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Meet The Advancement Staff

The University Advancement staff is dedicated to reaching out to alumni, donors and the public community to advance Saint Xavier University's mission and core values.

Maribel Acevedo
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3313
Email: acevedo@sxu.edu

Maribel Acevedo
Assistant Director/Post-Award Manager of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations

Maribel Acevedo is responsible for managing the post-award component of the University's grants program by identifying grant management needs and addressing grant management issues. She works closely with principal investigators and a range of internal departments to ensure that all grants are administered effectively, efficiently and in full compliance with University and grantor policies and procedures. Acevedo has been at SXU for eight years and hopes to work more closely with SXU's grant program investigators through workshops and trainings to enhance their knowledge of grantor agency and federal compliance requirements.

John Bass
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3449
Email: bass@sxu.edu

John Bass
Associate Vice President for University Advancement

John Bass is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the University's comprehensive Advancement program, including: donor development and fundraising, prospect/donor communications and alumni relations. He works closely with the University Advancement Committee of the Board and serves as an advisor to the president on matters affecting the institution. As an ongoing process, Bass wants to provide alumni, friends and supporters of SXU with the best possible meaningful and memorable experience in their engagement and relationship with the University. In addition, he strives to provide the highest level of service that exemplifies the core values of SXU's Mercy mission.

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Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3320
Email: boudos@sxu.edu

Jeannette Boudos
Executive Director of Special Events

Wendy Doherty
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3940
Email: doherty@sxu.edu

Wendy Doherty
Executive Assistant for University Advancement

Wendy Doherty has worked in a variety of roles throughout her 26 years at SXU. In her current role, she provides primary secretarial and executive administrative support to the associate vice president, the director for annual giving and the major gift officer. She coordinates administrative activities for University Advancement, such as: operational budgets, credit card charges, liaison to the Office of the President and maintains donor records in Raiser's Edge. She continues to maintain her goal of keeping the University Advancement office running smoothly at all times, while providing assistance to the entire staff when needed.

Anthony Denovellis
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3317
Email: denovellis@sxu.edu

Anthony Denovellis
Major Gift Officer

Anthony Denovellis is the most recent addition to the University Advancement team and started January 2017. In his role, Denovellis will collaborate with the University Advancement staff, University administration, faculty and volunteers for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts from potential donors. In the coming year, he will focus on soliciting gifts of $10,000 and higher from alumni and non-alumni supporters of the University.

Jean Gainer
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3316
Email: gainer@sxu.edu

Jean Gainer
Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

Jean Gainer provides leadership to strengthen the University's relationship with alumni and friends of SXU through activities, programs and events that reflect the mission, vision, goals and objectives established in the University's strategic plan. She oversees the planning and execution of alumni activities in targeted regions across the state, region and nation to enhance alumni engagement and cultivate connections. Over the next year, Gainer will work to increase alumni participation at events by tailoring events to meet the interests of specific demographics. She has been a part of the University Advancement team for 10 years.

Julie Grisolano
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3253
Email: grisolano@sxu.edu

Julie Grisolano
Director of Prospect Research and Gift Planning

Julie Grisolano identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards "deferred gift" prospects and donors; primarily, those donors who are interested in estate planning options. On the research side of her role, she provides donor research for SXU staff and faculty in order to help facilitate their successful fundraising efforts. She has been at the University since October 2014. In the coming year, she hopes to show the enormous impact that SXU faculty and graduates have had in their respective fields and in the community, so that potential donors will be motivated to leave a legacy gift to the University.

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Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3311
Email: kenyeri@sxu.edu

Jennifer Kenyeri
Director of Special Events

Erin Mueller
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3319
Email: emueller@sxu.edu

Erin Mueller
Executive Director of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations

Erin Mueller oversees pre-award proposal development and submission; award acceptance and contract negotiation; and post-award management and compliance (non-financial), including monitoring of performance reporting. She joined the SXU community in November 2016 and brings 14 years of experience to the University Advancement team. Her goals in the coming year are to apply her experience and knowledge of corporate, government and foundation fundraising to best suit Saint Xavier's strategic plan. She hopes to continue to work with faculty and leadership to cultivate new funding opportunities.

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Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3325
Email: kellymurphy@sxu.edu

Kelly Murphy
Manager of Media Relations

Kelly Murphy performs content strategy for SXU's online newsroom, SXNews, as well as the news-related sections of mySXU and the University calendar. She works in conjunction with the manager of digital strategy to ensure Saint Xavier is at the forefront of various social media trends and continuously building the University's social presence. Additionally, Murphy works closely with the media to get SXU into both local and national media outlets through press releases, media alerts and pitches. Finally, she secures freelance photographers to capture various events here on campus.

Sharon Panozzo
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3312
Email: spanozzo@sxu.edu

Sharon Panozzo
Gift and Record Processor

Sharon Panozzo is responsible for processing donations to the University and thanking the donors. She enters and maintains data in the development gift information system. This year, Sharon hopes to continue her hard work in assisting the University Advancement team, as she has done during her past 15 years of service to the University.

Anna Simons
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3322
Email: asimons@sxu.edu

Anna Simons
Executive Director of Advancement Services

Over the course of 13 years, Anna Simons has been a vital member to the University Advancement team. In her role, she plans, analizes, designs and implements all necessary and/or required reports relative to all University fundraising activities and constituent data management. In coordination with the associate vice president of advancement and the accounting department, she works to plan, develop and implement audit control procedures relative to gift acceptance, gift management, gift receipting and gift reporting regarding credit care, check and cash securities transfer transactions. In the upcoming year, Simons hopes to maintain data integrity and acquire more employment information on SXU's constituents. As always, she will continue to look for ways to improve systems, protocols and processes and to make the system work smarter, which makes University Advancement staff more successful in their fundraising.