- Keith Carter, Athletics DirectorEMAIL KEITH Ole Miss Deputy Athletics Director and former basketball All-American Keith Carter was named Interim A.D. on May 27, 2019 by Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks.
Former Ole Miss Basketball All-American Keith Carter was named Deputy Athletics Directors for Development and Resource Acquisition in February 2018. He serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for the athletics department while continuing to oversee the Foundation and serve as the sport administrator for baseball and men’s basketball. Carter rejoined the athletics department in September 2009 and has served as Executive Director for the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation since June 2012. He received the 2016 Fundraiser of the Year Award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). Under Carter’s guidance, the Foundation has experienced its seven highest years for donations, including a record $45.6 million in cash contributions in 2015-16, and a total of $219 million in cash over the past eight years. During his tenure, commitments to the Forward Together campaign have increased from $62 to $175 million in cash and pledges toward its goal of $200 million. Among the major gifts is a donation of $25 million, which is the largest gift in the history of Ole Miss Athletics. Carter is also responsible for multiple other seven-figure gifts including several tied to the naming of facilities. He has worked with other executive level staff to build the vision for facility growth through the Forward Together campaign, which included plans for the $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, $65 million into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, $13 million toward the Gillom Athletics Performance Center, $11 million toward a new indoor tennis facility, and $20 million into Oxford-University Stadium enhancements. Carter joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation after spending the previous year with the UM Foundation, where he worked in donor relations and meeting the financial needs of the School of Business. He continues to serve with the Ole Miss Radio Network as the color analyst for Rebel hoops games alongside play-by-play announcer David Kellum. Carter joined the Ole Miss Radio Network prior to the 2008-09 season. A four-year starter at Ole Miss, Carter helped the Rebels to a pair of Southeastern Conference Western Division titles in 1997 and 1998 and earned All-America honors after his senior season in 1999. The four-year starter received All-SEC first and second team honors in 1998 and 1999. He also won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. national team at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Carter played professional basketball in Italy from 2001 until 2008. A native of Perryville, Arkansas, Carter lives in Oxford with his wife, Jill, and three children – Drew, Callie and Hayes.
- Fowler Staines, Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Financial OfficerEMAIL FOWLER
Fowler Staines joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in August of 2012 and on January 22, 2020, Athletics Director Keith Carter announced her promotion to Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer.
“Fowler is well respected throughout our athletics department and provides tremendous leadership in the Foundation,” Carter said. “As commitments have increased for the Forward Together campaign, Fowler has done an outstanding job managing the growth in our OMAF budget and overall operation. She understands the mission of the Foundation, and I look forward to seeing our fundraising efforts grow under her vision.”
Since joining the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation as CFO in August 2012, Staines has overseen an operations budget that has risen from $14 million to more than $21 million annually and capital campaign funds that have grown from $75 million to $184 million. She has supplied guidance in a number of other areas, including implementation of the Forward Together campaign to fund facility projects and construction budgets; future revenue and expense projections for the athletics department; execution of coaches contracts; tax treatment for compensation, major gifts and the annual fund; debt financing; estate planning; deferred giving and other business aspects of the Foundation.
A Certified Public Accountant, Staines previously worked for RSM LLP, formerly known as McGladrey and Pullen LLP (Washington, D.C.), as an auditor in its nonprofit practice and Kinney and Associates (Oxford) in tax and accounting. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 from the Patterson School of Accountancy and received her master’s degree from UNC Charlotte in 2008.
Originally from Marks, she is married to Billy Staines from Severna Park, Maryland, and the couple has three children: Graham, Miles and Annesly.
Annual Giving Staff
- Wesley Owen, Associate A.D./ Chief Revenue OfficerEMAIL WESLEY
Wesley Owen joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in May 2018 as Associate Athletics Director of Resource Development. Wesley’s responsibilities include overseeing annual giving and the ticket office. Wesley has been with Ole Miss Athletics since June 2005, when he started with the athletics ticket office. Wesley was previously had oversight of the athletics ticket office before joining the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation.
Wesley graduated with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry from Ole Miss in 2005. Wesley is a native of Batesville, MS.
- Anne Threlkeld, Director of DevelopmentEMAIL ANNE
Anne Threlkeld joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in January of 2015 as Assistant Director of Development, became Associate Director of Development in January of 2017, and was elevated to her current position as Director of Development in January of 2020. Anne’s responsibilities include assisting in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating, as well as managing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation’s communications and donor relations.
Anne comes to Ole Miss after working in the Alexander-Tharpe Fund in the Georgia Tech Athletics Association, first as an intern, then as a Development Assistant. While working at Georgia Tech, she earned her Master’s in Kinesiology- Sport Management from the University of Georgia.
