Vice President for Institutional Advancementbaderg@denison.edu
Greg earned a B.S. in education from Bowling Green State University and holds an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He currently serves as vice president for Institutional Advancement, overseeing the division’s fundraising, volunteer, and constituent relations efforts. Greg has worked in advancement for nearly two decades, most recently as Denison’s associate vice president for Institutional Advancement and campaign director. He joined the Denison family in 2003, previously managing student calling, young alumni programs, and both Reunion and leadership giving.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancementhandab@denison.edu
Billie earned her B.A. in global studies and M.Ed. in educational administration from Ohio University. She has worked as a professional fundraiser since 2006, starting with the American Cancer Society and working her way into higher education at Ohio University, where she served as the director of annual giving. Billie came to Denison as director of the Annual Fund in January 2017. In November of 2020, she was promoted to her current position of associate vice president of Institutional Advancement. Bille loves working with the college’s alumni, families, and friends in support of current and future Denison students.
Mary Frazell ’79
Director of Administration & Special Eventsfrazellm@denison.edu
In January of 2020, Mary accepted her new role as director of administration & special events within the college’s Division of Institutional Advancement. She leads the event team that designs and executes major institutional events and works closely with the vice president and colleagues across the division in planning and executing fundraising and engagement strategies for the college. Mary earned her B.A. in Spanish and political science from Denison, and she holds a graduate paralegal certificate from Texas State University. She returned to Denison in 1997 after working for more than 20 years in the special events and convention management field. Mary has served as director of special events & donor relations, and from 2016 through 2019, she guided Denison’s newly structured Office of Alumni & Family Engagement as its director.
Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidentrussob@denison.edu
Betsy has worked in higher education for over 30 years. Her broad experience comes from both private and state universities and crosses a variety of departments from teacher education, music and libraries to academic affairs, marketing/public relations and advancement. She joined Denison in 2006 as the assistant to the vice president for advancement.
Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidentloveliene@denison.edu
Erin graduated from Butler University with a B.A. in digital media production and journalism. After living in Asia for the first six months of her postgraduate life working in corporate responsibility and sustainability, she wrote and published her first two books and checked the 25th country off of her long list of adventures. Erin joined Denison University as an executive assistant in early 2022, where she is delighted to immerse herself in the possibilities of higher education and provide support to Denison’s thriving community.
Major and Planned Giving
Laura Gray Frame ’83
Director of Principal Giftsframel@denison.edu
Laura earned her B.A. from Denison University and J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Laura worked as an assistant state’s attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, for three years and then vice president and general counsel for a real estate investment firm for 13 years. Laura returned to the Denison community as a development officer in 2010 and works with alumni, parents, and friends in Colorado, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, and on the east coast of Florida.
Ed Cable, CPA, CFP®
Director of Gift Planningcablee@denison.edu
Ed loves working with donors and their advisors to determine how best to support Denison, other causes, and their families. A CPA and CFP® professional, he has been in gift planning since 1996 and served his alma mater, Manchester University in Indiana, Riley Children’s Foundation, Indianapolis, and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania before joining Denison in late 2015. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in South Bend and Orlando, then served in financial roles at McPherson College (Kan.), Elizabethtown College (Pa.), and as vice president and treasurer of his alma mater. He holds an M.B.A. from Temple University and a B.A. with high honors with majors in accounting and economics-business from Manchester.
Associate Director of Gift Planningstorchb@denison.edu
Prior to coming to Denison, Bill was at Ohio State University, where he was most recently a senior director of development. During his 10 years at OSU, he was a regional major gift officer and a gift planning officer. Prior to OSU, Bill spent nearly 20 years as a sales and marketing professional. Bill holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and a paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School.
