Christy Cates is the associate vice chancellor for advancement operations at the University of Denver (DU). Christy is responsible for the strategic management of DU’s Advancement Operations team which includes Donor Stewardship, Community Experiences, Prospect Development, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Gift Administration and Records Management, Business Services, and Talent Management. In this role, she drives the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of the advancement enterprise by enhancing the coherence and integration of core advancement functions, administering resources strategically and creatively, and cultivating a world-class team of talented advancement professionals.
Prior to joining DU, Christy served the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as executive director of advancement services and UC Irvine as the senior executive director of university advancement human resources. Before entering the world of higher education advancement, Christy held human resources leadership positions with In-N-Out Burgers and Pick Up Stix, Inc., both privately held, multi-site corporations that employed between 800-4,000 employees. She earned a degree in political science from San Diego State University and is an active member of CASE and SHRM.
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Marc Anthony Barnes has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Dillard University since February 2013. This is not his first stint with the university, having worked in Dillard’s Development Department in various positions from 2000-2009. Before his return to Dillard, Marc served as Director of Development at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. (NOJHFF). At NOJHFF, he was responsible for the development of a major gifts fundraising operation and the launch of a major capital campaign designed to support the renovation of the Jazz & Heritage Center.
In his current role, he is responsible for all of the university’s fundraising efforts, government grants & contracts, alumni relations, marketing & communications, and community outreach. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.A. in Philanthropy & Development at LaGrange College and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education Administration at Jackson State University.
Marc received the Fr. Charles Hall Award (Alumnus of the Year) at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA in 2014 and recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater New Orleans Chapter as their “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser” in November 2015. In 2017, he was recognized nationally as a top HBCU leader by HBCU Grow. He has a passion for uplifting children, and he serves on a number of boards and committees in New Orleans. He and his wife, Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, have two children, Caitlin and Marc, Jr.
With 27 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages "We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern," a $5 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), and gift planning.
Lively earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University, a master's degree in history from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, and a certificate from the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In April 2017, he authored Managing Major Gift Fundraisers: A Contrarian's Guide (published by CASE).
Katrina Onderdonk is the senior director of talent management for advancement and alumni relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where she specializes in executive search, management development, team building and strategic planning. Onderdonk has over 15 years of executive search and leadership experience in both corporate and non-profits settings. Prior to joining Caltech, she was a Search Consultant with S. Benjamins & Company, and began her career at Banc of America Securities and Gap Inc.
Onderdonk holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is very active in the Los Angeles community, having served on boards of several nonprofits.
Donna joined GW on March 1, 2018, after more than 30 years at the University of Miami, including serving as interim senior vice president for development and alumni relations. During her tenure at the University of Miami, Donna oversaw the university’s alumni relations, annual giving, and parent programs, as well as fundraising efforts of the school and college development programs.
As interim senior vice president for development and alumni relations, she worked closely with the university’s board of trustees and the institutional leadership to implement the University of Miami strategic plan and development efforts for its three campuses. She helped greatly expand alumni and parent giving, led several award-winning programs to establish a vibrant national and international network of University of Miami alumni and parents, and was the lead visionary and fundraiser for a new alumni center on the university’s Coral Gables campus.
Donna has served as a board member for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she chaired the Commission on Alumni Relations, helping to launch the international initiative creating standards of practice and alumni engagement metrics for the profession. She chaired the 2018 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement. Donna has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a master’s degree from the University of Miami.
Rob Henry has acquired extensive managerial and development experience during his 25+ year professional career. Currently, he serves as the vice president of the newly created division of Philanthropy, Culture and Talent with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), in which he leads the strategic direction of the organization’s global DEIB programs, trainings and resources, to develop industry best practices and increase the diversity of advancement professionals at all levels.
Henry previously served as the vice president of education, providing the overall global strategy for achieving CASE’s vision and mission related to talent management. He directly oversees a 11 million in revenue and program including Conferences, Research, Library, Talent Management, Diversity/Inclusion and Student Advancement.
Henry previously served as the executive director of emerging constituencies at CASE for 10 years. Prior to joining CASE he served as the director of individual giving at Yale University soliciting donors and managing the volunteer program for the Yale School of Management. He has also served as assistant vice president at the University of Connecticut Foundation, and began his development career at Michigan State University.