The Advancement Team

Nicole Rinetti-Clawson, Director of Advancement

Nicole Rinetti-Clawson has almost twenty years of experience as a development leader, primarily in higher education. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel, she served as the Director of Major Gifts at University of Portland, and as the Deputy Executive Director of Major Gifts and Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts and Annual Fund Officer at Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, and Pitzer College. She earned a B.A. in government at the University of Redlands and an M.A. in nonprofit administration at the University of San Francisco. Originally from California, Nicole has settled in Portland with her husband and two children, and enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Allie Coutu, Events, Assistant Director

Originally from Canby, Oregon, Allie earned her BS in Marketing and International Business from the University of Colorado. Before starting at Catlin Gabel in 2018, Allie lived in Hawaii for 2 years working on environmental advocacy and creating change at the legislature. She went on to backpack Europe for 2 months and perpetually cannot wait for her next international trip. In her spare time, Allie enjoys spending time with her family and being a “bonus mama” to her partner’s son. When not at work, you might find Allie practicing yoga, relaxing on a beach, hiking, camping, traveling and adventuring anywhere life takes her.
What she can help you with: Events, Catlin Gabel Auction

Brian Davies, Advancement Services, Manager 

Brian grew up in Southern California and studied resort management at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel in 2014, Brian worked at the OHSU Foundation as a research and prospect management coordinator, and previously had served more than five years as the development administrator for the YMCA of Columbia Willamette. He spends his summers backpacking, rafting, and kayaking, and his winters escaping to the Cascades snow.
What he can help you with: Gift Processing, Information Updates

Gen Kaady, Events, Director

Born and raised in Portland, Gen graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in communications and quickly found herself in the world of development and event management. She brings over 15 years of event experience to Catlin Gabel and is excited to help share the Catlin Gabel story through dynamic events. Gen believes relationships are the key to life, laughter feeds the soul, and that kindness goes a long way. In her spare time, Gen loves reading, running, traveling with her husband and three boys, Greek dancing and celebrating her Greek roots.
What she can help you with: Events, Catlin Gabel Auction

Evan Lewis ’99, Catlin Gabel Fund, Director

Evan Lewis is excited to be back at Catlin Gabel, where he has fond memories of running on the cross country team, putting on plays in Cabell Center, and writing many, many five paragraph essays. Prior to joining the Advancement team, Evan was the Director of Development at Hope Chinese Charter School, and the Grants Specialist & Database Coordinator at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA. He has a BA from Whitman College, and a MM in composition from Mannes College, The New School. He’s happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his son and his wife (also a class of ’99 alum!).
What he can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund), Matching Gifts

Owen Norvell, Advancement Services, Coordinator

A Portland native, Owen graduated from University of Oregon with a B.S. in Political Science and went on to work in the higher education fundraising sector for 10+ years. He left the non-profit world for a time to work in other industries and is happy to return to his career roots as a member of the Catlin Gabel School Advancement team. Owen enjoys spending time outside and engaging in hobbies with an output including home-brewing, hiking in Forest Park, coffee roasting, and woodworking.
What he can help with: Data and Gift Entry

Michael Oreste, Foundations and Partnerships, Director

Born and raised in Portland, Michael earned his B.A. in Medieval History from Saint Mary’s College of California and an M.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel, Michael served as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Director of Foundation Relations at Rosemary Anderson High School/Portland OIC, an alternative high school for at-risk youth in North Portland. In his spare time, Michael loves to fly fish, ski and camp with his two daughters.
What he can help with: Foundation Relations, Grants, Endowments, Community Partnerships

Meghan Pollard, Alumni Engagement, Associate Director

Originally from Portland, Meghan Pollard graduated from Fairfield University (CT) with a B.S. in Economics. She has nearly eighteen years of experience in development, community engagement, and executive leadership transitions. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel, she worked as a consultant with numerous Portland area non-profits in the health, education, foster care, and affordable housing sectors. Meghan lives in Portland with her husband and four children and enjoys traveling, hiking, coaching volleyball and spending time with family and friends.
What she can help with: Alumni News, Events

Rachel Stark, Catlin Gabel Fund, Assistant Director

Rachel is a progressive education advocate with four years in philanthropic development, working at the intersection of generosity and care to realize positive change for future generations. She joined Catlin Gabel in November 2020 after moving from Texas to settle down in her husband’s hometown of Portland. Originally from the east coast, she attended Connecticut College where she earned a degree in art history. With a passion for learning, she continued her research by completing an MA in contemporary and modern art history from the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time she enjoys learning about sustainability, cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, rock climbing, and singing (poorly) in the car during road trips.
What she can help you with: Annual Fund, Catlin Gabel Fund Ambassadors, Advancement Communications

Lea Trefsgar, Development, Senior Director

Lea comes to Catlin Gabel with a decade of experience in fundraising, education and numerous nonprofit organizations. Originally from the East Coast, she attended Syracuse University where she earned a degree in painting. With a passion for adventure she moved to the West Coast where she earned an MA in child and family counseling from Lewis and Clark. Lea lives in Portland with her husband and two children and enjoys traveling, painting, rock climbing and skiing with her family.
What she can help you with: Giving to the Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, East Campus