Erika BarnesExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director, SWA
Erika Hanson Barnes began her tenure with Arizona Athletics in 2005. Barnes currently holds the position of Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and is also the NCAA-designated Senior Woman Administrator. Her duties include the oversight of the internal operations of all 21 varsity sports including C.A.T.S. student-athlete services (medical services, academics and life skills), while serving as sports supervisor for 16 programs. She is a current member of the Pac-12 Council, which governs and regulates all Pac-12 policies. Barnes also chairs and is a member of several Pac-12 committees. In addition to her administrative duties, Barnes is actively engaged in identifying, screening and securing major gifts for the department's fundraising arm, the Wildcat Club.
Previously, Barnes served as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Major Gifts from 2011-13. In that role, she oversaw all the regional development efforts and specifically handled major gifts in the Phoenix area. Additionally, she was the sports supervisor for the soccer and softball programs as well as the co-chair for the department's equity committee.
Barnes also served as Associate Athletics Director for Development, Assistant Athletics Director for Development and Assistant Director of Development/Major Gifts. Before entering the development world, she worked in the marketing department as a marketing associate for two years, when she oversaw the marketing efforts for women's basketball, softball and football's Fan Fiesta.
A former softball player at Arizona who was part of the 2001 National Championship team, Barnes graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Communications and a minor in American Sign Language and was a NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-American. In 2010, she received a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) through the UA's Eller College of Management. Barnes has also served as the color analyst for the IMG radio broadcasts of Arizona Softball games.
Barnes is married to former Wildcat All-America golfer Andy Barnes. The couple has one daughter, Tillie, and one son, Blake.
Scott ShakeSenior Associate Athletics Director, Principal Gifts & Capital Campaigns
Scott Shake began his tenure with the University of Arizona Athletics Department in 1989. He currently holds the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development where he manages the development office and is actively engaged in identifying, screening, and securing major gifts.. When Shake started at Arizona in ‘89, he was an Assistant Athletics Director for Regional Development and worked in Phoenix. In 1991, Shake moved to Tucson to oversee the Wildcat Club priority seating program, and in 1992, he helped to create the Athletics Marketing Office and Corporate Partner program. In 1994, he was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for External Services, which included oversight of ticketing and marketing operations.
Prior to Arizona, Shake was Assistant Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Aggie Sports Association at New Mexico State University, and Executive Director of the Rebel Athletic Club at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A native of Seattle, Shake was a three-time NAIA All-American swimmer at Central Washington University from 1978-80, and coached swimming at West Chester (PA) State from 1981-83 and at Ohio University from 1983-84. He earned two bachelor's degrees from CWU and two master's degree from Ohio and Western Illinois.
Mike Ketcham joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in 2010. Ketcham's current role is Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men's Basketball and Football Administration & Major Gifts, a position to which he was promoted in the summer of 2014. Prior to that appointment, he served as Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts for four years.
Ketcham oversees the day-to-day operations of Arizona's Men's Basketball, Football, Men's Golf, and Women's Golf programs, including budgets, scheduling, travel, personnel matters, compliance, and fundraising. Ketcham is a member of Arizona Athletics' Executive Council. He is also actively engaged in identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts for the Wildcat Club.
In Ketcham's first year of his current position, the Arizona Football program won the Pac-12 West Division Championship and competed in both the Pac-12 Championship Game and the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, while the men's basketball program swept the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Elite Eight in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Both programs finished the year ranked in the top 20 in their respective Associated Press polls, and both programs produced All-Americans in the form of Scooby Wright III (football) and Stanley Johnson (basketball).
Throughout Ketcham's tenure with the department, he has played an integral fundraising role in two major capital campaign projects undertaken by Arizona Athletics. The $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, opened in August 2013, is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive home for the Arizona football program that houses the team locker room, athletic training and strength and conditioning facilities, coaches offices, meeting rooms, auditoriums and Bear Down Kitchen.
