The Advancement Team

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

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

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

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.


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.


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)

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)

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