Prospect Management congratulates Brigette Kinney and welcomes Alexandra DeWeese as our new Consultants!

The Prospect Management team is excited to welcome Alexandra DeWeese and Brigette Kinney as two new Consultants working with the Southwest and East teams, respectively.  

Alexandra (Alex) comes to us from University Enterprises and Events where she helped build that department’s sales team from the ground up. Alex started at the University in 2014 in Student Services with the Mendoza College of Business where she was a Program Manager. She then moved to UEE’s Business Development team where she has been since 2017. Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University and is an Indianapolis native. She and her husband, Chad, reside in South Bend, with their three children: Emerson (5), Trey (3), and Kennedy (7 months).

It’s also a bittersweet time in the Development Coordinator (DC) world. While we are thrilled for Brigette Kinney’s promotion, we note the loss of Brigette as Regional Associate (RA) on the team in which she’s served as a natural leader since 2015. A graduate of Indiana University, Brigette has consistently applied her skills in strategy, project management, process improvement, and training. She was one of two people to re-envision and reconstruct the DC Training Toolkit that has proven invaluable to the team, and she has actively contributed to the efforts of the RA Guiding Coalition. As an excellent partner with her Regional Directors and the broader Development team, Brigette has continuously identified value-add opportunities toward fundraising effectiveness. 

In their new roles as Prospect Management Consultants, Alex and Brigette will work closely with Shelby and George in building and managing portfolios, while providing actionable insights and recommendations on the path to goal. They will start with the team and begin their onboarding process on December 5, and will likely join in regional meetings starting after the new year.

Congratulations Brigette, and Welcome Alex!

Jonathan Retartha, Anita Sareen, Lori Tinkey

Athletics Advancement Update

Friends and Colleagues,

I write to tell you that Mike Brown is no longer with the University, effective Wednesday, November 16th.

We thank him for his years of service to the University and wish him well in his next chapter. All benefactor needs or questions should be directed to me. Thanks in advance for your collaboration.

-Riley Koval

Welcome Caiti Houlihan, the new Academic Advancement Associate!

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Caiti Houlihan, the new Academic Advancement Associate! Caiti joins us from almost two years as a visa officer for the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago. She is a 2019 ND grad with a major in Economics and a minor in Irish Studies. She obtained her Masters in Irish and Irish American Studies from NYU in 2021. She also speaks Gaelic!

The AAD team is thrilled to have Caiti on board and look forward to having her be a department-wide resource on campaign priorities, proposal development, and stewardship. I’m not going to say I teared up a little when she arrived, but I also can’t guarantee it didn’t happen.

Please stop by the AAD space and say hello!

Thanks so much,


Welcome to Development Administration, Teesha Wright!

Dear Colleagues,

Please help me to welcome LaTeesha (Teesha) Wright to Regional Development as a Regional Coordinator (DC). Teesha’s first day was Monday, November 7th.

Teesha has spent the last twelve years assisting the Environmental Staff at the Saint Joseph County Health Department. Her calm demeanor and organizational skills were an asset to our community in getting through the frightening days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Teesha lives locally and is a proud graduate of LaSalle High School. She received a certificate in medical coding and insurance billing (NHA/BCS) from Ivy Tech. When not cheering on the Fighting Irish or the Chicago Bears, she can be found on the hunt for the best cheeseburger (Byron’s in Chicago, in her humble opinion), Teesha spends time with her 4 grandchildren, and her 3 grown sons (TJ, Terraell and Timothy). as often as she can.

Welcome to Notre Dame, Teesha!

Deena Chamberlin

Lori Tinkey

Tara Reilly – welcome back to the Central Region!

Monday, November 7th, was a very special day for the Central Region team.

Tara Reilly has returned after a short stint with the Inspired Leadership Initiative. We have missed Tara’s energy, good humor, strong faith, and example of how to minister to benefactor families.

Tara will primarily be working with families in the Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, PA areas. Tara, thank you for your friendship and welcome back to the Central Region!

Jason Scarlett

Welcome Michele Berente as Associate Director, Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle

It is my pleasure to welcome Michele Berente to University Relations. Michele will serve as Associate Director on the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle team. Michele’s first day is Tuesday, November 1.

We are excited about the impact Michele will have on our team. Michele’s experience in non-profit fundraising, events, and accounting along with her commitment to the mission of Our Lady’s University will help advance our team’s work and culture. Michele and her family moved to South Bend four years ago to join the Notre Dame family when her husband, Nick Berente, began his role as Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations, in the Mendoza College of Business.

Please join me in welcoming Michele to the UR team!

