Staff

Karla Aho

Karla Aho

  • Director of Gift Planning
906-487-1811
kaho@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 609

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech's mission and programs through financial support and other activities
Carol Argentati

Carol Argentati

  • Administrative Assistant for Advancement
906-487-1827
caargent@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 706
Cindy Asiala

Cindy Asiala

  • Gift Processor
906-487-1124
csasiala@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 800D

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Jennifer Biekkola Staff Photo

Jennifer Biekkola

  • Director of Annual Giving
906-487-1056
jrbiekko@mtu.edu
204 Alumni House
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal & Industry Relations
906-487-3674
Cell: 906-281-7746
bburns@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202F

Specialties

  • Leads the activities of the Industry Relations team through the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement
  • Directs strategies for greater engagement and support between industry partners and University stakeholders
Laurie Buschell

Laurie Buschell

  • Gift Processor
906-487-2325
labusche@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 800E

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Gisele Colarossi

Gisele Colarossi

  • Director, Michigan Tech Fund Accounting
906-487-3614
gccolaro@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 808

Specialties

  • Pledge receivable administration
  • Supervision of gift processing
  • Supervision of biographical data management
  • Investment accounting

Les Cook

  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
906-487-2465
lpcook@mtu.edu
Administration Building 505
Lorrie Graff

Lorrie Graff

  • Annual Giving Program Assistant
906-487-1925
lgraff@mtu.edu
203 Alumni House

Specialties

  • Matching Gift Program
  • Donor Recognition Clubs and Societies
Eric Halonen

Eric Halonen

  • Assistant Vice President for Advancement
  • Vice President, Michigan Tech Fund
906-487-3325
ehalonen@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 707

Specialties

  • Oversee Advancement Officers team and Office of Gift Planning
  • Advancement liaison for Graduate School, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center
906-487-1208
elizabeth@mtu.edu
GLRC 308

Specialties

  • Facilitates partnerships that support Institute growth
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Oversees administrative operations
Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

  • Senior Advancement Officer
906-487-1087
Cell: 906-281-6983
adam@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 610

Specialties

  • Directs the development of sustainable funding models for University programs that provide benefit to the University and industry partners
  • Leads development of initiatives to increase industrial funding for institutes, centers, and strategic programs at the University
Kevin Kainulainen

Kevin Kainulainen

  • Prospect Research Coordinator
906-487-3387
kjkainul@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 603

Specialties

  • Input advancement research into banner database
  • Assist with identification of major gift prospects and evaluate giving capacities and recommend assignments
  • Run advancement reports and assist with Advancement Officer administrative support
Dale Kero

Dale Kero

  • Senior Advancement Officer
906-487-2937
djkero@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 701

Specialties

  • Oversee University fundraising activity
  • Advancement liaison for College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Marney Kloote

Marney Kloote

  • Donor Relations Officer
906-487-3325
mkloote@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 703
Ben Larson

Ben Larson

  • Senior Advancement Officer
906-487-2464
balarson@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 607

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech’s mission and programs through financial support and other activities
  • Advancement liaison for College of Sciences and Arts, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Humanities, ROTC, Social Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts
Sue Mello

Sue Mello

  • Financial Assistant—Michigan Tech Fund
906-487-1930
suemello@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 808

Specialties

  • Accounts Payable
Suzanne Morin

Suzanne Morin

  • Executive Director of Financial Services & Operations and Controller
  • Controller’s Office
906-487-1931
smmorin@mtu.edu
200 Lakeshore Center
Gail Mroz

Gail Mroz

  • Stewardship Officer
906-487-1972
gamroz@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 702

Specialties

  • Assist in all presidential stewardship assignments
  • Coordinate major giving thank you calling program
  • Assist with stewardship of non-scholarship endowments including chair and faculty positions
  • Coordinate presidential donor events on and off campus
  • Meet with department chairs and other beneficiaries of endowments to coordinate stewardship
Paula Nutini

Paula Nutini

  • Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving
906-487-3609
pjnutini@mtu.edu
205 Alumni House

Specialties

  • Coordinate all donor and alumni campus visits
  • Manage lifetime giving societies and clubs
  • Direct student thank you note programs
  • Oversee the Presidential Council of Alumnae
  • Direct all annual giving efforts including the campus campaign, and designated philanthropy days
Mike Olson

Mike Olson

  • Manager of Advancement Research
906-487-4334
olson@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 602

Specialties

  • Research, analyze and summarize biographical information regarding alumni and friends of the University
  • Foundation research: analyze and match foundation interests to university needs
  • Corporation and company research
Adam Portmann

Adam Portmann

  • Campaigns Manager
906-487-2542
aportman@mtu.edu
301 Alumni House

William Roberts

  • Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Engagement
906-487-2921
wrrobert@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 704
Heather Sander

Heather Sander

  • Operations Manager
906-487-2466
hesander@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 705
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Carol Sickler

  • Office Assistant/Gift Processor
906-487-3632
casicke@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 800A

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Sarah Vertin

Sarah Vertin

  • Administrative Assistant, Office of Gift Planning & Advancement Research
906-487-3305
scvertin@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 601A
Darcy Way

Darcy Way

  • Senior Advancement Officer

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech’s mission and programs through financial support and other activities
Bryant Weathers

Bryant Weathers

  • Gift Planning and Donor Communications Specialist
906-487-1780
baweathe@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 601
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

  • Marketing Specialist/Writer
906-487-3239
sbwillia@mtu.edu
Alumni House 201

Specialties

  • Manage marketing communications for Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • Write, edit, and develop content for marketing communications including newsletters, brochures, websites, electronic publications, and social media
  • Develop and write alumni and donor stories for publication