Session Speakers D–G
Mohammed Dasser serves as the Associate Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analytics at NYU. In this role, he oversees the divisions of Information Technology Services, Advancement Services, BI & Analytics, Prospect Management, Prospect Research, and Strategic Initiatives. He was responsible for creating and administering an analytics program that resulted in metrics and projections used to inform and optimize engagement and fundraising strategies. He leads teams responsible for continuous quality improvement, transparency, and seamless integration with the work of strategic partners. Additionally, he was responsible for advising on, designing, and integrating business intelligence systems and processes that support the campaign fundraising activities and objectives of the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations.
Andrea Rees Davies
Andrea Rees Davies holds a PhD in history, a MA in history and a MA in religious studies from Stanford, as well as a BA in comparative religion and women’s studies from Harvard. Davies currently teaches a course in the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford. Her book Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery After the 1906 Disaster (Temple University Press, 2012) examines the social and political disruptions afflicting the city in the wake of the great 1906 earthquake and fire. Her interest in the social consequences of disasters was sparked by her work as a San Francisco firefighter. She has also worked on interdisciplinary research teams and published research studies on women in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, Venture Capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the “ideal worker” myth, and dual-career academic couples at top U.S. research universities.
Imani Davis (she/hers) is the assistant director, alumni engagement at the Northwestern Alumni Association, focusing on student to alumni transition. She works closely with graduating seniors and very recent alumni in her day to day work, organizing various events and programs for this population. She is passionate about ensuring that students feel supported and prepared for life after graduation. Imani has a B.A. from The Ohio State University and is currently taking Master's classes part-time at Northwestern University. She began her journey in alumni relations work as a student intern at the Ohio State University Alumni Association. In addition to her current role, she is on the Diversity Council for her department and works to facilitate conversations and implement initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Kifaya Dawud is the Digital Gift Officer at the University of Washington.
Kristen R. DeVries
Kristen R. DeVries is Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and serves as Executive Director of the WMU Foundation. With a depth of experience building first-rate development and alumni relations teams and successfully executing major comprehensive fundraising campaigns, she manages corporate, foundation, and major giving and presides over all other fundraising activities. Prior, DeVries led all fundraising and alumni engagement activities at Lawrence Technological University. DeVries also served as senior associate vice president for strategic engagement and advancement operations at Drexel University and associate director of relationship management, operations and performance improvement at the University of North Texas.
Dan DeWeerdt has more than 15 years of higher education experience at Marquette University, where he currently serves as senior director, Marquette Mentors and Engagement. He leads alumni career development initiatives engaging Marquette students with alumni, including Marquette Mentors, the 2019 CASE Circle of Excellence silver award recipient for student-alumni initiatives that CASE has also called the "gold standard for mentoring initiatives." Prior to Marquette, he served for several years at marketing agencies where he was involved with several award-winning public relations campaigns for clients such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Previous experience also includes leading marketing and communication for one of the nation’s largest united performing arts funds and serving as assistant general manager of a minor league baseball team.
Jay L. Dillon
Jay is a redhead, father of a redhead, social scientist, and executive director of alumni relations for UC Berkeley. His research focuses on "Alumni Identity" - a new approach to measuring engagement and predicting philanthropy through the lens of social psychology and data science. He was previously director of alumni engagement at USF and executive director of alumni strategic initiatives at UCLA. Jay is dedicated to improving advancement to bring social justice and equity to education. He holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from USF and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in music from UCLA.
As the Senior Director of Marketing at West Virginia University, Tony Dobies has positioned the University as a leader in creative marketing and social media. He is a vocal advocate for new and innovative approaches to marketing in higher education and has spoken at numerous national conferences on the importance of social media in marketing and communications. At WVU, he leads a team of talented social media managers, market researchers, advertisers, marketing strategists, brand and trademark licensing experts. Together with his team, he designs and manages marketing projects and initiatives to help reach the University's highest goals, especially in regard to recruitment. In 2015, he was named a "30 under 30 Rising PR Star" by PR News. He graduated from WVU in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and again in 2017 with a master's degree in integrated marketing communications.
