
Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which supports over 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. As CASE president and CEO, Ms. Cunningham provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in over 80 countries.
Brett Chambers serves as vice president of volunteer and member engagement. In this role, Brett oversees operations associated with CASE’s volunteer leadership, including the CASE board and three advisory commissions for alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy. He also oversees specialized communities of practice and special projects for the office of the president. In addition, Brett is the liaison with CASE’s eight districts in North America.
Brett initially joined the CASE staff in 1987, working in the divisions of conference services and public and external affairs before becoming director of educational initiatives. He left CASE to serve as manager of resource development and corporate relations at the National Association of Independent Schools for about two years before returning to CASE in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Brian Flahaven is vice president, strategic partnerships. He also directs CASE’s government relations activities and tracks federal and state legislative and regulatory issues of concern to CASE members, as well as overseeing CASE’s public college and university foundation programs.
Prior to joining CASE, Brian was the manager of government relations and public policy at the Council on Foundations. He also served as the first Public Policy and Philanthropy Fellow at the Council of Michigan Foundations and worked for former Illinois Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood.
Brian received his bachelor’s degree in political science, economics and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
In 2016, Brian earned the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. From 2011 to 2016, Brian served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing the southeastern Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington DC.
Cara Giacomini is the vice president of data, research, and technology for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In this role, she leads CASE’s AMAtlas initiative—a primary resource and service provider for data, benchmarking, analytics, and original research to the educational advancement community worldwide, launched by CASE in 2018.
Before starting at CASE this August, she spent 20 years at the University of Washington, most recently as the director of advancement analytics. In university advancement, she was instrumental in building a strong data culture where she improved donor outcomes at all levels and pioneered efforts to build infrastructure and expertise in digital analytics. Prior to her work in advancement, she served as a senior research scientist in the information technology department, studying the adoption of educational technologies and the effectiveness of IT services. She received her PhD in English and Textual Studies from the University of Washington in 2003. She is passionate about putting data into action—empowering CASE’s members to utilize AMAtlas resources to answer their most pressing questions and address their evolving needs.
Rob Henry is vice president of development, culture, and talent at CASE where he is responsible for creating an overall global strategy for achieving CASE's vision and mission related to talent management and for guiding conference programming, diversity/inclusion initiatives, research, and the CASE Library.
Formerly an active CASE volunteer speaker and adviser, Rob joined the CASE staff in 2006 as head of emerging constituencies, later adding the responsibility for online educational programs. He previously held advancement management positions at Yale University, the University of Connecticut Foundation and Michigan State University.
Rob is a graduate of Murray State University and has a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. In 2006, he received the prestigious CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.
At CASE, Rob Moore is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing strategy to advance CASE's vision and mission on a global basis. He leads a strong team of CASE marketing communications specialists whose talents and skills bring that strategy to life. The team is responsible for developing relevant content, ensuring that it is expressed in a brand-consistent fashion, and delivering it to critical audiences worldwide—members, prospective members, conference attendees, senior administrators at academic institutions, education influencers, and sector media. The team is responsible for the CASE website and digital presence, social media outreach, Currents magazine, media relations, book publication, and bringing attention to CASE conferences and workshops.
Rob has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit marketing. In his previous role as CEO of Lipman Hearne, he provided creative and consulting services to institutions throughout the nonprofit spectrum, including the University of Chicago, Brown University, Melbourne University, University of Miami, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Macalester College, Wesleyan University, Sidwell Friends School, Mayo Clinic, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Rob has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), an M.A. in English from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Diane Young is chief financial officer at CASE. Appointed to the newly created position in June 2017, Young brings more than 20 year experience in multi-corporation financial and operations management to CASE.
Previously, Young served at designDATA Inc., a managed services and IT consulting organization, where she provided senior-level technical consulting for nonprofits and associations. Prior to this position, Young served as vice president of accounting and controller for the Global Business Travel Association, which has 6,000 members and offices in eight countries, and as director of finance and administration for the American Industrial Hygiene Association, which named her employee of the year in 2006. She also served as director of finance for Association Management Group, which provides management services to 18 nonprofit associations.
Among her recent accomplishments, Young led the development of a new investment policy; established legal corporate entities in several countries; led the conversion of 21 companies to a new accounting system; set up financial and banking systems in multiple currencies; and implemented an automated budget management system that provided a streamlined tool for staff to enter budgets and reforecast projections.