Support The Cats

The Wildcat Fund is committed to providing the necessary resources to allow Northwestern’s nearly 500 student-athletes to pursue excellence in the classroom, in competition and in the community.

Contact Information


We would love to hear from you!

If there is anything we can do to help you, please feel free to reach out to our office.

Call us:

847-467-4321

Email us:

wildcatfund@northwestern.edu

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Athletics Development
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Staff


Travis Goff

Assistant Vice President/Deputy Athletic Director, Development

Email  |  847-467-3575

Fred Smith

Associate Athletic Director for Development

Email  |  847-467-5256

Daniel Solow

Associate Athletic Director, Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-3037

Chris McFarlane

Associate Athletic Director, Major Gifts

Email  |  847-467-4856

Christian Williams

Associate Director of Development

Email  |  847-467-1039

Tim Kelly

Associate Director of Major Gifts

Email  |  847-467-4865

Matt Smith

Associate Director of Development, Leadership Giving

Email  |  847-467-5289

Katie Brown

Manager, Special Events

Email  |  847-491-7491

Kacie Dohrmann

Assistant Director, Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-5236

Alicia Torimoto

Program Assistant, Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-4794

Emily Sejna

Program Assistant, Major Gifts

Email  |  847-491-4591

Travis Goff

Assistant Vice President/Deputy Athletic Director, Development

Travis.goff@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-3575



Travis Goff has served as Northwestern University's Deputy Athletic Director for Development since 2012, leading all Athletics development initiatives, including comprehensive campaign, major gift and annual giving programs and a team of 10 dedicated development professionals. Goff is on the Athletics & Recreation Executive Staff, works closely with Vice President Jim Phillips and other members of the executive team on the overall direction of the department, and is the Sport Administrator for the baseball program.

Since 2012, Northwestern Athletics & Recreation has received more than $265 million in gifts and commitments, providing tremendous momentum for the university's $3.75 billion comprehensive campaign, which was launched on March 14, 2014. Highlighting Athletics and Recreation's more than $300 million goal are the lakefront athletics facilities, including Ryan Fieldhouse and the Walter Athletics Center, which will 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 will include more than 500,000 square feet of new or renovated athletics and recreation space that will serve not only intercollegiate sports and recreational activities, but also provide space for major University-wide events.

Since Goff's arrival at Northwestern, fundraising outcomes for Athletics & Recreation have increased from an average of $6-8 million per year to an average of more than $60 million per year, including a University record $101 million raised in 2012-13. Goff works closely with Phillips, development leadership and development directors from across campus to ensure Athletics and Recreation is positioned for success.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Goff served as the Associate Athletic Director/Senior Director of Athletics Development at Tulane 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. He led the strategic direction for athletics fundraising, personally soliciting and closing major gifts, worked with the Director of Athletics and Central Development leadership to manage the athletics prospect pool, and also oversaw the Tulane Athletics Fund, the department's annual fund program.

In 2011-12, Tulane Athletics raised nearly $30 million via 3,500 donors, both record-shattering results. Goff also served on the executive staff team for Tulane Athletics from 2006 until his departure. He previously served as the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Tulane, with oversight of development, marketing, ticket sales and operations, sponsorships and communications.

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, born in September 2013, and Carly, born in February 2016.

Fred Smith

Associate Athletic Director for Development

fredksmith@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-5256



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 for 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 2006-07 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, Calif., 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.

Daniel Solow

Associate Athletic Director, Wildcat Fund

Daniel.solow@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-3037



Daniel Solow joined Northwestern University in February of 2013. Solow has day-to-day oversight of the athletics annual fundraising program and serves as the fundraising liaison to the football, men's basketball and men's and women's golf programs. He also serves as a member of the athletics senior staff and as the secondary sport administrator for the men's and women's golf programs.

Since joining the ‘Cats at the midpoint of the 2012-13 fundraising year, Solow has increased annual giving by more than 60% and helped all 19 sport programs establish new single-year fundraising records. In an effort to build a healthier annual giving program, Solow led a rebranding of the Wildcat Fund that spanned six months of peer reviews, donor feedback and incorporation of all 19 sport programs and the Vice President's Fund into a new annual giving structure. As a part of this effort, he helped develop the Otto Graham Society, which has generated nearly $10 million in new support for Northwestern student-athletes and recognizes one of the all-time great Wildcats.

Prior to coming to Evanston, Solow spent five years as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Development at Hofstra University, where he had oversight of the athletics fundraising efforts. During 2011-12, Solow was named "Fundraiser of the Month" three times, more than any other University fundraiser. 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.

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 and his wife, Abby, currently reside in Chicago.

Christian Williams

Associate Director of Development

Christian-williams@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-1039



Christian Williams joined Northwestern Athletics as Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund in February 2013. She was elevated to Associate Director of the Wildcat Fund in January 2015 and transitioned to her current role as Associate Director of Development in July 2016. 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 and Parent Partners efforts, providing strategic event support, and serving as fundraising liaison for the women's basketball and lacrosse programs.

In her role with the Wildcat Fund, Christian was critical in the development of the new Wildcat Fund structure, which has seen a 60% increase in funds raised since 2013. She also coordinated the department's efforts to design and launch SupportTheCats.com, 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.

Erik Ciotti

Associate Director of Development, Leadership Giving

erik.ciotti@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-4794



Erik Ciotti joined the Athletics Development team as Associate Director of the Wildcat Fund in September of 2013.

In his role, Ciotti is responsible for generating resources for the Wildcat Fund, an unrestricted annual fund that supports the nearly 500 student-athletes in 19 varsity sports at Northwestern. He also serves as a development liaison for several programs including fencing, women's soccer, field hockey, and men's and women's swimming.

