Dusti Cermak has been with the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA) for more than 20 years, executing events of every shape, size and form. In her current role, Cermak leads a team of seven dedicated professionals who produce a myriad of events for alumni, donors and friends across the country and world.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Northern Iowa and is an active member of her community.
Brian J. Elizardi is an award-winning storyteller, community activator and curator of craft experiences with a strong portfolio of successes architecting a dynamic community for entrepreneurs, innovators, students, small business owners and thought leaders.
He is the founder and creator of Pioneering Denver, a platform that is powered by the University of Denver and takes the community behind the scenes with entrepreneurs and community leaders and their stories of building a more inclusive, authentic and vibrant metropolis in Denver.
Jenn Robinson is assistant vice president of advancement initiatives and engagement at George Mason University, where she oversees engagement, cultivation and stewardship events for donors and volunteers, serves as liaison to the Office of the President and manages Mason's National Leadership Council.
She joined Mason's advancement team in July 2010 as the campaign programs assistant. Since then she has served as the assistant director of donor relations, associate director of special events and director of advancement programs.
Prior to her work at Mason, she was the community relations coordinator for her state senator where she was responsible for fundraising and stewardship events, as well as outreach to and stewardship of donors and volunteers. She has also worked in the fields of telecommunications law and credit card banking.
Meg Umlas is the director of campaign and development events at Boston University. She is responsible for creating and producing the university's highest-level events for donors and prospects. Prior to creating this department in October 2011, she served as executive director of alumni relations at BU, a post she held for more than 12 years.
Prior to her work at Boston University, Umlas served as associate director of alumni relations at her undergraduate alma mater, Syracuse University. In her pre-university advancement life, she worked for the American Cancer Society as unit director of Central Boston and worked in media for Capital Cities/ABC Television.
She holds a master's degree in organizational policy from Boston University and a dual bachelor's degree in television, radio and film/marketing from Syracuse University.