Stephen serves as the college's chief development officer and provides leadership for the alumni and development office. He provides strategic direction for all aspects of the college's fundraising and external engagement efforts and serves as a key member of the President's cabinet. Stephen travels nationwide to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the college.
Daina is responsible for the computer entry of pledges/gifts and receipting of gifts, and she coordinates corporate and matching gifts. She interacts with the Financial Services and Financial Aid offices as well as the Information Technology Services software development team.
Megan oversees the 35th and 40th reunion efforts. She manages the programming, works collaboratively with class volunteer leaders, and spearheads the reunion giving campaigns. Megan is active in the Decorah community, serving on church and community boards and singing in the Decorah Chorale.
Sue administers the college’s President's Council donor recognition program, along with other special event and donor stewardship activities. Partnering with campus departments, she works to steward donors and encourage continued gift support. Sue also coordinates Family Weekend each year.
Nathan manages the major gift, principal gift, and legacy/gift planning efforts of the development office. He travels nationwide to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Together with Jeanie Lovell, Nathan serves as co-director of campaigns.
Annette provides administrative support to the Luther Fund team, assisting with such things as the 50-year reunion, Parents Council, Class Agents, as well as sending out weekly and monthly donor correspondence.
Jeanie oversees all aspects of corporate and foundation grant-seeking for Luther and works with faculty and staff to write proposals and secure funding for projects and initiatives of all kinds. Together with Nathan Ersig, she serves as co-director of Luther's comprehensive campaigns. Jeanie is also the founder and director of Women, Faith, and Finance, Luther’s collaborative women’s philanthropy initiative. She earned a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in communication and English from Central College. Jeanie is an active member of AFP and ALDE and maintains certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Paul travels in Rochester and Southern Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
Joram manages the student engagement efforts for the Alumni and Development Office, including the Phonathon calling program, Student Philanthropy Council, and senior giving campaign. Joram is a 2019 Luther graduate and winner of the Erdman Prize for Entrepreneurship for his business Teyapool, a pool table company based in his home country of Zambia.
Doug travels throughout the greater Midwest, as well as Colorado and Texas, to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College. Doug also assists in coordinating Luther's scholarship program, The Legacy Trust.
Andrew travels in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Northern Minnesota, North Dakota, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and New England to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
Mariah coordinates all components of the annual giving program, along with her staff colleagues, student, alumni, and parent volunteers. She also oversees the reunion giving program, Parents Council, and the Class Agent program. Active in her community, Mariah has previously served as Luther's representative to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a member of the Decorah Chorale Board of Directors, and is a past president of ArtHaus in Decorah. Mariah graduated from Luther in 1995 with a degree in music (with a music management certificate) and she and her spouse, Steve (also a Luther graduate), have two children.
Kelly leads and manages the planned giving program and Luther's planned giving society, the Heritage Club. She works alongside the development team in building relationships and securing philanthropic support through bequest intentions, charitable gift annuities, trusts, and other gift planning vehicles from alumni, parents, and friends of the College. Kelly holds the Certified Gift Planning Associate (CGPA) and Certified Gift Planning Professional (CGPP) designations.
Megan oversees the 10th and 25th reunion efforts. She manages the programming, works collaboratively with class volunteer leaders, and spearheads the reunion giving campaigns. Megan is also the "gnome-in-chief" for Luther’s annual Giving Day, bringing together faculty, staff, alumni, and friends for one big day of giving. She serves as president of the ArtHaus board of directors in Decorah and sings with the Decorah Chorale. Megan graduated from Luther in 2005 and also has a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She and her husband Ryan (also a Luther graduate) have two boys.
Rachel oversees the signature reunion giving programs and works with the 50-year reunion. She manages the programming, works collaboratively with class volunteer leaders, and spearheads the reunion giving campaigns. Rachel volunteers in her community and serves as the President of the Howard County Childcare Association Board and is the Treasurer of the Regional Health Services of Howard County Foundation Board. Rachel graduated from Luther in 2009 with a degree in management and she and her husband, Rod, have two children.
Mark manages the efforts of the Norse Athletic Association (NAA), raising funds in support of men's and women's athletics. He coordinates mailings, invitations for support, newsletters and special events related to the NAA including the Decorah Golf Outing. In addition to his development responsibilities, Mark also serves as head men's basketball coach.
Russell oversees all aspects of support for Athletic giving including coordinating all Norse Athletic Association (NAA) golf outings and luncheons. He also works along side the development team in securing Norse Athletic Business Sponsorships, as well as, all individual athletic teams fundraising efforts. Along with his Athletic Development work, he also serves as the Head Women's Soccer Coach. Russell graduated from Luther in 2005 and obtained a Masters Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Leadership with an emphasis on Athletic Administration.