Our senior leaders in Alumni Affairs and Development work to advance all areas of Cornell and engage alumni, parents, and friends. Please contact us if you have questions about our division or to find out how you can engage with Cornell.

Fred Van Sickle

  • Fred Van Sickle
    Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development


    FRED VAN SICKLE, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development, is the university's chief fundraiser, overseeing the team responsible for building alumni engagement worldwide and securing private support from individuals and institutions for the university.

    Before joining Cornell in January of 2016, Fred served Columbia University as executive vice president for Alumni and Development. During his 12 years there, he played a pivotal role in planning, executing, and completing the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. Fred also served as chief development officer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; associate vice president for Development and assistant dean for Development for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan; vice president for Alumni and Development and secretary of the college at Lake Forest College (his undergraduate alma mater); and director of Principal Gifts at Princeton University.

    Fred holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a board member of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Kristen Ford

  • Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development


    Kristen was named senior associate vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development in January 2021, a role that follows fifteen years in AAD. She has also served as associate vice president for Colleges and Units, assistant vice president for University Corporate and Foundation Relations, director of new business development, and senior campaign officer for special initiatives. With over thirty years of experience in higher education, Kristen has also held leadership positions at Ithaca College and earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.


Tracy Cary

  • Tracy Cary
    Associate Vice President for Operations


    Tracy joined AAD in 2016 after serving as director of finance and budget in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, where she held senior roles since 2006. Prior to joining Cornell, Tracy worked in the Philadelphia area as a controller in private industry; a manager at a consulting firm specializing in SEC reporting; and as an auditor for Arthur Andersen. She is a certified public accountant and holds a degree in accounting from Penn State University.


Shawn Castellanos

  • Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Shawn comes to Cornell with over 20 years of fundraising and business development experience at large, complex organizations and corporations, most recently serving as the national senior vice president, mission advancement, at the American Heart Association (AHA). In this role Shawn built and integrated a nationwide, comprehensive major and principal gifts program. Immediately prior to AHA, she served as the senior director of development for the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and director of development at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (School of Medicine) at Johns Hopkins University. Shawn has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa with Honors in English, a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a graduate certificate in health management and finance from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.


Andrew Gossen

  • Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, and Participation


    Andrew joined Cornell in 2010 from Princeton, where he spent eight years in alumni affairs in a number of diverse roles. His main focus is using digital technologies, including social media, to build audiences and mobilize them on behalf of Cornell. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University.


Shalini Mimani

  • Shalini Mimani
    Associate Vice President, Cornell Tech and Northeast Corridor


    Shalini is a member of Cornell University’s Alumni Affairs and Development team, where she serves as associate vice president for Cornell Tech and the Northeast Corridor, based in New York City. In this capacity, she works closely with academic leadership, donors, alumni, and colleagues throughout the university to build support—philanthropic and otherwise—for the Cornell Tech campus in New York City and for the university’s main campus in Ithaca. From 2005 through 2017, Shalini worked for Columbia University’s Office of Alumni & Development in a variety of leadership and frontline capacities, both international and domestic in focus. Immediately prior to joining Cornell, Shalini served as a member of Columbia University’s Principal Gifts team. Prior to that, she served as the senior director for development in the Arts & Sciences, the associate dean for development for the School of International and Public Affairs, and as the associate director for development for the Regional Institute and Global Initiatives. Before joining Columbia, Shalini worked in development for the Asia Society and as a management consultant for Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

    Shalini holds a B.A. in History with Distinction from Yale University. She serves as a trustee of her children's school, the Buckley Country Day School, in Roslyn, New York, and on the boards of the Cornell Club in Manhattan and the Douglaston Club in Douglaston, New York. She also serves on the International Advisory Committee of the Battery Dance Company, based in Manhattan. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Douglaston, New York.

Mike Moyer

  • Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts


    Mike Moyer returned to Cornell AAD as associate vice president for principal gifts in January 2021. Mike comes from Virginia Tech’s advancement division, where he served as associate vice president and directed the $1.5 billion “Boundless Impact” campaign. Prior to his position at Virginia Tech, he led fundraising for Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and the Cornell College of Engineering. He began his fundraising career at Johns Hopkins, where he ran student phonathons, worked in the Vice President’s office, and managed reunion class annual giving efforts. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University.

Marybeth Tarzian

  • Marybeth Tarzian, Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units
    Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Marybeth joined central AAD in 2017 after serving 12 years as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development for Cornell’s College of Human Ecology (CHE). She led the college’s comprehensive campaign, exceeding its goal by raising $95 million and more than doubling its annual funds. Previously she worked for the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Ithaca College, and Philadelphia University. Marybeth earned her bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and her master’s degree from Ithaca College.

Michelle Vaeth '98

  • Michelle Vaeth '98, associate vice president for alumni affairs
    Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs


    In June 2018, Michelle returned to her alma mater with a deep background in global marketing and communications, having spent 18 years in progressively responsible roles at Procter & Gamble. The bulk of Michelle’s P&G career was spent leading global brand communications, media relations, public relations, and crisis & issues management for P&G’s global Health Care businesses. Michelle’s work at P&G also included leading the company’s effort to build girls’ education programs in sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with non-profit, government, and NGO organizations. She has actively leveraged her professional skills in multiple volunteer roles, serving on the board of directors for the Association of Junior Leagues International, the board of trustees for the Landmark Theater, and as president of the Junior League of Cincinnati, president of the Cornell Club of Southwestern Ohio and a member of the Dyson Advisory Council. Michelle holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


David Whitmore '96

  • associate vice president for Major Gifts
    Associate Vice President for Major Gifts


    David K. Whitmore ’96 was named associate vice president for Major Gifts in 2017. Previously he served the division for ten years in roles that included associate director, director, and associate dean of alumni affairs and development in the College of Arts & Sciences, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. A second-generation Cornellian, he began his career as a staff member in Student and Academic Services and has served on the Common Council of the City of Ithaca. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


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