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Athletics Development
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208


Jesse Marks

Deputy Director of Athletics, Development

Email |  847-467-3575

Kacie Dohrmann

Assistant Athletic Director for the Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-5236

Katie Brown

Director of Special Events and Hospitality

Email  |  847-491-7491

Matt Smith

Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts, Director of Premium Seating

Email  |  847-467-5289

Alicia Torimoto McLeod

Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-4794

Brooke Riley

Program Assistant

Email  |  847-467-4321

Travis Goff

Assistant Vice President/Deputy Athletic Director, Development  |  847-467-3575

Travis Goff arrived at Northwestern University in 2012 and serves as its Deputy Athletic Director/Assistant Vice President (Development). He is a member of Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips' executive staff, the team responsible for all high-level strategic decisions for the department, and is a sport administrator for the football, volleyball and baseball programs.

Goff has been an integral part of the department's transformation in facilities and resource development. Over the course of his tenure as an administrative leader, more than $400 million of facility work has been completed, equating to a comprehensive portfolio of some of the finest facilities in college athletics, sport programs have been transformed via budget growth and a commitment to exceptional leadership in the coaching ranks, partnerships on campus have been bolstered, academic success have achieved new heights, and athletic success – measured in tournament appearances, conference and bowl championships and individual honors – have reached unprecedented levels of success.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Goff leads Athletics & Recreation's fundraising initiatives, including a campaign goal of $450 million, comprehensive major gift and annual giving programs and a team of 11 dedicated development professionals. Since Goff's arrival in 2012, more than $440 million has been raised in support of NU Athletics and annual fundraising outcomes have increased from an average of $6-8 million per year to an average of $70 million per year, including a University record of $97 million.

In recognition of the accomplishments of Northwestern Athletics during his tenure, Goff was named to Sports Business Journal's "Power Players in College Sports" list (July 2019) and recognized as a College AD "Next Up" honoree, a list of 11 administrators ready become an athletic director (June 2018).

Goff also serves on the leadership team for Alumni Relations and Development as an Assistant Vice President. These dual roles require consistent engagement with the President and his Senior Staff, along with department leaders from across other schools and units. Highlighting Athletics and Recreation's $450 million campaign are the lakefront athletics facilities, including Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field and the Walter Athletics Center, which provide NU student-athletes with world-class training, support, and competition facilities. Located on the north end of Northwestern's Evanston campus and with spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the new complex includes nearly 500,000 square feet of new or renovated athletics and recreation space that serves not only intercollegiate sports and recreational activities, but also provides space for major University-wide events. Goff has also led the fundraising effort for the $110 million renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Memorial Hall. This complete overhaul provides a state-of-the-art experience to Northwestern Athletics' most used and versatile venue. In conjunction with the arena renovation, the recently-opened Trienens Performance Center creates a dedicated practice facility for men's and women's basketball and volleyball, as well as an indoor training center for baseball and softball.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Goff served as the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Tulane University. His tenure included the rebuild of the department following Hurricane Katrina and culminated with leading the $70 million athletics fundraising campaign entitled "Home Field Advantage" with a focus on raising funds to develop an on-campus football stadium. In Goff's last year in New Orleans, Tulane Athletics raised nearly $30 million, a record-shattering result. His tenure at Tulane also featured oversight of external affairs for the department, including marketing, ticket sales and operations, sponsorships and communications. Goff served on the executive staff team for Tulane Athletics from 2006 until his departure.

Prior to joining the Green Wave staff, Goff worked in athletics development for his alma mater, the University of Kansas. A 2002 graduate with degrees in journalism and sociology, he completed his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in 2007.

A native of Dodge City, Kan., Goff is married to the former Nancy Kockott, a 2005 Tulane alumna (MBA 2008) and former tennis standout for the Green Wave, and together they have two daughters, Ellie and Carly, and a son, Graham.

