The AASP Board of Directors is elected by the membership present at the organization's annual meeting, in accordance with the AASP bylaws. The Nominations Committee solicits nominations for the board from the membership and submits a slate of candidates at the annual meeting. Directors must be members in good standing of the organization. They are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to be reelected once, serving on the board up to six consecutive years.
2018 Board of Directors
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Board Member Biographies
As of April 2017, Thomas Chaves is the Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations at Lehigh University for eight years and led the traditional advancement services areas of information processing, reporting & analytics, & prospect management & research. He has also led the implementation of strategic talent management within Lehigh's Advancement organization as well as Campaign Management programs and initiatives. Tom is passionate on how to bring together people, systems, & processes to support the art and science of advancement.
Tom spent over 17 years at SunGard/SCT working with over 100 higher ed clients to implement and effectively use advancement software. He chaired the 2010 CASE Senior Advancement Services conference, chaired the 2013 & 2014 CASE Summer Institute for Advancement Services and was a member of the Banner Advancement advisory board. He is currently a member of the iModules Strategic Advisory Board and works closely with other advancement services leaders in understanding the advancement software landscape. He just completed serving as President of AASP in 2016 and has been on the board since 2008. Tom finished a 9-year tenure on Albright College's (Reading, PA) Alumni Association board where he was president the last two years. He enjoys running marathons, completing running one per state in 2014 as part of his 50 by 50 by 50 goal.
He holds a BA from Albright College and an MS from Penn State.
Lisette Clem is Director of Advancement Services at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, which is also her alma mater (BSBA, MBA). She manages a brilliant team of advancement services professionals who specialize in gift processing, data integrity, database management and reporting, coordination of direct mail projects, prospect research and management, budget management, development and alumni relations officer support, and analytics.
Lisette has over 20 years' experience serving the nonprofit community. Her prior experience includes serving as director of advancement services at Providence College where she was the functional project lead on a database conversion project, as well as positions in both development and advancement services at the Diocese of Providence, an independent school system in RI, and an international child sponsorship organization.
One of Lisette's passions is serving the nonprofit community as an active volunteer, and she currently holds board positions with three nonprofit organizations in RI and southeastern Massachusetts.
Dr. Wayne Combs is a leader in campaign and advancement management with over 20 years of experience supporting higher education. He is formerly the Associate Dean, Advancement Operations and Constituent Programs for USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences supporting a $750 million goal as part of a $6 billion campaign. He served as Director, Advancement Services & Information Management at Occidental College. Prior, Dr. Combs served as Manager, Gift, Data & Record Services at University of California, San Diego. As Campaign Operations Manager, he oversaw a 3-Year Strategic Plan for Advancement Services in support of University of Washington's $2.5 billion campaign. Dr. Combs began his career at UCLA training advancement staff in the use of software and fundraising technology to prepare for a $3 billion campaign.
Dr. Combs teaches in the Organizational Change and Leadership doctoral program at USC Rossier School of Education on the Fundamentals of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and, Economics of Organizational Change. He earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at University of Southern California. He received his MBA in Innovation and his Masters of Management in Technology from University of Washington, and his BA in Economics and Public Policy from Pomona College.
Dr. Combs is actively involved as a member of the board of directors for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) launching the curriculum committee to support programming for Summit, regional events, webinars and best practices, and as a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as conference chair and faculty.
Dwight D. Dozier currently serves as the CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation, responsible for the leadership and oversight of all enterprise advancement technology solutions. Prior to Georgia Tech, he served as senior associate vice president of advancement at the George Washington University, responsible for the areas of alumni relations, advancement services, constituent relations, and markets. Prior to his work GWU, Dwight served as the associate vice president of university advancement and advancement services at the University of Louisville, assistant executive director of alumni services at The Pennsylvania State University, and as manager of biographical records and systems analyst at Washington State University.
With more than 35 years of experience in higher education advancement, Dwight has been a faculty member, presenter, and institute and conference chairs for CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and has served as a commissioner on the CASE National Commission on Philanthropy in Washington, D.C.. Dwight was also involved with CASE Kentucky as a board member, annual conference chair, and president of the organization.
Dwight is a graduate of Washington State University and an active jazz musician.
