UR April Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all our colleagues celebrating their special days in April! No fooling, we’re so glad to have you on our team!

4/1 – Amy Plotkin
4/1 – Jessica Rizzo
4/1 – Steve Sollmann
4/1 – Tara Reilly
4/3 – Mike Connaughton
4/3 – Noell Stohler
4/5 – Margriet Kapluck
4/6 – Austin Gammage
4/6 – Cindy Karpovs
4/6 – Conor Montijo
4/8 – Amanda Mckee
4/9 – Bill Gangluff
4/11 – Matt Rombalski
4/12 – Joe Dietz
4/12 – Katy Orenchuk
4/15 – Amy Mason
4/18 – Dean Ernzen
4/18 – Jeff Faust
4/19 – Kristina Machalleck
4/19 – Rose Michalski
4/20 – Mark Helmke
4/22 – Darlean Vance
4/22 – Rachel Parks
4/23 – Kat Gardner
4/24 – Angie Dennig
4/27 – Katie Kerby
4/27 – Marie Labosky
4/27 – Ryan Brennan
4/27 – Sheila McMahon
4/28 – Mary Frank
4/30 – Andrew Frye

Congratulations Pablo Martinez and Sorin Society Team


Please join me in congratulating Pablo Martinez and his appointment as the Director of our newly formed Sorin Society Giving team. This team is charged with the growth of Sorin Society membership and revenue, as well as the marketing, stewardship, and experiences offered to the members of Notre Dame’s largest giving society.

Pablo has been a valued member of the Annual Giving team for 10 years, leading initiatives and programs including the Phone Center, reunion giving, matching gifts, and Notre Dame Day in that timeframe. Most recently, Pablo has served as an Associate Director of Development focusing on individual asks for giving society gifts, this year alone raising $380k in incremental unrestricted dollars as well as a leadership gift for financial aid. A 2011 Notre Dame graduate, Pablo got his start as a student caller in the Phone Center.

The newly formed Sorin Society team will consist of:

Conor Montijo, who continues to oversee the operations, mass solicitation, lead generation, and stewardship experience of the Sorin Society. Conor is also the primary contact for Regional Directors on Sorin Society renewal, new, and upgrade asks; Austin Gammage and Leah Corachea as Leadership Annual Giving officers focused on driving incremental unrestricted growth through individual fundraising; and Darlean Vance, Donor Experience Coordinator. Dar provides frontline customer service via email and phone for members of all giving societies.

Please reach out to any of these fine colleagues with any questions regarding the Sorin Society.


Farewell to Kaitlin Lucero

I write today to share the bittersweet news that Kaitlin Lucero will be leaving the University of Notre Dame to pursue an opportunity at Johnson & Johnson in their Regulatory Affairs division effective April 13, 2021.

As Assistant Director of Annual Giving since 2019, Kaitlin has overseen a variety of projects spanning all areas of Annual Giving—particularly giving society and fund-level renewal solicitations. Kaitlin has been an amazing teammate for all of us and we are delighted for her as he moves on to the next chapter in her story.

God Bless and Go Irish!
Brandon Tabor

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Cross

I am pleased and grateful to announce that Dr. Colleen Cross will begin serving in the role of Assistant
Director of Foundation Relations starting June 1, 2020. Many of you know Colleen, as she has been with
FR since December 2018, first as a Graduate Fellow and currently as a Postdoctoral Research Associate
after earning her Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Systematic Theology from Notre Dame in Summer 2020.
Colleen has greatly supported the work of FR through her curation of over 200 funding opportunities for
faculty on our website, key benchmarking and research projects, and the development of more than a
dozen proposals to foundations. In her new role, Colleen will have her own portfolio of foundation
proposals and will support the other FR fundraisers on larger foundation proposals, as well as with
research and special projects.

I would like to thank all of you who have met with Colleen since she started in Development years ago,
and I know that Colleen is looking forward to connecting with more of our colleagues as she begins this
new position in service to the University. Please join me in congratulating Colleen on her upcoming new

-Michelle Joyce

UR Walks Tomorrow!

Hello UR Team! If you are interested in joining us for this week’s UR Walks, please fill out this form. We will meet at 12pm at the Grotto tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30.  As there may be some non-pavement, trail walking, we advise that appropriate footwear be considered. Signing up also helps us to contact those who are interested just in case we need to cancel at the last minute due to inclement weather.  We look forward to seeing those in person for this fun exercise. Please keep in mind that we will be observing public health CDC guidelines. We ask all participants to properly wear a face mask at all times during the walk and social distance. Happy trails!

Celebrating Holy Week & Easter on Campus

This year’s Triduum services (Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday) will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible.

Attendance to these Triduum services will be ticketed by assigned seat only. With a limited number of seats available, all tickets will be distributed to students followed by faculty and staff, as space allows.

Now that the student ticket request timeline has passed, tickets are available to faculty and staff. As space allows, faculty and staff have the opportunity to request two tickets which will allow them to be joined by a family member from their household. Please note that the two tickets will not be adjoining seats but rather be separated by a few empty seats per safety protocol.

The faculty and staff ticket request form will be open from 8 a.m. Thursday, March 25 through 5 p.m. Monday, March 29, or until capacity has been reached. This form will be available on the Campus Ministry website.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart will offer an adjusted Mass schedule and implement a reservation request system for Easter Sunday. The request form will open at 8 a.m. on March 22 and close at noon on March 24.

Visit campusministry.nd.edu/holyweek-easter for complete details.

Welcome Hugh Albert Moeller to the Notre Dame family!

Dear colleagues:

Ben and Naomi Moeller welcomed their baby boy into the world on Saturday, March 20th! Hugh Albert (aka “Hal”) was born at 10:18am weighing in at 4 lbs and 13 oz but very strong – he’s already at home settling in! And he is absolutely adorable! Baby and mommy are doing well. Ben will be back to work on Monday, April 12.

Please join me in congratulating the new parents!


HWOI Virtual Event on Rare & Neglected Disease Research

Please join Hesburgh Women of Impact for our upcoming virtual event, Hesburgh Women of Impact Presents: “You Are Not Alone: Rare and Neglected Disease Research at Notre Dame,” from 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 24. Our speakers will include Barbara Calhoun, outreach coordinator at the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, and Dr. Kasturi Haldar, Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C. Professor and Parsons-Quinn Director at the Center. The conversation will be facilitated by Notre Dame sophomore Renata Lee. This event is open to all. Please feel free to share this event with your benefactors interested in rare and neglected diseases and/or medical research at Notre Dame. You can add the Zoom session to your calendar here.