Susan Stoner Leithauser ’90
Senior Development Officer for Parent & Family Philanthropyleithauser@denison.edu
Susan’s professional fundraising experience began as a loaned executive to the United Way of Southeastern Michigan as part of her tenure with Federal-Mogul. In her most recent role, she served as the director of development for The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, overseeing a capital campaign, annual giving campaign, volunteer council, and highly successful other projects and events. Susan held a variety of leadership roles with Federal-Mogul Corporation including customer service manager, human resources manager, and training director while relocating around the country. Her diverse work experience and volunteering for her alma mater led to the role of associate director of alumni relations at Denison from 1999 to 2005 and her current role of senior development officer for parent and family philanthropy and engagement. Susan resides in Granville with her husband, Joe, a fellow Denisonian, and they have three children.
Senior Development Officercusterm@denison.edu
In her role as a major gifts officer for Denison, Mandi works with alumni and friends of Denison in the Chicago and Cleveland areas, as well as in New England and Southern California. Prior to coming to Denison, she was the director of development for the Ohio University Lancaster Campus for six years, and she served as director of development and external affairs for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio for five years. Mandi earned her B.A. in English from DePauw University, and she holds an M.A. in organizational communication from Ohio University. She lives in nearby Lancaster, where she is a volunteer in her children’s schools and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Dave Watt ’85
Senior Development Officerwattd@denison.edu
Dave earned his B.A. in English from Denison in 1985, followed by a 30-year sales and marketing career in the advertising and media industries in New York. This included leadership positions with Ogilvy & Mather advertising and Time Inc., as well as internet start-ups. During his tenure at Time, Dave led ad sales for People magazine, served as the publisher of both Health and Sports Illustrated for Kids brands, and was responsible for the company’s corporate ad sales team. More recently, he was director of sponsorship for the Clinton Global Initiative. Dave returned to Denison as a senior development officer in early 2017 and is responsible for working with alumni and parents in the New York metropolitan area, as well as the Philadelphia and Atlanta regions. Dave’s work is based in New Canaan, Conn., but he endeavors to be on Denison’s beautiful campus as frequently as possible.
Audrey Wood ’11
Audrey earned her B.A. in education and psychology from Denison in 2011. Following graduation, Audrey taught English in Nimes, France, for a year and then moved into teaching elementary school at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. In 2014, thanks to a Denison connection at Northstar Travel Group, Audrey pivoted into the travel industry. She enjoyed a seven-year career at Northstar, first in event marketing and then for the past five years in B2B sales for two of the company’s most trusted brands: Travel Weekly and TravelAge West. She developed strong relationships with her portfolio of clients in the Western U.S. for four years in Los Angeles. Audrey returned to Denison as a development officer in 2022 and is responsible for working with alumni and friends of Denison in Southern California, as well as throughout the Southwest. Audrey’s work for the college is based in sunny L.A., but she loves returning to Denison’s beautiful campus several times a year.
Eva received her B.S. at Ohio University in Health Service Administration. She joined the Denison University Institutional Advancement team in February of 2018 in the Annual Fund where she worked with alumni and families throughout the country. She joined the Major Gift team in December of 2021 as a development officer. Eva is responsible for working and engaging with alumni and families in Northern Ohio, Michigan, regions in Pennsylvania, regions in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Donor Relations and Stewardship
Arielle Kay Johnson
Senior Associate Director for Gifts & Recordsjohnsonak@denison.edu
Arielle joined Denison in August 2017 as the assistant director of campus philanthropic programs. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Capital University, where she studied sociology, philosophy, and ethnic studies; and her master of arts from Michigan State University in higher education administration. Arielle has been fundraising since 2012 and enjoys building relationships both on and off campus.
Associate Director for Stewardshipmorkk@denison.edu
Kelly earned her B.A. in education from Ohio Northern University. She spent more than 20 years as a software trainer for corporate employees and college students. Kelly joined Denison’s Major & Gift Planning team in 2014 as the administrative assistant.
Data Management Coordinatorrindockj@denison.edu
Jaime joined the Annual Fund in October 2017. She has over 12 years of administrative experience. She previously worked as a clerk for environmental health in the Licking County Health Department. Jaime graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in business administration.
