Giving

Meet Our Staff

William Roberts

  • Interim Vice President for Advancement
Eric Halonen

Eric Halonen

  • Assistant Vice President for Advancement
  • Vice President, Michigan Tech Fund

Specialties

  • Oversee Advancement Officers team 
  • Advancement liaison for Graduate School, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
Karla Aho

Karla Aho

  • Director for Gift Planning

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
Cindy Asiala

Cindy Asiala

  • Gift Processor

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Samantha Auger

Samantha Auger

  • Research Analyst
Jennifer Biekkola

Jennifer Biekkola

  • Director of Annual Giving
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal and Industry Relations

Specialties

  • Leads the activities of the Industry Relations team through the Office of Innovation and Commercialization
  • Directs strategies for greater engagement and support between industry partners and University stakeholders
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Laurie Buschell

Laurie Buschell

  • Gift Processor

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Gisele Colarossi

Gisele Colarossi

  • Director, Michigan Tech Fund Accounting

Specialties

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

Jim Desrochers

  • Associate Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Collaborate with University administrators in the stewardship of corporate gift programs and proposals
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Lorrie Graff

Lorrie Graff

  • Annual Giving Program Assistant

Specialties

  • Matching Gift Program
  • Donor Recognition Clubs and Societies
Brian Hannon

Brian Hannon

  • Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

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
Jackie Heikkinen

Jackie Heikkinen

  • Office Assistant
  • Michigan Tech Fund

Specialties

  • Process and deposit gifts
  • Administrative support
Elizabeth Hoy

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center

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
Dale Kero

Dale Kero

  • Senior Advancement Officer

Specialties

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

Marney Kloote

  • Director of Advancement - School of Business
Mary Beth Knuuttila

Mary Beth Knuuttila

  • Office Assistant—Advancement Research

Specialties

  • Conduct biographical and financial research on donors and prospects

  •  Create concise, accurate and timely research products using biographical information, financial data, news, philanthropic history, and internal files/information

  • Support and provide research of frontline fundraisers and campus units

Ben Larson

Ben Larson

  • Director of Advancement, College of Sciences and Arts

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 including Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Computer Science, Humanities, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Social Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts
Shannon Meller

Shannon Meller

  • Coordinator, Operations & Industry Outreach

Specialties

  • Lead Salesforce software user interactions and system interfaces
  • Develop and lead the coordination of industry campus visits
  • Manage industry stewardship development
  • Maintain customer relationship management system
  • Lead and support Industry Relations & Research Development staff on a variety of projects/initiatives
Sue Mello

Sue Mello

  • Financial Assistant—Michigan Tech Fund

Specialties

  • Accounts Payable
Suzanne Morin

Suzanne Morin

  • Executive Director of Financial Services & Operations and Controller
  • Controller's Office
Paula Nutini

Paula Nutini

  • Director of Stewardship

Specialties

  • Coordinate all donor and alumni campus visits
  • Direct student thank you note programs
  • Oversee the Presidential Council of Alumnae
Mike Olson

Mike Olson

  • Manager for Advancement Research

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
Heather Sander

Heather Sander

  • Operations Manager
Carol Sickler

Carol Sickler

  • Office Assistant/Gift Processor

Specialties

  • Gift processing
  • Biographical data management
Jacque Smith

Jacque Smith

  • Director of Graduate Enrollment Services

Specialties

  • Recruits graduate students
  • Develops advancement initiatives and marketing strategies
  • Facilitates alumni relations
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

  • Advancement Officer
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

  • Advancement and Alumni Marketing and Communications Manager

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
Lorraine Young

Lorraine L. Young

  • Coordinator for Gift Planning Administration
  • Lean Facilitator