Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Development and Alumni Relations
Feinberg School of Medicine
Arthur J. Rubloff Building, 9th Floor
420 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-503-8933

Leadership

Alan Krensky, MD

Alan Krensky, MD
Executive for Development, Northwestern Medicine Vice Dean for Development & Alumni Relations

krensky( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1256

I am the director for development for Northwestern Medicine and the vice dean for Development & Alumni Relations. I am a pediatric nephrologist and immunologist who was on the medical faculty at Stanford for 23 years and served as deputy director for the National Institutes of Health in charge of the Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives.

Babette Nyka

Babette Nyka
Director, Alumni Relations and Engagement

babette.nyka( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0855

My role is to serve all Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine alumni (MD, GME, fellowship, MSTP, PT and MPH) and act as the main medical school alumni relations point of contact. I work to foster participation in alumni activities (both on campus and around the country), and to encourage, facilitate, and share news about our alumni and their accomplishments, while offering opportunities for volunteer activities such as mentoring, class reunions and fundraising efforts. My goal is to meet and interact regularly with all interested alumni to hear ideas, get feedback and inspire them to stay connected with their medical school alma mater.

Terri Dillon

Terri Dillon
Associate Dean for Development

terri-dillon( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-4837

I have been with the Feinberg School of Medicine since 2008 as a senior oncology fundraiser with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and, more recently, with our Cancer Institutes and Heart Institutes at Northwestern Medicine. I am skilled in major, principal and planned gift fundraising, building relationships, developing support and directing volunteers to achieve institutional goals in advocacy and fund development. I embrace my Midwestern roots from my birthplace in Indianapolis to the excitement of living and working in the great city of Chicago, including a passion for Big Ten college football.

Larry Kuhn

Larry Kuhn
Assistant Dean for Development

larry-kuhn( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1717

I oversee the alumni relations team, the annual giving team and our major gift officers, specializing in principal, major gift and estate gift fundraising. Additional responsibilities include staffing the medical school dean at national events, working with the vice dean for education on educational funding priorities, directing Feinberg’s faculty campaign and acting as a liaison to the Evanston central major gift officer and planned giving teams. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2008, I have held executive-level positions in the hospitality, recruiting and distribution fields. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I attended Miami University in Ohio and completed post-graduate work at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Kate Azizi
Assistant Dean for Development

kathryn.azizi( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-3080

Ann Ross

Ann Ross
Executive Director, Donor Relations & Communications

a-ross3( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0235

On the donor relations team, I focus on projects that recognize and thank our donors. I also work with our gift officers to help develop proposals, case statements and materials that convey our priorities for fundraising support. I am a native Chicagoan and am so proud that our medical school is not only contributing to the progress and success of our city, but is making a positive impact on health across the world.

Jennifer Fry

Jennifer Fry
Senior Director, Operations and Finance

j-fry( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0769

In my role, I oversee operational services for Feinberg Development and Alumni Relations, including gift processing, reporting and technology, budget and finance, prospect development and talent management. In ensuring the efficient execution of these processes, my staff and I strive to optimize fundraising effectiveness and contribute to a positive, fulfilling experience for our alumni and donors. I joined Feinberg in 2015 after serving for 13 years in various operations and prospect-focused management roles within Northwestern’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development.

Jeff Masters, PhD

Jeff Masters, PhD
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships & Business Development

jeffrey.masters( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1917

I am responsible for corporate relations at Northwestern Medicine, meaning that I facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between Feinberg researchers and corporations engaged in biomedical research. Learn more about my education and professional experience, as well as the services available to faculty and industry via the Corporate Relations site.

Our Team

Andrea Arntsen-Harris

Andrea Arntsen-Harris
Senior Associate Director, Donor Relations

a-arntsen-harris( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0789

On the donor relations team, I specialize in donor communications, including publications, email outreach, donor acknowledgments and our development and alumni websites. I also work on writing projects and content-based event materials with colleagues throughout our office. I have been working for the Feinberg School since 2007 and earned my master’s degree from the Northwestern School of Communication.

