Here We Grow Again!!!

Congratulations to Jess and Mike Witous! Michael John Paul Witous was born Sunday, February 18th at 7:57 am, 6.2lbs and 18.2 inches. Baby, mom, dad are doing well adjusting to this new life. Dog, Bruce, will too, once he realizes there’s a new Sheriff in town. His first lullaby was the ND Fight song – a true Irish fan in the making. They appreciate all the well wishes they’ve received and look forward to introducing Michael to the UR family!




“Welcome Sean Sharpe!”

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce our newest East Team member, Sean Sharpe. Beginning February 26, Sean will serve benefactors in the NYC market, based here on campus.

Sean is a 1998 Notre Dame graduate with a degree in Accounting. While at ND, he was a Dillon Hall resident and 3 year Bengal Bout participant.

Sean was born and raised just outside Philadelphia, and has family there. He’s still pretty excited about the Eagles!  Before joining us, Sean spent 11 years at UnderArmour in sales and marketing for the running shoe division. Before UnderArmour, Sean was at Mizuno and Fila. He is coming to South Bend from the Baltimore, MD area. Sean and wife Aimee have three children: 10 year old twins Lyla and Sophie, and 8 year old Samuel.

Look out, Notre Dame runners! Sean is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. He has completed 5 marathons, finishing in top 1% in all (Atlanta, Chicago, Anchorage, Philadelphia, New York).  He won the Baltimore half marathon in 2010. When he is not running, Sean enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.

Please join me in welcoming Sean and his family to Notre Dame Development and South Bend!

My very best,

Anne Griffith

Welcome Bill Ribera to the West Team!

Please join me in welcoming Bill Ribera as our newest fundraiser in the West Region. Bill will be serving benefactors in Northern California, and his first day with our Development family will be on February 26.  Bill is a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in Government, and a two time Monogram winner on the Track and Field team. A native Californian, Bill will be moving to South Bend with his wife, Sherri.  Bill and Sherri are now officially ’empty nesters’ after raising four children; Jaimie, a teacher and coach in Utah, Danielle, a 2011 grad of ND and currently an attorney in the Bay Area, Nick, a junior Computer Science major at ND, and Grace, a freshman at Purdue.

Bill has spent the last 30 years in various sales roles in Silicon Valley including stops at IBM, EMC, Oracle and Veritas. Bill has spent the last ten years as Worldwide Sales VP at a couple startups and looks forward to joining the team at Notre Dame. After coaching a variety of youth sports over the years, Bill now spends his spare time hiking, running (more like a fast walk) and enjoying food and wine with Sherri.

I am excited to have Bill join the University Relations team.

Stu Fortener

Introducing New Sorin Young Alumni Giving Levels

Effective today, the Corby Young Alumni will no longer be recognized as a group within the Sorin Society. All Corby Young Alumni will be recognized as Sorin Green, and we are excited to introduce the new giving levels below for our young alumni.

Sorin Green Membership Levels for Notre Dame Young Alumni

This decision was made in response to feedback from young alumni. We feel strongly that the sacrifice and commitment shown by recent grads should be recognized within the greater Sorin Society. This change will also make Society recognition more feasible for recent graduates, and the giving increases more gradual during the first 11 years after graduation.

If you have donors who are members of the Corby Young Alumni, they do not need to take any action in response to this change. Their subsequent renewals and communications from the Annual Giving team will reflect these new changes. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lindahl Chase at or 574-631-7241.

Lindahl Chase

Congratulations to Taylor and Emily

Please join us in congratulating Taylor Rockafellow and Emily Marrese on their move into new opportunities at the University. Effective Monday, February 19th, Taylor will move into the role of Coordinator, Academic and Global Advancement, and Emily will assume the role of Senior Administrative Coordinator for multidisciplinary initiatives. In her new role, Taylor will continue her work with the Global Advancement team and expand her responsibilities to include support and coordination for the Academic Advancement team.  Emily’s new role will include supporting Jim Morrison, Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives along with the leaders of several emerging academic initiatives: Tom Schreier, Founding Director, Inspired Leadership Initiative; Regan Jones, Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs; and Dan Kelly, Director, Real Estate Institute.
We are pleased that Taylor and Emily will continue as integral members of the Development family, and grow into the responsibilities and opportunities associated with these new roles.
Michael Loungo
Jim Morrison

