2019 Apra Indiana Fall Conference Presenter Bios

Keynote Presentation: How Prospect Research Has Benefited My Work in Fundraising
Nathan Wight, Chief Advancement Officer at Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity

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 
Fundraising Professionals
Dr. Maureen Egan, Senior Consultant at American City Bureau 
Dr. Maureen Egan is a Senior Consultant for American City Bureau, a fundraising consulting firm based in West Dundee, IL.  Prior to consulting, she worked in Institutional Advancement & Marketing and Enrollment Management for 20 years in higher education, 13 of those years in the capacity of Vice President.  

Mark Brouwer, Executive Director of Annual Giving at Butler University 
Mark Brouwer is the Executive Director of Annual Giving at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he currently leads comprehensive fundraising efforts for the University’s annual fund, the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship. Mark also manages a major gifts portfolio at Butler and serves on the Advancement division’s senior leadership team. Previously he worked as the Director of Development at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s College (IN), where he graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Communication and Theatre Arts.

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.

Research Professionals
Chanae Palmer Prospect Development Analyst at IU Health Foundation
Chanae Palmer is a fundraising professional who specializes in prospect research and data analytics for non-profit organizations. A native of Maryland, she relocated to Indiana to pursue her professional career in philanthropy. She is a second-year doctoral student at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis studying urban education and its implications in philanthropic spaces. She newly joined the Indiana University Health Foundation as a Prospect Development Analyst and will share her experiences learned overtime in varying prospect research shops. 

                                               Helen Ksiazek Development Analyst at the IU Foundation

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
Sabrina Stradtner is the Director of Research and Prospect Management for Advancement at Valparaiso University.  In this role she manages Advancement’s prospect research program as well as the constituent records maintenance team. She has held this position since October 2015. She joined Valpo’s Advancement staff in 2012 as a Research Analyst. Sabrina holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Humanities from Valparaiso University and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University - Indianapolis.  

Event Etiquette & Mastering the Art of Speed Networking 
Anthony Cawdron, Event Coordinator and Instructor of Hospitality at Purdue University

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 
Stephanie Brouwer, Manager of Advancement Data and Research at Marian University
Stephanie Brouwer joined the Marian University Advancement team in March 2019 and currently serves as the manager of data and research. Prior to joining Marian University, Stephanie worked in fundraising research at United Way of Central Indiana and also has past experience working in the Advancement Office at Valparaiso University. Stephanie is currently the Vice President and Treasurer for Apra Indiana, and is co-chair of the Apra Great Lakes 2020 Conference. 

Wendy Faust, Executive Director of Development at Marian University
Wendy Faust joined the Marian University family in the spring of 2018 as the executive director of development, where she works directly with all members of the advancement team. Wendy spent several years in nonprofit and corporate communications before discovering her passion for education where she spent 13 years working with private, K-12 schools in southern California in administration, fundraising, leadership development, and marketing. Prior to coming to Marian, Wendy led her sorority’s international headquarters staff based in Indianapolis.

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