Featured Speakers

The 2014 State Funds Annual Conference features a strong lineup of speakers addressing this year's theme, “National Challenges, State Fund Strategies.”

Doug Mason is a partner in the advancement consulting firm of Gonser Gerber LLP. Since its founding in 1950, Gonser Gerber LLP has helped more than 650 educational and charitable organizations nationwide as consultants in advancement, public relations, and board development. He has been with the firm since 1992, serving clients representing a variety of charitable organizations across the country, including colleges and universities. He is a frequent speaker and lectures nationally on building strong advancement programs. Before joining Gonser Gerber LLP, Mason had ten years of “hands-on” experience as vice president for advancement at his alma mater, Wartburg College, and while there was active in the Iowa College Foundation.

S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow, was named president emerita of Kenyon College in recognition of her distinguished leadership of that institution from 2003 to 2013. Prior to joining Kenyon, she had served as dean of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University and as professor of classics at Brown University. Nugent is a past chair of the CIC Board of Directors.

Frank Romeo serves as vice president for the UPS Foundation and is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic and corporate relations programs. He has nearly 40 years of experience with UPS, including 11 years in UPS’s international operations and seven years as head of UPS’s global Employee Relations Group. In 2012, he was named vice president of the UPS Foundation. Joining us to discuss the UPS Foundation’s long partnership with the State Funds in advancing the Foundation’s commitment to expanding college access and success for first-generation students, Romeo is particularly proud that CIC’s UPS Scholarship Program has helped to make a private college education possible for more than 18,000 students from underserved populations.

Edward “Ned” Segelken has spent his entire professional career at the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus, Ohio, where he is now a partner. He graduated from Wabash College and received his law degree from the University of Michigan. For the firm, Segelken has handled trust and estate administration and business succession matters, and he is particularly versed in planned charitable giving and in matters related to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers.

Joe Slay, an inductee of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, has provided communications counsel for corporations, nonprofits, numerous colleges and universities, as well as for the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He began his career in public relations and marketing in 1982, following seven years as a journalist in western Canada and the United States. He joined the Martin Agency (home of the GEICO Gecko and UPS’s “What Can Brown Do for You?” campaigns) where he created and managed its award-winning public relations division for 26 years. More recently, his teams at five-year-old Slay Communications LLP have, among other projects, generated more than 6 million views for a client’s YouTube video and more than 300,000 fans for a client’s Facebook page. The recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Relations in 1995, Slay is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.