2018 Scott Malpass & Investment Team Endowment Update Teleconference

Dear Colleagues,

​Please join us for the 2018 Scott Malpass Endowment Update Teleconference on February 20 at 11:00 AM EST. This private, invite only event for Notre Dame’s charitable remainder trust donors and beneficiaries will include Scott’s remarks on the Notre Dame Endowment followed by a Question & Answer session.

Conference rooms have been reserved in Grace Hall 1100 and the Hesburgh Room at Eddy Street for your convenience. If you plan to join remotely, please contact Laura Snell for dial-in instructions.

​Laura Snell

Farewell to Maddie Laidig

It is with both gratitude and sadness that I announce Maddie Laidig’s resignation from the Special Events & Stewardship team. After much self-reflection and prayer, Maddie has made the decision to leave the University to pursue other interests to which she feels called at this time in her life.

As Assistant Director within the Executive Events team, Maddie has been a valued member of Special Events & Stewardship for the past two years, contributing to a variety of events and initiatives including the Wall Street events, Campaign events, the Advisory Council program, Dedications, Commencement, the President’s Circle, and various other development and University events. A shining example of Maddie’s excellent work was in the Notre Dame Trail Museum that she beautifully designed and executed last fall. Maddie was also instrumental to the success of our many 2017 dedications.

With gratitude, please join me in thanking Maddie for her contributions to our team and wishing her all the best as she pursues her next chapter. Maddie’s final day in the office will be Friday, Feb. 23rd. Information on the posting for this position will be forthcoming.

Cristi Ganyard


Openings in Special Events & Stewardship

Dear colleagues:

If gratitude is your calling, there may be a role for you within the Special Events & Stewardship team! We currently have five open positions as follows:

  • Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship (reporting to Katherine Lane)
  • Assistant Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship (reporting to the new director)
  • Program Director, Executive Events & Stewardship (reporting to Cristi Ganyard)
  • Assistant Director, Executive Events & Stewardship (reporting to Cristi Ganyard)
  • Program Director, Cultivation Events & Stewardship (focused on Athletics Advancement and reporting to Karen Sunshine)
All of these positions have been or will be posted within the week at I ask that you review the PDs online and discern if any of these roles are for you, and if so please let your current manager and the hiring manager know. In addition, please think about your friends and colleagues and let the hiring managers know of any interest. Thanks, in advance, for your help as we strive to hire incredible new teammates.

In Notre Dame,
Katherine Lane

Congrats to Beth Ferlic

Dear colleagues:

After 7.5 years serving as a core member of the Special Events and Stewardship team, Beth Ferlic has accepted the position of Care Consultant in the Division of Student Affairs where she will support and facilitate care for students in need. In her new role, she will serve on the Leadership Team for the Health and Wellness Unit, the CARE Team, and serve as a consultant for the deans and faculty in the College of Arts & Letters. This role will enable her to apply her experience and therapeutic skills as she completes her Master’s degree in counseling.

In her time as a member of the SE&S team, Beth brought tremendous passion, creativity, and joy to her work and colleagues. Under her leadership, the Communications, Recognition, and Stewardship pod had milestone accomplishments, including executing an unprecedented volume of recognition and reporting for capital benefactors, launching the inaugural stewardship calendar, and creating highly personalized touches for the University’s principal benefactors. From impact communications to event planning to gift giving, her work with principal benefactors and fundraisers has helped to propel Notre Dame’s top donors through the philanthropic giving cycle, encouraging continued giving and broadened engagement. Her service and leadership on the ND Voice committee is characteristic of her commitment to enhancing the well-being of others and workplace culture, as well as to advancing the University’s overall mission.

Beth’s last day will be February 16. Please join me in congratulating her on this next step in her new career!

In Notre Dame,

Katherine Lane