Welcome Teresa O’Connor

Please join us in welcoming Teresa O’Connor to the East Region leadership fundraising team!  Teresa will be joining our leadership fundraising team as an Administrative Assistant and will be teaming with Jill Donnelly and Craig Horvath.  Teresa began her Notre Dame development career in 1997 in the Letter Shop.  She then took her talents to the Sorin Society and Foundation Relations.  Shortly thereafter, in 2000, she began working with Notre Dame’s Matching Gifts team.  Teresa, as Matching Gifts Coordinator, has helped Notre Dame’s Matching Gifts team achieve #1 status in dollars raised, alumni participation, and total number of gifts matched!  Teresa hails from a large family whom she loves dearly. Her husband, Jim O’Connor, is Vice President Sales and Operations, Follett Higher Education Group.  She also enjoys volunteering for the Christ Child Society, our Notre Dame women’s basketball team and at the ND Bookstore.

You may offer your congratulations to Teresa at: 1-5341 or Teresa.O’Connor.82@nd.edu.

Welcome Dan Santucci- new ARD for the East Region





Please join me in welcoming Dan Santucci aboard as a new ARD for the East Region.  Dan Santucci joined the Game Day team in May of 2011. As Assistant Director of Game Day Operations, Dan is charged with implementing and managing all aspects of Game Day’s hospitality and communications efforts. This includes Game Day initiatives such as the Irish Green, the Transportation initiative, Guest Services Teams, and this very website!

Prior to joining the Game Day staff, Dan spent four years playing in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers. A 2006 graduate of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Dan was a four year letter winner as an offensive lineman for the Irish football team.

Dan and his wife Meredith currently reside in South Bend with their 3 children, Johnny, Avery and Luke who was born a few months ago.

Farewell to Amanda Mathews and Lindsey Bennett

Farewell to Amanda Mathews and Lindsey Bennett

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Amanda Mathews and Lindsey Bennett, administrative support staff for the west region, will be leaving the university to spend time with their families.  The last day at Notre Dame for both will be August 2. Lindsey and Brian reside in South Bend and are due to welcome their daughter on September 20.  They will remain in this area, and Brian continues to work as an education consultant for TechSmith.


Amanda and Adam will relocate to Dayton, Ohio where Adam has secured a position with Dinsmore & Shohl to practice patent law.  They are due to welcome their daughter on September 4.

We will be posting their positions soon.

Please join me in wishing both Lindsey and Amanda well, and thank them for their service to Our Lady’s University.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon

Senior Regional Director, Central Region


Welcome James Riley to Development Midwest Region

Please join me in welcoming James Riley to the Notre Dame Development team as Associate Regional Director, Midwest Region, effective July 1, 2013.

In 1994, James received his Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology from Notre Dame.  During his years at Notre Dame, James was a member of the marching band, serving in the drum line for 4 years.  James brings to Notre Dame experience from his work in financial planning (AMEX), banking (Bank of America), and sales (Abbot and Vascular Solutions).  James also has great knowledge of the University, having served five years as an assistant director of admissions here at Notre Dame.

James and his wife Mirella (ND ’94 and currently Special Events and Communications Coordinator in the Office of the President), are the proud parents of three children, Jasmine (12), Naya (9), and Talina (4).

When not working, James enjoys drumming, photography, and cycling.

Please welcome James to the Development Team!

Farewell to Robin Zastrow

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Robin Zastrow will be leaving the University of Notre Dame effective July 12, 2013.  Robin, Philip, and baby Holden will be returning to their roots in Dayton, Ohio to explore new adventures in the digital design industry and be closer to their families.  Robin has been a tremendous asset to our team, providing outstanding partnership and a warm smile to all she encountered.  Her expertise, commitment to teamwork, and kindness will be forever missed at Notre Dame.   She is a trusted colleague and personal friend, and we will all miss her greatly.  Please join me in thanking Robin for her service to Our Lady’s University and wishing her well in the future!

My best,


Farewell to Melanie Davis

It is with mixed emotions that I announce Melanie Davis will be leaving the University, effective July 10th. Melanie has provided outstanding service to the entire University Relations team over the past three years. Her expertise in search and recruitment has resulted in a tremendous number of outstanding talent added to our team. While we wish her all the best in the future, she will be greatly missed.

Melanie will be transitioning to Huron Consulting as its Director of Recruiting for the Education and Life Sciences Practice. Huron Consulting is a consulting firm based in Chicago and focused on strategy, finance, operations and technology, helping global clients improve performance, comply with complex regulations and reduce costs.

Please join me in wishing Melanie all the best in her next venture!


Welcome Marty Harshman, Regional Development West

Please join me in welcoming Marty Harshman to the Notre Dame Development team as Associate Regional Director, West Region, effective July 22, 2013.

In 1997, Marty received his Bachelors of Arts degree in communications from Purdue University.  In 1999, he graduated from the ACE program, received his master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland, and in 2004, he received his graduate degree in educational administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Since 1997, he has taught in Catholic schools and coached basketball in North Carolina, Oregon, Ohio and Indiana.  From 2005 to present, Marty has served as assistant principal and head basketball coach at Saint Joseph High School.

Marty and his spouse Catherine “Katie” reside in South Bend with their three sons – Sam (7), Joe (5) and Teddy (2).

Please join me in welcoming Marty Harshman to the West Region team.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon, Senior Director of Development, West Region

Ivy Quad Tour – June 27

Bring a friend and join us for a tour of the luxurious

 Ivy Quad Development

64 condos & townhomes across from

Eck Tennis Pavilion on Twyckenham Drive

Thursday, June 27th   from 4 – 5pm

Snacks and refreshments provided

Please park in any location that doesn’t have a garage

Welcome Jennifer Harwell, Regional Development West

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Harwell to the West Region Development team as Administrative Assistant.  Jennifer’s start date is July 8.

Jennifer is a South Bend native.  In 1998 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  Jennifer has been in sales in California from 2003-2010.  Upon returning home to Indiana, she managed the Granger Pier 1 Imports.

Please join me in welcoming her to the West Region team!

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon, Senior Director of Development, West Region

Shred Your Home Files at Work Day is July 17

Do you have old bank statements, checks, copies of bills or other confidential papers at home that you have been wanting to have securely destroyed?  The University’s shred provider Shred-it, in conjunction with the University Archives, is offering a one-time document destruction opportunity for all University faculty, staff, and students.

When:     Wednesday, July 17 from 11:30-1:30 

Where:    Shred-it truck will be parked in the northeast corner of the Purcell Pavilion parking lot (corner of Moose Krause Circle and Leahy Drive)

What:      Only paper can be shredded.  If you have CD’s, DVD’s or diskettes, they will be incinerated off-site.

If you don’t have much time, drive-up and drop-off service will be available.  You are welcome, however, to stay and watch your documents go through the shredder.

We need your help getting the word out about this event!  I have attached an event flyer that includes all the pertinent details (date, time, location).  Please print off the flyer and post in your office or a location where it will be seen.  Thanks for your help!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Remember, “Shred Your Home Files at Work Day” is July 17!

Hope to see you there.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Mary Rose Nowicki, Shred Program Coordinator