All-In for K-State 2022 Committee Members
Eric Holderness, Associate Vice President of Development, KSU Foundation
Eric Holderness, associate vice president of development, has been with the Kansas State University Foundation since 2013. He oversees Strategic Solicitations and the University Wide Development team at the KSU Foundation. He previously served as Senior Director of Development for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Development Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences.
A native of Montezuma, Kansas, Holderness earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Kansas State in 2009 before adding his Master’s degree in College Student Personnel in 2011.
Sara Prince, Senior Director of Strategic Solicitations, KSU Foundation
Sara Prince joined Kansas State University Foundation as Director of Annual Giving in January 2016. Now Senior Director of Strategic Solicitations, Prince’s leadership recently guided a departure from a more than six-year master site partnership with Ruffalo Noel Levitz to a full in-house integration of a progressive multi-channel program. Her knowledge of annual giving and strategic planning provide a solid foundation for her work and what she enjoys most about her current role is the opportunity to take risks and develop unconventional methods to help KSUF be the best development shop in higher education.
Sara brings more than 10 years of experience in higher education and community-based philanthropy, leading in a variety of roles including front line fundraiser, community relations manager, grant writer, annual giving and stewardship director, providing a robust knowledge base for managing development shops and help propel operations beyond best practices in the pursuit of excellence.
Terin Walters '05, Assistant Vice President, Development and Communications, K-State Alumni Association
Terin has been with the Alumni Association since 2006. She has served in various roles and was named Assistant Vice President of Development and Communications in 2018. In her role, she oversees the annual fundraising and communications initiatives for the Association, including K-Stater, a quarterly magazine for Alumni Association members, and other alumni communications, both digital and print. She also directs the Traveling Wildcats program, bowl activities and the alumni legacy scholarship program. Terin is a 2005 graduate from K-State with a bachelor’s in public relations.
Cindy Hollingsworth, Executive Director, News and Communications, K-State Communications & Marketing
Cindy Hollingsworth, executive director of news and communications services, has been with Kansas State University's Division of Communications and Marketing since 2011. She leads the university's strategic communications team in publishing press releases, administrative messages, K-State Today and emergency communications. She also oversees media relations and outreach as well as K-State’s general social media accounts. Her unit produces Seek, the university's flagship research magazine and an award-winning publication that invites readers to "See" "K"-State's research, scholarly and creative activities, and discoveries. Cindy is a native of Topeka and a longtime resident of McPherson. She earned a bachelor's degree from McPherson College in 1995 and a master's degree from Wichita State University in 2003.
Sally Linton, First Lady, Kansas State University
Sally, the new First Lady of KSU, hails from a small town in northern Indiana. After earning a degree from Indiana University in Marketing and Management, with minors in Psychology and Sociology, she headed to Purdue University to begin her career. During her tenure at Purdue, Sally continued her education, earning an MBA and an MS focused on Agribusiness. Her career path ventured into the wine industry before taking a break to raise their two children. Most recently, Sally has built her own ADHD + Executive Function coaching business. She helps clients ranging in age from elementary school to adult. Her mission is to encourage clients to – “Work with your brain, not against it.” Sally has a deep passion for helping others, reducing the stigma around mental health, and offering a safe, judgment free space for those she works with. One of her favorite quotes is “Be curious, not judgmental” by Walt Whitman. She is certified through the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Smart, but Scattered with P. Dawson and R. Guare. Sally is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and certified in k-12 mindfulness through Mindful Schools.
Karen Pestinger, KSU Foundation Board of Trustees
Karen Pestinger resides in her native town of Beloit, Kansas, and is president of Carrico Implement, a 3-location John Deere dealership in north central Kansas. She and her husband Mike are also active in their furniture and appliance store in Beloit and Anheuser-Busch distributorships in Salina and Colby. She has served on the SouthWestern Association Education Trust Advisory and Dealer of Tomorrow Boards, and is currently on the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 1987. She added a Certificate in Business Administration (’15) from K-State as her sons were earning their bachelor’s degrees. She enjoys spending time with her grandson and weekends at their Manhattan home attending a variety of K-State events.
AbdulRasak Yahaya, KSU Foundation Board of Trustees
Rob Heil, Associate Athletics Director for Development, K-State Athletics
Rob Heil is the Associate Athletics Director for Development in the K-State Athletics Department. His job is to generate philanthropic gifts to support K-State Athletics’ student-athletes and teams. Rob earned both is undergraduate (’04) and graduate (’06) degrees from K-State. Upon graduating Rob left K-State to work in the University of Texas Athletics Department. From 2006-10 he worked in the UT Athletics Marketing Department, and then moved to Longhorn Foundation within UT Athletics where he raised annual and major gifts to support UT student-athletes and teams. In 2015 he moved to the UT Dell Medical School as a Principal Gift Officer. During that time Rob raised principal gifts for medical/academic facilities and student scholarships for the newly established medical school. In 2017 Rob returned home to K-State to serve in his current position.