Michelle R. Hussey has more than 25 years of experience in administration, marketing, planning, fundraising, customer relations, and project development with the majority of her concentration in the area of higher education.
Michelle became the AVP for UAB in November 2012. She leads an Advancement Services team which supports overall constituent information needs. Her managerial experience encompasses prospect research, foundation and board relations, gift processing and acknowledgement, reporting, donor stewardship and alumni relations, campaign planning, marketing and fundraising, human resources, finance and operations, project management, training, data visualization and strategic planning. Prior to her current position at UAB, she was Director of Advancement Services for the University of Memphis where she also led a database conversion to Banner Advancement. She is a member of CASE, APRA, and AASP. Michelle received her BS in Management & Marketing as well as her MBA from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Anita Lawson has been a development professional for more than 20 years and has enjoyed a rewarding career supporting diverse non-profit organizations with expertise in gift administration, process re-engineering and database conversion management.
In April 2015, Anita accepted a position as Director of Development Operations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) to build the capacity of that team in support of a major campaign for the orchestra's 100th anniversary. Prior to the LA Phil, she was Advancement Services Manager at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.
Anita has held advancement services leadership positions at Communities Foundation of Texas and Susan G. Komen For The Cure headquarters, both in Dallas, TX, as well as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Anita has served on the board of CASE IV and is a founding member of AASP.
Jennifer Liu-Cooper is the Senior Consultant for Zuri Group. She was formerly the Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations Services at the University of Delaware, where she guided the Prospect Research, Systems & Reporting, Data Integrity, and Gift & Record Management functions. She is an active member of AASP, CASE, APRA, and CASE.
She has over 20 years of professional experience in Advancement Services; having worked at both public and private institutions of higher education (University of Oregon and Vanderbilt University) as well as in development consulting (Bentz Whaley Flessner, JLC Consulting). As a consultant, she specialized in business process re-design, working with clients such as the University of Rochester and Georgetown University to streamline business practices in alignment with industry standards.
Jennifer holds a BS in Telecommunications and BA in Public Relations from the University of Oregon.
Jessica LaBorde is the Executive Director 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 20 years of experience in corporate sales, political and nonprofit fundraising, and 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 is an active member of CASE as a District VII speaker and judge for District VII 2016 Awards of Excellence for Advancement Services, as well as a judge for the 2015 Circle of Excellence awards for Advancement Services Programs. She holds a BS in Mass Communications and a BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University.
Vicky H. Medlock
Vicky H. Medlock, a 30 year career advancement veteran, has enjoyed a rich and diverse background serving higher education (public and private) and association programs. Her experience encompasses gift processing, reporting, records, annual giving, donor relations, events, research, alumni affairs, campaign programming, human resources, finance and operations, training, strategic planning and board relationships.
Vicky currently serves as the Senior Director of Advancement Services at Rollins College. Previously held leadership advancement services positions include Augusta University, Shenandoah University, The National Rifle Association of America and the University of South Florida.
Vicky is a proud recipient of CASE's Crystal Apple having taught at numerous conferences, including chairing the Summer Institute for Advancement Services and the Senior Conference for Advancement Services Professionals.
Robert Weiner is the President of Robert L. Weiner Consulting and has over 30 years of experience in the advancement services field. He is an independent consultant specializing in helping fundraisers make informed, strategic decisions about information technology, business processes and staffing, and planning for technology.
He has consulted with a wide variety of organizations, ranging from startups to research universities and national and international charities. He is the co-host of TechSoup's Databases and Software forum, a founding member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, and a frequent speaker and writer about donor management systems and best practices in Advancement Services.
Shomari White is currently the Associate Vice President of Foundation Business Operations for Children's Hospital Foundation in Washington, DC where he oversees prospect research, information systems, gift processing, financial management and reporting, and quality assurance and compliance.
Prior to his arrival to Children's, Shomari spent 7 years at Verizon where we he served in several senior management roles in finance and data reconciliation, and won numerous management awards for leading the top sales and service call centers in the Verizon Potomac region.
At Children's Hospital Foundation, Shomari has not only built the infrastructure to support the organization's successful $500M Transforming Children's Health Campaign, he has also served as acting director of donor development responsible for the management of direct mail, special events, and corporate fundraising.
Shomari has a bachelor's degree in business management from Howard University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Management and Technology.