Welcome Patty Smith as Billing Coordinator

I am pleased to announce Patty Smith will begin serving as the Billing Coordinator for tickets/events in Individual and Institutional Giving effective July 8th. Patty will report directly to myself and provide support for ticketing and event management.  Her primary focus will be billing and distribution of tickets, parking passes and event tickets for university relations, assisting with events and special projects related to football (application coding, system upgrades and testing, media guide mailing, stadium location reviews, pep rally reception/development tailgate assistance, etc.), providing customer service for internal and external constituents, and assisting with data management and analysis for various events and ticketing.

Since 2005, Patty has served as an administrative assistant for regional development supporting Lynn Hubert and Bridget Moreno in the Midwest region.  She was elected several years ago to serve as the chair of the Staff Advisory Committee (SAC), which represents non-exempt staff to university leadership.  Prior to her career at Notre Dame, she was an executive assistant for six years at the National Committee on Planned Giving in Indianapolis. She has proven to be a team player and has great experience and knowledge of the department and current processes.  Her expertise and understanding of donor relationships and stewardship will transition seamlessly into this position and provide our team with ongoing proficiency.

Please join me in welcoming Patty to her new role.

Jill Calderone

Talent Management Coordinator

With the departure of Christine DeVore, the position of Talent Management Coordinator has been staffed on a temporary basis by Gretchen Neely, who has done a wonderful job. We are now posting the position internally for five days with a preferred candidate.

If you would like to express interest, please either apply or contact Jeanne Monsma or Melanie Davis. We would be happy to discuss the position with you.

Thank you,


Melanie Davis and Jeanne Monsma

Farewell to Brenda Hull Cox


It is with a heavy heart that I share that BRENDA HULL COX, associate director for foundation relations, will be leaving Notre Dame on 5 July 2013 to spend more time with family.

For the past five years, Brenda has been an integral part of the foundation relations group. To me personally and to so many others, she is an incredible mentor, colleague, and friend. Her experience in the philanthropic space and her nuanced understanding of the arts and the social sciences have greatly contributed to the success of our academic advancement team. She will be missed, leaving very big shoes to fill for her successor.

Please join me in thanking Brenda for her faithful service to Our Lady’s University over these past years and in wishing her well in the years to come.


Rudy Reyes Jr.Director of Foundation Relations

Rob Ortiz to be a Director of Gift Planning

I am pleased to announce Rob Ortiz will begin serving as a Director of Gift Planning as soon as his successor for Law Advancement is identified. Rob will report directly to Greg Dugard and focus on benefactors residing in the Northeast region of the United States, and also work directly with Greg  on estate administration and DAF management.

Rob’s transition to Gift Planning is part of an effort to capitalize on the momentum around the Love Thee Notre Dame initiative, providing much needed additional support to the Regional Fundraisers, and a concurrent  reorganization around law advancement.   With Rob’s unique skill set, including his legal background in trusts and estate and his ability to cultivate prospects, Rob will move to the Gift Planning team to help their supportive efforts of the entire development team.   With the proven success of the Directors of Academic Advancement in all colleges, we will continue with this role within the Law School, with slight modifications. The position will report directly to George Keegan, consistent with the other Directors of Academic Advancement, and will be posted on the HR site in the coming days.

Please join me in congratulating Rob on this exciting new opportunity as we work together to expand Notre Dame’s unique vision for the future!

My best,


Farewell to Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell has accepted a position with the University of Maryland as a senior writer/editor for Terp, the university magazine. His last day will be June 19.

While I am excited for Liam and Lisa for the chance to get closer to home, I am saddened to lose such an important member of our Communications and Marketing team. For any of you who have read Liam’s writings for Notre Dame Magazine or ND Today, you know of his love for Our Lady’s University. We hope that he will continue to write for the magazine on a freelance basis as his voice will be missed by our alumni readers

Please join me in sharing your best wishes with Liam.



