Meet Your Chair
Dondi L. Cupp
A veteran of public higher education fundraising, Dondi Cupp serves as senior vice president of development at the OHSU Foundation where he is responsible for leading comprehensive fundraising activities and strategic philanthropic initiatives that support OHSU’s multi-faceted mission and advance a broad range of education, research, and clinical activities.
Before joining OHSU, Cupp served as associate vice president at the University of Michigan, where he played a leadership role in the Victors for Michigan campaign, the first campaign at a public university to raise $5 billion. At Michigan he led the national major gifts team and supervised constituency fundraising programs including annual giving, foundation relations, parent and family giving, student life, and the Business Engagement Center. He also led the operations teams including finance and administration and talent management.
Cupp came to Michigan from the University of Washington, where he led the office of corporate and foundation relations and advancement teams in the health sciences. He joined the University of Washington in 1999 as director of development for the sciences. While at the Washington, Cupp founded the Advancement Leadership Class, a comprehensive leadership development program for advancement staff. In 2012, he was nominated by his peers for the UW's David B. Thorud Leadership Award. In 2006, he received the Marilyn Batt Dunn Endowed Award for Excellence in University Advancement.
Earlier in his career, Cupp served as associate director of the Western Washington University Foundation and as director of the annual fund at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. Dondi holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations. He is a fellow of the Advancement Leadership Academy and a CASE Laureate.
Kelly Dyer is the Senior Executive Director of Leadership and Major Gifts for the University of Michigan’s Office of University Development. In this role, Kelly provides leadership for fundraising efforts across the Midwest, including key markets in Southeast Michigan, Washtenaw County, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus (Ohio). She focuses on leadership gift fundraising and engagement of alumni/donors as part of the Victors for Michigan Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising initiative that raised over $5.3 billion for UM. Kelly helped develop and implement volunteer campaign leadership councils (with over 1,400 volunteers) as a member of the VFM planning committee.
Additionally, Kelly served as a member of the Office of University Development Strategic Planning committee and Director’s Team. She began her fundraising career at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia and prior to that worked in private industry. Kelly is a Michigan-native and graduate of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University where she was a four-year women’s basketball letter winner.
Edgar Gonzalez is an experienced and proven leader, team-builder and collaborator with almost 20 years of experience in higher education advancement and program development. He currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Development at OHSU Foundation where he leads fundraising and alumni relations teams in support of OHSU’s teaching, research and clinical missions. Prior to joining OHSU, Edgar spent 15 years, and two campaigns, at the University of Washington in several roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Assistant Dean for Advancement at the UW’s College of Built Environments where he oversaw an integrated advancement team and played a leadership role in UW’s $5 billion campaign. Additionally, he co-led the UW’s Advancement Leadership Class - a unique cohort-based leadership development program designed to engage and inspire the next generation of advancement leaders.
A native of Argentina, Edgar and his family emigrated to the US when he was 9 years old in pursuit of the American dream. Education is the key to that dream. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Washington, he has dedicated his entire career to working in public higher education and ensuring that everyone who wants access to higher education can attain it. Edgar is passionate about the positive impact philanthropy can have on the institutions, communities and individuals he is fortunate to serve. His career has always been focused on building institutional capacity through cultivating deep relationships, transformative philanthropy, leadership development and impactful storytelling.
Jeff Jackanicz serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mills College in Oakland, California. In this role, Jeff is responsible for leading all aspects of the College’s advancement efforts in support of its exceptional and historical commitments to academic excellence, women’s education, and social justice.
Prior to coming to Mills, Jeff spent over a decade at UC Berkeley in a range of development leadership positions, most recently as the executive director of corporate and foundation relations and leadership gifts. In his time at UC Berkeley, he gained and demonstrated significant skill in staffing campus leadership at the highest levels, leading a dynamic and successful team, and successfully securing major and principal gifts on behalf of the university. Prior to UC Berkeley, Jeff dedicated his skills to education in various forms, including earning his PhD in English at the University of Texas in Austin. Jeff earned his BA from the University of Chicago.
Crystal K. Jones
Crystal credits the success of her 16-year career in philanthropy to strategy, integrity, and her ability to navigate personal connections with institutional goals. The combination of these skills enables Crystal to secure not only gifts, but more importantly, longstanding, fruitful relationships. Currently, she serves as the director of development and major gifts at Scripps College in Claremont, California, while pursuing her Master’s of Arts in Philanthropy from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Her extensive background in fundraising comprises steady advancement in appointments with prestigious nonprofit and academic institutions, including UCLA, the California Community Foundation, and Smith College. A California native and graduate of Scripps College, Crystal completed a six-year term as a Board of Trustee in 2008 for her alma mater. Through her involvement with All Saints Church in Pasadena, she maintains a deep and meaningful commitment to social justice work. Prior to her career in the nonprofit sector, Crystal worked in the entertainment industry for eight years where she specialized in public relations and artist management.