Meet the CAF Staff

Pullman Office 

Straub_Mitch_2018_HeadshotMitch Straub
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund

Mitch Straub was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2018.

Straub arrives at Pullman after spending the previous eight years at Ohio State University, progressing through the development department to his most recent position as assistant athletic director. While in Columbus, he was part of a team that brought in $209 million over the most recent three-year period, the most successful stretch in university history. He also cultivated and secured over $42 million in major gift commitments, including two lead gifts totaling $8.1 million to name Ohio State’s Indoor Tennis Facility.

Additionally, he helped implement Ohio State’s first Seat Selection Program, giving more than 16,000 season ticket holders complete transparency in selecting their football seats.

Prior to his work at Ohio State, Straub served as a development intern for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2009-10, which followed a one-year marketing internship at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico. While at UNM, he was a two-year letterwinner on the Lobo football team, and a two-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award Winner and academic all-conference honoree.

Straub holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico and a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State. Mitch, his wife Sami, and their sons Weston (3 years old) and Tyson (1 year old), reside in Pullman.


Adam Ganders ’07
Assistant Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund
Regional Rep: Palouse, Portland, Vancouver 

Adam Ganders was named to his current position in April of 2016, after serving as the Regional Director in Tri-Cities and Assistant Director of Spokane Operations for the Cougar Athletic Fund. 

Ganders’ primarily responsibilities will be overseeing the annual fund, along with assisting major gift fundraising efforts and events in central Washington and the greater Portland/Vancouver region.

The Olympia, Wash., native is a 2007 graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in business management and operations. Ganders later earned an Ed.M. in sport management in 2010. 

Ganders started his career at Washington State University Athletics in ticket operations as an undergraduate student and then joined the staff full-time as the Assistant Ticket Office Manager in 2009. Ganders was named Manager of Ticket Operations in 2011 before joining the Cougar Athletic Fund development team in Spokane. 

Ganders met his wife, Hannah (WSU Class of ’09), in Pullman while attending Washington State University.  They have a daughter, Poppy, and a chocolate lab named Baloo. 


Jason Gesser ’02

Assistant Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund

Jason Gesser was named Director of Development/ Major Gifts for the Cougar Athletic Fund in June, 2015 and was named Assistant Athletic Director in August, 2017.

In his role with the CAF, Gesser is responsible for development and engagement of major gifts, oversees the Gray W Club and key major gift events, such as the Legends Golf Tournament. Gesser is also the color analyst for Cougar football on the IMG Radio Broadcast Team.

Born and raised at Oahu, Hawaii, Gesser graduated in 2002 from Washington State University with a degree in broadcast communications. He was a four-year letterwinner on the Cougar football team as quarterback from 1998-2002, a career that culminated on the 2002 Pac-10 Championship team and a trip to the 2003 Rose Bowl.

After graduating, Gesser played professionally for six years combined in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans, the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders, and the AFL for the Utah Blaze, before retiring. He also spent five years as a college football color analyst for FSN Northwest, currently known as Root Sports.

In addition to broadcasting, Jason spent five years coaching high school football; two of which as the head coach and Associate Athletic Director at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Wash. Gesser then returned to the Palouse for an assistant coaching position at the University of Idaho where he then became the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. During his second season with the Vandals, Gesser was named the Interim Head Coach for the final six weeks of the season.

Prior to returning to alma mater, Gesser served as the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of Wyoming.

Gesser lives in Pullman with his wife Kali (former WSU volleyball player) and their three children, a daughter, Jordyn, and two sons, Kolten and Kruz.


HarveyReagan2018PortraitRaegan Harvey
Assistant Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund

Raegan Harvey was named Assistant Athletic Director of the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2018. Harvey served as Director of Internal Operations of the CAF in August 2017 after serving as the Assistant Director, Alumni and Industry Relations for the WSU Carson College of Business.

In her role with the Cougar Athletic Fund, Harvey oversees CAF fiscal management, stewardship programming, the endowed scholarship program, gift processing, along with assisting major gift fundraising efforts.

Originally from Jesup, Georgia, Harvey received her BA in Economics from the University of Georgia in 2004 and her MBA from the University of North Georgia in 2011.

Harvey started her career at WSU with the Carson College of Business in 2014 as a development coordinator and transitioned to development team strategy manager in June 2015 prior to being named Assistant Director, Alumni and Industry Relations. Prior to WSU, Harvey was a prospect research and donor database specialist at Cone Health (Greensboro, NC) and a development research analyst at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA).

Harvey lives in Pullman with her husband Jon (WSU Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach) and their son, Graham.


Bridget Slaybaugh ’10
Director of Events, Cougar Athletic Fund

Bridget Slaybaugh joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in 2011 after graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Agricultural Advertising in 2010. A native of Pomeroy, Wash., Slaybaugh was named the Director of Events in 2014 after serving the CAF for two years as the Program Assistant. 

Slaybaugh directs Cougar Athletic Fund events across the state, including Night with Cougar Football, Hall of Fame banquet, and Cougar Legends Golf, as just a few examples.




Jason Krump ’93
Director of Communications 

A graduate of Washington State University, Jason Krump is in his 16th year at the Washington State Athletic Department.

