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Daniel P. Elwell, Sr.

Vice President of Development

dan-elwell-smDan brings more than 15 years of experience in development, higher education advancement, fundraising, sales, marketing, branding and organizational management.

Prior to Christian Union, Dan served as Vice President of University Advancement at New Jersey City University. He also served as Executive Director of the NJCU Foundation. Overseeing multiple departments in its Advancement Division, Dan led development, alumni relations, marketing, communications, advancement services, public relations, community relations and government relations.

At The Ohio State University Dan served as Senior Director of Advancement, responsible for OSU's 35,000+ constituents in the greater New York Metropolitan area. Dan also spent five years in development at his alma mater, Rutgers University, which included serving as Director of Regional Campaigns.

Dan spent seven years in various sales and business development roles for corporations, such as Vonage, where he was responsible for the North American retail sales team. He helped position the company for a successful VC funding drive and IPO.

Dan, his wife, Laura, and their children live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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Carol Fausnaught

Associate Vice President of Development

Carol-Team-Bio-114x152Carol leads the development team and works closely with Christian Union's donors, and supporting churches and foundations.

Carol grew up in Indiana, attended Princeton University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History in 1994. She worked as an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ at Princeton University from 1994-1996 under Matt Bennett.  From 1996 - 2006 Carol worked for the business consulting divisions of PriceWaterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM. Carol left IBM in 2006 to join Christian Union.  

Carol lives with her husband, Todd (Princeton '94), and their three children in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

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Jason Blomgren

Director of Development 

Jason2Jason works most closely with Christian Union alumni, friends, supporters, churches, and foundations in the Western Region and around the country.

Jason was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Finance from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. Prior to joining Christian Union, Jason led a successful sales career building and managing a healthcare equipment division for a regional distribution company. Jason has been active as a board member with several local nonprofits in the Bay area and has spent the last 10 years serving the local Young Life in Palo Alto.

Jason and his wife, Audrey, live on the San Francisco Peninsula, near Stanford, and are the ecstatic and lucky parents of three beautiful children.

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Kate Farrar

Director of Development

KateKate represents Christian Union in the Northeast and Southeast Regions, working closely with ministry financial partners, including individuals, churches, and foundations. Her role is to ensure their desire to develop Christian leaders who impact culture is realized through Christian Union's ministry.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kate graduated magna cum laude from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and religion. As a summer fellow, she participated in the Charles Koch Institute's policy program working for a state-level think tank. In fall of 2014, Kate was a John Jay Fellow with the John Jay Institute's leadership program, completing an academic residency and externship with The Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining Christian Union, Kate worked in external affairs for the American Enterprise Institute. 

Kate currently resides in Washington, D.C. She enjoys living in the heart of the nation's capital and being involved with her local church and community. 

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Lisa Gill 

Annual Giving Associate 

Lisa_GillLisa works closely with annual and mid-tier donors. Previously she and her husband, Scott, worked with Cru at Princeton in 1990. In 1993, they moved to Bulgaria, where Scott served as the Director and Lisa juggled the roles of wife, mom, and ministry staff. After 18 years they moved back to the United Stated. Now they reside in Missouri and are the proud parents of six boys and one princess.

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Dave Magnuson

Associate VP Strategic Gifts

DaveMDave directs the work of the directors of public affairs. He also works closely with financial partners in the Central Region and around the country.

Dave hails from Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Bethel University in 1983 and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1992. Prior to joining Christian Union, Dave served successfully as the Chief Development Officer at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Presbyterian Homes, and The Salvation Army in Chicago. Dave has also been active as a board member with several international social service ministries.

Dave and wife, Caryn, live in the Chicago area and are the proud parents of three adult sons, Trent, Caleb, and Nathan, and daughter, Grace, who is in college.

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Deborah Oladapo

Data Director

Deborah-OladapoDeborah grew up in Auburn, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama where she received her BA in International Studies and Spanish and her MBA. She spent eight years working as an IT professional with Rohm and Haas Company, The Dow Chemical Company, and with a non–profit community college before joining Christian Union. 

Deborah is married to Abiola. They have two children and live in Columbus, Indiana. 
 
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Patty Fillman

Administrative Assistant

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Patty provides crucial administrative support to the development team. She graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked a variety of secretarial and managerial jobs while fulfilling her primary responsibility of raising her children. 

Patty has three wonderful, grown children: Adam, Rachel, and Hannah. Between them, she and her husband, Jim, have four children and three grandchildren.

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Kimberly Ho Schoelen

Director of Major Gifts Program Operations

KimberlyKimberly works closely with the major gifts team as it develops, nurtures, and grows key relationships with Christian Union's current and prospective financial partners. She provides strategic coordination and support that enables and enhances the team's capabilities.

Kimberly grew up in Oklahoma and received a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981. She has held a number of alumni class, regional, and national leadership positions. Prior to joining Christian Union in 2008, her career focused on creating strategic marketing programs, communications, and events to support new business development. Kimberly has worked for Cummins Inc., Price Waterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TARGUSInfo (acquired by Neustar), and venture-backed enterprise software development company Approva.

Kimberly and husband, Larry, are parents of an adult daughter and teenage son. They live in the metro-DC area where their son's school and church activities keep them young.

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Laura Valentino

Development Writer

LauraVLaura is a development writer for Christian Union. Previously, Laura identified, wrote, and designed sales ideas for wholesalers at a private investment firm. Most recently, she served the development and gift planning departments at Wheaton College. There she developed marketing collateral, created proposals for major gift officers, and worked closely with the director of development to establish messaging and design materials for their capital campaign.

Laura and her husband, David, live with their five children in Bartlett, Illinois.

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Chris Wright

Director of Operations – Development 

Chris-Wright2014Chris grew up in Oklahoma and attended Purdue University where she received a BA and MS in management. Chris joined Procter & Gamble in 1990 and worked for twelve years as an IT professional. 

In 2002 Chris left Procter & Gamble to stay at home with her children; she joined Christian Union in 2007. Chris lives with her husband, Mike, and her two daughters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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