Welcome to the Storytelling & Engagement Team, Kilian Vidourek!

I am pleased to announce that Kilian Vidourek has joined the Storytelling & Engagement Team as Visual Storyteller, effective Sept. 13.

Kilian is from Tyrone, Georgia, a small town south of Atlanta. He studied French horn performance and Film production at Notre Dame where he played in almost any musical group he could. A proud member of the Marching Band, he was also a member of the Irish Guard. Throughout his time at Notre Dame he had several unimaginable opportunities like traveling to Portland Oregon to film a documentary, learning to be an assistant brewer for a new brewery, and interning in Los Angeles. Some fun facts about him include his alter-ego Dogsnake which you can sometimes find DJing around South Bend and his love of running.

Please join me in welcoming Kilian to our UR Team!

Jim Gosz

Congratulations Tashana Kenny!

Dear UR,

It is our absolute pleasure to share with you the promotion of Tashana Kenny to the role of Assistant Manager (AM) on the Development Coordinator (DC) Team. Tashana will be transitioning on September 15, 2021 to work with the management team, reporting to Lori Tinkey. In the new position, Tashana will continue to support field fundraisers, add responsibilities for managing DCs, and helping to lead the DC Team.

Tashana was instrumental in the success of the DC cross-training pilot program last year and serves as Co-Lead for the ongoing initiative. She continues to have a strong impact on our DEIU efforts through the Communications and Impact committee of DEIU. Prior to her work with the University, Tashana was an Enterprise Specialist in Product Sales and Support with Comcast for 16 years. Tashana received her Masters degree from the University of Phoenix in 2019, and her Bachelors degree from Ball State University in 1996.

Please reach out to Tashana to congratulate her on this achievement.


Deena and Lori

Congratulations Emma Capannari!

Dear UR,

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the promotion of Emma Capannari to the role of Senior Regional Development Coordinator(SRDC) reporting to Lori Tinkey, effective September 20, 2021. In her new role, Emma will continue to provide support to her current fundraisers for the near term, adding Senior Regional Directors (SRDs) to her portfolio as opportunities present, and work with the management team on special projects. An Indiana University graduate, Emma joined ND Development in 2018 and assumed the responsibility of managing the Chicago Development office, as well as providing support to four fundraisers. Emma was called to serve on the Covid-19 response unit as well as the AsceND project last year. Please join us in congratulating Emma.

If you have any questions about Emma’s new responsibilities, please feel free to contact us.


Angie and Lori

Stewardship & Donor Relations Updates and Promotions

We are thrilled to announce two promotions and a new addition to the Stewardship & Donor Relations team.

Megan DePrimio-Faust has been promoted to a Program Director in Donor Recognition. Megan, who has been on the team for five years, has grown significantly in her role. She has been instrumental in leading the recognition audit throughout campus and has made incredible recognition contributions for key donors, both public and personal. In addition, Cheryl Schlimpert has been promoted to Project Manager for Stewardship & Donor Relations. In this role, Cheryl will continue to support the entire team serving as the project manager for our most complex projects, including endowment reports, financial aid student recipient thank you notes, and the dedication budget just to name a few. Please join me in congratulating both Megan and Cheryl!

In addition, I am excited to announce that the responsibility of stewarding members of the Badin Guild is moving from Annual Giving to the Stewardship & Donor Relations team. The responsibility of Badin Marketing will remain in Annual Giving and a search will be underway soon to fill this open position. With this change, we are excited to welcome Laura Walker, Associate Director of the Badin Guild, to the stewardship team. Laura brings with her seven years of Development experience as a member of the Annual Giving team where she oversaw the stewardship of the Badin Guild, the marketing of planned giving vehicles, and since 2017, the marketing of our matching gift program.

As we prepare for the next campaign, this change will allow us to strategically determine how best to steward Badin Guild members, both programmatically as well as individually at the top of the pyramid ($10+). The move to the Stewardship & Donor Relations will allow Laura to leverage her knowledge of the Badin Guild and couple it with the expertise and support of the entire team. Laura will certainly continue to partner with her colleagues in Annual Giving, especially with Badin communications and stewardship events. She will also serve as the stewardship liaison to the Office of Gift Planning.

Please note that Laura will continue to handle Badin marketing until a new colleague is hired in this role reporting to Jim Small.

