Session Speakers S–Z
Michael J. Samide, Ph.D.
Michael J. Samide is a professor of chemistry at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Samide holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from Indiana University and a BS degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. Samide teaches courses centered on chemical analysis of cultural heritage objects as well as analysis of food. He participated in the Project MUSE sabbatical research program at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and continues his collaborations there as a visiting research scientist.
Anna Schlia is a PhD student at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester and the Senior Director of Advancement at the Eastman School of Music. Anna has served as a frontline major gift officer for 12 years. Her research interests include donor motivation and philanthropy in higher education. She has presented research in institutional advancement at the CASE District II Conference, AFP Rochester Genesee Valley, and SUNYCUAD 2018. She was also a featured guest on the RAISE podcast by Evertrue.
Zack Schmidt is a Senior Web Developer for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. Before that he was the Assistant Director of Marketing and Web Development for the University of Iowa Alumni Association. In his current role he provides leadership to the Online Communications team in the areas of design, usability, and accessibility. His focus is to plan, design, and develop attractive and user-centered web sites that align with organizational goals. Holding a BA from the University of Iowa, Zack also has over 15 years of experience in alumni marketing and engagement.
Debbie Schroeder is a senior advancement professional with 20 years of experience in higher education fundraising and administration. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Development in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, where she is charged with meeting the College’s fundraising goals, including a current campaign goal of $450M and an annual fundraising revenue goal of $60-70M+. Debbie is a compassionate leader and manager of a team of 20 fundraisers and professionals, and serves on the College’s executive team and the advancement senior team. She has experience in annual giving, regional and special giving, major gifts, and volunteer management, as well as, stewardship and donor relations.
Previously, she spent time in annual giving and major gifts at her alma mater, the University of Dayton, where she earned her BS and MBA.
Heather Seagroatt is the Executive Director of Capital Giving at Princeton University. Most recently, she was Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts at Dartmouth. Previously, Heather served as Vice President for Development at Climate Central, a nonprofit research and news organization. She joined Lehigh University in 2001 serving first as Director of Individual Giving and later as the university's first Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
J.J. Slager is the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He is responsible for alumni virtual programming and academic relations; connecting colleges on campus with their alumni. He has planned, produced and directed more than 30 virtual events in the last year with more than 10,000 viewers. Before returning to his alma mater, J.J.'s career began in corporate sales within recruitment advertising and then he moved into executive recruitment.
Parks has spent over 10 years working in higher education including experience with strategic enrollment management, alumni relations, development, and career services. His driving passion in his current work is building relationships and finding opportunities to get alumni involved with their alma mater in the most meaningful way possible. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Operations in Virginia Commonwealth University's Office of Alumni Relations. He is primarily charged with serving as the primary conduit between alumni relations and VCU programs, schools, and units that intersects with alumni in order to increase effectiveness and economies of scale. This includes work in developing volunteer strategies and infrastructure for VCU's 200,000 alumni, creating and maintaining the University's alumni engagement metrics system, and developing systems to support alumni recruitment, training, development, and stewardship across the university. Prior to VCU he served as Director of Alumni Relations at his alma mater, Longwood University.
Peter N. Smits
With over 40 years’ experience in higher education advancement, Peter has extensive expertise with fundraising and campaigns, alumni relations, communications and foundation management. He is Vice President Emeritus at Fresno State, and currently Senior Consultant with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group. As a Senior Fellow at CASE International, Peter conducted a major research study on Campus Cultures of Philanthropy. Peter has presented at workshops, seminars and conferences for CASE International, CASE Districts VII and VIII, the Association of Governing Boards and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. He frequently serves as a workshop or retreat facilitator for foundation boards and alumni boards.
Chelsea Smock has been a member of the Advancement team at Butler University since 2017. A graduate of Butler herself, she enjoys collaborating with fellow alumni, students and faculty on a daily basis and creating opportunities for the Butler community to engage with the University and with each other. The “Science of” event series is a great example.
Livia Souza joined the FIU Foundation development team as Associate Director, Estate & Planned Giving in April 2019. She supports major gift officers through FIU's Office of Estate & Planned Giving in its Next Horizon Campaign. She received the Rookie of the Year Award for largest impact in the first year of service at the FIU Foundation. Previously, Livia worked as a fiduciary financial advisor at the Gabor Agency managing a book of business of more than 350 clients, and providing financial planning services for university employees in South Florida. She received Agent of the Year Award for leading performance for new client acquisition at the Gabor Agency through Voya Financial. She holds a Series 65 and Series 6 security licenses. She studied Finance and Economics at Florida State University
Jeff Spoeri, J.D.
