Speakers & Faculty
Jessica Elmore, Ed. D (She/Her) is senior director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB/DEIB) training at CASE. Dr. Elmore is responsible for the development and tailoring of EDIB training for the global organization, as well as providing EDIB consulting services for member institutions and organizations. As a visionary educational advancement leader, who owns her own cross-cultural consulting company; Dr. Elmore is dedicated to the development of authentic and cross-cultural opportunities and unites her scholarly research and practitioner advancement experience in building identity-centered solutions.
Formerly, Dr. Elmore was an active CASE District VI cabinet member and co-chair of the Opportunities and Inclusion CASE committee. For over 10 years Dr. Elmore led the relationship building and retention programming for Kansas State University Alumni Association’s identity-centered domestic and international alumni. Originally from Sacramento, California, Jessica is proud to develop her foundation and expertise in advancement in the United States Midwest.
Dr. Elmore has a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in business administration; her undergraduate degree was accomplished at historically black university, Grambling State University. Dr. Elmore is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Sheila Ellis-Glasper is dedicated to helping creative, purpose-driven business owners build and execute winning social media strategies.
Born and raised in the sunflower state of Kansas, Sheila is a graduate of Kansas State University earning a degree in journalism and mass communications. She ventured off to the east coast to begin her professional career as a reporter for the Associated Press and Roanoke Times. In 2009, she quickly realized the importance of using social media to build relationships and to stay ahead of the competition in her reporting career. She is the former social media manager for Kansas State University. In her role at Kansas State, she built the university’s social media presence to be recognized as a top university on social media in the nation.
Sheila has served as the social media consultant for the Kansas Small Business Development Center and founded SEG Media Collective LLC in 2016 to provide social media consulting and management services to businesses worldwide.
Brian Gawor’s focus is research and strategy to help propel both alumni engagement and fundraising results of clients. Brian has 20 years of higher education experience in student affairs, enrollment management, alumni engagement and development.
His efforts supported the achievement of record enrollment at Knox. He then joined the college’s $3 million Knox Fund as a fundraiser. Most recently, Gawor served for four years as director of development for the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. He has worked to direct RNL’s fundraising research, providing actionable insights to hundreds of clients each year, for the past six years.
He regularly presents at professional conferences, including CASE and AFP. He also hosts a popular Fundraising Voices podcast, and has regularly been featured in industry publications and webinars, including CASE, NonProfitPro, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Inside Higher Ed.
Gawor holds a master’s degree from Western Illinois University and is currently completing a doctorate at Illinois State University, where he is studying higher education alumni response, predictive analytics of donor response and industry trends.
Jill Pettibone is the Associate Director of Student Engagement for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the University of Florida. She oversees the student membership program, Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow advises their student ambassador group, the Florida Cicerones and manages student philanthropy efforts for Giving Day and My Gift, Our Legacy the senior class gift campaign. Her interest in higher education started during her undergraduate career at Ohio State. After earning her bachelor's degree she was a high school teacher before returning to education for her graduate degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education. Having completed her M.Ed.at UF she is now pursuing her Ed.D. at UF in the Leadership in Educational Administration program. Jill is starting her seventh year at the University of Florida.