Miranda Wellman '91, Director of Advancement & Strategic Initiatives

Miranda Wellman ’91 is the Director of Advancement & Strategic Initiatives at Catlin Gabel School. Over the last decade she has overseen annual and capital fundraising including the largest gift in the school’s history, a rebuilding of the admission team, and the launch of signature programs like the Palma Scholars Program. She currently oversees all fundraising, communications, and the alumni program. Miranda chairs the strategic planning steering committee which monitors and ensures the school’s progress toward strategic priorities, and oversees the PLACE program venture. Prior to working for Catlin Gabel, Miranda co-led a nonprofit agency serving domestic violence victims in the Portland area, and fundraised for Scripps College in California. She first began her career in corporate finance and banking in San Francisco, after earning a degree in economics from Scripps College where she was an Ellen Browning Scripps Humanities Fellow. She is also an alumna of Catlin Gabel School, and parent to a daughter in the first grade.
What she can help you with: Advancement, strategic initiatives
Email: wellmanm@catlin.edu

Holly Amoako, Graphic Designer
Holly attended Whitworth University where she completed her undergrad and Master Degree programs in Elementary Education with focuses on Gifted and Talented, Literacy, and Fine Arts. After teaching for close to ten years in classrooms in both public and private schools in Spokane, Holly moved to Portland with her husband and two boys. She attended Portland State University where she graduated with honors attaining her third degree in Graphic Design. Following graduation, Holly worked as a freelance graphic designer specializing in print design with a focus on branding and identity, package design, and illustration. When she is not working, you will find Holly exploring Portland with her family, hiking the surrounding trails with her pooch, making art, drinking Grapefruit La Croix or cuddled up with a good book.
What she can help with: Graphic design, school branding, and visual aids/information
Email: amoakoh@catlin.edu

Brian Davies, Development Services Manager
Brian grew up in Southern 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, and kayaking, and his winters escaping to the Cascades snow.
What he can help you with: Gift processing, information, giving
Email: daviesbr@catlin.edu

Ken DuBois, Publications and Public Relations Director

Ken is a native Chicagoan who has spent the past two decades working to advance mission-driven non-profits in Portland. He has led public outreach, marketing, and communications efforts for Literary Arts, Inc., Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Historical Society, Children’s Cancer Association, and Morrison Child & Family Services. Ken has also had a dual career in journalism, producing radio features for Minnesota Public Radio, CBS Radio, Public Radio International, and NPR; and writing articles, reviews, and op-eds for The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Salem Statesman-Journal, and other publications. Ken received a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Macalester College.
What he can help you with: Media relations, social media, The Caller magazine
Email: duboisk@catlin.edu

Marcella Fauci, Communications Director
Marcella attended the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome – Italy - where her studies included theatre, ballet, contemporary dance and choreography. After she graduated in Italian Modern Literature at La Sapienza she got a Master Degree in Marketing and Communication. Prior to working for Catlin Gabel, Marcella spent many years working as communications director for different companies in Italy and The Netherlands.
What she can help you with: General marketing and communication inquiries
Email: faucim@catlin.edu

Tiffany Hurst, Events Manager

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, Tiffany moved to the Midwest to earn a graduate degree from Miami University (Ohio). She spent her early professional days advising college students and planning campus events large and small. Her experience in fundraising, helping others and taking care of everything “behind the scenes” led her to wonderful opportunities with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Harker School, and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She enjoys photography, reading, music, exploring the Oregon Coast with her family, and reminiscing about her days as a Disneyland Cast Member.
What she can help you with: Auction, Tuition on the Track, and event management
Email: hurstt@catlin.edu

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 to move to Portland to marry the woman of his dreams.
What he can help you with: Gift processing, employer matching gifts, and tax receipts
Email: mcmahong@catlin.edu

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 nonprofits throughout the metro area. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves the outdoors.
What he can help you with: Foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and other major gifts
Email: orestem@catlin.edu

Hillary Patterson, Alumni Relations Director

Hillary Patterson came to Catlin Gabel with a background in educational program management, most recently at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She loves getting to know alumni, current students, and faculty and learning about their experiences. A graduate of Reed College, Hillary can often be found hiking in Tryon Creek State Park with her husband and son or doing her part to keep Portland’s record stores in business.

What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel alumni communications, support, and events.

Email: pattersonh@catlin.edu

Nicole Spencer, Catlin Gabel Fund Director

For over a decade, Nicole has led a variety of development and communications initiatives - from capital campaigns to annual giving - focused on the advancement of education, environment, and community. Originally from California, Nicole has a passion for service and experiential education leading to responsible action. Nicole is an adventurer at heart and enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga, backpacking, and travel. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Resource Management from Humboldt State University and received the international Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2016.
What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund)
Email: spencern@catlin.edu

Lea Trefsgar, Catlin Gabel Fund Associate 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 received a MA in child and family counseling from Lewis and Clark. Lea lives in Portland with her husband and two children and enjoys travel, painting, rock climbing and skiing with her family.
What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund)
Email: trefsgarl@catlin.edu

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