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Gary Ballinger, GR '01

Director of Annual Giving

Phone Number: (812)514-8455



Gary currently serves as the Director of Annual Giving and previously served as the Associate Director of the ISU Alumni Association. His background includes numerous positions in higher education settings across the country, including the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico. Gary also served as executive director of a national fraternity. He grew up in the Wabash Valley and graduated form Paris High School in Paris, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Family Services and Social Work from Eastern Illinois University and his Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana State University in 2001. Gary looks forward to continuing to work with many alumni and friends that he has met in his previous role and encouraging more people to become involved in the life of ISU.


Marcie Bays

Communications Assistant

Phone Number: (812)514-8495



Marcie has worked at Indiana State since October 1987. In 2012, she began work with the Operations team as Operations Assistant. Her work in the Operations Office includes managing the front desk area of the Foundation. Marcie’s enthusiastic personality is apparent when you are greeted by her as you enter the Foundation. Prior to joining the Operations team, Marcie worked for the Alumni Association for several years. She is married to Tim (ISU Class of ’87) and has two children, Kyle (21) and Chelsea (18). Marcie enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and relaxing on any sandy beach.


Roberta (Bobbie) Donahue

Development Officer

Phone Number: (812)514-8459


  As a development officer, Bobbie works with donors as they plan gifts in support of Indiana State University.  Bobbie is dedicated to helping donors make meaningful gifts that reflect their beliefs and values and inspire others to support the growth and success of the University. Bobbie joined the Foundation in 2013 with more than 25 years of development experience. She has shared that expertise with colleagues while serving as adjunct faculty at the Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis. Bobbie received her BA from Marian College (now University) and her MBA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Geoffrey (Geoff) Giauque

Assistant Development Officer for Athletics

Phone Number: (812)514-8451


  Geoff joined the ISU Foundation in October 2013. He currently serves as an assistant development officer for the Sycamore Athletics Fund. He oversees the communication, stewardship, annual giving and priority points aspects of the Varsity Club and maintains and grows both campus and community relationships

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He served as a graduate assistant for the University o Oklahoma Athletic Department and Sooner Club as he earned his M.Ed. prior to his graduate studies, Geoff served as front office intern for the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders.

A native of Plano, Texas, Geoff is married to the former Caitlin Reynolds of McKinney, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, attending sporting events and reading leadership books.

John Heintz

Senior Vice President of Development

Phone Number: (812)514-8464


  John joined the ISU family in 2001 as one of the first directors of development for the colleges. He was hired to work with the College of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Performance. Currently, John is providing leadership and energy to Indiana State University's Federal Building project (future home of the Donald W. Scott College of Business). John has a BS degree from Ohio State University and has completed many master level courses at the University of Buffalo. He received his CFRE in 2007. John has spent his entire professional life raising money. He spent 25 years with the YMCA before coming to Indiana State eight years ago. He was the CEO of two independent YMCA's, branch Executive Director of two YMCA's, and Program Directors of two YMCA's throughout the Midwest. He also serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s Board of Directors and is a President. John believes he helps inspire individuals to become involved by connecting their many positive memories and discussing what their education has helped them accomplish. Further, he discusses with them the impact that they could have on the students and the University through their involvement.  

Kim Kunz
Director of Communications
Phone Number: (812)514-8486


  Kim joined the ISU Foundation in 2008.  She served as a communications coordinator as she earned her M.A. in communications.  Kim graduated from the University in 2010 and has since worked at the Foundation.  She is currently the Director of Communications and manages the Foundation’s communications, marketing and stewardship. She received her undergraduate degree in public relations and marketing from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska in 2008.

Ken Menefee
Development Officer
Phone Number: (812)514-8458


  Ken joined the Foundation in January 2014 and brings over 34 years experience in fundraising and fund development. During his career, Ken has focused on work with hospitals and health systems in Terre Haute and Fort Wayne, IN, Oak Ridge and Knoxville, TN, and Lakeland, FL. He received his CFRE in 2002 and his FAHP (Fellow, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy) designation in 2008. Ken has held local and international leadership roles with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Executives and the Planned Giving Council. Ken Earned his BS degree in Journalism and Humanities from East Tennessee State University.

