ND Shares: Veterans Day Panel Thanks and Recording

Thank you to Jason Scarlett, Ken Heckel, Colleen Bailey-Knapke, Ian Montijo, and Pier. White for participating in the ND Shares Veterans Day panel.

Hearing about their military service/background blessed the many colleagues in attendance.

We appreciate both their service and their willingness to share.

Watch the 55-minute recording.


A Prayer for Veterans

Dear Lord,

Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country.

We pray that you will bless them for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us.Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made for their many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression.

We especially thank you and pray for Jason, Ken, Colleen, Ian, and Pier
We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them.

We pray that you will watch over them and their families. Please bless them with peace and happiness.


ND Shares: Self-Care Recording and Resources

Special thanks to Heather Christophersen, Jesse Meyer, Brian Diss, and Shaheen Goldrick for leading a candid and helpful discussion on self-care in the workplace.

And thank you to the many colleagues who attended and contributed to our authentic dialogue.

We ran out of the time, but the conversation continues!

Watch the Zoom recording of the 60-minute session.


Other Self-Care Resources

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Staying Healthy While Doing Good, August 2019

CASE: Being Self-Care Aware, September 2019

The Atlantic: Give-up on Work-Life Balance, May 2019

Chronicle of Philanthropy: A Recovery Plan for Fundraisers Facing Burnout, October 2012



Announcing Mary Flynt, LOD Associate


I am pleased to announce that Mary Flynt will be joining University Relations as our new Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) Associate. I look forward to her partnership in elevating LOD impact, advancing the UR mission, and embodying Notre Dame values. Most notably, Mary will be upgrading and leading onboarding- a program that impacted over 90 positions last fiscal year. (Special thanks to Linda Klaybor who is wonderfully bridging the onboarding gap between Gretchen Neely’s retirement and Mary’s eventual leadership.)

Mary joins us after four years in the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development (CCD), where she most recently served as experiential program manager. In this role, Mary oversaw the student internship funding program and helped manage several mentor programs, including Hesburgh Women of Impact and the Cavanaugh Council/President’s Circle. She served as the CCD’s primary administrator for IrishCompass, where she partnered with the Alumni Association on the ideation, strategy, implementation, and governance of the University’s professional development community. She also coordinated initiatives open to all students such as the JCPenney Suit-Up, industry career treks and employer mock interviews.

Prior to working in the CCD, Mary worked on the MBA admissions team in the Mendoza College of Business. She graduated from Ave Maria University in 2013 with a degree in business administration. When she’s not spending time with her large family, Mary is often attempting new sewing projects, going to concerts, adjusting to home ownership, volunteering as the St. Monica parish wedding coordinator, and making new friends with everyone she meets. Her husband Josh is also a member of UR, working on the marketing team in the Alumni Association.

You will be blessed to quickly introduce yourself to Mary as she begins her new role on Tuesday, August 6.

For Notre Dame,

Bryan Reaume
University Relations
Learning and Organizational Development


Garth has nothing on our beloved master G- Gretchen Neely.
She is a rock star!
And she has decided that her professional tour will end this summer.

Please join me in congratulating Gretchen on her decision to retire, effective June 30, 2019.

In 2013,* Gretchen was hired in University Relations as a “temporary on-call” employee. Within a month, her talent, positive attitude, and propensity for teamwork were recognized and she was hired full-time. Gretchen has faithfully served Recruiting, Learning and Organizational Development (LOD), and Internal Engagement and Execution. Her extra-mile service and warm welcome have provided lasting first impressions via the onboarding program. Her generous hospitality has fed stomachs and lightened spirits at countless professional development venues and departmental gatherings. Above all, Gretchen’s genuine care for others has created incredible impact on our UR family.

Before her time at Notre Dame, Gretchen served as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Welch Packaging in Elkhart for 12 years. Prior to Welch, Gretchen served as an Executive Assistant at Bayer Federal Credit Union and Crown International.

Gretchen looks forward to traveling and spending more time with her recently retired husband Mike, their children and grandchildren, and Gretchen’s best friends since high school! She will also be back-on-campus enjoying Football Fridays.

May we all appreciate Gretchen’s farewell tour in the months ahead!

For Notre Dame,

Bryan Reaume

*Gretchen’s decision is completely separate/independent of the current Staff Retirement Incentive Program. A thoughtful transition plan, including the posting of a role on the LOD team, will commence in the coming weeks. Questions or inquiries about this new role can be directed to Bryan Reaume or James Riley.

BATPA Resources Added to DEV-Fundraiser Best Practices

Thank you to the following fundraisers who generously served as table facilitators at Becoming a Trusted Philanthropic Advisor (BATPA) sessions: Brian Green, Henry Scroope, Tom Molnar, Kim Biagini, George West, Eileen Murdock, Stephen Smith, Luke Conway, Lynn Hubert, Dan Santucci, Jesse Meyer

The following resources, have recently been added to Team Drive Dev-Fundraiser Best Practices:
Notes from Last Week’s 101 and 301 Table Discussions:

Interns: Now & Recruiting for Summer 2019



We continue to be thankful for the Notre Dame students serving as interns this academic year:

Starting lower left: McKenna Cassidy (Storytelling), Jade Martinez (AGSM), James Riley (Rudy drummer), Colleen Cross (Foundation Relations), Tony Castrodale (Corporate Relations) Starting lower right: Katie Smith (LOD), Eric Kim (Special Events), Bryan Reaume (Forever Intern), Caitlyn Clinton (Athletics Advancement), Laura Qi (Organizational Effectiveness). Not Pictured: Nic Mannion (ND Listens)

Tis the season to recruit summer interns! Know any diverse, capable, and accountable students who would be great candidates?  Send them this link.

ND Shares Diversity Recap: Dr. Mary Adeniyi

Thank you to Dr. Mary Adeniyi and to all who participated in her presentation on diversity and inclusion throughout Notre Dame.

Mary’s Slides (HR and Insitutional Research have asked that statistics are NOT shared outside the ND staff family)

Employee Resource Groups

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, these groups support networking and provide social outlets; they also assist the University with recruitment, retention, and educational activities. Current groups include:



Fri Nov 2: Cultural Tasting Extravaganza

Development Colleagues:

The Diversity Committee invites you to another Cultural Tasting Extravaganza on Friday November 2. This is an opportunity for us to share and enjoy each other’s cultural and family traditional cuisine.

All colleagues, including those whose office is at different locations, are invited to prepare your favorite dish and drop it in the ESC Cafe. The hope is to have food available all day long!

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

Contact us with questions.

Alyssia Coates & Marilyn Bassett

Recap: ND Shares Diversity Jesus Bravo

Many thanks to Jesus Bravo, the Diversity Committee, and the many colleagues who contributed to our dynamic dialogue at ND Shares Diversity. Trust, transparency, and unity were on full display. May we keep the discussion going!


See slides from Jesus.


Upcoming Diversity Opportunities

October  22:  ND Shares Diversity: The Business Implications of Diversity with Dr Mary Adeniyi

November 2: Cultural Tasting @ ESC and Grace Hall- contact Alyssia Coates

November 12: ND Shares Diversity: Panel with Eric Love