Spalding Advancement Staff
chief advancement officer
Caroline joined the “A Team” at Spalding as Chief Advancement Officer in October 2019, bringing 30+ years of experience in nonprofit executive management, business and strategic planning, business development, relationship management, communications, marketing and operations. Caroline previously served as co-founder and director of Seed Capital Kentucky, Chief of Staff to the President & CEO for Vibrant Nation, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, and as Chief Operating Officer for Community Foundations of America.
Caroline serves as a director on the board of the Coalition for the Homeless. She earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors from Butler University and an M.B.A. with honors from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Favorite place on SU campus: I love the courtyard area outside the library, and the library itself. It is a beautiful and peaceful part of the campus and the architecture is gorgeous.
senior grants specialist
Mary joined the Advancement team in April 2021 bringing a wealth of knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, and nonprofit management. She previously served as the Manager of Community Partnerships at Actors Theatre of Louisville and as the Foundation and Grants Manager at the Speed Art Museum. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Louisville, and earned the Justice Bier Award for the outstanding art history graduate.
Mary has served as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Favorite Place on SU campus: The pergolas next to the Egan Leadership Center. It’s a perfect shady spot to read a book or stop for lunch.
Manager of Advancement Services & Data Support
David Clark joined the Spalding University Office of Advancement as Manager, Advancement Services and Data Support in 2014. He is a graduate of Centre College (BA, Dramatic Arts and English) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (MFA, Playwriting) and has previously worked for the advancement and fundraising departments at Rhodes College and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
He is the co-founder and co-director of Derby City Playwrights, a Louisville group devoted to developing local writers and the father of three adorable, destructive children.
Favorite place on SU campus: The small, strange stairway, with an inaccessible chair that my son is convinced is a secret passage way to the vending machines.
alumni relations coordinator
Vay joined the Advancement Team in November 2021. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Organizational Learning and Leadership and a Masters in Higher Education Administration. She previously served as Living Learning Communities & Social Justice Program Coordinator at U of L.
Vay is committed and looking forward to serving and supporting the alumni base, being a resource, and keeping us connected!.
Favorite place on SU campus: The Spalding Mansion Courtyard is my favorite. I love the large tree in the center of the courtyard. The leaves on the tree are absolutely breathtaking on a fall day.
director, office of sponsored programs and research
Dr. Steve Katsikas
Dr. Steve Katsikas is a professor in the School of Professional Psychology and has been instrumental in Spalding University's efforts to secure grants that support student education and training. He has developed his working knowledge of grants administration through the writing and running of four federal grants awarded to Spalding over the past 10 years (7.5 million dollars). Many other departments, faculty, and staff at Spalding have been successful in securing external contracts, grants, and resources, necessitating the development of a new Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPRe). Dr. Katsikas is thrilled to be working with the Advancement team to continue to build supports for students and faculty.
Favorite place on SU campus: The first floor of Mansion, where I enjoy playing the piano when no one is around.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer
Jessie became a part the Spalding team August of 2019 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Spalding, Jessie spent five years as the Practice Manager for a private psychology practice. Jessie received a B.A. in English from Bellarmine University and an A.A. in Paralegal Studies from the University of Louisville. While at UofL, Jessie took an internship with the Center for Woman and Families as a Legal Advocate.
Favorite place on SU campus: The stained glass window above the staircase in the mansion. The stained glass is beautiful above the wooden staircase and carved features.