Vote for the 2022-23 NACRO Board of Directors 

It's time to elect the new Board of Directors! Thank you in advance for voting for your choice in candidates.

Candidate bios and statements can be found below. The new Board of Directors will be announced at the upcoming conference in Minneapolis.

*Voting will close Friday, July 1, 2022. 

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Co-Vice Presidents (vote for 2)

Michelle Dingwall, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Michelle Dingwall

Bio
I am in my sixth year as Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations for the University of Wisconsin – Stout, working with faculty and campus units to coordinate corporate relations activities.  I have successfully implemented new programs to increase corporate engagement, while working to build a centralized Corporate Relations Office on campus.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Marquette University and am currently working on Master’s in Organizational Development (anticipated graduation spring 2023). Prior to joining UW-Stout, I spent about 20 years in nonprofit fundraising and administration, including at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  My Organizational Development coursework has provided a wealth of resources to advance NACRO, including increasing member value and measuring and communicating program and organization success.

I have enjoyed being a part of NACRO for about five years, beginning my volunteer work on the Professional Development Committee and leading the Virtual Events Subcommittee.  I currently serve on the Finance Committee and am co-chair for the Conference Programming Committee (CPC).  As CPC co-chair last year, I helped create NACRO’s first comprehensive virtual conference, featuring keynotes, concurrent sessions, and networking opportunities, and introduced institutional registrations.  As CPC co-chair this year, I am helping lead a great team to develop NACRO’s first in-person conference in three years.  I also currently serve on the Strategic Planning Committee and enjoy helping build the future of NACRO.

Candidate Statement
As co-Vice President, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve NACRO and its members.  My unique experience at both large and small universities can help NACRO refine its messaging and programming to diversify its membership. Growing membership from small and mid-size universities will provide a greater diversity of perspectives, resources, and best practices, which will benefit all NACRO members and the organization itself.


Dave Ortendahl, Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Dave Ortendahl

Bio
Dave Ortendahl currently serves as Executive Director of Corporate Relations for WPI. In this role, Dave oversees the central Corporate Relations Office (CRO) for the university which provides strategy development and consulting for partners, as well as facilitation of corporate sponsored academic project program with faculty and students. Over the years, Dave has served at both private & public institutions in Higher Education in divisions of student affairs, academic & corporate engagement, and university advancement. He is currently pursuing his EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Regis College in Weston, MA. 

Candidate Statement
As a member of NACRO for about seven years, Dave is very grateful for the guidance, mentorship, and resources that NACRO has provided.  He has recently had the pleasure of serving on the NACRO Board of Directors for three years. He served two years as co-chair for Benchmarking and then became the Member At Large in July of 2021. Shortly thereafter he was tasked with serving as chair of the NACRO Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Committee has been working diligently this past year to craft an impactful plan for NACRO looking ahead to 2022-2025. Furthermore, he received NACRO’s inaugural “Rising Star Award” in July of 2019 due to his leadership of the updated version of the Member Survey. Dave is honored by the nomination to be co-vice-president of NACRO and hopes to continue to serve NACRO membership through the role and to support the implementation of the new strategic plan.


Lucy Provost, University of Pennsylvania

Lucy Provost

Bio
Lucy Provost is Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in External Affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  As such, Lucy is responsible for maintaining established and developing collaborative new corporate relationships. She has held this position since 2010. Earlier in her career, Lucy worked in the University’s Office of Commonwealth Relations as a Government Relations Specialist and in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations as an Associate Director within the central area of Development and Alumni Relations.

For five years prior to joining the Wharton School, Lucy served as Manager of Annual Giving and Donor Relations at The Wistar Institute, where she coordinated all aspects of the annual appeal process and initiated and carried out all special events. From 1992 until 2003, Lucy held the positions of Director of Government Relations, and Director of Annual Giving and Prospect Research at Elwyn, Inc., the nation’s oldest private non-profit organization serving people with disabilities.

Lucy began her career as a Legislative Correspondent for the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, chaired by the late U.S. Senator John Heinz (R-PA), and then as a Research Assistant for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, chaired by U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (R-OR).

She holds a B.A. in English from Penn State University.

Candidate Statement
My experience with NACRO for more than a decade on both the Conference Programming and the Professional Development Committees has given me insight into what members are seeking in advancement education opportunities. My career in corporate relations at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania has provided me with particular understanding of what corporations are calling for in academic collaborations. I will bring thoughtful leadership to our organization as we maneuver through the changing landscape of college and university corporate relations.


 

Marketing & Communications Committee Co-Chair

Rashmi Tenneti, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Rashmi Tenneti

Bio
Rashmi serves as Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, and is responsible for the various communications initiatives supporting the OCR and units across campus. Rashmi is a certified digital marketing expert with training in content creation, branding strategies, analytics, and advertisement strategies. Prior to joining the OCR, she worked with the Gies College of Business, Infosys, and Accenture Consulting. Rashmi holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Osmania University, India, and an MBA from DePaul University

Candidate Statement
NACRO has been an integral part of my corporate relations experience and I am thrilled to have a chance to contribute to NACRO. I excited to share my marketing and communications expertise with Corporate Relations officers and help NACRO expand by using new marketing and communications tools and techniques.


