2023 Speakers and Moderators

We’re grateful for the knowledge, expertise and generosity of our 2023 “Minds” speakers. We’re still adding more, so check back!
🍎 = Returning Meeting of the Minds Faculty Member!
🍏 = First-Time Meeting of the Minds Faculty Member!

Bob Burdenski – Co-Chair 🍎

Bob Burdenski is an internationally-recognized annual and regular giving programs consultant for schools, colleges and universities. He is a prolific writer and published author, often appearing in CURRENTS Magazine, the member magazine of the Council for the Advancement and the Support of Education (CASE). Bob is the author of three CASE books: Innovations in Annual GivingTen Departures That Worked, which presents ten U.S. case histories of advanced annual giving strategies; More Innovations in Annual GivingTen Global Departures That Worked, which features case histories from institutions around the world; and a new CASE book, Online Innovations in Annual and Regular Giving, Ten Dozen Departures That Worked.  In 2013, Innovations in Annual Giving was published by Fudan University in Shanghai, becoming the first CASE book translated into Chinese.

Bob is a recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Lifetime Teaching Excellence as ranked by his audiences. He has educated (and entertained) at presentations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, including numerous CASE Europe Annual and Regular Giving Conferences and Masterclasses.  He presented CASE’s first-ever annual giving training programs in India, Japan, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia, and he is also a frequent contributor to CASE’s Online Speaker Series on the subject of annual and regular giving.  In 2019, Bob served for the third-straight year as Chair of the CASE Institute for Senior Annual Giving Professionals, and was named a CASE Laureate for his years of volunteer service to the profession.

Since 2002, Bob has served as the moderator of FundList, the largest fundraising e-mail discussion listserv in the world, with thousands of development professional subscribers.

John Taylor – Co-Chair 🍎

John Taylor is Principal of John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC.  For nearly 5 years John served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services, as well as Interim Campaign Manager during his last 18 months, at North Carolina State University. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Socio-Political Change from Vanderbilt University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. John has also served as Vice President for Research and Data Services at CASE – a position he held from its inception in late 2002.  Prior to that he was the Director of Alumni & Development Records at Duke University for nearly 15 years.

John formed one of the largest advancement-related listservs in the world, FundSvcs, now with over 3,600 subscribers.  He has spoken at hundreds of conferences across the country and received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is the Founder and Former President of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals. John received the AASP Jonathan Lindsey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  He resides in Durham, NC, with his wife and children.

Gizel Avina 🍎

Gizel Avina is Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Development at Claremont Graduate University. Gizel Avina is associate director of alumni relations & development at Claremont Graduate University. She has over 6 years of experience working in nonprofit. In her current role, she works with the Office of Alumni Engagement in various alumni programs and events and the Office of Development & External Relations in engagement initiatives for all constituents and community members. Being a first-generation college student, Gizel is dedicated to working with donors in order to help students flourish.

Sean Briner 🍎

Sean Briner is currently the Director of Annual Giving at California State University San Marcos. 

Jeffrey (Jeff) B. Callaghan 🍎

Jeff currently serves as the Director of Advancement Information Services at Loyola Marymount University, where he started as a Gift Processor in 2012. As leader of the Data & Analytics and Gift & Records Management teams, Jeff helps guide data collection strategies (and usage!) in support of LMU’s comprehensive campaign. He is a proud alumnus of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and received a more useful graduate degree in Educational Studies from LMU. The shift to remote work allowed Jeff and his wife to relocate to his hometown of San Francisco, where they currently reside.

Jessica Channell-Iler 🍏

Jessica Channell-Iler MSA is the Director, Fundraising Intelligence, Analytics and Reporting at University of Nevada Las Vegas. She joined UNLV in 2018 as the Director of Prospect Research Services and Management. A lifelong data nerd and a proud Advancement Services generalist, Jess has 20 years of experience in Advancement Services and Prospect Development. Jess is a member of the Membership Committee and Chair of the Mentorship Sub-committee for the Association for Advancement Services Professionals (aasp), Vice President and Secretary for Southwestern Advancement Research Organization (SWARO), an Apra regional chapter, and a member of iWave’s Advisory Council. In her spare time, Jess is obsessed with thrifting and jewelry making, so you can usually find her and her seven-year-old son exploring one of the many Las Vegas area vintage and thrift shops.

