Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios for Opening Workshop
Monday, March 26, 2012

Finnish Higher Education Experts USA Study Tour 2012: "Alumni Relations and Institutional Giving”

Margaret Frondorf

Director of Alumni Relations
The Johns Hopkins University

Margaret Hardt Frondorf has over 25 years of experience in the field of education. She is the Director of Alumni Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. (2007-present), the former Executive Director of Alumni Relations at Marymount University in Arlington, VA (2003-2007) and Associate Director of the SAIS Program on Social Change and Development (1988-2003).Prior to her University experience, Margaret initiated and developed programs for the Close-Up Foundation, an international organization that introduces American and European high-school students to the actors, institutions, and processes of the federal government. She is the co-editor three publications: Local Civic Action and Outside Assistance: Partnership or Dependency?, The Media as a Forum for Community Building; and, Social Forestry: Communal and Private Management Strategies Compared. Margaret has a Masters Degree in International Public Policy from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Akron.

Amir Pasic

Vice President of International Operations
Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE)

Amir Pasic was appointed vice president of CASE international operations in 2011. In this role, he provides strategic leadership for CASE regional offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City and oversees CASE activities in Africa and other areas outside of the United States. He also serves as liaison to the board’s international committee. Pasic came to CASE from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he served as associate dean for development and strategic planning. At SAIS, he was responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, strategic planning and branding initiatives for campuses in Washington, Bologna and Nanjing. Prior to his work at SAIS, he was deputy vice president for advancement at George Washington University (GWU), where his responsibilities included evaluating and expanding the advancement office’s international efforts. At GWU, he also served as interim head of advancement data services and executive director of corporate and foundation relations. Pasicʹs previous positions include serving as foundation specialist at the Library of Congress and deputy director for the world security project at the Rockefeller Brothers fund. He holds a bachelorʹs degree in economics and political science from Yale, a masterʹs in international relations from SAIS, and a doctorate in political science from University of Pennsylvania. He also attended American schools in Iran and Austria and is conversant in five languages. Pasic was a CASE member for 10 years prior to joining the staff.


Andrew Shaindlin

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Carnegie Mellon University

Andy Shaindlin is the Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). He joined the university in June, 2010. He has worked in alumni relations and university fundraising since 1989. He started his career at Brown University, worked at the University of Michigan, and then at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he served as Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association from 1999 until 2010.

As a speaker, Shaindlin has led workshops and seminars in ten countries, presenting at dozens of conferences, and he has published numerous articles, papers, and chapters on appropriate uses of technology in advancement. Shaindlin was Chair of the Commission on Alumni Relations, an international advisory group within the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He also served as a CASE Trustee. He received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. A graduate of Brown University, he also holds a Masterʹs degree in education from Claremont Graduate University.

Andyʹs website, Alumni Futures (www.alumnifutures.com) was the first blog devoted to the profession of alumni relations and is now in its sixth year of publication. Andy is on Twitter as @alumnifutures. He can be reached via email at andy@alumnifutures.com.


Mark Thaden

Director of Alumni Relations
University of Mary Washington

Mark Thaden serves as the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mark graduated from Mary Washington in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Averett University in 2008. Throughout his ten‐year career in advancement and alumni relations, Mark has served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Mary Washington, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the Jamestown‐Yorktown Foundation, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Madison House and Assistant Director of Regional Engagement at the University of Virginia. He returned to Mary Washington in 2011 to become the Director of Alumni Relations. His career has given him varied experience in organizations and higher education institutions of various sizes. In 2010, Mark received the CASE District III Grand Award in Constituency Organization Programs as well as received the University of Virginia ʺAbove and Beyond Award.ʺ