CASE Announces its 2020-2021 Board of Trustees
After the CASE Board of Trustees approved a slate of candidates to fill open officer and trustee positions in May 2020, CASE-member institutions officially voted on the 20-21 Board in June.
The 2020-2021 CASE Board of Trustees is the first board to serve under CASE’s recently approved volunteer leadership structure and met for the first time the second week of November at the CASE Board of Trustees meeting.
The newly approved officers are:
Sergio Gonzalez is the senior vice president for university advancement at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Prior to his appointment at Brown, Gonzalez was the senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs at the University of Miami. He has also served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee. Gonzalez is the first chair of the CASE Council for U.S./Canada and is a former member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, and the Global Governance Steering Committee. He has served on the CASE Board of Trustees since 2011 and is the incumbent Treasurer.
Fritz Schroeder is the vice president for development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Schroeder has served in numerous capacities at Johns Hopkins including Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Executive Director of the Alumni Association and Director of Annual Giving. Previously he served at the University of Maryland at College Park in numerous advancement roles. He is the author of the CASE book “Annual Giving: A Practical Approach” and is currently chairing CASE’s Curriculum Task Force. Schroeder is a frequent CASE speaker and in 2002 he received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. He is currently a faculty member for the recently launched CASE Academy. He has served on the CASE Board of Trustees since 2016 and is the incumbent Secretary.
The newly elected trustees are:
Eduardo Behrentz is the vice president of advancement at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Behrentz is a civil engineer and holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). We was dean of the School of Engineering prior to his appointment in advancement. He is also the founder of the Center for Research on Urban and Regional Sustainability at Universidad de los Andes. He has served in various boards of the academic, financial and public sectors. He has directed research and consulting projects in subjects such as energy efficiency, environmental modeling, transportation and urban planning, and economic regulation. He is a prolific author of peer-reviewed literature and writes an opinion-editorial column in one of the main print media in Colombia.
Lee Fertig is the head of school at The Nueva School, an independent school with campuses in Hillsborough and San Mateo, California, USA. Prior to returning to the United States, he was director of the International School of Brussels. Fertig has more than 30 years of administrative and teaching experience in a variety of educational settings including independent schools in New York City and San Francisco, a voluntary integration public magnet school in Minneapolis, and international schools in Ethiopia, Brazil, and Spain. He serves as Vice Chair of the CASE Europe Regional Council and speaks frequently at CASE conferences. He is a member of CASE’s Global Governance Steering Committee and the Governance Transition Task Force.
J THOMAS FORBES
J T. Forbes is the chief executive officer of the Indiana University Alumni Association in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He has held the role since 2010, and before that served in communications, marketing, public affairs and government relations roles at Indiana and Michigan State University and provided consulting on these issues for other major public research and land-grant colleges. Forbes was chair of CASE’s Summer Institute in Alumni Relations from 2017-2019 and is the chair of the Commission on Alumni Relations and a member of Alumni Engagement Metrics Task Force. He served as president of the Council of Alumni Association Executives Board of Directors, and is a past chairperson of the Big Ten Alumni Chief Executive Officers.
Julie Hooper is the vice chancellor, university development and alumni relations at the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, California, USA. Hooper joined UC Berkeley in July 2014 as associate vice chancellor for university relations and was appointed to her current position in 2015. Prior to UC Berkeley, she spent seven years in a variety of development roles at the University of Texas. Hooper has also held executive director positions at two nonprofits in the Austin, Texas area. She is a member of CASE’s Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines Task Force and the CASE 50.
Michael Lavery is the chief executive officer at Brand & Reputation Ltd., a national and international marketing consultancy based in Gateshead, United Kingdom. Lavery worked in higher education leadership for 12 years before establishing Brand & Reputation. As Executive Director at Teesside University, he led an award-winning external relations directorate covering marketing, student recruitment, communications, development, and alumni relations. He was previously Director of Communications and Marketing at Durham University. Lavery has served on the CASE Board of Trustees since 2017 and also serves on the CASE Europe Regional Council and the Governance Transition Task Force.
Jackie Menendez is the vice president for university communications at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, USA. Prior to joining Miami in 2007, Menendez managed communications in a number of roles in her career: as a news reporter, as a Miami-Dade County spokesperson, and as a senior administrator in local government agencies managing community and crisis management issues. Most recently she was village manager in Key Biscayne, FL, overseeing the municipal workforce, operating budget and capital inventory. She is the chair of the CASE Commission on Communications & Marketing and was on the 2020 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement Planning Committee.
Deep Saini is the vice chancellor and president at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Before joining Dalhousie, he held the same role at Australia’s University of Canberra for three years. He has previously served as vice-president of the University of Toronto, principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga, and dean of the faculty of environment at the University of Waterloo. Saini holds a master’s degree in botany and plant biology and doctorate in plant physiology and spent 23 years teaching and researching at two Canadian universities prior to his appointment at Waterloo.
Rhea Turteltaub is the vice chancellor, external affairs at University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, USA. Prior to her appointment in 2008, she served UCLA as associate vice chancellor for development and in the university’s Office of Planned and Major Gifts. Her work experience also includes fundraising positions at Otis College of Art and Design, the University of Chicago, the University of California, Berkeley and Trinity College. Turteltaub is a board trustee at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA and currently serves as chair of the CASE 50.