Matthew Winston Jr.
Matthew M. Winston Jr. is the senior associate vice president for alumni relations at Virginia Tech, where he oversees the university’s alumni engagement programs, the office of special events, and a 29,000 sq ft. alumni center.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Winston served as assistant to the president at the University of Georgia since 2000. There Winston provided counsel to university leadership in many critical areas, including community and alumni relations, intercollegiate athletics, student life, institutional diversity, institutional advancement, and campus safety issues. He also worked closely with student groups and organizations, faculty-led programs and university governance, as well as alumni and community organizations. His 17-year tenure at Georgia also included serving as acting director of the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity. Winston began his professional career as a member of his alma mater’s University Relations office, before joining the University of Georgia, initially as news bureau manager.
He is an active member of CASE, having served on its International Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2013, its Commission on Communications and Marketing from 2009 to 2011, and as the faculty chair of the Minority Advancement Institute in 2017.
Winston has received several awards and honors for his service to Virginia Tech and higher education. He received the Influential Black Alumnus Award from Virginia Tech in 2012. He has also received the CASE District III Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and the CASE District III Professional Development Award in 2009. He is also a member of the Council of Alumni Association Executives board of directors.
He is a second-generation alumnus of Virginia Tech. His father, Matthew Winston Sr., graduated in 1959, and he is one of the university's early black graduates.
Christina Chang is president of Christina Chang Equity Consulting. She provides facilitation to organizations looking to explore multicultural awareness and understanding, and practical talent management expertise to leaders who are ready to transform their institutions’ cultures and policies through an inclusive lens.
Prior to her current position as a race and equity consultant, she headed the Finance, Talent and Administration teams for University of Washington Advancement for 15 years, with responsibility for the stewardship of advancement’s people, finances, and space. At the UW, she developed a race-conscious strategy for the Advancement Talent Management program that was considered a best practice organization.
She speaks about building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive work culture at universities and other nonprofits across the country and works with organizations and leaders to build systems of belonging.
Chang graduated from Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from American University.
Angelique Grant has worked in the field of advancement for 24 years, most recently serving as assistant vice president for development at Florida International University in Miami, where she oversaw the fundraising efforts for eight colleges and museums during the university’s $750 million campaign.
Previously, she served as the College of Medicine’s assistant vice president of development and assistant dean of medical advancement at FIU. She has expertise in medical development fundraising, building teams, and strategic development.
Grant holds a doctorate in higher education administration, specializing in institutional advancement; a master's degree in communication from Washington State University; and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.
Mo Cotton Kelly
Mo Cotton Kelly leads the University of Connecticut Alumni Relations staff and hundreds of volunteers to connect UConn’s 255,000-plus alumni worldwide. With nearly 22 years in the higher education advancement field, she has a national reputation as a strategic and visionary leader in alumni relations.
She joined UConn in 2014 and is a member of the foundation’s Senior Management Team. Previously she was executive director of Bowling Green State University’s Alumni Association. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. She is active in the Council for Alumni Association Executives and CASE.
Karl Miller Lugo
Karl Miller Lugo is a managing associate with the international fundraising consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he focuses 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, he was executive director for fundraising at the University of Texas-Austin, where he oversaw principal, major, and annual giving programs, and led the successful completion of the $3B "Campaign for Texas" in partnership with campus chief development officers. With more than 23 years in development and higher education, he has held senior leadership positions at public and private universities.
An active member of CASE, Lugo was a member of the inaugural CASE MAI class. He has chaired three district conferences, served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, the CASE Diversity Recruitment Advisory Group, and the faculty of several conferences, including CASE MAI.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and Spanish from Western Kentucky University and a master's degree in business administration from the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University.
Tracy Syler-Jones is TCU’s vice chancellor of marketing and communication. She reports to the chancellor and serves as the university’s chief marketing and communication strategist. Syler-Jones oversees the development of integrated marketing and communication plans for the university to advance TCU’s brand, visibility, and academic reputation among key audiences.
She and her staff use a centralized marketing and communication approach to ensure a clear understanding of TCU in the marketplace. Her team has responsibility for managing the university’s image on a daily basis and during crises; developing and implementing university-wide website and social media plans; communicating with alumni and donors; supporting admission marketing; developing key publications and advertising campaigns; and overseeing special events, such as Commencement.
Syler-Jones received her bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in radio/television news from San Diego State University and her master's degree in business administration from TCU. Prior to joining TCU, she was the director of communications for the Birmingham, Alabama, YMCA. She is a graduate and board member of Leadership Fort Worth. She also serves on the Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCA’s marketing sub committee.
She is a trustee-at-large for CASE, serves as a regular speaker at CASE conferences, and previously served on CASE's Commission on Marketing and Communication. She is a member of AMA (American Marketing Association), AAF-Fort Worth (American Advertising Federation) and PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Greater Fort Worth Chapter.