Associate Director for Campus Philanthropic Programsboornw@denison.edu
Billy holds a B.S. from Ohio State in environmental studies. At OSU, he worked as a student fundraiser in the university’s call center and as a community organizer for a local nonprofit. Afterward, Billy spent several years employed in a senior sales role with a local mortgage lender. A Granville native, Billy was eager to join the Denison family and return to philanthropic work. As the associate director of campus philanthropic programs within the Office of the Annual Fund, Billy is the project manager of Denison’s yearly Day of Giving and 1831 Day events. He also oversees affinity-based fundraising efforts across campus.
Assistant Director for Direct Marketingmcdonaldjm@denison.edu
Jessie earned her bachelor’s degree in technical and applied studies from Ohio University. She worked for more than 14 years at a public community college, the last five of which were in the college’s foundation office as development coordinator. Jessie joined the Denison team in August of 2017 as the assistant to the director of the Annual Fund. As the assistant director for direct marketing, she manages all of the Annual Fund’s direct marketing communications to alumni, family, and friends. She enjoys working in higher education and supporting Denison’s annual fundraising efforts to provide THE BEST college experience for its students.
Philanthropy & Engagement Coordinatorzinramr@denison.edu
Rachel holds a B.A. in strategic communication from Ohio State University. During her time at OSU, she was involved heavily with the Student-Alumni Council, connecting students past, present, and future. Rachel gained additional experience in alumni relations and philanthropy through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Internship Program. As the philanthropy and engagement coordinator, she works to foster a culture of philanthropy across campus, leading student fundraising initiatives and supporting regional alumni engagement.
Foundation and Corporate Relations
Director of Foundation & Corporate Relationsgalipaultm@denison.edu
Meg was appointed Denison’s new director of foundation and corporate relations in September of 2016. In this position, she researches and identifies prospects that align with Denison’s funding priorities, institutionally, collaborates with stakeholders to define projects, and writes proposals to request support. She also assists faculty members, in concert with the provost’s office, to identify, write, and submit scholarship and research proposals. Before coming to Denison, Meg was the corporate and foundation relations director at Kenyon College from 2007 to 2016 and managing editor of the Kenyon Review from 2002 to 2007. She has more than 25 years of experience in grant writing, corporate sponsorship, writing, and editing. Meg earned her bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Director of Prospect Developmentclawsonk@denison.edu
Kelli has worked in the fields of prospect management and research since 2006. Prior to joining Denison University, she served for four years as assistant director for pipeline development at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. Before her tenure at OSU, Kelli worked as a research analyst at Ohio University and was the gift planning and research specialist at OhioHealth Foundation. She earned her B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Pittsburgh and has been a member of the board of Ohio Prospect Research Network since 2007. Kelli lives in Gahanna with her husband and two sons.
Associate Director of Prospect Managementbenedicts@denison.edu
Sara joined the Denison Advancement staff in 2017. She currently serves as a development research analyst. She is the research and prospect strategy liaison for the major gift team. Prior to coming to Denison, Sara was at the Mount Carmel Foundation, where she was most recently a prospect research analyst. Sara holds a B.A. in music from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in music from Johns Hopkins University. Sara currently lives in Delaware County with her husband and two dogs.
Advancement Information Systems
Director of Advancement Information Systemsbaitk@denison.edu
Keena joined the Denison community in June of 2011 as the systems coordinator in Advancement Services. She holds a B.S. in education from Miami University and brings experience in teaching, as well as programming, to the Institutional Advancement team. In 2019, she was promoted to her current role of director of systems and reporting. Her team serves as the liaison between Institutional Advancement and ITS and is responsible for report writing, systems training, and leading the conversion from the university’s legacy Banner Advancement database to a new CRM, Raiser’s Edge NXT.
Akeem Costa ’12
Assistant Director of Advancement Information Systemscostaa@denison.edu
Akeem earned his B.A. in history and Spanish from Denison. Following graduation, he lived in Lawrence, Kan., where he learned that eastern Kansas is quite hilly. Akeem returned to Denison in the fall of 2014 as an administrative assistant for the Annual Fund. After three years in that role, he moved to Advancement Services, currently working as a reporting and analysis specialist.
