Vice President for Advancement
Phone: (315) 781-3535
Bob joined Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1998 as a development officer on the advancement team. Since 2000, he has held senior roles including chief of staff in the Office of the President and secretary to the Board of Trustees. In January 2007, he took on the additional role of director of Campaign for the Colleges before being promoted to vice president for Institutional Advancement in August 2007.
Bob graduated from Gettysburg College in 1991 with a degree in political science. He then went to Michigan State, where he earned a degree in sports administration. He previously worked at Gettysburg College, Michigan State and E & J Gallo Winery.
Associate Vice President for Advancement
Phone: (315) 781-3545
Leila first came to the Colleges in 2002 as the Director of Planned Giving and the Wheeler Society. Prior to joining the Colleges, Leila worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years in Boston, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y. In 2006, she left HWS to broaden her experience at her alma mater, Syracuse University and later Rochester Institute of Technology. Leila returned to Hobart and William Smith in August of 2010 as the Associate Vice President responsible for the major gifts and planned giving efforts. Leila earned a Masters in Finance from Bentley College and currently serves as President of the New York Upstate Council for Partners in Philanthropic Planning.
Senior Director of Leadership Giving
Phone: (315) 781-3776
Benjamin (Ben) Foster joined the Colleges in 2003 as director of Reunion Campaigns and became major gifts officer in 2007, before becoming the senior director of Leadership Giving in 2012. He came from Tufts University, where he was the associate director of the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, and coach of men’s rowing. A Hobart graduate, Ben served for two years as the assistant rowing coach for Hobart and William Smith before moving on to become head rowing coach at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Ben received his master’s degree from Boston College while coaching at Tufts University. He entered the development field shortly thereafter, when he accepted the position of associate director of the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving
Phone: (315) 781-3714
Sarah Yancey Gaffin ’78 became director of Annual Support for the Colleges in 1982. Over the next 15 years she held several positions, and was responsible for creating the Colleges’ planned giving program and the Wheeler Society. In 1997, she left to serve in various development capacities at the Rochester Institute of Technology and WXXI Public Broadcasting. In January 2004, she returned to Hobart and William Smith, where she currently serves as assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement.
Director of Grants
Phone: (315) 781-3780
Martha Bond came to Hobart and William Smith in 2001 from the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in Rochester, N.Y., where she was executive director of the health data, planning, and policy organization. She holds a B.A. in political science from Mt. Holyoke College, an M.A. in French literature from Wesleyan University, and an M.P.H. in community health and preventative medicine from the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. As director of grants, Martha works closely with faculty, administrators, and her colleagues in advancement to increase the number of external grants awarded to the Colleges.
Assistant Vice President, Alumnae Relations and National Regional Network
Phone: (315) 781-3532
Kathy graduated from William Smith in 1982 with a major in art history and a minor in studio art. She competed her master’s degree at Syracuse University as part of the Florence Fellowship Program – studying the Italian Renaissance in Florence. She has been at the Colleges since 1985, first in Admissions and then, since 1998 in Advancement. In 2012, in addition to her role with Alumnae Relations, she is implementing the HWS 2015 initiative of a National Regional Network for alumni, alumnae, parent and student engagement.
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Jared graduated from Hobart in 1991 with a major in political science. He played hockey and baseball and was active with Sigma Chi, the Literacy Corps, WEOS and Hobart Student government. In 2001 he returned to Alumni House as director of Annual Giving, and in 2002, he moved across the hall to head our Alumni Relations programs. Ten years later he was appointed Assistant Vice President to oversee both Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Jared got his start in development at his other alma mater, The Lawrenceville School, where he served as Associate Director of The Lawrenceville Fund.
Director of Advancement Services
Phone: (315) 781-3722
Karen Ilacqua Reuscher graduated from William Smith in 1988 with a major in anthropology and sociology and a minor in education. She then spent time in Boston in commercial real estate while working on her master’s degree. Karen has held many positions in Advancement Services, beginning in 1990 as the prospect research associate and eventually becoming the director in 2002. She manages and directs a staff of eight, and oversees the prospect research function, biographical records, gift records, acknowledgments and computer programming for the department, including a recent and very successful database conversion.
