Development 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

Associate 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
Pete Cattelino

Pete Cattelino

Associate Director of Strategic Industry Partnerships

906-487-3486
pjcattel@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202G

Specialties

  • Leads relationship development of strategic industry partnerships
  • Directs the engagement of key corporate partners in cooperation with multiple University stakeholders
  • Coordinates broad-based proposals that support multiple University stakeholders yielding a broad range of industry partner benefits
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
Linda Korpela

Linda Korpela

Manager of Donor Outreach and Communications

906-487-3325
lkkorpel@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 703

Specialties

  • Coordinate marketing, communications, and stewardship initiatives for Gift Planning program
  • Draft and edit individual proposals
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
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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
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Emily Walikainen

Office Assistant

906-487-3108
emilyw@mtu.edu
Huntington Bank Building 800B

Specialties

  • General office management
  • First point of contact for gifts
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
Administration Building G29

Specialties

  • Develop content for brochures, web, and electronic publications
  • Initiate and maintain giving website content
  • Develop donor stories for circulation
  • Generate and enhance alumni profiles