Olympia Asimacopoulos

Olympia Asimacopoulos
Associate Director, Donor Relations

olympia1( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0754

As a member of the donor relations team, I am responsible for writing scholarship stewardship reports for both our endowed and expendable scholarships and keeping track of all our scholarship recipients and their donors. I also manage the alumni association Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as our annual Commitment to Scholarships Luncheon in the spring. I have been with the Feinberg School of Medicine for over 20 years in various roles and departments from urology to finance, with Development & Alumni Relations being my favorite so far.

Jillian Kurtz Brubaker

Jillian Kurtz Brubaker
Communications Specialist

jillian.brubaker( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-3926

As a part of the alumni relations team, I am proud to support Babette Nyka and Dan Schwarzlose in their efforts to continually connect with and engage the distinguished alumni of the medical school. A native of the Detroit area, I graduated from Western Michigan University with a double major in communication and theatre. Prior to moving to Chicago, I worked in the not-for-profit sector, supporting the administrative and development efforts of the Purple Rose Theatre Company. I am honored to be a part of this incredible team.

Kirsten Byers

Kirsten Byers
Associate Director, Annual Giving

kirsten-byers( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1718

My primary role is to create programs that promote sustainable philanthropy. I am responsible for directing, developing and growing our annual giving program. This includes managing outreach to medical school alumni, grateful patients, faculty and other invested constituents.

Susan Clausen

Susan Clausen
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts

susan.clausen( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0742

I visit with medical alumni focusing on parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington DC/Baltimore, and the Southern region of the United States. I am a native of Chicago, received my bachelor's degree in marketing from DePaul University, and completed a master’s degree at the Northwestern University School of Communication. In my free time, I like to spend time with my children, family, and friends. I also hike and am attempting to become a better cook. I am honored to be a part of our outstanding team and to further the mission of Northwestern Medicine. 

Jenny Gallo

Jenny Gallo
Manager, Special Events

jenny.gallo( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1844

As a member of the Office of Special Events, Dean's Administration, I serve as the liaison for events within Development & Alumni Relations at Feinberg. This includes investitures, cultivation events, stewardship dinners, institute launches and larger donor recognition events and dedications. I joined the Feinberg School of Medicine team in 2013; however, I have been a part of Northwestern Medicine for the past eight years working at Northwestern Memorial Foundation. 

Cynthia Garbutt

Cynthia Garbutt
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts

cynthia.garbutt( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0761

As a member of the major gifts team, I specialize in seeking philanthropic support for our expanding global health activities at the Feinberg School of Medicine. I am an attorney and have over 18 years of experience in nonprofit development work, leadership and strategy. I enjoy helping the faculty at Feinberg and their grateful patients broaden the healthcare horizons of our medical students, residents and fellows. Our donors make a world of difference.

Jason Givan

Jason Givan
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts

jason.givan( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-2417

I work with alumni in Illinois and the Northeast on major gifts and planned giving in support of Feinberg’s campaign initiatives. I have spent my career working in nonprofit development seeking support for social service organizations and higher education institutions. I love meeting new people and getting to hear their stories. I get to connect with alumni in a meaningful way — hear about what they do now, how they stay engaged and how Northwestern Medicine has changed their lives for the better.

Elizabeth Gordon

Elizabeth Gordon
Associate Director, Major Gifts

elizabeth.gordon( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0759

Sarah Kalsbeek

Sarah Kalsbeek
Senior Associate Director, Donor Stewardship

s-kalsbeek( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-3459

In my role on the donor relations team, I focus on various donor recognition programs, including our Nathan Smith Davis Society, the Henry and Emma Rogers Society, professorship investitures, all recognition signage throughout campus and other efforts to help the Feinberg School of Medicine demonstrate its deep appreciation to its many generous supporters. I joined Feinberg in 2016 and have been working at Northwestern since 2007. I earned my master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the Northwestern School of Professional Studies. 

