Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development
541-737-9563Jim Patterson, was named the Oregon State University Foundation’s new senior associate athletics director/senior director of development for intercollegiate athletics on August 11, 2014. Patterson brings to the foundation 12 years of experience in the public sector as well as 20 years of experience in private sector sales, executive sales management, marketing and promotions. In addition to providing leadership to the OSU Foundation athletics development staff and Our Beaver Nation, he will oversee fundraising communications, donor relations and the annual fund for OSU athletics, all of which support Beaver student-athletes. The unit recently surpassed its $180 million fundraising goal as part of The Campaign for OSU. Patterson reports directly to Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. As city manager and CEO of the City of Corvallis, Patterson led the strategic rebuilding of the city’s general fund reserves to more than $5 million; successfully negotiated union contracts projected to save the city millions of dollars in the future by moving employees to more affordable health care plans; and spearheaded the creation of a city budget development process that requires firm expenditure limits and revenues that equal expenditures. Patterson is no stranger to the Oregon State community. As city manager, he worked as a partner and collaborator with various OSU entities, including the president’s office and board of trustees, to strengthen and enhance the relationship between the city and the university community. He is the public address announcer for OSU women’s basketball, an OSU parent and longtime supporter of Beaver athletics. Prior to serving as the Corvallis city manager and CEO, Patterson served in the same capacity for the City of Sherwood, Oregon, from 2004–11. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. Jim and his wife Valorie have three children. Melissa is a graduate from Oregon State University and George Fox University where she earned her Master’s Degree in teaching. Katie is a graduate of Linfield College with a degree in communications, while Josh is a graduate of Oregon State with a degree in exercise & sport science.
Assistant Athletic Director of Development, Communications & Stewardship
541-737-9311Mat Kanan joined the Our Beaver Nation staff as the Director of Athletic Development Communications on Aug. 1, 2014 after spending the past nine years at Western Michigan University, the last seven as the director of athletic media relations. Kanan, an Ohio native, is responsible for creating communication initiatives that not only tell the story of how support given to Oregon State Athletics enhances our student-athletes’ collective experience, but also shed a light on those that give in so many ways, providing our donor community a different look into all 17 Beaver athletic programs. Prior to joining Oregon State, Kanan served as the director of media relations at Western Michigan where he headed a staff of three full-time employees as well as the department's student-run video team. He built and enhanced the Broncos’ brand on various social media platforms, creating the department’s official Twitter account and YouTube channel, while also assisting various sports in creating and/or building their respective following on social media. Kanan also created and administered social media training to all of WMU’s student-athletes, a service he began providing in the fall of 2012. Kanan began his career in college athletics at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, before earning a position at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Prior to 2003, he worked in the private sector as a product communications and marketing manager in the telecom industry. Kanan has been an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America since 2003 and joined NAADD in 2014. He has presented at the annual NACDA/CoSIDA convention every year since 2013, speaking on the subject of social media strategy and monetizing your story. Kanan earned has a journalism degree from Ohio University and earned his master’s in sports management from Western Michigan in June of 2009. He and his wife, Donna, have two daughters, Paige and Zoe.
Assistant Athletic Director, Major Gifts
541-737-4295Jacob Kirkham joined the Our Beaver Nation staff as Assistant Athletic Director, Major Gifts - Development on March 22, 2017. He oversees all major gift initiatives as well as manages a team of four Development staff. Jacob joins the OSU Foundation after nearly three years as a Major Gift Officer for West Virginia University Athletics and the Mountaineer Athletic Club. There he was responsible for securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects. He also oversaw the Jerry West Society and facilitated the creation of several endowed student-athlete scholarships. Prior to his time at WVU, Kirkham spent three years at the University of Utah working in major gifts. Kirkham earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. While a student he was successful leading a new effort, Rock the U, which still exists today and raises money for cancer research. He also served as a marketing assistant for Utah Athletics and was a sports talk radio host. While earning his master’s degree in sport administration from Ohio University, Kirkham conducted hours of research on college athletics development, interviewed industry professionals and produced a report about best practices. Jacob and his wife, Whitney, have four children, daughter Cassity (8), identical twin sons Walt and Charlie (5), and daughter Quinn (1).
