Welcome to the Southwest Team, Patrick Charles!

It is my pleasure to welcome Patrick Charles to the Southwest team as a regional director of development. Patrick’s first day will be on January 24, and he will serve benefactors in southern California.

Since 2016, Patrick has been the co-founder of Wonderspaces, Inc., a company that creates immersive and interactive art experiences in Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and Austin. Prior to this, he was a senior innovation manager for TomorrowLab where he managed multiple consulting projects across multiple industries. He has also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate for supply-chain and logistics analytics. Patrick served our country in San Diego and Iraq in the Marine Corps as an operations planning and training officer, where he received an achievement award for managing the largest Marine Corps tactical communications network ever created.

Patrick graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Accounting, Peking University in Beijing with a certificate in business, Vlerick Business School in Brussels with his MBA, and finally, the University of Notre Dame with his Master of Science in Business Analytics. Patrick is originally from Pennsylvania but is going to be moving to South Bend in a few weeks from Phoenix, Arizona.

I am thrilled to welcome Patrick to the Notre Dame family and the Southwest team. Please join me in welcoming him to the UR team and thanking him for his service!


Farewell Kathy Wadolowski

Kathy Wadolowski ’16, ’17 MSM is going to New York University!

Please help us wish Kathy a fond farewell as she embarks upon her new position as Communications Specialist for the Stern School of Business at New York University. Kathy, a Double Domer, joined the Storytelling and Engagement team in July 2017. We’ve had the joy of seeing Kathy grow throughout her career here, and she has become an integral member of our team.

Kathy has worked on countless storytelling proposals, including some of the most challenging ones our team has ever taken on. Juggling details, numbers, photos, personalities, and often arcane particulars is not for the faint of heart. Kathy always got the job done—and she did it well! She wrote more than $1 billion in fundraising proposals during her tenure, in addition to hours of scriptwriting, producing and voiceover work for Notre Dame Day, Here Come the Irish football show, and many other productions.

Kathy’s last day will be January 28. We bid her a heartfelt adieu, but not a goodbye, for Notre Dame will forever be part of her, and she a part of us.

Thank you, Kathy!

-David Chaudoir

Welcome Danielle Filguiera and Paul Hernandez to the Annual Giving Team

It is our pleasure to welcome both Danielle Filgueira and Paul Hernandez as Associate Directors, Leadership Annual Giving, where they will add to growing unrestricted and giving society membership and continue to cultivate benefactors across the country. Their first day will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Danielle is a double domer, having graduated in 2011 before recently receiving her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration this past year. A Miami native, she is surprisingly excited to once again experience all four seasons the Midwest has to offer! Danielle has grown in her professional career with HH Construction Group INC. where she exemplified her growth mindset and ability to develop business relationships. Her competitive nature and love for her alma mater will serve the team well as she joins the Sorin Society team!

Paul is a two time graduate of St. Francis University, graduating in 2011 and completing his Master’s in Organizational Leadership – Higher Education Administration in 2018. Prior to joining Development, Paul served as Employer Engagement Manager, for the University’s Center for Career Development, where he fostered key relationships and developed new relationships with recruiters and C-suite level leadership in a variety of companies and industries. Paul also has experience working in higher education admissions serving as Associate Director of Admissions at the Mendoza College of Business and Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of St. Francis. We cannot be more thrilled to welcome Paul to the Academic and Athletics Giving team!

Please join us in welcoming Danielle and Paul who will be primarily serving benefactors in the Southwest region, New England, and the greater Chicago area this year!

Kasey O’Connor and Pablo Martínez

Thank You, Darlean Vance, and Best Wishes!

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in wishing Darlean Vance the best of luck as she departs the University this weekend. As many of you know, Dar has the incredible opportunity to be in the Indianapolis metro area with her family, especially her grandson, Bennett, as he receives treatment. A true testament to Dar, her offer to be there for her family exemplifies how she has been one of the most selfless, caring, and compassionate members of our UR Family and to say she will be sorely missed is an understatement!

Dar’s work building relationships with our giving society members for the past nine years, as well as her gracious offer to work in Gift Management through the calendar year end, will be missed by both benefactors and colleagues alike. She has been the voice of Notre Dame to many of our members, and we are grateful for all of her hard work, joyful nature, and dedication to our mission.

Please join me in wishing Dar and her family all the best in the future. Please feel free to stay in touch with Dar at vanjdka1@att.net.

Dar – you will always have your Notre Dame family here for you when you need it!

– Annual Giving and Gift Management

Welcome Chris Liberto to the Northwest Team

It is my pleasure to welcome Chris Liberto to the Northwest team as Regional Director. Chris’ first day will be 1/18/2022, and he will be working with constituents in Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.

Chris Liberto is a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but as an Irish Catholic, he’d tell you his true passion and values most closely align with those of Our Lady’s University.

Chris is thrilled to join the Notre Dame family following a successful career as the Executive Director for Camp High Hopes, a non-profit camp in western Iowa aimed at providing unique camping experiences for kids, teens and adults with special needs and chronic illness. Chris spent the majority of his professional career in broadcast journalism where he spent 10 years as a news and sports anchor for ABC covering Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Chris’s passion for helping others has shown in his volunteer work, creating two non-profit organizations in Sioux City and serving on multiple Boards of Directors.