Most recently, Ciotti served as an event marketing consultant for The Kineo Group, a Chicago-based communications, branding and marketing firm. His primary focus was working with the inaugural Encompass Championship, a Champions Tour golf tournament held at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. In his role, Ciotti provided category expertise with several areas of the event including a comprehensive print, digital and advertising campaign, media buys, and the design of various collateral material including programs, pairings guides, tickets and VIP badges. He also assisted the tournament with pro-am and sponsorship sales and service.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Ciotti also served as the Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Northwestern from 2002-2005.

Ciotti received a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Northwestern in 2000 and earned a master's degree in Sports Administration from NU in 2010. As an undergraduate, Ciotti was a four-year letterwinner for the men's golf team and played professionally on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. Ciotti competed in three NCAA Championships for the Wildcats, placing in the top-20 of the nation twice and helping NU record three top-20 team national finishes including seventh in 1997 and third in 1999.

Ciotti and his wife, Jodi, a former collegiate golfer at Illinois Wesleyan University, reside in the western suburbs with their sons, Evan and Andrew.

Chris McFarlane

Associate Athletic Director, Major Gifts

christopher.mcfarlane@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-4856



Chris McFarlane joined Northwestern Athletics as Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts on Aug. 29, 2013. He was promoted to Director of Major Gifts in June of 2015, Assistant Athletics Director for Major Gifts in September of 2016, and ultimately elevated to his current role as Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts in September of 2017.

McFarlane has strategic direction of all major gifts activity as well as oversight of the major gifts staff for the department of athletics, while also carrying a full portfolio of major and principal gift donors and prospects. As a key member of the NU athletics development team, he serves in a leadership role for all campaign and department-wide priorities. In addition to strengthening the relationships between Northwestern and its alumni, parents and friends and progressing the fundraising initiatives for each of Northwestern's 19 varsity sports, McFarlane also leads stewardship and Parent Partners programming for the Wildcats. He is a member of the Athletics & Recreation Senior Staff and serves as the primary sport administrator for Northwestern Men’s Soccer.

Before coming to Northwestern, McFarlane previously led the athletics development offices at both Mount St. Mary's University and Loyola University Maryland, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience into his role in Evanston. He previously held the position of Senior Director of Athletic Development at Mount St. Mary's University. During his tenure at The Mount, McFarlane managed all major gift, annual fund, corporate partnership and capital project initiatives to extraordinary levels of success.

A 2003 graduate of Florida State University, he also earned a master's degree in sport business management and his MBA from UCF in 2005, and completed a certificate program in Leadership from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2016.

McFarlane is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and completed the NCAA's prestigious Leadership Institute in 2011, and the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium (CALS) in 2015.

Katie Brown

Manager, Special Events

Email  |  847-491-7491


Matt Smith

Associate Director of Development, Leadership Giving

Matthew-smith2@northwestern.edu  |  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 Associate Director of Development, Leadership Giving in July of 2016. 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.

Kacie Dohrmann

Assistant Director, Wildcat Fund

kacie.dohrmann@northwestern.edu  |  847-467-5236



Kacie (Wikierak) Dohrmann has served in the role of Assistant Director of the Wildcat Fund since July 2016. Her day-to-day responsibilities include managing the annual fund solicitation calendar, serving as fundraising liaison for field hockey, volleyball and men's and women's tennis as well as co-liaison for football (NGN) and men's basketball (PTR), and assisting with the N Club. Dohrmann joined Northwestern's staff as Program Assistant for the Wildcat Fund in June of 2014.

Dohrmann joined the Wildcats after spending 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.

A native of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Dohrmann graduated from the University of Denver (DU) in 2011. While at Denver, she was captain of the volleyball team, named the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, and honored as the SBC Defensive Player of the Week seven times during her career. Dohrmann also served as the treasurer of the DU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a representative for the Sun Belt Conference SAAC. Dohrmann and her husband, George, currently reside in Chicago.

Tim Kelly

Associate Director of Major Gifts

Email  |  847-467-4865



Tim Kelly joined Northwestern Athletics in June 2015 as Associate Director of Major Gifts. He plays a key role in forming major gift strategy and securing contributions to further the progress of the department. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with alumni in the Chicagoland area and across the country.

Kelly arrived in Evanston after spending the previous year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. At UW-Whitewater, Kelly implemented several initiatives for Warhawk Athletics that resulted in tremendous revenue growth and led to progress for capital projects and program support. He also served on the department's leadership team and participated in the search and hire of UW-Whitewater's head football coach.

Kelly graduated from Loras College in 2012 where he was a two-year captain and All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection as a member of the Duhawks men's basketball team. He earned a master's degree in sport administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2014.

Alicia Torimoto

Program Assistant, Wildcat Fund

Email  |  847-467-4794



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

Before arriving in Evanston, Torimoto 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 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 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.

Emily Sejna

Program Assistant, Major Gifts

Email  |  847-491-4591



Emily Sejna joined Northwestern Athletics in August 2016 as the Program Assistant for Major Gifts. Sejna graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2016 with a communications degree.

In 2015, Sejna was the development summer intern for Michigan Athletics. She researched prospects, built an inventory of all athletic facilities for donor recognition, and created a philanthropic walking tour for the athletics campus.

Sejna was a four year varsity water polo player, serving as a co-captain her senior year. Throughout her time at the University, Sejna was involved with several extracurricular opportunities and internship programs. In 2013, Sejna became a student ambassador to host donors and alumni at football, basketball, and ice hockey games. Sejna was the chair of Mock Rock, a student-athlete philanthropic variety show, and the Marketing and Communications chair for UM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In the summer of 2014, she served as the communications intern for the Big Ten Network.