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 and 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.
Major and Planned Giving
Ed Cable, CPA, CFP®
Director of Gift Planningcablee@denison.edu
Ed loves working with donors and their advisors to figure out how best to do what they want for 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, Kansas, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, and as vice president and treasurer of his alma mater. He holds an MBA from Temple University and a BA 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 The Ohio State University where he was most recently a Senior Director of Development. During his ten years at OSU, he was Regional Major Gift Officer and a Gift Planning Officer. Prior to OSU, Bill spent nearly twenty years as a Sales and Marketing professional. Bill has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, and a Paralegal Certificate from Capital University Law School.
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.
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.
Amy Fox Kubacki ’82
Senior Development Officerkubackia@denison.edu
Amy joined the major gifts team at Denison as a senior development officer in February of 2021. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from Denison University in 1982.
Susan Stoner Leithauser ’90
Senior Development Officer for Parent and 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 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 1999-2005 and her current role of Senior Development Officer, Parent and Family Philanthropy and Engagement. Susan resides in Granville, Ohio with her husband, a fellow Denisonian, and their three children.
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.
Director for Stewardshipseversonm@denison.edu
Maureen earned a B.S. in business administration from Ohio Dominican University. She joined the Denison staff in 2008. She facilitates relationships between donors and students through maintained scholarships. Maureen has worked in stewardship and volunteer-coordination roles for the last 10 years, after working in the telecommunications field with network design and major account management roles.
Associate Director for Stewardshipmorkk@denison.edu
Kelly received her B.A. in education from Ohio Northern University. She spent more than twenty years as a software trainer for corporate employees and college students. Kelly joined Denison’s Major and Planned Giving office in 2014 as the administrative assistant.
Assistant to the Associate Vice President and Director of Major Giftsyinglingb@denison.edu
Brenda joined the Major Gifts team as an administrative assistant in 2016. She attended Columbus College of Art and Design majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design. Prior to coming to Denison, Brenda was the Marketing and Communications Manager and also served as the Executive Assistant to the president at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.
Director of the Annual Fundrichmondm@denison.edu
Michael earned his B.A. in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has worked as a professional fundraiser for more than 25 years as a consultant and held positions at the UNLV Foundation, the University of Maryland Global Campus, and most recently at University of the Pacific, where he served as the executive director of annual giving before joining Denison as the director of the Annual Fund in April of 2021. Michael enjoys the art and the science of the Annual Fund, as well as the collaboration within areas of development and connecting generous benefactors with student support needs.
Senior Associate Director of Reunion and Leadership Givingbrookovera@denison.edu
Andrea joins the Institutional Advancement team after spending nearly 12 years cultivating volunteers and developing fundraising initiatives in non-profit organizations. In her most recent position, she served as the Executive Director of the Fairfield County Heritage Association in Lancaster. She earned her B.A. in History from The Ohio State University and her M.A. in Public History from Wright State University.
Arielle Kay Johnson
Associate Director for Campus Philanthropic Programsjohnsonak@denison.edu
Arielle joined the Annual Fund team in August 2017 as the Assistant Director of Campus Philanthropic Programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Capital University where she studied Sociology, Philosophy, and Ethnic Studies. Arielle has been fundraising since 2012 and enjoys mentoring students while teaching them to cultivate philanthropic relationships with alumni, friends, and parents.
Assistant Director of Direct Marketingmcdonaldjm@denison.edu
Jessie earned her bachelor’s degree in technical and applied studies from Ohio University. She worked for over 14 years at a public community college, the last five of which were in that college’s Foundation office as Development Coordinator. Jessie joined the Denison team in August 2017 as the Assistant to the Director of the Annual Fund. As the Assistant Director of 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 to its students.
Associate Director of Leadership Giftsraymonde@denison.edu
Eva received her B.S. at Ohio University in Health Service Administration. She has worked in fundraising since 2011 and developed a true passion for it. Eva worked with the University of Dayton Annual Fund where she managed their telefund program. She joined the Denison Annual Fund team in February of 2018 as the Associate Director of Leadership Gifts. In this position Eva reaches out to alumni and parents to engage and solicit for the Annual Fund at Denison University.
