Welcome to Brenda Harley to Donor Experience

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that Brenda Harley will be joining the Donor Experience team as a Donor Experience Coordinator.  In her role, Brenda will be responsible for creating a positive and meaningful experience for people that give to the Notre Dame Recognition Societies.  She will also support core processes for donor acknowledgement and pledge reminders.  Brenda joined Notre Dame in October 2012 where she worked with the Special Events team as an Administrative Assistant.  She supported the team in preparing for Advisory Council weekends and other special events.

Brenda has helped coordinate fundraising events for the United Way of St. Joseph County, St. Adalbert Catholic School, Unity Garden, LLC and the Stanley Clark School Kaleidoscope Event.

Brenda will replace Candice Corbett who has left the University.  We wish Candice success in her future endeavors.


Please join me in welcoming Brenda to Donor Experience and supporting her in her transition to the new role.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin Madden

Director of Recognition Societies


Farewell to Susan Guibert

Dear Colleagues,

After 10 years on the Notre Dame public relations team, Susan Guibert is leaving the University to take a new position as executive director of communications and media relations at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Clearly this is a wonderful opportunity, but we’re sorry to see her go. Susan has made a lasting impression on Notre Dame during her time here and we will miss her, as both a colleague and as a friend. The good news is she will continue to reside in South Bend part-time, so we may still see her around. Her last official day at Notre Dame will be August 27.

Please join me in congratulating Susan and wishing her well on this exciting new adventure.

Best regards,

Julie Flory

Innovation Park Tour

Please join us to tour the creative environment and exciting work underway by 25 or more young companies at Innovation Park on September 17th, 11 a.m. Be inspired by the dedicated and passionate entrepreneurs, many of whom are faculty or students at Notre Dame, as they endeavor to transform their ideas into marketable innovations as a force for good. If you wish to learn more about the Park before the tour, please check out the Park’s website: www.innovationparknd.com. You must RSVP to Gretchen Neely to attend this tour.

Contact: Gretchen Neely

Communicating with Professionalism Course Offered

This course covers a range of communication skills from appearance and body language to the words you use to establish credibility and rapport.  Project a positive, calm attitude by choosing the words you use and the reactions you display. This program covers telephone, voice mail and email tips that will help you communicate a professional image even when others cannot see you.  Know when to be silent and when to speak – use active listening skills to enhance your effectiveness.  Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 1-4 p.m. in Grace Hall.  Register through Endeavor.  Please contact Jeanne Monsma with any questions regarding this or any other development program.

Editorial Style Guide


Dear colleagues:

The Office of Stewardship Programs is happy to provide “An Editorial Style Guide for Professional Communication” Style Guide  for use as a writing reference tool for the Division of University Relations. This new guide will assist writers at all levels with questions on grammar, punctuation, and style. We have included links to additional reference sites such as the online ND Style Guide,the On Message site created by the Marketing Communications team, and the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary. We have also provided an extensive section on writing thank-you notes, particularly those which are prepared by fundraisers and the Office of Stewardship Programs’ writers. Please take the Style Guide Test on the last page to determine whether you might benefit from reviewing this brief, yet concise, document!

Special thanks to Heather Moriconi and Erin Bess who were instrumental in producing this guide. Thanks also to Tim Legge and Michael Rodio who offered suggestions. Note that they will be presenting “Creating Communications in Accordance with Brand Standards” at the UR Summit on Wednesday at 10:30.

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane

Director of Stewardship Programs

Department of Development


Assistant Director, Prospect Management, East Region

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to introduce Cindy Karpovs as Assistant Director of Prospect Management, East Region.  In this role, Cindy will report to me and support Michael McLaughlin and the East Region.

