Congratulations Kristin Trosper

I’m proud to announce that Kristin Trosper has been promoted to Donor Experience Associate, and will join the Annual Giving team effective January 2.
In her four years on the Regional Administrative Assistant team, Kristin has gone above and beyond to serve scores of leadership benefactors while earning the respect and partnership of her colleagues across Development.  Her work ethic, comfort with data, and attention to detail are coupled with an energetic, creative mindset that will unearth many new opportunities for our Donor Experience programs.
Please join me in congratulating Kristin and welcoming her to the team.
Jonathan Retartha

Congratulations Patrick Kaiser

Dear Colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news of Patrick Kaiser’s retirement at the end of this calendar year.

Patrick has been a valued contributor to Development since he returned home to Notre Dame in 2012. He has worked in Annual Giving, Major Gifts and most recently as a part of our East Region as a Director of Development. Along the way, he has shared his deep knowledge of the sales process as it relates to our work. Patrick has “carried a bag” for over 40 years, and it is now time for this veteran to pursue other interests.

Please join me in wishing Patrick all the best in this next chapter. While we will miss him on a daily basis – his clever puns, his always-sharpened pencil, his Notre Dame stories – Patrick is staying local so we’ll see him around town. Thank you, Patrick, for your service to Our Lady’s University!

In Notre Dame,

Anne Griffith

Changes Within the Prospect Management Team

Dear Colleagues,

Please note the following changes within the Prospect Management team:

  • I am thrilled to announce that Mark Dumich has been promoted to the Director of Strategic Analytics and Prospect Management effective January 2, 2018. Through this position, Mark will lead the Prospect Management and Strategic Analytics teams in delivering analytics and insights necessary to guide effective donor-centric and data-driven decision making.

During his three years working in Development, Mark has shown a stellar work ethic, desire for continuous improvement, and commitment to his fellow colleagues.  He attacks problems with an analytical mindset and strategic focus.  I look forward to working with Mark in elevating the strategic impact of Prospect Management and Strategic Analytics through this new role.  Please join me in congratulating him as he embarks on the next phase of his career in serving our Lady’s mission.

  • It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Kierstin Miller will be leaving the University to serve as the Executive Director of the local Ronald McDonald House. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kierstin during her time in Prospect Management.  We will certainly miss her enthusiasm, compassion, partnership and commitment to excellence.  Please join me in extending best wishes to Kierstin, whose last day will be Thursday, December 21st, and thanking her for her many contributions to our team. We wish her tremendous success in all future endeavors!


Please look for the Prospect Management Consultant position to be posted in the near future.  Please let Cindy or Ann know if you or someone you know is interested in the position.  Please note, Gerek Meinhardt will serve as the interim Prospect Management liaison to the West Region and Global Advancement until Kierstin’s replacement is identified.


  • I am delighted to announce that Gerek Meinhardt will transition effective January 2 into a full time analyst role focused on the creation, development, and delivery of a suite of analytics that enhance fundraising efforts and drive strategic business decisions. During his time as an ADPM, Gerek has shown great leadership in driving a more consistent approach to Prospect Management reports and analytics.  Gerek’s commitment to the mission of Notre Dame, work ethic, and pursuit of excellence has made a strong impact on those around him.  I look forward to working with Gerek in his new role.  Please join me in congratulating him as he accepts new challenges in serving Notre Dame.

All my best,


Updated Gift Planning Marketing Materials

Dear Colleagues,

The following gift planning marketing materials are now available on Box as well and printed copies in the Gift Planning area.

– 2017 Endowment Pool Investment Performance
– Bequest Brochure
– CGA Brochure
– CRT Brochure
– DAF Brochure

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these materials.

Laura Snell

Michelle Joyce to Serve as Senior Director of Foundation Relations

Dear Team:

I am excited to announce that Dr. Michelle Joyce has accepted the position of Senior Director of Foundation Relations effective January 10, 2018. As a member of our Foundation Relations team since 2016, Michelle has demonstrated outstanding leadership in engaging faculty and university leadership in securing foundation grants and expanding important foundation relationships. Combined with her 12+ years as a faculty member in Notre Dame’s College of Science, Michelle has a unique understanding of the academy and working with faculty. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Notre Dame in 1999 followed by a PhD in 2003 from Duke University. Michelle is an excellent fundraiser, trusted colleague and passionate about advancing Notre Dame’s research to be a force for good in the world. Please join me in congratulating Michelle as she takes on this leadership role for Our Lady’s University.

Best, Drew

Welcome Kim Borza


Please join me in welcoming Kim Borza to the annual giving team as the new Associate Director, Athletics Annual Giving.
In this role, Kim will oversee the recruitment, renewal, and stewardship of benefactors to the Rockne Heritage Fund in conjunction with colleagues in Annual Giving and Athletics Advancement. Of particular importance will be continuing to grow the size and scope of the Athletic Director’s Circle level, building upon Alex Romagnolo’s great work over the last few years.
Kim, a graduate and former student-athlete (tennis) of the University of Pittsburgh, has spent the last few years with Fox Sports, first in Florida and, for most recently, overseeing Fox Sports University school partnerships in Los Angeles. Having just relocated this week, we have already welcomed her with her first South Bend snow!
Kim’s first day will be Monday, December 11, and she will be sitting in the annual giving area next to Lindahl Chase. Please stop by and say hello!
Thank you,
Brian Diss

Welcome Sarah Ford

Welcome Sarah Ford

The Regional Development Administrative team has truly appreciated all the assistance provided to us during the football season by our spectacular temporary employee, Sarah Ford! I am delighted to announce that Sarah has accepted a full-time position on our team beginning, Monday, December 11th. Sarah will be supporting Debbie Loughran and David Balkin.

Sarah’s mother has worked at Notre Dame for many years, thus Sarah has always felt at home at Notre Dame. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Sarah enjoys boating, working out, and hanging with her dog, Noel (a Christmas gift several years ago).

Please join me in congratulating Sarah on her full-time position!

-Laura Midkiff