Katherine Miller CPA
Executive Director of Gift Planning
Katherine has served as Executive Director of Gift Planning for NC State since 2021.
She actively works with donors to structure both planned gifts and current, tax-advantaged
gifts to the university while managing the day-to-day activities of the Office of Gift Planning.
Prior to joining the university in 2016 as Associate Director of Gift Planning, she was a Tax Manager
at Deloitte Tax in the Private Wealth group. At Deloitte, she managed the tax compliance and planning
needs of high net worth individuals and family offices, with a focus on estate and gift tax. Her
experience also includes work with trusts and non-profits, including both operating and private foundations.
Katherine was raised in Raleigh, NC and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
degree and Master of Accounting degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Katherine is a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Wendy brings over 20 years of experience helping people achieve their
philanthropic and estate goals. She first joined NC State in 2000 as the
Assistant Director for the Office of Gift Planning and later served the
university as the Director of Development for the Provost Office. From 2010
till her return in 2023, Wendy held the roles of Director of Strategic
Partnerships for the Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) and
Director of Major Gifts at NC Central University. Wendy most recently
served as the Director of Development for the National MPS Society.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Augustine's College
and her Master of Business Administration from Strayer University. She also
earned Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Accelerated Management from
Duke University and Yale University.
Wendy is a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, and the
National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. She also chaired the
Finance Committee for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Durham,
Stacy joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2022 with over 20 years of
experience assisting donors in transforming lives through education and
philanthropy. From 2001-2009 he served NC State as Executive Director of
Development for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. During the
interim he returned to his home state of Indiana where he worked ten years
in the Indiana University system, leading the entire fundraising operations
for two different schools. Before returning to NC State, he served as Sr.
Gift Officer for Hanover College near his hometown of Madison in southern
Stacy earned his BS in Public Affairs Management from Indiana University
and a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Indiana
University Fundraising School.
Stacy is a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council and the
National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Mary Elizabeth Brake '91
Associate Director of Gift Planning
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. In
her role as Associate Director she oversees marketing for the Office of
Gift Planning and also manages administrative functions with a focus on
estates and life-income gifts (charitable gift annuities and trusts).
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.
She is a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, and the
National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
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.
Administrative Support Specialist
As the Administrative Support Specialist for the Offices of Gift Planning and Corporate and Foundation Relations at NC State, Jennifer provides critical support to both teams in a variety of areas including reporting, event planning, and business services.
Jennifer comes to NC State with over 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit field. From 2016 - 2020, Jennifer was the Retail Business Manager at the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation. During her career, she has had a variety of responsibilities including creating and managing spending/revenue budgets and developing special departmental projects,
Jennifer moved to Cary with her husband and three children in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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