Cindy comes to Notre Dame with broad and deep experience in business development, financial analysis and sales support.  Most recently, Cindy served as Finance Consultant at Bosch Management Services where she analyzed $1.6B in revenue and headcount for Bosch’s US and international plants.  Prior to her role in Finance, Cindy worked as Bosch’s Manager of Sales Controlling and Coordination.  In this role, she developed research-based negotiation strategies, competitive and value analysis, and trend analysis.  Cindy excels in process, evidenced by her implementation of an automated tool that improved on time quotation delivery from 48% to 95%.

She is a graduate of Indiana University South Bend, earning a BS in Business Administration/Finance. Cindy and her husband Alek live in Granger with their three children Zach, Lauren, and Josh.  She will begin her career with Notre Dame on Monday, August 19.  Please join me in welcoming Cindy to the Notre Dame family!

 In Notre Dame,

Anne Griffith

Director of Prospect Management

Finance Team – Changes in Areas of Responsibility


I want to make you aware of some changes made to areas of responsibility among members of the Finance Team.  With the transition of Brad Goff to Data Analytics and changes in the organizational structure of University Relations, we have aligned the talent on the team with the needs of the organization.  Effective immediately, responsibilities among this team are as follows:

  •  Amy Huff – Promoted to Sr. Associate Director –Responsible for Budget Management for Individual & Institutional Giving and Campaign, Budget Preparation for the Division, and Oversight of reconciliations.  Amy will also serve as the liaison to Audit & Advisory Services and Tax.


  • Geoff Stookey – Promoted to Budget Specialist – Reporting to Amy Huff, he will be responsible for Reconciliations, Gift Audit Reports, Budget Review, and Special Projects (e.g., researching gift transactions).


  • Doug Leyes – Budget Analyst – Budget Management for Advisory Council, Special Events, and President’s Circle, Budget Planning for Special Engagements, Pilot Projects, FASB 116 Audit, Procard Specialist, Special Projects, and Setup of New Gift Accounts.


  • Brenda Carr –  Budget Analyst – Budget Management for Events Underwritten by Donors (Donor Special Events account). Budget Management for Various Units within Advancement Services, Position Management, Onboarding, and Personnel Records.  Analysis of expense transactions and adjustments for the Division.  Liaison to Telecommunications, Accounts Payable and Payroll.


  • Katherine Cinninger – Project Specialist – Manages and oversees Special Projects (CPI related), Assigns Allocations for New Gift Agreements, D-Code Committee Member, Manages Setup of New Credit Card Activity, Manages contracts and leases.  Liaison to General Counsel.


  • Donna Snyder – Account Specialist – Reporting to Stacy Koebel, Donor Services, she will continue to manage gift agreements, establishment of new accounts, special requests related to gifts, gift agreements, pledges, etc.


Our goal is to continue to provide you with the highest level of service and support and we look forward to working with you in Fiscal 2014!


Mary Ellen Koepfle


Aaron Fricke’s mother passed away


It is with sadness that I am writing to you to let you know that Aaron’s mother passed away last night.  Aaron is in Minnesota now for business and will be traveling to Oregon from there today.  She did not want a funeral, but I will keep you posted on any arrangements that are made.  I’d like to schedule a memorial mass here on campus.

Jennifer H. Moore

Administrative Assistant

Office of Gift Planning

University of Notre Dame

Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300

South Bend, IN  46617-1403

Assistant Director, Next Generation Alumni

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the position of Assistant Director, Next Generation alumni is now posted on the HR jobs site. 

This position focuses on Next Generation Alumni  giving strategies for the Annual Fund.  The Assistant Director will engage in brand management and product marketing initiatives to drive engagement, participation, and Sorin Society membership from alumni 11-20 years out.  The successful candidate will be responsible for identification of appropriate segments within their population, building effective communication and solicitation strategies using traditional and digital marketing toolsets, and performance analysis on all initiatives.  In addition, the Assistant Director will coordinate the Reunion Giving program in an effort to increase class participation and Sorin Society membership among the 15-year and 20-year reunion classes.

If you or someone you know in interested please review the full job description on the HR jobs website (http://jobs.nd.edu)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.