The Advancement Team

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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 the 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 travelling, 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: Auction, events

Amanda Cowart, Catlin Gabel Fund, Assistant Director

Amanda joined Catlin Gabel in 2016, transitioning from the Beehive to the Advancement office in January of 2018. She earned her BA in communication science, M.Ed. in human services, and has experience teaching and working in progressive, independent schools since 2008. Amanda brings her passion for writing and connecting with others to the team. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three boys. She enjoys camping, hiking, practicing yoga, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund), Matching Gifts

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, giving

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

Karine Kadyan, Development, Senior Director

Karine arrived at Catlin Gabel in August 2019 with over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as a Major Gift Officer and Director of Leadership Annual Giving at Pacific University. Prior to her move to Oregon, Karine worked in the annual fund at the California Institute of Technology, managed a volunteer program helping foster youth in L.A. County, and served as the Director of Operations for a Red Cross Chapter. She holds a BA in Communications from Cal State Fullerton. Outside of work, Karine enjoys traveling with her son and husband, cooking and eating delicious food, and swimming.
What she can help you with: Alumni relationships, major gifts

Sarah Lopez, Alumni Engagement, Associate Director

Originally from Salem, Sarah earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Oregon State University and her MAT in Education at Western Oregon University. Before moving to Portland, Sarah traveled between Washington and Oregon pursuing a career in teaching and continuing to gain experience in the administrative field. In her spare time, Sarah continues to paint and looks forward to exploring creative opportunities in Portland. You might also find Sarah practicing yoga, spending time with family, hiking with her little pug, Leo, or enjoying a beautiful Pacific Northwest rainy day inside reading and snuggling with her cat, Gibby.
What she can help you with: Alumni Events and updates

Haig MacGregor, Advancement Services, Coordinator

Born in Portland and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Haig has a creative writing degree from the University of California and enjoys using his writing, editing, and project-coordination skills regularly to support team projects and processes. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel in 2018, he worked in a variety of publishing roles, most recently for an L.A.-based digital curricula company, where he helped manage, demonstrate, and sell its Learning Management System (LMS) to California-based schools. In his leisure time, Haig enjoys reading (short) fiction, searching out Portland’s best espresso, and hiking in places like Tryon Creek and Bridal Veil Falls.
What he can help you with: Gift processing, donor records

Lea Trefsgar, Special Gifts Officer

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 Catlin Gabel