Completed in the fall of 2014, the $30 million Phase I of the McKale Center Renovation Project upgraded Arizona's iconic basketball arena with new locker rooms, a new playing surface and new interior amenities, as well as new arena seating, new restrooms and new concessions areas.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Ketcham spent four years as Athletics Director at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa where he oversaw a 19-sport athletic program. The Maroons won numerous state championships during his tenure. In 2009-10, his final year at the helm, the school finished second in the highest class in Iowa's overall state ranking of high school athletic programs.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Ketcham was the head Men's Golf coach at his alma mater from 2001-06. During that time, he led the Razorbacks to three NCAA Regional berths and two appearances in the NCAA Championships, as well as mentoring one of the 19 All-Americans in program history. Ketcham was named NCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2003 after taking Arkansas back to the NCAA Championships following a four-year absence. During his tenure at Arkansas, Ketcham also served Vice President of the Golf Coaches Association of America, Chairman of the All-American Golf Committee and head coach of Team USA at the 2004 Junior World Cup. Under his direction, the United States won the 2004 Junior World Cup while establishing a new tournament record for score in relation to par (-32).
From 1996-01, Ketcham served as head men's golf coach at Oregon State, where he worked closely with Byrne during the latter's tenure as Associate Athletics Director for Development. Ketcham led the Beavers to four NCAA Regional appearances and a spot in the 2001 NCAA Championships during his time in Corvallis. OSU finished second at the 2000 Pac-10 Championship under his guidance, a showing that still stands as the best in program history. The 12th-place finish under Ketcham's direction at the 2001 NCAA Championships is also still the second-best in program history, and the best since 1959. Ketcham got his start on the Division I coaching level at San Jose State from 1994-96, where he led the Spartans to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in his final campaign. He was also named Big West Conference Coach of the Year and guided longtime PGA Tour member Arron Oberholser to first-team All-America honors in 1996.
Ketcham broke into the coaching ranks in style at Scottsdale Community College from 1992-94, winning back-to-back JUCO national championships in 1993 and 1994, while also earning National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons. During his tenure at SCC, Ketcham also served as head coach for Team USA at the 1993 World University Games.
Ketcham was a two-year letterwinner at Arkansas in 1986 and 1987. He helped the Razorbacks reach the NCAA Championships in both of his seasons on the team. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kelsey and Michael.
Suzanne AffeldtAssociate Athletics Director, Development
Suzanne Affeldt joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in 2011. She currently holds the position of Associate Athletics Director for Development. Suzanne is responsible for increasing Wildcat Club memberships while securing major gifts for capital and scholarship support. In addition, Suzanne oversees the Annual Giving and Alumni Letterwinner (A-Club) programs, and serves as the sport supervisor for Beach Volleyball and Women’s Gymnastics. Suzanne began her tenure with Arizona as an Assistant Athletics Director.
Prior to joining Arizona Athletics, Suzanne spent 22 years in the Phoenix area working in both public and private sectors. Suzanne has extensive experience in fund development, grant writing, event planning, operations management, program development, and public relations.
Suzanne is an Arizona native and a University of Arizona graduate. She enjoys volunteering her time and serves on the Missions Council at her church and as the Operations Advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta. Suzanne and her husband Tom (also a UA grad) have three children; Jack, Megan, and Owen.
Chrissy AlexanderAssistant Athletics Director, Alumni Letterwinners & Development
Chrissy Alexander joined the A-Club and Wildcat Club in January 2019 as the Assistant Athletics Director for Alumni Letterwinners and Development. Her responsibilities include day to day oversight of the A-Club Letterwinners Association and all alumni outreach as well as securing gifts for the Wildcat Club.
Prior to joining the Wildcat Club, Chrissy worked for IMG College, most recently as a Senior Account Executive working to increase sponsorship exposure and revenue for Arizona Athletics. An Arizona Softball letterwinner from 1996-2000 Chrissy won two Pac-10 Championships and was a part of the 1997 NCAA National Championship Team. She was named both the Raytheon Sport Woman of the Year and the City of Tucson Hispanic Sports & Academic Enrichment Player of the Year in 1999.
