Welcome Erin Bess to Stewardship Programs

Dear Colleagues:

I am happy to share that Erin Bess has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant in Stewardship Programs. Many of you have already had the pleasure of interacting with Erin as she has served as a temporary employee in Donors Services, the Sorin Society and Stewardship Programs the last several months.

A graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Erin has interned with the Riley Children’s Foundation, State Farm Insurance and the Rolls-Royce Corporation. She brings much enthusiasm, professionalism and creativity to the role. Please help me in congratulating Erin and officially welcoming her to the Development Department.

Warmest Regards,

Katherine Lane

3rd SeSSion at The Midway Tavern on May 5

Come on out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 3rd SeSSion at The Midway Tavern on Saturday, May 5.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even break out a sombrero for a song or two!

The fun and music starts at 9 pm and goes until 1 am.  Come for some of it, come for all of it!  It’s always a good time and a fun crowd!  Of course, The Midway is a classic venue with lots of great history.

You can also call The Midway Tavern to reserve a table.  Here’s more information:


Once again, the $5 cover goes to music lessons for the band.  The dancehall at the Midway will be designated smoke-free for the evening.  You can also call the Midway and reserve a table!

Hope to see you there!

August R. Freda, Jr. ’79, Director, Development Research and Lead Guitarist, 3rd SeSSion

Welcome Cheryl Rimes to Annual Giving Programs

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl Rimes as the new Associate Director, Annual Giving Program (AGP) Analytics, effective April 23rd.  Cheryl will report to me and have responsibility for the creation of the Analytics function within AGP.  Cheryl will be responsible for building comprehensive analytics capabilities and executing plans to support AGP in the areas of marketing and prospect research, segmentation, donor acquisition and development, fundraising performance, benchmarking and strategic planning.  She will also be responsible for analytics supporting AGP operations and processes.

Cheryl joins Notre Dame from the Whirlpool Corporation where she served as Senior Project Analyst, Database Marketing, North America Brand Product Organization.  Prior to joining Whirlpool, Cheryl held positions of increasing responsibility in Analytics in the healthcare industry, including a role as the Lead Business Systems Analyst at the University of Michigan Health System.  She is a proven leader with excellent critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills.

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from Hope College, and achieved Lean Healthcare Certification from the University of Michigan School of Engineering.  She has a broad working knowledge of business intelligence, reporting, data warehouses, query tools and programming languages.

Cheryl and her husband Dave, and sons Kyle, Erik and Jon live in Stevensville, Michigan.  Please join me in welcoming Cheryl to the AGP team as she takes on this important role for the University.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch,  Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Development Welcomes Christopher Walsh ND 87’ to the East Region Development Team

Please join me in welcoming Chris Walsh to the University of Notre Dame Development team.  Chris begins his work with Notre Dame after a successful twenty year career in the healthcare industry.

Chris is a 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Pre-Professional Studies and Psychology.  He also earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Indianapolis.  Chris is a Monogram winner and served as captain of the Notre Dame Swim Team.

Chris has a unique professional skill set that blends exceptional sales success complimented by a strong service commitment.  He spent several years in the Indianapolis rehabilitation and specialty care community as a successful physical therapist and later transitioned to the corporate side where he represented the Merck and Stryker product lines of Reconstructive, Trauma and Orthopedics.

In 2009, Chris launched his first entrepreneurial company, Cancer Treatment Survival, Inc.  The mission of the firm is to become a consultant to people with new diagnoses of cancer with direct focus on education, organization and preparation for their medical care.   Chris also authored his first book in 2010, “The First Fifteen Minutes of Cancer”.

Notre Dame welcomes the entire Walsh family including Chris’s wife Stephanie, and their children: Lilly, Aislinn and Declan.  The Walsh family lives in Niles, Michigan and they are members of St Joseph’s Parish in South Bend.

Chris will be a wonderful addition to the Development team and I am very proud to welcome him aboard!

Go Irish!

