4th Regional Region Added

Dear Colleagues, After careful consideration about our need for focused donor cultivation for the upcoming campaign, we have made the decision to add another region to our existing regional development structure. We will hire a Senior Director of Development to lead a new region, which we will define as the Western Region. Kevin Cannon will continue as Sr. Director of Development for a newly defined Central Region. The Eastern and Midwest regions will remain the same with Michael McLaughlin and Mike Sullivan continuing in their leadership roles. We have posted the new position on the ND jobs website with a preferred candidate. If you have questions, concerns or interest, please indicate them to your respective SRDs. This is an exciting move which will continue to enhance our ability to cultivate transformative gifts for Notre Dame. Thank you and Go Irish! Joe Gelchion

Welcome Morgan Bullock to Annual Giving Programs Team

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Morgan Bullock ‘08 to the Annual Giving Programs team. Morgan will join the Mar/Comm Operations team within AGP as the Marketing Program Manager. In this role, Morgan will report directly to me and will be providing marketing project management support to AGP, specifically around the continuing execution of the Proud to Be ND brand in all mass marketing channels.  Additionally, she will evaluate and re-launch the loyalty giving society and be the primary liaison to the Recognition Societies.

Morgan is relocating from Manhattan, NYC, where she worked at market research agency, Millward Brown, a WPP company.  As the Global Brand Marketing Manager, she was responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the Millward Brown brand through digital and print material, events, community outreach and special projects as requested by clients and/or client teams.  Some of Morgan’s main responsibilities included increasing popularity of thought leadership and awareness of solutions through pulling, analyzing, and reporting on web traffic, overseeing the creative execution of both internal and external design teams to produce material, and developing relationships with industry affiliations.

Morgan is well-connected to Notre Dame.  A 2008 graduate and former captain of the women’s swim team, she is active in the alumni association and a member of the Monogram Club.  For the past 2 years, she acted as the Notre Dame Women Connect Co-Chair in the NY, NJ, and CT regions, and in the past, served as the Young Alumni Representative for the NDAA Club of Fairfield County, CT.

Morgan will begin on Tuesday, May 28.

Thank you,

Amy Schell, Director, Annual Fund Marketing and Operations


UR Community Service,

All of you have heard about the deaths and devastation from the tornadoes in Moore, OK.

Christ Child Society is sending a 52 foot semi truck and 1 driver (donated to by ProFleet) to the area this Friday. The goal is to fill up the semi! They are having a huge “stuff the truck” event today and tomorrow, May 22nd and 23rd, for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Christ Child Society is collecting TOILETRY ITEMS and BABY and CHILDREN’S items.

Donations are being taken at LAZYBOY on Main St. in Mishawaka (Next to Meijer) today, Wednesday May 22 and tomorrow, Thursday, May 23, from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. Truck leaves for Oklahoma on Friday morning.

Thank you,

Beth Ferlic, UR Service Committee Member

Farewell to Christine on Wednesday, 5/22, at 8:30

Please join us on Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the ESC café to extend warm wishes to Christine DeVore. She will be leaving at the end of the day and these few minutes to express support and special thanks would be much appreciated by all.

Thank you, again, Christine, for all the you have given University Relations and Notre Dame!


Melanie F. Davis, Recruiting Consultant

Welcome to the World Holden Everett Zastrow

Dear colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Holdenthis morning at 12:29am today (May 21) Holden Everett arrived.  He was born 7lbs 4oz. and 19 inches.

Mom, Dad and baby are all doing well! Please join me in sending lots of love, prayers and congratulations to Robin, Philip and Holden!

My best,


Welcome to Gretchen Neely

On Monday, the 20th  Gretchen Neely will be joining UR to temporarily fill the role that Christine DeVore will be leaving on the 22nd. We look forward to working with Gretchen, first with her support of Recruiting, and then with her support of both Recruiting and Learning and Development when Jeanne Monsma joins the division on June 3rd.

Gretchen was  most recently Executive Assistant to the CEO of Welch Packaging in Elkhart, a position she held for 12 years. Prior to Welch Packaging, Gretchen was the administrative secretary for the Executive Group of Bayer Federal Credit Union. She has extensive administrative experience which will be a great asset to our group.

Please join us in welcoming Gretchen to University Relations.

Thank you,

Melanie Davis

Welcome Justin Zimmerman

Please welcome Justin Zimmerman, the newest design talent to join the Print team—coming to us all the way from across our northern border (Niles, MI).

Justin just graduated this month from Central Michigan University, but has already been producing high-level work for regional and national brands.

We’re happy to be having him join us on May 20, and look forward to his enthusiastic energy.

Tim Legge, Creative Director


University Communications | Print

Bill Walton Speaking in Elkhart May 17th

Bill Walton, former NBA superstar, is this year’s featured speaker at the 14th Annual Oaklawn Spring Spectacular this Friday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Bill will be delivering his compelling keynote, “Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – One More Time.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Jessica Brookshire at Jessica.M.Brookshire.4@nd.edu to secure your complimentary tickets to this event.


Farewell to Katie (Zakas) Rutledge

It is with mixed feelings that I share the news that NDAA’s Katie Rutledge has accepted an offer from the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows Program to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher at the elementary level. The Indianapolis program targets highly qualified and motivated professionals to teach in high-need schools, providing them the means to become certified in education. Katie’s last day with the University is Friday, May 17.

Since 2008, Katie has led the Alumni Association’s Service Program with integrity, hard work, and heartfelt compassion. She has served our alumni, parents and friends well, most recently pulling together an outstanding BCS service project in Miami for more than 300 people. In addition, under her leadership, Family Volunteer Camp has flourished. This summer the camp will be offered two weeks in a row, almost doubling the number of alumni families who will be able to participate.

Katie asks you to keep her and her husband, Jack, in your prayers as they make the transition to Indianapolis. Please join me in congratulating Katie and wishing her well.

Farewell to Janelle Green

Join us as we bid farewell and say God Bless to our dedicated team member, Janelle Green.   Janelle’s last day with the University will be May 24th.  Janelle joined Notre Dame in 2011 as an Office Coordinator for Donor Experience and has been a wonderful addition to the team. She and her husband Chris will be moving to Indianapolis  and Chris will finish medical school at IUPUI. Janelle and Chris recently bought a house in Indianapolis and plan to settle down in the area. She will be greatly missed by the team!