Programs Team – Special Events Program Director

I am delighted to announce that Ms. Erin Thornton joins our team as the Special Events Program Director on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Erin will bring her 8 years of experience with the Walt Disney Company to Notre Dame.  For Disney Cruise Lines, she managed the Youth Activities department across a fleet of 4 ships that delivered 60 signature events on each cruise.  She was also tapped to be a member of the opening team that launched 2 ships and the Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  In addition to working on ship and shore for Disney, Erin interned at the Bayer Corporation and studied in Rome, Italy.

Erin is passionate about leading teams to deliver successful experiences through event planning, management and implementation.  She is creative in her thinking and practiced in managing resources and strengthening events.  You will discover that her positive energy and smile are contagious.

On a personal note, Erin attended school in Elkhart as a child and graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Architecture.  Erin, her husband Mark, and dog Mozzy, will move from Orlando, Florida, and begin their life in the Midwest. For Erin, this is a bit like coming home because she has several family members who live in Indiana, including a sister right here in South Bend.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Erin to Notre Dame and the Alumni Association team.

Thank you.

Sharon Keane, Alumni Association


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