2019 Apra Indiana Fall Conference Presenter Bios
Keynote Presentation: How Prospect Research Has Benefited My Work in Fundraising
Nathan has served as Chief Advancement Officer since January 2013 for Delta Sigma Phi Foundation in Indianapolis. In this role, he is responsible for all fundraising and strategy for the Foundation. From December 2006-January 2013, Nathan worked as a development officer for several academic programs at Purdue University, including: School of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Pharmacy. He started his working career at Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity in July of 2001, and worked in several areas of operation for the National Fraternity before beginning fundraising. Nathan attended Ball State University for graduate school and Illinois State University for undergrad. He is married to his first and only wife, Monica. They have two daughters, a great dane and live in Carmel.
What It’s Like to Be Me Panel
Mark Brouwer, Executive Director of Annual Giving at Butler University
Jerry Alberts, Chief Development Officer at Purdue University
Jerry is a seasoned academic and healthcare fund development professional with major giving, corporate relations, and foundation relations leadership experience. He is a veteran of four major capital campaigns. Three campaigns at two major research universities (Purdue and Clemson) and one campaign at a major university's research/teaching medical center (Penn State).
Jerry returned for his second tenure at Purdue in early 2015 to serve in the University’s Ever True Campaign as Chief Development Officer for the School of Industrial Engineering (IE). Jerry led the school in meeting and surpassing its $25.3 million capital campaign goal eight months ahead of the campaign’s deadline by raising $18.5 million in three years. He also led the school’s student/alumni mentoring initiative team. The mentoring initiative matches IE alumni with current IE undergraduate and non-thesis graduate/PhD students. The program was awarded the Purdue College of Engineering’s 2018 Team College of Engineering Staff Award of Excellence. IE also benefited from gifts totaling more than $950,000 from IE alumni who participated as mentors in the program.
Helen joined the IU Foundation in February 2012 as a research associate and was named to her current position as a development analyst in 2014. In her role at the IU Foundation, she supports the Leadership & Special Programs fundraising efforts across IU and the IU Foundation. Prior to joining the IU Foundation, Helen worked in risk management at IU Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English and a master’s degree in Library Science.
Sabrina Stradtner at Valparaiso University
Event Etiquette & Mastering the Art of Speed Networking
Anthony Cawdron is the Events Coordinator and House Manager at ‘Westwood’, The Purdue President’s official residence. A position he also held at Iowa State University before making the transition to Purdue nineteen years ago with now president emeritus Martin Jischke. He continues to manage the day-to-day operations of the house and oversees the events and entertaining for Purdue’s twelfth president Mitch Daniels.
Anthony teaches business etiquette and advanced service courses in the Hospitality and Tourism Management department at Purdue, and advises numerous student groups on interview and work-preparedness skills. He has a Masters degree in Hospitality and has held a variety of positions including banquet manager, restaurant manager, hospitality faculty in Switzerland and three years as a butler in two of England’s finest stately homes; Blenheim Palace and Sutton Place.
Setting Realistic Expectations for Fundraisers and Prospect Researchers
Wendy Faust, Executive Director of Development at Marian University