2021 District VIII Rising Star Award Recipients
CASE District VIII is honored to recognize four early-career professionals who are already making a mark within our district!
Meet our 2021 Rising Star Award recipients:
What began as a part-time job for Corey Dobbs working for Clark College Foundation's phonathon program while going to school full time grew into a full-fledged passion and launched his career as the foundation's development specialist for annual giving and alumni relations. More alumni than ever have engaged with Clark’s alumni program as a result of his work and dedication. Corey has an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he’s creative and curious, and is the go-to person for industry trends, particularly in social media. Corey is a model alumnus who speaks with love and warmth about his alma mater, thereby encouraging others to join the Penguin Nation.
"Corey conducts himself as a model alumnus. He speaks with love and warmth of his alma mater to people inside and outside of Clark College’s community. And he brings that passion for Clark College and Clark College Foundation into his work every day. In his work with the alumni program, he is dedicated to developing and evolving our alumni program by increasing alumni engagement at every opportunity …. As was the case for all academic institutions, our alumni relations events for 2020 were either postponed or re-imagined. Corey offered ideas of how to use this time as an opportunity not just to get through the pandemic, but to enhance alumni engagement."
Danielle loves to make philanthropy fun and, as a fundraiser, seeks to make a positive impact in the world. She is passionate about community building and works to connect individuals and organizations with causes that they care about. With her creativity, enthusiasm, and ability to effectively bring people together, she inspires teams to take on projects that focus on storytelling and building engagement.
Danielle believes that all causes and people are important and that strong, healthy communities start with engaged citizens. Her experience working with people facing health, social, and economic barriers has cultivated her desire to create opportunities that help people—and communities—reach their full potential.
In her spare time, Danielle volunteers as much as possible. She currently sits on the board for the Vancouver Island chapter of AFP as the Vice Chair of National Philanthropy Day and on the Ambassador Committee for the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. Both opportunities keep her connected with her local community and provide her with mentors that encourage her to continuously learn and grow.
"Danielle Mulligan has put the "fun" into fundraising at the University of Victoria since June 2018 when she joined our Development Team to help build friends, funds and a culture of philanthropy and engagement. Starting small with Giving Tuesday and the Faculty/Staff campaign in 2018, she has built the program to involve a cadre of volunteers from across the university, employing project management skills and team-building techniques that have university staff enthusiastic to engage annually in the campaign."
Dale Yee has a master’s degree in communication studies with a concentration in organizational communication from San Diego State University. She is a dynamic and empathic communications and project management professional with an extensive background in program and organizational communication practices. Dale has a reputation for increasing the digital and in-person engagement of employees, partners, alumni, and students by developing and testing creative ways to share content and build robust storytelling campaigns. She consistently promotes cross-departmental and organizational collaboration to leverage resources and makes a significant and lasting impact in the community.
"[Dale] looks for ways to be innovative and provide fresh ideas to spark our alumni’s involvement and thinks out of the box to creatively solve problems and deliver quality work. When COVID hit, we were a month from celebrating our Alumni Awards Ceremony. Dale singlehandedly conceived of and executed an Alumni Awards week on social media to celebrate our winners. To take it to the next level, she did additional research to find quotes, photos, and information that we had not shared in our materials and created a new web page with that content."
Since first joining the development and alumni engagement team in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2016, Ophelia has served as a development assistant, development coordinator, and now, development officer in donor engagement. She is also a proud UBC alumna and received her bachelor’s degree in 2014. Ophelia has contributed to the Faculty of Medicine’s mission and reputation for excellence through her committed work with the donor community. Her contributions include the planning and execution of some of the faculty’s most notable events, collaboration with colleagues across the university, and managing the faculty’s endowment reporting process. She works closely with the frontline fundraising team to define best practices and support prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for projects across the Faculty of Medicine. Her work in donor engagement combines her passion for healthcare and science with creating meaningful experiences and connections.
"Ophelia has worked collaboratively with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine DAE team and across the university, providing her expertise and deep skill set in event management and logistics and bringing out the best in everyone around her in order to make the Faculty of Medicine's donors and alumni understand the impact of their investment in our mission …. It is rare to see a young professional so quick to perfect their learning and successfully navigate and manage a broad variety of academic events and initiatives with such ease."