Mauria leads the team that has designed Advancement Resources’ curriculum of more than 80 impactful workshops for academic institutions, medical organizations, and other non-profit groups. Mauria has delivered hundreds of workshops for development professionals, communications professionals, support associates, and academic leaders. She has extensive experience with highly successful campaign launches and closings, as well as strategic development communications.
With over 20 years of experience in communications and instructional design, Mauria has developed numerous programs for organizations across the nation. She has applied her background in education, theater, dance, and writing to create and produce compelling, story-driven events, videos, and workshops.
Dave Conner (EdD, SPHR, ACC) is Director of Talent Development for the Office of University Development at Duke University. He completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and received an Ed.D. in Adult Continuing Education with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University. He holds current certifications in both human resources (SPHR) and coaching (ACC). Dave’s career has included work in higher ed distance education and talent development, international relief & development, and fundraising consulting. His areas of specialization include non-formal education, coaching, human resource management and development, organizational development, non-profit management & fundraising, intercultural communications, and cross-cultural research.
Tracy B. Ketchem is currently the Director of Campaign Operations at the University of Minnesota Foundation where she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the University’s $4 billion campaign. Prior to this role, Tracy was the Director of Development, Neurosciences.
Before joining the University of Foundation, Tracy served as Executive Consultant for the Cleveland Clinic and the Executive Director of Development for The Children’s Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic. Tracy created and managed a unified fundraising program for the division of pediatrics and The Children’s Hospital. She led the Hospital’s $50 million initiative and established a volunteer leadership board.
Before joining the Cleveland Clinic, Tracy served as the Associate Director of Development for The Cleveland Orchestra where she managed three annual fund campaigns, campaign volunteers, donor stewardship, prospect management, and donor record keeping. Also in Cleveland, Tracy served as Director of Leadership Programs for the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University where she served as a major gifts officer and created and managed the School’s stewardship program.
Upon earning her Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affair, Tracy began her career at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as their Donor Relations Associate. In her five years with the Orchestra, she also served as Individual Gifts Manager, Annual Fund Manager, and Director of Individual Giving and Development Operations.
Tracy is currently serving as adjunct faculty at The Fund Raising School through the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she teaches the principles and techniques, major gifts, and capital campaign courses.
Cheryl Lasse is SkillDirector’s Managing Partner. Cheryl has extensive experience with competency model development and implementation, informal workflow learning, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion. She believes people are intrinsically motivated to excel, if given a role-based competency model, the opportunity to assess against that model, and personalized learning to close skill gaps and meet aspirational goals.
Cheryl has a strong background in consulting and sales, mostly in tech companies, where learning has played a chief role throughout her career. She holds degrees from Syracuse University in computer science and HR, and an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Melissa serves as the executive director for talent management for the University of Florida Advancement team. Leading eleven employees within the Facilities and Talent Management teams, she is responsible for strategy and management of human resource functions, employee relations, risk management, talent acquisition, facilities management, diversity & inclusion, and performance management. Melissa holds a master's degree in human resources management, bachelor's degree in psychology, SPHR certification and has been supervising/developing employees for over 15 years.
Katrina Onderdonk is director of talent management for development and institute relations at the California Institute of Technology, where she specializes in executive search, employee engagement, individual coaching, and team building. Onderdonk has more than 15 years of executive search and leadership experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings. Prior to Caltech, she was a search consultant with S. Benjamins & Company, and she began her career at Banc of America Securities and Gap Inc. Onderdonk holds a BS in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is active in the Los Angeles community, having served on the boards of several nonprofits.
A veteran Twin Cities development professional, Lynn Slifer has developed strong relationships with donors and raised millions of dollars for the University of Minnesota. For 17 years she led external relations for the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development, building a development team and overseeing the most successful campaign in the college's history. She also instituted a women’s philanthropic leadership circle, and led unprecedented faculty and staff participation in philanthropy. In 2017 she became associate vice president at UM Foundation, overseeing regional development, leadership annual giving, and international fundraising. Lynn also works with the Foundation's HR and development staffs to collaborate on talent management and training programs.
Deb Snellen, SPHR oversees the talent management program serving the University of Missouri advancement team. For twenty-five years prior to this role, Deb owned a nationally known consulting firm, Business Class, a company dedicated to training and development options for improving organizational performance. A specialist in leadership, talent management, organizational development, communication skills, and strategic planning, Deb has provided workshops and seminars nationwide and in Canada. She has presented at numerous CASE conferences and co-chaired the Newcomers' session at the 2020 CASE VI conference. Her work in talent management has resulted in national and regional Gold CASE awards.
After a 14-year career with the University of Denver, Brittany has recently taken on the role of Managing Director for Talent Management with Harvard University's Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. Prior to that, Brittany served the University of Denver from 2006 - February 2020, most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Operations and Chief of Staff. In that capacity, she had the privilege of helping to architect an organizational development strategy which more than doubled the staffing and budgetary resources of the advancement organization. While her role included oversight of resource administration, advancement services, donor relations, events, and strategic planning, Brittany’s passion and some of her most fulfilling work has been in the area of talent management. Under her leadership, the University of Denver designed and launched its first ever comprehensive talent management program serving the advancement office – a program that has grown to include an intentional and integrated approach to recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, learning and development, performance and goal setting, career mobility, and succession/separation planning. The University of Denver is also Brittany’s alma mater, as she holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from DU.
Holly Wolk serves as the executive director of talent management for the University of Rochester and oversees the talent management program with a focus on recruitment and employee development for more than 250 advancement professionals. In this capacity, she works with senior leadership to develop the next generation of advancement professionals. Her focus and passion is on helping advancement professionals create career paths that are beneficial to themselves and the organization.
During Wolk's tenure, the University of Rochester has worked to redefine its recruitment strategy from external recruitment efforts to developing staff and promoting from within the organization.
Prior to coming to the University of Rochester, she held similar talent management roles at Tufts University and Boston University, where she also managed the university's employment and training function. She began her career in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon, before transitioning to Carnegie Mellon's organizational development and human capital management department.
Jennifer Wood, Ph.D., is a former major gifts officer and assistant dean for faculty development. She currently teaches nonprofit management at University of Maryland Global Campus, where she has taught since 2008. Jennifer also teaches stress management and resilience techniques to fundraising professionals and others in high stress professions, such as teaching. Jennifer trained as a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine and is nationally certified through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Virginia.