Congratulations and Best Wishes to Brian Powell

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It is with great excitement for our talented friend and colleague, Brian Powell, (and mixed emotions from our team) that I share the news that he will be leaving Notre Dame to start a new role as Senior Director for National Leadership & Planned Giving at Make a Wish America. Brian’s last day with Notre Dame will be Monday, March 7, and shortly after he will begin his new role, which is remote based. We are so glad that the Powell Family (including Brian’s wife, Katie, and three adorable kids, Cooper, Brooks, & Fitz) will remain in South Bend, and that Katie will continue to be the Associate Head Coach of ND Women’s Lacrosse.

Over the last 9 years, Brian’s leadership, creativity, and teamwork have been critical to the success and growth of the Athletics Advancement team, the Rockne Athletics Fund, the Monogram Club, and the Annual Giving team. Brian’s impact will be felt by generations of Notre Dame student-athletes for decades to come. We are so grateful for his hard work, and are happy that a special cause like Make a Wish is gaining such a wonderful teammate and person.

Please find a message from Brian below:
“To each one of you – thank you for your friendship over the last nine years. Working at Notre Dame, particularly on behalf of Athletics, has been one of the great privileges of my life. It’s as if I was able to walk into my dreams and those experiences became my day to day reality. I had so much fun. But I think what I ultimately enjoyed most about the job was getting to work with such kind and talented people. The lessons and memories will come with me, and I will cheer on your continued success. I might even throw in the occasional tour or ticket request just to keep everyone on their toes. Thank you so, so much. Go Irish!”

Please join me in congratulating Brian. You will be greatly missed!

Go Irish!

Kim Borza Donaldson

DC Team Announcements

Please join us in celebrating the promotions of Anita Jones, Brigette Kinney, Katie Edel, Maureen Daday, Pam Mullin, Roz Palusci, and Sarah Nugent to the role of Regional Associate (RA). Each of these individuals has exhibited the high-level responsibilities and skills needed for this new role, and we look forward to their future growth as we continue to align the DC Team for exponential fundraising. Please congratulate them!

The RA position creates a new level in the DC Team career stream, which now includes some re-titled roles, as follows: Development Coordinator (DC), Regional Associate (RA), Assistant Program Director (APD, formerly SRDC), and Associate Director (AD, formerly Assistant Manager). The new titles reflect the evolved state of the roles and the high degree of autonomy/responsibility.

Though the changes incorporate some additional responsibilities and restructuring, all managerial reporting relationships will remain the same, as will all fundraiser (RD and SRD) partnership assignments.

Thank you and congrats to all!

~Lori & Team

An Enthusiastic Welcome to Sam King in Storytelling!

We are excited to welcome Sam King to the Storytelling & Engagement team on Monday, February 21! Sam brings a wealth of experience to our writing team, from his work as a scholar of American history, a legal writing specialist, a content creator for wikiHow, and an NHL team writer. Sam holds a BA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Sam specializes in the history of post-Civil War America, including Chicago history, Asian American studies, race and ethnicity, and immigration history, and has written about these topics extensively. Notwithstanding such burnished credentials, he’s perhaps best known for his work as a zombie extra in an NYU student film… at least according to his IMDb page. Sam is a die-hard fan of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, and he has a senior cat, Jane Addams—named after the early 20th century American social worker activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Sam brings to our team key research, organization, and a demonstrated capacity for inquisitive and creative thinking. We are so happy to welcome him to South Bend and look forward to the many contributions he will make to Development and the University of Notre Dame!

David Chaudoir

A Warm Welcome to Barbara Josenhans as She Joins Storytelling

We are thrilled to welcome Barbara Josenhans to the Storytelling & Engagement team on Monday, February 21st. Barbara comes to us with a background rich in storytelling experience in arts administration and real estate. Barbara is a professional musician, having held senior chairs in French horn with over half a dozen orchestras in the United States. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Goshen College.

Some “fun facts” about Barbara:

  • Her first job was scooping ice cream at a mom-and-pop dairy bar that only had three flavors
  • Her best friend to this day is one she made in kindergarten!
  • She’s perfected baking pie, especially with sour cherries hand-picked in Door County, Wisconsin (Go Packers!*)

Barabra values collaboration and synergy in her work and creative endeavors. She brings a breadth of great experience that demonstrates her comprehensive appreciation of high-quality craftsmanship and artistry, qualities vital to the role of a writer. Barabra will be joined in South Bend by her husband, Dr. Thomas Josenhans, and their children at the end of the school year. Welcome to Notre Dame!


David Chaudoir

*Packers was added by David without consultation with Barbara


Help Me Welcome Dezha Moore to the Giving Programs Team!