Wayne Combs 🍎

Dr. Wayne Combs serves as Associate Vice President of Operations and Administrative Services for CHOC Children’s Foundation. He is a leader in campaign and advancement management with over 25 years of experience supporting higher education and healthcare. At USC Rossier School of Education, Dr. Combs teaches courses in Creativity and Innovation, Strategic Communications and Change Management, and Economics and Finance in the Organizational Change and Leadership doctoral program. In support of philanthropy, Dr. Combs delivers presentations on emerging trends while serving as President of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, Faculty for AHP Madison Institute, and Chair/Faculty for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Rachel Crosbie 🍏

Rachel Crosbie is Vice President, Operations and Strategy at Fundmetric. Her responsibilities include oversight of all client-related activities, business operations and talent management. Rachel is the driving force behind scaling the data capture tactics used by Fundmetric. Dedicated service standards remain a core advantage of Fundmetric, influenced by Rachel’s background in creating customer experiences and she is the creative vision behind the Fundmetric brand. Prior to this, Rachel spent a decade in the hospitality industry. Outside of her professional life, Rachel is practicing Yogi and passionate about the arts.

Laurent (Lo) De Janvry 🍎

Laurent “Lo” de Janvry has been in higher education marketing and development for over a decade and is a perennially-popular speaker at the Meeting of the Minds.  He has served as Assistant Dean of College Relations & Development at the UC Berkeley College of Chemistry.  Previously, as the Director of Strategic and Direct Marketing Services at UC Berkeley, he grew the university’s annual giving department to provide direct response marketing, market research, and data mining-modeling services campus-wide. Lo has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and consulted universities on the utilization of market research and data mining-modeling to enhance their marketing, development, and alumni relations programs.   Lo has his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Before entering higher education, he worked in the private sector in marketing, brand strategy, and operational consulting for Arthur Andersen, Mars & Company, Del Monte Foods, and Prophet Brand Strategy.

Rodger Devine 🍎

Rodger Devine, EdD is the AVP for Advancement Operations at Pomona College. He previously served as Senior Executive Director of Business Intelligence for USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, including USC Shoah Foundation, at the University of Southern California.  Rodger oversees data analytics, information strategy, advancement operations, data administration, prospect development and leadership annual giving programs. Prior to joining USC, Rodger served as the Director of Information, Analytics and Annual Giving at the Michigan Ross School of Business, where he managed information, analysis, reporting and business processes related to development strategy, portfolio activity and goal attainment.  Rodger brings over 15 years of experience in enterprise information systems, software engineering, IT operations, organizational development and cross-functional leadership. Rodger completed his graduate studies in information, analysis and retrieval at the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Michigan Data Sciences team and co-founded the Student Organization for Information, Analysis, and Retrieval.  In his spare time, Rodger speaks at various conferences, teaches machine learning workshops and volunteers in data projects that benefit non-profits such as the A2 Data Dive. Rodger is the author of Data Science for Fundraising: Build Data-Driven Solutions Using R.

Emily Etzkorn 🍏

After spending over a decade in the higher education fundraising space, Emily Etzkorn joined VanillaSoft as a Fundraising Evangelist, bringing with her a background in annual giving, engagement centers, and phonathons. In her role at VanillaSoft, Emily is working closely with fundraising clients and promoting VanillaSoft within the fundraising world.

Erin Gale 🍏

Erin Gale is the Gift Services Manager of Advancement Services at the University of California Davis. Before joining Advancement Services, she served as Director of Gift Accounting at the UC Davis Health Development Division for ten years. Erin studied economics at Miramar College, San Diego. In her spare time she loves to visit the ocean and spend time with her family, husband, three children and dog Chance.

