Annual Giving Announcements

Dear Colleagues,
I am excited to announce several changes to the annual giving and strategic marketing team, effective immediately. An updated organizational chart will be posted to the UR Intranet shortly. Thank you, as always, for your partnership!
  • A director of annual giving position has been posted, reporting to me, and will lead a team responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting new annual giving prospects with the capacity to make unrestricted and giving society gifts of $1,500 and greater. This team will drive significant new unrestricted revenue and partner closely with the field to build a pipeline of future leadership-level prospects.
  • Reporting to the director of annual giving will be three associate directors of development: Riley Koval, Leigh Ann Jacobson, and Pablo Martinez. Leigh Ann will continue to serve as the lead for the Notre Dame Parents Program and focus on Notre Dame parents in her individual fundraising efforts. Pablo will continue to serve in his capacity as the program director for Notre Dame Day in addition to his new responsibilities.
  • An additional director of annual giving position, with a focus on volunteer leadership and participation, has been posted with a preferred candidate reporting to me. This individual will lead Notre Dame’s volunteer ambassador program (with a focus on undergraduate alumni participation) as well as donor experience and the phone center, with a renewed emphasis on listening and data collection. Reporting to the director are Jonathan Retartha as leader of the donor experience team; Leah Corachea, who leads the phone center; and Chris Wells and Ellen Roof, who lead our volunteer leadership efforts as well as reunion and student philanthropy, respectively.
  • I’m pleased to announce that Andrea Bullock has accepted the position of director, annual giving with a focus on innovation and special projects, reporting to me. In nearly three years as a leader on the annual giving team, Andrea has led innovative efforts that have driven new donors to the University, including Notre Dame Day, the Veterans Fund, point-of-sale giving, and the use of new mobile technology​.​
  • I am pleased to announce that Rick Kohler has accepted the position of applications specialist, reporting to Ashley Gerard. Rick has served Notre Dame since 2003, specializing in online technology. With the addition of marketing automation this fall, Rick will primarily be responsible for assisting in the execution of campaigns through the migration and visualization of data, as well as additional applications.

  • I am similarly excited to announce that Patrick Borders has accepted the position of digital marketing specialist, reporting to Ashley Gerard. Patrick has been a key member of the annual giving team for two years, with a focus on writing and, most recently, social media. In addition to maintaining his current responsibilities, Patrick will lead the annual giving team’s email marketing and online technology efforts, with a focus on new and emerging technologies.
  • The Giving Societies and Operations and Technology teams otherwise remain unchanged, reporting to Amy Schell and Ashley Gerard, respectively.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Please feel free to reach out to me or Ann Moran if you are interested in applying for either of the open positions.
Thank you,

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