Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2012 as vice president for leadership giving and now serves as chief executive officer. In her executive role at the foundation, Buhlig works closely with ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Rick Shangraw and ASU President Michael Crow to identify, cultivate and steward major university donors.
She matches donor interests with ASU priorities, structuring complex investments that advance ASU’s vision of a New American University. Additionally, as CEO, she directs the development enterprise, which includes the development offices within ASU’s colleges, institutes, performing arts venues, leadership giving, the core development team and engagement programs.
Previously, she served A.T. Still University, the founding school of osteopathic medicine, for nearly six years as associate vice president of institutional advancement.
While at A.T. Still, Buhlig helped build and manage collegiate development and alumni relations programs for the university’s Arizona campus and its three schools—Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Her appointment in 2012 marked a return to ASU and the foundation. Buhlig served in leadership positions with the foundation from 1995 through 2005, as associate vice president of presidential programs, assistant vice president and founding director of Women and Philanthropy, and director of the ASU President’s Club.
Kimberly A. Hopely, MNpS, joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in December 2015. Her role as senior vice president provides oversite of unit development, corporate and foundation relations, and strategic engagement. She leads fundraising for specific central campaign priorities as well as global fundraising initiatives.
For over 25 years, she has dedicated her time and talent to the nonprofit sector with a focus on community organizations, healthcare and higher education. Prior to her position at the ASU Foundation, she served as the senior director for operations and development at the Banner Health Foundation, assistant vice president of University Advancement at A.T. Still University and executive director for United Way of Grays Harbor in Washington, where the organization was recognized for innovations in community collaboration.
As an ASU Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2018, Hopely was part of a cohort dedicated to the development and support of proven leaders who can sustainably advance ASU as a New American University. She completed a health policy fellowship at New York Institute of Technology and Ohio University with a focus on graduate medical education in 2012. She received her master of nonprofit studies at Arizona State University in 2011 after graduating from ASU in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in integrative studies—health administration and organizational leadership. She finished an internship in development and organizational leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2007.
Hopely makes her home in Litchfield Park, Arizona with her husband of over three decades. They have three adult children.
Suzanne Rinker Associate Vice President – Unit Development
Suzanne Rinker joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in September 2016. Her role as associate vice president of unit development provides oversight and strategic counsel to 11 of the 15 academic fundraising units within ASU.
Prior to her appointment, she served as the sr. director of development for the W. P. Carey School of Business. She has over 12 years of experience in higher education, with the majority in the development sector. Prior to this role, she served as the senior director of development for The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. In her time at Ohio State, she collaborated with the divisions of natural and mathematical sciences and social and behavioral science, securing millions of dollars in gifts, pledges and planned gifts, which included a gift that created the first chair in data analytics and the first professorship in chemical physics at Ohio State. She previously served on the board of directors for the Junior League of Columbus and has been an active community volunteer. Rinker received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Bill Kavan Assistant Vice President – Donor Engagement
Bill Kavan joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in 2010. His role as assistant vice president for donor engagement provides oversight for the scholarship advancement, donor relations and parent engagement.
Prior to his appointment, Kavan served as the sr. director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining ASU, he was vice president for the advancement business unit at SunGard Higher Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from ASU and has been an active alumnus since graduating in 1992. Over the years he has served in many volunteer positions at ASU, including chairman of the board of the ASU Alumni Association, trustee of the ASU Foundation, University Club board member, ICA board member, Camp Tontozona board member and founding member of the Devils' Pride Alumni Chapter. He also represented ASU in the Valley Leadership's Institute and is an alum of Class 34. He serves on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Board of Directors. From Long Island, New York, he is an avid fitness enthusiast, traveler and art collector, as well as a volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society and president of the Theta Upsilon Literary Association.
Andrew J. Carey Executive Director of Donor Outreach
Andrew Carey joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in December 2011. His role as executive director of donor outreach provides leadership for Campaign ASU 2020, and oversight for President’s Club, Women and Philanthropy and Sun Devil Giving.
As executive director, Carey brings a range of experience in volunteer management, development strategy and tactics, communications, and expertise in working with ASU’s internal and external communities and constituencies.
Prior to joining the foundation, he served as director of marketing and transition planning at Alltel and Verizon Wireless. He also worked locally for the Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl Host Committees. Carey is a Valley Leadership alumnus, Class 37.
Carey earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
Mark Antonucci joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in 2015. Through his role as chief of staff, Antonucci oversees the day-to-day functional operations of the Foundation, the Strategic Events and the Foundation Initiatives teams.
He works closely with senior leadership to ensure strategic objectives and priorities are advanced and works across the educational enterprise to identify, facilitate and coordinate opportunities and initiatives involving multiple units within and affiliated with Arizona State University. Antonucci holds a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University, where his research focused on leadership, governance, and university design. He also earned a master's degree in higher education from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University.