Farewell to Christine DeVore

Christine DeVore will be leaving University Relations effective May 23rd. We are very sorry to see Christine go and wish her well as she joins Federated Media, WAOR 95.7 “The Fan” in the role of sales and branding executive.

Christine joined Notre Dame in 2009 as executive administrative assistant to Micki Kidder. After approximately 2 years working with Micki, Christine joined Recruiting/Learning and Development in April of 2011. She and Linda Costas, working closely together, established the program and achieved a new level of training and on-boarding for all new employees coming into UR. At the same time, Christine supported all aspects of recruiting. Her talents have contributed immeasurably to the well-being, professionalism, innovation, and high level of service of both programs. We will miss her.

Please help in extending a fond farewell and deep thanks to Christine.

Farewell to Carlos Flores

I write to inform you that Carlos Flores has submitted his letter of resignation for his position as Associate Regional Director with the West Region, effective June 30, 2013.

Carlos has served our donors in Texas, Utah and Oklahoma with dedication and loyalty.  I personally want to thank Carlos for his hard work and his support to me and to the Regional Development team.

Carlos and his spouse Kelsey will be leaving the University of Notre Dame and returning to Oklahoma.  Please join me in wishing Carlos and Kelsey all the best in their future endeavors.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon, Senior Regional Director, West

Welcome Jeanne Monsma as Manager of Learning and Development

I am pleased to announce that effective June 3 Jeanne Monsma will join us as the Manager of University Relations Learning & Organizational Development.  In this capacity, Jeanne will report to me and lead the strategy around the UR orientation and onboarding program; managing and expanding learning and development programs and opportunities for new and existing employees; and lead the division’s project management function focused on continuous improvement. UR Learning and Development is a key priority for our division, and I look forward to Jeanne’s leadership in this arena.

For the past four years, Jeanne has served as a Manager of Patient Experience Advisory Services for Press Ganey Associates.  In this role, she has lead teams responsible for driving client engagement and improvement in patient satisfaction, with a focus on driving revenue, performance behaviors, relationship building, and business expansion.  Prior to this role, she spent six years with Memorial Health System as a Lead Educator and Community Relations Coordinator.

Jeanne earned her bachelor of science in Journalism and Public Relations from Ball State University; and completed post baccalaureate work in graphic design, political science, art history, and French through IUSB.  She is active in the Scholastic Arts Board, River Bend Cancer Society, South Bend Leadership, and several other community organizations.

We are thrilled to have Jeanne’s experience, leadership, and commitment to the mission of Notre Dame as she steps into this new leadership role.  Join me in welcoming Jeanne to the team!

Warmest regards,

Welcome Kevin Madden: Director, Recognition Societies

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce that Kevin Madden will be joining the Annual Giving Programs team as the Director, Recognition Societies effective May 13, 2013 reporting to me.  Kevin will be responsible for the general management of Notre Dame’s Annual Giving Recognition Societies (The Sorin Society, Order of St. Thomas More, John Cardinal O’Hara Society, Rockne Heritage Fund) including designing, planning, and executing fund-raising programs, marketing, communications, brand management and donor experience for the societies which will generate over $25 million in FY 2013. Kevin’s direct reports will include the recognition society leaders, major gift officers and the donor experience team.

Kevin joins Notre Dame from Hobart Industries where he was the Director, Marketing for Warewash Products.  Prior to joining Hobart, Kevin spent 15 years with the Whirlpool Corporation in positions of increasing responsibility including director roles in sales and trade marketing competencies, pricing, marketing operations and strategy.  He has significant experience developing high performing teams and has worked extensively on the application of six sigma improvement methods to drive results in sales and marketing processes.  Before joining Whirlpool, Kevin worked at the Northrop Corporation and Integrated Systems Incorporated.

Kevin received his BS in aerospace engineering and MBA from Notre Dame, and is deeply committed to the mission of the University.  He also holds an ME in flight control systems from the California Polytechnic State University.

Kevin and his wife Judy have five wonderful children Michael (18), Matthew (17), Mark (15), Mary (13) and Meaghan (10) and are active in Holy Cross Parish in South Bend.