It is my pleasure to welcome Dezha Moore to the Annual Giving team as an Assistant Director of Giving Programs. In this role, she will focus on planning and executing annual fundraising campaigns, initiatives, and events, including (but not limited to) Reunion giving, Notre Dame Day, Giving Tuesday, Friday Night Bash, Welcome Weekend, and more. Dezha’s first day will be Monday, February 14th.

Dezha graduated from Indiana State University in 2018. She most recently worked as the Director of Community Engagement and the Dean of School Culture for the South Bend Empowerment Zone. She is actively involved in the South Bend community, serves as the Diversity & Inclusion lead for the Young Professionals Network of South Bend, and has several certifications in the fields of Leadership and Education. We’re thrilled to have her join the Annual Giving team!

Please join me in welcoming Dezha!

Katie Kerby

Amber Cerveny Joins our Storytelling Team

We are really excited to announce that Amber Cerveny ’03 joined our Storytelling Team this week as our Program Coordinator serving Planned Giving. In Amber’s role, she’ll be directing the storytelling efforts for all Planned Giving projects.

Amber joins us from the Diocese of Springfield (IL) where she served as the Director of Faith and Ministry Promotion. Prior to this she served Catholic Charities (Springfield, IL) as their Development Coordinator. Amber also had a 10-year run in the Chicago market in the residential real estate industry. Thinking about buying vs. renting (?) go see Amber first!

Here’s some fun facts about Amber:

  • She played TROMBONE for The Band of the Fighting Irish (she claims it’s the best section in the band)
  • She’s graduated from Notre Dame in 2003; magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology
  • She loves “challenges” as an adult Amber has learned to play the piano, took up boxing and ran the Chicago Marathon

Soon after graduating from Notre Dame, Amber took a job in the Los Angeles area with a company called Kurtzman Carson Consultants. While living in the Hollywood area, our Amber snuck into a Matthew McConnaughey Malibu House Party… Amber admits; “for fear of being arrested, I didn’t stay long…” I think we all need a little more detail about this story!

Please be sure to stop by and introduce yourself to Amber — she’s situated with the Storytelling Team at Eddy Street Commons.


Welcome to the Southern Region, Tommy Chase!

Dear everyone,

It is my pleasure to welcome Tommy Chase to University Relations as a Regional Director of Development in the Southern Region.

Tommy is a 2013 Notre Dame Alum and monogram winner. As an undergrad, Tommy was captain of the Notre Dame baseball team and double majored in Accounting and Psychology. After graduating from Notre Dame, Tommy spent 7 years coaching baseball at the collegiate level, including roles at the University of Dayton and West Point among others. Tommy comes to us from Lippert where he was a Manufacturing Manager.

Tommy and his wife Teresa have four beautiful young children, David (4), Peter (2 and a half), Patrick (1) and Elizabeth (4 mos). In his free time, Tommy enjoys spending time with his wife and children, all things sports related and reading.

Please join me in welcoming Tommy Chase to University Relations!

Anne Overly

Condolences to Angel Hess

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to Angel Hess and her family, following the passing of her father on Friday, January 28. Joseph Chamberlain of Mishawaka, Indiana was 86. A full obituary can be found here.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, February 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. Mill Street, Mishawaka. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery with military honors by VFW 360 / American Legion 161 Burial Squad.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd Street, Mishawaka.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pendle Home, 19303 Pendle Road, South Bend, IN 46637.

Register for HR Spring Professional Development Opportunities

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HR Signature Programs – the Learning at Work Academy

The Learning at Work Academy is a multi-approach education program designed to encourage personal and career development to enhance individual success while strengthening the talent base for the University and the larger community. Instruction is provided conveniently in Notre Dame facilities.
English as a New Language (ENL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes start next week. Learn more about signing up for the English as a New Language and High School Equivalency classes.
Additionally, the programs in Business Administration through Ivy Tech Community College offer rolling admission. Find out more about obtaining an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration (2 years) or Technical Certificate in Business Administration (1 year).


Sharpen your skills with Udemy

Udemy is an online, on-demand, self-paced learning platform that is integrated with Endeavor. It offers a wide variety of individual online courses and can be a great option if you’re interested in learning something new, supplementing your professional development, or enhancing a skill set. Now is the time many of us are working towards determining our individual and divisional goals. Below are a few Udemy courses that touch on this subject.

50 Career & Self Development Tips: Welcome to the New You!
Boost Your Productivity: Adapt, Improve, Do!
Best Practices for Working Remotely


Thank you for all you do for the University of Notre Dame. HR looks forward to seeing you in professional development programs this spring!


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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!