Bill Gangluff
, Director of Marketing Communications

Welcome Jennah Marino to the Stewardship Programs Team

Please join me in welcoming Jennah Marino to the Stewardship Programs team.  As the Acknowledgment Administrative Assistant, Jennah will coordinate and oversee the personal Fr. John Jenkins and Lou Nanni acknowledgment processes, as well as assist with other stewardship projects, including recognition weekends and endowment reporting.

Jennah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and French Language, and her Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Memphis, where she has been working in support of their advancement operations since 2006.  Most recently, she served as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement, and was responsible for budget reporting, special projects, division-wide initiatives, and acknowledgments. She also served as a liaison to the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and Foundation Board of Trustees.  Her previous experience at the university included working with the University’s Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors, and serving as business officer of Alumni Association clubs and chapters, working with volunteers, donors and friends of the University of Memphis.

Jennah and her husband, Joseph, are relocating from Memphis, Tennessee this month. Joseph will begin the residency program in Family Practice at Memorial Hospital. Please join me in welcoming Jennah to the Development Department on Thursday, June 20.

Libby Schleiffarth

Senior Associate Director of Stewardship Programs



Stephanie Mola Leaving Alumni Association

Stephanie Mola will be leaving the Alumni Association to become the Student Athlete Careers Program Director at the Notre Dame Career Center effective July 1, 2013.

Please join me in congratulating Stephanie and wishing her well in her new role. For the past 3 years, she has been an integral part of the NDAA team serving our young alumni and leading our major events. I want to thank her for her numerous contributions and for being such a great teammate.

In her newly created role, Stephanie will work with the 750+ Notre Dame Student-Athletes around all topics pertinent to their career development while meeting their unique and growing needs.

Thank you,

Marc Burdell

Tour Ivy Quad June 27th

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

Ivy Quad

Stu Fortener, Senior Director for the Western Region.

On behalf of Joe Gelchion…

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stu Fortener as the Senior Director for the Western Region.

It’s always nice to promote from within and this announcement adds to that enjoyment.

Stu joined the University on February, 2011, serving as the Academic Advancement Officer for the Mendoza College of Business.

Before joining the University, Stu held numerous leadership roles in both sales and marketing. Immediately prior to his hire here at Notre Dame, Stu was a multi-plant General Manager for the Temple-Inland Company, one of the largest corrugated packaging companies in the country. In that role, Stu was responsible for all sales and operations of those plants, which was a 100 million dollar operation.

Aside from Stu’s past, we have all had the opportunity to see Stu in his current role.  Stu is organized, professional, dedicated, a team player and a humble servant to the University.  He has a proven track record both at the University of Notre Dame and elsewhere which has prepared him well for this challenging role.

Stu is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing. In 1997, Stu received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Stu will officially transition into his new role once his replacement has been identified and hired. Please join me in congratulating Stu in his new role.

Many thanks,

Joe Gelchion, Associate Vice President for Development

Senior Director, Western Region

On behalf of Joseph Gelchion…

As many of you are aware, we posted a position for Senior Director, Western Region not long ago.  I am happy to report we have found what I believe will be the ideal leader of that region.  Before I announce who that individual is, I’d like to first clarify the rationale behind this newly designed region.   A separate e-mail with the official announcement will go out later today.

Our growth over these past 3 -4 years has been significant.  To date, we have more than doubled in size and we fully expect that growth to continue.  Managing that growth will be crucial to our success.

With that said, we reviewed all regions and realized what we had known for a long time, the Western Region is simply too big.  California and Texas are like countries in themselves.  Kevin Cannon has done a wonderful job running this massive territory, but in the end we realized we needed to address our concerns over this size issue and our ability to best serve our donors both new and old.

What we have essentially done is split the Western Region in two.  The distribution of states will be announced early next week.  This will be done with as little disruption as possible.   I thank you all for your patience as we have worked through some minor tweaks that can be expected with this change.

Only the best,