2015–2016 APRA Board of Directors
Jennifer MacCormack, PhD, President
Jennifer MacCormack is the Associate Director of Advancement Analytics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is responsible for developing high-level business intelligence to support data-driven decisions in UW's fundraising efforts, including prospect development, campaign, planned giving and annual fund. Several years ago, during her tenure as Associate Director of Advancement Research, she began building the UW's analytics capacity and implementation that has now been transformed into a fully-fledged and staffed unit at the UW. Jennifer has presented on topics related to prospect research, analytics, and professional development at APRA, NDOA, NDSA and CASE 8. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook and her doctorate in anthropology from Yale University.
Jill Meister, President-Elect
Jill Meister has more than 20 years of experience in development and fundraising, and has served in several key roles that contributed to the success of six multi-million dollar capital campaigns. She received her bachelor’s degree in management from Franklin Pierce College before receiving her MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Meister is currently the Director of Prospect Research and Management at the University of New Hampshire. She started her career as a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was the manager of Development Research Services. She then worked as the Associate Director of Prospect Development for Brown University. Most recently, Meister was Director of Advancement Services and Research for the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass.
Meister has been a member of APRA for over 15 years, and has served on the Curriculum, Marketing and Conference committees. As an active member of the APRA community, she has presented at CASE, AFP, NEDRA, MARC and APRA International events, and is a former president of NEDRA.
Alison Sommers-Sayre, Immediate Past President
Alison Sommers-Sayre has more than 20 years of experience in business intelligence, information management and data-driven strategic planning within higher education, corporate environments and consulting capacities. She has worked in fundraising for the last decade, with a focus on promoting the value of prospect development and analytics.
Sommers-Sayre currently is Assistant Vice President for Information Strategy & Operations at Princeton University. Her portfolio includes prospect research, analytics, IT, alumni & donor records and administrative services. She joined Princeton as the Director of Development Research in 2004, where she prepared the department for a billion+ dollar campaign and built the analytics function. She has been an active member of APRA since 2004. Sommers-Sayre has been a speaker at APRA, OverDRIVE, MARC, CASE and AFP conferences. She is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago for which she has been an active alumni volunteer.
Liz Rejman, CFRE, Treasurer
Liz Rejman is the Database and Research Manager at Pathways to Education Canada. Prior to her current role, Liz worked as Head of Development for Museum London (Canada) and as a prospect researcher for London Health Sciences Foundation. She has instructed at Western University and Georgian College and has shared her knowledge and expertise on prospect research, database management, and media monitoring at numerous conferences and meetings. Rejman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario, earned her CFRE in 2010 and earned a Professional Certificate in Adult Education in 2011.
Rejman was the winner of the 2013 Margaret Fuhry Grant to honor her leadership, mentorship, volunteerism and dedication to the profession. Rejman is active on Twitter and LinkedIn and has made significant contributions to both APRA International and APRA Canada chapter in recent years. She has served on APRA’s Ethics Committee, the 2013 Conference Curriculum Committee, and is currently working with APRA Canada to write a book on the topic of prospect development in Canada.
Lauren Dixson, Secretary
Lauren Dixson is the Director of Development Services at Drake University. Prior to her position at Drake, she held several positions with Iowa State University Foundation, including Development Researcher, Assistant Director of Development Research and Associate Director of Development Research. Dixson received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.
Dixson was chair of Prospect Development 2013 and has also held a number of leadership roles with the APRA Great Plains Chapter.
Mark Egge, Director
Mark Egge is currently the Senior Manager of Prospect Management at Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis, before which he led Prospect Development at Carleton College, overseeing prospect research, prospect management, and fundraising analytics. Mark is a former President of APRA Minnesota and has been active as a volunteer leader with APRA and his local chapter since 2006.
Mark is a Co-Chair of the annual New Researchers Symposium, and in addition to presenting on prospect development fundamentals, his professional interests range from specific topics like SEC filings to broader concepts related to management, leadership, and power and influence. His education background is in music, and his master’s thesis uses data visualization techniques to aid in the analysis of post-tonal compositions. Incidentally, when asked about this, he will go on at length (and without irony) about the profound similarities between music and prospect development. The most common descriptor Mark’s colleagues use to describe him is “nerd.”