Phil Ness

Associate Vice President of Advancement for Athletics

Phone Number: (812)514-8504


  As the associate vice president of advancement for athletics, Phil oversees athletic fundraising initiatives leading the Sycamore Athletic Foundation team. Phil is dedicated to inspiring alumni and friends to support the growth and success of the Indiana State University Athletic Department. Phil joined the Foundation in 2013 and is responsible for coordinating the fundraising strategy to enhance the intercollegiate experience for ISU student athletes, coaches, alumni, friends, and fans.  Phil is a 1978 graduate of Lafayette College where he was a three time all conference player in men’s basketball and member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His coaching career includes 24 years of experience and culminated with his being the career victory leader for Allegheny College.

Sarah Rose
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Phone Number: (812)514-8562


  Sarah joined the Foundation team in 2010. She has served as a student worker, phone room supervisor, and currently functions as the Call Center Coordinator. Sarah is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Alumni Call Center. She manages the student schedules, training, payroll, data upload, and CampusCall System. She is currently a senior and will be graduating in Spring of 2014, with a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education. Sarah's dream job is to teach High School Social Studies in a Special Education setting. She currently resides in Terre Haute with her two Siberian Huskies, Comrade and Izabella.

Catherine Saunders

Executive Vice President of Advancement

Phone Number: (812)514-8437


  As the executive vice president of advancement, Catherine oversees the Foundation’s advancement initiatives. Leading the team of advancement, alumni engagement and communications professionals, Catherine is dedicated to inspiring alumni and friends to support the growth and success of the University. Catherine joined the Foundation in 2008 as the director of development for the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services and has served as associate and interim vice president of development. As a graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, her experience in higher education includes development, alumni relations, academic affairs and student affairs.

Christian Shuck

Development Officer

Phone Number: (812)514-8475


  Christian joined the development team at the Foundation in January of 2013.  As a Development Officer, Christian is responsible for outreach to alumni and friends of Indiana State University who are passionate about furthering the opportunities available to students.  After graduating from Hope College in 2003 Christian began his professional career in sales and financial management.  His most recent experience includes non-profit and campaign management. 

Jeremiah Turner
Development Officer for Athletics
Phone Number: (812)514-8574


  As a development officer with the Sycamore Athletic Fund, Jeremiah is committed to inspiring donors, fans and friends of Sycamore Athletics in an effort to provide the support needed to further enhance the experience of our student-athletes and to continue the growth and success of the Indiana State University Athletic Department. His primary focus is on the development and implementation of fundraising strategies designed to increase philanthropic support for Sycamore Athletics. Prior to joining the ISU Foundation in 2014, Jeremiah managed the corporate sponsor program for Sycamore Athletics, and has also served the Terre Haute community through his work with the Tribune Star and NBC2-TV. Jeremiah's wife, Jennifer, is an ISU Alum, and they have two children: Jillian and Jensen.


Advancement Services 

Cary Burch,
Assistant Director of Information Services

Phone Number: (812)514-8581



Rhonda Miller

Lead Gift Specialist

Phone Number: (812)514-8516


  Rhonda joined the ISU Foundation as the Lead Gift Specialist in July 2008.  She processes Foundation gifts and pledges from donors. She came to Indiana State in March 2004 as an office assistant for athletic training services and the Department of Physical Education. Prior to her employment at ISU, Rhonda worked as an office clerk in the social work department at the University of Southern Indiana, and as a teaching assistant in the New Harmony Schools. She graduated from Ivy Tech State College with a certificate in administrative office technology. Rhonda inspires others to get involved at ISU by being an enthusiastic supporter herself!  She actively attends athletic games, concerts, and assists with various Foundation events for the University.

Jill Shutt, '87

Assistant Director of Research and Prospect Management

Phone Number: (812)514-8460


  Jill has been a member of the ISU Foundation team since 2005, when she was hired as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs. In 2007, she moved into the Research Associate position, in 2009 she became Assistant Director of Donor Development, and currently she is Assistant Director of Research and Prospect Management. Jill assists in managing the prospect research system - including the processes for searching, classifying, analyzing, maintaining and reporting prospect data - to support the overall fundraising efforts of the Foundation's development directors. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film from Indiana State University in 1987 and after graduating, pursued a career in music/theater/media in such places as New York, San Francisco, and Nashville. She sings locally from time to time at The Verve and Blues at the Crossroads and acts in a musical once in a while at the Community Theatre. Jill is the proud mother of two great kids, Will and Claire.

