Our Staff

Bill Shepard

Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director, EMU Foundation

William Shepard

Phone: 734.487.0296

Email: [email protected]

Jill Hunsberger 

Associate Vice President for Advancement

Jill Hunsberger

Phone: 734.484.1322

 Email: [email protected]

Laura Wilbanks (BBA88)

Executive Director of Foundation Operations and Chief Financial Officer

Laura Wilbanks

Phone: 734.487.6540

Email: [email protected]

Kelly Quilter (MS05)

Chief Development Officer

Kelly Quilter

Phone: 734.487.0386 

Email: [email protected]

Mia Milton (BS96, MS12)

Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement 

Mia Milton

EMU Alumni Relations 

Phone: 734.487.0250

Email: [email protected]

Advancement Team

Cherie Burkheiser (BBA00)
Gift Processing Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6802

Britta Brown
Assistant Athletic Director for Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.8684

Tammie Cach-Abdu (BS98)
Senior Information Systems Data Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6825

Lisa Comben
Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering & Technology, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.5546

Midge Elkins
Gift Processor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6796

Janice Franklin
Senior Information Systems Data Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6840

Sam Jensen (BBA78)
Director of Planned Giving
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.5125

Cheryl Kernander
Director of Development, College of Business
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.4341

Samantha Liebig (BS19)
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.7682

Tray McGuire
Assistant Director, Alumni & Volunteer Engagement
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.3701

Dan McLean
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.8236

Matt Mortier (BBA9, MA12)
Director of Donor Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6692

Celia Murkowski (BBA05)
Assistant Director of Engagement
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.5634

Jessica S. Nietrzeba (MS08)
Director of Engagement and Outreach
EMU Alumni Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.0264

Christa Reid
Director of Development, College of Education and College of Health & Human Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.0496

Jill Rekuc
Accounting and Benefits Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6593

Damon Rosenthal (BS91)

Director of Advancement Services & Analytics
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.0165

Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith

Director of Development, International Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.5607

Annette Rurka (BS85)
Network Systems Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6899

Susan Sutherland
Prospect Research Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.6903

Calley Taranto (BS13)
Executive Assistant & Board Secretary
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734.487.0078