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Denison University is about more than a life-changing liberal arts education. It’s about people, and nobody understands that better than the college’s advancement staff, a team of highly trained and caring professionals. It’s our mission to help Denison’s donors to find the best ways to connect their interests with the college’s needs. Read on to learn more about who we are and how to contact us. We’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Institutional Advancement

Julia Beyer Houpt ’75

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
houpt@denison.edu  |  740-587-6636

Julie received her B.A. from Denison and her J.D. from the University of Southern California. She returned to the college in 2000 as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and leads the fundraising, communications and alumni relations efforts. She also serves as a member of the president’s senior staff. Prior to returning to Denison, Julie practiced law in Los Angeles and directed advancement efforts at Stanford University’s Southern California office, the University of Pennsylvania, and Friends’ Central School in suburban Philadelphia.

Greg Bader

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
baderg@denison.edu  |  740-587-5734

Greg earned a B.S. in education from Bowling Green State University and holds a M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President and provides oversight of Stewardship, the Denison Annual Fund, the Office of Major Gifts and campaign planning. Greg has worked in advancement for over 13 years and joined the Denison community in 2003. He previously managed student calling, young alumni programs, and both reunion and leadership giving.

Betsy Russo

Executive Assistant to the Vice President
russob@denison.edu  |  740-587-5534

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.

Ryan Polk ’17

Program Assistant
polkr@denison.edu  |  740-587-8685

Major and Planned Giving

Murley Miller

Murley Miller

Director of Major Gifts
millerma@denison.edu  |  740-587-6293

Murley received a B.S. in Education from Ohio University and has worked in higher education development for the majority of her 25 year fundraising career. She joined Denison’s Institutional Advancement team as Director of Major Gifts in 2014 where she works with donors to secure support for Denison initiatives. Murley, credentialed by CFRE International, served recently as Vice President for Advancement at Ohio Dominican University and as Director of Development for The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University.

Ed Cable

Director of Gift Planning
cablee@denison.edu  |  740-587-5540

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.

Mandi Custer

Senior Development Officer
custerm@denison.edu  |  740-587-5015

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

Laura Gray Frame ’83

Senior Development Officer
framel@denison.edu  |  740-587-6291

Laura received a B.A. from Denison University and a 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.

Ryan Hite '03

Ryan Hite ’03

Development Officer
hiter@denison.edu  |  740-587-5035

Ryan has returned to the “fair college on the hill” having received a B.A. in Religion and Political Science from Denison. As a Major Gifts Officer, Ryan works primarily with alumni, parents and friends from the Mid-Atlantic Region (Eastern PA, DE, MD, DC, VA), Mid-Central (IA, KS, MO), Pacific Northwest (Northern CA, OR, WA) and Cincinnati. His background includes working with interscholastic and collegiate athletics and financial advising. Ryan currently lives in New Albany.

Susan Leithauser ’90

Senior Development Officer for Parent and Family Philanthropy
leithauser@denison.edu  |  740-587-5547

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.

Kelly Mork

Assistant Director for Stewardship
morkk@denison.edu  |  740-587-6568

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.

Maureen Severson

Maureen Severson

Director for Stewardship
seversonm@denison.edu  |  740-587-6286

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.

Bill Storch

Associate Director of Gift Planning
storchb@denison.edu  |  740-587-5019

Bill is a recent addition to the Denison Advancement staff. 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.

Dave Watt

Dave Watt ’85

Senior Development Officer
wattd@denison.edu  |  740-348-4882

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.

Diane Simon

Diane Simon

Asst. to the Director of Gift Planning
simon@denison.edu  |  740-587-6256

Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer relations from The Ohio State University. After working several accounting and office management positions in the for-profit arena, Diane joined the Denison development office in 1998. During the last 15 years, she has worked as the planned giving program assistant and as one of the coordinators of the 50th reunion program.