Assistant Athletic Director, Annual Giving
541-737-5565Jeff Pivic joined the Our Beaver Nation team as Assistant Athletic Director, Annual Giving on June 1, 2016. He is responsible for the growth and maintenance of our annual giving efforts in support of scholarships as well as heading up individual sport-giving. Pivic is no stranger to the Pac-12. The Wyoming native comes to OSU from Arizona State where he had been with the Sun Devil Club since September of 2013. While in Tempe, he directly oversaw and coordinated all annual fund solicitation efforts, which attributed to 52 percent growth since FY13. Pivic graduated from the University of Wyoming in May of 2008, and while working full time he completed his Masters in Sports Management online from Southern New Hampshire University. Jeff worked for his alma mater in a series of roles since 2008. While with the Cowboy Joe Club, he held positions as an intern, development officer, Director of Development, and finally Assistant Athletic Director for Development. During his final role with the CJC Pivic was responsible for all day-to-day activity within the office and held complete oversight of the entire annual fund. Jeff and his wife Emily have one daughter, Harper.
541-737-1657Yvenson Bernard joined the Our Beaver Nation office in February of 2015 as a Discovery Officer. Bernard manages a discovery portfolio with a special focus on current and former student-athletes, especially those who are, or have been, in the National Football League in order to advance OSU Athletics' philanthropic priorities. The Boca Raton, Fla., native was a highly decorated running back for Oregon State Football (2004-07), finishing his collegiate career with the third-most rushing yards (3,862) in program history. Bernard also has the second-most rushing attempts (876) and 100-yard rushing games (19) in program history. He was named team captain during the 2006-07 seasons. Bernard played in the Canadian Football League from 2009-12. Bernard graduated from Oregon State in 2008 with a degree in merchandise management. After his football career he worked at Nike for one year before teaching and coaching football at his high school in Boca Raton, Fla. He later returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant, working with running backs. Yvenson and his wife Michelle now reside in Corvallis.
541-737-3550Lacey Caligure joined the Our Beaver Nation team as the receptionist/administrative assistant on April 1, 2016. Following 10 years of administrative service to the Music Department at Western Oregon University, Lacey will play an integral role running the Our Beaver Nation office, and will provide support to stewardship, events, and fundraising efforts for athletics. Caligure earned her bachelor’s degree in contemporary music at Western Oregon University.
Director of Development, Athletics (Portland)
503-553-3406Jenni Dingeldein joined the Our Beaver Nation team on February 24, 2016, as our second development officer in the Portland office. Prior to joining the OSU Foundation, she was with the American Heart Association of Oregon and SW Washington since 2011. Her experience in donor cultivation, event-based fundraising and stewardship will undoubtedly benefit our team’s efforts and mission in support of our student-athletes and overall athletics initiatives. Jenni’s experience in the non-profit arena extends to her time with Junior Achievement of Northern California from 2007-11 and Freedom from Hunger in 2006-07. Jenni earned her BA in political science from UC Davis and earned her master’s in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. A loyal alum of UC Davis, Jenni has been a network leader for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association since 2014. She and her husband reside in Portland.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
541-737-6560Tanner Ellingsen joined the Our Beaver Nation team in November of 2016 as Assistant Director of Annual Giving. He oversees sport-specific giving for OSU Women's Soccer, Wrestling, Track & Field, Softball and Cheer/Dance. Ellingsen will also be the contact for parking and the newly established Beaver Priority Point System. Ellingsen joined OSU after spending the past year in a similar role at UNLV. He also has experience with the US Olympic Committee and Arizona State University where he earned his master's degree in legal studies, sports law & business from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Tanner was a double-major at Northern Colorado, earning degrees in psychology and sport & exercise science, all while also a student-athlete as a punter on the UNC football team.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
541-737-3361Skylar Erhardt joined the Our Beaver Nation team as an Assistant Director for Annual Giving on September 1, 2016 after growing the OSU Foundation Telefund over the past five years. A 2013 graduate of Oregon State University, Erhardt began her time in the OSUF Telefund as a student fundraiser and lead caller in 2011, setting record for most funds raised by a student in a fiscal year ($80k). For her efforts, she was raised to student supervisor, assisting in the management of 40-55 student fundraisers. After graduation, Erhardt continued with the OSUF Telefund as the student-based programs manager and led a team that raised $100k in FY15, and raised $95k in support of Our Beaver Nation. With Our Beaver Nation, Erhardt will work with the rest of the Annual Giving team to secure funds in support of student-athlete scholarships as well as raise sport-specific funds. She is also tasked with initiating a women's giving program at Oregon State.
