Prospect Management Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the following changes within the Prospect Management team:

  • Effective immediately, Cindy Karpovs has been promoted to the role of Manager, Prospect Management Consulting.  Through this position, Cindy will lead a team responsible for the strategic oversight of prospect and donor data with an emphasis on the reporting and delivery of timely insights to fundraisers.  Furthermore, Cindy and her team will work to implement standard processes and procedures around the priorities of prospect identification, prospect qualification, moves management, the prospect pipeline, the prospect giving cycle/stage, and portfolio creation.  In addition to managing the team, Cindy will work directly with fundraisers in the Midwest Region (effective January 1, 2018).  Cindy’s team is comprised of the following prospect management consultants: 
    • Kierstin Miller – working with the West Region and Global Advancement (effective 01/01/2018)
    • Meghan Walsh – working with the South Region and Gift Planning (effective 01/01/2018)
    • Ben Moeller – working with the East Region and Athletics Advancement (effective 01/01/2018) 
  • Cindy has served as an integral partner within Prospect Management for over four years.  She attacks problems with an analytical mindset and strategic focus.  Cindy’s commitment to the mission of Notre Dame, work ethic, and hunger for consistent improvement in processes and procedures had made a strong impact on those around her.  I look forward to working with Cindy in her new role. 
  • I am excited to announce that Ben Moeller has joined our Development team in the role of Prospect Management Consultant.  As noted above, Ben will report directly to Cindy Karpovs and will serve as a liaison to the fundraisers in the East Region and Athletics Advancement (effective January 1, 2018).
  • Ben is a 2013 Notre Dame undergraduate alumnus, graduating with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting.  Following graduation, Ben went on to obtain his Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Iowa as well as his Certified Public Accountant license.  Since 2014, Ben has worked for Ernst & Young’s tax practice in his home state of Iowa.  Please join me in welcoming Ben and his wife to the Development family.    
  • I am delighted to announce that Ian Montijo will join our team on Monday, December 11 as our new Senior Prospect Research Analyst.  In this role, Ian will provide the information, analysis, research, and data management necessary to guide effective donor-centric and data-driven decision making in regards to the development of suspects, prospects, and donors to the university.  With a focus on becoming more strategic partners to the frontline fundraisers, Ian will manage a fellow research analyst in working to implement standard processes and procedures around prospect identification, prospect qualification, assigned prospect discovery, new alert prospecting/notification, and the identification of prospect networks, relationships, and philanthropic interests.

    Ian graduated from Notre Dame in 2013 with B.A. degrees in Arabic Language and Culture as well as Political Science.  Since graduation, Ian has been serving our country as an intelligence officer and program manager in the Marine Corps.  Ian will be relocating from Miramar/San Diego, CA and will join his brother, Conor, in advancing the mission of Notre Dame through our work in the Development office. 

Please join me in congratulating Cindy on her new role and welcoming Ben and Ian to our Development family.

All my best,


Farewell and Best Wishes, Brenda Harley

I’m happy to announce that Brenda Harley has accepted a new role in the Career Center as Guest Services Coordinator.  Her last day with Development will be Friday, December 15.
Please join me in thanking Brenda for her years of work serving thousands of giving society members since 2012.  Her attention to fostering personal connections with our benefactors is best illustrated by our gameday Blue & Gold Lounge, affectionately known as “Brenda’s” by our regular guests.  Brenda was also instrumental in executing our Back the Irish seatback program.
We’ll be posting an open position for a new Coordinator on the Donor Experience Team in the next few days.  Please let me know if you or anyone you know expresses interest.
Thanks again, and best wishes, Brenda!
Jonathan Retartha

Farewell and Congratulations Carla Ingrando

Dear Team:
It is with mixed emotions that I write to share that Carla Ingrando will be leaving Notre Dame to accept a leadership position in development at Cornell University.  I am grateful to Carla for her leadership and service to Notre Dame these past four years. She has been an accomplished fundraiser, trusted colleague, and important leader for Notre Dame and our development team. We will miss her intellectual curiosity, can-do attitude and wonderful laugh. Carla’s last day will be January 9, 2018.
Please note that we will be posting the position of Senior Director for Foundation Relations this week with a preferred candidate.
Best, Drew

Explore the Chapels of Notre Dame This Advent Season

Dear University Relations colleagues,

Advent can be a challenging season for many of us with all of the demands on our time. Again this year, the Notre Dame Alumni Association is reaching out to the entire Notre Dame family to provide a resource to quiet our hearts and still our minds as we prepare the way for the Lord on Christmas.

Each day throughout the season, we will release a new Advent video featuring a short reflection from a chapel on campus. Our alumni and friends will be greeted by a different Notre Dame student, who will introduce a verse from Scripture or an Advent theme to help us center our thoughts. We will then have a few quiet moments for our own reflection and prayer in these sacred spaces.

There are several ways for you and our alumni and friends to receive the daily reflection:

How can you help?

  • Re-share our social media launch messages (now through early next week) so we reach as many members of the ND family as possible

  • Share on your social channels daily when a hall or student narrator of interest to you is profiled

If you are over by the Eck Visitors Center before Christmas, please stop by our offices after Dec. 6 and pick up an 18 x 28 inch, limited-edition Chapels of Notre Dame poster. The poster design includes photo tiles representing each of the residence hall chapels on the Notre Dame campus, plus the Log Chapel and the Lady Chapel in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Special thanks to FaithND director Dan Allen, writers Josh Noem and Josh Stowe, designer Kiley Loesch, digital project manager Grace Morrison and the University Multimedia team for the great work. I know our alumni and friends will enjoy the initiative this Advent.

Gratitude Trees are Up

The Gratitude trees are up and ready to be decorated. Please write a short message of gratitude or holiday cheer on an ornament and hang it to our “Gratitude” trees as we celebrate the Christmas season with each other and our Notre Dame family.

At Grace Hall, the tree is located inside 11 South and ornaments and pens are available from Sara Wolfson.

At Eddy Street, the tree is located in the cafe and ornaments and pens are available from Vicki Reeder at the front desk.