Laura O’Sullivan New Program Director for Athletic Events & Stewardship

Dear colleagues:

I’d like to share a few staffing updates for the Special Events & Stewardship team. I am happy to announce that Laura O’Sullivan has been hired as the Program Director for Athletic Events & Stewardship. She will start her new role immediately, but will still serve Annual Giving Program until a new team member can be found. Laura has been at the University for four years, and is known for creating exceptional events and experiences for Recognition Society members, and for helping to execute the first Notre Dame Day. Before her tenure at Notre Dame, Laura served as the Director of Development & Executive Director of Southwestern Michigan College, and before that as the Executive Director of the March of Dimes. Her positivity and love of the University are contagious. Please join me in congratulating Laura.

With this change, we have an immediate opening for an Assistant Director of Special Events & Stewardship, mostly serving the Annual Giving Programs unit. This position will report directly to me, and will work closely with Amy Schell, Mark Naman, Rita Udvardy, and the Donor Experience team. Lastly, we are adding a new coordinator position to the overall team. Reporting directly to Cristi Ganyard, this coordinator will assist with stewardship activities as well as with events. If interested in either of these positions, please let us (and your manager) know asap.

Blessings for a Happy New Year!

Katherine Lane

Annual Stewardship Report

Dear Colleagues,

The annual stewardship report mailed last week to all Board of Trustee and Advisory Council members and all benefactors who have contributed at least $5,000 during the last fiscal year or $100,000 cumulatively (that’s 5,139 families!). The stewardship report outlines fiscal year fundraising numbers and shares donor stories. Hard copies are in your mailbox or, for the regional offices, in the mail.

Happy New Year!

Special Events & Stewardship

Farewell to Marilyn Ipsen

Happy New Year!  Sometimes a new year brings key changes.  For me it is my sidekick and Administrative Assistant, Marilyn Ipsen, leaving her role in Development effective January 16, 2015.  Marilyn was destined and led to serve Our Lady’s mission over 4 1/2 years ago from California and now must return.  She will have a great opportunity to work at the Stanford Hospital as a key Administrative leader.
She has served so faithfully and positively for the University and our benefactors that many will miss her stable presence.  Marilyn sets a great example of how to represent Notre Dame.
When you get a chance, please join Patrick Kaiser, Ron Linczer, Anne Griffith, Chris Baguer, Michael McLaughlin and me in congratulating Marilyn on a job well done.
God bless you & Go Irish,

Thomas A. Molnar, Director of Regional Development

Weight Watchers at Moreau Court

The at-Work Weight Watchers meetings are held in the 2nd floor Board Room, every Tuesday from 12noon to 12:45pm. The meetings are open to all Moreau Court employees, and they can stop in to check out a meeting whenever they wish.

WW is also planning an Open House on January 20th – these usually involve demonstrations and extra info for potential new attendees.

For more information:


Welcome Mr. Dylan Reed to Global Advancement

Please welcome Mr. Dylan Reed to his new role as Program Director, Global Advancement.  Dylan will take up his new position effective February 16, 2015, and is joining our team from his current role as Program Director of the President’s Circle.  As part of the Global Advancement team, Dylan will work directly on the fundraising initiatives supporting the Keough School of Global Affairs.
Dylan brings to this new role significant experience in development and cross-disciplinary roles in higher education.  He is a Double Domer, and as an undergraduate participated in Notre Dame’s Study Abroad Program in Puebla, Mexico.  
Please stop by 405 Main Building to congratulate Dylan, and join me in thanking the entire President’s Circle team for their collaboration in this transition.
In gratitude,
Michael A. Loungo, Director of Global Advancement

Farewell to Noell Stohler

I am pleased…and at the same time saddened to announce that effective January 12, 2015 Noell Stohler will be leaving Development to join the operations team at The Morris Inn.
For over three and half years, Noell has been a wonderful source of service and support to Notre Dame benefactors on the west coast. Noell brought an unfailingly positive attitude to her role and made my job (and life) much, much easier. We all owe Noell a debt of gratitude for being a wonderful representative of Notre Dame, a faithful colleague and a good friend.
Please extend well deserved best wishes to Noell as she begins her new position and career path at the University.



Scott A. Jessup

Please welcome Mark Dumich to Prospect Management

I am very pleased to announce that Mark Dumich will be joining the prospect management team as Assistant Director, Midwest Region on Monday, January 26th.

Mark comes to us with 8+ years experience working at M&N Trading in Chicago, a boutique trading firm specializing in the U.S. Treasury Yield Curve. Mark spent his time creating, developing and executing strategies across global markets. Mark is also a member and seat owner at the Chicago Board of trade. Mark is a 2006 graduate from Notre Dame, majoring in finance and minoring in anthropology. Mark worked as a student manager for the baseball program during his time at Notre Dame.

Mark and his wife, Carrie, will be relocating with their four young children. Mark has been very involved with Sharing Hands Ministry at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church in Indian Creek, Illinois and was on the Parish Pastoral Council at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield, Illinois.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Mark back to Notre Dame and the Development Team!

Thank you,
Colleen McQuilan
Director of Prospect Management