Meet the Faculty
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.
Armin Afsahi was appointed Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) and Dean of Development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) by Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay in August 2019. In this key executive leadership role, Afsahi is responsible for designing and executing a fundraising vision that advances FAS’s mission and diverse academic priorities.
In this capacity, Afsahi leads a fundraising enterprise that works collaboratively to generate annual philanthropic resources in excess of $1 Billion, and contributes to strategies to engage alumni, parents and friends with Harvard through creative and meaningful engagement.
An accomplished and respected advancement leader with nearly 30 years of experience, Afsahi brings a wide range of expertise in institutional advancement, strategic management, business development, leadership, and operations. Prior to joining AA&D, he served as the vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Denver. Previously, he held senior roles in advancement for the University of California San Diego and Georgetown University.
Afsahi has served on national and local boards and held volunteer leadership roles for both nonprofit and professional organizations. He holds a BA in communications from UC San Diego and an MBA from the University of San Diego. Afsahi lives in Boston with his husband, Joe Eklund, and enjoy outdoors, travel, playing tennis and enjoying sports.
Skylar Beaver is the Assistant Director of Advancement, Director of The Lawrenceville Fund, and Alumni and Family Engagement at The Lawrenceville School. In this role Skylar oversees annual giving efforts, alumni and family engagement initiatives and oversees the advancement systems team. Previously, she led annual giving teams at The Spence School, Washington and Lee University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
She has thirteen years of annual giving experience, is a frequent presenter with CASE, is a past chair of STAFF (Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals), and serves on the Northeast Annual Giving Conference (NEAGC) planning committee.
Skylar holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master's degree in nonprofit management from SUNY Brockport.
Lishelle Blakemore is the associate vice chancellor at UC Berkeley and vice president of the UC Berkeley Foundation, where she has worked since 1994 in various leadership capacities. She oversees university alumni relations, annual programs, external relations, foundation relations, gift planning, international relations, major gifts, marketing and communications, and student experience and diversity programs. Considered a “builder” of new programs, she designed and established the university’s first comprehensive annual and individual giving department. She has been a part of the campaign management team for the $1.44B "Campaign for the New Century," the $3.13B "Campaign for Berkeley" and the Light the Way Campaign launching in 2020.
Prior to joining Cal, Blakemore served as assistant vice president for The Pacific Group where she provided consulting and fundraising services for universities throughout the country, including UC Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, California State University Fullerton, Texas A&M University, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University.
Patricia (Trish) Jackson
Patricia (Trish) Jackson has over 35 years of advancement experience at a wide variety of higher education institutions. She is currently a member of The Registry which places intentional interims in senior positions throughout higher education. In early 2020, she retired as Vice President for Development at Brown University where she oversaw the activities of all the direct fundraising units for a $3 billion campaign. From 2015-18, she served as Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the Joint Development Office for the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Trish has had other roles at Dartmouth including associate vice president for development and chief of staff for the advancement division with primary responsibilities for working with the President, Provost and Senior Vice President for Advancement on their development activities, staffing the President's Leadership Council and Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and serving as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
In February 2013, Trish completed her eight-year tenure as vice president for development at Smith College where she managed all fundraising initiatives including launch of the successful $450 million Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith, oversaw executive education, and served as an ex officio member of the Smith College Alumnae Association Board of Directors. Trish also served as vice president for education at CASE where she was responsible for all conferences and award programs originating out of Washington, DC. She also served as the primary philanthropic spokesperson for the organization and was the liaison between CASE and the Kresge Foundation in partnering to enhance the advancement operations of HBCU’s. Trish has also served on the development staffs of Wheaton, Mount Holyoke, Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges.
She is an alumna of Scripps College, where she serves on the board, and has her MBA with an emphasis in economics of non-profits from the Drucker School of Management at The Claremont Graduate University. She currently serves as a campaign consultant to Women Moving Millions, a board member for Every Woman Treaty, and served for10 years on the council for the Women’s Philanthropic Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy in Indiana.
She and her husband, Will J. Millard, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Holyoke, make their home in Norwich, VT.
Lacie LaRue is the assistant vice president advancement strategies and technology Innovation at the University of Oregon. In this role, she acts as the top strategist and creative leader for the UO development program, overseeing annual giving, prospect research and analytics, and regional engagement, in addition to managing leadership and central mid-level giving officers. She also functions as the liaison between university advancement and the UO Foundation on all technology and data management issues.
She has spent the last 15 years working in the world of higher education fundraising, with positions at the Oregon State University Foundation, University of Maryland, Portland State University and Iowa State University. She has also chaired several national CASE conferences, including the Senior Annual Giving, Multichannel Annual Giving, and Leadership Annual Giving Conferences, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy recognized her contributions to nonprofit leadership in their “40 Under 40” list in 2016.
LaRue holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in organization leadership from Colorado State University.
Heidi Hansen McCrory
Heidi Hansen McCrory is vice president for development at Furman University and is responsible for annual and endowment support, major gifts and capital campaigns, alumni and parent relations, and donor relations and stewardship. She joined Furman in 2018 after serving four years as vice president for college relations at Kenyon College in Ohio. She has held previous advancement leadership positions at Sweet Briar College, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and New England College.
McCrory is a committed volunteer for a number of organizations including the Girl Scouts of the USA where she has served as a council board chair, board member, national delegate, cookie mom, fundraiser and speaker. In 2007, she received the Athena Award from the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce which recognizes professional women who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business profession, who improve the quality of life for others in the community and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Karl Miller Lugo is vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he oversees UTSA’s philanthropic enterprise, which includes principal/major gifts, development, annual giving, planned giving, donor relations, athletics resource management, and operations and talent management. He also leads the university’s Office of Alumni Relations, which is responsible for building affinity with the university’s 131,000 living alumni.
Most recently, Karl was vice president in the education practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he focused on campaign planning and management, major and principal gifts, advancement assessments, and building processes for comprehensive fundraising strategy and accountability.
Prior to joining the firm, Karl was Executive Director for Fundraising at the University of Texas-Austin, oversaw principal, major, and annual giving programs, and managed the successful completion of the $3 billion Campaign for Texas in partnership with campus chief development officers. With over twenty years in development and higher education, Karl has held senior leadership positions at public and private universities.
An active member of CASE, Karl has served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, the CASE Diversity Recruitment Advisory Group, and the faculty of several conferences.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and Spanish from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University.
Virginia (Ginny) Wise is Tulane University's senior vice president for advancement, overseeing alumni relations and development for the university since October 2016. Wise was originally recruited to Tulane in 2010 as the vice president of development for leadership giving.
She has almost three decades of professional advancement experience, beginning her career at Harvard University where she held a number of roles, including associate dean for development and external relations of the Divinity School, director of development of the Business School, executive director of the University Development Office, and managing director of the Harvard College Fund. She also previously served as vice president of development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
Wise received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her master's degree in education from Harvard University.