Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2012 as vice president for leadership giving and now serves as chief executive officer. In her executive role at the foundation, Buhlig works closely with ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Rick Shangraw and ASU President Michael Crow to identify, cultivate, and steward major university donors.
She matches donor interests with ASU priorities, structuring complex investments that advance ASU’s vision of a New American University. Additionally, as CEO, she directs the development enterprise, which includes the development offices within ASU’s colleges, institutes, performing arts venues, leadership giving, the core development team, and engagement programs.
Previously, she served A.T. Still University, the founding school of osteopathic medicine, for nearly six years as associate vice president of institutional advancement.
While at A.T. Still, Buhlig helped build and manage collegiate development and alumni relations programs for the university’s Arizona campus and its three schools—Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Her appointment in 2012 marked a return to ASU and the foundation. Buhlig served in leadership positions with the foundation from 1995 through 2005, as associate vice president of presidential programs, assistant vice president and founding director of Women & Philanthropy, and director of the ASU President’s Club.
Kimberly A. Hopely, MNpS, joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in December 2015. Her role as senior vice president provides oversight for unit development and strategic engagement. This includes the philanthropic development of the academic units and institutes as well as Foundation engagement programs, President’s Club, Women & Philanthropy, scholarship advancement, donor relations and parent engagement.
Ms. Hopely has been in the nonprofit sector for more than twenty-five years and has experience in community organizations, healthcare, and higher education. Prior to her position at the ASU Foundation, she served as the senior director for operations and development at the Banner Health Foundation, assistant vice president of University Advancement at A.T. Still University, and executive director for United Way of Grays Harbor in Washington, where the organization was recognized for innovations in community collaboration.
In 2012, Kimberly completed a health policy fellowship at New York Institute of Technology and Ohio University with a focus on graduate medical. She received her master of nonprofit studies at Arizona State University in 2011 after graduating from ASU in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in integrative studies—health administration and organizational leadership. Ms. Hopely completed an internship in organizational leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2007.
Nicole Taylor, joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in May 2018. Her role as vice president is to provide oversight to the strategic fundraising teams, and work closely with ASU Foundation CEO Gretchen Buhlig and ASU President Michael Crow to identify, cultivate, and steward major university donors.
Nicole previously served ASU as Deputy Vice President and Dean of Students for Educational Outreach and Student Services. Prior to joining ASU, Nicole was with Stanford University where she was the Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Community Engagement and Diversity. Prior to her post at Stanford, she served as the President and CEO of the Thrive Foundation for Youth (a private family foundation in Silicon Valley), and as the President and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicole has extensive executive leadership experience in education, philanthropy, and youth-serving and education-focused nonprofits. She has served on numerous boards of directors, and has significant experience coaching executives and public speaking. Nicole holds a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Education, both from Stanford, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Holy Names University.
Suzanne Rinker Associate Vice President – Unit Development
Suzanne Rinker joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in September 2016. Her role as Associate Vice President of Unit Development provides oversight and strategic counsel to eleven of the fifteen academic fundraising units within ASU.
Prior to her appointment, Suzanne served as the Sr. Director of Development for the W.P. Carey School of Business. She has over 12 years of experience in higher education, with the majority in the development sector. Prior to this role, she served as the senior director of development for The Ohio State University’s college of arts and sciences. In her time at Ohio State, she collaborated with the divisions of natural and mathematical sciences and social and behavioral science, securing millions of dollars in gifts, pledges, and planned gifts, which included a gift that created the first chair in data analytics and the first professorship in chemical physics at Ohio State. She previously served on the board of directors for the Junior League of Columbus and has been an active community volunteer. Rinker received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Bill Kavan ’92 Assistant Vice President – Engagement
Bill Kavan joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in December 2011. His role as Assistant Vice President for Engagement provides oversight for the Foundation engagement programs, President’s Club, Women & Philanthropy, scholarship advancement, donor relations and parent engagement.
Prior to his appointment, Bill served as the Sr. Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining ASU, Bill was vice president for the advancement business unit at SunGard Higher Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from ASU and has been an active alumnus since graduating in 1992. Over the years he has served in many volunteer positions at ASU, including chairman of the board of the ASU Alumni Association, trustee of the ASU Foundation, University Club board member, ICA Board member, Camp Tontozona board member, and is a founding member of the Devils' Pride Alumni Chapter. He also represented ASU in Valley Leadership's Leadership Institute and is an alum of Class 34. Bill serves on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Board of Directors. From Long Island, New York, he is an avid fitness enthusiast, traveler, and art collector, as well as a volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society and President of the Theta Upsilon Literary Association.
Andrew J. Carey Executive Director, Campaign ASU 2020
Andrew Carey was appointed executive director of Campaign ASU 2020 for the ASU Foundation in January 2016. In the five years prior, Carey served as director of the President’s Club, a key group of constituents committed to supporting the leadership of ASU.
As executive director, Carey brings a range of experience in volunteer management, development strategy and tactics, communications, and expertise in working with ASU’s internal and external communities and constituencies.
Prior to joining the foundation, he served as director of marketing and transition planning at Alltel and Verizon Wireless. He also worked locally for the Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl Host Committees. Carey is a Valley Leadership alumnus, Class 37.
Carey earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Dr. Mark Antonucci joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in 2015. Through his role as chief of staff, Dr. Antonucci oversees the day-to-day functional operations of the Foundation, the Strategic Events and the Foundation Initiatives teams.
He works closely with senior leadership to ensure strategic objectives and priorities are advanced and works across the educational enterprise to identify, facilitate, and coordinate opportunities and initiatives involving multiple units within and affiliated with Arizona State University. Dr. Antonucci holds a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University, where his research focused on leadership, governance, and university design. He also earned a master's degree in higher education from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University.