Cheryl Schlimpert joins Annual Giving Programs

I am delighted to announce that Cheryl Schlimpert has joined Annual Giving Programs (AGP) as the Process Management Coordinator effective immediately.  Cheryl will report to me and support both marketing program analytics and core process capability for AGP.  She will be responsible for working with AGP fund owners to identify targeted populations and characteristics for marketing efforts (phone, email, direct mail, and social media) within their segments.  Cheryl will lead the development and maintenance of a detailed documentation library of campaign execution criteria definitions and profiles. She will also be responsible for process documentation and training materials for standard work for core processes within AGP.

Cheryl has worked at Notre Dame since July, 2010.  She has been leading the Greenbelt Project for the Major Gift Officer process since the spring of 2012 and is working to complete her Green Belt Certification. She brings strong process design skills and technical data skills to the team.

Cheryl resides in South Bend with her children Sam, Grace and Christy.

Please join me in welcoming Cheryl to the Annual Giving Programs team!

In Notre Dame,

Cheryl Rimes, Associate Director, Annual Giving Programs Analytics

Why Research is Important at ND

Prof. Patrick Griffin discusses why he finds President Jenkins’ vision of a Catholic research university so critically important for the world today and how the Notre Dame community can aspire to achieve this vision.

Friday, October 19th at 2:30 in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.



Kate Telesca Banks Leaving the University

Kate Telesca Banks has recently accepted the position of HR Business Partner at United Allergy Services. Kate has been the Director of Travel since May, 2010. She also manage the ND Women Connect group and the Emerald Isle Classic this past September. Her last day in her current role will be October 26, 2012. Her new position will allow her and her husband Greg to continue to reside in South Bend, IN.

Please join me in wishing Kate all the best in her new endeavor.

Dolly Duffy, Executive Director NDAA

Welcome David Chaudoir to Marketing & Communications

“Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee…”

 David Chaudoir – who starts Monday morning as a Senior Writer on the Marketing & Communications team – is a long-time family friend of Muhammad Ali.

David worked twelve years for Muhammad Ali Enterprises as their Creative Director – he created and wrote the Muhammad Ali Brand Plan, created and maintained Ali’s official website, ghost wrote a number chapters of the book “The Soul of a Butterfly” (Ali’s biography), etc., — before he headed down the path of seeking a PHD in Philosophy at the University of Arkansas.

David is an anthropologist – his doctoral work was in Cultural Anthropology.  Dissertation:  Tribal Modern: Emirati Men’s Lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  David’s Master of Arts is in Cultural Anthropology from Western Michigan University.   He earned his Bachelors in English at Andrews University.

The past three years, David has been an Instructor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.   He’s been awarded multiple grants & awards for his academic work over the years.

Some fun facts about David:

  • He reads music and plays the piano, organ, trombone, baritone and bassoon
  • He reads two to three books a WEEK!
  • He has traveled to more than 30 countries
  • He speaks three dialects of Arabic
  • He has a personal library of more than 3,000 books

Please be sure to stop by and welcome David to Notre Dame!

Welcome Jennifer Moore to the Office of Gift Planning

On October 22nd, Jennifer Moore will join us as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Gift Planning, working primarily with Directors Michelle Shakour and Aaron Fricke. She replaces Ashley Baranowski. For the past five years, Jennifer has been working for Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences as the Administrative Assistant for the journal The American Midland Naturalist. She recently completed her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration at Ivy Tech, and also holds an Associate’s Degree from Michiana College.

Jennifer, a life-long resident of Niles, Michigan, has two children. Her son, Casey, is 8 and her daughter, Hannah, is 13. Jennifer is also an avid reader.

Jennifer will be a very welcome addition to our team and we look forward to her joining us. Please stop by to wish her well.

Welcome, Jennifer.

Welcome Brenda Harley to Special Events

Please join me in welcoming Brenda Harley to the Special Events team.  Brenda will temporarily fill the role of Administrative Assistant and will assist our team in preparing for Advisory Council weekends and other special events.

Brenda has helped coordinate fundraising events for the United Way of St. Joseph County, St. Adalbert Catholic School, Unity Garden, LLC and The Stanley Clark School Kaleidoscope Event.

Brenda enjoys gardening, crafting design and enjoying family time with her 15 year-old son, Brendan.

Welcome, Brenda.

