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

    fmv7@cornell.edu
    607-255-5142

    Fred, 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 a board member of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Meg Hendryx

  • Meg Hendryx
    Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

    mhendryx@cornell.edu

    Meg Hendryx joins Cornell as the senior associate vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development with 20 plus years in higher education fundraising. Prior to joining Cornell, she served as assistant vice president for development with the University of Florida, where she was responsible for advising and consulting with over nine colleges and units, corporate and foundation relations and university strategic partnerships, National Board recruitment and engagement programs, and most recently the planning and implementation of the $500M AI university strategic initiative as part of the university’s $3.3B “Go Greater” capital campaign, where she served on the campaign executive committee.

    Prior to joining the central UF Foundation operation, she served as executive director of development and external affairs for UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, advancing transformational private support, marketing/communications and government affairs. She also led fundraising efforts as director of development for the College of Nursing with UF Health. Previous to UF, she worked in development for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra after service in marketing and sales roles. Meg holds a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University.

     

Katherine Anderson

  • Katherine Anderson
    Associate Vice President for Major Gifts

    kla77@cornell.edu
    607-227-0266

    Kat joined the AAD leadership team as associate vice president for University Major Gifts in April 2022 and brings over twenty-five years of fundraising and management experience to this position.

    She began her career with AAD eight years ago as Director of Development for International Affairs, then served as a University Major Gifts Officer, before stepping in as Interim Associate Dean for AAD in the College of Arts & Sciences, prior to assuming the role of Executive Director of Development for University Major Gifts. She currently leads a team of thirty, has oversight of the university’s West Coast development and engagement team, and works closely with partners across the division to drive fundraising success and build productive, lifelong relationships with Cornell’s alumni, parents, and friends.

    Prior to joining Cornell, Kat was the development lead for national and local not-for-profit organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights, Oxfam America, Planned Parenthood, and Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca. A graduate of Kenyon College, Kat earned her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and lives in the Town of Danby with her husband, where she serves as a Danby District Fire Commissioner.

Tracy Cary

  • Tracy Cary
    Associate Vice President for Operations

    tlc47@cornell.edu
    607-254-7155

    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 Advisor to the Vice President

    kf76@cornell.edu
    607-254-1679

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

    With over thirty-five 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

  • Andrew Gossen
    Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, and Participation

    aag226@cornell.edu
    607-255-0046

    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

    skm233@cornell.edu
    646-971-3795

    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

    mmoyer@cornell.edu

    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

  • Carol Packard
    Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units

    cap342@cornell.edu

    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. Carol joined Cornell in 2017 and recently added oversight of the University Parent Engagement and Philanthropy Program to her responsibilities. Prior to joining Cornell, 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

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

    mjv5@cornell.edu
    607-255-1989

    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.

     

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