Session Speakers H–L
Danielle Harris, M.Ed.
With her extensive professional experience in broadcast journalism, corporate communications, media relations, and crisis management, Danielle Harris is a respected public relations expert, author and speaker dedicated to helping organizations leverage their reputation and experts with the media and their community. Danielle earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Augusta University, and the university named her among the institution’s Jag20 recipients, an award given to 20 emerging leaders under age 40 who have made a significant impact in their career, community, and university. She also earned a Leadership Communication Certificate from Harvard Extension School at Harvard University and a Personal Development Coach Certificate from the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, an affiliate of the International Coach Federation. She is also a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.
Binti Harvey is a seasoned relationship builder, strategist, and change manager with a significant record of accomplishment empowering leaders, teams, and institutions to successfully advance reputational and financial goals. Ms. Harvey is the vice president for external relations and institutional advancement for Scripps College, a prestigious women’s and liberal arts institution and a member of the Claremont Colleges. In her role as chief fundraising and marketing and communications officer, she is responsible for developing and executing programs to amplify Scripps’ brand, increase philanthropic support, and deepen constituent engagement to advance the College’s mission.
Ms. Harvey’s career encompasses more than a decade of legislative affairs, public relations, and community engagement experience in educational, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Prior to Scripps, she led the design and implementation of institutional branding and fundraising marketing strategies for the California Institute of Technology. As a political aide, Ms. Harvey led advocacy and strategic communications initiatives for the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Superintendents of the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts. She began her career in journalism as a business reporter for CBS MarketWatch.
Ms. Harvey earned her B.A. in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in public policy from the University of Southern California, and she has served as a volunteer and presenter for numerous organizations including the American Marketing Association, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and Academic Impressions.
Peter Hayashida is an experienced higher education advancement leader who spent more than three decades in the University of California system. He stepped down after more than a dozen years as vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the UCR Foundation at UC Riverside in 2021 and previously held a variety of roles at UCLA over the prior two decades. Under Hayashida’s leadership, UCR planned, launched, and completed the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in its history, surpassing its $300 million goal in 2020 and more than doubling the endowment and sustainable annual private support. Hayashida was also part of the team that oversaw Campaign UCLA, the largest university or college fundraising effort at the time, securing $3.053 billion in philanthropic support.
Hayashida served for five years on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s board of trustees and received a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence as chair and faculty member of conferences since the 1990s. He was on the board of directors for ten years at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest healthcare, social services, and arts & culture organization serving LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.
Hayashida holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Northridge.
Heather Henley holds a bachelor of fine arts in communication design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her career started in the Daily Egyptian newsroom as a student journalist and continued to copy editing and page design roles at community newspapers. In 2012, she joined the staff of the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Georgia, where she worked in various editorial positions, including entertainment and features editor and ultimately, daily content editor. In 2019, she joined Augusta University as director of news and information, where she leads a communications and media relations team to share the stories of the university and its role as the state’s academic medical center.
Rebecca H. Heslin
Rebecca serves as the Director of Prospect Management for Lafayette College. During her eight-year tenure, Rebecca initiated, designed and now leads the College’s first portfolio management program. Rebecca has helped to expand the Volunteer Leadership Pipeline and to streamline the process of filling key leadership roles through her work as Deputy Secretary to the Trustees and Governance Committee of the Board. As the department transitions to a CRM, Rebecca has played a key role in creating custom data transformations, documenting business processes, and training. Rebecca graduated with honors from Lafayette in 2012, earning a BA in Anthropology and Sociology.
Neely Heubach (she/hers) is an associate director of Alumni Engagement at Macalester College. Neely's work focuses primarily on volunteer management, senior and young alumni engagement, Reunion, and data and metrics. Neely has a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester, and is passionate about collective liberation, building authentic relationships, and watercolors.
Mark Hobbs is the CEO of Fundmetric, a data-generation platform that helps higher education institutions build smarter lists across their pipeline using artificial Intelligence. Prior to founding Fundmetric, Mark was a partner at advertising agency where implemented data-driven decision making for the for-profit sector.
Megan Hoose, integrated marketing communications (IMC) coordinator for student recruitment at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, leads the strategic planning between HACC’s IMC firm and the College for student recruitment, as well as the integrated marketing communications plans. She’s served as an integral part in increasing the number of applications for admissions, developing a persona campaign with proven results, building awareness of the College’s programs and leading first-time campaigns. Megan has more than 16 years of marketing, advertising and public relations experience in the nonprofit, education and agency settings. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Kutztown University.