Jan Lach
Development Assistant

jan.lach( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1713

Reba London

Reba London
Development Assistant

reba.london( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0205

As a member of the Operations and Finance team I assist Jennifer Fry, Kim McInerney, June Ulrey and Amanda Weichinger with data and reporting, financial projects, office administration and am a Service Support Representative (SSR) providing front-line technical support to my colleagues. I also provide project support to Jeff Masters on the Corporate Relations team. I am a Chicago native and am thrilled to be back in the Windy City after most recently living in Charleston, South Carolina.

MaryPat Mauro

MaryPat Mauro
Director, Major Gifts

marypat.mauro( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1090

At the Feinberg School of Medicine, I support the Department of Medicine and several of its divisions including Allergy and Immunology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Infectious Disease and Rheumatology. I also have the pleasure of working with the Landsberg Society, a group of medical residency alumni. 

Cathy May

Cathy May
Manager, Special Events

c-may( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0764

As a member of the Office of Special Events, Dean's Administration, I serve as the liaison for development fundraising and alumni events within Development & Alumni Relations at Feinberg.

David McCreery

David McCreery
Director, Major Gifts

david.mccreery( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-6099

It is a privilege to be at the Feinberg School of Medicine helping to advance the significant work of our exemplary faculty. My purpose is to bring together donors and our doctors in order to generate major philanthropic support for a number of vital medical priorities. Specifically, I support five important areas of specialty: the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, the NU Clinical and Translational Institute, the Center for Genetic Medicine, the Department of Otolaryngology and the Department of Radiology. On a personal basis, I have more than three decades of experience working for a variety of notable nonprofits and supporting their wonderful missions. This includes Northwestern, where I began my career and where I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Go Cats!

Kim McInerney

Kim McInerney
Financial Specialist

kmac( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0234

On the operations team, I process requisitions and invoices, review expense reports and reconcile and present monthly budget reports to our teams. I have worked at Northwestern University since 2001, beginning in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development in Evanston and then moving to the Feinberg School in 2003.

Emily McLaughlin

Emily McLaughlin
Assistant Director, Engagement and Participation - Reunions

emily.mclaughlin( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1165

As a part of the alumni relations team, I manage our reunion program. I enjoy working closely with our alumni on their reunion and class giving goals.

Michelle Melin-Rogovin

Michelle Melin-Rogovin
Senior Associate Director, Foundation Relations

m-melin-rogovin( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-7072

I am passionate about helping faculty do what they do best: conduct research, deliver patient care and teach the next generation. I bring nearly a decade of experience at Northwestern to my role, which includes identifying foundation funding opportunities and disseminating them to faculty, as well as assisting faculty with applications (including proofreading and editing) and navigating University offices. I work with faculty to find potential collaborators and to nurture relationships with foundations on behalf of Feinberg and the University. To find out more about Michelle’s experience in philanthropy, communications and academic medicine, visit her LinkedIn profile.  

Meghan Monaghan

Meghan Monaghan
Development Assistant

meghan.monaghan( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1091

As a member of the alumni major gifts team, I have the honor of supporting Sue Clausen, Jason Givan and Larry Kuhn in their efforts to engage alumni and further the philanthropic goals of the medical school. Originally from Southwest Michigan, I recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science in American culture and a minor in chemistry.

Allison Page

Allison Page
Development Assistant

allison.page( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0788

Laura Paton

Laura Paton
Communications Specialist

laura.paton( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0766

On the donor relations team, I provide administrative and communications support to Ann Ross, Andrea-Arntsen-Harris, Mary Tablis and Olympia Asimacopoulos in various donor relations and communication projects. My primary focus is on managing the acknowledgment process for major gifts to the medical school. I graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2014 with a major in English and minors in communications and French. I am currently working to get my MS in the Master of Science in Health Communication program at Northwestern.  