Please join me in welcoming Kevin.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch, Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Mothers and Women of Notre Dame Mass on Sunday, May 19

The Parents Program would like to invite you and your family to celebrate Our Lady and the Mothers of Notre Dame at Mass on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Little Flower Catholic Church   11:30 a.m. Mass

Reception on the patio following Mass

There are several Masses across the country from Vermont to Hawaii that will be celebrating the Mothers and women of Notre Dame on May 19:  http://parents.nd.edu/news/38931-mothers-of-notre-dame-mass-2013/.

Please join us as we share our faith and celebrate together at Mass in this beautiful month of Our Lady.

Barbara M. Kelly, Parents Program

Welcome Zach Richard to the Web Group

Please help me welcome Zachary Richard as a front-end web developer/designer. He begins May 13 after making the long trek from New Haven, CT. Zachary is a 2011 graduate of Oberlin College where he studied Biology and played varsity football as a place-kicker. Zachary joins us from Total Mortgage where he managed a team responsible for designing, coding and testing Total Mortgage and its affiliates websites.

Please join me in welcoming Zach to our team!

Erik Runyon, Director of Web Communications

Assistant Director, Prospect Management Posted

Dear Colleagues,

The position of Assistant Director, Prospect Management has been posted.  Huyen Lee held this position for the Midwest, as Assistant Director, Regional Analysis (ADRA).  The title has been updated to reflect the position’s emphasis on prospect management.  Candidates with strong analytical and strategic abilities, along with an innovative and collaborative approach to problem solving, are encouraged to apply.  Please see the posting for more details, or contact me at 1-4106.

Anne Griffith

Welcome Cody Baker to Multimedia Services

Please help me welcome Cody Baker as our producer/ videographer/ editor in Multimedia Services.  He begins work May 14 and brings a wealth of experience in creative direction, videography, editing and motion graphics to our team.  Cody has been the owner of EyeMotion Media since 2004 and recent clients include Jockey, Bennington Marine, FireVine Advertising, Blue Gold Illustrated, Bethel College Athletics and Granger Community Church.  Some of his past positions include producing Inside Access at ABC Sports in New York and teaching motion graphic design and animation at the college level.  He will be handling University video productions from concept to completion and we are very excited to have him joining us.  Cody lives in Osceola with his wife and daughter.

Beth Grisoli, Director of Multimedia Services

Farewell to Mary LaViolette

We write to announce that Mary LaViolette, after 16 years of dedicated service to Notre Dame, has decided to take a new position with a promising local start-up company.  She has been an integral part of Development for a number of years, first serving in the research department before transitioning to support us in Regional Development.  We all wish Mary the very best and success in her new endeavor.  Mary’s last day at the University will be Friday, May 3rd.

Brian Green & Henry Scroope

Congratulations to Patti McLaughlin

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce that Patti McLaughlin has been promoted to the position of Associate Director, Law Annual Giving effective May 1, 2013.  Patti will report to the Director of Recognition Societies when that position is filled, and will report to me in the interim.   Patti will be responsible for the general management of the Notre Dame Law School’s Order of St. Thomas More (OSTM) Recognition Society and Annual Fund including designing, planning, and executing fund-raising programs, marketing communications, volunteer engagement, brand management and the donor experience required to achieve the revenue and participation plans for OSTM and the Law School Annual Fund. This position works closely with the Dean, Associate Deans, Alumni Relations Manager, and Directors at the Law School to plan and achieve the goals for OSTM and the Law School Annual Fund.

Patti most recently served as a Coordinator Annual Giving with responsibility for development of marketing and communications collateral, writing and editing communications, e-communications approvals and the communications calendar.  Patti’s work on process improvements in her greenbelt project assignment have had significant positive impacts on Annual Giving Programs, specifically in the area of e-mail approval process definition and performance, as well as direct marketing effectiveness and optimization.  Patti has a great love of Notre Dame and has demonstrated tremendous commitment to its mission and the performance required to achieve excellence in the work of Annual Giving Programs.

Patti received her BA in Spanish and Political Science from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.  Patti started her career as an attorney at Carter, Ledyard and Milburn in New York.  Prior to joining the staff at Notre Dame, she taught Spanish at multiple institutions of Catholic education.

Patti and her husband Michael have three wonderful children Tommy (age 15), Daisy (age 14) and Maggie (age 11).

Please join me in congratulating Patti on her promotion.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch
Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs