Mizzou Advancement comprises 180 employees, including 55 major gift officers, under the guidance of our leadership team:

Tom Hiles, Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Tom Hiles
Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Phone: 573-882-7703

As Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Tom directs MU’s fundraising and alumni programs, which announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. Tom leads a dynamic Advancement team committed to building a culture of excellence through passion, teamwork and engagement.

The Advancement team has three major goals:

  1. Surpass all numeric goals
  2. Broaden the base of support for MU
  3. Enhance the Mizzou brand

Prior to coming to MU in July 2012, Tom had served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement/President of the Foundation at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, since 2010. He was Vice President for University Advancement at Western Kentucky University and Executive Director of the WKU Foundation from 1998 to 2010. Tom began his career in development in 1985 at DePaul University, held a variety of fundraising positions at the University of Maryland and served as Director of Campaigns at Rice University.

Todd McCubbin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

Todd McCubbin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
and Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association

Phone: 573-884-9092

Todd is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. As the chief alumni relations officer at Mizzou, Todd leads the 44,000-member association and the Mizzou Annual Fund. He directs a staff of 30 and works closely with the association’s governing board of directors. Todd joined the Mizzou Alumni Association staff in 1995 as a Coordinator of Alumni Relations.

Robert Driver

Robert Driver
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Systems Advancement

Phone: 573-884-2053

Robert joined Mizzou Advancement after a successful career with the advancement consulting firm Gonser Gerber, where he most recently served as Executive Director of Gonser Gerber Search. While at Gonser Gerber, Robert provided consulting and executive search services to hospitals and health care organizations, colleges and universities, secondary schools and other non-profits nationwide.

Robert has 25 years of non-profit management and advancement experience in the health care field, as well as in education and the arts. Prior to joining Gonser Gerber, Robert served as Vice President of Development for the Carle Foundation (IL), a $1.5 billion healthcare organization. In this capacity, he was responsible for major and planned giving, annual and employee giving, strategy and planning, budgeting, charitable fund usage and the volunteer services department.

A graduate of the MU College of Arts and Science, Robert is returning “home” to Mizzou. He served as the Associate Director of Development for the College of Arts and Science from 1993-95 before leaving Missouri and furthering his career in fundraising leadership roles with the Virginia Opera, the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and the Washington Hospital Center Foundation, where he managed the successful conclusion of a capital campaign.

Mike Kateman

Michael Kateman
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Units

Phone: 573-884-6712

Mike Kateman joined Mizzou Advancement as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Units in March 2018. For three decades, Mike has served in higher education advancement and communications. Most recently, he was director of internal communications at the University of Missouri System, where he was responsible for providing strategy, leadership and coordination for internal communications, coordinating branding initiatives and working with system and campus leaders to create strategic communications plans, programs and initiatives. He began his higher education career in 1987 at the Mizzou Alumni Association and during his 19-year tenure at Mizzou also served as director of University Events and Activities, director of the Annual Fund, director of Gift Planning and Endowments, and executive director of Advancement for the College of Arts and Science, where he organized the college’s $40 million component of the For All We Call Mizzou Campaign. From 2006 to 2015, Mike worked at Columbia College as executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations, successfully leading its largest fundraising campaign and re-branding efforts.

In addition to higher education, Mike’s marketing, public relations and fundraising background also includes health care, the arts and human services. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and the Missouri Symphony. He also serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

A sixth-generation Missourian, Mike is a three-time graduate of the University of Missouri. He earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in higher education, an MA from the School of Journalism, and a BS in Business Administration – Marketing with an emphasis in Spanish. He also attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. His doctoral research includes the power of personal narrative in racial identity, inclusive messaging, stewardship in higher education advancement, and the role of university presidents and deans in fundraising.

Jake Logan

Jake Logan
Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Programs

Phone: 573-884-9728

Jake joined Mizzou Advancement in December 2016. As Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Programs, he leads our Corporate and Foundation Relations, Regional Programs and Gift Planning and Endowments teams.

Jake came to Mizzou from his position as the Executive Director of Development at the University of Oregon School of Law. In this role, he led the School of Law’s $25 million fundraising campaign, was a member of the campaign strategic planning team and served on the Dean's Executive Leadership Team.

