RaeLee Rea Transition

I’m writing to share the bittersweet news that our dear colleague and friend RaeLee Rea will be retiring from her role as Senior Director of Gift Planning Strategic Operations in the coming months in order to spend more time with her family.

As all who know and have worked with RaeLee can attest, her practical wisdom, work-ethic, care and attention to detail, and compassionate service to colleagues and benefactors is second-to-none. The value of her contributions to Notre Dame, especially in the building and oversight of the Donor Advised Fund program (among many, many other responsibilities) over the past several years is immeasurable.

RaeLee is committed to enabling a smooth transition, therefore the precise timing of her departure is not yet determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks. A posting for the Senior Director of Gift Planning Strategic Operations will be live in the coming days, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply or reach out to Beth Graybill.

TJ Pillari

Indi Jackson to Serve as Director, Leadership Annual Giving

I am thrilled to share that Indi Jackson will be stepping into the position of Director, Leadership Annual Giving, effective September 25th. We are thrilled that her creativity, leadership, and immense dedication to the mission of Notre Dame will be expressed in new ways!

Indi is a 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s in Film, Theatre, and Television and a Minor in Computer Digital Technologies. Indi first started working at the University with Fighting Irish Media, creating award-winning content for 26 sports, developing the first black student-athlete podcast, and managing 50 student workers. She began working with the Annual Giving team in May of 2021 where she surpassed her fiscal year goal by 14%, driving $3M in unrestricted revenue. Most recently, Indi has served as Regional Director. We’re thrilled that Indi’s prior experience in other University departments, within Annual Giving, and with Regional Development will elevate the work of our Leadership Annual Giving team.

Please direct all questions related to the Leadership Annual Giving team to Indi moving forward. Congratulations, Indi!

-Katie Kerby & Tim Kelly

Obituary and Service Information for William Joseph Doyle

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Bill Doyle and the East team, we wanted to share the Obituary and service information for Bill’s father, William Joseph Doyle.

For those who may not have known, Bill’s father sadly passed away September 7, 2023.

Please take a moment to share your condolences and keep Bill, Mary Lynn and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

With gratitude,

Sydney Kuhn to serve as Associate Director, Athletics Annual Giving

I’m excited to share that Sydney Kuhn has earned the role of Associate Director of Athletics Annual Giving. Sydney will transition from her current position as Senior Digital Marketing Specialist on the Annual Giving team, where she planned, managed, and executed Notre Dame crowdfunding, including significant events such as Notre Dame Day. Her primary focus will be on our Gold and below levels and helping drive Monogram engagement.

Sydney is a 2018 Notre Dame graduate, four-time volleyball Monogram winner, and former professional athlete. She will bring a relentless work ethic to the Rockne team and uphold our standard of elite stewardship.

Congratulations, Sydney!

-William Mitchell

NEW Bookable Cubicles on 3rd Floor of ESC

As our Development Team grows, we continue to assess our usage of space and test different setups to ensure, above all, collaborative and effective fundraising success. As such, beginning this week, the desks in the Annual Giving and Prospect Management and Research spaces will become hot desks for use by other individuals in the department when not in use by those teams. Special thanks to the Annual Giving and Prospect Management and Research teams for making these spaces available to the wider team. If you would like to book one of these spaces to use for either a few hours or for an entire day, you are welcome to do so using the following instructions:

  • Go to Google Calendar and set up a meeting for the date / time that you want to reserve and click on “More Options”.
  • Under “Rooms” (top right) search for the number / letter of the cubicle that you want to reserve. All newly reservable cubicles start with “3131” and are followed by a letter. Each cubicle name can be found in the map here.
  • Add a title such as “*Your Name* Reservation”
  • Change “Busy” to “Free”

Additionally, offices #3113 – #3129 (odd numbers only), as well as 3159 and 3161 are available for a quick phone call or Zoom meeting if they are not in use by their normal occupant. If you need to pop into a space for a quiet conversation, you can look for offices that are marked as “Vacant” (via office signage). When you are using the office, please flip the sign to “Occupied” and when you leave the office, please change the sign to read “Vacant”. These signs will not be installed until later in the week. Offices are not available to book via Google calendar.