Jennifer Garcia-Do 🍏

Jennifer Garcia-Do is the Associate Vice President, Foundation Finance at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Jennifer has been with CHLA for nearly 3.5 years. Previously, Jennifer spent over a dozen years at the nearby City of Hope (Duarte, CA). During her tenure, she held several finance-related positions in growing complexity, concluding with serving as the Senior Director, Finance & Management for over three years. Over the years, she has focused on executing team-driven process improvements to increase revenue growth, fundraising and operational efficiency, and overall organization profitability.

Philip Garland 🍎

Philip Garland is the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Campaign Operations at the University of San Diego. In this role, he is responsible for comprehensive campaign operations, advancement services, and university-wide annual giving and donor relations programs. He joined USD in 2006 and has worn a few different hats within the advancement services and annual giving shops at USD. Philip also chairs the University Advancement DEI committee. He is an avid tennis player and a proud supporter of USD’s men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Mark Hobbs 🍏

Mark Hobbs is presently the CEO of Fundmetric, a business that implements AI data infrastructure for fundraising for the health and higher education sector. Canada’s National Newspaper called Mark a “new (non-tech) tech luminary”. Prior to Fundmetric, Mark was a partner at Denote Communications, an advertising agency and was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Leaders in Atlantic Canada. Mark has co-written several peer-reviewed publications including a paper for the International Electrical Engineers (IEEE) conference and a textbook chapter. Mark began his career as a sales representative for a large technology company where he was repeatedly the top salesperson. Mark has previously served on many boards including chair of a local community radio station, and several startup programs in Atlantic Canada. Mark lives in Halifax Nova Scotia with his cat Mini.

Andrew Kaufteil 🍏

Andrew Kaufteil is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto. He is a communications and marketing expert who guides the Foundation’s brand and engagement strategy. He leads teams specializing in content, creative services, donor communications, and events. His diverse background involves strategic innovation and change in the private and non-profit sectors and across numerous industries, including health care, tech, design, and higher education. Prior to joining LPFCH in 2021, Andrew was global head of brand for Wipro, a global technology services company. He also served as chief marketing officer for Cooper, a user experience design agency, and executive director of alumni relations for the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a BA in communication & media studies from Macalester College and a JD from the University of Connecticut.

Mariam Khwajazada 🍏

Mariam Khwajazada is the Director of Alumnae Relations and Volunteer Engagement at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA. She has over 15 years’ experience in fundraising and volunteer management having worked as an associate director of alumni & family engagement at Pomona College in Claremont and several prominent roles at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena before that. At the Mount, she is working to increase alumnae and volunteer engagement, promote alumnae outcomes, strengthen partnerships with campus partners to assist with young alumnae engagement, and broaden regional engagement efforts. Mariam is a proud cat mom to Charlie and Ginger, a diehard fan of the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona teams and loves to read mystery books.

Jessica Schrider LaBorde 🍎

Jessica Schrider LaBorde is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Services for the University of California, Davis. Jessica and her team develop and provide advancement services solutions with the front-line fundraiser in mind. With nearly 25 years of experience in corporate sales, political and nonprofit fundraising, and philanthropy operations, Jessica is passionate about improving both internal and external processes to drive a leaner, more efficient business while supporting the UC Davis philanthropic goals and priorities. Jessica serves as the president of the Association for Advancement Services Professionals (aasp). She holds a BS in Mass Communications and a BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University and has completed her Executive MBA. When not fearlessly leading her team to new professional heights, she takes pleasure at home and abroad by gardening with her tween twins, supporting farm-to-fork initiatives, and sampling family-owned wineries and microbreweries with her charming husband.

Kathleen LaManna 🍏

Kathleen LaManna is the Director of Annual Giving at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA. She began her career in advancement as a phonathon caller at her alma mater, Scripps College in Claremont, and has worked in the field ever since. Most recently, she was an Associate Development Officer at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, where she had previously held the position of Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy. Before joining the Mount, Kathleen earned her MA in Art History at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Bill Lambert 🍏

Bill Lambert is the Executive Director of Development at Mt. San Antonio (Mt. SAC) College.

