Faculty & Guest Speakers
Cindy Fredrick is an inspirational leader, known for growing organizations with transformative energy, passion, and integrity. Cindy’s higher education career spans three decades at the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the senior associate vice president for engagement and annual giving and previously was the president and CEO of UVA’s student volunteer service center, Madison House. In addition to working for UVA, Cindy is a consulting vice-president for Grenzebach Glier and Associates.
As UVA’s chief alumni and parent engagement officer, Cindy supervises a team of 35 staff members, 60 students, and more than 700 volunteers, overseeing central annual giving and producing in-person and virtual events. Before the pandemic, her team implemented more than 1,200 in-person events per year, leveraging a global volunteer network. During the 16 months of the pandemic, her team produced 800 virtual events for more than 117,000 alumni, friends, and family registrations.
Cindy began her career with non-profit community-based organizations and was responsible for advancement, marketing, program services, and volunteer management. She served in leadership positions for a state-wide advocacy coalition, a children’s equity theatre, and long-term care facilities.
Cindy graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in social work and from California State University with an M.Ed. in educational administration. Cindy is an alumnus of Leadership Charlottesville, Advancement Leadership Lab, Leadership in Academic Matters, and the Fundraising School. An active volunteer with CASE, she has served in various roles, including past chair of the Summer Institute for Alumni Relations.
Joycelyn serves as the director of multicultural alumni engagement at Bowdoin College. Previously, Joycelyn B. Blizzard, CFRE served as the director of alumnae relations and director of the annual fund, and then as the director of development at St. Margaret's School. 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 is a full-time doctoral student studying Diversity & Equity in Education with an emphasis in Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After more than 15 years working in philanthropy and alumni engagement in higher education, Rosetta realized her passion as her purpose and pivoted professionally to add her voice to the critical work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) with a focus on equity and belonging. As a belonging advocate seeking equity, Rosetta is committed to educating and empowering individuals, institutions, and organizations to understand the theory of belonging through a process of becoming “diverse by design.” Rosetta currently consults on various DEI&B and business projects, facilitates inclusive workshops, and presents on the journey of diversity, equity, and inclusion leading to belonging.
Rosetta has a wealth of knowledge in administrative leadership, philanthropic engagement, organizational leadership, and strategic planning. She has also led numerous teams including annual giving, special events, and marketing communications. Her experience includes leadership roles at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business (B1G Ten) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (#1 public HBCU). She has also strategically directed alumni board development and restructuring, division planning, special events and marketing communications. Rosetta has always approached her roles from a lens of inclusivity with a goal for equitable outcomes. She understands the importance of diversity on college campuses as a reflection of the larger society which is a driving component to ensuring greater representation for minoritized individuals while educating those in the dominant population(s).
Rosetta received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She earned her master’s degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree 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.
Virginia is the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Engagement at Scripps College, and has served Scripps for eight years in various leadership roles including Executive Director of Institutional Engagement, Director of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy, and a Senior Advancement Officer. In her current role she oversees the Alumnae Engagement, Parent Engagement, Donor Relations/Stewardship, and Career Planning & Resources departments. Her teams work to design, execute, and evaluate Scripps’ on-campus, regional, and digital programs to cultivate purposeful, mutually-beneficial, and lifelong relationships between Scripps College and its global community. 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 and Annual Giving at University of Toledo Foundation. 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.