Alphabetized Staff Listing

Karla Aho

Karla Aho

Director of Gift Planning

906-487-1811
kaho@mtu.edu
FirstMerit 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
FirstMerit Bank Building 700
Cindy Asiala

Cindy Asiala

Gift Processor

906-487-1124
csasiala@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 807B

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
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Jennifer Biekkola

Annual Giving Manager—Student Programs

906-487-1056
jrbiekko@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 804
Linda Bilich

Linda Bilich

Financial Assistant

906-487-1930
lsbilich@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 800A

Specialties

  • Accounts payable
  • Liaison with campus community for administration and creation of MTF funds

Brent Burns

Director of 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
FirstMerit Bank Building 807B

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

Senior Accountant/Supervisor Gift Processing and Biographical Data Management

906-487-3614
gccolaro@mtu.edu
FirstMerit 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
FirstMerit Bank Building 802

Specialties

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

Eric Halonen

Assistant Vice President for Advancement

906-487-3325
ehalonen@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 704

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
Brian Hannon

Brian Hannon

Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

906-487-3572
Cell: 906-370-2423
bghannon@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202H

Specialties

  • Leads opportunity engagement with industry partners for sponsored programs at the University, including Clean Snowmobile Challenge and Mind Trekkers
  • Develops external prospects for Keweenaw Research Center research and testing
  • Identifies industrial support for sponsored research
Randy Heinonen

Randy Heinonen

Athletics Advancement Officer

906-487-1604
randyh@mtu.edu

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech’s mission and programs through financial support and other activities
  • Advancement liaison for Athletics
Christopher Hohnholt
"Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Repeat."
—John Boyd

Christopher Hohnholt

Director of Development and Outreach—School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Student recruitment
  • Donor contact
  • Alumni visits

Elizabeth Hoy

Assistant Director of Operations and Industry Outreach

906-487-1208
elizabeth@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202I

Specialties

  • Identifies and implements operational processes for monitoring and communicating University and industry partnership activities
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Leads economic development activities through the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement
Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Director of Industry Program Development

906-487-1087
Cell: 906-281-6983
adam@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202E

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
Sandra Kent

Sandra Kent

Research Analyst

906-487-1497
sjkent@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 604

Specialties

  • Research, analyze and summarize biographical information regarding alumni and friends of the University
  • Record contact reports submitted by advancement officers and campus staff
  • Generate reminder notices for advancement and campus staff regarding follow-up activity with alumni, friends and other constituents
  • Review news articles concerning key constituents for updating advancement and donor files
Dale Kero

Dale Kero

Senior Advancement Officer

906-487-2937
djkero@mtu.edu
FirstMerit 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
FirstMerit 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
FirstMerit Bank Building 606

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
Mary Jane Lowney

Mary Jane Lowney

Director of Advancement Operations

906-487-2312
mjlowney@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 807A
Sue Mello

Sue Mello

Receptionist—Michigan Tech Fund

906-487-2310
suemello@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 700

Specialties

  • General office management
  • First point of contact for gifts
Suzanne Morin

Suzanne Morin

Controller

906-487-1931
smmorin@mtu.edu
Suite 200 Lakeshore Center
Gail Mroz

Gail Mroz

Director of Donor Stewardship and Advancement Events

906-487-1972
gamroz@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 702

Specialties

  • Develop and coordinate stewardship plans for donors
  • Provide support to campus on identification of Michigan Tech Fund dollars to support the strategic plan
Paula Nutini

Paula Nutini

Director of Annual Giving

906-487-3609
pjnutini@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 805
Mike Olson

Mike Olson

Research Analyst

906-487-4334
olson@mtu.edu
FirstMerit 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
Nathan Ruonavaara

Nathan Ruonavaara

Advancement Officer

906-487-1612
nathanr@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 610

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech’s mission and programs through financial support and other activities
  • Advancement liaison for Engineering Fundamentals, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and Seaman Mineral Museum
Connie Scott

Connie Scott

Advancement Officer

906-487-3387
cscott@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 603

Specialties

  • Engage alumni and friends in furthering Michigan Tech’s mission and programs through financial support and other activities
  • Advancement liaison for Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Physics, Rozsa Center, and Van Pelt Library
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Carol Sickler

Office Assistant/Gift Processor

906-487-3632
casicke@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 810

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Sarah Vertin

Sarah Vertin

Staff Assistant for Office of Advancement

906-487-3305
scvertin@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 601A

Bryant Weathers

Business Systems and Data Analyst

906-487-1780
baweathe@mtu.edu
FirstMerit Bank Building 800C
Rex Wilson

Rex Wilson

Senior Advancement Officer

906-487-3102
rlwilson@mtu.edu
FirstMerit 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 Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and School of Business and Economics