Anita Lawson 🍎

Anita Lawson is the Director of Advancement Services with Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She has been an advancement professional for over 25 years, supporting non-profit organizations and higher education to identify strategies and implement infrastructure to increase fundraising capacity. Before Southwestern, Anita held advancement services leadership positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The RAND Corporation, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and Art Center College of Design – all in the Los Angeles area. She has also held positions with Communities Foundation of Texas and Susan G. Komen For The Cure headquarters in Dallas, TX. Anita is a Founding Member, former Board Member, and President of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (aasp).

Mark Longo 🍎

Mark Longo is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Mark Longo is the senior director of strategic initiatives and development administrative management in the office of advancement and alumni relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. Mark collaborates with development stakeholders in this role to plan, facilitate, and accomplish strategically identified cross-functional projects and process improvements. Areas of focus include benchmarking, project management, development administrative management, and board meeting support. Previously, Mark was the deputy director of strategic development services at Georgetown University, and he led the development operations teams at the National Geographic Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mark is a frequent presenter at MOTM, AASP, CASE, Academic Impressions, and other industry conferences.

Melissa MacRae 🍏

Melissa MacRae is the Executive Director of Operations for UCLA Health Sciences Development. She has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles, with experience in best-in-class campaigns. She has worked at UCLA for almost a decade and has been involved in nearly all aspects of the development shop. Before UCLA, she worked for six years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and for educational and youth organizations. She has a decade of experience as a foundation relations director but is a proud generalist who has worked for every size organization and worn many hats. She enjoys bridging different development functions and focusing on organizational development, talent and culture.

Shalonda F. Martin 🍎

Dr. Shalonda Martin is the Sr. Director of Advancement Services at Pomona College. She is an Advancement Services professional and DEI strategist with over 19 years of experience. She has also led teams at Pepperdine University, UCLA, and USC. She specializes in designing quality assurance programs, leading change efforts, developing and curating DEI content, and developing comprehensive strategies grounded in equity. Dr. Martin is the founder of SM Coaching and Consulting and co-founder of Alumni Belonging Consultants (ABC). She has a BS and MS from Pepperdine University and an EdD in Org Change and Leadership from USC, where her dissertation examined the paucity of women of color in higher education. Dr. Martin serves as a member of the programming committee for the Association for Advancement Services Professionals (aasp) and is the Vice Chair of the planning committee for the Case DRIVE conference. She has also served as a faculty member for the Case Summer Institute for Advancement Services and the Case Gift and Records Workshop. Additionally, she served as a graduate student coach, leads webinars and guest lectures, and engages in public speaking on various topics.

Felicity Meu 🍎

Felicity Meu spent 9 years with Stanford’s Office of Development. As Stanford’s inaugural Director of Next Generation Giving, she worked closely with individual donors and volunteers but also helped craft the University’s vision for engaging its next great generation of philanthropists. Leaning into the needs of young donors, Felicity spent time consulting for Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab, working on a project dedicated to taking a deep dive into better understanding the needs of millennial donors. She currently serves as Senior Director of Partner Success for GiveCampus where she continues to work toward her goal of helping more people be more generous more strategically.

Kalyn Rose Miller 🍎

Kalyn Rose Miller is the Associate Director of Alumni and Family Engagement for Pomona College. Over the past ten years, Kalyn Rose has worked for non-profit and higher education organizations specializing in event planning, volunteer management and community engagement. In her current role, she leads the family engagement efforts for Pomona College. Connecting people to their higher education institutions through volunteerism, philanthropy and fun is her biggest passion.

Dan Montplaisir 🍎

Dan Montplaisir serves as Chief Advancement Officer and member of the President’s Cabinet at Cal Poly Pomona. He also serves as the chief executive officer for the Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation. His portfolio includes all units related to fundraising, strategic communications, alumni and parent programs, and campus events. Montplaisir came to Cal Poly Pomona with more than 25 years of higher education advancement experience at both public and private institutions. Throughout his career, Dan has focused on building accountability and transparent performance systems that allow campus leadership to recognize the impact of philanthropy. Prior to Cal Poly Pomona, Dan served the University of California Irvine, as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, overseeing the $1 billion “Shaping the Future” Campaign. Originally from Florida, Dan served as Vice President for Advancement at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he led the successful completion of their first comprehensive campaign and worked with the Board of Trustees to unveil a national media campaign. Montplaisir earned a BA from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He holds the professional credential of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and is active in professional organizations that include CASE (Council for Advancement of Secondary Education) and AFP (Association of Fund Raising Professionals).

