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    Deputy Athletic Director (Development)

    Travis Goff joined Northwestern as its Deputy Director for Athletics and Recreation, Development in September of 2012. Goff arrived in Evanston after more than eight years in a similar capacity at Tulane University. Most recently, Goff served as the Associate Athletic Director/Senior Director of Athletics Development and was responsible for leading the $70 million athletics fundraising campaign entitled "Home Field Advantage" with a focus on raising funds to develop an on-campus football stadium. Travis also served on the executive staff team for Tulane Athletics from 2006 until his departure. Goff previously served as the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Tulane, with oversight of development, marketing, ticket sales and operations and communications, and as Associate Athletic Director for Development. Prior to joining the Green Wave staff, Goff worked in development for the University of Kansas Athletics Department. A 2002 graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and sociology, he completed his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in August of 2007. A native of Dodge City, Kan., Travis is married to the former Nancy Kockott, a 2005 Tulane alumna (MBA 2008) and former tennis standout for the Green Wave.
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    Associate A.D. for Major Gifts

    Fred Smith joined Northwestern as its Associate Athletic Director, Major Gifts in March of 2013. Smith arrived in Evanston after more than nine years in multiple capacities at Santa Clara University. Most recently, Smith served as the Associate Athletic Director, Development and was responsible all major gift and corporate partnership activities, premium seating and suites, as well as management and oversight of sport specific fundraising efforts for 7 varsity and 18 club sports. In addition, Smith was the administrator for men's and women's golf. In the community, Smith served on the Board of Directors for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. At Santa Clara, Smith served the greater part of the 2006-2007 academic year as an Assistant Athletic Director overseeing 13 intercollegiate sports and sports medicine department. He headed the department's special projects, designed to make the entire athletics program more competitive while maintaining a role in fundraising efforts. When he first arrived at Santa Clara, Smith was responsible for annual gift fundraising and coordination of fundraising events. He managed the Bronco Bench Foundation, which is the student-athlete scholarship fundraising group for Santa Clara Athletics, conducted the BBF's annual $1.5 million fund drive, and was a primary liaison to the BBF Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Broncos staff, Smith worked in advancement at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as Assistant Athletic Director. Smith began his career at UNLV in athletic academic advising, transitioning into an administrative and fundraising role working with UNLV's Olympic Sports and the UNLV Women's Sports Foundation, respectively. A native of San Diego, CA., Smith graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 with a degree in economics. Fred and his wife Shauna, a former volleyball student-athlete at Arkansas State, have two sons John and Jalen.
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    Director of the Wildcat Fund

    Daniel Solow joined Northwestern as its Director of the Wildcat Fund in March of 2013. Prior to coming to Evanston, Solow spent the previous five years as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Development at Hofstra University, where he had oversight of the athletics fundraising efforts. After joining the Pride in 2008, annual donations, event revenue and former athlete giving each increased dramatically. During 2011-12 Solow was named "Fundraiser of the Month" three times, more than any other University fundraiser. A Chicago native, Solow graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2005 with a degree in politics. He was a two-time captain and four-year starter on the golf team and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Solow earned his master's in sports management from Northern Illinois University in 2007. During his tenure in DeKalb he was a Development Assistant in the department of athletics and also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Sports Information Office. Following his time at NIU, Solow was the Sport Program Associate for Development at the University of Cincinnati.
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    Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund

    Christian Williams joined our staff as Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund in February 2013. Her responsibilities include all aspects of the annual unrestricted fund for Northwestern Athletics. Christian came to us after two years in the NU Office of Administration and Planning where she supported Vice President Marilyn McCoy and the Board of Trustees. She has a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, Christian was a scholarship athlete on the tennis team for four years and co-captain for two years.
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    JEAN YALE '57
    Development Associate/Special Events Coordinator

    Jean Yale is in her 20th year as a member of the Donor Relations staff and is the Special Events Coordinator for Northwestern Athletics. She earned her bachelor's degree in Northwestern's School of Education. Jean handles more than 40 events a year for the department, from the Benchwarmer Dinner in August to the year-ending Senior Recognition and N Club Induction Banquet in June. The majority of department events are during the football and basketball seasons. Jean has four grown children -- Mary Murray, John Yale, Martha Leinenweber and Tom Yale -- and 12 grandchildren. She resides in Winnetka.
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    Development Associate

    Tammy is in her fifth year with Northwestern Athletics, serving as a development associate. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, she earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mathematics education. She was a mathematics instructor at Miami University before moving to Evanston. Tammy is the widow of the late Randy Walker, head football coach of the Wildcats from 1999-2006. She has a son, Jamie (NU '04), a daughter, Abbey Boudreau (Brian), a granddaughter, Clara, and a grandson, Walker.
    Tammy Walker
    Development Assistant

    Lisa is in her third year with the Northwestern Development Department and seventh year working for the Wildcat Athletic program. She was the Assistant Director of Media Services from 1994-98, handling the publicity for the men's basketball and field hockey teams and assisting with the Wildcat football program. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind. Lisa, her husband Dan, and daughter Emma reside in Chicago.
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    Program Assistant

    Matt has been employed at Northwestern since the summer of 2010, serving first as the program assistant for Gift and Records Services (GRS) in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development. In May of 2011, Matt became an Information Specialist/Matching Gift Specialist for GRS. His primary responsibilities included coordinating with donors and companies to apply for matching gifts, answering donor and staff questions pertaining to matching gifts and reaching out to donors to increase matching gift participation. Matthew holds a BA from Northern Illinois University.
    Jean Yale