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The Grace of Giving

The Grace of Giving

By James Riley & Grace Prosniewski

To share how we as Notre Dame Development employees help to unlock the grace of giving in our everyday lives. Colleagues share both professional and personal stories as we explore their answers to the question: “Why Notre Dame Development?”
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Digger O'Brien: You'll like the cut of his jib!

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A voice between you and God
A voice between you and God
The Grace of Giving welcomes, Program Assistant Director for the Annual Giving team, Dezha Moore to the show! In this fun episode, which was recorded at St. Joe Coffee Co. located in downtown South Bend, we explored Dezha's first experience at Notre Dame, her passion for event planning, and what motivates her when it comes to singing.  You'll also get a snippet of her recently released album, Dear Weekend, during the episode.  Thanks for being with us, Dezha!  
40:17
November 02, 2022
Welcome aboard the Onboarding train with Mary Flynt!
Welcome aboard the Onboarding train with Mary Flynt!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Learning & Organizational Development Associate, Mary Flynt, to the show! In this episode we discuss balancing work and being a first time mom, the critical steps in properly onboarding new colleagues, and a powerful crescendo in a popular Mumford & Sons songs.  All this and more in the Grace of Giving!  Thanks Mary!  
41:58
September 21, 2022
The happiness that Tessa brings!
The happiness that Tessa brings!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Director of Prospect Development & Strategy, Jonathan Retartha, to the show! In this episode we are situated next to Holy Cross lake on a beautiful summer day, and enjoy conversation about fatherhood, his special relationship with twin brother and Domer, Ryan, and the pièce de résistance to any barbeque.  Thanks for joining us Jonathan!   
41:14
September 07, 2022
Digger O'Brien: You'll like the cut of his jib!
Digger O'Brien: You'll like the cut of his jib!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Senior Director of Marketing Communications for the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Digger O'Brien!  In this episode we discuss Digger's Emmy award-winning work, the essence of a hoagie, and being the proud parent of a child on the autism spectrum.  Thanks for joining us, Digger!
44:57
August 17, 2022
I have 36 siblings. I am Erin Thornton!
I have 36 siblings. I am Erin Thornton!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Event Program Director for the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Erin Thornton, to the show!  In this fun episode we try to find all of the hidden Mickey's in Erin's office, as well as discuss what it takes to plan a large-scale event, and how coming from a large, diverse family has helped shape Erin's outlook on the world. Thanks for being on the show, Erin!  
32:29
March 23, 2022
We're not horsin' around!
We're not horsin' around!
In this episode of the Grace of Giving Podcast, we’re joined today by Michael Connaughton, Development Associate Director on the Southwest team, aka, "Southbest" Region.  We discuss what growing up in South Bend was like, how IU Coach Bobby Knight checked in on his academics, and Mike's love of the great outdoors.  Thanks for spending time with us, Mike! 
21:43
March 09, 2022
Who Needs a Fairy Godmother When You've Got Winnie!
Who Needs a Fairy Godmother When You've Got Winnie!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Regional Director of the New York Metro Region, Lauren Donahue, to the show! In this fun episode, we continue our Yinzer lingo, talk about a mysterious case of earrings, and how Lauren has become famous in the sport of field hockey.  Thanks for joining us Lauren!   
34:44
February 23, 2022
Yinz ready to get nebby with this yinzer?
Yinz ready to get nebby with this yinzer?
The Grace of Giving welcomes Senior Director of Athletics Advancement, Kim Borza Donaldson, to the show! We had so much fun discussing "Pittsburghese" phrases, competitive tennis, and why everyone should become a FOAG.  All this and more laughs on the Grace of Giving Podcast.  Thanks Kim!  
47:07
February 09, 2022
Tetris: Maybe Not as Easy as A, B, C (Sing it now!)
Tetris: Maybe Not as Easy as A, B, C (Sing it now!)
The Grace of Giving welcomes our first guest of 2022, Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving, Indi Jackson, to the show! In this episode we discuss Indi's life as a Notre Dame accounting maven and track star, her fabulous podcasting career, and what she would do if she could travel back in time.  This and tons (and tons) of laughs in this episode of GoG.  Thanks Indi!!! 
39:35
January 26, 2022
Let's all connect with a Superhero...Angeline Johnson!
Let's all connect with a Superhero...Angeline Johnson!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Affinity Programs Director in the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Angeline Johnson to the show!  In this episode we discuss the importance of connection, both internally and externally; how diversity and inclusion is a work in progress, and the essence of birthday party planning for kids.  Thanks for joining us Angeline!  
35:37
September 22, 2021
From Dairy to Data
From Dairy to Data
The Grace of Giving welcomes Senior Director of Gift & Data Management, Amy Schell, to the show!  In this episode we discuss the ever-evolving area of innovation, craft beers, and the fierce rivalry between Michigan State University and University of Michigan.  Welcome to Season 3 of the Grace of Giving Podcast!  Thanks Amy! 
