Meet the CAF Staff

Pullman Office 

Straub_Mitch_2018_HeadshotMitch Straub
Deputy Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund
509-335-0320
mitch.straub@wsu.edu

Mitch Straub was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2018 and Deputy Athletic Director in July 2020.

Straub arrived 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.

 

GandersAdam2018PortraitAdam Ganders ’07
Associate Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund
Regional Rep: Palouse, Portland, Vancouver 
509-335-0218
aganders@wsu.edu

Adam Ganders was named to his current position in July 2020 after serving as Assistant Athletic Director for the CAF since April of 2016. Prior to that, Ganders served as the Regional Director in Tri-Cities and Assistant Director of Spokane Operations for the Cougar Athletic Fund. 

Ganders’ primarily responsibilities are 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 Bachelor of Arts 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. 

 

HarveyReagan2018PortraitRaegan Harvey
Assistant Athletic Director, Cougar Athletic Fund
509-335-8786
raegan.harvey@wsu.edu 

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 Bachelor of Arts 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

 

SlaybaughBridget2018PortraitBridget Adams ’10
Director of Events, Cougar Athletic Fund
509-335-9790
bslaybaugh@wsu.edu

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.

 

 

 

Robert Harris
Gray W Coordinator
509-335-8733
robert.n.harris@wsu.edu

Robert Harris joined the Cougar Athletic Fund team in November 2019 as the Gray W Coordinator. In his role, Harris is responsible for implementing strategic plans for the Gray W Varsity Club program including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of former WSU letter winners to be Gray W Club members, Cougar Athletic Fund members, and season ticket purchasers.

Prior to WSU, Harris was the Operations Assistant and On-Campus recruiting coordinator for the University of Nebraska Track and Field team.

A native of St. Ann, Jamaica, Harris was a four year-letter winner and all Mountain West athlete in track and field at the University of Wyoming, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. Harris received his master’s degree in sport management from WSU.

Harris is married to Dr. Kat Harris who is an assistant professor of accounting. They reside in Pullman with their son Robert James (RJ) and daughters Elizabeth and Victoria.

 

Jade Morton
Director of Annual Giving
509-335-0336
jade.morton@wsu.edu

Jade Morton joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2020 as the Director of Annual Giving. In her role with the CAF, Morton is responsible for the advancement and development goals for the annual scholarship fund.

Prior to WSU, Morton served on Visa’s Global Strategy and Activation team at IMG in San Francisco. While working on the Visa account, she managed Visa’s sponsorship performance, as well as planned and executed Visa’s sport sponsorship involvement and fulfillment at NFL tent pole events such as Super Bowl, Draft, Kickoff, Visa’s local NFL Team partner markets, and the San Francisco Giants.

The Hawaii native received her bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Pacific, where she was a dual sport athlete in swimming and water polo.

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Jason Krump ’93
Director of Communications 
509-335-8843
jkrump@wsu.edu

A graduate of Washington State University, Jason Krump is in his 18th year at the Washington State Athletic Department. Among his duties, Krump oversees the social media initiatives for the Cougar Athletic Fund and serves as the senior writer.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in communication 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, ’18), Ryder Cup (2008, ’12, ‘14, ’16), 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Wash., and the Kentucky Derby (2002-07).

Krump lives in Pullman with his cat, Daisy.

 

Spokane Office

Johanna Pfeiffer
Director of Development, Spokane
509-309-2040
johanna.pfeiffer@wsu.edu

Johanna Pfeiffer serves as the Director of Development for Spokane Operations as of October 2019. Pfeiffer oversees the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and California fundraising efforts. Pfeiffer comes to Washington State from San Diego State University where she most recently held the position of Director of the Aztec Club.

At San Diego State, Pfeiffer was a part of the major gifts team, focusing on philanthropic revenue for the AD Excellence Fund, Director’s Cabinet, planned giving, and sport specific initiatives. While in San Diego, Pfeiffer was a part of the development team which exceeded annual scholarship metrics in 2016 and 2017. In nearly six years, she transitioned from Development Coordinator to Development Specialist, experiencing the operations of the annual fund and initiation of the former student-athlete association.

