Congrats to Julia!

Dear colleagues:

I am excited to share that Julia Ongetich has been promoted from an assistant director to a program director in the Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship unit. Julia has demonstrated great leadership, creativity, and dedication in her work in stewardship, enhancing the experience for University benefactors at every level. As just one example, she was responsible for the very creative new Stewardship Calendar, which has received many accolades. Please join me in congratulating Julia, and note that she will be returning from maternity leave on Friday, March 30. She and baby Nile are doing very well.

In Notre Dame,

Katherine Lane


Congratulations to Lauren Brown

Please join us in congratulating Lauren Brown as she joins the Special Events & Stewardship team in the role of Assistant Director, Special Events & Stewardship. As a member of the Executive Events team, Lauren will work on significant university events such as dedications and groundbreakings; Advisory Council events; and a variety of community and events in collaboration with the President’s Office, including Commencement. Lauren will also manage those student workers working with the Special Events team. Lauren will report to Cristi Ganyard in this role.

Lauren began working at the university in the winter of 2015.  She began her Notre Dame career working as an administrative assistant in regional development with Scott Jessup.  Lauren began working as the Development Associate in partnership with Micki Kidder in June of 2016. In this role, Lauren’s commitment to the mission, unparalleled work ethic, and giving demeanor have provided tremendous value and impact to our team.

Lauren enjoys the opportunity to engage with the Notre Dame community, using her skills and talents to help draw Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends closer to Our Lady’s University. Lauren is excited to continue her passion for maintaining and strengthening benefactor relationships through her involvement in Special Events & Stewardship.

Prior to her time with Notre Dame, Lauren’s efforts were focused on community service and volunteerism. Lauren served with AmeriCorps and various nonprofit affiliates for 4 years providing community services to underserved populations throughout our nation. Lauren is focused on a lifetime of learning and will graduate in December of 2018 with her MBA from Indiana University South Bend.

Lauren is a proud South Bend native and is very happy to serve her hometown community through the mission driven work of the University of Notre Dame.

Lauren’s first day with the Special Events & Stewardship team will be Monday, March 19 Congratulations to Lauren as she embraces this exciting new career opportunity!

In Notre Dame,

Micki Kidder and Cristi Ganyard