Foundation Fund Committee

The Foundation Fund Committee assists in the development and planning of fundraising events, initiatives, and planned-giving programs to ensure the continuation of the Women Leaders scholarship program via the Foundation Fund and the continuation of the Women Leaders Opportunity Fund


  • Assist Women Leaders Board and staff in creating and implementing yearlong giving campaign for Women Leaders Foundation Fund contributions.
  • Identify potential donors and solicit donations to Women Leaders Foundation Fund.
  • Assist in the planning of any fundraising events throughout the year 
  • Solicit great auction items for the Party for a Purpose.
  • Assistant with bidding and other donations on-site at Convention (not a requirement for all, but requested for those in attendance).

Qualifications for Committee Members

  • Ability to develop a creative, entertaining event;
  • Possess good organizational skills with the ability to plan and facilitate a multi-faceted social event;
  • Willingness to give of time and energy to fundraising ideas and solicitation;
  • Exhibit talents and enthusiasm to get the job done.

Time Commitment

Conference calls are typically on hour in length and held approximately once a month. The committee's busy time is April-October. 

2020 Committee Members

Board of Directors Liaisons: 
Sarah Baumgartner, Deputy Director of Athletics, Rutgers University
Tamica Smith Jones, Director of Athletics, University of California, Riverside 

Staff Liaison: 
Robyn Matthews, Director of Strategic Partnerships 

Committee Chair: Lisa Thuer, Director of Annual Giving, Oberlin College

Committee Members

  • Elizabeth McAuliffe-Boyd, Associate Director, R Fund, Rutgers University
  • Darlene Camacho, Assistant Athletics Director, Donor Relations and Engagement, University of Texas
  • Epiphany Clark, Director, Donor Engagement, Michigan State University
  • Taryn Gall, Associate AD, Lehigh University
  • Jessica Harbison Weaver, Associate Commissioner/SWA, The PacWest Conference 
  • Marra Hvozdovic, Director of Compliance, Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Jill Koclanes, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, Dartmouth College
  • Suzette McQueen, Senior Associate Commissioner for External Relations & Strategic Marketing/SWA, CIAA
  • Kelly Schukart, General Manager, Oregon/ Learfield IMG College
  • Allie Ware, Assistant Athletic Director of Development, Yale University 
  • Tori Niemann, Director of Outreach, Alumni Relations and Administration, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Katreshia Louis-Verrett, Senior Associate Athletics Director, SWA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Emily Wayland, Interim Director, Virginia Athletics Foundation