What impressed me most about coming to MSU was the vision and positive attitude of the Advancement leadership team.
Director of Prospect Development
Jennifer arrived at MSU in October 2011 with a good handle on donor prospect research. She previously served as assistant director of prospect research at the American Diabetes Association in Washington DC, and was prospect research specialist with the National Alzheimer's Association in Chicago. But it was the MSU Advancement leadership team and their cutting-edge vision of prospect development, utilizing techniques in data analytics and predictive modeling that persuaded her to leave.
A Detroit native, Jennifer attended DePaul University in Chicago where she decided that she loved living in large metropolitan areas and the cultural and culinary advantages that came along with it. While living in Washington DC, Jennifer was a member of the Heritage Signature Chorale which gave performances with the Baltimore and Alexandria Symphony orchestras. She also vows never to eat at restaurant chains.
Jennifer augments the cultural and dining opportunities found in Lansing with those found in Detroit and Chicago; including attending Detroit Pistons games and Michigan Opera theatre productions at the Detroit Opera House.
I love the power of the Spartan brand and the passion of the people connected to it.
Director of Alumni Career & Business Services
Lisa is no stranger to the state of Michigan or Michigan State University. She grew up on a farm in Cassopolis, MI and attended MSU where she met her husband, Steve, while both were living at the Brody complex.
Lisa has been involved in job search-related work including staffing, third party recruiting, retention and professional development since 1996. Lisa began her career in Austin, TX and the Baltimore/Washington DC areas. When she relocated back to an economically-devastated Michigan in 2008, she volunteered heavily with displaced professionals, both unemployed and underemployed. During this time, she was already collaborating with the MSUAA Career Services.
However, working in University Advancement at MSU is her first time working in a university setting. A few observations include "I enjoy the fact that ideas are constantly being generated from collaboration with other units within UA. Overall, I love the power of the Spartan brand and the passion of the people connected to it."
No day is the same and I love it.
Director for Major Market Engagement
Anyone who knows Kim would agree that working in alumni relations at MSU became her passion. She has been involved with the the MSU Alumni Association since she was an MSU student. Kim has held a variety of positions with the Association including president of the Austin Texas Regional Club and MSUAA National Board Member.
With her knowledge and breadth of alumni relations work, Kim is well qualified for her current position as director for major market engagement, serving the largest population centers of MSU alumni in the country. Kim mentors alumni volunteers and serves as a resource and support system for their work. She says, "My work may include anything from volunteer prospecting and board development, volunteer mediation, or event planning. No day is the same and I love it. My involvement has allowed me to be a part of the organization as a volunteer and employee."
Kim's work situation is unique in that she performs her duties seamlessly from a remote location where she lives with her husband and two young children. "The ability to serve University Advancement from my home in Hoover, AL is a testament to the faith my executive director and vice president have in their employees. I work with a stellar team of remote employees serving regions far from our home base in East Lansing. I count these people not only as colleagues but friends.
It is great to know that I play a role in impacting MSU every day.
Executive Director of Principal Gifts
As the executive director of principal gifts, Mark is the liaison to some of MSU's highest level donors. "Donors at this level are investors with whom we want to meaningfully engage," Mark says. He must be attentive to their requests and need for information, and strategically engage them with the president and others.
Mark holds two music degrees including a B.A. in music education and an M.A. from MSU in choral conducting. With his arts-related experience, Mark was well qualified when he joined MSU in 2003 as director of development for special projects during the previous capital campaign. The focus was to raise funds for the Kresge Art Museum expansion project and a new building for the College of Music.
It was during this time that Mark was guiding Eli Broad through the Kresge project. "I remember Mr. Broad looking in closets and opening doors throughout Kresge. The next day, he met with President Simon and told her that he was not interested in contributing to the expansion project, but if she was interested in a new free-standing museum for the campus, then "'we can talk."' The rest is history. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU dedicated and opened in Fall 2012.
Completing his 31st year in fundraising, much of which has been in higher education, Mark enjoys working at MSU. "I truly believe in the MSU product. As a very mission-driven person, I have to believe in what I do to be effective. It is great to know that I play a role in impacting MSU every day."