Brian Diss ​promoted to serve as Director of Annual Giving

Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Brian Diss ​has been promoted to serve as director of annual giving, providing leadership for Notre Dame’s giving societies, effective immediately.
Brian has been a valued member of the annual giving team since joining in September 2015 from regional development, most recently serving as associate director of the Sorin Society. Before returning to Notre Dame in 2014, Brian was a key leader in development at Creighton University, with a focus on annual giving.
Please reach out to me, Brian Diss or Ann Moran if you would like to discuss the open associate director position for the Sorin Society, which will be posted shortly. And please join me in congratulating Brian!
All the best,

Sign a Notre Dame Trail Map

Attention All Notre Dame Trail Producers:
We would like to display the teamwork evidenced through the Notre Dame Trail in the two largest Development spaces on campus — Eddy Street and Grace Hall. Please join in commemorating your participation as a producer on the Notre Dame Trail by signing one of these Notre Dame Trail maps. These maps will be located in Grace Hall (at Cheryl Schlimpert’s desk on 11N) and at Eddy Street (Gavin McGuire’s desk in the previous Trail team room) until  September 30th. If you reside in one of the other buildings on campus, feel free to sign either poster. We will have these posters framed and hung in celebration of our work together!

Open  Position: Donor Services Support (Temporary)

Donor Service has an open position for Donor Services Support (Temporary). If you know of any one who may be interested in exploring this position please visit and/or contact Ann Moran or Sue Prister.

thank you

Natella MicolaVonFurstenrecht

Farewell to Anne Dockery

Anne Dockery, an administrative assistant in our Chicago office, has accepted a new position with the Poetry Foundation. Having supported a number of Chicago based fundraisers during her three years with our department, she will be joining her new organization on September 25th. Please join me in wishing Anne well and thanking her for her years of dedicated service and support to the Regional Development team.

-Laura Midkiff

Senior Director, Financial and Data Management

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to announce that Amy Schell will transition to the Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team effective immediately to serve as the Senior Director, Financial and Data Management.  As a key process owner within the OE team, Amy will have direct oversight over teams responsible for gift and pledge management, biographic data integrity and strategy, finance, and administration.  Through this role, Amy will work to implement a new set of innovative, creative, donor-centric and transformative initiatives that elevate the team’s contribution to the overall goals of the department.

Amy has served as an integral leader within the Division during her 11 plus years of service to the University.  During her six year tenure on the Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing team, Amy has provided leadership in the fundraising of unrestricted and recognition society gifts to the University.  Amy’s commitment to the mission of Notre Dame, work ethic, and hunger to constantly improve has made an impact on those around her.  I look forward to working with Amy in her new role.  Please join me in congratulating her as she embarks on the next phase of her career in serving Notre Dame.

While this transition is effective immediately, Amy will no doubt continue to be a source of knowledge for our colleagues on the Annual Giving team.  Ryan Brennan will look to post Amy’s former position in the coming days.  Please contact Ann Moran or Ryan if you have an interest in discussing the position.

All my best,


Open  Position : Manager, Applications Team

Business Intelligence has an open position for a Manager, Applications Team. If you are interested in exploring this position please visit and/or contact Ann Moran or Carleen Quinlan.

Thank you,

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Condolences to Mary and Mark Andersen

Dear Colleagues,
Please join me in offering condolences to Mary and Mark Andersen on the recent passing of Mark’s father, Lee Andersen. Survived by his wife Marilyn and sons Mark and Steve and their families, Lee passed away peacefully on Friday, August 11th at the assisted living residence in Mishawaka where he has lived in recent years.
Lee was much-beloved by Mark and Mary’s daughters, Maggi and Kara. Mary shared with me that Maggi had visited Lee several times a week during the time that he lived in the Mishawaka residence home. Lee spent his life teaching and mentoring young people as a 26-year teacher at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Please find below the link to Lee’s obituary. A memorial service will be held this coming Saturday, Sept. 16th, at Park Ridge Community Church, Park Ridge, Illinois.
Cristi Ganyard