Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts
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
Director of Development, Cougar Athletic Fund
Jason Gesser was named Director of Development/ Major Gifts for the Cougar Athletic Fund in June, 2015.
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
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.
Tyler Crebar joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in June 2016 as a Development Associate after completing a year-long postgraduate internship at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. At the NCAA, he assisted with managing the NCAA After the Game program, internal communications efforts, and helped plan and facilitate events happening at the national office and around the Indianapolis community.
Crebar graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations. He is a former track & field student-athlete.
A native of Ridgefield, Wash., Crebar lives in Pullman with his wife Jennifer.
After a record-setting volleyball career and earning a degree in human development at Washington State University, Kate Sommer joins the Cougar Athletic Fund as a Development Associate.
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.
Director of Development
Jay Harris joined the Cougar Athletic Fund in 2015 as a Major Gift fundraiser in the Puget Sound area. 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.
Katie 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.
Assistant Athletic Director, Spokane Operations
Regional Rep: Spokane
Devon Thomas joined the Cougar Athletic Fund staff in 2014 as the Assistant Athletic Director for Spokane Operations. Thomas leads WSU Athletics development and engagement efforts in the Spokane Region.
Prior to arriving at WSU, Thomas spent two years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving at the University of Louisville and four years as the Director of Annual Giving at Gonzaga University. At both institutions, he served as the senior annual fund staff member tasked with the oversight and growth of their respective annual development efforts.
Before Gonzaga, Thomas led the marketing efforts at the University of Central Florida as the Assistant Athletic Director after spending four years as the Director of Marketing and Licensing at the University of Idaho. Thomas began his career at the University of Louisville as a member of Cardinal Athletic Fund spearheading many of Louisville’s former student-athlete initiatives.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla. Thomas is a former student-athlete (football) and graduate of the University of Louisville.
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.
Regional Director, Tri Cities
Regional Rep: Grant County, Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Yakima
Mitch Stiltjes was named the Cougar Athletic Fund Regional Director for the Tri-Cities in June of 2016 after serving as the Development Assistant for the CAF. Stiltjes leads development and engagement efforts in central Washington and the Tri-Cities regions.
Stiltjes, from Dale, Wis., is a 2013 Graduate of Ripon College with degrees in sports management and business. Stiltjes worked as student assistant football coach during his undergraduate studies.
Stiltjes received a master’s degree in sport administration from Western Illinois University in 2015 while working as a teaching assistant and interning with Western Illinois Athletics and the Leatherneck Club.