Meet Our Experts

Kevin T. Crilly, J.D.

Kevin T. Crilly, J.D. graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, ME. After law school, he served four years in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.

He has spent 19 years working in the field of gift planning including more than 7 years as Director of Gift Planning at UC Berkeley. During that time, the Gift Planning team has brought in $385 million in new life income, outright, and estate gifts. Another $207 million in new bequest commitments have been made.

Kevin enjoys learning about the amazing life stories of Cal's committed supporters and helping them make the most appropriate gifts possible while providing for a cause they love. He believes UC Berkeley provides a particularly great work environment because its programs allow for donors to support many areas while using various giving techniques. From a professional growth standpoint, Kevin enjoys leading a team and sharing the knowledge he has acquired in almost two decades of fundraising.

Randi Silverman, J.D.
Associate Director

Randi is Associate Director of Gift Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and has been with Berkeley for approximately 7 years. She especially enjoys working with the wonderful alumni, professors, staff and friends of the University as they provide for the future of Cal with their gifts. Randi is constantly inspired by and awed at the amazing research and other work that takes place here at UC Berkeley.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Randi practiced law in the area of estate planning at Cooley Godward LLP for about 8 years. During that time she was privileged to work with many clients who were charitably inclined. In her early career as an attorney, Randi served as the Supervising Attorney at the Homeless Advocacy Project of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Randi has a BA with distinction in History from Cornell University and a law degree from Stanford University.

Becky De Kalb J.D., LL.M
Gift Planning Officer

Becky De Kalb is a proud "Double Bear", earning both her undergraduate degree in Economics and her law degree from UC Berkeley. Working with donors and University faculty and staff as a gift planning officer, Becky helps facilitate and structure planned gifts that accomplish the donor's goals and meet the University's needs.

Prior to joining the Office of Gift Planning, Becky practiced for 14 years as an estate planning attorney with the Leibovitz Law Group in Orinda, California, also earning her LL.M in Taxation during that time. Previously she worked for a decade in the University of California Office of the President, where she gained a depth of understanding of the UC system that serves her well in supporting Berkeley's mission. Additionally, she has practiced in the areas of corporate law and commercial real estate law.

Understanding the unique and invaluable role Cal has played in her own life, Becky can relate to the desire that motivates Cal's donors to support this extraordinary place. She knows that private giving is absolutely critical to ensuring that Berkeley maintain its role as the preeminent public university in the world. Becky finds being part of such a vital endeavor inspiring, meaningful, and never routine.

Rachelle Regan, M.A., J.D.
Gift Planning Officer

Rachelle started her career in development at Stanford University's Office of Medical Development where she focused on donor relations and stewardship. Her path to Berkeley was realized when she discovered a passion for fundraising that stems from a love of learning and a desire to make education accessible to everyone. Before joining the Office of Gift Planning in 2013, Rachelle worked on Berkeley's main campus as a development officer for the College of Environmental Design where she cultivated a deep appreciation for the intelligence, creativity, and generosity found in Berkeley's students, faculty, and alumni.

She graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Art History and a M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. In 2010 she earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago and worked as a law clerk at Harpo Productions and the Illinois Attorney General's Office and as a volunteer at CARPLS' Legal Aid and the Center for Disability & Elder Law.

Rachelle has moved around the country in pursuit of new learning experiences, but is a native of Oakland California and has vowed to never abandon her favorite city again. She loves the outdoors and looks back fondly on her time working on an educational land preserve in Vermont and a winery in Oregon. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys cooking, hiking and finding new favorite restaurants in the Bay Area.

Melanie Keilholtz
Gift Planning Officer

Melanie Keilholtz is a Northern California native born and reared near Mount Lassen in the small town of Palo Cedro. Before college, wanderlust took over and Melanie spent many years abroad in Europe and Africa, studying for a brief time at the Sorbonne in Paris, before coming back to the States to graduate from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) and Boston University.

Melanie has worked for Bay Area non-profits such as the Oakland Museum, the Dunsmuir Historic Estate, and Opera San Jose. She was the Marketing Director of ANG Newpapers (Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, and The Tri-Valley Herald to name a few) for 5 years prior to coming to UC Berkeley.

She knows that for students past, present, and future, studying at Berkeley is the opportunity of a lifetime. She enjoys collaborating with Alumni who want others to have the same experiences, or better experiences than they did at Cal. Private philanthrophy enables Cal to fufill its public mission to accept students based on their ability to achieve, not on their capacity to pay. She also loves to hear stories of what Cal was like back in the day.

Melanie lives in Vallejo with her husband, daughter, and assorted animals where they enjoy sailing on the Napa River and gardening.