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, Licking County Health Department. Jaime graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Foundation and Corporate Relations
Foundation and Corporate Relations Directorgalipaultm@denison.edu
Meg was appointed Denison’s new director of foundation and corporate relations in September 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/research proposals. Prior to Denison, Meg was the corporate and foundation relations director at Kenyon College, 2007-2016, and managing editor of the Kenyon Review, 2002-2007. She has more than 25 years of experience in grant writing, corporate sponsorship, writing and editing. Meg earned her Bachelors of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.
Director of Advancement Operations, Director of Prospect Managementclawsonk@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.
Director of Systems & Reportingbaitk@denison.edu
Keena joined the Denison community in June of 2011 as the Systems Coordinator in Advancement Operations. She holds a B.S. in Education from Miami University and brings experience in teaching as well as programming to the 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 IT and is responsible for report writing, systems training, and leading the conversion from our legacy Banner Advancement database to our new CRM, Raiser’s Edge.
Development Research Analystbenedicts@denison.edu
Sara joined the Denison Advancement staff in 2017. She currently serves as 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 has a B.A. in music from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in music from The Johns Hopkins University. Sara currently lives in Delaware county with her husband and two dogs.
Akeem Costa ’12
Reporting & Analysis Specialistcostaa@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 administrative assistant for the Annual Fund. After three years in that role, he moved to Advancement Operations, currently working as a reporting & analysis specialist.
Constituent Records Specialistfosterm@denison.edu
Michelle started as an Administrative Secretary in the Information Group in 1987. In 1994, she became a Records Analyst and Class Notes Editor within the same department and division at Denison. Over the years, the department and division names have changed...to Advancement Operations within the Institutional Advancement Division, and most recently her title, to Constituent Records Specialist. She is still predominantly responsible for bio-demographic updates to our alumni database, and for writing/editing class notes and obituaries for Denison Magazine.
Senior Gift Accounting Specialistgifts@denison.edu
Lisa began her career with Denison in 2007 as a part-time administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation. In 2012, she joined the Annual Fund team full-time, and supported four assistant directors with daily operations and the special events of their respective philanthropic programs. In 2014, Lisa transitioned to the office of Advancement Operations as a Constituent Records Specialist and is responsible for creating, enhancing, and updating accurate alumni, family, and friends of Denison constituent records while maintaining the highest level of data integrity.
Alumni & Family Engagement
Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagementfowlerm@denison.edu
Marcus joined the staff of Denison’s Office of Alumni & Family Engagement in August of 2017, and he works closely with classes celebrating their 50th Reunion and beyond. His career as a higher education advancement professional dates back to 2007, and before coming to Denison, he held positions at Kenyon College, Penn State University, and Oberlin College. An Ohio native and a graduate of the College of Wooster, Marcus lives in Columbus with his wife, Courtney; their daughter, Ellie; and a Boston terrier named Fleck.
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.
Special Events Coordinatorgordont@denison.edu
Tara’s career at Denison commenced in January of 2009. During her time at the college, she has worked in Advancement Operations, Donor Relations/Special Events, and Stewardship, all within the Division of Institutional Advancement. Currently, Tara is a member of the Alumni & Family Engagement team. She was promoted to her current position in 2019, coordinating and executing leadership events and special activities, both on- and off-campus, including meeting logistics for the Denison’s Board of Trustees.
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.
Director of Advancement Communicationshouseholdert@denison.edu
Tiarra joined Denison’s Division of Institutional Advancement in the fall of 2020 after nearly 15 years at State Farm. She spent the previous eight years dedicated to leading communication strategy and supporting department executives at State Farm while also working as a freelance contributing writer for a popular lifestyle website. Tiarra earned her B.S. in communication with honors from Ohio University. Whether she’s harnessing the power of storytelling to advance organizational goals or cultivating authentic connections via social media, Tiarra is passionate about all things communication. She is excited to use her experience in corporate communications, creative writing, and digital marketing to develop engaging communication strategies for Denison.
Associate Director of Digital Communications and 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.
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 college’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 the college’s newly structured Office of Alumni & Family Engagement; and in the fall of 2020, his role was expanded to serve the entire division as a member of its newly created Advancement Communications team.