Previously, Jake worked for the University of Florida with the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering, contributing to the success of their $1.7 billion campaign. He began his career in nonprofit fundraising more than a decade ago with the American Heart Association, where he earned national recognition for his pioneering work in web-based fundraising strategies and ultimately became Vice President of Field Development.

Jake holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon, where he finished at the top of his class.

Shannon Tindall-Jarnegan

Shannon Tindall-Jarnegan 
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services

Phone: 573-884-3312

As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services, Shannon is responsible for administering and maintaining the structure of the University of Missouri’s Advancement operations. Shannon and her team establish principles, maintain guidelines and investigate technical and financial solutions to reduce risk and maximize philanthropic investments in MU. Advancement Services professionals are entrusted to safeguard and advance the missions of the University of Missouri and the interests of our supporters. By staying current with trends in philanthropy and with the technical innovations that apply to the profession, Advancement Services better positions its fundraising colleagues for success.

Shannon has served in a number of roles since she came to MU in 2001. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Budget, Finance and Employee Relations.

Shannon received her undergraduate degree in Business with triple emphases in Management, Accounting and Finance from Columbia College and went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs.

Kevin Heyen

Kevin Heyen
Senior Executive Director for Principal Gifts & Campaign Manager

Phone: 573-884-6538

Kevin was appointed Senior Executive Director for Principal Gifts & Campaign Manager after a 12-year tenure with Regional Programs. During that time, Kevin achieved remarkable success as a fundraiser while also demonstrating leadership and collaboration skills.

As Senior Executive Director for Principal Gifts & Campaign Manager, Kevin:

  • Works collaboratively with key campus stakeholders to secure transformational gifts
  • Develops tailored, long-term cultivation and stewardship strategies for principal gift donors while also maintaining a portfolio of major gift prospects
  • Works closely with the leadership team to provide campaign forecasting and tracking
  • Serves as the liaison to the Campaign Cabinet

Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain
Executive Director for University Programs

Phone: 573-882-1830

Ellen has worked with Mizzou Advancement since 1996 and currently serves as Executive Director for University Programs. She oversees fundraising for the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence, MU Scholarships, MU Libraries, Student Affairs/Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and Graduate Studies. Ellen serves as the advancement office’s liaison to the Office of the General Counsel in handling complex gift agreements. In addition, she manages the endowments office and works closely with the Office of Gift Planning in assisting donors who wish to remember Mizzou with an estate gift or deferred gift. Ellen also provides leadership to Mizzou Women Give, Mizzou’s women’s philanthropy program.

Previously, Ellen worked in the Office of Gift Planning and the College of Arts and Science advancement office, as well as serving the MU College of Engineering as chief advancement officer. She also has acted as the advancement liaison for the Mizzou Botanic Garden and continues to assist with major gift work for the Garden.

Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication from Truman State University, a JD from the Washington University School of Law and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University.

Deb Snellen, Director of Organizational and Professional Development

Deb Snellen, SPHR
Director of Organizational and Professional Development

Phone: 573-884-9789

Deb is passionate about working to increase the capabilities of Mizzou Advancement staff to shape the future of MU. Her areas of expertise include talent management, performance improvement, learning and development and organizational development. She leverages these strengths to provide strategic direction and facilitation of initiatives related to staff engagement and communication, strategic and workforce planning, job design, organizational structure and processes, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management and improvement, career paths, succession planning and recognition programs.

For 25 years prior to joining MU Advancement, Deb owned a nationally known consulting firm specializing in training and development options for improving organizational performance. She also was a member of the faculty for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Deb has published more than 100 articles on leadership and management.

“I believe that every member of our staff is a professional in his or her own right,” Deb says. “While the concept of talent management is an area of expertise, I do not manage people’s talent. I work to create an environment in which people can manage their own talent. When we are successful doing that, there are no limits to what we can achieve.”

Deb received a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Training from Mizzou. She is a Past President of the Mizzou Alumni Association and a former Tiger mascot. She considers herself incredibly fortunate to do what she loves for her alma mater.