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

Julia Beyer Houpt ’75

Vice President for Institutional Advancement  |  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

Greg Bader

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement  |  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

Betsy Russo

Executive Assistant to the Vice President  |  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.

Major and Planned Giving

Murley Miller

Murley Miller

Director of Major Gifts  |  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 Planned Giving  |  740-587-5747

Mandi Custer

Development Officer  |  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

Development Officer  |  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.

Mary Frazell '79

Mary Frazell ’79

Director of Donor Relations/Special Events  |  740-587-6611

Mary earned a 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 currently serves as director of special events for the donor relations and advancement areas.

Tara Gordon

Tara Gordon

Administrative Assistant  |  740-587-5747

Tara’s Denison career began in 2009. Currently she is responsible for the daily operations for the Offices of Donor Relations/Special Events and Stewardship, providing assistance for the Director and Assistant Director in those areas. Tara’s previous position at Denison was in the Office of Advancement Services where her professional experience in document management helped bring the college into a new phase of records management. She implemented a campus-wide document imaging user group and began the transfer of paper files to electronic files within the division.


Susan Leithauser ’90

Senior Development Officer, Parent & Family Philanthropy & Engagement  |  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.

Melodie McVey

Administrative Assistant  |  740-587-6212

Kelly Mork

Administrative Assistant  |  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

Assistant Director for Stewardship  |  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.

Diane Simon

Diane Simon

Assistant to the Director  |  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.

Anne Stengle

Anne Stengle

Director of Foundations and Corporations  |  740-587-6287

Anne received her B.S. in sociology from Susquehanna University. With nearly two decades in higher education administration and development, her professional experience includes serving as the Assistant Director for the South Asia Program at Cornell University and most recently as the Assistant Director of Grants at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In July 2010, Anne joined Denison as the Development Officer in charge of Foundation and Corporate Relations and she works closely with the Provost’s Office to support externally-sponsored research projects for the faculty.

Annual Fund

Makiva Harper McIntosh '02

Makiva Harper McIntosh ’02

Director of the Annual Fund  |  740-587-6730

Makiva earned a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Denison University in 2002. She worked in the field of community organizing for five years, where she developed professional skills in areas of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, public relations, and grant writing. She returned to Denison in 2008 as assistant director for Reunion and Leadership Programs within the Annual Fund Office and was promoted to director of the Annual Fund in 2010. In her current role, Makiva maintains oversight of all fundraising programs and staff within the Office of the Annual Fund.

Lori Burrows

Lori Burrows

Associate Director of the Annual Fund  |  740-587-6631

Lori earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Bluffton University in 2003. She currently serves as Associate Director of the Annual Fund and is responsible for the 15th – 45th Reunion Committees and Leadership Giving. In prior years she managed the Class Agent Program, 5th and 10th Reunion Committees, G.O.L.D leadership and Big Red Society giving for young alumni, senior gift committees and the student calling program. Lori has worked in higher education advancement since 2003 and joined the Denison community in 2006.


Akeem Costa ’12

Administrative Assistant  |  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.

Andrew Kosek

Andrew Kosek

Assistant Director for Campus Philanthropic Programs  |  740-587-5543

Andrew earned a B.A. in Communication & Theatre Arts from John Carroll University in 2008. He currently oversees the student calling program, Senior Class Gift Committee, 1831 Society, and the Faculty/Staff campaign. Andrew has worked in a similar capacity as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. In that role, he was responsible for fundraising, volunteer engagement, and membership recruitment.

Kara Pickler

Kara Pickler

Associate Director of the Annual Fund  |  740-587-6603

Kara earned her B.A. in corporate communications and journalism from Elon University and holds a Master’s degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University. Kara joined the Denison community in 2015 and she serves as Associate Director for the Annual Fund – Class Agent and Leadership programs. Kara has 10 years of experience in the advancement field, most recently at Otterbein University where she served in various roles including Director of Alumni Engagement and Director of Development for Constituent Engagement.


Michele Rudolph

Assistant to the Annual Fund Director  |  740-587-6292

After careers in retail management and supporting staff in radio and real estate, Michele transitioned into the Annual Fund and the non-profit development world at Denison University in January 2000. She aids the Director in the day-to-day organization of the Annual Fund office and provides project and data management services.

Advancement Services

Keena Bait

Keena Bait

Systems Coordinator  |  740-587-6638

Keena earned a B.S. in Education from Miami University. She currently serves as the Systems Coordinator in Advancement Services. She is the liason 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.

Elizabeth Eck

Elizabeth Eck

Development Research Analyst  |  740-587-5018

Elizabeth earned a B.A. in English from Dickinson College and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. She worked as a reference librarian mostly in the public sector, working first for a U.S. banking regulator and then for a public library system. She joined the Denison community in 2015, and her primary focus is research and data analysis.

Judy Foster

Judy Foster

Matching Gift Coordinator  |  740-587-6633

Judy began working at Denison in 1998 in what was then known as the Records and Research Department. The area has evolved to become Advancement Services, where her responsibilities include working with the Major Gifts group on large and complex gifts, liaison with the Investment Office to facilitate gifts of securities and serving as the Matching Gift Coordinator for Denison. She is pursuing a business degree from The Ohio State University.

Michelle Foster

Michelle Foster

Records Analyst  |  740-587-6510

Michelle joined the Denison community in 1987, as an Administrative Secretary in the Information Group. In 1994, she became the Class Notes Editor and a Records Analyst within the same division of Denison. She is primarily responsible for editing the submitted class notes, for writing up the obituaries for Denison Magazine, and for the alumni bio-demographic updates and additions to the university database.

Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver

Records Analyst  |  740-587-5658

Lisa began her career at Denison in 2007 as a part-time administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. In May 2012, Lisa joined the Annual Fund team full-time, supporting the four assistant directors with daily operations and the special events of their respective philanthropic programs. In August of 2014, she became a Records Analyst in Advancement Services utilizing her experience to assist in maintaining a comprehensive alumni and development database which includes alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

Bill Robbins

Bill Robbins

Associate Director of Advancement Services  |  740-587-5657

A member of the Denison community since 2002, Bill’s primary focus is in research and data analysis. 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

Records Analyst  |  740-587-6632

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