Jennifer E. Fry, Director
Jennifer Fry has more than fifteen years of experience in a variety of development roles and organizations. She is currently Senior Director, Operations and Finance at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, as Director of Prospect Discovery and Information at Northwestern, she oversaw prospect research, analytics, prospect management and information management, leading the development of a comprehensive prospect management system and ongoing prospect identification strategy, as well as successfully implementing predictive analytics, image-enabled gift processing and data visualization initiatives.
Prior to Northwestern, she held development posts at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, successively managing annual giving, corporate and foundation grants and sponsorship programs. Since 2004, Fry has shared her knowledge as a presenter on topics ranging from prospecting to talent management, served as a hospitality co-chair for the 20th Anniversary APRA International Conference in Chicago, and organized the Big 10 Schools gathering. Fry has been affiliated with APRA International and the APRA Illinois chapter since 2002.
Bond Lammey, Director
Bond Lammey is a Senior Associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in Prospect Development. She has worked with higher education institutions, medical centers, humanitarian, and conservation organizations. Prior to joining BWF, Bond led prospect research efforts at the University of Chicago, where she oversaw the central prospect research team and developed integrated strategies with prospect management, analytics, corporate and foundation relations research.
Bond received her BA in Sociology and her Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration, both from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is on the board of APRA International and has presented in the United States, Canada, and Asia at CASE, SunGard, ADRP, AASP, and APRA conferences. Additionally, for the past two years, Bond has been on the faculty of the CASE Development Researchers conference and as an instructor for Rice University’s online Constituent Relationship Management course.
Henry C. Lau, Director
Henry Lau re-joined the Beaumont Foundation in 2013 as the Senior Director of Research and Relationship Development. From 2011-2013, Lau was the Associate Director of Development Research at University of Michigan. Prior to that, Lau worked at the Beaumont Foundation from 2006-2011. Lau received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and pursuing his MBA from Lawrence Technological University.
Lau has served as president and past president of APRA Michigan and was credited by colleagues with demonstrating strong leadership and project management skills, technical expertise and a sense of humor.
Ashutosh Nandeshwar, PhD, Director
The author of Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook and an award-winning speaker, Ashutosh R. Nandeshwar is one of the few analytics professionals in the higher education industry who has developed analytical solutions for all stages of the student life-cycle (from recruitment to giving). He enjoys speaking about the power of data, as well as ranting about data professionals who chase after “interesting” things. He received his PhD and MS from West Virginia University and his BEng from Nagpur University, all in industrial engineering. Currently, he is leading the data, reporting, and analytics efforts at the California Institute of Technology.
Amy Turbes, Director
Amy Turbes currently holds the position of Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Development at Creighton University. She has worked in Prospect Development at Creighton for ten years. She is proud to call Prospect Development her career and is privileged to be a volunteer with APRA. Amy has been involved with several committees including Chair of the EPD and member of the Nominations Committee and CPC. Her first introduction to the Prospect Development community was with APRA-Great Plains where she previously served as Chapter President, Conference Chair and Member-at-Large.
As a true extrovert, Amy loves connecting people dots. She believes deeply in the six degrees of separation rule and will make sure to figure out how you are connected or how she can connect you to someone. This part of her personality is genetic and adds to her love of fundraising strategy which has led to exciting conversations with strangers on airplanes.
Emily Walsh, Director
Emily Walsh has more than 10 years of experience in database development and management, prospect development, academic research, and strategic planning and process analysis within higher education and non-profit organizations. She began her development career with the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center where she helped them launch their first development database. In 2007, she joined the University of Chicago’s Alumni Relations and Development office, moving from a Prospect Management Analyst to the Acting Senior Director of Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and Analytics in 2011.
Walsh now works for the University of Arizona Foundation as the Associate Vice President of Development Research & Resources, where she has been since 2011. In her role, she manages Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and the Applications Training program. She has been an active member of APRA since 2007. Walsh has been a speaker at APRA, CASE, AASP, and SunGard conferences, and was the Conference Chair of APRA Prospect Development 2014. She is an honors graduate of James Madison University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a graduate of the University of Chicago where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Sciences.