Krump  oversees the communication initiatives for the Cougar Athletic Fund, including social media.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from WSU in 1993, Krump returned to WSU in September of 2000 to work in the athletic media relations office. While there, Krump served as the primary media contact for a variety of sports, including women’s basketball, rowing, and men’s and women’s golf.

He transitioned to his current position in 2006 serving in a variety of roles, including developing, implementing and supervising communication plans for the Athletic Department and initiating the department’s social media efforts.

After graduating from WSU, Krump, a native of Yakima, Wash., worked two seasons for the Continental Basketball Association’s Yakima Sun Kings where he was a member of the 1995 CBA Championship team’s front office staff.

Krump earned his master’s degree in physical education from Eastern Washington University in 2000. He has worked on the media relations staff at the PGA Championship (2001-12, ‘14, ’16), Ryder Cup (2008, ’12, ‘14, ’16), 2015 U.S. Open, and the Kentucky Derby (2002-07).

Krump lives in Pullman with his cat, Daisy.


Kate Sommer
Assistant Director, Annual Giving

After a record-setting volleyball career and earning a degree in human development at Washington State University, Kate Sommer joined the Cougar Athletic Fund as a Development Associate before being named as Assistant Director, Annual Giving.

As a four-year starter at libero and two-year tri-captain for the Cougar volleyball team, Sommer established a school record for career digs with 1,954 and played in 129 matches, tied for third in program history.

Sommer is no stranger working at WSU. Prior to joining the Cougar Athletic Fund, she worked in the Provost office while completing her degree requirements.

The youngest of six children, Sommer, a native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., enjoys beach volleyball and hiking.


Stevens_Jake_2018_HeadshotJake Stevens
Development Assistant

Jake Stevens was named Development Assistant with the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2018. Stevens served as a student intern in the CAF during the 2017-18 academic year while completing his undergraduate work as a double major in international business and finance.

His CAF duties include data and gift processing while also assisting in other internal operations. In addition, Stevens is pursuing his master’s degree in economics.




Seattle Office

HarrisJay2018PortraitJay Harris
Assistant Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund

Jay Harris joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in 2015 as a Major Gift fundraiser in the Puget Sound area and was named Assistant Athletic Director in August, 2017. Based out of WSU West in downtown Seattle, Harris is responsible for development and engagement efforts within the I-5 corridor (Bellingham to Olympia).

A native of  Killen, Ala., Harris was a four-year letterwinner on Troy University’s golf team from 2005 to 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and MBA in management from the university.

While at Troy, Harris was a graduate assistant at the Athletic Department working on the External Relations team (tickets, annual giving, and major gifts).

After graduating from Troy, Harris was hired as the Director of Major Gifts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in July of 2011.  While at UTC, Harris was tasked with the completion of the Player Development Complex and a new private golf practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs.  After two years, Harris transitioned to Major Gift fundraising for the entire department. 

Harris’ father, Joe, played for the New England Patriots in 1976 and at Alabama from 1971-1975 under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, winning the national championship in 1973. His mother, Diane, is a retired school teacher/guidance counselor of 38 years, and sister, Sommer Harris Coleman, is a Senior Project Manager for Construction Administration at the University of Alabama for 12 years. 

Harris lives in Seattle with his dog Dexter.  


GradKatie2018PortraitKatie Grad ’13
Regional Director, Puget Sound

A former Washington State women’s basketball student-athlete, Katie Grad returned to WSU in 2015 as a member of the Cougar Athletic Fund staff.

Grad, from Lake Tapps, Wash., earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2012 and a master’s in sports management two years later from WSU.

Grad serves as the Regional Director for the Puget Sound Region. She is responsible for annual giving duties with prospective donors, as well as spearheading ticket sales efforts and marketing on the western side of the state. Grad serves as the main liaison between the CAF Advisory Board in Seattle and the CAF. She also holds responsibilities with Gray W involvement in the CAF.  

Prior to joining the Cougar Athletic Fund, Grad worked for the Seattle Sports Commission in both sponsorship and marketing, serving on on events such as MTR Western Sports Star of the Year, NCAA Men’s Basketball 2nd and 3rd rounds, NCAA Volleyball Final Four, and the 2015 U.S. Open.

Grad, who played basketball for the Cougars from 2009 to 2013, enjoys hiking, snow skiing and water skiing in her free time.  


Spokane Office

MoosBo2018Portrait-02Bo Moos
Assistant Director of Spokane Operations
Regional Rep: Spokane

Bo Moos joined the Cougar Athletic Fund as Assistant Director of Spokane Operations in 2016.

Moos, from Eugene, Ore., is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. A member of the Sun Devils football team from 2007 to 2011, Moos was part of the 2007 Pac-10 championship team, earning three letters during his time in Tempe, and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a senior in 2011.

Before joining the Cougar Athletic Fund staff, Moos was a member of the football coaching staff at the University of Idaho from 2014 to 2016, specializing in recruiting and assisting in the coaching of the defensive line. 

Prior to the University of Idaho, Moos worked as a production assistant at the Pac-12 Networks in San Francisco from 2012 to 2014, assisting in the launch of the Networks in August of 2012.