Patrick’s career in Advancement Services spans more than a dozen years between the California State University and University of California systems. He has served as the technological lead for six annual days of giving which cumulatively have generated more than $1.7M in gifts. For two years Patrick served as Vice-Chair of the University of California Advancement & Gift Information Managers (UCAGIM) group, which hosts gift and advancement professionals from each of the ten University of California campuses and the UC Education Abroad Program. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys playing board games and pinball.
Holly Johnson is the executive director of institutional advancement at Hawkeye Community College. Having also previously worked in four-year public and private institutions, she understands the unique challenges of various different student aid scenarios, and the scarcity of resources to help the most vulnerable students. As a doctoral student at Iowa State University, she is passionate about research in this area, and has used her research to create a growing number emergency aid resources at Hawkeye Community College. Through collaboration, partnerships, fundraising, and grants, the college has been able to annually serve an increasing number of student emergency needs since 2015.
Alexis serves as the director of advancement talent management at Dartmouth College where she helps people maximize their potential to achieve organizational priorities. Her responsibilities include shaping the overarching strategy for talent management, coaching leaders and supervisors, and designing training and professional development programs for 250 staff.
Alexis believes people should be engaged by their work and have the opportunity for continuous growth and development. During her more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Alexis has delivered educational experiences to hundreds of staff and students, led award-winning diversity and inclusion initiatives, and started two talent management departments. She is the founder of AKO Collective, a women's leadership development company that offers training to women and girls, and presents nationally on gender-related topics.
Alexis 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, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, and TEDx Speaker.
Megan H. Khan
In her role as Deputy Director of Principal Gifts at Yale, Megan works with some of the university’s most generous donors on transformative gifts. For over eight years, she has collaborated with the president, provost, deans, and executive leadership on donor strategy. She cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors to help Yale achieve its institutional goals and priorities. In 2019, Megan was instrumental in securing a gift that will launch the Yale Jackson School for Global Affairs. In her previous role as Director of Major Gifts for Yale Law School, in 2012, she secured financial stability for the school’s renowned Career Options Assistance Program, the nation’s first public-service fellowship. Prior to joining Yale in 2011, Megan spent nearly a decade raising significant resources for her alma mater, University of Virginia. As a Senior Director of Major Gifts, she participated in every stage of the university’s $3 billion campaign. Megan received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia, followed by nearly ten years in publishing in New York City.
As Vice President for Advancement, Nikki works closely with the President’s Office, the Mount Board of Trustees, the Advancement team, and the Mount community to strengthen the college’s culture of philanthropy, enhance the college’s outreach to the community, and advance the college’s mission, vision, and goals. Nikki was formerly Assistant Vice President of Alumnae and Parent Engagement and The Scripps Fund at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Under her leadership, she and her team grew The Scripps Fund 44 percent – from $2.5 to $3.5 million – in just one year. Khurana-Baugh is a respected speaker on college giving, and has presented at the CASE National Conference on Parent and Family Engagement, and the CASE District VII Conference.
Joey is an accomplished fundraiser with experience in higher education and large non-profit organizations. In his current role at Stanford University, he manages a major gift portfolio with focus on San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, and Pacific Northwest regions for Athletics. He also serves as the co-lead for the Stanford Athletics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, in addition to his role as the liaison to four varsity teams, including Stanford Women’s Volleyball, 2018 and 2019 NCAA Champions.
Prior to Stanford, Joey was a Principal Gifts Manager at the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as a chief development officer for Athletics at Catawba College, private college in the Southeast, and Winston-Salem State University, a public HBCU in North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology at Lehigh University, and holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University.
Nicole is a Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. She’s passionate about demystifying social media, email marketing, search engine optimization, and analytics. For the past 15 years she’s been providing actionable solutions to digital marketing challenges for partners in higher ed, healthcare, and non-profits. She brings a strong data-first mindset to campaigns and is all about defining goals, tracking every strategy, and making iterative improvements at every opportunity. Connect on Twitter @nverhey to chat all things digital marketing.
Gloria Ko serves as the senior director for Alumni Career Engagement leading career initiatives for alumni and students. She currently oversees programs, such the Alumni Mentor Program, UCLAONE and other career and professional development programming. Her prior experience at UCLA Alumni Affairs includes leading Young Alumni Engagement and the Student Alumni Association.