Dwight D. Dozier
Dwight D. Dozier currently serves as the CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation. Prior to Georgia Tech, he served as senior associate vice president of advancement at the George Washington University, responsible for the areas of alumni relations, advancement services, constituent relations, and markets. Prior to his work at GWU, Dwight served as the associate vice president of university advancement and advancement services at the University of Louisville, assistant executive director of alumni services at The Pennsylvania State University, and as manager of biographical records and systems analyst at Washington State University. With more than 40 years of experience in higher education advancement, Dwight has been a faculty member, presenter, and institute and conference chairs for CASE and has served as a CASE Philanthropy Commissioner. Dwight was involved with CASE Kentucky as a board member, conference chair, and CASE KY president.
Dwight is currently on the CASE District III Board of Directors, as well as serving as a co-chair of the 2023 CASE District III Annual Conference. Additionally, he is on the board of directors of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (aasp) and has served as the chair of the Blackbaud CRM Higher Education Product Advisory Group.
Dwight is a graduate of Washington State University and an active jazz musician.
Monique Dozier was appointed the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Advancement Officer at Morehouse College in 2018. In just two years, she has led Morehouse to the highest single year fundraising total in its history: $107 million in FY 2020.
Greg Duyck is a Principal in WittKieffer's Education executive search practice, leading the firm's advancement sub-practice as well as conducting searches for other higher education leadership positions. He joined WittKieffer after a 23-year career in fundraising - including positions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Oregon Health and Science University - and a successful tenure at a boutique national search firm focused specifically on advancement recruitments.
Session leader is an experienced adjunct faculty instructor in communication, a corporate trainer in communication, an executive coach in communication and leadership, former director of both a university writing center and communication studio, a five-year speech developer/coach for a university TEDx event featuring 8 faculty and student speakers each year, and an experienced editor/proposal writer working in university foundations, including current position as the Associate Director of Communications & Marketing for UCF, and has produced hundreds of proposals of all kinds including print, video and delivery presentation formats.
Kate Emmick is the director of donor relations for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. In this role, she is responsible for the overall stewardship strategy for the college, including donor events, endowment management and reporting, gift acknowledgments, donor recognition, and development communications. Prior to her role in Smeal, Kate was the associate director of stewardship for the College of Education at Penn State, where she worked for five years to build a comprehensive stewardship program. During her time in the College of Education, Kate worked alongside other colleagues to help develop a University-wide stewardship plan. Her career in fundraising and development began at Conservation International (CI) in Washington, DC where she worked for nine years in a variety of development roles. Her areas of expertise include stewardship strategy and best practices, event planning, strategic donor communications, volunteer management, and annual giving.
Mike Esposito is an advocate for good Design, a compelling speaker and award-winning creative director who is recognized for creative problem solving, connecting people and shaping new ideas. Currently the Executive Creative Director for the West Virginia University system, Mike is an expert on higher education branding and recruitment. At WVU, he leads an accomplished team of designers, writers, front and back end developers, videographers, event specialists and project managers. Together, they work to build and shape the brand of the University, positioning WVU as a creative leader in Higher Education. Prior to joining the WVU family, he worked as a designer and art director at Purdue University. Mike is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. First-gen Italian-American. First-gen college grad. And, first to know when it's raining.
Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D.
For nearly 15 years, Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., served as a professional fundraiser for social services, community development and higher education organizations. He was also Associate Director of The Fund Raising School, where he trained professional fundraisers across the U.S., and in Africa, Asia and Europe. Currently, he is an award-winning scholar and teacher who serves as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. His research focuses on African American philanthropy, the history of philanthropy, and philanthropy and fundraising in higher education. His book entitled, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, was released in October 2020 by the University of Illinois Press and has been well received by advancement professionals and donors alike. His research has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, TIME, The Conversation, Black Perspectives, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Advancing Philanthropy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 3rd and 4th Editions. He is co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.