Thank you and Best Wishes to Marcia Hittner

Dear UR,

With appreciation for her selfless dedication to Notre Dame fundraising, we wish Marcia Hittner all the best for her upcoming retirement on September 30. Marcia has been an invaluable member of our geographically extended family, serving as Development Coordinator from the New York City office and her delightful Queens apartment for 13 years. We are grateful to Marcia for her efforts in supporting our fundraisers and our special events team, in particular for her work on the highly successful Wall Street dinners. Her attention to detail and organizational skills have been integral to the continued success of our New York presence. During the pandemic lockdown, many of us knew Marcia as a faithful, insightful contributor to our UR DEIU Zoom conversations. Thank you, Marcia.

Please join us in congratulating Marcia on her next chapter!

The DC Team has a number of openings for the Development Coordinator position; if you, or someone you know, are interested in knowing more, please contact me at ltinkey@nd.edu.

~Lori and Deena


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Conor Montijo

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share two quick celebratory notes regarding Conor Montijo, albeit one is much more a cause for celebration for us in UR than the other!

Firstly, I want to congratulate Conor and Molly (Reidy), who recently celebrated one month since their marriage! They were married by Molly’s brother in the Basilica with their closest family and friends and we could not be happier for the newlyweds. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness!

Secondly, I write to share that Conor will join ND Innovates as Program Director, effective September 13, with his last day in Development being September 10th. In his new capacity, Conor will serve as the Assessment lead, empowering partners from cross-functional teams to assess problems, design solutions, and implement those solutions at scale across the University in pursuit of cost savings that can be directed to financial aid. Please join me in wishing Conor all the best on this next chapter of his career. His genuine candor, professionalism and embodiment of the Notre Dame Mission will be missed!

We will be looking to hire Conor’s replacement for the Associate Director, Sorin Society role within the next couple of weeks. Please let me know directly if you have any questions!

In Notre Dame,

Welcome Isabel Dance to the Development Coordinator team!

It is my pleasure to welcome Isabel Dance to the Development Coordinator team. Isabel started with us on August 23rd.

Isabel most recently worked as a recruiter for Aerotek in South Bend, Indiana. She also worked part-time at the Loft and is very into fashion. Before the pandemic, she volunteered at the Saint Mary’s Convent as Volunteer Leader for sisters affected with dementia. She planned many activities there including several fashion shows!

Isabel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Management with a minor in Communications from Purdue University. She can’t wait for the ND v. Purdue game in a few weeks!

Isabel and her husband, Austin, who also works for the University at the Warren Golf Course, reside in South Bend.

Please join me in welcoming Isabel!

Anita Sareen

Welcome Laura Marks to the Marketing Operations team!

I am thrilled to welcome Laura Marks to the Marketing Operations, Annual Giving team as our new Project Manager. Laura’s first day in the office was Monday, August 23rd.

Laura grew up in Hawaii and moved to the area when she was 15, and has been a South Bend native ever since! She’s spent the past six years at Pathfinders Advertising, an advertising agency in the Mishawaka area. Her experience at Pathfinders has lent to her robust background in strategic marketing and project management skills, and ability to take on fast-paced work with ease. We have no doubt that Laura is going to take this role by the horns and lead our team well.

Please join me in welcoming Laura to the team!


Lauren Dolzan

Farewell and Best Wishes to Devon Aragona

UR Team,

Please note that Thursday, September 2 will be Devon Aragona’s last day on the Marketing Operations, Annual Giving team. Devon will be taking her experience and skillset to International Justice Mission (IJM) as their digital marketing lead.

We are grateful for Devon’s many contributions to our team the past three years, including elevating our @NDLoyal social media brand and presence, rallying behind and supporting student groups in their crowd-funding efforts, and leading the charge on Notre Dame Day’s giving website and digital needs. Beyond her work efforts, we will miss her vibrant personality!

If you were working with Devon on any projects, please contact me for a plan of transition. The role of the Digital Marketing Specialist will be posted on jobs.nd.edu in the coming weeks. We will release further information regarding this vacancy as it becomes available.

Please join us in congratulating Devon on her move and wishing her success in this next chapter in her life and career!

Thank you,
Lauren Dolzan

Farewell and Best Wishes to Rubén de Jesús Medina

Dear everyone-

Rubén de Jesús Medina will be leaving Development at the end of August to launch an entrepreneurial finance & startup advisory company. As a Double-Domer, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, he will always have a special place in his heart for Notre Dame. Rubén is very grateful for his time in Development, the friendships made, and wishes the entire UR team much success in the years ahead. Please take a moment to wish Ruben all the best in his new adventures.

Anne Overly