Gloria serves as the Opportunity and Inclusion Chair on the CASE District VII Board. She has served on faculties for the Young Alumni and Student Engagement Institute. Gloria graduated in 2006 with a bachelors in communication studies and in 2007 with a M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs.
Mark C. Koenig
Mark Koenig is the vice president for technology and chief innovation officer for the Oregon State University Foundation. In this role, he serves as the Foundation’s technology strategist, including oversight of research, relationship management, information technology services, and our CRM operations. In addition to his roles with the Oregon State University Foundation, Mr. Koenig is the past chair of the Ellucian Advancement Executive Advisory Committee and is the immediate past chair of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) District VIII. In 2019, he received the Distinguished Service Award from CASE District VIII recognizing his many years of service to the organization. A native of Tulsa, Okla., he earned his bachelors in history and economics from the University of Houston and a masters in adult education and organizational capacity from Oregon State University.
Jessica LaBorde is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Services for the University of California, Davis. Jessica and her team develop and provide advancement services solutions with the front-line fundraiser in mind. With nearly 25 years of experience in corporate sales, political and nonprofit fundraising, and philanthropy operations, Jessica is passionate about improving both internal and external processes to drive a leaner, more efficient business while supporting the UC Davis philanthropic goals and priorities. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (aasp), and is active in CASE as both a speaker and an awards judge for Advancement Services Programs. She has recently completed an Executive MBA program and holds a BS in Mass Communications and a BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University. When not fearlessly leading her team to new professional heights, she takes pleasure at home and abroad by gardening with her tween twins, supporting farm-to-fork initiatives, and sampling beverages from family-owned wineries and microbreweries with her charming husband. She is also a voracious reader who enjoys cat napping between chapters nearly as much as turning pages.
Kathleen Wong Lau
Kathleen Wong(Lau), Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is San Jose State's chief diversity officer. Wong(Lau) leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, providing vision and direction for university-wide efforts to ensure a welcoming, safe climate for every member of our community and serving as a liaison to community partners and constituents on a wide array of diversity initiatives. She was selected by and will report directly to President Papazian, and will serve on the president's cabinet.
Wong(Lau) joins San Jose State from the University of Oklahoma where she served since 2014 as director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Her noteworthy accomplishments at Oklahoma included launching faculty training institutes on inclusive teaching, and administrator training on management and leadership for diversity and innovation. In addition, she designed and led an inaugural, mandatory, five-hour Freshmen Diversity Experience training for more than 5,000 students. She also consulted with other academic institutions, with an emphasis on helping faculty and staff support underrepresented and first generation students.
Earlier in her career, Wong(Lau) served as a tutor and advisor for Upward Bound and as a bilingual education counselor for the TRIO program, where she encountered and directly addressed the challenges facing underrepresented groups in higher education. She also served as an assistant professor of intercultural communication at Western Michigan University from 2005-2012, and has actively consulted with Michigan State University on diversity issues since 2012.
Wong(Lau) received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay) before completing a dual master’s/doctorate program in communication with an intercultural concentration at Arizona State University. She was named in 2015 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of Women’s History Month's "Top 25 Women in Higher Education," contributing to transformation and change in the United States.
Greg Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (machine learning) from the University of Alberta. He leads the data science team at Fundmetric. His research is dedicated to artificial intelligence in the non-profit sector and he has three published papers including at the IEEE conference for his work using convolutional and recurrent neural networks to map the donor journey. Prior to joining Fundmetric, Dr. Lee built a system to provide relevant stories to baseball commentators based on live in-game situations.
Romayne Levee is in her element when she’s building something from the ground up. In her 16-years serving the Boards of Vistamar School (as Founding Board Chair) and Lewis & Clark College (as Trustee and Committee Chair), Romayne has led and supported teams in raising capital and establishing transformational endowments. She is now the Director of Education Strategy at Mission Minded raising the profiles of the educational institutions we serve from coast to coast. Romayne’s session at CASE VIII (2020) was described by participants as “the best session of the conference” and she was described as “an amazing speaker… every session I went to was great, but I think she was perhaps the very best.”
Katie is a Digital Marketing Strategist at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. She previously worked in public service and as a journalist. Katie is passionate about storytelling and ensuring good stories are found online by people seeking them. A proud Hawkeye, Katie earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Iowa. She is an advocate for creating content that provides the best possible user-experience and outcome, while meeting audiences where they are. Outside of work, she users her digital skills to bolster an online support community for mothers and helps fundraise for underprivileged children to participate in extracurricular activities.