Chrissy and her husband Zach (UA Alum, 2001) have three children, Simone, Shane and Scarlett.
Marty BreslinCoordinator of Major Gift Support Services
Marty Breslin joined the University of Arizona Athletic Department in September 2019 as the Coordinator of Major Gift Support Services. His responsibilities include implementing strategic and effective donor relations, providing support for the Development Team, and database management.
Prior to joining Arizona Athletics, Marty worked for Loyola University Chicago as an External Operations Intern while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management. Marty is originally from Chicago, Illinois.
Callista ElmoreDirector of Regional Development
Callista Elmore joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in January 2012. Callista is currently the Director of Regional Development with the Wildcat Club. Her responsibilities include major gifts, annual giving, and increasing awareness and engagement throughout Maricopa County. Callista began her tenure with Arizona as a Development Assistant with the A-Club.
Prior to her development career, Callista was a two-time National Champion for the Arizona Softball team. She lettered four years at Arizona, won a Gold Medal at the USA University World Cup in Taiwan, then went on to play for the NPF Washington Glory. Callista was involved in many of our student-athlete programs including, P.A.L and S.A.A.B. In addition, she was a homecoming finalist, heavily involved in community service, and served as the Director of the Giving Tree.
Callista is a native Tucsonan and received her Bachelor's in History with a minor in Business Administration. She has Master's in Public Administration (MPA). She enjoys volunteering her time with local Little Leagues and Gabriel's Angels. Callista is married to Ricky Elmore, a former defensive end for Arizona. They have a son named Rekker.
Rosie Fernety joined the Athletics Department in March 2018 as an Administrative Associate for the Wildcat Club. In her role, Rosie provides customer service to donors, assists Development staff as need, assists with scheduling, preparing reports, and general office correspondence.
Rosie has been with the University of Arizona for over three years. Prior to that, she spent 25 years as a paralegal in the areas of insurance defense and medical malpractice. Tucson has been Rosie's home for the last 12 years. She is the proud mom of Gabby, a recent UA Eller graduate, and Kyle, who is currently attending UA.
One of the finest defenders in Arizona basketball history, Reggie Geary joined the Arizona Athletic Department in April 2019 as a Development Officer in the Wildcat Club. He is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts for the University, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with a number of current Wildcat members.
"Reggie has a tremendous history and connection with our athletics department and the University of Arizona that fuels his passion for being a Wildcat," UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. "The mission of Arizona Athletics is to educate and develop student-athletes into the future leaders of our community, and Reggie is an embodiment of that experience. His years of dedication to the Block A are a great fit with our Wildcat Club as we continue to provide a championship-caliber experience for all of our student-athletes."
Prior to joining the Wildcat Club, Geary was fortunate to spend the last two decades as a professional basketball player, in the NBA and overseas, and then as a professional coach. His coaching career started here at the University of Arizona working for Hall of Fame Head Coach Lute Olson in 2005. He returned to the UofA as an assistant coach with Coach Olson again in 2008. Most recently he spent six years as a head coach in Japan's professional basketball league, where he led his team to the 2013 BJ League Championship and was named Coach of the Year in 2012. Geary also enjoyed coaching stops at Southern Methodist University, in the NBA Development league (Anaheim, CA), and for three seasons at local Tucson high schools (Catalina Foothills, Salpointe Catholic, and Flowing Wells).
"My family and I are grateful for this awesome opportunity to be back at the UofA and continue to grow our roots here in Tucson," said Geary.
Before going into coaching Geary had a highly successful eight-year professional playing career that took him around the world. A second-round draft pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Geary played in 101 career games with the Cavaliers (1996-97) and the San Antonio Spurs (1997-98). Geary also played in the Continental Basketball Association before playing professionally in Israel, Portugal, France, and Ukraine. Additionally, Geary served as an NBA/NBDL Ambassador in Argentina and Brazil in 2001. He closed his playing career in 2003-04 with B.C. Kiev in Ukraine where he led his team to the championship round.