Director of Leadership Giving
Phone: (315) 781-3701
Casey Peterson, who came to the Colleges in 2004 from Canton, N.Y., is director of leadership giving. Casey has held several positions in the Office of Advancement. Most recently, she served as director of development overseeing the Office of Annual Giving and the Office of Parent Relations. In addition, Casey worked closely with both athletics departments on fundraising and has been active in support of the Heron Society and Statesmen Athletic Association. Casey received a B.S. in math and economics and a master's in educational leadership from St. Lawrence University. While at St. Lawrence, Casey played on the ice hockey team.
Director of Leadership Giving/New England
Phone: (315) 781-3779
Ruth C. Benedict came to Hobart and William Smith in 2012 from the Finger Lakes Health Foundation in Geneva, N.Y., where she served as executive director. She has 15 years of experience working in philanthropy and fundraising and previously held a position as senior director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She holds a B.A. in English from the SUNY-Oswego and an M.B.A. from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. As the director of leadership giving for New England, Ruth is responsible for effectively cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding an assigned group of leadership giving prospects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Director of Association Initiatives
Phone: (315) 781-3753
A resident of Geneva since childhood, Kristen attended Syracuse University graduating with a B.S. in Advertising in 1997. She returned to Geneva and was a member of the Colleges’ Office of Annual Giving team for a total of 11 years before transitioning into her current role as Director of Association Initiatives. In this role, Kristen works closely with the Councils of the Alumni and Alumnae Associations and campus partners to develop and promote opportunities for graduates to connect with the Colleges.
Director of Parent Relations and Stewardship
Phone: (315) 781-3783
Kelly Young, director of Parent Relations and Stewardship, worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of the advancement team from 1985 to 1997 before making a move to Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997. There, she was the development associate for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She returned to the Colleges in 2001 to accept a new position as the director of Donor Relations. Young took over management of the parent relations program in November 2011.
Leadership Giving Manager
Phone: (315) 781-3082
After achieving her undergraduate degree in sociology from St. John Fisher College, Dulcie worked in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., at the Monroe Community College Foundation. In 2005, she joined the Colleges' Office of Advancement staff as a major gifts and reunion giving program administrator. From 2007 to early 2012, she worked as the assistant director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations. In her current role as the Leadership Giving Manger, Dulcie is responsible for the management of the Colleges’ planned gifts, working with donors, members of the Leadership Giving Team and the Colleges’ service providers to ensure accuracy and compliance.
Director of the Annual Fund
Phone: (315) 781-4068
A native of Williamsville, NY, Skylar graduated from William Smith College in 2008 with a B.A. in sociology and joined our staff in July 2008. During her collegiate career, Skylar was a member of the William Smith field hockey team and served as president of the club ice hockey team. Skylar got her start in development as an intern with the Annual Fund team and quickly realized Alumni House was the place for her to start her career. Starting as the assistant director of Annual Giving, working with young alumni and alumnae, Skylar was subsequently promoted to the associate director of Annual Giving working with Reunion Classes to enhance their class gifts to the Annual Fund. In her new role as Director of the Annual Fund she is responsible for the team that supports fundraising volunteers and student workers and she works closely with Jared Weeden on strategy and implementation. Skylar continues her roles assisting with the Heron field hockey team.
Associate Director for Affinity Engagement
Phone: (315) 781-3786
Jerry joined the Office of Advancement in December 2012 as the associate director for affinity engagement. Jerry is a native of Belfast, N.Y. He played basketball at Roberts Wesleyan College and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Later he earned an M.S. in Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jerry manages a comprehensive development program to engage alums through their various interests and loyalties at the Colleges including the Heron and Statesmen athletics programs (in collaboration with William Smith Athletics and Hobart Athletics), the Afro-Latino Alumni Association (ALAA), the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA), fraternities, and other groups.
Join us for an evening in Boston. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Broadway on Boston present Harry Connick, Jr. Every Man Should Know Tour. Pre-concert gathering at 6:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m.
Date: 7/10/2013 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join Alumni, Alumnae, Parents and Friends for a Happy Hour in downtown at Cafe Genevieve. Celebrate the summer with HWS!
Date: 10/8/2013 to 10/18/2013
HWS Alumni, Alumnae and Parent Trip: Artistic and Culinary Culture in Rome with Professor Elena Ciletti and Professor Emeritus Jim Crenner.