 

Benchmarking Committee Co-Chair

Ashley Chan, Penn State University

.Ashley Chan

Bio
Ashley Chan is a Director of Corporate Engagement at Pennsylvania State University. She is responsible for establishing and fostering relationships with corporate partners that improve research and innovation across multiple disciplines. Ashley also coordinates and leads a college-wide strategy for corporate engagement encompassing research, recruitment, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Penn State, Ashley spent 10 years researching cures for cancer in both industry and academic environments. Her most recent scientific contributions at the Huntsman Cancer Institute acquired significant corporate investment, philanthropic donations, and media coverage. With experience in strategic collaboration and career perspectives from both industry and academia, Ashley recognizes ways in which the institutions can benefit from each other and initiates collaborations with an ambition to enhance global research impact. 

Ashley joined NACRO in 2019. She has had the privilege of serving as a co-chair of the NACRO Gold Standards Benchmarking Subcommittee (2yrs) and enjoyed the experience of launching the inaugural Financial Metrics Survey with the support of her co-lead and the subcommittee members. Having also served on the Member Survey Subcommittee and Strategic Planning Committee, she recognizes and appreciates the growth and networking opportunities provided by NACRO. 

Candidate Statement
To me, NACRO is defined by its membership at large. My diverse professional background makes me uniquely suited to embrace and empower members that are looking to NACRO to acquire new skills and knowledge. As part of NACRO's Board of Directors, I will encourage member involvement in NACRO's committees and the resources they offer, while also working with the board to create new learning and development opportunities, particularly via benchmarking.


 

Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Ben Miller, Ohio State University

Ben Miller

Bio
Ben Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Relations, The Ohio State University

Ben Miller joined the Office of Corporate Relations in May 2018 and is responsible for identifying, cultivating, facilitating, and stewarding strategic relationships with corporations through university-wide partnerships. He focuses primarily on the medical space and health science colleges. Ben has been with Ohio State for over seven years, previously serving as Associate Director of Development with OSU’s College of Pharmacy.

Candidate Statement
Since attending my first Bootcamp in 2018, I’ve gradually increased my engagement and leadership with NACRO. I’ve been fortunate to chair and co-chair the Bootcamp Subcommittee for two years and currently also serve as a member of the NACRO Strategic Planning Committee and the NACRO Executive Education Subcommittee. Taking advantage of professional development opportunities has benefitted me greatly during my career and in conjunction with other passionate NACRO volunteers, I look forward to developing and refining meaningful programming to help us all succeed in this dynamic corporate relations profession.


 

Membership & Alliances Committee Co-Chair

Lauren Bradley, The Jackson Laboratory

Lauren Bradley

Bio
Lauren Bradley is the Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at The Jackson Laboratory, a nonprofit education and research institute that specializes in genomics and genetics, as well as humanized mouse models. With over 12 years of experience in strategic partnerships, Lauren loves creating space for cross-sector conversations and helping facilitate relationship-building between nonprofits and industry. Lauren has a MS in Anthrozoology and is based in Los Angeles, California.

Candidate Statement
I would be honored to serve as a member of the NACRO Board of Directors – the dedication of the leadership is something I admire most about this organization. I believe coming from a non-university affiliated institute, I can offer unique insights on how to grow and diversify our membership. I would also love to be able to contribute my experience with strategic partnerships at membership organizations to encourage new and existing NACRO members to get more engaged with the organization. 


 

Conference Programming Committee Co-Chair

Thomas Manshack, North Carolina State University

Thomas Manshack

Bio
Thomas leads North Carolina State University in harnessing the power of industry and philanthropy to advance cutting-edge training and research at one of the nation’s most exciting institutions.  With over a decade of fundraising experience in higher education, he supports world-class faculty and students in securing philanthropic support from corporations and community organizations.  His responsibilities include coordinating multi-departmental corporate and philanthropic proposals and programs; managing fundraising initiatives for capital/construction projects, endowments, in-kind gifts, and enhancement funds; and coordinating the creation of visionary gifts from industry-leading organizations.

Thomas has been a NACRO member and volunteer since 2016, and formerly served as a member of the Conference Programming Committee and Chair of the Guest Experience Subcommittee.  

Candidate Statement
I have been proud to give back to NACRO through service to the Conference Programming Committee, having benefited from the work done by volunteers before me, and hope to continue to have that opportunity in the upcoming years.  I'm looking forward to having the 2024 conference here in Raleigh!


 

Member At-Large

Joseph Huang, Stanford University

Joseph Huang

Bio
Joseph Huang, PhD, leads the team that oversees many corporate affiliates programs at Stanford’s Computer Science department. The goal of the team is to connect corporations with the leading research happening at Stanford in the deployment of artificial intelligence for the safety of autonomous vehicles, natural language processing, robotics, drug discovery, and data science.

Candidate Statement
Joseph has been a member of NACRO for five years, serving many of those years on the Conference Planning committee. He is the winner of the Volunteer of the Year award in 2021 for helping to host the NACRO conference on the Remo platform. He is also the vice chair of the strategic planning committee in 2021-22 and would like to continue the strategy work as the next Member at Large.