Faculty & Guest Speakers
Cindy Fredrick is the associate vice president for engagement and annual giving at the University of Virginia. She joined the office of engagement as one of the founding staff members in 2006; following a 14-year career as executive director for U.Va.’s student volunteer center.
In her current role, Fredrick supervised the transformation of U.Va.’s engagement efforts—which resulted in a nearly 500 percent increase in activities during a five year period—and currently produces more than 1,400 events each year. A significant aspect of this revitalization was the full integration of parents into traditional alumni engagement efforts through clubs, travel and lifetime learning programs.
Prior to her 20-year career at the University of Virginia, Fredrick served as the associate director for the Virginia state coalition of sexual assault crisis centers; managing director for an equity touring children’s theatre; and director of social services, admissions and recreational activities for long-term care facilities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Luther College and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University in Sacramento.
After serving as the director of alumnae relations and director of the annual fund, Joycelyn B. Blizzard, CFRE is now the director of development. Joycelyn joined SMS from Beaver Country Day School. Previously, Joycelyn’s was in public service and civic engagement. That work included advocation with Demand Abolition, an organization to end the demand for commercial sex. Additionally, she’s served in the Virginia Governor's Office and The White House. While in Washington, she was formally introduced to the world of philanthropy at Democracy Alliance, a national partnership of high net-worth donors, and has not looked back.
A native of Henrico, Joycelyn earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She and her husband, Rev. Linwood Blizzard, II make their home in Heathsville, VA near Macedonia Baptist Church, where he is the pastor. The joy of her life is being with her husband and their three young children.
Rosetta L. Clay
Rosetta L. Clay leads the strategic, purposeful and targeted efforts of alumni and constituent engagement. This includes alumni events and programs, annual giving programs, and engagement communication.
With 15 years in the advancement field, she has gained a wealth of knowledge from her experience of working at various types of institutions including the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business (Big Ten, formerly ACC) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (HBCU). While at the Robert H. Smith School of Business she developed and managed regional and international alumni clubs, alumni mentor program, student engagement programs. She has also led alumni board development and restructuring, strategic planning, special events and community engagement programs. In recent years, her responsibilities have grown to include annual giving. In her first year at Illinois Wesleyan, she led the team in restructuring its giving day to increase overall engagement and participation.
Clay received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and master’s degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Diversity & Equity in Education with an emphasis in Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Julie Decker is president and chief executive officer of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Decker has spent 20 years as an alumni relations strategist, having also worked in the alumni associations of the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina, and Coastal Carolina University. Through her career she has managed programming, fundraising special projects, budgeting, student leadership, operations, and the cultivation of volunteers and boards.
Decker is passionate about the practice of Alumni Relations as an intentional partner to the overall advancement strategy.
Decker holds two degrees from the University of Georgia: a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a Master of Education in human resources and organizational development. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in organizational development and higher education at UGA, studying the changing landscape of alumni relations and advancement work.
Josh Harraman serves as vice president for alumni engagement, annual giving and advancement communications for the Rutgers University Foundation. He joined the Rutgers University Alumni Association as the associate vice president for alumni engagement in September 2017.
In his role at Rutgers, Harraman has university wide responsibilities for engaging Rutgers alumni through volunteer engagement, events and programs, alumni career services, and student engagement. He also assists in facilitating their support via a robust annual giving program and oversees strategic advancement communications in preparation for the comprehensive campaign.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Harraman served as the senior director for alumni and constituent engagement at The Ohio State University where he led life stage programming and regional engagement efforts. He previously worked at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and focused on student leadership and involvement. Harraman received his bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. He received his doctoral degree in educational philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2019.
Virginia is the Executive Director of Institutional Engagement at Scripps College having first served Scripps for more than four years as Director of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy and a Senior Advancement Officer. In her current role she oversees the Alumnae Engagement, Parent Engagement, and Donor Relations/Stewardship departments, and works to design, execute, and evaluate Scripps’ on-campus, regional, and digital programs. Prior to Scripps, Virginia held positions at Whittier College and Chapman University. Virginia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College and a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University.
William L. Pierce
William currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement at The University of Toledo. He and his team are responsible for engaging and connecting alumni, students and friends with the University and each other. He has management oversight of all alumni programs and activities while working collaboratively with campus partners, volunteer and advisory committees to plan and implement strategies designed to increase engagement and affinity amongst alumni.
Prior to his time with the Office of Alumni Engagement, William served as the Senior Director of Undergraduate Admission at The University of Toledo where his team was responsible for the recruitment of traditional age high school students, non-traditional students, and students with a military background or affiliation.