Mary Jane Añón

Welcome to Gift Management, Steve Horstmann!

It is my pleasure to welcome Steve Horstmann to the Gift Management team as the Gift Management Program Coordinator. Today is Steve’s first day, and his primary role is gift preparation. He will also be assisting colleagues and donors with questions through the departmental phone line and email.

Steve earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University. Steve comes to us with experience in sports ticketing, business sales, mortgage lending, and real estate.

Please join me in welcoming Steve to UR!

Alyssa Strbjak
Program Director, Gift Management Communications


Pablo Martinez and Mary Fisher Join Regional Development


It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I share two new hires within the Regional Development team, both reporting directly to me.

First, I would like to congratulate and welcome Pablo Martinez as the new Global Advancement Program Director. In this role, Pablo will lead our fundraising efforts with our international donor population. He will carry a portfolio of international leadership prospects, as well as build a comprehensive program to identify, cultivate and steward donors around our international needs and priorities. He will also work closely with Notre Dame International and the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Pablo has been a valued member of the Development team for 11 years, leading many initiatives and programs within Annual Giving. Starting in the Phone Center, and spanning Undergraduate alumni giving, matching gifts, reunion giving and Notre Dame Day, Pablo most recently served as a Leadership Annual Giving fundraiser prior to leading the Sorin Society and a team of fundraisers this past year and a half to record years in unrestricted production. Pablo is a 2011 Notre Dame graduate.

Next, I am thrilled to welcome back to my team Mary Fisher, who will serve as the Senior Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Mary will work to improve operational efficiencies throughout Regional Development. She will manage a variety of internal and external communications, as well as ongoing and emerging strategic initiatives, while serving as an advisor and thought partner to me. Additionally, she will assume responsibility for all communications, events, and activities associated with the Hesburgh Women of Impact program after a thoughtful transition with Grace Prosniewski.

Prior to joining Development as my administrative assistant in August 2010, Mary had spent two years working in employer development within the University’s Career Center. She joined the team now known as Stewardship & Donor Relations in October 2011, and has served in numerous capacities during the past 11 years, including managing the University’s endowment reporting and acknowledgment processes, planning and executing a variety of stewardship and cultivation events, and serving as the interim leader of the team for the 18-month duration of the Notre Dame Trail. Most recently, Mary partnered with frontline fundraisers to develop and execute individualized stewardship plans for the University’s top benefactors, and collaborated further with RDs to create strategic engagement touchpoints for other key donors and prospects. Mary is a 2008 Notre Dame graduate, and subsequently earned her MNA from Mendoza in 2015.

Please join me in congratulating both Pablo and Mary on their new roles!

Sara Liebscher

Welcome Ashley Moeller as a RA in Gift Planning

It is my pleasure to welcome Ashley Moeller to the Development Administration Team as a Regional Associate (RA) in Gift Planning. Ashley’s first day will be Monday, October 31.

Ashley brings a wealth of institutional knowledge from her time working with the Office of Information Technologies since 2019, in which she worked as an executive administrative coordinator. Prior to that, she was the learning and development coordinator for Bader Rutter in Wisconsin.

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a major in Communications. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching everything sports and Bravo, going to breweries and wine tastings, and spending time with her dog, Willa.

Please join me in welcoming Ashley!

Jen Koebel

Congratulations Kate Mueller – named next AAD for ND Research, The Graduate School and IDEA Center

Hi team,

I’m thrilled to share that Kate Mueller will be the new Academic Advancement Director for Notre Dame Research, The Graduate School, and the IDEA Center. I am grateful that Kate will be taking on these areas in times of great transition and opportunity.

In her role as AAD for the Law School, Kate developed a novel funding priority and strategy around Religious Liberty, and effectively partnered toward closing the Law School’s largest gift ever. She also helped drive over $80M of collaborative production over three record-setting years. This incredible success continued her 13 years of experience here at Notre Dame through a variety of roles, including as Managing Director of the Center for Social Science Research which collaborates on interdisciplinary research projects across all of Notre Dame’s Colleges and Schools. She will continue to serve as a Concurrent Professor of Law.

With her in-depth knowledge of the University, her experience in on-boarding new leaders, and her ongoing commitment to the mission of being a force for good in the world, she is the perfect fit for this role, especially as we bring in new leaders and develop new priorities in these three dynamic areas.

I am personally relieved to be handing these roles over to someone with great expertise. Kate will officially take on her new AAD responsibilities on Monday, November 21, but will be transitioning work over the next few weeks.

I will be posting the job description for AAD for the Law School in the coming weeks.

Thanks so much,