Congratulations Angel Hess

Dear Colleagues:

I am happy to announce that Angel Hess will be joining the Athletics Advancement team as an Administrative Assistant following the Christmas holidays. She will support our three regional fundraisers, while also assisting with events, acknowledgments, and reporting.

Angel has been a critical member of Annual Giving since 2012, serving as Lead Coordinator of the Donor Experience Team the past couple years.  In that time, she has gained the trust and friendship of colleagues across the division, as well as countless Giving Society members who have come to know her on a first name basis. While she will be missed in Annual Giving, we are happy that her spirit and abilities will continue to be a part of the UR team.

Annual Giving has posted a new Donor Experience Associate position. If you have any questions, or are interested in exploring this role, please contact Ann Moran or Jonathan Retartha.

Please join Jonathan and me in congratulating Angel!

Sara Liebscher

March for Life

March for Life

Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Join students, faculty, staff and alumni for a joyful and loving public witness to the dignity of all human life!

Travel Reimbursements

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is offering travel reimbursements (up to $500) for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross faculty, staff and graduate students. Submit your request before January 5th to CEC Culture of Life Program Manager Petra Farrell at to secure your funding.


For your convenience, the Center for Ethics and Culture has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown (815 14th St. NW) located within walking distance of the March for Life. To reserve a room, please click here or call 202-783-7800 and reference the group code “NDM4L”. Please note: rooms must be booked before Monday, December 11, 2017.


A reception for Notre Dame staff, faculty, graduate students, alumni and friends will follow the March on Friday evening. Please click here for additional details and registration information.

Bill Kempf

Welcome Sean Boudreau

I am pleased to announce Sean Boudreau, a new Program Director in Cultivation Events.  Sean’s core responsibilities will be working with the Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing team on stewardship strategies, events and experiences. These giving society events include fall football-related activities as well as events on and off campus throughout the year. Highlights will include Notre Dame Day and the traveling Sorin: A Notre Dame Story.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Sean joins the Notre Dame team after seven years as the marketing specialist at Tire Rack. Prior to his time at Tire Rack, he spent five years working for agencies in Chicago and Milwaukee developing, managing and executing events for clients such as General Mills and Bank of America. When not in the office, you can find him on the trails for a long run, or on the fairways enjoying a round of golf.

Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. He and his wife Angela are the proud parents of their son, Finnley.

Karen Sunshine

Congratulations to Riley Koval

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share the following announcement with you.

Riley Koval has accepted the position of Director of Regional Development in South Region, primarily working with donors in the Denver and Arizona areas. He will assume his new responsibilities on January 1. For the past year and a half Riley has been an integral part of the Annual Giving team, developing strong relationships with members of the Notre Dame family and driving significant growth across giving societies.
While we are sad to see Riley go, we know that he will continue to broaden his impact on the University in​ this new role.

Please join us in congratulating Riley!


Alex Romagnolo and Marty Harshman

Navy AGSM Event Attendees

Thanks to everyone involved for another great year of Giving Society events! Please use this link to access a shared Google Doc containing all registered guests for Navy weekend.
​Fundraisers – If you would like email check-in notification for specific donors at certain events, please send me an email at with the names of the donors and events you’d like notification for.
Please Note: The Donor Experience team at or 574-631-5198 will accept registrations for all events except 


until 5:00pm ET this Thursday. No registrations will be accepted on Friday.  Saturday walk-up requests are subject to availability.

​ Walk-ups cannot be accommodated at Dinner.​
Go Irish!​
Jonathan Retartha

Jonathan Retartha ’07, ’11 MBA