Newcomer's Fellowship Awards

CASE V offers those individuals with two years or less experience in advancement a unique opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend the CASE District V Conference and the Institute for New Professionals. Up to six newcomers to institutional advancement will receive fellowships. From this group, three will be selected to receive named fellowships. A development newcomer will be named the Vaughn Dann Fellow, an alumni newcomer will be named the Ray Willemain Fellow and a communications newcomer will be named the Illinois College Relations Fellow. Each will receive a special recognition award for these three awards, which honor the memory of two of CASE V's outstanding professionals.

Applicants are asked to delay registering for the conference until notified of the award selection. All applicants will be informed of a decision prior to the Early Bird registration deadline.

Selection Criteria

CASE V Newcomers' Fellowship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold an advancement position at a CASE member institution within District V
  • have been employed in advancement for two years or less at the time we receive your application
  • have never previously attended a CASE V Conference
  • ability to attend both the Institute for New Professionals and the CASE District V Conference in their entirety


Each recipient will have their $325 Early bird conference registration fee waived and receive a $75 stipend to be used to offset other conference expenses. In addition, the $150 fee for your Newcomers Session will be waived. Award winners will be notified in October 2018 in order to register for the early bird rate. Awards will be presented to the fellowship winners at the Institute for New Professionals. Stipend checks will be made payable to the recipients' institutions and will be available for pickup at the registration desk at the conference.


Applicants must:

  • Submit the application by September 30, 2018 deadline.
  • Submit a resume or statement of educational and work experience highlighting employment, campus or civic activities related to institutional advancement
  • Letter of recommendation from sponsor/supervisor
  • Submit a current electronic photograph appropriate for use in print and presentations
  • Register for the conference
  • Secure hotel reservations
  • Serve as a conference volunteer

Apply now for the Newcomer's Fellowship Awards.

All applicants will be informed of a decision in October 2018.

Past recipients
Olivia Cotton, The Ohio State University
Alyssa Ferguson, Northwestern University
Justin Gibson, University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
Nathan Goebel, Millikin University
Annie Kapp, The Ohio State University
Nicole Neely, Ohio Northern University
Emily Reynolds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lindsay Seminara, The Ohio State University
Alexis Wichmann, Walsh College

Matthew Dymoke, Assistant Director of The Conordia Annual Fund
Sarah Mooney, Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and Development, Davenport University
Illinois College Relations Fellow
Holden Richards, Alumni Relations and Affinity Officer, The Wellington School
Leslie Shoaf, Western U.S. Regional Engagement Officer, The Ohio State University
Ray Willemain Fellow
Emily Zacek, Development Assistant, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Vaughn Dann Fellow

Brendan Braaten, Regional Engagement Officer-Southeast US, The Ohio State University
Casey Brown, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Anderson University
MiVida Burrus, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Manager, Walsh College
Ray Willemain Fellow
Whitney Delaney, Communications Specialist, University of Minnesota
Illinois College Relations Fellow
Brittanie Kuhr, Assistant Director of Development, Adrian College
Vaughn Dann Fellow
Kari Swanson, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Lawrence University

Lindsay Bosley, University of Minnesota
Kayla Choate, University of Minnesota
Illinois College Relations Fellow
Lindsay Griswold, Rotary International
Ray Willemain Fellow
Todd Jensen, Purdue University
Dan Lawson, Ashland University
Vaughn Dann Fellow
Nick Warrington, Wright State University

Rachel Esterline Perkins, Central Michigan University
Illinois College Relations Fellow
Diane Lopez, Rotary International
Ray Willemain Fellow
Julia Kuntz, Western Michigan University
Lucy Cryan, Otterbein University
Vaughn Dann Fellow
Kayla Luttrell, The Ohio State University

Benjamin Krouse-Gagne, St. Catherine University
Vaughn Dann Fellow
Lauren Sackey, University of Michigan
Emili B Sperling, Indiana University Alumni Association
Ray Willemain Fellow
Alida Sullivan, Millikin University
Illinois College Relations Fellow
Amanda Underwood, University of Minnesota
Jaclyn Weisenborn, Milikin University

Sarah Klucker, McKendree University
Kjerstin Lang, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Illinois College Relations Fellowship Award)
Elizabeth Prosch, The University of Iowa (Vaughn Dann Fellowship Award)
Jon Ruzek, University of Minnesota (Ray Willemain Fellow)
Brandt Patz, Manchester College
Matthew Mascioli, DePauw University

Kara Anderson, Otterbein University (Ray Willemain Fellowship Award)
Rob Davis, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Illinois College Relations Fellowship Award)
Joe Kress, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Vaughn Dann Fellowship Award)
Leigh Pifer, The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Lynne Williams, University of Wisconsin-Superior

(None awarded)

Anthony Begon, Macalester College
Sarah Listug, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Heather Pena, University of Minnesota (St. Paul)
Emily Sights, University of Evansville
Heather Smith, Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant)
Samuel Venable, Ohio University (Athens)
Kelly Warren, The University of Iowa (Iowa City)
David Williams, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Kenna Caughey, College of St. Benedict
Anita Joyce Barnes, University of Detroit Mercy
Jennifer Bialobok, Lyons Township High School
Sarah Chuby, Central Michigan University
Amy Lensing Tate, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Roy Lowdenback, Bowling Green State University
Daniel Stuby, Millikin University
Michael Pfriem, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Steve Anderson, University of Minnesota Foundation (Ray Willemain Fellow)
Stephanie Brown, Northwood University
Katharine Hoffman, The University of Chicago
Kaleena Dale, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Anouk Russell-Gorgemans, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Laura St. Marie Jackson, Dominican University
Haruka Wada, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (Vaughn Dann Fellow)
Anne Williamson, University of Cincinnati Alumni Association

Jenell Anderson, Millikin University (Ray Willemain Fellowship)
Elizabeth Brendel, Viterbo University
Eric C. Gentry, Purdue University (Vaughn Dann Fellowship)
Bonnie McArthur, Kettering University
Stacy Poca, Bowling Green State University
Leslie Renner, Butler University
Stephen Smith, University of Notre Dame
Ben Strand, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Sharla Sola, University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana
Anna Newton, University of Evansville
Karissa Huntington, William Mitchell College of Law
Bruce Hammond, Ohio Northern University
Ann Stevenson, Ohio Wesleyan
Mary Beth Lewis, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Angela Ruth, Lawrence Technological University (Vaughn Dann Fellowship)
Michelle Lian-Anderson, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (Ray Willemain Fellowship)

Sarah Pfeifer Chaddock, Bradley University (Vaughn Dann Fellowship)
Morgan Kinross-Wright, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Beth Raboin-Gettleman, Illinois Wesleyan University (Ray Willemain Fellowship)
Julie Rojewski, The Ohio State University
Michael Steger, Michigan State University
John Walsh, Loras College

Lindsay Allen, Central Michigan University
Richard Burbach, College of St. Benedict (Vaughn Dann Fellowship)
Courtney Deutsch, University of Dayton (Ray Willemain Fellowship)
Roseanne Durril, Dominican University
Alisha Faciane Fenty, University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Kate Kail, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Maria Rumbaoa, University of Dayton
Charles Semrow, Minnesota Medical Foundation