Meet the Team

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
University of Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617

Administration

  1. Michelle Joyce, Ph.D.

    Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

    mjoyce@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-2786

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    Michelle Joyce, Ph.D.

    Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

    Michelle V. Joyce became Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in July 2021 after serving as Senior Director on the Foundations Relations team with a focus on science and engineering. In addition to special projects, Michelle serves Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biology, ECI, and Harper, among other campus units. Prior to joining development in July 2016, Michelle was the Associate Director of the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility in Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where she served as a Special Professional Faculty member for 12 years. Michelle earned her B.S. in chemistry from Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Duke University.

  2. Ernestine Gardner

    Regional Associate, Corporate and Foundation Relations

    egardne1@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-7874

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    Ernestine Gardner

    Regional Associate, Corporate and Foundation Relations

    Ernestine Gardner joined the Foundation Relations team in 2008 as an administrative assistant. In her current role as FR Regional Associate, she serves the administrative needs of the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, with a primary focus on data entry and analysis. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she worked in Admissions and Financial Aid at both Drew University and Boston University. She holds B.A. in English from BU, and still enjoys taking the occasional English or history course on campus whenever she can.

  3. Cathy Windeatt

    Administrative Assistant, Corporate and Foundation Relations

    cwindeat@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-6053

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    Cathy Windeatt

    Administrative Assistant, Corporate and Foundation Relations

    Administrative professional with over 30 years of progressive experience in corporate environment and 10 years experience in academic Corporate Relations environment.

Corporate Relations

  1. Joshua Tullis, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Corporate Relations

    College of Science, College of Engineering, Strategic Research Initiatives

    jtullis2@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-0407

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    Joshua Tullis, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Corporate Relations

    With a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Josh has a unique blend of experience having worked in both the pharmaceutical industry as well as real estate development.

  2. Steve Nekic, MBA

    Director of Corporate Relations

    Mendoza College of Business, the Law School, the IDEA Center

    snekic1@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-2698

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    Steve Nekic, MBA

    Director of Corporate Relations

    Steve has over 14 years of sales and account management experience. He holds a BBA and MBA from Notre Dame.

Foundation Relations

  1. Amanda Retartha, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Foundation Relations

    College of Arts and Letters, the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Snite Museum of Art, the Institute for Church Life, and the School of Architecture

    amichael@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-0311

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    Amanda Retartha, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Foundation Relations

    Amanda Retartha joined the Foundation Relations team in November 2016. She previously served Notre Dame’s Office of Special Events & Stewardship as the lead for the endowed professorship and library collection stewardship programs. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in English from New York University and an M.A. and B.A. in English from Notre Dame.

  2. Colleen Cross Quinn, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

    Center for Civic Innovation, Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, Robinson Community Learning Center

    ccross@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-8143

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    Colleen Cross Quinn, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

    Colleen Cross joined the Foundations Relations Team in December 2018.. She recently received her PhD in Peace Studies and Theology from Notre Dame and previously worked for Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, coordinating its immigration initiative. Colleen holds an M.T.S. in Systematic Theology from Notre Dame and a B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics from the University of Arizona.

  3. Suzanne DeGuilio, J.D.

    Director of Foundation Relations

    Keough School of Global Affairs, the Law School, Mendoza College of Business, the IDEA Center, Economics, Political science, Office of Military and Veterans

    sdeguili@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-8613

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    Suzanne DeGuilio, J.D.

    Director of Foundation Relations

    Suzanne DeGuilio joined the Foundation Relations team in August 2018.. She previously served Notre Dame’s Office of Development as the Associate Director for the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle. Suzanne holds a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.A. in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago.

  4. Thomas Scrace, Ph.D.

    Director of Foundation Relations

    College of Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

    tscrace@nd.edu
    P: 574-631-1050

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    Thomas Scrace, Ph.D.

    Director of Foundation Relations

    Tom Scrace joined the Foundation Relations team in August 2018.. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he worked as an Associate Editor in the books department at an academic publishing company. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, specializing in experimental condensed matter physics, and a B.S. in Physics from Notre Dame.