Change in Administrative Support for the SRDs

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin FY2017, we would like to announce a change in administrative support for the SRDs. Going forward, Holly Happ will provide all aspects of administrative and strategy team support for Stu Fortener and Anne Griffith. Similarly, Krys Montague will provide all administrative and strategy team support for Marty Harshman and Mike Sullivan.

Thank you,

Stu Fortener, Anne Griffith, Marty Harshman, Mike Sullivan

Fundraiser Promotions

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the following fundraiser promotions:

Debbie Loughran promoted to Tier 2

Jared Mrozinske promoted to Tier 2

Dan Santucci promoted to Tier 3

Stephen Smith promoted to Tier 4

We are deeply grateful for all these colleagues have done to advance Notre Dame and her mission. Please join us in offering Debbie, Jared, Dan, and Stephen congratulations!

In Notre Dame,

Stu Fortener, Anne Griffith, Marty Harshman, Mike Sullivan

Farewell to Mark Naman

Dear Colleagues,

I write to announce that Mark Naman will be departing the University of Notre Dame and his position as Director of Operations and Technology in Annual Giving, effective August 1st. Mark’s leadership and contributions to our team over the past four years are deeply appreciated. Please join me in thanking Mark and wishing him well on his next opportunity.

All the best,


Mike Sullivan to Transition to Sr Director, Alumni Programs

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that we announce Mike Sullivan will transition from his current leadership role of Sr. Director, Midwest Region to Sr. Director, Alumni Programs.  Mike has served as a steadfast leader of the Midwest team for the past seven years, leading the team to historic levels of philanthropy for Our Lady’s University.  Under Mike’s servant leadership, the Midwest team has flourished and strengthened its contributions to Notre Dame.  We are deeply grateful for Mike’s leadership and commitment to the Midwest team and broader Development team.
Mike will transition to the role of Sr. Director, Alumni Programs effective Monday, August 15th.  Reporting to Dolly, he will lead the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s spirituality programs, reunion, continuing education, ND Clubs, etc.  Mike will also provide strategic leadership to the broader NDAA team, in collaboration with Dolly and the leadership team.
Please join us in thanking Mike for his unwavering commitment to Our Lady’s University, his leadership within University Relations, and his personal care and commitment to our colleagues.  Please also join us in congratulating Mike and wishing him all the best in his new leadership role!

In Notre Dame,

Dolly and Micki

Welcome Tenley Marie Deeth!

The Development family is growing – Welcome Tenley Marie Deeth!

Congratulations to Kevin and Kelley Deeth as we welcome baby Tenley to the Notre Dame family. Tenley was born yesterday at 1:07 p.m., weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces and with a full head of hair.
Baby, mom and dad are doing great. Kevin writes, “I have officially become a softie.”
Congratulations to the Deeth family!

Krys Montague


Welcome New Team Members to Prospect Management

Welcome New Team Members to Prospect Management!
Kierstin Miller
We are excited to announce Kierstin Miller will be joining Prospect Management as an Assistant Director of Prospect Management for the Midwest Region! Kierstin will start on July 18 and work as a strategic consulting partner with Mike Sullivan and the Midwest fundraisers.
Kierstin has been an extremely successful senior manager in fundraising services with Ruffalo Cody since 2012. Moreover, she has been a leader in collegiate fundraising services since 2007. With nearly nine years of managerial leadership, data management, and statistical analysis, Kierstin is a valued addition to our team and eager to maximize. She is highly experienced in implementing data driven fundraising strategies and providing consultations on fundraising portfolios.
Kierstin is originally from South Bend, Indiana and earned her BA from Indiana University in 2007. She serves in a variety of volunteer roles in our local community and we are thrilled she is joining our team!

Gerek Meinhardt
We are also excited to announce Gerek Meinhardt will be joining Prospect Management as an Assistant Director of Prospect Management for the West Region! Gerek will start on August 29 and work as a strategic consulting partner with Stu Fortner and the West fundraisers.
Gerek comes to us from Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco, California where he was a successful Analytics Consultant. He utilized analytics to understand complex information technology environments. He’s experienced in providing consultations with Fortune 100 clients through data driven strategies, status reporting, data management, and statistical analysis. He is another valued addition to our team and also eager to maximize.
Gerek is originally from San Francisco, California. He is a double domer. He graduated Cum Laude with his B.A. in Business, Information Technology Management. He also received M.B.A in Business Analytics & Marketing from ND, graduating Cum Laude and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Fun fact about Gerek… He is a USA Olympic member of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 fencing team. He is a 4 time First Team All American, #1 Individual World Ranking (2014), #1 Team Ranking (2013) and he will be competing in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. This will be his last year competing professionally and he looks forward to volunteer coaching in our local community in his spare time. We are thrilled Gerek will be joining our team!
Please join me in welcoming Kierstin and Gerek to our team and don’t forget to cheer for Gerek in the summer Olympics!
Lori Pope

Farewell, Liz Johnson!

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that Liz Johnson has resigned from her position as Program Director, Compliance & Stewardship Programs to pursue other opportunities. During her year-long tenure with the Special Events & Stewardship team, Liz has been dedicated to enhancing stewardship for Notre Dame’s top corporate and foundation partners, and has worked closely with the AADs to introduce best practices in stewardship among the Colleges. She has made significant strides in the area of compliance, provided event support in multiple arenas, and above all bolstered the spirit of our team and its members across the board. We will miss her greatly.

Please join us in extending best wishes to Liz, whose last day will be Friday, August 5th. We wish her tremendous success in all future endeavors! Her departure creates an additional open position on the Special Events & Stewardship team, the details of which will soon be posted to the Notre Dame job board.

Mary Fisher

Logan’s Run

Logan’s Run needs you!

University Relations will once again be manning a water station for this year’s Logan’s Run on Saturday, August 6 from 7-11 am. Please let Bridget Conley know ASAP if you’re interested in showing our ND spirit and supporting our community at this great event. Family members are welcome to come along!

Bridget Conley

CASE Summer Interns: Update

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Allow me to briefly update you on our CASE summer interns: Mark Betita and John Gadient.

They are working with Andrea Bullock and the AGSM team to create a communication plan to better engage students, faculty, and alumni. In addition to this resume-worthy project, Mark and John are learning about Development through CASE assignments, informational interviews with ND colleagues and mentors, and professional development opportunities. Mark and John attended a two-day conference in Washington DC where they collaborated with 30 students nationwide.

They have three weeks to go. Keep up the great work, Mark and John!

If you or your team are interested in a similar internship program during the academic year, please contact me for more information.


Leah Corachea