26:55
September 08, 2021
The Grace (and James) of Giving
The Grace (and James) of Giving
Wowza!  We flipped the script in today's episode.  The Grace of Giving podcast welcome Grace and James!  We've spent quite a few episodes interviewing our colleagues about their childhoods, passions, and projects.  We thought we'd give you a lens into our lives as well in this episode, like how far is Detroit from Pinckney? What was Notre Dame like in the early 90s? And, what's it like being a Wolverine in Irish Country?  All this and more is what we have in store!  Enjoy!  
30:44
May 26, 2021
Pop Punk, Process, and Portillo's
Pop Punk, Process, and Portillo's
The Grace of Giving welcomes, Director of Giving Programs and Marketing Operations, Brandon Tabor to the show!  In this episode we get at the heart of the importance of being your true self, no matter the environment, Lawn Care 101, and how Portillo's can possibly be the best restaurant in America.  All that and more in this exciting and fun episode.  Thanks BT!  Rock on! 
36:15
May 12, 2021
Taylor Swift's other brother...Andrew Frye!
Taylor Swift's other brother...Andrew Frye!
Oh the fun we had with Program Director for Financial Administration & Strategy, Andrew Frye!  In this episode we learn about Andrew's hobby of weed picking with grapes, following orders from the Vatican, and his stealthy techniques of taking photos of Taylor Swift!  All this and more!  Thanks for visiting with us, Andrew!  
29:24
April 28, 2021
Oot and aboot with Chau-Ly Phan!
Oot and aboot with Chau-Ly Phan!
It was a pleasure to welcome Minnesotan and Business Systems Analyst Chau-Ly Phan to the Grace of Giving.  In this episode we discuss Chau-Ly's travels to Nepal, her love of D&D, and how her mom has been a source of inspiration for her career path.  We certainly had an awesome time with you on the show, Chau-ly!  Dontcha know!?! :)   
29:39
April 14, 2021
Falcons and Red Rooms and Mullets....Oh My!
Falcons and Red Rooms and Mullets....Oh My!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Fr. Ralph Haag to the show!  In this episode we discuss growing up in Nebraska, how to make the perfect French 75, and the coolest hairstyle ever- the Mullet!  Thanks Fr. Ralph!
34:30
March 31, 2021
UR's Resident Dead Head, Drew Buscareno!
UR's Resident Dead Head, Drew Buscareno!
What do you find at the intersection of a Wheat Ale and Jerry Garcia?  His name is Drew Buscareno, and he is the Associate Vice President of University Relations!  In this episode, we take a dive into Drew's upbringing in New York, managing a team of dynamic superstars, and his trifecta of love- brewing brew, the Chelsea Football Club, and, you guessed it, The Grateful Dead!  Thanks Drew!!! 
48:31
March 17, 2021
Hello Natalie Sargent! Let's get down to business (school priorities)!
Hello Natalie Sargent! Let's get down to business (school priorities)!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Academic Advancement Director for the Mendoza College of Business, Natalie Sargent to the show!  In this episode we discuss Fighting Irish Felines, early church history, and the fine Cincinnati delicacy known as Skyline Chili. Thanks Natalie!   
39:34
March 03, 2021
Setting the Foundation with Suzanne DeGuilio!
Setting the Foundation with Suzanne DeGuilio!
Grace and James sit down with Program Director of Foundation Relations, Suzanne DeGuilio.  In this episode we discuss growing up in "The Region"- Northwest Indiana, her love for the Cubbies, and how her four-legged friend has gained over 13,000 IG followers!  Say whaaaaaat?  Thanks for visiting with us, Suzanne! 
33:17
February 17, 2021
Shelby-boo and her Million Dollar hobby
Shelby-boo and her Million Dollar hobby
The Grace of Giving welcomes, Senior Regional Director of the Southwest Region, Shelby Carroll to the show! In this episode we discuss leadership style, why Iowa is the greatest state in the union, and our first ever Domer Dog appearance in our Take Five segment.  Thanks for being on the show Shelby, and Happy Birthday!  
36:37
February 03, 2021
Being Uniquely Human in Fundraising
Being Uniquely Human in Fundraising
The Grace of Giving welcomes Senior Director of Global and Academic Advancement, Michael Loungo, to the show!  It this episode we hear why we learn so much about the United States when we live abroad,  why artificial intelligence will never be better than human beings in fundraising, and how a sip of whisky contains an entire history lesson!  Thanks for being on the show Michael!  
41:42
January 20, 2021
Season's Greetings: DEIU Edition!
Season's Greetings: DEIU Edition!
