Congratulations, Matt LaFlash


Please join us in celebrating the promotion of Matt LaFlash to BI Data Engineer Specialist effective December 1, 2022! He will continue to report to Wayne Harpenau on the Data & Strategic Analytics team. In his new role, he will have increased responsibilities in building complex data sources and data governance to ensure uniform and consumable data definitions and reporting in the Data Mart and use throughout the department. Matt will continue his work configuring and supporting Business Objects and Tableau applications helping to drive innovations and insights through data and dashboards for many areas in University Relations.

Matt joined University Relations in 2018 and has contributed to many projects in his tenure here including being a major contributor to many dashboards, including the Fundraiser Dashboard, Advisory Council Dashboard, and the For Good Dashboard, as well as many ad-hoc and standardized reports.

Congratulations, Matt!

Water Shutoff at ESC

A quick note for Eddy Street Tenants: Kite will be shutting off the water to our building today (11/30/22) between 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm to repair a water leak in one of the offices on the 1st floor. If you will be in the office during this time, restrooms and sinks will be unavailable for use.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

Lana Taylor

Colleen Cross Quinn Promoted to Foundation Relations Director

I am delighted to share that, in recognition of her extraordinary work, Colleen Cross Quinn has been promoted to Foundation Relations Director on Team CFR!

Colleen started with Foundation Relations as a graduate fellow, transitioning to our postdoc, then Assistant Director, and most recently, Associate Director. It has been a great privilege to watch her develop into a remarkable teammate and fundraiser, whose unceasing curiosity and drive have made us all better at what we do. She is on track to surpass her FY23 production goal before the end of the calendar year, but I don’t doubt that she will continue to push forward for the benefit of the University.

Please join me in congratulating Colleen for this well-deserved promotion!

Amanda Retartha
Senior Director, Foundation Relations

Sign Up for the UR Holiday Cookie Exchange

Calling all bakers!

Please sign up to join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 2PM in the Family Room for our third UR Holiday Cookie Exchange! Stock up on an assortment of delicious homemade treats while sipping on hot cocoa and listening to your favorite festive tunes, all from the comfort of our ESC office.
When signing up, please identify what cookie you plan on sharing, if you have any allergies, and the recipe you’ll be using (if available). To help keep our gathering safe, please separate your cookies into separate plastic bags (about 6 cookies per bag) so other participants need only to grab a bag.
Please sign up by Wednesday, November 30th so that we know how many cookies are needed.
Happy Baking!
-Santa’s Helpers (aka Internal Engagement)

Save the Date: Robinson Community Learning Center Holiday Gift Auction

Dear Friends of the Robinson Community Learning Center:

The Holiday Gift Auction has been the signature fundraising event for the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) for more than a decade. The auction supports RCLC’s youth programs, while providing an enjoyable event for the community.

The auction was held completely online in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID restrictions, but we are excited to announce this year’s event will feature an in-person live auction at the RCLC, in addition to an online silent auction.

The online auction will go live on Sunday, November 27, at 12:00 a.m. and run through Saturday, December 3, at 5:00 p.m. Bidders can register for the online auction ahead of time to be ready to bid when the auction opens.

We hope you will also join us in person at RCLC on Saturday, December 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. as we rekindle our holiday tradition of gathering as a community to enjoy the live auction, refreshments, music, raffles and fellowship. Andy Kostielney, former assistant director of RCLC, will join us as auctioneer. In addition, the silent auction items will be on display at RCLC while online bidding continues.

If you are interested in live bidding, you can check in ahead of time to receive a bidder number, or simply check in when you arrive. Be sure to bring your smart phone to bid on both live and silent auction items.

Proceeds will fund RCLC’s youth programs, including a spring youth trip to New York City. We hope you will share this information with your family and friends — all are welcome!

Happy bidding!

Jennifer Knapp Beudert

Manager, Robinson Community Learning Center

Prospect Management congratulates Brigette Kinney and welcomes Alexandra DeWeese as our new Consultants!

The Prospect Management team is excited to welcome Alexandra DeWeese and Brigette Kinney as two new Consultants working with the Southwest and East teams, respectively.  

Alexandra (Alex) comes to us from University Enterprises and Events where she helped build that department’s sales team from the ground up. Alex started at the University in 2014 in Student Services with the Mendoza College of Business where she was a Program Manager. She then moved to UEE’s Business Development team where she has been since 2017. Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University and is an Indianapolis native. She and her husband, Chad, reside in South Bend, with their three children: Emerson (5), Trey (3), and Kennedy (7 months).

It’s also a bittersweet time in the Development Coordinator (DC) world. While we are thrilled for Brigette Kinney’s promotion, we note the loss of Brigette as Regional Associate (RA) on the team in which she’s served as a natural leader since 2015. A graduate of Indiana University, Brigette has consistently applied her skills in strategy, project management, process improvement, and training. She was one of two people to re-envision and reconstruct the DC Training Toolkit that has proven invaluable to the team, and she has actively contributed to the efforts of the RA Guiding Coalition. As an excellent partner with her Regional Directors and the broader Development team, Brigette has continuously identified value-add opportunities toward fundraising effectiveness. 

In their new roles as Prospect Management Consultants, Alex and Brigette will work closely with Shelby and George in building and managing portfolios, while providing actionable insights and recommendations on the path to goal. They will start with the team and begin their onboarding process on December 5, and will likely join in regional meetings starting after the new year.

Congratulations Brigette, and Welcome Alex!

Jonathan Retartha, Anita Sareen, Lori Tinkey

Athletics Advancement Update

Friends and Colleagues,

I write to tell you that Mike Brown is no longer with the University, effective Wednesday, November 16th.

We thank him for his years of service to the University and wish him well in his next chapter. All benefactor needs or questions should be directed to me. Thanks in advance for your collaboration.

-Riley Koval

Welcome Zach Thurston back to Annual Giving


I’m thrilled to welcome back Zach Thurston to the Annual Giving team in a new role as Solutions Manager starting November 28th. After a stint serving as Marketing Automation Manager at Indianapolis-based software company Bloomerang, Zach has the following to say about his return to Notre Dame:

“I didn’t think I’d miss this place as much as I did during the six months I was gone. Very excited to be back.”

We’re excited, too, Zach. Now, onward and upward as we close out calendar year-end!

– Brandon Tabor