Jesse Marks

Deputy Director of Athletics, Development  |  847-467-3575

Jesse Marks was named deputy director of athletics for development at Northwestern University in September 2021. As part of his dual role within the University fundraising structure, Marks also will serve as senior executive director of athletics development on Northwestern's Alumni Relations and Development team, reporting to the university’s senior associate vice president for schools and programs.

Marks has served as executive director of the Miami Dolphins Foundation since 2019, guiding the foundation in its mission to make South Florida a healthier, more educated and united community. He directed the foundation's signature fundraising programs, including the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which has raised more than $45 million in unrestricted gifts for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as The Miami Dolphins Food Relief Program, raising over $5 million to battle food insecurity in South Florida caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A University of Miami graduate and south Florida native, Marks spent three years as the Hurricanes' senior associate athletics director for development prior to his time with the Dolphins. He was responsible for all fundraising operations for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, including campaign oversight, major gifts, annual fund, donor stewardship, event hospitality and coordination with the university's central advancement efforts. He also was the sport administrator for the nationally ranked men's tennis program.

Marks' previous roles at Miami included associate athletics director for development, assistant athletics director for major giving, assistant director, development – annual giving, and development associate – annual giving and events.

During his tenure as head of the Hurricane Club, Miami Athletics raised more than $210 million, enhancing the school's core athletic facilities and student-athlete services through private philanthropy. Notable projects during this time included the $18 million Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, completed in 2013, and the $40 million Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, completed in November 2018. There also were multiple million-dollar renovation projects funded through various fundraising campaigns under Marks' direction, including updates to the Watsco Center (on-campus basketball arena), the Hecht Athletic Center and the creation of the Women's Golf Practice Facility at the historic Biltmore Hotel.

Marks was part of two comprehensive fundraising campaigns at the University of Miami: the Momentum Campaign, which raised over $1 billion for the university, and Momentum2, a university-wide $1.6 billion campaign. Under Marks' leadership, athletics raised more than $85 million toward the Momentum Campaign and raised $120 million toward Momemtum2.

Previously, Marks served as assistant director of development at Wake Forest University, where he managed relationships with more than 150 athletic donors in the southeast, including South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. He also was assistant athletics director for development at Florida International University, where he led all development operations, including the Panther Club, major giving, and stewardship programs.

Marks is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and served as an adjunct professor in the University of Miami's School of Education Sports Administration Program, teaching sport promotions and sales. In 2019, Marks was recognized by the "South Florida Business Journal" as a "Forty Under 40" honoree, representing top young professionals in the South Florida community.

Marks earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Miami.

Christian Williams

Manager, Donor Relations and Development Operations  |  847-467-1039

Christian Williams has served as Manager, Donor Relations and Development Operations since October 2018. Her day-to-day responsibilities include principal gift and major gift level campaign support, managing branding and communication for the athletics development team, leading the department's stewardship efforts, providing strategic event support, and serving as fundraising liaison for the women's basketball and lacrosse programs.

In her previous role with the Wildcat Fund, Christian was critical in the development of the new Wildcat Fund structure. She also coordinated the department's efforts to design and launch, the campaign information website for Northwestern Athletics.

Christian came to Athletics after two years in the Northwestern 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 University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Wake Forest University, where she was a four-year scholarship athlete and two-year captain on the tennis team.

Katie Brown

Director of Special Events and Hospitality

Email  |  847-491-7491

Katie Brown began her Northwestern career in August of 2014 as the Manager, Special Events – Athletics. Her role included planning campaign celebrations, annual stewardship events and fundraisers, along with the game-day premium hospitality at Ryan Field.

Brown was promoted to the Director of Athletics Special Events and Hospitality in 2019, reflective of her comprehensive leadership on all athletics campaign and special events along with elevating the premium experiences at Welsh-Ryan Arena and Ryan Field. Brown also works closely with Northwestern’s food and beverage partners to deliver world-class hospitality to student-athletes in Nona Jo’s Dining Center and fans in Welsh-Ryan Arena, Ryan Field, and Rocky and Berenice Miller Park.

