Parking in Harper Lot

As a reminder, please do not park in the Harper Cancer Center lot.  NDSP recently received several complaints of Development employees parking in this lot and will begin towing effective immediately.  Please use your Development-issued pass for the Eddy Street Commons Parking Garage.


VPN Maintenance on 9-20-18

Notre Dame IT Information Update

On Thursday, September 20, from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., Office of Information Technologies (OIT) system engineers will perform maintenance on the campus VPN (Virtual Private Network).

During this time, the campus VPN will be unavailable, and any existing VPN connections will be dropped or disconnected. VPN-DC will not be affected.

If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 574-631-8111, or chat online at:

Congratulations Ellen Roof

I am pleased to announce that Ellen Roof has been promoted to Program Director, ND Loyal and Young Alumni Giving.  ND Loyal, which recruits and trains a committed group of volunteers to serve as giving ambassadors for the University, has played an instrumental role in increasing Notre Dame’s undergraduate alumni participation rate, driving more than 1,000 new alumni donors in its first year.  In this role, Ellen will develop and manage the strategy for the recruitment, training, and engagement of all volunteers, as we seek to build a team of 600+ volunteers and bring in 2,000+ new alumni donors by June 30.    
While taking on these new responsibilities, Ellen will continue to oversee Senior Legacy.  Under Ellen’s leadership, senior class gift participation rates have reached historic marks, exceeding 80% in FY 18, a new University record.  She will also supervise our young alumni strategy, as we identify ways to maintain a strong culture of giving in the years immediately following graduation.
Please join me in congratulating Ellen!


Matt Gelchion

Congratulations Patty Kokesh

I’m pleased to announce the promotion of Patty Kokesh to the role of Senior Associate Director, Strategic Analytics.

Over the past 15 months, Patty has been a valuable partner to the AGSM team and provided strategic insight and guidance for engaging our alumni, parents, and friends.  In her new role, Patty will be responsible for broadening the impact of her work to support fundraising efforts across the giving spectrum.  This will include reporting on leadership giving, contributing to our team’s data visualization strategy, and collaborating on data-driven decision making throughout the organization.

Additionally, the recently posted position for an analyst on our Strategic Analytics team will be reporting to Patty.  If you know anyone that may be interested in joining our team, we would certainly appreciate your referrals.

Please join me in congratulating Patty!

Mark Dumich

Congratulations to Bill Ribera

I am pleased to announce Bill Ribera as the new Senior Director of the West Region.  Bill joined University Relations as a Director of Regional Development in February and has been serving benefactors in Northern California since that time.  Before joining the Development team, Bill had a successful 33 year career in High Tech sales in Silicon Valley. The last 20 of those years were spent in sales leadership positions, including VP of Sales roles at Veritas, Commvault, Panasas and Talena. His diverse skill set and experience includes leading a team of 250 people in the Western Region at Veritas, building out a worldwide sales and engineering organization at Panasas, and developing a sales and marketing strategy for a zero dollar start up, Talena, bringing in their first 25 customers and $3 million in revenue.

Bill is a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in Government, and a two time Monogram winner on the Track and Field team. A native Californian, Bill and his wife, have transitioned to South Bend and look forward to their first official Michiana winter.  Bill and Sherri are officially ’empty nesters’ after raising four children; Jaimie, a teacher and coach in Utah, Danielle, a 2011 grad of ND and currently an attorney in the Bay Area, Nick, a junior Computer Science major at ND, and Grace, a freshman at Purdue.  Bill now spends his spare time hiking, running (more like a fast walk) and enjoying food and wine with Sherri.

Please join me in congratulating Bill in his new role

Stu Fortener

Congratulations to Danny Knight!

Please join me in congratulating Danny Knight on her transition to the position of myNotreDame Support Coordinator with the Alumni Association. Danny leaves her role in support of Affinity Groups, where she had a significant impact on the team and our volunteers. Danny forged many productive and strong relationships – a testament to her amazing, outgoing personality and her passion for the University and the work of our volunteers. These attributes will continue to serve Danny and the NDAA in her new role. (Welcome to the other end of the hall, Danny!)
Mark Welch

Condolences for Carol Hennion

Dear Colleagues,

Sadly we share the news of the passing of Bob Hennion, Carol Hennion’s husband of 57 years. Carol, as many of you will recall, was the Director of Donor Services and had been with the University for 34 years when she retired in 2012. Bob had requested that there be no service of any kind, but a gathering and mass on Carol’s behalf is being planned for next Tuesday afternoon, September 18,  at 2:00 in the chapel at Flaherty Hall. We encourage all who remember Carol to join us to show your love and support for Carol during these difficult days. We will have a basket available should you wish to bring a sympathy card for her. Also, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN 46545 or the Joseph R. Hennion Memorial Fund, c/o St. Joseph’s High School, 453 Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

Jamie Barry

Upcoming Spirion (Identity Finder) Scan

Development Staff:

On Monday, September 17th, beginning at 9:00am, the OIT’s Information Security team will scan University owned computers in Development for highly sensitive information, such as SSNs, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers, using software called Spirion (formerly Identity Finder). This is being done to reduce/eliminate the electronic storage of highly sensitive information on University owned computers.

An email will be sent Monday morning with instructions on what you can expect during the scan, and what steps will need to be taken after the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Development Help Desk.

Thank you,

Development Help Desk