Suzanne (Suzi) Zurcher

Director of Database and Technology

Phone Number: (812)514-8545


  Suzi took a position with ISU in 1999 as the Assistant to the Annual Fund Director and worked in that position until 2002, when she was promoted to Development Records Specialist. In June 2007, her position changed to Assistant Director of Services and Records; and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Information Services. Suzi lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, and returned to her hometown in 1998. She has one son, Brandon, who attended ISU and graduated in 2009.


Alumni Association 


Hilary Duncan, '10

Assistant Director

Phone Number: (812)514-8453


  Hilary joined the Foundation team in 2010 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Indiana State University Alumni Association. In her role, she works to develop and maintain the communications and stewardship processes for the Alumni Association. Hilary is a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She enjoys getting to know alumni and hearing their stories and memories of their Indiana State experience.

Ben Kappes
Assistant Director

Phone Number: (812)514-8496


  Ben joined the Foundation team in October 2013 as the Assistant Director of the Alumni Association. In his position, he works directly with the Regional Alumni Associations to engage alumni in the life of the University. Ben also advises the Sycamore Ambassadors, the official student alumni group on campus. His work will increase awareness of the ISU Alumni Association among alumni and student communities. As a 2005 and 2007 alumnus, he is very passionate about Indiana State and enjoys meeting other alumni and hearing how ISU has impacted their lives. Ben's wife, Christy (Rentschler) Kappes is also a graduate of Indianan State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2004.

Rex Kendall, '88, GR '91


Phone Number: (812)514-8446


  Rex joined the Foundation in October 2012 as the Director of the Alumni Association. As Director, Rex is responsible for engaging alumni and friends in the life of Indiana State University. His previous work experience includes working in academic affairs, student affairs, Greek life and Housing/Residential Life in the higher education field. Most recently he worked in residential life at Indiana State. Rex earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana State and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in the Bayh College of Education. Rex is proud to be a Sycamore and looks forward to meeting new alumni and friends of the University and engaging them in the life of Indiana State.

John Newton, '70, GR '81

Emeritus Vice President

Phone Number: (812)514-8466


  John Newton serves as the Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Constituent Relations. His first memories of Indiana State date back to the ISTC Gym and watching Sycamore basketball greats Johnny Dow and Johnny Robbins lead fast breaks! A native of Terre Haute, he graduated from Wiley High School in 1965 and ISU in 1970 and 1980. John has been employed at ISU for more than 35 years. His work experience includes alumni affairs, public relations and development. He states he has worked with great mentors and has come to know literally thousands of ISU alumni, and has an overwhelming love and appreciation for our alma mater. His older daughter Anne is an ISU graduate with degrees in Political Science and Spanish and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. His younger daughter Katy attended ISU and is completing her degree in Indianapolis. His stepson Craig is a graduate of the ISU School of Business with both a BS and MBA. His brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, aunts, and uncles all attended ISU.

Elizabeth (Liz) Tuttle


Phone Number: (812)514-8492


  Although Elizabeth (Liz) Tuttle is retired, she still continues to serve the Alumni Association as a consultant and is primarily responsible for planning alumni travel. For the first twelve years, she served as the Associate Director of the Alumni Association. Before coming to ISU, Liz was the Director of Alumni Affairs at Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, where she received her degree in education. Liz and her family moved to Terre Haute from Madrid, Spain, where her husband served in the U.S. Air Force. Her family includes husband, Rick, and her two daughters, Christina and Betsy. She has four grandchildren; and all the family resides in Terre Haute. Christina is a graduate of Saint Mary's and Betsy has two degrees from Indiana State. Liz believes she inspires people to become involved in the life of ISU by providing good "customer service."