This is a special season with many different holidays, as well as many different ways to celebrate. We want to share the joy and beauty of the variety of traditions and beliefs among our UR colleagues. In that spirit, the latest Grace of Giving podcast episode features Gift Management Coordinator Sara Munoz, Development Coordinator Marcia Hittner, and Alumni Education Programs Director Mary Scott discussing their unique cultural and religious traditions during this most wonderful time of the year.
36:55
December 16, 2020
Who's Your Dungeon Master?
Who's Your Dungeon Master?
The Grace of Giving welcomes Regional Director of the Illinois region, Nick Sorg to the podcast!  In this episode we cover Nick's adventures in sleep walking, how even talking about roller coasters makes him nauseous, and how he and his wife succeed at raising four boys!  Thanks for being on the show, Nick!   
42:55
December 02, 2020
The Thanksgiving Speedo!
The Thanksgiving Speedo!
In this episode of Grace of Giving, our guest makes a special announcement!  We welcome Academic Advancement Director for the Keough School of Global Affairs, Jay McAllister to the show!  We learn about the importance of a strong dean/AAD relationship, what having strong women around you can do, and get a brief lesson in the beautiful cityscape known as Pittsburgh.  Thanks for joining us Jay!  
44:00
November 18, 2020
Thank you, Jessica Reasons! THANK YOU!!!
Thank you, Jessica Reasons! THANK YOU!!!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Director of Donor Communication, Recognition & Stewardship, Jessica Reasons to the show!  In this episode we take a deep dive into the mind of the donor as it relates to stewardship, how a simple "no" can sometimes be the best answer, and tips on how to be your best self with fashion.  Thanks Jessica!
59:40
November 04, 2020
The Third Wednesday in October with Katy Orenchuk
The Third Wednesday in October with Katy Orenchuk
What fun we had on the Grace of Giving with Academic Advancement Director for the Arts & Architecture, Katy Orenchuk!  On this episode we learn about why the arts culture at Notre Dame is so important, not only to the ND community, but the Michiana community as well.  We also discuss setting off alarms at museums, and why smoky scotches are simply the best!  Thanks Katy!  
34:28
October 21, 2020
Student, Athlete, Development Employee: Bob Morton, Triple Threat!
Student, Athlete, Development Employee: Bob Morton, Triple Threat!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Regional Director of the East Coast region, Bob Morton!  In this episode we discuss enduring faith, the benefits of diversity, and most importantly, pancakes- and not necessarily the kind you eat!  Thanks Bob!  
37:18
October 07, 2020
Like Tashana....If I could be like Tashana!
Like Tashana....If I could be like Tashana!
The Grace of Giving welcomes Development Coordinator Tashana Kenny to the show!  We loved Tashana's holistic approach to healing and well-being in this episode.  She talks about the importance of "just breathing and just being" in the context of mental health.  If you are a fan of aromatherapy, creating space, and top-notch productivity, you won't want to miss this episode.  Thanks for sharing your gifts with us Tashana!  
32:16
September 23, 2020
"I'll make it brief. It all started in 1998..."
"I'll make it brief. It all started in 1998..."
The Grace of Giving welcomes our first married couple to the show- Jennifer and Gavin McGuire!  In between laughing hysterically, we discuss the intricacies of working from home AND tending to the kids, Gavin's million-dollar lexicon, and how to spice up your Zoom game during meetings.  Thanks for being on the show Jennifer and Gavin!    
01:11:53
September 09, 2020
One benefit of Covid-19...Home Improvement!
One benefit of Covid-19...Home Improvement!
Grace and James welcome Senior Director of the Illinois Region, Jesse Meyer, to the show.  In this episode we learn about the trials and tribulations of the shortest (at 6'2) Meyer son, from bookstore basketball injuries (ouch!) to the importance of separating the work day from personal and family time.  Thanks for your leadership, Jesse! 
32:09
August 26, 2020
Meet the coolest member of the 5am Club...Brian "Eggs" Benedict!!!
Meet the coolest member of the 5am Club...Brian "Eggs" Benedict!!!
Grace and James have a wonderful conversation with Program Director for Athletics Advancement, Brian Benedict.   In this episode we discuss Brian's workout motivation, why summers at ND were better than summers in the Catskills (huh?), and how to consistently wake up at 5am every morning!  Thanks for hanging out with us, Brian!   
35:29
August 12, 2020
Mission: Anchorage, or Juneau...or Anaktuvuk Pass!
Mission: Anchorage, or Juneau...or Anaktuvuk Pass!
Today the Grace of Giving welcomes colleague Marilyn Bassett to the show!  We discuss Marilyn's life before Notre Dame, what she's noticing lately on Zoom meetings, and how having a meeting in the far Northwest could help her accomplish a major milestone.  You're a Rockstar, Marilyn!
