Meet the Development Office Team

Development Team

Jeff Rhode
Associate Dean for Development
415.749.3349

Jeff leads all areas of fundraising for the dental school and manages the department's staff. He works closely with school leaders, alumni, donors, and friends to meet fundraising goals that support the success of the school's programs and people.

With over 12 years of development leadership experience, Jeff's teams have succeeded in raising more than $60 million in support of higher education. He came to the Dugoni School from the School of Pharmacy at University of California, San Francisco, where he served as director of development and alumni relations. Prior to his role at UCSF, he held three senior roles in development at University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, and University Relations. Prior to working in development, he was a writer and editor at ESPN.

Jeff holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife Nada live in Kensington, Calif., with their two sons, Miles (7) and Oliver (5).

Melisa Caminata
Development Officer
415.749.3303

Melisa was born and raised in Stockton. She earned her BA in history from Sacramento State and started her fundraising career there as a student caller. Outside of work, Melisa enjoys swimming and running. Also, she loves the beach and country music.

Reed Milnes
Development Officer/Reunions
415.929.6432

Reed serves as a Development Officer and also focuses on annual reunion activities for the alumni family. His brother, Matt, is a Dugoni School DDS graduate from 2003 so Reed is very familiar with the school's programs, mission and values.

Reed previously served as Development Director at the diaTribe Foundation, where he drove philanthropic efforts in support of the diabetes community. Before that, Reed worked at The Walt Disney Family Museum, designing and implementing a comprehensive multi-tier volunteer program. His past experience also includes a role with San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest, where he managed a comprehensive volunteer program and development efforts including corporate and individual fundraising.

Reed holds both a Master Degree in Nonprofit Administration and Bachelor Degree In English from The University of San Francisco. He and his wife, Emily, live in San Francisco's Jordan Park. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf at the Presidio Golf Course.

Kevin Wessler
Data Coordinator
415.929.6406  

Kevin handles various research and data needs for the development team, and plays an important role in supporting the department's fundraising efforts.

Kevin first began working in development at Episcopal Community Services, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that serves the homeless population. Before that position, he worked at two other non-profits, the California Medical Association and Walden House.

He graduated from San Francisco State University with an English degree. He is originally from Los Angeles, but says that he found both the people and weather in San Francisco to be far more agreeable so he stayed. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, writing and watching sports.

Matthew Schueller
Donor Relations Manager
415.351.7179 

Matt functions in the donor stewardship role, recognizing those who have given to the school, providing gift information, and maintaining donor relationships.

A native of Wisconsin, Matt has a wealth of relationship management experience, including press relations, shareholder relations, and project management. Prior to joining the Development team, Matt worked as a coordinator in the Dean's Office here at the Dugoni School.

Matt earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his M.F.A. from UCLA. Besides riding his motorcycle around the City by the Bay and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Matt spends his time with his wife, Shannon, and their two daughters, Violet and Lily.

Anita Ayers
Annual Fund Manager
415.929.6402

A native New Yorker who always dreamed of living in California, Anita moved to the Bay Area 12 years ago. She attended the Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fordham University, and a paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University. 

Anita spent more than ten years at the USF School of Law primarily in a Development and Alumni Relations role that included donor research, project management, reunion and class gift programming, gift acknowledgement and alumni communications.

Anita lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dale Nelson, a retired political science professor, and is enthusiastic about cooking, most sports, most arts, most sciences, old music, and spelling and grammar. She also enjoys travel and volunteers for environmental causes.