Who You’ll Learn From
Shanna Hocking is the associate vice president, individual giving at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, providing strategic leadership and direction to a team of 30+ across annual, major, planned, principal, and international giving. Previously, she was the senior director of major and planned gifts at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the major and planned gifts program and served as a senior fundraiser for the institution, engaging alumni primarily in New York City and London. She developed and directed Wharton Women in Leadership, an initiative to engage senior executive alumnae as volunteer and philanthropic leaders with the School. She also co-taught the Penn Professional Practices in Development series for all major gifts fundraising staff at Penn. She previously worked in development at University of Alabama, Duke University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Hocking is a frequent speaker on fundraising and leadership and her writing has been published on Fast Company, Huffington Post, Career Contessa, Forbes, and Motherly. She served as an adjunct lecturer in the Certificate for Nonprofit Management program at Johns Hopkins University. She has held volunteer leadership positions with a variety of organizations, including CASE.
She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in modern Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Armin Afsahi is a seasoned advancement executive with more than 20 years of private and public sector experience in institutional advancement, strategic management, business development, marketing, technology and operations gained in public and private universities, as well as technology, education and consulting firms.
He joined the University of Denver in 2015 where he inspires a progressive vision for university advancement, and provides leadership for the university's global engagement and philanthropy programs. As the chief development officer, he builds strong, sincere and lasting relationships with key university leaders as well as alumni, parents and friends of DU. He oversees university-wide development, principal gifts, annual giving, alumni relations, gift planning, donor relations and stewardship, foundation relations, prospect management and research, advancement marketing and communications, advancement services, strategic resource management and operations. He brings a dynamic mix of expertise to the University of Denver, spanning creative alumni engagement strategy, effective fundraising knowledge and a track record for delivering comprehensive advancement campaigns raising more than $1 billion.
Afsahi holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego, and a master of business administration degree in finance and strategic management from the University of San Diego.
With nearly 25 years of management and fundraising experience, Theresa Davis has a diverse background in campaign management and major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, and annual giving. She is currently the assistant vice president of engagement and annual programs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She has responsibility for alumni relations, the Caltech Associates, and the Caltech Fund and Parents Program. The function of each of these areas is to advance public understanding, advocacy, and support for the institute by strategic engagement of its key constituencies. Working together collaboratively across campus, the Engagement and Annual Programs team helps develop an important pipeline for meaningful involvement with Caltech and support of its educational and research achievements.
Prior to coming to Caltech, Davis was the associate vice president of college and program development at Cal State Fullerton, with responsibility for the directors of development who raise major gift-level funding in each of the campus' eight colleges and the athletics department.
She has also served as the associate vice president of major and planned gifts at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she and her team secured financial support for medical specialties. Prior to that time she was campaign director for the California Science Center and has served as senior director of development for the UCLA College, director of development for the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC, Riverside, and has served as associate director of corporate relations and also director of the Alumni Fund at Caltech.
Davis has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Arizona State University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Jenna Goodloe Wade
Jenna Goodloe Wade has worked at Rhodes College for more than 19 years. In 2005 she was named the vice president for development where she oversees all aspects of development including annual, major and planned giving, alumni relations, college events, athletic fundraising, community relations and advancement services. In this role she is completed a comprehensive capital campaign which has raised more than $314 million toward a $303.5 million goal.
During her time at Rhodes, she has worked in various capacities within the Development office. As the director of the annual fund she led the college to break records in dollars and participation—exceeding 50 percent alumni participation. Following her time as the director of annual giving, she became the director of development and later the associate vice president for development where her primary responsibilities included working closely with the president of the college, overseeing major and planned gifts, foundations and corporations as well as the annual fund. Most recently she planned and conducted the college's largest capital campaign.
Prior to joining Rhodes she worked in development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center within the medical school and as an executive director and director of development at the American Cancer Society.
She has served as a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Board of Directors since 2005, served on the CASE Philanthropy Commission, co-chaired the CASE III District Conference in 2006, and served as a faculty on several CASE development conferences. She received the CASE Crystal Apple in 2010 for top faculty ratings at ten CASE conferences. She currently serves on the CASE Liberal Arts College Advisory Committee.
Wade received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University.
Holly Wolk serves as the executive director for talent management and administration for the University of Rochester and oversees recruitment, employee engagement, professional development, and employee services for more than 250 advancement professionals. In this capacity, she works with senior leadership to develop and build the next generation of advancement professionals. Her focus and passion is on helping advancement professionals develop career paths that are beneficial to themselves and the organization. During Wolk's tenure, the University of Rochester has worked to redefine its recruitment strategy from focusing on external recruitment efforts to developing staff and promoting from within the organization.
Prior to coming to the University of Rochester, Wolk held similar talent management roles at Tufts University and Boston University, where she also managed the university's employment and training function. She began her career in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon, before transitioning to Carnegie Mellon's organizational development and human capital management department.
She has a master's degree in human resource management from Carnegie Mellon and more than 18 years of advancement experience. She has served as a presenter and faculty at CASE previously, and enjoys sharing best practices with her talent management colleagues.
Matthew Ter Molen
Matthew Ter Molen provides counsel to Chancellor Kent Syverud to determine long-term expectations for a best-in-class advancement organization, including planning, timeline, allocation of resources, capacity projections, and infrastructure needs. He cultivates, secures, and stewards complex principal gifts, in partnership with the chancellor and gift officers, while creating an environment of continuous improvement for the advancement organization.
In February 2015, Ter Molen came to Syracuse from Northwestern University, where he had most recently served as associate vice president and campaign manager for “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern,” a $3.75 billion fundraising effort.
Ter Molen graduated from Miami University in Ohio. After nearly three years in the Peace Corps in Honduras, his first fundraising position was in 1990 at the University of Chicago, where he started as an assistant director in annual giving. From 1990 to 1998, he held successive positions there, spending four years as the director for annual giving during its $500 million “Campaign for the Next Century,” as well as time as a regional major gift officer.
In 1998, Ter Molen was hired as the assistant dean for development for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and led the arts and sciences portion of “Campaign Northwestern,” directing the fundraising of $190 million for key college priorities over a five-year period. In 2003, Ter Molen became the associate vice president for alumni relations and development at Northwestern, managing a variety of giving teams.