Geary was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1992-96, 3-time captain, and earned all-Pac-10 Conference and NABC all-District 15 honors as a senior. Geary was the first of only two players to earn Best-Defensive-Player honors for four consecutive seasons by a vote of his teammates. In 1995-96, he led the Wildcats in both steals (67, a school record at the time) and blocked shots (24). During his UA career, Geary led the Wildcats to a 104-23 (.819) record, two Pac-10 championships (1992, 1994) and a berth in the 1994 Final Four. As a senior in 1995-96, Geary became just the third player in Arizona history to pass out 200 or more assists in a single season (231). He closed his career as Arizona's all-time steals leader (208) and ranked third in assists (560). He still ranks third and fifth in those categories, respectively.
A 6-foot-2 guard from Santa Ana, Calif., Geary was a standout prep athlete at Mater Dei High School, where he earned a total of six varsity letters (three basketball, two baseball, one track). As a senior team captain, he led the basketball team to a 34-2 record and berth in the CIF state championship game. Geary averaged 17 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks per game in earning first team all-state, all-city, all-county and Best in the West honors in 1992, and garnered Orange County and CIF Player-of-the-Year accolades. Street & Smith's named him a high honorable mention All-American (top 50 in the country).
Geary earned his B.A. degree in political science from Arizona in May 2005. He also worked as a property and casualty broker for Crest Insurance. He and his wife Candace have two sons, Quincy, 15, and Wesley, 11.
Ryan Hastings joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in August 2015 as a Director of Development with the Wildcat Club. Hastings is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts in support of Arizona's nearly 500 student-athletes.
Prior to Arizona, Hastings was the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Eastern Illinois. Hastings led all development efforts including the annual campaign, hospitality events, special events, and donor services. Hastings also managed the corporate sponsorship portfolio, oversaw the Panther Wheels courtesy car program, and served as a member of the senior staff.
The Mattoon, IL native earned his bachelor's degree in Recreation, Sport, & Tourism from Illinois in 2007 and his master's degree in Sport Administration in 2008, also from Illinois. The former Illini baseball standout was a member 2005 Big Ten Championship squad, and lettered the four years he competed.
Victor IñiguezAssociate Director of Regional Development
Victor Iñiguez joined the Arizona Athletics Department in April of 2019 as Associate Director of Regional Development with the Wildcat Club. He is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts for the Wildcat Club in the Southern Arizona region, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with a number of current Wildcat Club members.
Prior to joining Arizona Athletics, Victor served in various roles with the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department, where he most recently worked as Manager-Business Development with NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties. He also had stints as a Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Promotions as well as a Development Assistant.
Victor is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and attended Northern Arizona University, where he obtained his BS in Business Economics and his Masters in Educational Leadership.
Judi KesslerAssociate Athletics Director, Major Gifts
Judi Kessler began her tenure with the Arizona Athletics Department in April 1984. Kessler's current role is Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts and Development. She is responsible for identifying, cultivating and securing major gifts for the Capital Campaign. With over 15 years of development experience, she played a key role in six major capital campaigns undertaken by Arizona Athletics including the state-of-art $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the $30 million Phase 1 of the McKale Center Renovation Project, the $7.5 million Ginny L. Clements Academic Center, and currently, the 4+1 Facility Projects totaling $66 million, which includes the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center. Kessler is one of only a few staff to secure multiple million-dollar gifts for these campaigns, and over $40 million overall to benefit Arizona Athletics.
When Kessler initially joined the staff in April 1984, she was a bookkeeper and gift processor with the Wildcat Club. In October 1985, she was promoted to Coordinator of the Wildcat Club. From 1991-1997, Kessler was the Director of Priority Seating. In December 1997, as Director of Donor Relations and Priority Seating, her responsibilities were expanded to include overseeing the Wildcat Club priority-seating program, the parking benefit program, and coordinating the post-season ticket allocation for Arizona Athletics. In October 2002, Kessler became an Assistant Athletics Director for Wildcat Club and Annual Giving. She oversaw the annual giving program, the gift club level benefit program, and served as a development officer in helping to raise funds for Campaign Arizona.