38:25
July 22, 2020
Faith, Hope, Love...Molnar!
Faith, Hope, Love...Molnar!
Grace and James spend a wonderful afternoon with Regional Director of the East Coast Region, Tom Molnar.  In this episode, we take a deep dive into why Notre Dame matters to Tom, as he shares his deep faith, love of South Bend, and special advice he's received from fellow colleagues that keeps him hungry and humble.  Enjoy!
37:05
July 07, 2020
Greetings from Scott Graham!
Greetings from Scott Graham!
Grace and James spend an afternoon with Special Events Director Scott Graham as he discusses the ever-popular move from Colorado Springs to Middlebury, fighting the refrigerator during COVID, and how Notre Dame has supported him in his time of need.  Thanks Scott!!!
26:36
June 17, 2020
Answering the call for your dream job.
Answering the call for your dream job.
Grace and James make a return to department leadership and sit down with Senior Director of Athletics Advancement, Sara Liebscher, as she makes her transition to Associate Vice President of Development, Executive Director of Individual and Family Giving.  Sara shares with us stories of her childhood, how fun it is to live in St. Joe, MI, and why working at Notre Dame has been a dream job for her.  Thanks Sara!
37:05
May 27, 2020
Jameson & Jeannie's: A Notre Dame Football Weekend Tradition.
Jameson & Jeannie's: A Notre Dame Football Weekend Tradition.
Grace and James spend an afternoon with Regional Director of the Southwest Region, Jennifer Witucki to discuss a life-changing airplane conversation, and how a challenge at birth has helped strengthen her faith.  You won't want to miss this one!  
39:19
May 13, 2020
How a first date led to changing the world!
How a first date led to changing the world!
Grace and James welcome Development Coordinator Alison Dixon to the show.  Alison shares with us her life's journey of growing up in Idaho, to living in a tiny house, to being a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor in the Middle East.  Yeah, all of that!  
41:01
April 29, 2020
Faith, Reason and Reilly
Faith, Reason and Reilly
James and Grace sit down with Regional Director of the Central Region, Tara Reilly, to discuss how her family's lineage is closely tied to Notre Dame, and how her spirituality keeps her grounded and centered.  
35:13
April 15, 2020
Patience is a Leprechaun named Mike
Patience is a Leprechaun named Mike
In this GoG episode, we sit down with Director of the South Region for Athletics Advancement, Mike Brown, to discuss his illustrious talents in coding, lessons learned in listening to his pastor, and how he tackled a beaver named Benny!
01:02:27
March 31, 2020
An Uncommon Route to Tacos
An Uncommon Route to Tacos
What do Grayslake, IL and Nairobi, Kenya have in common?  Her name is Katie Kerby!
30:39
March 18, 2020
Bill Kempf and The Defense Against the Dark Arts!
Bill Kempf and The Defense Against the Dark Arts!
Today's guest is a rare breed, as he is one of approximately only 200,000 in the United States.  We sit down with leapling Bill Kempf as he describes how he channels Harry Potter in his relationship-building with donors.  Happy Birthday Bill!
32:35
March 04, 2020
Answer there...This guest discusses ski lodges, hot cocoa and screening calls. Who is Ernestine Gardner?
Answer there...This guest discusses ski lodges, hot cocoa and screening calls. Who is Ernestine Gardner?
Grace and James welcome Ernestine Gardner to the show to discuss her hobbies, and why she chose not to watch the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.  
17:27
February 19, 2020
Upscale, baby-friendly restaurants are the Next Big Thing!
Upscale, baby-friendly restaurants are the Next Big Thing!
James and Grace introduce their first call-in guest to the show to discuss knee scopes, the African diaspora, and how paying attention to the details when working with benefactors is the key to success.   
27:27
February 12, 2020
An interview with Applications Developer Jay Rizzi. How 'bout that!
An interview with Applications Developer Jay Rizzi. How 'bout that!
Grace and James get cozy with Jay Rizzi to learn all about growing up an SEC fan, what makes him productive, and why a piece of rubber flying at him at 60mph is motivating!  All this from his cubicle!    
27:06
January 15, 2020
A chat with Heather Christophersen, and why you should always listen to Grandma!
A chat with Heather Christophersen, and why you should always listen to Grandma!
The Grace of Giving Podcast welcomes AVP, Heather Christophersen!  We sit down with Heather to discuss being a woman in Engineering, shot glasses, and why listening to grandma's advice could be Golden.   
21:07
December 18, 2019
On kids, veganism and Making a Wish- A chat with VP of University Relations, Lou Nanni
On kids, veganism and Making a Wish- A chat with VP of University Relations, Lou Nanni
Ever wonder what the VP of University Relations at Notre Dame does on a daily basis?  Well tune in to this very first episode of the Grace of Giving Podcast to find out!
31:01
December 10, 2019