Development Staff

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Jim Jermier

Vice President for Development

Jim oversees all aspects of development and alumni relations, focusing on building relationships with Luther's constituencies. Jim invites gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of Luther and also assists donors with estate and gift planning. An officer of the college, Jim serves on the President's Cabinet.

Asmita Bharam

Student Engagement Coordinator, Development

Daina Bond

Donor Records Coordinator

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 Library and Information Services application development team.

Megan Buckingham

Assistant Director of Reunion Giving

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. She serves as the president of the Congregational Council at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and sings in the Decorah Chorale.

Jessica Campos Arzate

Donor and Alumni Records Coordinator

Sue Drilling

Director of Stewardship and Special Events

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.

Nate Ersig

Director of Development

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.

Chris Frana

Director of Development Research

Chris directs development resources research and works to maintain accuracy in Luther’s donor records system. A trained attorney, she focuses especially on donor privacy and rights.

Sharon Frana

Development and Stewardship Coordinator

Sharon provides administrative and project management support for development, the Norse Athletic Association, campaign, and stewardship programming and events.

Annette Laitinen

Administrative Assistant, Annual Giving

Jeanie Lovell

Sr Dir of Corp and Foundation Relations and Campaign Co-Dir

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 Mullen

Development Officer

Paul travels in Eastern Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and California to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College.

Doug Nelson

Senior Development Officer

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.

Katie O'Regan

Development Officer

Katie travels in Des Moines and Western Iowa, Rochester and Southern Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College.

Andrew Peter

Development Officer

Andrew travels in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Northern Minnesota, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and New England to build relationships and invite gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College.

Mariah Smith

Director of Development-Current Gifts

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 and is currently working directly with the Golden Anniversary reunion for the Class of 1968. A member of the Decorah Chorale Board of Directors, Mariah previously served as Luther's representative to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce 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 husband, Steve (also a Luther graduate), have two children.

Kelly Sorenson

Legacy and Gift Planning Officer

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) designation.

Megan Torkelson

Associate Director of Annual Giving

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 Vsetecka

Director of Reunion Giving

Rachel oversees the signature reunion giving programs and just started working with the Golden Anniversary reunion for the Class of 1969. Rachel manages the programming, works collaboratively with class volunteer leaders, and spearheads the reunion giving campaigns. Rachel volunteers in her community and serves as the Treasurer of the Regional Health Services of Howard County Foundation Board and is a past president and current board member of the Howard County Childcare Association Board. Rachel graduated from Luther in 2009 with a degree in management and she and her husband, Rod, have two children.

 

Nicole Waskow

Administrative Assistant, Development

Mark Franzen

Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Athletic Giving

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 Schouweiler

Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development

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.