Melodie McVey

Administrative Assistant
mcveym@denison.edu  |  740-587-6212

Brenda Yingling

Administrative Assistant, Office of Major Gifts
yinglingb@denison.edu  |  740-587-5061

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.

Annual Fund

Billie Handa

Billie Handa

Director of the Annual Fund
handab@denison.edu  |  740-587-6730

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 was appointed as director of the annual fund at Denison in January 2017 and loves working with the college’s alumni, families, and friends to support current and future Denison students.

Jessie McDonald

Assistant to the Director
mcdonaldj@denison.edu  |  740-587-6524

Karmell Brown

Associate Director of the Annual Fund
brownk@denison.edu  |  740-587-5510
Melissa Clark Beckett '04

Melissa Clarke Beckett ’04

Leadership Gift Officer
beckettm@denison.edu  |  740-587-5762

Melissa earned a B.S. in biology from Denison in 2004 and completed her master’s degree in College Student Personnel and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton in 2007. Prior to working at Denison, Melissa served as an Admissions Counselor at Lourdes College and as the Director of Greek Life and New Student Orientation at Centre College. Melissa returned to Denison in 2013 and served at the Associate Director of Alumni Relations for two years prior to becoming the Leadership Gift Officer.

Arielle Kay Johnson

Assistant Director for Campus Philanthropic Programs
johnsonak@denison.edu  |  740-587-6603

Akeem Costa ’12

Administrative Assistant
costaa@denison.edu  |  740-587-6524

Akeem received a B.A. in History and Spanish from Denison University. Following graduation, he spent time living in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2014, he returned to Denison as the Administrative Assistant for the Annual Fund. He will primarily support the Reunion/Leadership director, Parent and Family Programs director, Student Programming director, and the Class Agent Program director.

Advancement Operations

Sara Benedict

Sara Benedict

Development Research Analyst
benedicts@denison.edu  |  740-587-5018

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.

Brandon Morey

Director of Advancement Operations
moreyb@denison.edu  |  740-587-6425

Brandon Robert Morey has worked in advancement services and operations since 2005, joining the team at Denison in 2016. Previously, he served as director of advancement operations for Washington and Lee University, where he provided operations leadership during its $500,000,000 campaign. Prior to his work at W&L, Brandon resided in his home state of California where he managed advancement services for a community hospital and served as an adjunct faculty member at College of the Canyons. Brandon graduated magna cum laude from California Lutheran University.

Kelli Clawson

Kelli Clawson

Director of Prospect Management
clawsonk@denison.edu  |  740-587-5016

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.

Keena Bait

Keena Bait

Assistant Director of Advancement Operations for Systems
baitk@denison.edu  |  740-587-6638

Keena earned a B.S. in Education from Miami University. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Advancement Operations for Systems. She is the liaison between Institutional Advancement and IT and is responsible for writing alumni and giving reports. She has worked in the field of Information Technology for over 8 years and joined the Denison community in June of 2011.

Michelle Foster

Michelle Foster

Constituent Records Specialist
fosterm@denison.edu  |  740-587-6510

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.

Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver

Constituent Records Specialist
oliverl@denison.edu  |  740-587-5658

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.

Bill Robbins

Bill Robbins

Assistant Director of Advancement Operations for Gifts and Records
robbinsw@denison.edu  |  740-587-5657

A member of the Denison community since 2002, Bill’s current focus is gift accounting and records management. Prior to his 15 years in higher education advancement, Bill worked for 10 years in student services. He holds a B.A. in accounting from Capital University.

Janice Russell

Janice Russell

Gift Accounting Specialist
russell@denison.edu  |  740-587-6632

Janice earned a B.S. in animal science from Ohio State University. As a Gift Accounting Specialist in Advancement Operations, she is responsible for processing gifts to the University. She has been a member of the Denison community since 1999.

Foundation and Corporate Relations

Meg Galipault

Meg Galipault

Foundation and Corporate Relations Director
galipaultm@denison.edu  |  740-587-6287

Meg Galipault 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.