Director of Events
541-737-7364Jen Mays started at Oregon State University as an Events Coordinator for Our Beaver Nation in 2008 and was promoted to Director of Events in 2013. She is responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of events for Our Beaver Nation donors and prospects, while also serving as the athletic department's primary event planner. A 2008 graduate of Oregon State University, Mays has a bachelor's degree in business administration management. While a student at OSU, Mays worked for six years at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany as a member of the Middle School Program Staff as well as an Athletic Supervisor. She also assisted with their special events. Mays also spent five years as a group exercise instructor at Timberhill Athletic Club. Jennifer is a native of Gresham, Oregon. She is on the Board of Directors at Benton County’s CASA-Voices for Children, and volunteers for various non-profit organizations serving at risk youth.
Administrative Assistant, Development & Donor Relations
541-737-3372Rebecca McCaulley joined the Our Beaver Nation staff in May of 2013, after spending the previous three years at the OSU Foundation fundraising for the Colleges of Science and Liberal Arts. Rebecca manages special projects and small events on behalf of the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development, and is the office's primary contact for the creation and submission of all major gift agreements. McCaulley holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from the Oregon State University (2008). She, her husband Adam, son Cameron and their two dogs reside in Albany.
Director of Development, Athletics
541-737-7486Doug Oxsen, a former basketball player for the Beavers under legendary coach Ralph Miller in the early 1970's, joined Oregon State University in 2002 as a Director of Development in Athletics. He is involved in raising money for Our Beaver Nation as well as capital facility projects, scholarship endowments, individual team support, and planned gifts which support OSU Athletics and its student athletes. He was very involved in the Raising Reser Campaign, which started in late 2002, to upgrade Reser Stadium, increase seating capacity, and increase the donor base to Our Beaver Nation. He spearheaded, starting in 2008, the campaign to fund the construction of a track for the OSU Track & Field team. He was also integrally involved with the campaign to fund the construction of a Basketball Practice Facility which benefits men’s and women’s basketball as well as volleyball. Oxsen came to OSU after working for 25 years in the private sector in sales and marketing capacities. He was the director of sales and marketing for BikeE Corporation which sold semi-recumbent bicycles and before that served as a sales manager for Universal Gym Equipment in the fitness business. The change to OSU allowed Oxsen, as he says, "to give back to the school, which gave me so much during my college years. Coming to OSU was one of the best decisions I have ever made." After graduating from OSU in 1975, Oxsen played basketball for Athletes In Action and was a part of winning an AAU National Championship, defeating a #1 ranked USF team, representing the US in a pre-Olympic basketball tournament prior to the Montreal Olympics and at the South American Christopher Columbus Cup in Buenos Aires, and defeating the Soviet Union national team. He played professionally in England and toured Europe playing various teams. Oxsen is married to Kim and they have a son, Reed, who is a graduate of OSU with a degree in engineering.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
541-737-1128Brian Pecor joined the Our Beaver Nation team in March of 2016 as assistant director of annual giving. Pecor has been a part of the OSU Foundation since 2012, working as a development administrative assistant and gift accounting specialist. A 2009 Oregon State University graduate, Pecor is no stranger to his alma mater. As a student he worked on the equipment management staffs for both OSU Football and Baseball from 2005-09. Brian resides in Corvallis.
Senior Accounting Technician
541-737-7361Mark Siewell joined Our Beaver Nation as an Accounting Technician in August of 1993. As the Senior Accounting Technician he is the supervisor of athletic gift accounting at the OSU Foundation. Some of his other duties include the creation of athletic reports and mail lists, the processing of securities gifts and performing the annual credit card security self-audits at the OSUF. Prior to his arrival to Oregon State University, Mark worked in various accounting positions for a local robotics manufacturer and the Oregon Department of Corrections. He also served in the United State Air Force. Mark and his wife Lori live in Lebanon. They are the parents of two grown children, Stephen and Megan, and they have two granddaughters, Latané and Piper.
Director of Development, Athletics (Portland)
503-553-3402Barry joined the Our Beaver Nation staff on June 1, 2015 as the Director of Development for Athletics in our Portland office. Barry will be responsible for developing relationships with our donor community in support of OSU Athletics within the Portland and Seattle markets. Prior to joining Our Beaver Nation, Barry had been employed with Beaver Sports Properties since 1996, receiving multiple accolades for his performance along the away. In 2000 and 2001, Barry was a Chairman's Club Winner and in 2001, he BSP earn Property of the Year. Barry worked in hotel administration from 1984-96 before joining BSP. Barry earned a degree in hotel administration from Washington State in 1984. He and his wife Kim have two grown children.