Meet Your Chair
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 Community Experiences, Prospect Development, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Gift Administration and Records Management, Business Services, Talent Management, and organizational planning. 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, leading all planning activities, 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.
Katrina Onderdonk is the Senior Director of Talent Management for Advancement and Alumni Relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Bringing over 20 years of experience and expertise in talent management, she specializes in organizational planning, executive search, learning and development, and building workplace culture. Katrina’s career spans both corporate and non-profit sectors, including leadership roles where she has made significant contributions to the growth and success of each institution. Prior to joining Caltech, she was a Search Consultant with S. Benjamins & Company, and began her career at Bank of America Securities and Gap Inc.
Katrina holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is actively engaged in the Los Angeles community, contributing her expertise to various non-profit boards.
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.
Dexter A. Bailey, Jr
Dexter A. Bailey Jr. is a fundraising executive with 30 years of experience; including 17 years as a vice president. His expertise includes reengineering comprehensive fundraising programs, complex principal gifts, grateful patients, alumni relations, staff development, and organizational optimization. Dexter often speaks on issues related to campaigns, institutional leadership and the role and experience of minorities in university advancement.
Caltech is the smallest institution ever to secure more than $3.4 billion during its Break Through Campaign that ended in September 2021. Prior to joining Caltech in July 2019, Dexter served for 8+ years as senior vice president for advancement at Stony Brook University and executive director of the Stony Brook Foundation where he spearheaded the most successful campaign in the history of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. He is the recipient of the 2019 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award. He successfully managed development and alumni relations programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of California at Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Washington School of Law, and Ohio University College of Education.
Rob Henry is Vice President, People, Culture & 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.