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Jeff Smith
Associate Athletics Director - Development & Ticket Operations

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include oversight of the UCATS annual campaign and all aspects of the Priority Seating Program.
  • Joined Staff: October 2001.
  • Previous Experience: Spent three years as the Director of Marketing and Promotions at Troy State University.
  • Background: BS in Sport Administration, Ohio (1996); MS in Sport Administration, Ohio (1997).
Jeff Smith

Karen Hatcher
Associate Athletics Director - Leadership Gifts

  • At Cincinnati:  Responsible for strategic planning to enlist philanthropic support for Athletics; focused on developing major gifts to fund capital initiatives and endowments.
  • Joined Staff: December 2012
  • Previous Experience:  Spent six years as the Director of Special Events for the Houston Astros; Fifteen plus years as a Sports Marketing Consultant working with major charities, consumer goods and NBA, NFL and MLB teams and their foundations.
  • Background:  BS in Communications and MS in Sports Administration from Ohio University

Greg Harrell
Assistant Athletics Director - Ticket Sales and Annual Giving

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include oversight of the new UCATS customer service center staff, management of the annual seat improvement process, and providing new priority seating opportunities.
  • Joined Staff: March, 2011.
  • Previous Experience: Group Sales Ticket Coordinator: Lake County Captains (2005-2006); Director of Marketing and New Business Development at UC (2006-2009).
  • Background: BS in Sport Management, Toledo (2005); MEd in Sport Administration, Xavier (2009).
Bryan Allen

Bryan Allen
Director of Development - Leadership Gifts

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of Major Gift prospects and donors. Coordination of the Athletics Endowment program and primary courtesy car liaison.
  • Joined Staff: March 2007.
  • Previous Experience: Volunteer Development Intern - University of Alabama (Summer 2004), Development Staff Assistant - Marshall University (2006), Video Assistant - Cincinnati Bengals (2006-07).
  • Background: BA, Physiology, Marshall University (2004); MS, Athletic Administration, Marshall University (2006).
Bryan Allen

Katie Pavel
Associate Director of Development

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and implementing donor relation outings and fundraising events for UCATS. Also assists with external operations with a focus on prospecting and growth initiatives.
  • Joined Staff: March 2010
  • Previous Experience: Intern, Athletic Development , University of Cincinnati (2008-2009); Athletics Suite Assistant - University of Kentucky (2005-2007)
  • Background: BS, Sports Administration, Northern Kentucky University (2009)
Katie Pavel

Matt Crone
Assistant Director of Development

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include assisting with the annual membership campaign through strategic communications, design, website development and sport-specific fundraising, including Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Cheer and Dance.
  • Joined Staff: September 2011
  • Previous Experience: Program Director, University of Cincinnati Alumni Association (2008-2011); CB Richard Ellis (2006-2008)
  • Background: BBA Marketing & Operations Management, University of Cincinnati (2006)

Brad Okel
Associate Director of Development - Leadership Gifts

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include assisting with the annual membership campaign through the coordination of data to maximize philanthropic support opportunities for the Department of Athletics.
  • Joined Staff: April 2011
  • Previous Experience: Account Executive, The Eisen Agency (2009-2011); UCATS Customer Service Intern, University of Cincinnati (2011-2012)
  • Background: B.S. Communication, University of Cincinnati (2010); M.Ed. Sports Administration, Xavier University (2012)


Dianna Rafferty
Associate Director of Development - Leadership Gifts

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities are to coordinate, evaluate and plan programs for the athletics department.
  • Joined Staff: May 2012
  • Previous Experience: Athletic Development Intern, University of Tennessee (2009-2011), Athletic Development Intern, University of Cincinnati (Summer 2009), Development Assistant, University of Tennessee (2012)
  • Background: B.S. in Sport Management, University of Tennessee (2010); M.S. in Ed. in Sport Studies, University of Tennessee (2011)
Dianna Rafferty

Vicki Rohlfer
Administrative Coordinator

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibility is the day to day operations of the UCATS office and the coordination of all UCATS events.
  • Joined Staff: March 2011
  • Previous Experience: Regional Credit Manager Gibson Greeting Cards , Office Manager for Todd S. Elwert, D.C.
Vicki Rohlfer

Jeff Vedder
Development Coordinator, Leadership Gifts

  • At Cincinnati: Primary responsibilities include the management and implementation of the Director’s Society/George Smith Society and all associated events and activities, as well as donor stewardship. Also manages the VIP Press Box for UC Football, as well as the Athletic Director’s suite for UC Men’s Basketball.
  • Joined Staff: February 2014
  • Previous Experience: Development Assistant, Ohio University (2011-2013)
  • Background: BSBA, Marketing & Logistics, Ohio State University (2010); Master’s in Sports Administration, Ohio University (2013); Master’s in Business Administration, Ohio University (2013)