Anne was a member of the Rebel track and cross country teams from 2009-2013, was a 4-year letterwinner, and is a school record holder in the DMR. Anne graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi in the Spring of 2013 with bachelor’s degree in psychology. Anne grew up in Oxford, MS and is a lifelong Rebel fan. Anne is engaged to Elton Darby, a 2013 Ole Miss graduate.
- Hailey Gilleland, Associate Director of DevelopmentEMAIL HAILEY
Hailey Gilleland joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in January of 2018 as Assistant Director of Development. Hailey’s responsibilities are assisting in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating for football, basketball, and baseball.
Hailey comes to Ole Miss from Cougar Pride and The University of Houston Athletics where she worked as the Assistant Director of Development for Internal Operations and Stewardship. Prior to her time at Houston Hailey spent the 2016-2017 season with Duke University Athletics/The Iron Dukes as a Development Assistant for Major Gifts and the Iron Dukes Annual Fund; and the 2015-16 season working in the NFL for the Washington Redskins Community Relations Department and Charitable Foundation.
Hailey grew up in Lakewood Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she was a member of the Crimson Tide’s Rowing program.
- Da'Ron Brown, Assistant Director of DevelopmentEMAIL DA’RON
Da’Ron joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in December of 2017 as Development Assistant and was elevated to his current role in August of 2018. Da’Ron’s responsibilities include assisting in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating for football, basketball, and baseball.
Prior to joining the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation Da’Ron worked with Troy University Athletics as a graduate assistant in Development/Fundraising. During his time with Troy University, he helped solicitation for the Trojan Warrior Fund and had hospitality and event setup responsibilities.
Da’Ron was a member of Troy University Football team in 2012-2013 and graduated with a Bachelors in Sports and Fitness Management . He also received his Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Troy University. He is a native of Deerfield Beach, FL and is married to the former Alexus Cobbs of Decatur, GA. The two have a son Drayson Elijah Brown.
- Erich Horner, Assistant Director of DevelopmentEMAIL ERICH
Erich joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in January of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Development. Erich’s responsibilities include assisting in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating for football, basketball, and baseball.
Prior to joining the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, Erich worked for the University of South Carolina Athletics Department as the Assistant Director of Membership Services. During his time with the Gamecocks he played an integral role in generating over $14 million towards South Carolina’s Annual Fund in 2018.
Erich graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and went on to earn his Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Sport and Entertainment Management. A native of Franklinville, NJ, Erich lives in Oxford with his wife, Addison.
- Anthony LoCascio, Assistant Director of DevelopmentEMAIL ANTHONY
Anthony LoCascio joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation as an intern in January 2019, became Sales Manager in May 2019, and is now an Assistant Director of Development.
Anthony’s responsibilities include overseeing the Outbound Sales Internship Program, assisting with the recruitment and stewardship of the Young Alumni Program, as well as assisting in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating for football, basketball, and baseball.
A native of Downers Grove, IL, LoCascio graduated from the University of Mississippi in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration and Recreation along with a minor in Business Administration. He currently is pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Ole Miss.
Major Giving Staff
- Matt Mossberg, Associate A.D./ Chief Development OfficerEMAIL MATT
Matt Mossberg re-joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation staff in July of 2015. After spending three years at the University at Buffalo, including one as Assistant AD for Development/Major Gifts, Mossberg returned to his alma mater as the Associate AD for Development overseeing Major Gifts. While at UB, Mossberg served as Director of Development for Major Gifts before being promoted to Assistant AD for Development/Gifts in 2014. In that role, Mossberg directed UB’s Major Gifts team and served as a member of the athletic department’s senior staff.
A native of Costa Mesa, California, Mossberg spent over a decade in various rolls at Ole Miss prior to making the move to Buffalo. He started as a student-athlete, playing baseball for the Rebels from 2000-03 before returning as the Director of Baseball Operations in 2006. After serving as an administrator and coach for five seasons, Mossberg made the transition to Major Gifts Officer for Ole Miss Athletics Foundation where he brought in several major gifts as part of the Forward Together campaign. During his time on the diamond as an assistant coach, Mossberg was an integral part of the success of the Rebels which garnered several NCAA berths resulting in two regionals, two super regionals and a 2009 SEC Championship. A four-year letter winner for the Rebels, Mossberg also helped lead the Rebels to two postseason appearances in the 2001 NCAA Regional at Tulane and the 2003 NCAA Regional at Rice. The center fielder was known for his defense, but also hit .306 for his career with 24 RBI and notched 24 steals in his career. After earning his B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Ole Miss in 2003, Mossberg earned his M.A. in Sports Management from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2008.
Mossberg is married to the former Cheryl Wilson of Birmingham, Alabama, who played volleyball for Ole Miss from 2000-02. The couple have three sons: Jack, Pete, and Roy.
