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


    With three decades of experience in fundraising and alumni relations, Fred 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 the 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 trustee of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Ben Renberg

  • Senior Associate Vice President


    Before joining Cornell's AAD team in 2016, Ben was associate vice president for development at Rice University and previously was assistant dean of external relations for the university’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. He was a partner with Dini Partners, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofits and also served as associate vice president for university development at Baylor University and director of development at Baylor College of Medicine. Ben holds bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Baylor University.


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.


Kristen Ford

  • Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units


    Kristen was named associate vice president in 2016, a role that follows eleven years in AAD, where she has also served as the assistant vice president for University Corporate and Foundation Relations, director of new business development and senior campaign officer for special initiatives. With 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.


Andrew Gossen

  • Executive Director, Digital


    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 & 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.

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 Proctor & Gamble. Her final assignment there was leading the brand communications, public relations, and crisis/issues management team for P&G's $5 billion health care division. She has actively leveraged her professional strategic planning and implementation skills in multiple volunteer roles, serving as president of the Cornell Club of Southwestern Ohio and a member of the Dyson Advisory Council. Michelle holds a bachelor of science degree 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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