Development Cultural Tasting Extravaganza: Friday August 24

Development Colleagues:

The Diversity Committee invites you to a Cultural Tasting Extravaganza on Friday August 24. This is an opportunity for the us to share and enjoy each other’s cultural and family traditional cuisine.

Colleagues at ESC: Prepare your favorite dish and drop it in the ESC Cafe. Contact Alyssia Coates or Marilyn Bassett about what you will bring.

Colleagues at Grace: Contact Stacy Koebel about what you will bring and where to drop food.

The hope is to have food available in both locations all day long!

All Development colleagues, including those who do not bring food, are invited to stop by and taste!

Contact us with questions.

Alyssia Coates & Marilyn Bassett


Condolences to Kathy Lentych and Family

Our deepest sympathies to Kathy Lentych and her family on the death of her mother, Mary Jane Klaybor. Mary Jane, 87, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Sunday August 12, 2018. Mary Jane was born on March 2, 1931 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Charles and Mary (Horvath) Dobbelaere. She was also preceded in death by a son Thomas Klaybor. On June 13, 1953 she married Stanley “Jerry” Klaybor who survives. Also surviving are two daughters Kathryn Lentych of South Bend, Indiana, Kelly Sue (John) Listenberger of South Bend, Indiana; two sons: Daniel (Beth) Klaybor of Syracuse, Indiana and Jeffrey (Katherine) Klaybor of South Bend, Indiana; ten grandchildren: Michael (Michelle) Lentych, Ashleigh Lentych, Karly and Ben Klaybor, Jacob, MaryKatherine, and Matthew Klaybor, Olivia, Jonathon, and Victoria Listenberger. Mary Jane loved to spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved to knit and will be fondly remembered for the Christmas Socks that she knitted for all of her children and friends. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Mary Jane worked at Studebaker and Majereks Hallmark. She was also a knitting leader in St. Joseph County 4-H. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday August 16, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home 3545 N. Bendix Dr., South Bend, Indiana. A rosary will be prayed at 4:00 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday August 17 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 3526 St. Johns Way, South Bend, Indiana. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mary Jane’s honor. Online condolences may be left at

Tom Scrace to join FR as Director of Foundation Relations

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the announcement of Dr. Tom Scrace as Director of Foundation Relations effective August 14. Tom earned his B.S. in physics from Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in physics from SUNY Buffalo. He comes to us from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. where he worked with faculty and the publisher to identify and develop new book topics in physics, materials science, engineering, and nanotechnology. We look forward to Tom joining our FR team and growing foundation funding for the College of Engineering, physics, and math. Congratulations, Tom, and welcome to FR!


Early Bird Vanderbilt Registration


“Early-bird” Vanderbilt registration is now open for Blue, Gold, Circle, and Council Giving Society members. Monday’s email to Sorin, Rockne, OSTM, and JCOS members will be followed by an email on Wednesday opening registration to all levels, with the addition of Badin Guild members.

The registration form can be accessed by clicking the game banner on our events website:  MyNotreDame login is required.


For event questions, please contact the Stewardship & Special Events lead, Sean Boudreau (1-8808). For registration questions, please contact me at or 1-6714. Registration lists will be shared via UR Intranet on Wednesday of game weeks.

Shannon Longo
Events Coordinator, OnwardND Donor Experience Team

Welcome to the Strategic Analytics & Prospect Management Team!

Congratulations to Carrie & Mark Dumich for baby #5!  Andrew James entered the world this morning weighing in a 9 lbs 5 oz.  As Mark put it, “a very big boy!”  Both Andrew & Carrie are doing well.  Their daughter Ellen may not be doing so well, however, now that she’s the middle child and surrounded by four brothers.  For everyone who was tracking our baby betting board, you’ll be happy to know that Kevin won (unfortunately Mark did not allow Kevin to choose Andrew’s middle name after all).

Congratulations Leah Corachea

I’m pleased to announce that Leah Corachea has been promoted to Assistant Director, ND Listens and ND Parents.  In this role, she will assume responsibilities for the Parents Program, which includes leading a network of parent volunteers, managing the ND Parents Newsletter, and creating innovative engagement strategies for current and lifetime parents.  Additionall y, she will collaborate with the Giving Society team to launch the new Parents Fund, which will raise unrestricted dollars for the University to enhance the Notre Dame student experience.

While taking on these new responsibilities, Leah will continue to oversee ND Listens, as her team of 60 student ambassadors listens to, learns about, and loves members of the Notre Dame family.  In expertly managing the  transition from the Phone Center to ND Listens, Leah created a culture where personalized outreach was the norm.  Surprise birthday calls, handwritten thank you notes to Giving Society members, and custom ThankView videos are but a few of the initiatives ND Listens implemented last year to great success.  We are very excited for the foundation that she has built at ND Listens and have no doubt that she will bring the same attention to detail and her thoughtful engagement to the Parents Program.

Please join me in congratulating Leah!

Matthew Gelchion

Patrick Borders Announcement

It is with joy that I share with you that starting September 4, 2018, Patrick Borders will join the the President’s Office team as Assistant Director.

In his new role, Patrick will focus on strategic communications, event design and management for a wide range of events attended by Fr. Jenkins and hosted by the President’s Office, and coordination of a variety of strategic projects and initiatives.

Patrick has worked in Development since 2015—most recently as the Digital Marketing Specialist on the Annual Giving team. He has helped shape giving campaigns such as Notre Dame Day by implementing emerging technologies that have catapulted revenue and donor count.

Patrick is an amazing teammate for all of us in Development, and we are delighted for him as he moves on to the next chapter in his story.

Patrick’s position will be posted immediately. If you know of any talented individuals who would be a good fit for this role, please reach out to me directly.

In Notre Dame,
Brandon Tabor

Condolences to Dawn McGrath and Family

Our deepest sympathies go out to Dawn McGrath and family on the death of her father,  Jimmy H. Dean on August 8.

Jimmy H. Dean, 84, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on August 8, 2018 in his home, surrounded by his devoted family. Jimmy was born on November 9, 1933 in Hartselle, Alabama to the late D. Hershel Dean and Mildred A. (Newman) Dean. On March 25, 1955 he married Patricia (Gaby) Dean, who survives. They just celebrated their 63rd Anniversary.

Jimmy is survived by four children: David (Armentha) Dean of Mishawaka, Debbie (Kurt) Weinzetl, Diane (Rick) Deal, and Dawn (Jim) McGrath of South Bend. Six grandchildren: Justin (Kayla) Dean of Goshen, Heather (Josh) Anderson of Mishawaka, Angela Slater of South Bend, Scott (Nikki) Slater of Walkerton, Ryan and Kyle Weinzetl of South Bend, and four great-grandchildren. Jimmy is also survived by his sister, Jo Ann Stephenson Slocomb, of Hartselle, Alabama.

Throughout Jimmy’s life he was a hard-working man who was dedicated to providing a great life for his family. He retired from Allied Signal (Bendix), and Ryerson Steel. He loved to go fishing, travel to Jim Beam collector conventions, and made as many trips back home to Hartselle, AL as possible. Jimmy proudly served his country in the Marine Reserves, and the US Navy, stationed in Kingsville, Texas, and was a member of the American Legion Post 284.

On Saturday, August 11, 2018 friends and family are invited to a celebration of life from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Palmer Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan Street, South Bend 46614.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice, Mishawaka, for all of the amazing care provided. Contributions in memory of Jimmy may be made to Heartland Hospice or a charity of your choice.