Prior to SDSU, Pfeiffer earned her master’s degree in Sport Administration from University of Louisville while assisting the Cardinal Athletic Fund in annual fund campaigns and game day hospitality. A native of Northern California, Pfeiffer is a proud alumnus of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a minor in psychology. In addition, she was a four-year women’s soccer student-athlete and SAAC representative.

Pfeiffer resides in the South Hill neighborhood of Spokane and looks forward to experiencing all that the PNW outdoors has to offer.

 

Josh Jordan
Assistant Director of Spokane Operations
509-309-2044
j.jordan@wsu.edu

Josh Jordan was named Assistant Director, Spokane Operations for the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2019. He will be responsible for the development and engagement efforts in the greater Spokane/Northern Idaho areas.

Jordan joins the CAF after serving as the Assistant Director of Development at the Air Force Academy where he focused on donor prospecting and overseeing Falcon Pride Club annual giving initiatives with women’s soccer, fencing, water polo, rifle, track & field, boxing, golf and men’s basketball. Prior to Air Force, Jordan held positions as a Development Assistant and Inside Sales Representative at the University of Washington Athletics Department.

A Seattle native, Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University, where he was a member of the men’s basketball program. Following SPU, he earned a master’s degree in intercollegiate athletic administration from the University of Washington.

Jordan and his fiancé Danyelle Meyer (WSU Nursing alumna) reside in Spokane.

 

Seattle Office

Ashley Hart
Director of Seattle Operations
206-448-1335
a.hart@wsu.edu

Ashley Hart joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in May 2019 as the Director of Seattle Operations. In her role with the CAF, Hart is responsible for development and engagement efforts in the greater Seattle area.

Prior to WSU, Hart served as the Associate Director of Development at the University of Arizona. While in Tucson, she contributed to the recent $68 million capital campaign, which enabled a new indoor facility, four stadium renovations, and benefited 500 student athletes. She was also in charge of all fundraising initiatives for the 2019 WNIT Championship basketball team.

The Seattle native received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Riverside where she was captain of the cheerleading squad. Following her time in Southern California, she finished her master of sports management degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe while serving as the Director of Development for the Athletics Department.

 

Emily Neighbors ‘11
Director of Development, Seattle Operations
206-770-6065
emily.neighbors@wsu.edu

Emily Neighbors joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in June 2019 as Director of Development, Seattle Operations. In her role with the CAF, Neighbors is responsible for development and engagement efforts in the greater Seattle area.

Prior to the CAF, Neighbors spent seven seasons with the Washington Redskins, most recently serving as the Director of Community and Charitable Programs for the Redskins Charitable Foundation. In this position she oversaw and lead the development of more than 125 annual events and programs focused on youth education and health and wellness in the DC Metro Area. Preceding the move to the East Coast she also spent time with the WSU Foundation, working as the Regional Coordinator for development officers in the Seattle office in 2011-12.

A lifelong Coug, Neighbors received her bachelor’s degree in communication from WSU in 2011 and was the President of Coug Guys & Gals during her senior year. Neighbors went on to receive a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2014.

Neighbors lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Matt and cat, Ocho.

 

Student Interns (in alphabetical order)

 

Taylor2Taylor Herman
Student Assistant
509-335-4344
taylor.herman@wsu.edu

Taylor Herman began working for the Cougar Athletic Fund at the beginning of the 2018 spring semester at the front desk but has made the switch to assisting in the coordination and management of all CAF special events and hospitality in the 2018 fall semester

Herman is currently a sophomore in the Honors College, majoring in marketing to go along with a minor in sport management. She makes her home away from school in Missoula, Mont., where she grew up.

With her degree, Herman plans on working in professional or intercollegiate sports – ideally within hospitality, event planning, and/or fan engagement.

 

Dallas Hobbs
Student Assistant
dallas.hobbs@wsu.edu

The graphic designer for the CAF, Dallas Hobbs began working for the Cougar Athletic Fund at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester.

Hobbs is a sophomore double majoring in digital technology & culture, as well as fine arts with an expected graduation date of 2021. Hobbs, who is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a defensive lineman with the Cougar Football team and was named the WSU Athletic Department’s student-athlete of the month for September, 2019.

With his degree, Hobbs plans on pursuing a career in Graphic Design and becoming a Creative Director for an organization.