We are data scientists, philanthropists, storytellers, educators, design thinkers, and higher education practitioners. We created ALUMinate because we wanted to offer higher education institutions and nonprofits proven ways to take the guesswork out of advancement operations.
Our Team We are specialists
Robert Fealy President & Co-FounderBob@ALUMinateUS.comBob knows that every university, college, and nonprofit organization exists only through the power of philanthropy. As the first in his family to attend college, he has not forgotten that the generosity of others enabled him to achieve things he never imagined possible.
After spending several decades as a senior executive and board member in large corporate environments, he co-founded ALUMinate to help organizations drive their essential fundraising efforts through data analytics.
Bob currently is a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and Campaign Champion of its $2 billion Boldly Bearcat campaign. He previously served as Chairman of the Board and Interim President of the Foundation. He also is a Trustee of the Morton Arboretum and co-chaired its recent $74 million Growing Brilliantly campaign. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Children’s Choir, the world’s largest youth choral organization, and co-chaired its $12 million Raising Voices campaign. He is a Partner in Social Venture Partners, a philanthropic organization that promotes nonprofits offering innovative and sustainable solutions to address major social issues. Bob also is a frequent speaker at industry programs sponsored by AGB, CASE, and other organizations.
Theresa Voigt Director of Client Strategy and RelationsTheresa@ALUMinateUS.comTheresa Voigt has over 15 years experience as a project manager for events and engagement strategies that identify and cultivate non-profit and donor relationships.
Recently, Theresa has focused on technology, data, and operational solutions for alumni relations and development teams looking to measure the quality of relationships, engagement opportunities, and their associated data points. After gaining firsthand experiences as the frontline officer, the project manager, and the vendor client manager, Theresa is dedicated to helping more organizations gain access to quality automated enrichment and analytics.
Theresa has a Bachelor’s Degree from Beloit College and is an Annual Fellow of the Development Leadership Consortium.
Rishika Kondaveeti Director of Data AnalyticsRishika@ALUMinateUS.comRishika is a data scientist with 4+ years of work experience in data analytics and quality assurance with alumni and constituent data. She develops custom data algorithms to match and aggregate data, and analyzes data to generate trend and pattern analysis for prospect identification. Rishika is focused on solving data quality problems, effectively presenting actionable data insights to help advancement teams with alumni and donor relations.
She holds an MS in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois-Springfield, where she developed a passion for data analytics. She was awarded the highest recognition by the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma.
Esther Choy Co-founder and Chief Knowledge OfficerEsther@ALUMinateUS.comMoved by a life-time passion for higher education, Esther is the first in her graduating class to become an endowed gift donor to one of her three alma maters. An internationally renowned speaker and trainer on storytelling, Esther has helped thousands of executives become more persuasive through the use of story.
Her debut book Let the Story Do the Work (HarperCollins AMACOM 2017) was the #1 New Release on Amazon and was hailed as one of the 10 Best Books for Entrepreneurs. In addition to being a mother of two young children, Esther is actively involved with her alma mater, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and is a board member of the school’s Alumni Council. She is also a director of the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
She holds degrees from University of California Santa Barbara, Texas A&M, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Esther also lectures in Kellogg’s Executive Education Programs.
Rohit Seth Senior Account Executive and Board AdvisorRohit@ALUMinateUS.comRohit has held various leadership and senior executive roles in leading innovative technology companies either as an operator or an investor. He is the Founder and Managing Director for Outcomes Collective Growth Capital, which makes investments in education and healthcare software companies.
He has served on the boards of 20+ innovative technology companies throughout his career. He currently works with the boards of Echo360, Kiddom, and Remind Technologies. He is a graduate of Yale University (BS in Electrical Engineering and Economics), Harvard University (SM in Applied Sciences), and the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA with Entrepreneurship concentration).
Dr. Caitlin Scarano Director of Market ResearchCaitlin@ALUMinateUS.comDr. Caitlin Scarano is a writer and researcher based in northwest Washington. She was able to earn her undergraduate degree at James Madison University through a donor-funded scholarship program that provided financial assistance and a multi-level academic support network. Since that time, Caitlin has been passionate about student affairs and philanthropy and the connections between them.
Caitlin recently earned a PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, where she worked in residence life and coordinated service-learning trips. She also holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Caitlin’s creative work appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2016 and Best New Poets 2016. Her second collection of poems, The Necessity of Wildfire, will be released in spring 2022 by Blair Publishing.
Lola Deleonardis Director of Client SupportLola@ALUMinateUS.comLola has extensive experience in administrative support, event planning, and resource allocation for business and not-for-profit organizations.
She began her 25-year career with the Duchossois Group as administrator of the legal department and subsequently became executive assistant to several senior executives, including the president while he served as co-chair of the $1 billion “Proudly Cincinnati” Capital Campaign for the University of Cincinnati. In this role, Lola was also responsible for organizing and coordinating all activities related to the Chicago regional campaign, a role which required her to work closely with the president, local leadership, and volunteers – she made dozens of new UC friends.
She has been an enthusiastic top fundraiser and organizer for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign for many years, and served on the planning committee for the Fox Valley, Illinois chapter events
Freesia McKee Writer & Researcherresearch@ALUMinateUS.com
Freesia McKee is a writer and editor who lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She takes an empathetic, thorough, and tailored approach to editing writing collaboratively and achieving communications goals.
For five years, Freesia worked as Program Coordinator at ArtWorks for Milwaukee. As part of a rapidly growing nonprofit, Freesia wore many hats including grant writer, social media manager, event planner, program liaison, and chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee.
Freesia has a BA from Warren Wilson College and an MFA from Florida International University.
Our mission is to be data matchmakers for your fundraising success; we provide data enrichment and analytics solutions to help higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations achieve their missions.
We’re building a culture that is inclusive to and supportive of all. Our mission and goal of inclusivity is at the center of all our data solutions and analytics, partnerships, and client relationships. Our team is comprised of individuals from a diverse variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences who are united in their dedication to achieve our company mission and advance the field of philanthropy.
We are passionate about the critical role that philanthropy plays in helping improve the lives of all people, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized or oppressed.
ALUMinate is an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination.