Updates in Special Events & Stewardship

Dear Colleagues:

I have several updates to share regarding the Special Events & Stewardship team as follows:

Having recently completed her 16-month term as interim leader of the Special Events & Stewardship team,Mary Fisher will return to the Chicago Development Office as Senior Program Director, Special Events & Stewardship. In this stewardship-focused role, Mary will be charged with leading the team’s efforts to create and execute strategic and impactful stewardship plans for leadership, principal, and transformational donors to the University, working in close collaboration with front-line fundraisers. In addition, Mary will continue to manage the Student Life stewardship program, partnering closely with the University’s Division of Student Affairs, and will resume her role as the stewardship liaison to the Midwest Regional Development team. Please join us in thanking Mary for her dedication and leadership.

Please join me in congratulating Stephanie Mead on her promotion to Program Director, Special Events & Stewardship. Since 2014, Stephanie has played a vital role within the team, expertly managing Development’s hotel room blocks while providing concierge-level service to our Notre Dame benefactors and University guests. Stephanie provides strategy and management of the event budgets, and has recently started administering ticketing for Advisory Council members, Trustees and special events guests during home football weekends in close collaboration with Jill Calderone. Stephanie also leads several events for the team throughout the year, including the UR Summit Celebration and Faculty Dinner. Stephanie’s contributions to the University are significant and we are thrilled to recognize her leadership and service.

We are happy to announce that Beth Ferlic will be taking on a new role within the team as she has returned to graduate school to pursue a Masters in Counseling. In her new role, she will oversee programmatic principal donor stewardship and strategic partnerships with Principal Gifts. She will work closely with principal gift officers to provide intentional and creative stewardship to the University’s top donors. We are grateful for Beth’s leadership and excited that she will continue to serve our benefactors in this capacity. We are posting the role of Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship, and welcome any referrals or questions.

In Notre Dame,


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