William’s professional career in higher education spans close to twenty years and is grounded by his passion for creating access to college for all students who desire to further their education. He has had the distinct privilege of speaking to regional and national audiences on the topics of strategic recruitment and best practice enrollment strategies as well as use of innovative technologies and data science to achieve results.
While William has served the majority of his career at The University of Toledo, he has also served in director roles at Creighton University and the University of Michigan.
William received his Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Services in 1999 and his Master of Business Administration degree in 2009, both from The University of Toledo. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Higher Education Administration, also at The University of Toledo.
Sean Price is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BCom '95), as well as the University of Notre Dame (MBA '01).
Sean spent thirteen seasons with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Over that time he held multiple roles including Director, Marketing and Vice-President, Ticket Sales. He was instrumental in the planning of the Heritage Classic, as well as marketing campaigns throughout the Oilers 2006 Stanley Cup run. Sean was also Vice President, Corporate Sales for the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, winning a Grey Cup during his time with the team.
He is now the Associate Vice-President, Alumni Relations at the University of Alberta, guiding the university's strategic engagement of 290,000 U of A Alumni throughout the world. In this role he facilitates the work of the university's Alumni Council and leads the Ofﬁce of Alumni Relations with the goal of creating mutually beneﬁcial relationships and lifelong connections between the University of Alberta and its alumni and students.
Flinchbaugh brings extensive experience in alumni engagement, higher education advancement and corporate consulting. A strategic leader, public speaker and coach, he has served as an advancement executive at University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Bucknell University, with corporate experience as an educational consultant at IBM.
As Assistant to the Vice President, Flinchbaugh chairs the University System of Maryland Alumni Relations Council. The Council coordinates engagement activities across the System’s twelve institutions and one million alumni worldwide, with international engagement as a key strategic component.
As Associate Dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Flinchbaugh’s team leads the school's engagement strategy to assure alumni, friends and donors are actively connected to the school. At the UM School of Social Work, he oversees a team that raises private funds for the school from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. During his twelve years, Flinchbaugh has led efforts that have more than tripled the school’s annual private funding, grown the school's scholarship funds from five to eighty-five, and driven a four-fold increase in corporate and foundation giving to the school.
Flinchbaugh served on CASE's Commission on Alumni Relations, including four years as faculty at the CASE Summer Institute for Alumni Relations, and two years as its chair. A recipient of CASE's Faculty Star Award, Flinchbaugh’s primary expertise is in focusing alumni engagement to bridge development and alumni relations, strategic planning and board management.
Previously, Flinchbaugh served as executive director for alumni relations at Johns Hopkins and Bucknell Universities. His background includes twelve years as a consultant and manager with IBM, primarily in the Washington, D.C., region. Holding a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, Flinchbaugh’s IBM management training includes executive education at both Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School.
Karen White has spent more than 20 years in higher education advancement. She is the executive director for alumni relations at the George Washington University. In this role she provides strategy and direction for the university's Colonials Weekend program and alumni affinity engagement programs. She is responsible for the overall volunteer management of GW's Alumni Association and the Mount Vernon National Advisory Council.
Prior to joining GW, she served as assistant to the president at Miami University where she directed all university ceremonies and events hosted by the President's Office. She has worked regionally and nationally to advance the alumni relations profession, serving in a variety of volunteer roles for CASE. She served as a faculty member for CASE's Institute for Senior Alumni Relations Professionals, Newcomers in Alumni Relations workshop, and Summer Institute in Alumni Relations. She recently finished her term as a CASE Commissioner on Alumni Relations.
White holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's degree in college student personnel from Miami University. A CASE member for more than 20 years, she is a current member of the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations and is a contributing writer to the book From Donor to Philanthropist: The Value of Donor Education In Creating Confident, Joyful Givers.
Katie Young serves as the director of alumni relations at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas, one of the largest co-ed independent day schools in the country. As a key member of the Advancement Leadership team, she provides direction and guidance to Greenhill’s Alumni Board.
She began working at Greenhill in 2005 as a member of the communications team and moved to the alumni office in 2008. She manages all alumni programs and activities, focused on increasing strategic alumni engagement and alumni giving.
Katie has a true passion for alumni relations. She enjoys connecting with other professionals through various CASE programs and has presented at regional and national CASE conferences since 2008. In addition, she represented independent schools as a member of the CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics Beta group. Katie served on the global CASE Commission for Alumni Relations and as faculty at the CASE Summer Institute for Alumni Relations.
She holds bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma where she volunteered in the Student Activities office. She earned her master’s degree from Northeastern University focusing on nonprofit management, social media and online communities.