Speakers & Panelists
Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for Junior High School girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated curriculum. As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics, social justice, and more. As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors.
Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools. Rosetta has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with over 250 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.
Rosetta has served as President on the Board of Directors of SMARTgirls, a Director on the Board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), Chair of the 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Co-Chair of the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference, Think Tank Member of the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and as a trainer/facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute. Rosetta is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.
Jessica is a long-time Educator and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategist and Consultant. In her 15 years as an educator, she has worked in a myriad of roles: high school teacher, youth program facilitator, university adjunct professor, school administrator and institutional DEI consultant and strategist. In 2012, she received her M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from DePaul University in Chicago with a focus on both anti-racist white identity development and the intersections of race and gender.
Jessica brings a strong intersectional lens to all of her work, helping people think holistically about how identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability) impacts how we see and move through the world. Her DEI expertise includes: transformative racial equity practices, building inclusive institutional culture, navigating politically diverse stakeholders, and facilitation and capacity-building. To learn more about her consulting work, visit: www.jessicahavens.com.
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.
Mo Cotton Kelly
“Mo,” as she is called by family, friends, and colleagues, leads and works alongside the University of Connecticut Alumni Relations and Marketing staff to engage, connect and solicit more than 280,000 UConn alumni worldwide.
Mo was recruited to join UConn in 2014 and is part of the UConn Foundation Senior Management team charged with engaging alumni, donors and friends in support of UConn. She provides strategic leadership and vision for alumni relations, communications and annual giving while directing the efforts of alumni and volunteers and cultivating development opportunities for the University. Mo is known for her ability to lead across departments while building collaborative relationships to enhance the experiences of staff, students, alumni and friends.
Mo was previously Executive Director of the Bowling Green State University Alumni Association and earlier worked at BGSU as an Admissions Counselor. She holds three degrees from Bowling Green State University: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Psychology and a Masters of Education. Mo is an active member of the Council for Alumni Association Executives (CAAE) and currently sits on the CASE District 1 Board. She will assume the District 1 Chair in July of 2020.
Edgar Gonzalez is an experienced and proven leader, team-builder and collaborator with almost 20 years of experience in higher education advancement and program development. He currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Development at OHSU Foundation where he leads fundraising and alumni relations teams in support of OHSU’s teaching, research and clinical missions. Prior to joining OHSU, Edgar spent 15 years, and two campaigns, at the University of Washington in several roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Assistant Dean for Advancement at the UW’s College of Built Environments where he oversaw an integrated advancement team and played a leadership role in UW’s $5 billion campaign. Additionally, he co-led the UW’s Advancement Leadership Class - a unique cohort-based leadership development program designed to engage and inspire the next generation of advancement leaders.
A native of Argentina, Edgar and his family emigrated to the US when he was 9 years old in pursuit of the American dream. Education is the key to that dream. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Washington, he has dedicated his entire career to working in public higher education and ensuring that everyone who wants access to higher education can attain it. Edgar is passionate about the positive impact philanthropy can have on the institutions, communities and individuals he is fortunate to serve. His career has always been focused on building institutional capacity through cultivating deep relationships, transformative philanthropy, leadership development and impactful storytelling.
Peter Hayashida was appointed president of the UC Riverside Foundation and vice chancellor for advancement at the University of California, Riverside, in 2009. He oversees development, alumni engagement, university communications, and advancement administration. Hayashida previously worked for 19 years at UCLA in a variety of roles, including assistant vice chancellor for external affairs. He earned a BA in communication studies from UCLA and an MBA from California State University, Northridge. Hayashida is a past CASE trustee and Philanthropy Commission chair, and he served for a decade on the board of directors of the organization now known as the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
David (Dave) Iyall serves as the University of Washington’s Interim Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Education and Senior Director for Advancement in the College of the Environment. Dave has been at the University of Washington since 2005. In addition to his current roles, Dave has held roles in the College of Engineering and in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMAD). During his time in OMAD, Dave led the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House campaign, helping make the 40-year dream of the coastal Salish longhouse-style facility a reality and creating a home away from home for Native American students. Dave co-chairs UW Advancement’s LEAD Program, a leadership development course for rising stars throughout the organization. Earlier in his career, Dave worked at UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and the American Indian College Fund. Dave is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, has served on the board of the Cowlitz Tribe Statewide Foundation, and is Vice Chair of the Cowlitz Tribe Tuition Assistance Board.
Jhumar is the Director of the Vice Chancellor's Office at the Open University. She joined the team in 2014 and came to the OU with a background in major gifts consulting and practice. Previously Jhumar was Director of Kingston Smith Advisers, a boutique major gifts consultancy housed under Kingston Smith LLP, a top 20 accounting firm. She has worked for and advised not for profits including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Save the Children, Barnardo's, University of Westminster, Crimestoppers, Cats Protection, Sightlife, NHS Trusts, CRY India, Internews amongst many others.
Her focus at the OU is to deliver the University's first fundraising campaign and the ambitious philanthropic income targets therein, build a high performing, talented team and strong ties across the University to identify funding opportunities and harness the impact of philanthropic giving.