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Sprinavasa Bell Brown ’02, Alumni Program Director
Sprinavasa is a skilled communications professional and dedicated community leader. She enjoys cooking, DIY projects, and serving Portland’s community of small and startup nonprofits. She is an ambitious and passionate Catlin Gabel alumna, ready to engage her peers and embodying the characteristics and traits we strive to teach. Sprina earned a BA in biology and African American studies at Oberlin College, and is working toward an MA in communication and leadership studies at Gonzaga University.
What she can help with: alumni relations, alumni outreach, and program development. 

Caroll Casbeer, Special Events and Stewardship Manager
Caroll attended Reed College, where she studied history with a focus on Modern England. While at Reed she planned many student and faculty campus events. After graduating she went on to plan special events related to Reed College’s Centennial Campaign and festivities. Caroll loves building relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others through events and stewardship. Caroll’s passion for academia and education led her to Catlin Gabel. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on hikes with her dog, and looking for real Texas BBQ in Portland.
What she can help you with: auction, stewardship, Tuition on the Track

Brian Davies, Development Services Manager
Brian grew up in Sothern California and studied Resort Management at San Francisco State University. He has served over five years as the development administrator for the YMCA of Columbia Willamette, supporting the fundraising efforts for their annual campaign.  His most recent position was held at OHSU Foundation as a research and prospect management coordinator. He spends his summers backpacking, rafting, kayaking and his winters escaping to the cascade snow. 
What he can help you with: gift processing, information, giving

Marianne Falk, Director, Catlin Gabel Fund
Marianne has been working in development for over six years, previously in the major gifts department at Oregon Public Broadcasting and prior to that at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She has a master's in art business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and a bachelor's in art history from the University of Kentucky. As an avid runner herself, she enjoys coaching Catlin Gabel's Middle School cross country and track teams.
What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual giving): parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, and faculty-staff.

Joset Grenon, Director of Development
A native Oregonian, Joset earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. She comes to Catlin Gabel after serving as the director of development at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. With a strong desire to work in education and the arts, Joset spent her early career at the American Film Institute and later at the Writers Guild of America. In 2003, after moving to the Cayman Islands, she implemented a capital campaign at a private independent K-12 American school – a school she attended as a child. She then spent seven years as the director of annual fund at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village outside Los Angeles. Joset enjoys spending time with her adult twin daughters, traveling, adventure water sports, and meeting people from all over the world who have a passion and desire to pursue their education.
What she can help you with: overall philanthropy at Catlin Gabel

LeaTLea Trefsgar, Administrative Assistant
Lea comes to Catlin Gabel with over eight years of experience in education, event planning, and fundraising at several nonprofit organizations. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice, working with young adults, children, and families. In her spare time, Lea enjoys rock climbing, skiing, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.
What she can help you with: any development-related questions

Greg McMahon

Greg McMahon, Development Services Coordinator
Greg attended Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan, where his studies included flute performance and opera. Career highlights have included numerous performances at Carnegie Hall; engagements as a freelance bouncer, massage therapist, and landscaper; and starting a 501(c)3 nonprofit. A native of western Pennsylvania, Greg left his beloved family and Steelers and moved to Portland to marry the woman of his dreams. 
What he can help you with: gift processing, employer matching gifts, and tax receipts.

Michael R. Oreste, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
Michael majored in Medieval History at St. Mary’s College of California and received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.  Michael is a native Oregonian with over six years of experience writing grants for Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland and various non-profits throughout the metro area. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves the outdoors.
What he can help with: Foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other major gifts