In her role, she works closely with internal and external groups to build collaborative NU Athletics events including the Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) Donor Relations and Special Events teams, Athletics Marketing and Communications, NAA, N Club, NGN and the Chicago Cubs.

Brown came to Northwestern after 10 years at Levy Restaurants where she learned the intricacies of the food and beverage industry, including opening restaurants, extensive marketing strategies, and customer service and logistics for some of the largest sports venues in the world. Through her various roles, she launched global marketing initiatives, oversaw media training, managed PR and branding for over 12 restaurants, built an online ordering solution, and launched an email software system.

She also had game day roles at both the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals their premium areas and planned over a dozen weddings.

Brown earned a degree in sports management and a minor in coaching, from Miami University in 2003. During her time at Miami, she uncovered her love of managing athletics events as a Game Operations Intern in the Athletic Department. There is nothing more invigorating than the excitement of an event day and the communal pride that comes with participating in university traditions.

Brown and her husband, Matt, live in Wilmette with their twins, Wesley and Brennan.

Kacie Dohrmann

Assistant Athletic Director for the Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-5236

Kacie (Wikierak) Dohrmann joined Northwestern in June of 2014, was named Assistant Director, Wildcat Fund, in July of 2016, was promoted to Director of the Wildcat Fund in November of 2018, and was elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for the Wildcat Fund in January 2021.

Dohrmann oversees all Athletics and Recreation annual giving while carrying a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors. She leads collaboration efforts with the University's Annual Giving Team and serves as the fundraising liaison for football, men’s basketball, field hockey and volleyball. Dohrmann is also a member of the athletic department's Senior Staff.

Prior to arriving in Evanston, Dohrmann spent a year with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). While at NACDA, Dohrmann worked with the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA), National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), and National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).

Prior to NACDA, Dohrmann completed her MBA with a concentration in sports management at DePaul University, while serving as a graduate assistant in both athletics academic advising and compliance.

In 2011, Dohrmann graduated with two bachelor's degrees from the University of Denver (DU). While at Denver, Dohrmann was captain of the volleyball team, named the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and honored as the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week seven times during her career. She also served as the treasurer of the DU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a representative for the Sun Belt Conference SAAC.

A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., she and her family currently reside in Chicago.

Matt Smith

Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts, Director of Premium Seating  |  847-467-5289

Matt joined the athletics development team as a program assistant in January of 2013 before being elevated to assistant director in June of 2015. He took on his current position of Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts, Director of Premium Seating in August of 2021. Currently at NU, Smith plays a frontline role in securing resources to allow Northwestern to continue providing a world-class experience for our student-athletes while serving mid-level donors and identifying new major gift prospects.

In his previous positions, Smith focused on leading the prospect and portfolio management efforts for the team, identifying new prospects, assisting the executive director with major and principal gift level solicitation planning, campaign reporting, and managing the budget. In addition, Matt has often served as the first point of contact for athletics donors, including assisting with premium ticket requests and general stewardship. Matt has also served in a leadership role for the team on football game days, ensuring our donors are appropriately cultivated and stewarded.

Prior to joining the Northwestern athletics development team, Matt spent two years in NU's Department of Alumni Relations and Development serving in various roles. A native of Elmwood Park, IL, Matt holds a BA from Northern Illinois University.

Andrew Haring

Associate Director of Major Gifts

Email  |  847-467-4865

Andrew Haring, a native of Evanston, joined Northwestern University in September of 2019.

Prior to Northwestern, Haring spent five years as the Associate Athletic Director for Advancement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In that role, Haring was a member of the department's senior staff and oversaw all aspects of fundraising and alumni engagement for UIC Athletics, as well as other external responsibilities. During his tenure, UIC Athletics experienced increased fundraising every year from 2015 to 2018, and established record marks for Giving Tuesday fundraising and attendance at UIC Athletic Hall of Fame and athletic alumni events.

