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 through the “To Do the Greatest Good” campaign.

    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 President of the Board of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and as vice chair of the board of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. He and his wife Susan live in Lansing, New York and have two adult children.

Katherine Anderson

  • Katherine Anderson
    Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Kat was appointed Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units in 2024 and brings over thirty years of fundraising and management experience to this position. She first joined the Alumni Affairs and Development senior leadership team in 2022 as Associate Vice President for University Major Gifts. During her ten years with Cornell, she has also served as Executive Director of Development for University Major Gifts, Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, a Major Gifts Officer, and Director of Development for International Affairs. Prior to her tenure at Cornell, Kat was the development lead for a number of national and local not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Kenyon College, Kat earned her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and lives with her husband in the Town of Danby, where she serves as a Danby Fire District Commissioner.

Tracy Cary

  • Tracy Cary
    Associate Vice President for Operations


    Tracy L. Cary is the associate vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development Operations for Cornell University. Responsibilities include serving as the senior financial operations officer for the division, including management of human resources, advancement services, business intelligence and analytics, and the business and finance programs that support Cornell’s university-wide fundraising and alumni engagement programs. She also serves as a trustee for the Cornell University Foundation (UK) Limited, as well as the Cornell University Foundation. Tracy joined the Cornell staff in 2006, holding positions for nine years of progressive responsibility working for both the hotel and academic areas of the Nolan School of Hotel Administration before joining Alumni Affairs and Development in 2016. The foundation of her 30 year career in finance and accounting began at a Big 6 accounting firm where she obtained her CPA. Tracy served as corporate controller for three companies and worked in eight different industries. She is recognized for her ability to identify and implement opportunities for efficiency, while leveraging technology. She successfully leads projects that cross the finance, HR and IT functions and is a well-respected leader with a track record of leading teams through organizational change effectively. Tracy serves as a financial steward, finding ways to improve financial results through expense reduction and revenue generation, always protecting the organization’s best interest.


Kristen Ford

  • Kristen Ford
    Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development


    Kristen serves as the senior associate vice president of Alumni Affairs and Development, a role that follows eighteen years in AAD, most recently as the senior advisor to the vice president for the division.

    With nearly forty years of experience in higher education and fundraising, Kristen has also served as Cornell’s 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.

    Prior to joining Cornell, Kristen held leadership positions at Ithaca College and earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.


Andrew Gossen

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    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.


Monica Lewis

  • Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Monica Lewis became the Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units in November 2022 following a successful tenure as Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell, where she led the planning and launch for the college's $400M campaign. Prior to Cornell, Monica served as Senior Director of Development for the Washington University School of Law and as the Executive Director of Development for the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Monica earned her B.B.A. in Finance & Economics as well as her Masters degree in History from the University of Iowa. She began her career in development in the health sciences division of her alma mater more than 15 years ago and has since served in leadership roles within three $1B+ campaigns.

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.

Carol Packard

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    Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Carol joined the leadership team in October 2021 following a successful tenure as the associate dean for Alumni Affairs and Development in the College of Engineering at Cornell. Carol brings over 20 years of both private sector and higher education experience with demonstrated expertise in strategic business and relationship development, and higher education marketing and communications. Prior to joining Cornell in 2017, Carol spent almost a decade at Penn State University, first as an individual contributor in the College of Liberal Arts, followed by a leadership role in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of Liberal Arts and graduated as a Schreyer Honors scholar from Penn State, from which she also holds a master’s degree in higher education administration.

Michelle Vaeth '98

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    Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs


    Michelle holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology & Animal Behavior. Upon graduating from Cornell, Michelle joined Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH, where she spent the next 18 years in roles of increasing responsibility across multiple P&G global business units, including leading brand communications, media relations, public relations, and crisis & issues management for multiple P&G $5+ billion global health care divisions. A winner of multiple professional awards, Michelle notably led P&G’s global effort Protecting Futures: Keeping Girls in School which received the first-ever Cannes PR Lion at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, and the United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Leadership Award. Outside of work, Michelle is an avid volunteer, and has served in many community leadership roles including as President of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Currently, Michelle serves as Vice President of the 125,000-member Association of Junior Leagues International and on the board of the SPCA of Tompkins County. Michelle, her husband Pete Thorman, and their dogs split their time between Ithaca and Tully, NY.


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