Correan Barker serves as the associate director of events, alumni and donor relations at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the college's special events program, alumni relations, and development and donor communications. He also cultivates strategic corporate partnerships that engage businesses with the life of the college.
Barker is currently pursuing his master's degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
Kali Blanchard began her career in foundation relations at Northwestern University and then moved on to the special events team at Northwestern. Throughout her time at NU, she worked closely with donor relations, principal gifts, athletics, campaign and the president's office. She was the lead planner for athletics events hosted by the president, endowment receptions and groundbreakings for new spaces on campus.
Blanchard has been with the University of Texas since 2016 where she works in the Office of Development supporting gift officers and executing development-focused events.
Aaron Booth serves as the associate director of major gifts at Northwestern University's New York Regional Office. Previously, he worked as Northwestern's assistant director of leadership giving where he worked closely with volunteers to host meaningful event experiences for alumni, parents and friends. He led the Leadership Giving events program for more than three years and changed the strategy from hosting large, expensive and grandiose events to smaller in-home experiences across the nation.
Elizabeth Crafford is the assistant director of alumni engagement – Northeast and West for the College of William & Mary, based out of the university’s regional office in NYC. She is responsible for William & Mary's efforts related to alumni engagement, marketing and advancement communications, private fundraising and philanthropic outreach.
Kelly Holdcraft leads the Career, Affinity and Regional Engagement team, and is responsible for creating and executing world-class engagement programming in career management and professional networks, regional and international chapters, affinity groups and young alumni outreach. She is the lead volunteer manager for the William & Mary Weekend.
Prior to W&M, Holdcraft spent 20 years in the DC legal community. She is an engaged alumna of her alma mater, Michigan State University, and a former Michigan State University Alumni Association board member. She received a master’s degree in strategic communications from Georgetown University.
Dave Lanza oversees the strategic implementation of engagement programs that serve thousands of alumni nationally as the director of alumni relations for Drexel University. He shares his knowledge of millennial engagement, vision and goal setting, strategic planning, program assessment and organizational restructuring by advising regional nonprofits as a private consultant.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 2006 from Lynchburg College and a master’s degree from Drexel University in 2012. He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, was named one of Drexel University's 40 Under 40, and participated on the faculty of the CASE Newcomers to Alumni Relations Conference.
Christina McGinley is the Assistant Director for the Foundation & Alumni Association of Bucks County Community College. Christina is a graduate of Temple University and received a Master of Arts at Arcadia University. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than five years in the areas of higher education and historic programming, with a focus on special events fundraising and volunteer management. Christina is active in the community and serves on committees with both the Greater Bucks Mont Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Devon Montgomery Pasha
Devon Pasha has more than 10 years of experience in special events helping Drexel University engage its alumni across the United States.
Pasha joined Drexel from the alumni relations teams at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, where she was primarily responsible for the planning and implementation of Alumni Weekend, Volunteer Summit and their new affinity engagement programs. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in special events around the Philadelphia region. Now she joins her expertise of planning and logistics together with strategies for engaging alumni through events.
Marsha Reardon is a nonprofit and development professional with more than ten years of experience in the field. At UT Austin, she serves as assistant director of alumni programs and annual giving for the College of Natural Sciences. There, she oversees special programs, volunteer opportunities, fundraising activities and events for more than 70,000 alumni.
Previously, she worked for the UT Annual Giving team where she launched HornRaiser, the university’s crowdfunding platform and spearheaded the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres campaign, the university’s day of giving initiative.
Marinda Reynolds has worked in nonprofit and higher education for 15 years, specializing in event and strategic program management. Her current role overseeing the strategy and implementation of all major alumni and donor events at the UConn Foundation involves constantly evaluating and reinvigorating annual events with a strong focus on guest experience.
Earlier in her career, she led stadium event production and program management for the national nonprofit Marathon Kids and managed club competitions and tournaments at Towson University and the University of Florida. Her nonprofit work began at the University of Rhode Island interning with the World Scholar-Athlete Games.
She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Rhode Island, and her master's degree at the University of Florida.
Meghan Shoven is responsible for the design and execution of Santa Clara’s comprehensive donor engagement strategy for their billion dollar capital campaign, implementing donor events internationally– from salon dinners to the campaign launch to a series of roadshows. She joined Santa Clara in 2014 as Assistant Director of Donor Relations, where she oversaw the evaluation, creation and strategic development of University giving societies.
Prior to her work at Santa Clara University, Meghan was a Distinguished Events Specialist and Senior Manager, Relay For Life at the American Cancer Society Silicon Valley Chapter. She began her work in the development field in 2010 at the Stanford University Office of Development, serving on the Learning & Performance team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and is currently pursuing her MBA.
Sarah Speltz has worked in alumni relations at Boston University for the past five years. As associate director for alumni programs and CAS alumni relations, she is responsible for engaging alumni through lectures and panel discussions featuring BU faculty, and working with the assistant directors for school-based alumni relations to engage alumni in three other BU schools. She has previously worked with alumni and with visiting international academic delegations at Harvard University.
With almost 20 years of experience in program development and institutional advancement for higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, Mark Terranova leads August Jackson’s higher-education client engagement team. He works closely with clients to discover and share their core character and values in their own voices through storytelling, and develops strong relationships to help them maintain a successful and sustaining program. His client work includes projects for MIT, NYU, Duke, William & Mary, Carnegie Mellon, Santa Clara, and UC Irvine, and a number of nonprofit clients, including the Smithsonian Institution.
Prior to joining the AJ team, Terranova held leadership positions in higher education and nonprofit organizations, including roles in development, foundation relations, capital campaigns, and professional development. He has served as an advisor to the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service on issues related to education access and closing the achievement gap. He currently serves on the board of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore.
An event management practitioner for 20+ years, Jill Williams specializes in large-scale programs for universities. Her expertise is in creating innovative programming that never loses site of institutional goals. She managed events for Johns Hopkins University where she provided leadership for commencement, convocation and dedications.
Prior to JHU, Williams was senior account manager for Hargrove, Inc., where she worked on two U.S. presidential inaugurations and on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to D.C. She has produced events for the University of Maryland and Bowling Green State University. She also served on the board of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO).
With more than 25 years of experience in event strategy and program design, Sarah Winkler creates long-term strategies that move audiences to deeper engagement. She has helped institutions realize the full potential of such milestone events as campaign launches, regional tours and anniversary celebrations. She co-founded Educe with JoAnn Peroutka in 2013 to focus on higher education. She has been a frequent speaker at professional association conferences. Winkler chaired the 2017 CASE National Conference on Special Events and served on the 2014 CASE Summit Advisory Team. She has recently completed her term on the CASE Industry Advisory Council.