Michael McLaughlin

Welcome Jared Mrozinske to Major Gifts

Please join me in welcoming Jared Mrozinske as the newest member of the Major Gifts team at Notre Dame!  Jared will start on April 16, 2012, as Associate Director of Major Gifts.  He will be responsible for relationship-building with alumni, parents, and friends to assess their interest, financial capacity, and willingness to support the University with unrestricted gifts in the range of $5,000 to $100,000.  Jared’s portfolio will be focused on individuals in the Western Region.

Jared began his career at the University of Notre Dame in April 2009 when he was hired as an Event Marketing and Ticketing intern within the Department of Athletics.  In March 2011, Jared joined University Relations as Program Manager for the Annual Fund.  In this role, Jared has helped to plan, strategize, and implement donor engagement through direct mail, e-mail, and phone efforts.  Jared, in partnership with Program Manager Pablo Martinez, currently manages over 130 student callers and oversees their efforts to solicit donations for Notre Dame.  Jared earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Purdue University.

From April 16 through May 4, Jared will gradually transition from his current role as Program Manager in the phone center to the role of Associate Director, Major Gifts.  This gradual transition is to ensure continuity in the phone center until the end of regular student calling on May 2.  Jared will be fulltime with Major Gifts on Monday, May 7.

Welcome Jared, and go Irish!


Anne-Marie Campbell

Welcome to Adam Stoffel, DIS

Please join me in welcoming Adam Stoffel to the DIS team!  Adam will join us on April 16 as a Data Analyst.  His role in DIS will be to collaborate with University Relations in performing analysis, design, development, support and maintenance of the applications which support our development goals. This includes the creation and maintenance of standard and ad-hoc reports.

Adam comes to Notre Dame from Robert Bosch, LLC where is worked as a Sr. Programmer Analyst for the past 5 years. Adam’s technical background and educational background will be a great benefit to the department.

Adam graduated in 2005 from IUSB with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Marketing in 2011.  Adam and his wife, Christina are the proud parents of a 1 year old son, Colin.

Please welcome Adam to the University Relations team!

Carleen Quinlan, Director DIS

UR MOMS (University Relations Mothers Offering Mothers Support)

Please join us at our next UR MOMS meeting and enjoy a facilitated discussion about meal planning, easy recipes, healthy snacks and eating on a budget.

Tuesday, May 1,  Noon-1:00 PM,  ESC Family Room

This meeting will be a crock pot carry-in gathering.  Please bring a dish to share and the recipe you used.  (We will scan and send you the recipes following the lunch!) If you prefer to bring a ‘non’ crock pot recipe, please do.

To avoid having too many duplicate dishes, we are requesting that you consider bringing the following:

Last name begins with A-J            Appetizer, Salad or Fruit Dish

Last name begins with K-R           Main Dish, Soup or Veggie Side Dish

Last name begins with S-Z            Dessert

To RSVP for this event, please accept or decline the email invitation that was sent to you this week by Friday, April 27. Please include the dish you will be bringing in your RSVP response.

Jennifer Binder                                                                                 Heather M. Moriconi

Admin Asst Regional Development                                        Asst Dir of Stewardship Programs

Jbinder1@nd.edu                                                                            Moriconi.1@nd.edu

574/631-1435                                                                                     574/631-9784

Augie Freda: University of Notre Dame Presidential Leadership Award

From the Presidential Awards Selection Committee:

Congratulations to Augie Freda! He has been selected to receive a 2012 University of Notre Dame Presidential Leadership Award!

These awards have been designed to reward and recognize individuals who demonstrate servant leadership in their role as  managers.

A nomination from several of Augie’s employees revealed his ability to support, motivate and recognize his staff. Each individual shared specific examples about his ability to make their work life a positive experience. He positively demonstrates the University’s Core Values of Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, Leadership in Mission and Leadership in Excellence.

A total of five awards will be presented at the Service Recognition and Presidential Awards Dinner scheduled for Monday, May 213 in the Joyce Center.