Jeff Spoeri has served as Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Lamar University since 2017, following stints at Stetson University, Michigan State University, Florida State University, and Florida Institute of Technology, among others, over a 26-year advancement career. At Lamar, Jeff manages major, planned, and annual giving activities and personnel, along with maintaining his own portfolio of donors and prospects and provides leadership for the university's current comprehensive campaign. A former high school and community college teacher and practicing attorney, Jeff has earned degrees from the College of William and Mary (A.B.), Vanderbilt University (M.Ed.), and Washington University in St. Louis (J.D.). He has served on numerous non-profit boards including his current role on the CASE District IV Cabinet and, formerly, serving as vice president and president of the board of trustees for the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. In addition, Jeff has been a regular speaker, volunteer, and conference committee member throughout his career in CASE Districts III, IV, and V. The proud father of two – a recently married son, 23, who is an Air Force contracting officer, and a daughter, 17, a senior in high school – Jeff is a longtime choral singer and a five-time champion on the television game show Jeopardy! (2006).
Adam Stauffer serves as the Associate Vice President for Development at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In Adam’s role, he oversees, Principal, Major, Planned Giving as well as Leadership Initiatives. He has been a member of the Lafayette team since 2006. Prior to Lafayette, Adam served as Director of Major and Leadership Giving at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Adam graduated from East Stroudsburg University with degrees in education and sport management, ‘00/’02. Adam currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the East Stroudsburg University Foundation, Cabinet member of the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way’s Campaign.
Sarah joined Furman University in November 2018 after spending nearly a decade working in sports philanthropy, holding positions with the Charlotte Knights and the Carolina Panthers. In her role as Assistant Director of Alumni Programs, Sarah is responsible for planning and coordinating all on-campus events and oversees the university’s new Alumni Learning Community, a digital program run through the Alumni Learning Consortium. Sarah holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.
Deanne Taenzer is an authority on developing online thought leadership content programs that utilize an organization’s experts. She works with universities, corporations and health care organizations to drive engagement with a range of audiences, including media, donors, researchers, students, partners and patients. In her role leading institutional and agency partnerships, she has worked with clients such as UNC Chapel Hill, University Health Network, Cleveland Clinic, Emory University, ADP and Pearson. She is a graduate of York University in Toronto, a lecturer and is on the council of the Executive Leadership Program at Schulich School of Business.
John is the Principal of John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC, an independent advancement consulting practice. He has served in various consulting capacities since 1994. John served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services and Interim Campaign Manager at North Carolina State University. He previously was the Vice President for Research and Data Services at CASE. Before that, John was the Director of Alumni & Development Records at Duke University for nearly 15 years. He holds a BA in Mass Communications and Socio-Political Change from Vanderbilt University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
John formed one of the largest advancement-related listservs in the world, FundSvcs. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences internationally, receiving the CASE Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching. John is a founder, member, and Former President of the Board of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (aasp). He received the aasp Jonathan Lindsey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. CASE distinguished John as a CASE Laureate in 2019. John was the editor for all three editions of the CASE Advancement Services book (the 4th edition is due out in 2022/23) and served in various editorial capacities for the 3rd & 4th editions of the CASE Guidelines and the 1st edition of the CASE Global Reporting Standards, published in 2021. John resides in Durham, NC, with his wife and children.
Feven Teklu is a Senior Leadership Giving Officer at Brown University based in the New York City regional office. Previously Feven served as Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events at the Women’s Refugee Commission; Associate Director of Development at New York University School of Law; and as an Assistant Director for Annual Fund Programs at Columbia University. She has extensive experience establishing giving programs, creating and implementing direct mail strategy, and has achieved fundraising success by building meaningful donor relationships
Most recently, Feven has co-founded an anti-racism training program for a 200 person internal department with a curriculum designed as an entry point to understanding systemic racism. Feven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Paul David Terry, MNA
A leader in nonprofit and academic organizations for over two decades, Paul works in the intersection between nonprofit and volunteer management, public health and patient activation in order to help organizations maximize their initiates with target audiences. His in-depth experiences across various sectors gives him a unique perspective on how to optimize engagement with targeted networks. Paul currently serves as the assistant director of special interest and affinity networks at the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. He is the past vice-chair of the UC Davis Health Vice Chancellor LGBTQ+ Health Advisory Council and past co-chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on LGBTQIA+ Communities and is pursuing a doctorate in education with an emphasis on social justice and multicultural education.
Dr. David Tindall has more than 20 years of higher education experience including academic advising, programming, leadership development, student housing, fundraising as well as strategic planning and supervision. Currently, the Director of Philanthropy for a private higher education institution. David has served as the Director of Philanthropy for a public higher education institution; Assistant Director for Residence Life; Academic Advisor. David is a licensed counseling professional, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sports Management, a Master of Arts in Counseling and a PhD in Education Leadership. He is certified as a John Maxwell Leadership Coach. David has taught communication courses at the undergraduate level, as well as higher education student development courses at the master’s level and a number of professional developments for students and staff.
Rhea Turteltaub is Vice Chancellor for External Affairs for the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been a leader in the field of higher education for two decades. She has served in her current role for 14 years, including leading UCLA through one of the largest comprehensive campaigns in higher education history. The Centennial Campaign for UCLA ended in December 2019 and raised $5.5 billion.