From February 2010 until December 2013, Haring was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at the University of Texas-Pan American. While at UTPA, he provided management for several departments, including fundraising, marketing, promotions, corporate sponsorships, licensing, tickets, and media relations. Additionally, Haring had oversight of several sport programs, including cross country, track and field, and tennis. Haring led a staff that increased overall department revenue by 260% from 2010-2013. During that same period, he also helped boast sponsorship dollars by 372%.

Prior to Texas-Pan American, Haring spent more than three years at Texas-San Antonio, having supervision over the athletic development office along with game operations, marketing initiatives, and spirit squad oversight. He was promoted after his first year to Assistant Athletic Director for Development.

From 2005-2007, Haring worked as the Assistant Director of Athletic Development at Northern Illinois where he advanced the NIU giving program and maintained several significant donor and sponsor accounts.

Haring began his career in college athletics involved with basketball programs at both Wabash Valley College and UIC. As an assistant coach at Wabash Valley College, he helped the team to a seventh-place finish at the 1996 NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. He then worked nine seasons as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at UIC, during which time the Flames earned four postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament bids in 1998, 2002, and 2004.

Haring earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois, he served as a student manager and later as a graduate assistant for the Fighting Illini men's basketball team.

Alicia Torimoto McLeod

Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-4794

Alicia Torimoto McLeod joined Northwestern in August 2016 as the program assistant for the Wildcat Fund.

Before arriving in Evanston, Torimoto McLeod served as the administrative assistant for North Central College Athletics and Health/Physical Education Departments. She provided administrative support for all 25 varsity sports which included: transportation needs, game day management for officials, business office paperwork, and eligibility.

Prior to returning to her alma mater, Torimoto McLeod completed her Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership at the University of Washington. During her time at Washington, she was an advancement graduate assistant with the Tyee Club working on special events, football ticket renewals, and annual giving assignments.

In 2013, Torimoto McLeod graduated from North Central College with two bachelor degrees in marketing and sports management. While an undergraduate at NCC, she was an administrative intern for the Athletics Department, operations intern for the men's soccer team, served in numerous athletic leadership groups, and was a student-athlete in both volleyball and track & field.

Collin Sexton

Assistant Director of Development

Email  |  847-491-4752

Collin Sexton joined Northwestern Athletics in February 2019 as Assistant Director of Athletics Development.

Sexton most recently held the position of Bowling Green State University's Director of Football Operations/Chief of Staff starting in June of 2017. Sexton managed the day-to-day operations of the football program, coordinated all travel plans, and oversaw staff, department budget, academics, compliance, alumni relations and other areas.

Sexton moved to the BGSU Football program after serving for almost a year in Falcon Sports Properties, a division of Learfield. He was the manager of business development, working with clients and agencies to develop, activate and implement sponsorship opportunities.

Prior to his time at Bowling Green, Sexton worked with Learfield's corporate office in Plano, Texas as a support assistant.

An Abilene, Kansas native, Sexton was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 recipient as a four-year member of the Kansas State football team. He was on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll four times as well. He graduated from Kansas State in May of 2016 with a degree in journalism and mass communications, minoring in business administration.

Erin Wagner

Program Assistant

Email  |  847-467-4856

Erin Wagner joined Northwestern in February 2019 as the program assistant for the Wildcat Fund. Prior to arriving in Evanston, Erin was a graduate assistant in the Tyee Club at the University of Washington. She assisted the annual fund team in the Tyee Club by processing football season ticket renewals, team support contributions, and provided stewardship and special event support. She also helped coordinate projects and special events related to the Big W Club, the letterwinner society for Washington Athletics.

Erin is in the process of completing her master's degree through the University of Washington's Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership program. She is set to graduate in June 2019. Erin competed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in cross country and track and field and graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in May 2018. She also served as the president of two student-organizations, Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others (SAESO) and Student Affairs Mentoring (SAM), and was the women's cross country representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Erin grew up in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, IL.