As you may know, we are commencing construction of additional space on the second floor of Eddy Street. Once the second floor construction is completed in the next few months, the desks in the Annual Giving and Prospect Management spaces will be available for reservation every weekday.

Please reach out to Patty Kokesh with any questions.

Best Wishes to Allison Slabaugh

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing today to share that Allison Slabaugh is departing Development to pursue an opportunity in the College of Science. In this newly created position, she will work with the Dean to guide the College’s administrative operations and academic strategy. Specifically, she will help develop and implement strategic projects, manage relationships with key internal and external constituents, and serve as a representative of the Dean on a variety of committees and initiatives.

Allison has been an integral part of development since she joined in 2010 as a corporate relations coordinator to her current role as the Academic Advancement Director for the College of Science. Her work in partnership with many of you on this team has resulted in over $200 million in gifts to the College of Science in the last 5 years. Beyond the numbers, she has been instrumental in building relationships with benefactors and faculty alike and seamlessly transitioned relationships and priorities across three different deans. She also played a key role in the development and implementation of a number of new initiatives such as the Mary E. Galvin Science and Engineering Scholars Program, Sports Science Initiative, and Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Program.

Her passion and determination to elevate Notre Dame and the College of Science are unquestionable and we are excited to see what she will accomplish in this new role. And she will be greatly missed by the AAD Team!

Allison will begin her new role on October 1st but please note that this will not be formally announced to the faculty or the advisory council until the end of the month. We are sharing the news with you today so we can post her position but I ask that you please keep it confidential at this point.

Starting October 1st, please see Kelly Courington with any needs or requests around BELS. Please see Caiti Houlilan or check Highspot for questions around priorities – priority pages will be posted soon. Anything else, please see me as interim AAD for Science. We want to make an efficient transition for Allison as she begins her role in the College!


UR Walks – September 19 at 12:00PM (ESC)

Hello UR Team! If you are interested in joining us for our next UR Walks, please fill out this form. Brandon Tabor will be leading the walk from ESC at 12:00PM. As there may be some non-pavement, trail walking, we advise that appropriate footwear be considered. Signing up also helps us to contact those who are interested just in case we need to cancel at the last minute due to inclement weather. We look forward to catching up with you while getting in our steps. Happy trails!

Welcome Aleks Mitrius!

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome Aleks Mitrius to the East team as a Regional Director. Aleks’s first day was September 5th, and he will have the pleasure of cultivating relationships with families in the DC market.

Aleks is a ’95 graduate from Notre Dame and a parent of a ’22 graduate (Lukas), and current student (Romas). After graduating from Notre Dame, Aleks had a tremendous experience in public accounting, observing and auditing both successful and struggling companies. He then branched out and applied this knowledge to the title and sales consulting industries. Aleks currently resides in South Bend, and we look forward to his wife, Ilona, kids – Lukas, Romas, Karina, and rescue dog, Fozzy joining him soon.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Aleks!

Many thanks,

UR Halloween Spooktacular

It’s that time of year again, so brush off your broomsticks and get ready for the annual UR Halloween Spooktacular! On Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-6:00pm, bring your little monsters for an evening of trick-or-treating through the Development offices. We’ll have activities, prizes, and of course, lots of sweet treats! This year, we’ll be holding the festivities in the eerie Eddy Street 3rd floor, and we need your help to make this the best Spooktacular yet. Please reach out to Grace Prosniewski to sign up your team for a space to decorate (and your theme!). Happy haunting!

William Mitchell to Serve as Senior Associate Director, Athletics Annual Giving

I am honored to share that William Mitchell will be stepping into the position of Senior Associate Director of Athletics Annual Giving, effective immediately. William has been instrumental in leading Rockne to break records for multiple years and we are excited his creativity, leadership, and immense dedication to the mission of Notre Dame will be expressed in new ways.
Please direct all questions related to the Rockne Athletics Fund to William moving forward. Congratulations, William!
Katie Kerby