Announcement re: Rich Allocco


It is with mixed emotions that I write to share the news that Rich Allocco will be retiring from Notre Dame as of 9/30/2021. Rich joined the Notre Dame Development team in December 2018, after a long and successful career as a Silicon Valley executive. A distinguished Notre Dame graduate, Rich played football for the Irish and was a member of the 1973 National Championship team under Ara Parseghian. Rich has been an integral part of the Northwest region, residing in Northern California and working with benefactors in and around the San Francisco Bay area. His passion for Our Lady’s University, professionalism, and great care for his constituents and his teammates will be greatly missed. A wonderful Notre Dame representative, Rich embodies all that makes Notre Dame and Her family so special.

Rich will be in the Bay Area wrapping up gift conversations and transitioning his constituents over the next 45 days. We are incredibly grateful for Rich’s many contributions to our team, and will miss his experience and passion for Notre Dame. Please join us in congratulating Rich on his upcoming retirement and wishing him continued success in this next chapter in life!

Thank you,

Sean Sharpe

Family Fun Night at the Potawatomi Zoo!

Don’t forget to register if you and your family plan to attend;

To register:

  1. Go to ND UR Summit
  2. Enter the total number of guests in the appropriate category & Click “Add to cart”
  3. On the next page – enter the Host ID: ND UR Summit  in the DISCOUNT CODE box then Click “Apply”
  4. Enter your name, email address and address (Note – you can enter your home or work address)
  5. Click “Checkout”
  6. You will receive an email (to the address used in your registration) from “Potawatomi Zoological Society – eTickets”.   Within the email is a link to your e-tickets.
  7. Once at the zoo, you will need to get your tickets scanned (e-tickets or printed tickets) for entrance.

Welcome Kevin Frost to the Sorin Society Giving team!

It is my pleasure to welcome Kevin Frost to the Sorin Society Giving team as an Associate Director, Leadership Annual Giving. Kevin’s first day will be Monday, August 16th.

Kevin is a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame and will be relocating to South Bend from New York, where he started his career. Kevin joined SAP after graduation, before being appointed business and sales development director at Innodata, Inc, an IT service management company. We are especially thrilled to welcome Kevin back to Notre Dame Development, as he was a student caller and manager in our student center (now ND Listens) during his time on campus.

Please join me in welcoming Kevin back home to Notre Dame. His work as a fundraiser will not only drive our giving society memberships, but his love for Notre Dame will serve the Sorin team well! We are thrilled to have him as the newest member of our team!

In Notre Dame,

Pablo Martínez

Thank you and Farewell to Annie Geary!

We are excited to celebrate the promotion of Annie Geary to the President’s Office, where she will work as an Advisor to the Vice President and Chief of Staff, Ann Firth. Annie has been an invaluable contributor to the Development Coordinator Team in University Relations and, most recently, to the University’s Covid Response Unit in the testing center and as a contact tracer. Please join us in wishing our friend and colleague every success as she approaches her 25th year of service to Our Lady’s University. Thank you, Annie!


Lori Ehrman Tinkey


Welcome to Resource Strategy and Administration, Nancy Cole!

Great news to share…Nancy Cole will return to University Relations on Monday, August 16 as the new Resource Strategy Coordinator on our Resource Strategy and Administration team.

Nancy will play a critical role in helping to move forward the abundance of hiring going on in the division and will support the financial management of the division as well. For those who do not know, Nancy brings with her a wealth of institutional knowledge, operational chops, and strong relationships from her six years in Mendoza, five years in NDAA as Dolly’s Sr. Administrative Assistant, and most recently four years in the President’s Office as Operations Advisor to Ann Firth. We’re so excited that Nancy is sharing her many talents with our team.

Thanks for helping to warmly welcome Nancy back to UR!

Kathryn Valenti

Welcome to Academic and Athletic Annual Giving, Andrew Owens!

It is my pleasure to welcome Andrew Owens to the Academic and Athletic Annual Giving team as an Associate Director, Leadership Annual Giving. Andrew’s first day will be Monday, August 16th.

Andrew is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame and 2019 of Notre Dame Law School. Andrew is joining us from Honigman LLP in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate Law department.

Please join me in welcoming, Andrew, home to Notre Dame. We are thrilled to have him as the newest member of our team!

Kasey O’Connor

Farewell and Thank You to Noell Stohler

Dear colleagues,

With thanks for 10 years of dedicated ND service, we announce the departure of Noell Stohler for a position as Recruiter for TalentSource Staffing. Noell’s last day with UR in the role of Assistant Manager of the DC Team will be 08.19.21.

We are grateful for Noell’s contributions to Development throughout the last campaign, particularly her dedication to the team throughout the pandemic. While she will be missed, please join us in wishing Noell all the best on her new career path.

Note that the position will be posted shortly; if interested in knowing more, feel free to contact me at

Lori Ehrman Tinkey

Best Wishes to Michael Loungo

It is with mixed emotions that I write to share the news that Michael Loungo will be leaving the University. Michael recently accepted a position as Senior Vice President for Development at the Augustine Institute, a Catholic education and media company based in Denver. Michael has been part of the Development team for eight years and has played a pivotal role in leading the Academic Advancement team and in cultivating benefactors who live outside the United States. He feels fortunate to be part of Notre Dame both as an alumnus and as an employee, and will take what he has learned to try to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Michael shared, “I have been surrounded by exceptional professionals here at Notre Dame, and I am grateful for everyone who helped me grow and accepted me despite my shortcomings.”

Michael’s last day is expected to be in early September. He and his family will continue to reside here in South Bend.

Please join me in wishing Michael all the best.


Congratulations to Jeff Arnold on his Retirement

Hello again,

Jeff Arnold, our Academic Advancement Director for the College of Engineering, recently announced his intention to retire. Jeff joined the University nearly 10 years ago, after finishing with Honeywell a 30-year career in the engineering industry. His experience as an engineer and his commitment to Notre Dame engineering students is evident in how Jeff has approached his work. He has played an integral role on our Development team and we are grateful for his decade of service to the University. We will miss his professionalism and kindness.

What Jeff calls hobbies most would call advanced manufacturing, and I know that together with his commitment to his family and aspiring engineers, there is more to come in this new chapter of his life.

In the period between early September and his retirement, Jeff will transition to a research role in Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Join me in wishing Jeff all the best.

-Michael Loungo

Welcome to Gift Planning, Sarah Wodrich!

It is my pleasure to welcome Sarah Wodrich, pronounced Woodrich, to the Gift Planning team as our newest Gift Planning Officer. Sarah’s first day is Monday, August 9, and she will be partnering with fundraisers in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

Sarah is an alum of Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Kentucky.

Sarah comes to Notre Dame from a successful career at Sanders Pianowski LLP in Elkhart. At Sanders Pianowski LLP, Sarah focused on estate planning, estate administration, and labor and employment laws. She lives in Osceola with her husband, Eric, and their son, Calvin.


Rich Naponelli