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.
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.
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.
Director of Spokane Operations
Krista Rammelsberg was named Director of Spokane Operations for the Cougar Athletic Fund, Aug. 22, 2018.
Rammelsberg will be responsible for development and engagement efforts in the greater Spokane/Northern Idaho areas, as well as California.
Rammelsberg returns to the Cougar family after 12 years at the University of Washington where she most recently served as a Major Gift Officer for Husky Athletics. She also held positions at Washington in the annual fund, stewardship and events. Prior to Washington, she worked in marketing and development at the University of New Mexico.
Rammelsberg holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University. She and her fiancé, Scott O’Brien, reside in Spokane. She is also a proud alum of the Pullman School District, having graduated from Pullman High School, Lincoln Middle School and Franklin Elementary School. She also refers to Cougar basketball as her first true love.
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.
Student Interns (in alphabetical order)
Stella Anderson joined the staff of the Cougar Athletic Fund in November of 2017 as a student intern, assisting the events team as well as her duties on the internal side of the CAF.
Anderson has been a member of the Chi Omega Sorority for the entirety of her collegiate career while also playing on the Women’s Club Rugby team for three seasons. The Napa, Calif. native is also the president of Coug Guys and Gals (CGG), as well helping student athletes succeed in the classroom through her work as a student-athlete academic tutor, to go along with working at the WSU Recreational Center for a little more than two years.
Anderson plans on graduating with a bachelor of education degree in sport management with a minor in business administration. After college she plans on pursuing a career in either intercollegiate athletics or professional sports.
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.
Currently working as the Assistant to the Director of Events, Bridget Adams, Nicole finds herself working in coordination of Cougar Athletic Fund events and hospitality concerns. Kay has been a member of the CAF since May of 2018.
After graduating in the fall of 2019 with a degree in hospitality business management, the Danville, Calif. native plans to travel before becoming an event planner, ideally in a corporate setting. Kay has always had an interest in traveling to Africa and participating in some sort of service project.
On campus, she also has been an active member of Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is employed in the President’s Mansion.
On the front desk and internal side, McLean “Mac” Nisbet has been with the Cougar Athletic Fund since January of 2018. Nisbet expects to graduate from WSU in May of 2020.
The construction management major from Issaquah, Wash. has plans to work for a mechanic or general contractor in the greater Seattle area. After graduation, Mac plans to start as a project engineer and moving into a project management position within a few years after that.
Graduating in the fall of 2019, Paul Theda will have worked for the Cougar Athletic Fund for two full years as an undergraduate since starting in December of 2017. Theda assists with the internal aspects of the CAF, such as donation entry, resolving account issues as well as working the front desk phone.
In the classroom, Theda is a double major in finance and management information systems at the Carson College of Business while adding a pair of minors in economics and sport Management in the process. The Redmond, Wash., native is also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity on campus, to go along with serving as the Treasurer and Secretary of the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma at WSU.
Upon graduation, Theda hopes to establish himself with experience in the business industry before looping his way back around to his true passion that lies with working in sport.