Meet Your Guest Speakers
Levi Dillon, MS is Associate Director, Website Management within Alumni and Constituent Engagement at Temple University. A 2-time Temple owl, Levi is responsible for managing the university’s alumni.temple.edu and giving.temple.edu web properties, working directly in the Anthology (formerly iModules) Encompass platform. He has worked at Temple for 6 years, 3 in Advancement, previously serving as Assistant Director, Annual Giving Programs and Initiatives overseeing central days of giving, crowdfunding and affinity fundraising campaigns.
Colleen Dolak, the annual fund manager at Montgomery College has been working in academia for over 12 years. Colleen joined Montgomery College in 2011 supporting academic departments, and ultimately, the senior vice president for Advancement and Community Engagement. In 2017, Colleen moved into alumni relations where she managed events and stewarded volunteers. Currently, Colleen manages the direct mail program, regular gifts which come from individuals and organizations, and connects employees, alumni, and outside clubs and organizations to support various scholarships and student emergency aid. Colleen holds a bachelor's in communications from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland and an MS in nonprofit and association management at the University of Maryland. Upneet Atwal is currently a Senior Legislative Aide to County Council President Tom Hucker in Montgomery County, Maryland where he leads Planning and Transportation portfolios, and assists on the Economic Development and Education portfolios. Upneet graduated Montgomery College in 2016, received a B.A. in Business Management from the Smith School at Maryland and completed his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University this past May. Upneet serves on the MC alumni association’s Board of Governors where he is active in the mentoring program.
Taylor Hensley joined the Advancement team at Butler University in 2018. In her role, she manages Alumni Communities located across the country and serves as adviser for the Butler University Student Foundation. As a product of the student foundation at her own alma mater, Taylor loves working to connect current Butler students with alumni communities. The Alumni Mentorship program in partnership with Butler's Young Alumni Board is a great example.
Lauryn Lintner is currently a sophomore at Butler University and serves as part of the executive team of the Butler University Student Foundation which are campus leaders who work with students, alumni and the University in order to inspire the sharing of time and talent to advance Butler University through philanthropic opportunities while fostering strong connections.
Brett Reardon, M.Ed., M.S. Butler University Young Alumni Board Student Connection Taskforce Chair, Butler University Brett Reardon is a 2011 graduate of Butler University and has served on Butler's Young Alumni Board since 2017, where he has chaired the Student Connection Taskforce for the previous two years. Professionally, Brett is a Lead Academic Advisor with Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs (Bloomington, IN). Prior to his work in academic advising, Brett was the Assistant Director of Admission at Franklin College (Franklin, IN) and an Admission Counselor at Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL). After earning his degree in secondary education from Butler University, Brett later earned a Master of Education from Concordia University-Portland in Educational Leadership (2014) and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Indiana University (2021).
Katie Sampson has served her alma mater, Temple University, as the Associate Director, Student and Young Alumni Engagement since February 2018. In her role, she is responsible for executing a comprehensive engagement and communication strategy that integrates experiential and philanthropic opportunities for Temple young alumni, to cultivate dynamic, reciprocal, lifelong relationships with Temple University. Before joining Temple, Katie served in a variety of roles at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., including the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, and Administrative Specialist for the Office of External Affairs. She was the recipient of the 2021 CASE District II Platinum Award Honorable Mentions for Best Practices in Alumni Relations; 2019 Jerry F. Tardy Fellowship with the Council for Alumni Association Executives, and the 2018 Mazzotti Women’s Leadership Award, 2017 University Advancement - Above and Beyond Award, 2016 University Advancement - Rising Star Award, and 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award from Rider University.
Sampson earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware; Master of Music in Opera Performance from Temple University; and Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Wilmington University.
Chelsea Smock has been a member of the Advancement team at Butler University since 2017. In her role as Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Engagement, Chelsea primarily works with alumni volunteers and supports Butler’s regional and identity-based alumni community programming. Chelsea also serves as the staff liaison to Butler’s Young Alumni Board and manages all aspects of the Butler Giving Circle – a collective philanthropy initiative for Butler alumni. A 2012 graduate of Butler University, Chelsea enjoys collaborating with fellow alumni, students and faculty on a daily basis and creating opportunities for the Butler community to engage with the University and with each other.
Seema Surani is the Assistant Director, Alumni Relations at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, where she brings a diverse range of experience in fundraising, communications, alumni engagement, and event management. She oversees Harris alumni events and communications, manages alumni engagement through liaising with regional chapters and overseeing the HarrisAlumniConnect platform, manages young alumni reunion, and supports the ARD team in developing strategies to enhance meaningful alumni engagement and giving. Prior to her work at Harris, Seema was a Development Associate at Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. At Hadley, she led all outreach and communications projects, created annual appeal mailings, managed the donor database, and engaged students and donors via social media platforms. She also previously worked at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, where she actively brought new individual and corporate donors into the organization by making discovery calls. She also managed all cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for a portfolio of major donors. Seema holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors in health studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. She also holds a fundraising management certificate from Ryerson University in Toronto. Seema recently completed Master's in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University.
Chauncey Walker works for Georgia State University Alumni Association. My role as the constituent relations coordinator is to plan events and manage our alumni networks. I oversee over 13 networks including colleges, corporate, regional, special interest, and the Young Alumni Council. I have been with the Alumni Association for 3 years and served as the orientation coordinator at Georgia state before transitioning to Alumni affairs. I received my undergrad from Georgia State in Art Administration, and I am currently finishing up my Masters degree at UGA where my program of study focuses on Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development. I have a passion for event planning, leadership development, and connecting people.