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North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7501
Raleigh, NC 27695-7501
David P. Masich, JD
Executive Director of
David joined the Office of Gift Planning as Executive Director in May 2016. His career spans 30 years during which time he has worked for universities in leadership roles for planned giving (College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina), non-profits and financial institutions. As a gift planner, he teaches donors about ways to support the organizations they care about while encouraging holistic thinking about their personal legacies. David also has experience acting as a fiduciary in estate and trust administration.
David is a past president of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council and in 2013, he was recognized as the 2013 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lowcountry Chapter.
David was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and his roots are tied to NC State. His father, an electrical engineer, attended "State College." David received a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. In addition, he has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Columbia International University.
Devan Culbreth, JD
Associate Director of
Devan joined the Office of Gift Planning as Associate Director in September 2018 after over 12 years as a private practice attorney focusing on estate planning, estate administration, business law and corporate law. During her career, Devan has assisted clients of all wealth levels with their estate planning and has served in fiduciary capacities as an executor and trustee and as counsel to numerous estates and trusts.
Devan was born and raised in Raleigh. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University. Devan also has a Master of Arts in Psychology from UNC Wilmington.
Devan is a member of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Katherine joined the Office of Gift Planning as an Associate Director in November 2016. She actively works with donors and development officers to structure planned gifts to the university and oversees estate administrations for the university. Prior to joining the university she was a Tax Manager at Deloitte Tax in the Private Wealth group. At Deloitte, she spent 5 years serving 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 Wake County Estate Planning Council, the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Mary Elizabeth Brake '91
Assistant 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. As the Assistant Director she reports to the Executive Director of Gift Planning and works with colleagues across the university, donors and external partners to implement planned gifts to the university and serves as the liaison for life-income gifts (charitable gift annuities and trusts). She also coordinates marketing for the office and administers estates.
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
Shawana joined the Office of Gift Planning as an Administrative Support Specialist in February 2019, after over 8 years of health care administration. In
this role she will support both the Office of Gift Planning and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Her professional work experience includes supporting direct patient care staff, healthcare physicians, and corporate executive leadership.
Shawana was born and raised in Wilson County, NC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications and her Bachelor of Arts in English from East