Mary Andersen, Director of Executive Events, Office of Special Events

Aaron Wall Joins Development; an Expanded Role for Pablo Martinez

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce that Aaron Wall will be joining Development as the Associate Director, Student Philanthropy effective October 15, 2012.  Aaron will report to the Director of Interest Groups when that position is filled and will report directly to me in the interim.  Aaron will be responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated student philanthropy model in support of the objectives of the Development Office and the University as a whole. He will be working in coordination with partnering University organizations including Student Affairs, the Academy, Institutes and Centers, the Alumni Association, and others.  Aaron will also oversee students staffing the Annual Giving Programs phone center.

Aaron is joining us after six years with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at Notre Dame where he most recently served as Associate Director, ACE Service through Teaching with responsibility for pastoral and administrative support for 40 ACE teachers, and ACE’s relationships with 25 principals and superintendents.  Prior to his current role, Aaron served in progressively more responsible roles as the Assistant Director, ACE Educational Outreach and then as Associate Director, ACE Advocates.  Aaron began his career as a Middle School Teacher at San Xavier Mission School in Tucson, AZ while a member of the ACE Program.

Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 2004, Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Accounting and History.  He received his Master’s in Education from Notre Dame in 2006 after completing the ACE program.  He brings strong interpersonal skills and experience successfully developing and implementing integrated programs at Notre Dame.

Aaron and his wife Stacy have a daughter Elizabeth (age 1).  They reside in Winding Brook and are parishioners at St. Pius X Parish where Stacy is a 4th grade teacher and where they are both heavily involved.

In addition to Aaron’s promotion to the role of Associate Director, Student Philanthropy, I am pleased to announce that Pablo Martinez will assume expanded responsibility as Program Manager, Student Programs.  Pablo’s role will include mentoring students to support engagement and dialogue on philanthropy with their peers, in addition to his current role as a leader of the student callers at the phone center.   Pablo will now report directly to Aaron.  Lori Rush will continue to lead Phone Center Technical Operations and report to Amy Schell.

Please join me in welcoming Aaron to the Annual Giving Programs team, congratulating Pablo on his expanded role, and thanking Lori for her continued dedication to excellence in our phone center operations.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch, Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Matt Simpson going to the Hesburgh Libraries

Matt Simpson has recently accepted the position of Director of Finance & Administration for the Hesburgh Libraries.  Matt has been the Business Manager for Public Affairs and Communications since December 2008.  In his new role for the Library, he will be responsible for planning and managing the financial and human resources,  overseeing a budget of $26 million, including $6 million in endowments.  A transition plan is being developed, and he is expected to begin with the Library in early November.

Please join me in wishing Matt the best in his new endeavor.

Matt Storin, Chief Communications Executive

New Position: Marketing Program Manager

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that a new position, Marketing Program Manager, has been posted to the HR job website. This position will report to me and support the Annual Giving Programs Marketing Efforts.

The summary of this positions responsibility is as follows:

The Marketing Program Manager will develop, manage, and coordinate the execution of strategic marketing projects within Annual Giving Programs (AGP).  In accordance with the AGP’s integrated marketing communications plan, the person in this position serves as the primary liaison between the donor segments and the Mar/Comm operations team, coordinating multi-channel projects (print, e-mail, social media, web), marketing vendors, and internal partners to execute the elements of the plan. The person in this position should have a strong understanding of AGP’s marketing communications goals and desired metrics, will develop strategies and tactics, and will serve as a resource for the Annual Giving segment owners to ensure the successful implementation of their plan.

Please encourage any interested candidates to apply through

Thank you,


Amy Schell, Director, Annual Fund Marketing and Operations

On the Sidelines with Brad Gregory: From Stanford to Notre Dame

Friday, October 12th at 2:00 pm in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. 

You’re invited along with your friends and colleagues to join the Notre Dame Alumni Association for the Football Fridays Academic Series this Friday at 2:00 pm.  Professor Brad Gregory’s talk will take you on his journey from Stanford to Notre Dame. Please forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested in attending.

Professor Gregory, a practicing Catholic and award-winning scholar of the Reformation era, left a tenured position at Stanford in 2003 for the opportunity to teach and do research at Notre Dame. In his view, Notre Dame offers greater academic freedom than secular universities because of its openness to religion on its own terms, and has a crucial intellectual role to play in American higher education and American society because of its Catholic identity.

On the Sidelines: Football Fridays Academic Series features Notre Dame faculty sharing their insight and experiences about Notre Dame and its place in the world.  You may learn more about the Football Fridays Academic Series on the Alumni Association website.   Also on October 19th, the On the Sidelines speaker will be Professor Patrick Griffin from the College of Arts and Letters talking about why research is so important to Notre Dame.  All are welcome.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Lisa A. Heming, Director, Academic Programs