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Madeline Maxeiner

Madeline Maxeiner ’76

Office of External Relations and Fund Development
Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations
maxeinme@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6386

I oversee the four University of Minnesota, Morris units with external responsibilities: Alumni Relations, Fund Development, and University Relations. Our overall goal in External Relations is to assure strong bonds between the campus and our extended family of alumni, friends, and parents. I also serve as chief development officer and liaison to the University of Minnesota Foundation, and oversee all aspects of donor giving, stewardship, communications, and events. As a member of the senior administrative team, I assist the chancellor in achieving the University of Minnesota, Morris’s overall institutional objectives.

Janell Kolden

Janell Kolden ’89

Office of External Relations and Fund Development
Gift and Stewardship Administrator
koldenj@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6456

I oversee the administration of charitable gift and stewardship processes in the Office of Fund Development. I work closely with the development team, donors, the campus community, and the University of Minnesota Foundation to ensure that donor wishes are fulfilled, that they are acknowledged and recognized for their contributions, and that the impact their generosity has on the Morris campus is visible to them. I coordinate and manage the annual Scholarship Jubilee, invite donors to the Spring Honors and Awards Program, and serve as support staff for the Chancellor’s Advisory Council. I’m deeply honored and pleased to help UMM donors achieve their philanthropic goals, and to help advance UMM’s vision for increasing and strategically managing resources.

Laura Thielke

Laura Thielke ’95

Office of External Relations and Fund Development
Executive Accounts Specialist
thielkel@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6494

I enjoy helping University of Minnesota, Morris disciplines and departments use gift dollars as requested by donors. I calculate each year’s donor-funded scholarship amounts, project future gift fund balances and endowments’ spendable amounts, and request disbursements from gift funds. I also manage Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and Fund Development office budgets. I enjoy attending alumni and donor events like the West Central School of Agriculture Reunion, Homecoming, and Scholarship Jubilee.

Susan Schmidgall

Susan Schmidgall

Office of Fund Development
Development Officer
sschmidg@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6160

As the University of Minnesota, Morris's major gifts officer and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), I work with donors who wish to support UMM now or in the future. I also work closely with UMM's External Relations staff and the University of Minnesota Foundation. I'm pleased to serve a variety of constituents—alumni, friends of the campus, faculty, staff, students, and parents—providing information about fundraising programs, scholarships, planned giving, and the many ways to give to the University of Minnesota, Morris. It is an honor to be entrusted with a donor's wishes and dreams, matching those wishes with the University of Minnesota, Morris traditions, programs, priorities, and needs, and then serving as the steward of our donors' goals.

Carla Riley

Carla Riley ’85

Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Director
rileycj@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6394

As director of the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, I provide leadership for the alumni relations program and manage the annual giving program. My responsibilities include planning and managing events, reunions, and board meetings. I also plan, organize and supervise activities related to the annual giving program. Offering guidance and assistance to the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the U of M West Central School of Agriculture Alumni Association Board of Directors is also my responsibility.

Allisande Allaben

Alisande Allaben

Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Database Manager and Assistant to the Director
allabeam@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6396

I coordinate alumni and donor information management functions, and I assist the director of alumni relations and annual giving with fundraising and alumni projects.

Erin Christensen

Erin Christensen ’05

Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Program Associate
erinc@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6067

I coordinate, implement, and evaluate activities related to programs in alumni relations and annual giving; specifically working with the University of Minnesota, Morris young alumni program, senior gift program, and annual senior banquet. I serve as a link to young alumni in striving to create a seamless connection between University of Minnesota, Morris students and alumni relations throughout and after their experiences on campus.

Jeff Lamberty

Jeff Lamberty ’99

Office of External Relations and Fund Development
Principal Office and Administrative Specialist
lamberjj@morris.umn.edu
320-589-6386

In my position, I support staff and office operations for the Office of External Relations and Fund Development. I am the administrative assistant for Madeline Maxeiner, Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations, and I also support Susan Schmidgall, Development Officer. I arrange travel for Fund Development and External Relations personnel, plan special events and meetings both on and off campus, and research topics relevant to the interests of our donors and potential donors. I assist in the processing of charitable gifts and donations that come to our office, as well as gift acknowledgement. Day-to-day office operations and special projects as assigned are also a part of my position.




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