Laurie Ogg 🍏

Laurie Ogg is the Director of Advancement Services and Stewardship at Sonoma State University, overseeing gift processing, prospect research, and database management. A self-proclaimed “expert generalist,” Laurie has over 15 years of experience in higher ed Advancement. In addition to her role in Advancement Services, She has held roles in scholarship administration, annual giving, and alumni relations during her 22-year tenure at Sonoma State.

Kristi Pease 🍎

Kristi Pease is the Senior Director of Annual Campaign Operations at the University of Nebraska Foundation. She has 20 years of annual giving experience and leads the development, production, and execution of integrated annual campaigns for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Kristi is always looking for new and exciting opportunities for donors to support UNL, and this has contributed to an increase in the number of donors to her program. This past fiscal year, UNL had a 14% growth in number of donors and a 25% increase in the number of new donors who made a gift. In her free time, Kristi enjoys hiking with her husband and spending time with their two dogs, Jax and Charlie. She is also an avid moviegoer of independent films.

Jessica Pfahler 🍏

Jessica Pfahler is the Director Of Annual Giving at University of Redlands.

Sara Pond 🍏

Sara is the Vice President of Client Development at MCR, Inc. She is a philanthropic leader with a 20-year career serving educational and non-profit sectors with special focus on pipeline development. Her experience details leading teams, targeted marketing and communications, technical strategy, artful storytelling, and qualitative analysis to build the donor pipeline and raise revenue. She is passionate about helping organizations provide economic mobility, access to educational pathways and healthcare services.

Catherine Quirk-Hanneke, CFRE 🍏

Catherine Quirk-Hanneke is the Director of Leadership Annual Giving for Cal Poly Pomona. Catherine has spent the past 10+ years working for various non-profit organizations in human services, the arts, and higher ed. Her specialties include campaign fundraising, annual giving, peer-to-peer, digital philanthropy, and communications. In her current role, she leads annual giving programs for CPP, managing a staff of four as well as supporting a student fundraiser team of 15 in the Digital Engagement Center. She deeply believes that philanthropy means the love of human kind, and is proud to be a Bronco working towards student success.

Perry Radford 🍎

Perry Radford is the Founder and Principal of Rad Philanthropy. In this role, Perry helps fundraising organizations as interim staff, serves as strategic counsel, and manages key projects. Additionally, Perry serves as a donor advisor, helping donors hone in on their giving priorities and developing their individual philanthropic strategies. Prior to launching Rad Philanthropy, Perry spent the last 15+ years working in annual giving and alumni relations at Scripps College, Emerson College, Caltech, Harvey Mudd College, and got her start at her alma mater, UC Santa Cruz. Her responsibilities included project managing large-scale digital fundraising events, leading affinity fundraising programs like reunions, volunteer engagement, creating marketing campaigns, personal solicitation, and more.

Noelle Reed 🍏

Noelle Reed is the marketing and communication specialist for the Cal State San Marcos alumni engagement and annual giving team. She is also an alumna of CSUSM herself, having graduated with her bachelor’s degree in literature and writing in 2015. Before coming to work at her alma mater in 2022, Noelle worked at a marketing agency and in various industries as a digital marketing and social media strategist.

Rachel Robertson 🍏

Rachel Robertson is the Director of Annual Giving at the University of Utah.

Elissa Martinez San Juan 🍏

Elissa San Juan is the Interim Executive Director of Advancement Services at her alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. Past roles in Advancement Services at CPP include Database Conversion Analyst, Advancement Services Coordinator, and Director of Philanthropic Research and Management. Elissa brings a wealth of experience in data analytics, quality improvement, strategic consulting, cross-functional team leadership, and policy and procedure development from past careers in education and health care.

