Gift Planning

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Meet the Staff

David P. Masich, JD
Executive Director of
Gift Planning

Office: 919.515.9076
David joined the Office of Gift Planning as Executive Director in May 2016. His career spans 30 years during which time he has worked for universities in leadership roles for planned giving (College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina), non-profits and financial institutions. As a gift planner, he teaches donors about ways to support the organizations they care about while encouraging holistic thinking about their personal legacies. David also has experience acting as a fiduciary in estate and trust administration.

David is a past president of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council and in 2013, he was recognized as the 2013 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Lowcountry Chapter.

David was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and his roots are tied to NC State. His father, an electrical engineer, attended "State College." David received a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. In addition, he has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Columbia International University.

Cheryl Smith, CPA, CGMA
Associate Director of
Gift Planning

Office: 919.513.7369
Cheryl Smith joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2013 as Associate Director, after a long career in public accounting and wealth management. As a CPA, she specialized in estates and trusts in the areas of tax and charitable planning. Over the years she has advised entrepreneurs, scientists and inventors in a variety of technical professions, as well as artists, entertainers and professional athletes.

Cheryl moved to the Triangle area from Florida with her family in 2010. Prior to becoming a CPA, she worked in the film business as a literary agent. She credits her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology with her approach to gift planning as a multi-step, collaborative process. As a writer, she has served as Technical Editor for "Florida Fiduciary Accounting" by F. Gordon Spoor, published by the FICPA.

She is a member of the AICPA, NCACPA, FICPA, and the Wake County Estate Planning Council, and often appears as a guest speaker in the professional community or on campus at NC State.

De Teague
Senior Director, Leadership
and Major Gifts

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Office: 919.513.2950
De Teague joined the university as the Director of Gift Planning for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in 2012 and assumed the role of Senior Director in 2016. As Senior Director, she remains the main point of contact for planned gifts to the college. Prior to joining CALS, her professional background included 14 years in the life sciences industry, where she founded and ran an international executive search firm. Her clients included pharmaceutical, medical device and vendor companies.

Before that, she completed 8+ years at Morgan Stanley (with the legacy firm of EF Hutton & Co., Inc.) as an Assistant Vice President, where her work resulted in winning business from West Virginia University and the University of Arizona, as well as high net-worth individuals and privately held companies.

She holds membership in her church, the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, the Wake County Estate Planning Council, and the national organization known as the PPP – the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

She is a third generation graduate of Marshall University and makes her home in Raleigh with her husband Woody Teague. They have two grown children.

Mary Elizabeth Brake
Gift Planning Program Specialist
Office: 919.515.5106
Mary Elizabeth Brake, a 1991 graduate of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State, joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2013. As the program specialist she reports to the Executive Director of Gift Planning and works with colleagues across the university, donors and external partners to implement planned gifts to the university and serves as the liaison for life-income gifts (charitable gift annuities and trusts). She also coordinates marketing for the office and administers estates.

From 2005 until 2013, she worked in the Office of Advancement for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences supporting their research and extension fundraising efforts and its planned giving program. Before joining the university, she produced weekly and monthly reports covering gaming, healthcare and environmental legislation at the state level for Legislate, A Washington Post Company.

A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Mary Elizabeth has lived in Raleigh for over twenty-five years with her husband Robert, also a NC State graduate, and their two sons.

North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7501
Raleigh, NC 27695-7501
Telephone: 919.515.5106
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