- Matt McLaughlin, Assistant A.D. of DevelopmentEMAIL MATT
Matt McLaughlin joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in October of 2012 and was elevated to his current position in January of 2020. Matt’s responsibilities will be advancing fundraising efforts through philanthropic major gifts to the Vaught Society. The Vaught Society is a key component in support of the Forward Together Campaign, which is a $200 million facilities initiative for Ole Miss Athletics. Prior to his role as Associate Director of Development for Major Gifts, Matt was an Assistant Director of Development for Annual Giving. Matt’s responsibilities were to assist in fundraising efforts for Football, Basketball, and Baseball, which saw three consecutive record breaking years in membership and annual contributions.
McLaughlin received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Jacksonville State University, where he was a four-year letterman for the Gamecock Baseball Team. The Gamecocks won two Ohio Valley Conference titles during McLaughlin’s four-year tenure from 2008 to 2011. Most recently, Matt earned his masters in Education from Ole Miss.
Matt lives in Oxford with his wife, Brittney, their daughter Finley and triplets Miller, Ellis, and Brooks.
- Ian Sadler, Director of DevelopmentEMAIL IAN
Ian Sadler joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in February 2019 as Director of Development. Ian’s responsibilities include the development of philanthropic major gifts to the Vaught Society. The Vaught Society is a key component to the $200 million Forward Together campaign, which focuses on renovations and improvements for facilities serving all 18 sports at Ole Miss.
Prior to arriving at Ole Miss, Sadler spent four years with The University of Tulsa Athletics department, first as the Manager of Business Development with Learfield, and most recently as the Assistant Athletics Director for Development. During his time at Tulsa, Sadler implemented new programming focused on the enhancement of stewardship as well as discovering and implementing new opportunities for giving. Outcomes of these efforts included advancing a 60% increase in donors for the 110% Club as well as increasing new gifts to athletics by 22%. Additionally, Sadler solicited gifts for the 1930 Society Major Gifts program as well as Leadership Council, a multi-year commitment program.
Before transitioning into development, Sadler served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Marketing, Promotions and Licensing at the University of Houston. He has also held marketing positions with the University of Kansas athletic department, as well as multi-media rights teams at KU and the University of Arkansas. Sadler is an active member of the National Association of Athletics Development Directors and the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association.
A native of Emporia, Kansas, Sadler earned his B.S.E. from the University of Kansas. He is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Science in Sport Business at Temple University.
Ian and his wife Meredith reside in Oxford with their twin sons, Landon and Luke.
- Jordie Kindervater, Director of DevelopmentEMAIL JORDIE
Jordie Kindervater joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in November 2018 as an Associate Director of Development and was elevated to Director of Development in January 2020. Jordie’s responsibilities include the development of philanthropic major gifts to the Vaught Society. Currently, the Vaught Society is helping to fund the $200 million Forward Together campaign which includes a new basketball arena, renovations to Vaught Hemingway Stadium, and improvements for facilities serving all 18 sports at Ole Miss.
Prior to arriving at Ole Miss, Kindervater spent five years with the Blue & White Fund, the fundraising arm for University at Buffalo Athletics. During his time with Buffalo, the BWF experienced three record breaking fundraising years in terms of cash collections and set new standards with former student-athlete giving and overall membership. Most recently at UB, Kindervater oversaw the Shareholders Society, which led the way in delivering a new Fieldhouse, Sports Medicine Center, Football Operations Center and Premium Club Seating to campus.
Before transitioning into development, Kindervater served as the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at the University at Buffalo and the University of Central Florida. While at UB, Kindervater was named the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and his teams took home Mid-American Conference regular season titles in 2010 and 2012. During his time at UCF, Kindervater contributed to landing the program’s first top 20 nationally ranked recruiting class in 2012.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Kindervater earned his B.S. from the University of Alabama, where he was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain for the men’s tennis team. He also received his M.S.A. from Canisius College in 2012.
Jordie and his wife Sarah reside in Oxford with their two daughters, Claire and Catherine.
- Jenny Johnson, Assistant Director of Development/Stewardship and Prospect ManagementEMAIL JENNY
Jenny Johnson joined the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in October 2018 as an Assistant Director of Development/Major Gifts after serving two years as an Ole Miss Assistant Director for Marketing and Fan Experience. During her time working in the Ole Miss Athletics marketing department, Johnson oversaw marketing and fan experiences operations, and managed in-game atmospheres for baseball, women’s basketball, soccer and women’s golf.
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Johnson spent five years as an Associate Director for Marketing at Valparaiso University. She coordinated marketing activities for all 19 sports, while managing a team of student workers. While working full time at Valpo, she earned her master’s degree in sports media from the university. In 2011, Johnson graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While spending four years as a Rebel student, Johnson worked as a student intern in the Ole Miss Athletics marketing department.
A native of Mt. Zion, Illinois, Johnson resides in Oxford with her husband Mark and daughter Mila.
- Kerry Cruse, Operations Coordinator