Bob Sands 🍏

Bob Sands currently serves as the Executive Vice President of BlueRidge Data and is part of the Founding team. An experienced Advancement professional, he has expertise in development, sales, management, and social entrepreneurship. Bob has held multiple high-performing Executive roles for respected organizations in the technology, education, and non-profit sectors, including Ellucian, Blackbaud, iModules, and HEPdata, and was a front-line fundraiser as Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Hyde Schools and, as Chief Development officer for the VHC Medical Brigade. Bob holds an Economics Degree from Villanova University (first generation). Bob lives in Northern Virginia, where he and his wife enjoy their three children and six grandchildren.

Christiana Simpson 🍏

Christiana Simpson is the University Advancement Talent Acquisition and Retention Specialist at Loyola Marymount University. Christiana joined Loyola Marymount University in 2015. She has been managing talent recruitment and retention for the University Advancement division since 2020. Prior to this, Christiana was the Director of Special Events for 5 years. She has over 20 years of additional experience in a broad range of organizations, including Hospitality, Non-Profit, Marketing, and Entertainment. She earned a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Mike Smith 🍏

Mike is the founder of Custom Donations and has developed web applications and digital engagement systems for nonprofits since 2009, including a decade leading web operations for one of the largest university alumni associations in the US. His systems have processed more than $160,000,000 from over 400,000 transactions. Mike is passionate about creating innovative giving solutions to simplify and personalize the donor experience as well as empowering fundraisers to create more cohesive digital endpoints to their fundraising strategies. Let’s simplify giving!

Matt Sulzer 🍏

Matt Sulzer is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCR, Inc. He offers his non-profit fundraising clients nearly 20 years of experience embedded in marketing and print strategies that yield results. Matt currently works with 150+ higher-education and 50+ healthcare clients. In his service to these organizations, he has earned the accolade of “Salesman of the Year” eight times for providing extraordinary leadership, customer service and helping them raise the fundraising bar.

Kyle Vaughn 🍏

Kyle Vaughn is a proven fundraising strategist that takes a holistic approach to creating fundraising plans rooted in data. As an executive fundraiser he led all areas of fundraising including advancement operations, grants and foundations, major giving, donor experience, alumni engagement, prospect research, stewardship and annual giving.

Ray Watts 🍎

Raymond W. Watts, CSPG, is Associate Vice President for Development at Claremont McKenna College. Ray manages the Development team at the College, and oversees all College philanthropic outreach efforts, working closely with Trustees, the President and the Vice President for Advancement to achieve organizational goals. Before assuming the role of AVP at CMC, Ray served for 12 years as Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the University of Redlands, and previously served for 5 years as the University’s Director of Development, overseeing the major gift fundraising for its historic Centennial Campaign. Prior to Redlands, Ray spent 7 years at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, spending the last 4 years as Director of Annual and Special Campaigns. Prior to this role, Ray served as Director of University Relations Administration, overseeing special events, donor stewardship and worked closely with the Vice President of University Relations. Ray received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from LMU and a master’s degree in Business Administration from LMU with an emphasis in management. Ray received CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification in 1999, CSPG (Certified Specialist in Planned Giving) certification in 2014 and has presented at multiple conferences on varying topics relating to development and management. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business at the University of Redlands, teaching classes on management, leadership and working with students on their capstone projects.

Scott Williams 🍎

Scott Williams is President and Founder of Vinyl Marketing, an inbound digital marketing agency based in central Ohio. Vinyl was founded on the belief that story is a powerful tool to help brands better understand themselves and their customers. Out of a deep understanding of story, Vinyl develops and executes sophisticated marketing strategies for businesses, organizations, and higher education institutions seeking to refine their brand, clarify their messaging and get better results.

Mallory Wiswell 🍏

Mallory Wiswell is currently the Senior Director of Gift & Records Management at City of Hope’s Office of Philanthropy. She has been at COH for 12 years and has done everything from data entry to now leading two amazing teams. Her passion for consistency and efficiency have most recently been put to the test while centralizing the gift processing at City of Hope. When not leading her teams, Mallory enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two bull terriers, reading, and indulging in anything true crime.