Mark Gaines MBA, CFRE currently serves Purdue University in the role of Senior Director of Development for Diversity and Inclusion. In this role he is responsible for the direction of all fundraising efforts intended to enhance Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the university level. This work includes major gift solicitations and annual giving strategies, as well as the development of partnerships to address the need for funding and engagement within the various colleges at Purdue. Prior to his current role, Mark served as a Director of Development for Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. There he was instrumental in closing important investments for both the School of Management. Mark’s ability to connect well with Krannert alumni, faculty, and students, allowed him to assist his team in raising a record number of gifts and dollars. Prior to his tenure at Krannert, Mark served as a Major Gift Officer and Associate Director for the Center for Integrated learning at Earlham College and Associate Director of Development at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. He holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, and undergraduate degree from Earlham College as well as the distinction of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Ping Gallivan serves as the Assistant Director of the Business Intelligence (BI) Development team within Strategic Planning and Analytics at NYU. She has more than 15 years of data reporting, data management, and hands-on experience with different BI solutions, and more than 10 years of management experience. In her current role, she embraces a results-driven approach to data reporting management, a focus on successfully managing professional relationships, and consistent attention to detail. She is responsible for designing, planning, developing, and building BI solutions to support NYU’s fundraising efforts. Her strengths include relating to and working well with colleagues at different levels and from different teams both external and internal. She has been instrumental in fulfilling all data requests and developing the majority of BI solutions to support insights for decision-making throughout the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations.
Josh Glantz is the Digital Gift Officer on the UW Annual Philanthropy and Advancement Analytics team at the UW. Josh’s role is to develop and cultivate meaningful philanthropic relationships with alumni and friends of the university to create a sustainable pipeline of support for the future. Josh has been working at the university more than 7 years and has held progressively responsible fundraising roles since he was a student. Outside of his fundraising at the University of Washington, JG is active in a number outdoor advocacy groups including the Access Fund, Leavenworth Mountain Association, and the American Alpine Club.
Jennifer Goins, MA
Jennifer Goins is Senior Major Gift Officer for Principal Gifts with the Bon Secours Mercy Health Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. She is a practiced advancement professional, leading all aspects of the advancement enterprises. She has created resource development infrastructure, fundraising programs, and special events to assist organizations in sustaining ongoing annual support and planning for future growth. She specializes in capital campaign management and major gifts. Two of these efforts were recognized with CASE Circle of Excellence Awards. Jennifer’s breadth of experience includes working with faith-based schools of theology, public and private universities, healthcare systems, academic medical systems, and small, mission-based nonprofit organizations. She is now building a Development and Alumni Program for the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing and raising major gifts for the College and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. Jennifer also serves on the Richmond Public Library Foundation.
Sergio M. Gonzalez joined Brown University as Senior Vice President for Advancement in 2017. He oversees all advancement areas across the institution, including development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, international advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, and the Brown Annual Fund. He leads the $3 billion Brown Together campaign which exceeded its $3 billion goal early and is now aiming to raise $4 billion. Before coming to Brown, Gonzalez served as Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs at the University of Miami from 2001-2017. He was the architect and leader of two successful fundraising campaigns that together raised more than $3 billion.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, Gonzalez served in multiple roles in Miami-Dade County government, including Chief of Staff for the Miami-Dade County Executive Mayor, Director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and Executive Director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee. Gonzalez is chair of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He also chaired the CASE U.S./Canada Regional Council. Gonzalez also chaired an annual CASE conference for Latin American university presidents and advancement practitioners over a number of years, and speaks frequently on the advancement profession to diverse audiences in the US and abroad. Gonzalez has a long history of civic service both in Miami and since coming to Providence. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of UnidosUS, the largest national Hispanic advocacy and civil rights organization.
Other past board service includes Belen Jesuit Prep School in Miami, the Orange Bowl, Breakthrough Miami, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. In Providence, Gonzalez served on the board of the Trinity Repertory Theater and currently serves on the board of the Wheeler School.
Carrie M. Grimes
Dr. Carrie Grimes is a skilled and dynamic educational administrator with a broad array of experiences in private school and university settings. With expertise in alumni relations, early childhood education, strategic planning, advancement, and programmatic design, Dr. Grimes thrives by interacting with a wide range of stakeholders including toddlers through adolescents, parents, donors and alumni. Her career has afforded her with the opportunity to collaborate with professionals including special educators, advancement teams, teachers, religious leaders, academics, and community based organizations. Dr. Grimes serves on the faculties of University of Maryland's School of Education and Johns Hopkins University School Education, and her research focuses on community engagement and social identity frameworks within educational settings.
Lindsey C. Grow
Lindsey Grow is the media relations specialist at the University of Richmond. She works closely with faculty in international education, leadership studies, and in the arts and humanities. Her placements have included Voice of America, Al Jazeera, U.S. News & World Report, and TIME. Prior to her time at University of Richmond, Lindsey served on media and public relations teams at Virginia ABC, VDOT, and Advanced Auto Parts.