Alumni & Family Engagement
Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagementstilwella@denison.edu
Alisha joined the Alumni & Family Engagement team in 2021 as associate director, primarily focusing on volunteer engagement, career development programming, and regional and virtual events. Before joining the Denison community, Alisha cultivated her special events and alumni engagement experience at Ohio State University and Oregon Health & Science University and led teams and client communication strategies in the legal sector. Her passions for engagement, equity, and impactful communication always led her back to higher education, and specifically to mission-driven institutions like Denison. Alisha earned her B.A. in political science from Ohio State and holds an M.S. in strategic communication from the University of Oregon.
Gary Fleisner ’13
Assistant Director of Alumni & Family Engagementfleisnerg@denison.edu
Gary returned to Denison University to serve as assistant director of Alumni & Family Engagement in 2019. His primary focus is on supporting virtual events, affinity programs, and regional events including Denison Everywhere. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Gary held administrative positions in the field of student affairs at both Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and Davidson College in North Carolina, working in the areas of new student orientation and family programs, leadership development programming, and student organization advising. Gary earned his B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Denison University in 2013, and he holds an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University (2017).
Jen Beckner Steurer ’00
Jen earned her B.A. in psychology from Denison in 2000. She began her employment at the college shortly after graduation, working with summer conferences and later joining the Office of Advancement Services in the Division of Institutional Advancement. In 2006, Jen transferred to the Office of Alumni Affairs, providing event management and logistics for the Alumni Clubs Program and Denison Everywhere each January, as well as supporting members of the Alumni Council. In 2016, Jen became the reunion coordinator and now has the pleasure of working with staff and fellow alumni to organize and promote Denison’s Alumni Reunion Weekend that takes place on campus each spring.
Administrative Assistant for Alumni & Family Engagementpetersona@denison.edu
Alexa joined the Alumni & Family Engagement team at Denison as an administrative assistant in October of 2015 after working for 10 years at The Container Store. She earned her A.A. in social work from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 1995. Alexa resides with her family in nearby Johnstown, Ohio.
Isabelle Karlik ’20
Administrative Assistant, Special Events & Conference Serviceskarliki@denison.edu
Associate Director of Digital Communications & Engagementprattp@denison.edu
Patrick joined the Advancement Communications team in the college’s Division of Institutional Advancement in January of 2021. He came to Denison from Pac/West, a public relations firm in Denver, where he served as an account manager, developing and implementing public relations and information programs for clients. Also in Denver, Patrick worked as a law office business manager and paralegal, as a program manager for the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, and as a public policy director and manager of operations for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Also, he was elected by voters in the City of Centennial, Colo., to serve on a 21-member charter commission that drafted the first constitution for the municipality. Patrick holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of Colorado Denver.
Design & Project Coordinatoryinglingb@denison.edu
Brenda attended Columbus College of Art & Design, majoring in advertising and graphic design. She joined the Office of Major Gifts at Denison as an administrative assistant in 2016 and moved the Advancement Communications & Marketing team as project and marketing coordinator in 2022. Before arriving at Denison, Brenda was the marketing and communications manager and served as the executive assistant to the president at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.
Jack Hire ’74
Jack holds a B.S. in psychology and began working at Denison as an assistant football coach in 1974 while pursuing graduate-level work in organizational behavior at Ohio State. A two-time All-Conference athlete at Denison, he remained in the athletic department for 26 years as a coach, instructor, recruiting coordinator, and sports information director. In 2000, after taking Denison’s sports promotion efforts online, he moved to University Communications and became the university’s first editor of new media. He was promoted to the positions of senior associate director (including stints as acting director) and administrative director, respectively, before being named director of University Communications in 2012. In the summer of 2016, he was appointed as the senior writer in Denison’s newly structured Office of Alumni & Family Engagement; and in the fall of 2020, his role was expanded to serve the entire Institutional Advancement division as a member of its newly created Advancement Communications team.