Chris and his wife Jenna are looking forward to joining the South Bend/Michiana community after spending nearly two decades in Sioux City. Chris and Jenna have three very energetic kids, Hunter (10 years old), Quinn (7 years old) and Kennedy (4 years), and a mini-golden doodle named Rosie. The family enjoys walks, bike rides, movies and plans to be regulars at Notre Dame sporting events, cheering on the Irish!

Please join me in welcoming Chris Liberto to the team!

Sean Sharpe

Welcome to the Southwest Team, Betsy Hughes!

It is my pleasure to welcome Betsy Hughes to the Southwest team as a regional director of development. Betsy’s first day will be on January 18, and she will serve benefactors in Arizona.

Betsy has spent her career in fundraising for numerous non-profit organizations throughout the country. Most recently, she served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for United Way of Metro Chicago, where she secured the organization’s first 8-figure gift for community development. She also served for 15 years as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Illinois Institute of Technology

Betsy graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Communication. She is from Pennsylvania but has spent the past 30 years in Chicago with her husband, Lyle, and two daughters.

I am thrilled to welcome Betsy to the Notre Dame family and the Southwest team. Please join me in welcoming her to the UR team!


Congratulations and Gratitude for Megan Macri

After six and a half years, Megan Macri has announced her resignation from the University and her role as a fundraiser with the Illinois Team.

Megan has been a valuable teammate. Her fundraising acumen along with her leadership and team-focused approach will be missed. The Freehold, N.J. native consistently developed strong relationships with her benefactors. Her work will have a lasting impact on Notre Dame and the students the university serves.

The 2005 ND graduate will join the Chicago-based private equity firm TJM Capital Partners as a Principal. In her new role, Megan will focus on investor relations, fundraising, and cultivating key relationships within portfolio companies.

We wish her well and look forward to seeing her, Matt and their children Amelia, Kate and Maeve back on campus when they visit.

Congratulations Megan and thank you for your service to Our Lady’s Mission.

Megan’s last day will be Jan. 26.

Welcome Sean Cuneo and Jim Hill!

Please join us in welcoming Sean Cuneo and Jim Hill to the Marketing Operations, Annual Giving team as Content Marketing Specialists!

In these roles, Sean and Jim will use their creativity and writing skills to produce persuasive, emotionally evocative multichannel fundraising campaigns that raise critical funds that empower Notre Dame students to be forces for good in the world.

Sean Cuneo graduated from Notre Dame in 2012 and comes to us from Mercyhurst University where he served as the Director of Marketing & Brand Management. His robust experience as a writer, creative, and digital marketer will be a great addition to our team. Sean’s first day is Tuesday, January 4th.

Jim Hill graduated from Boston College and Villanova University and comes to us from Villanova’s Office of Grants and Contracts where he served as a Grants and Contracts Assistant. Jim has unique experience in writing, directing his own short films, and in working as a Logistics Management Specialist for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. Jim’s first week is remote beginning on Tuesday, January 11th and he will join us in the office on January 18th.

Please join us in welcoming Sean and Jim to the UR Family!

Lauren Dolzan and Brandon Tabor

Welcome Rachel Myers to the Resource Strategy and Administration team!

It is my pleasure to welcome Rachel Myers to the Resource Strategy and Administration team as Associate Director of Finance. Rachel’s first day will be Monday, December 20, when she will begin leading our day-to-day finance administration and strategy.

Rachel is a graduate of Purdue with a double major in financial planning and sales management as well as a minor in psychology. In addition, she earned a master’s of education from Valparaiso University.

Rachel brings more than 15 years of experience in financial analysis and operations management to UR. Most recently, Rachel served as Director of Finance and Operations at Andrean High School (Merrillville, IN).

Please join me in welcoming Rachel! And please consider reaching out to Rachel (rmyers24@nd.edu) to introduce yourself. Especially in our hybrid work environment, we appreciate our UR teammates and key partners who take the time to make our newest member feel welcomed and included.

Kathryn Valenti

Welcome Alumni Association Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Digger O’Brien


I couldn’t be more excited to share the good news that we have a new Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Digger O’Brien. Digger comes to us after many years working as an Executive Producer and Chief Content Officer for various groups within the NFL. His responsibilities as the Head of Entertainment Marketing included overseeing all content development, creative and brand-alignment strategies for third-party digital, television and film projects in the entertainment industry. In addition, as the Senior Producer of NFL Films, he executed hundreds of hours of large-scale content development and production initiatives at the NFL’s in-house production company. And to top it all off, he is a five-time national Emmy Award winner for editing, directing and writing.

Digger is the author of “Pointing Is Rude: One Father’s Story of Autism, Adoption, and Acceptance.”

A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, Digger will be joined in South Bend by his wife, Bernadette, and children, Anna (24), Frederick and Grace (19) and Julian (12). He joined us on November 29, splitting time between South Bend and Yardley, PA, until after the holidays.

Please join me in welcoming Digger O’Brien.

All the best,