Laurel Littrell, Planning Assessment Librarian, Professor and Faculty Senate President, Kansas State University
Laurel Littrell graduated from K-State with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in theory and composition in the mid 1980s. She was thrilled to return to K-State in 1996 in the Libraries after receiving a Doctorate in Music Composition from UMKC and a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State. Starting out in Circulation and as the music librarian, she is now Planning and Assessment Librarian as a full professor. Music remains a significant part of her scholarship, with her next creative work a fanfare to celebrate the completed renovation of Hale Library and the return of the performing arts to the Hale Library Concert Series hosted by the Friends of the K-State Libraries. Laurel counts her service as Faculty Senate President in 2021-2022 as one of the most significant ways to contribute to the K-State community, especially as we emerge from the pandemic.
Marcellus Caldas, Assistant Provost for International Collaboration and Education Programs, Professor of Geography and Geospatial Sciences, Kansas State University
Marcellus M. Caldas is a Professor of Geography and Geospatial Sciences. Dr. Caldas is also the Assistant Provost for International Collaboration and Education Programs. Dr. Caldas started his academic life as an Assistant Professor and I moved through the academic ranks, first in Brazil and later in the USA.During his professional life Dr. Caldas has taken on increasing levels of administrative responsibilities, first as department chair, former director of international research and faculty collaboration, and more recently as assistant provost for international collaboration and education programs. Dr. Caldas has been at K-State since 2007. Dr. Caldas was the International Educator of the Year in 2013 and he is an AAAS Fellow (American Association for Advancement of Sciences) for distinguished contributions for land use and land cover change. Dr. Caldas brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education.
Monica Mcfarlane, Assistant Graduate Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
Monica is originally from the SF Bay Area. Her family moved to Manhattan in late 2011. Monica’s journey at K-State began in Fall 2012. She received her BA in 2016 and her master’s in 2018. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Leadership Communications while working as a university staff employee. Monica is passionate about public service and promoting civic engagement within local communities. Her family is a K-State Wildcat family. Her husband is currently pursuing a History Ph.D. and her son is starting at K-State in Fall 2021.
In her downtime Monica enjoys solving murder mystery games, crafting, and traveling to anywhere with a coastline.
Mishelle Hay McCammant, President, Staff Senate
Mary Oborny, President, University Support Staff Senate
Mary is a Nebraska native and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Finance from McPherson College. She has been with K-State since 2015, beginning in the Department of Hospitality Management before joining the Department of Kinesiology where she is an Office Specialist III. Mary represents the College of Health and Human Sciences on the University Support Staff Senate where she is currently serving as President in addition to various committees throughout the university. Mary and her husband Mike are parents to a 2018 K-State graduate. Since returning to Manhattan in 2001, Mary has been active in the community volunteering with USD 383, St. Thomas More Church, Relay for Life and K-State Fraternity and Sorority Life serving as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta. Favorite past times include reading and attending Kansas City Broadway Series shows.
Michael Dowd, Student Body President, Kansas State University
Michael is a senior studying Animal Science and Global Food Systems Leadership at Kansas State University. On campus, he served as the Student Body President and is a member of Blue Key Honorary and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Across these roles, Michael has learned the importance of the Land Grant mission and one of his favorite learning experiences was serving on the Presidential Search Committee. Michael is passionate about leadership as well as creating wealth and efficiency within systems to build a more productive food system hence his calling to work for Cargill Animal Nutrition as a management associate post-graduation.
Cameron Kroger, Student Body Vice President, Kansas State University
Cameron is a Senior studying Marketing with a minor in Leadership studies and a certificate in the business of sports and entertainment from Overbrook, Kansas. Cameron just ended his term serving as the Student Body Vice President. Cameron is passionate about making college affordable and disbursing opportunities to students that traditionally fall through the higher education cracks. Along with Student Governing Association, Cameron has been involved in Housing and Dining where he was a Resident Assistant, the Staley School of Leadership Studies where he was a class leader, and the office of recruitment and admissions where he is a student ambassador. After graduation Cameron will be attending Louisiana State University for a graduate assistantship within their residence hall system to learn more about how other institutions run their housing and dining departments.