Tim Valentine manages NYC-based engagement at New York University including reunion and homecoming, alumni awards, signature events, and student and recent alumni programs. He has developed identity-based affinity clubs, the NYU Student Alumni Council, and redesigned Alumni and Parents Weekend with new expertise in virtual and hybrid event planning. Tim has been in higher education for 15 years with additional background in arts administration, professional theatre, living-learning communities, academic enhancement programs, and career services. Tim holds a Bachelor of Music Education from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.
Michael Van Sambeck
Michael leads a team that is responsible for developing relationships for the School of Business that lead to philanthropic support of students, faculty, and priority programing. Last year the School raised a record $8 million in gifts and commitments. Michael personally manages a portfolio of high net-worth families to assist them in being successful philanthropists. Examples include establishing cost of attendance scholarships and new innovative programing within the School. Prior to the UConn Foundation, Michael worked five years for the Connecticut General Assembly staffing senators on developing individualized strategic plans that matched their vision with the needs of the district. Michael also managed two State Senate Campaigns during his time in politics. Michael graduated with a B.S in History from the University of Connecticut.
Mike Walker is currently the Head of School at the San Francisco Day School. He spent the previous seventeen years as K-8 Head at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mike has been an administrator, teacher, and coach at four independent schools, including the American School Foundation in Mexico City. Mike’s doctoral work focused on the neuroscience of learning and leading. He has presented at national, international, and state level conferences and has had articles published in the NAIS Independent School magazine and other journals.
Chad Warren is Vice President and Consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, serving partners in the Midwest to propel donor engagement and maximize fundraising results. Chad returns to RNL after years of service as a senior leader in development and alumni relations. Most recently, Chad served as the senior associate vice president for alumni engagement, annual giving, and career services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. Prior to UNLV, Chad served as assistant vice president at The Ohio State University, executive director for university outreach and engagement at the University of Dayton, and director of annual giving at Florida State University.
Chad’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Dayton, and he received an MBA from Saint Leo University. He will complete his doctorate of public policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2021.
As chief philanthropy officer at The Trust for Public Land, Pat is responsible for designing and leading a national and field-based fundraising and engagement program. Pat has an extensive and diverse fundraising background, having served in several senior positions throughout her career including SVP at Grenzebach Glier and Associates, where she provided senior-level counsel on fundraising growth strategies, campaign planning, and execution frameworks. Prior to that, Pat served as the SVP of Advancement at Brown University, Sr. AVP for Alumni Affairs and Development at Cornell University, and Assistant Dean of Development at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering a Syracuse University. Pat also worked in consulting engineering and economic development. She draws on all of these experiences when developing strategies to secure private support. Pat brings a personal commitment to the advancement profession as a board member of the Narragansett Boat Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. An active rower and avid fly fisher, Pat takes advantage of the natural environment in her home state of Rhode Island. Pat holds a M.A. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.
Mirko Widenhorn, Ed.D.
Mirko joined the Anthology team in July of 2013, bringing over 11 years of higher education experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Wilkes University. Now serving as the Senior Director of Engagement Strategy, he works closely with customers on engagement scoring and strategic planning projects. Mirko is a Drew University graduate and completed his Ed.D. in higher education administration at Wilkes University, focusing on whether giving differs based on participation in different types of alumni programming.
Jeff Williams is the Associate Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Outreach at the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Jeff is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the 14-person outreach team. Using data-driven strategies, Jeff has overseen significant growth in alumni engagement through events, volunteerism, and virtual programming. Previously, he worked in two University of Maryland schools, the Smith School of Business and the Clark School of Engineering. Although a graduate of Boston University (B.S. '08, M.Ed. '12), he is a life member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association and considers himself an adopted Terp.
Kevin L. Wright
Kevin L. Wright (he/him/his) currently serves as the inaugural Assistant Director for Student Diversity in the Office of Student Diversity & Social Justice. Kevin is responsible for overseeing departmental initiatives that can create positive institutional and systemic change while centering and empowering those who hold historically marginalized identities. Kevin has previously worked in Residence Life, Student Activities, TRIO Programs, Student Affairs Administration, and Student Leadership and Service Learning. Kevin earned a bachelors in Business Communications with a minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University, a masters in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College, and a doctorate of education in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.
Christina Yoon, PhD
Christina “Tina” Yoon is a dedicated nonprofit professional who uses her broad experience when advising clients while bringing a fresh perspective to each engagement. Tina began her career in development by serving as a Senior Liaison Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Corporate Relations and as a Development Officer. Originally educated as a scientist, she worked as a researcher at Pfizer for several years before fully realizing her passion for working with mission-driven nonprofit organizations. Prior to coming to Campbell & Company, Tina was an independent consultant for six years. Tina is a founder of the Council of Korean Americans and a member of the AFP DC Chapter and the AFP International I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Committee. She obtained a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT.
Elizabeth Zeigler is President and CEO of Graham-Pelton, a fundraising and management consulting firm for leading nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Tianyi Zheng is a Data Analyst at the University of British Columbia providing data-driven decision support. Tianyi graduated with a specialization in Computer Science and Statistics. Tianyi is interested in translate data into rightful actions with business knowledge and technical skills. Tianyi has more than 5 years of experience working in roles such as Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer in the higher education sector.