Lauren Pedi

Lauren Pedi
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts

lauren.pedi( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-4635

As a member of the Major Gifts team, I raise funds on behalf of the Institute for Translational Neuroscience. My role is to connect our grateful patients and donors with their passions while providing a truly meaningful experience as they strive to achieve their philanthropic goals. I joined the team in January 2015 with more than 11 years of development experience in the areas of major gift fundraising, special events and volunteer board management. It is an honor for me to be a part of the team and I am proud to support the work of our faculty members who are transforming lives through groundbreaking research and training the next generation of medical leaders.  

Kathleen Praznowski

Kathleen Praznowski
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts

kathleen.praznowski( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0762

As a member of the major gifts team, I concentrate on raising funds for the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation, the Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Institute, the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity and the Women’s Health Research Institute. Through the years, my career has focused on improving people’s lives through education, philanthropy and research. I am especially interested in the connection research has to advancing health and education policy issues. It is a privilege to work with Feinberg’s doctors and donors who are transforming medical care for us all. 

Fauna RobiƱos
Program Assistant 3

fauna.robinos( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-4952

As a program assistant, I support Jeff Masters and Midori Yokoyama in Corporate Partnerships and Business Development. I also support Michelle Melin-Rogovin in Foundation Relations. I assist with communication with Feinberg faculty, event planning and grant processing. I also work on special projects as needed, such as locating Feinberg alumni who currently work in corporate roles. I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in psychology and recently moved to Chicago.

Helen Robinson

Helen Robinson
Program Assistant 1

helen.robinson( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-8933

As a member of the operations team, I provide administrative support by maintaining and updating databases, maintaining an extensive filing system, assisting with mailings and working on special projects as needed. I also serve as the front desk receptionist for the floor, greeting and directing visitors, reserving meeting space, ordering supplies, contacting facilities management for repairs and concerns and distributing mail/faxes.

Maggie Schneiderman
Development Assistant

maggie.schneiderman( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1754

As a member of the major gifts team, I have the privilege of supporting MaryPat Mauro, Dave McCreery and Kathleen Praznowski as they raise funds for the medical school. Originally from the east coast, I attended Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Dan Schwarzlose

Dan Schwarzlose
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

daniel.schwarzlose( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-4519

I am proud to serve on Feinberg’s exceptional alumni relations team. Among my responsibilities, I coordinate the Alumni Physicians of Feinberg program as well as local and regional alumni events and support the national Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. I enjoy working closely with our distinguished alumni and brilliant students and am dedicated to creating meaningful mentoring and engagement opportunities. A passionate Northwestern alumnus, I studied English and classical trumpet performance as an undergraduate and hold a master of fine arts in interdisciplinary arts and media from Columbia College.

Mary Tablis

Mary Tablis
Senior Associate Director, Donor Relations

mary.tablis( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1088

On the donor relations team, I manage stewardship reports and endowed fund reports. My role also includes oversight of the gift acknowledgment process and working on other writing, editing and donor communications projects. I joined the Feinberg School in 2012 with over 10 years of donor relations experience. 

June Ulrey

June Ulrey
Senior Information Specialist

j-ulrey( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1722

I am responsible for gift processing and all related facets of the gift process. I hold a master’s in public administration-nonprofit leadership and have been with Development & Alumni Relations since 2006.

Liz Wayne

Liz Wayne
Administrative Assistant IV

liz.wayne( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-1720

Amanda Weichinger

Amanda Weichinger
Prospect Information Analyst

a-weichinger( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-0111

As a member of the operations team, my primary responsibilities are to maintain and produce comprehensive reports pertaining to wealth screening and prospect research, assist in portfolio management and gather and maintain prospect information. Additionally, I act as a liaison to the central Office of Alumni Relations and Development Prospect Research and Management teams. I have been working for the Feinberg School of Medicine since 2005 and earned my master’s degree from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

Midori Yokoyama, PhD
Director, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development

midori.yokoyama( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-5365

As a member of the corporate relations team, my major responsibility is to identify opportunities for commercialization of Feinberg’s intellectual properties and facilitate partnerships between researchers at Feinberg and corporations.