Kessler was named an "Honorary Bobcat" by the University of Arizona in 1999, and has been a UA President's Club Member since 1988. She is a Tucson native and received her B.A. in business economics from University of California, Santa Barbara. Judi has a son, Mitch, and a daughter, Melissa, who are both recent graduates of the University of Arizona.
Phil MabenAssistant Athletics Director, Development
Phil Maben joined the Arizona Athletics Department in 2013. Maben's current role is Assistant Athletics Director, Development, where he is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts for the Wildcat Club, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with a number of current Wildcat Club members. Additionally, he manages the department's Courtesy Car Program and Basketball Scholarship Row seating.
During Maben's time at Arizona he has been an important part of two major capital campaigns undertaken by Arizona Athletics, the $30 million Phase 1 of the McKale Center Renovation Project, and the newly constructed $7.5 million Ginny Clements Academic Center.
Maben started with the Wildcat Club as a Development Coordinator of Donor Services where he oversaw all benefits, donor trips, and solicited annual gifts under $1,000. Maben's prior employment includes stints at the Tiger Athletic Foundation, Louisiana State's Athletic Department, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he held various development positions. Prior to his career in development, he started his career in athletics managing the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in the role of Assistant Aquatics Director.
A native of Inglewood, CA, Maben moved to Tucson with his family when he was young, which is where he considers home. His career crossed paths with his wife's, Brandy Maben, former Arizona Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator. Phil and Brandy have two children, daughter Collins and son Miles.
Maben earned his BS in Sports Management with a minor in Business from Louisiana State University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Arizona. He is an Honorary Letterwinner at both the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University.
Joe McLeanAssistant Athletics Director, Strategic Analytics and Revenue Generation
Joe McLean joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in January 2015. Joe’s current role is Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Analytics and Revenue Generation, where he is responsible for securing major gifts for the Wildcat Club, as well as lead generation for the department and to facilitate and analyze ways the department can generate additional revenue. Additionally, he leads the Analytics team in the department.
Joe started with the Wildcat Club as a Director of Development where he was responsible for securing major gifts for three major capital campaigns undertaken by Arizona Athletics, the $30 million Phase 1 of the McKale Center Renovation Project, and the newly constructed $7.5 million Ginny Clements Academic Center and the recently completed $60 million 4+1 campaign.
Prior to Arizona, Joe worked for the University of New Mexico Athletics Department as their Director of Premium Seating where he oversaw all suites and club seats in "The Pit" as well as club seats for football. While at New Mexico, he oversaw all aspects of premium seating; customer service, retention and sales as well as the department's courtesy car program. Prior to UNM, Joe spent two years working with the Phoenix Suns as a member of the New Business Team and as an Account Executive.
Joe is an Arizona native. He was born in Prescott and grew up in Phoenix. In 2010, Joe graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management. During his time as a student Joe worked as an intern with the Wildcat Club and the outbound ticket office. Joe also has a Master's in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Joe and his wife Nicole have three sons, McKay, Hunter and Brigham.
A native Tucsonan and lifelong Wildcat fan, Gina joined the University of Arizona Athletics Department in 1992. Gina works in the Wildcat Club, coordinating the processing of the Capital Campaign and major gifts. She also supports the Marketing unit as an administrative assistant.
Gina's husband, Stephen, is a high school English teacher. Her daughter, Marina, is a Dedicated Recovery Coach with C.O.D.A.C. Both are proud Arizona alums.
Carter YoungAssistant Director of Development Operations & Benefits Fulfillment
Carter Young joined the University of Arizona Athletic Department in December 2018 as the Coordinator of Development Operations & Benefits Fulfillment. His responsibilities include working with parking initiatives for The Wildcat Club and assisting the annual giving team.
Prior to joining Arizona Athletics, Carter worked for the University of Central Florida, where he was a Graduate Assistant in their Championship Resources Department. While at UCF he obtained his Master's in Business Administration and Master's in Sports Business Management. Carter is originally from Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, while working as an intern in Utah's Athletic Marketing Department.
Wildcat Club Interns
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