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EMU Foundation

Our Staff

Leadership and Administration

    • Bill Shepard

      Bill Shepard

      Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director, EMU Foundation

      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: 734.487.0296

    • jill

      Jill Hunsberger

      Associate Vice President for Advancement
      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: 734.484.1322

    • Laura Wilbanks

      Laura Wilbanks (BBA88)

      Executive Director of Foundation Operations and Chief Financial Officer

      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: 734.487.6540

    • kelly Kelly Quilter (MS05)

      Chief Development Officer

      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: 734.487.0386 

    • mia

      Mia Milton (BS96, MS12)

      Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
      EMU Alumni Relations
      Phone: 734.487.0250
    • damon

      Damon Rosenthal (BBA91)

      Director of Advancement Services & Analytics

      Phone: 734.487.0165

Advancement Team 

Cherie Burkheiser (BBA00)
Gift Processing Coordinator
Phone: 734.487.6802
Britta Brown 
Assistant Athletic Director for Development
Phone: 734.487.8684
Tammie Cach-Abdu (BS98)
Senior Information Systems Data Specialist
Phone: 734.487.6825
Lisa Comben
Senior Director of Development
College of Engineering & Technology and Corporate & Foundation Relations
Phone: 734.487.5546
Midge Elkins
Gift Processor
Phone: 734.487.6796
Janice Franklin
Senior Information Systems Data Specialist
Phone: 734.487.6840
Sam Jensen (BBA78)
Director of Planned Giving
Phone: 734.487.5125
Cheryl Kernander
Director of Development, College of Business
Phone: 734.487.4341
Samantha Liebig (BS19)
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Phone: 734.487.7682
Tray McGuire
Assistant Director, Alumni & Volunteer Engagement
Phone: 734.487.3701
Dan McLean
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development
Phone: 734.487.8236
Matt Mortier (BBA9, MA12)
Director of Donor Relations
Phone: 734.487.6692
Celia Murkowski (BBA05)
Assistant Director of Engagement
Phone: 734.487.5634
Jessica S. Nietrzeba (MS08)
Director of Engagement and Outreach
EMU Alumni Relations
Phone: 734.487.0264
Christa Reid
Director of Development, College of Education
Phone: 734.487.0496
Jill Rekuc
Accounting and Benefits Administrator
Phone: 734.487.6593
Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith
Director of Development, International Relations
Phone: 734.487.5607
Annette Rurka (BS85)
Network Systems Administrator
Phone: 734.487.6899
Sue Sutherland
Prospect Research Manager
Phone: 734.487.6903
Calley Taranto
Executive Assistant and Board Secretary
Phone: 734.487.0078

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322