Nancy Daffer, '82

Assistant Director of Financial Services

Phone Number: (812)514-8507


  Nancy has been a part of the Foundation since May 1983, serving in a variety of roles during that time. As the Assistant Director of Financial Services, her primary responsibilities are to implement the financial policies of the Board of Directors, maintain the financial records of the Foundation accurately and appropriately, and to report from that information to a variety of constituencies. Nancy has a BS from Indiana State University and is married to V. Scott Daffer. They have two children, Ryan and Megan.

Colleen O'Brien
Director of Finance, CFO
Phone Number: (812)514-8493



President's Office  


Annette Caldwell

Executive Assistant

Phone Number: (812)514-8405


  Annette joined the staff of the ISU Foundation in 1988. As Senior Executive Assistant to the President, her responsibilities include managing the affairs of the President’s office and working with the Foundation Board of Directors' Executive Committee. Her daughter Miranda is a 2010 graduate of ISU and received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Annette supports the mission of the Foundation by providing exemplary customer service to donors, alumni and friends of the University.

Ron Carpenter, '77, GR '82


Phone Number: (812)514-8481


  Ron was appointed president of the Foundation in August 2012. He received his bachelor (’77) and master (’82) degrees in criminology from Indiana State University. While attending Indiana State, Ron played football and served as a team co-captain. Ron has been involved in the life of Indiana State since he graduated and has served the University in many volunteer leadership roles, including past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, past president and member of the Indiana State University Board of Trustees and a member of the Indiana State University Foundation Board of Directors. Ron has spent his career in the non-profit industry. Most recently, he served fifteen years as the President and CEO of the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis. He brings extensive experience in fundraising, including capital campaigns and non-profit management. As Ron begins his leadership role with the Foundation, he looks forward to fulfilling its mission of inspiring others and securing resources for the University’s growth and success. He is married to Julie who is a partner at Krieg DeVault Law Firm, and they have five children; Jacob ’08, Clare, Alex, Natalie and Nathan. 

Roland Shelton

Vice President of Constituent Relations

Phone Number: (812)514-8518


  Roland Shelton joined the ISU Foundation in 2010 as the Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations and General Manger of the Terre Haute Rex franchise and currently serves as the Vice President for Constituent Relations. In his position, Roland oversees comprehensive strategies for external relations and strategic partnerships with relevant nonprofit, government, business entities, local community members and organizations. His professional experience includes positions at General Motors, Philip Morris USA, Coca Cola USA, and Campbell Soup Company. His career in higher education began at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, as director of development for university athletics. He also served as the associate vice president for advancement at Park University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, MO. and serves on the board of Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Terre Haute Board for Public Works. Roland is married to Renee Shelton, and they have two children: Braxton and Bentley.

Kale Walker, '03, GR '11

Director of Human Resources

Phone Number: (812)514-8474


  Kale joined the ISU Foundation in 2008. His responsibilities include overseeing the Foundation’s human resource responsibilities. He holds two degrees from Indiana State University and is pursuing a master’s in human resources development. Kale’s passion for people is what brought him to the Foundation. His caring ways, and his passionate for day-to-day work, provides the basis for his team member development perspectives. Kale has one son, Kale III. Kale's goal is to serve as the Chief Inspiration Officer of the Foundation. 


Special Events  


Teddy Lenderman, '70

Associate Vice President of Special Events

Phone Number: (812)514-8547


  Teddy has been with the University/Foundation since 1976. She serves as the Associate Vice President of Special Events. During her tenure at ISU, she has held several roles from the library, to University School, to Legal Affairs. She works directly with the staff in the presidents of the University and Foundation offices, coordinating events for both. She has a bachelor’s degree from ISU in speech and English education.  Quite by accident, she fell into the event industry in 1985 and has never looked back. Teddy believes she inspires people to become involved with ISU by taking the time to meet the needs of individual guests at events. She takes great time and energy in selecting menus, designing rooms, seating charts, and décor to make every event an enjoyable experience for the guest. In doing so, she believes the guest can appreciate his/her time on campus even more. 

Amy Roman, '09, GR '11

Assistant Director of Special Events

Phone Number: (812)514-8402


  Amy has been with the Foundation since September 2007. She began working with Teddy Lenderman in special events while she was an undergraduate student at ISU. She has worked in different areas of the Foundation and now finds herself following her passion, working in the Office of Special Events which services all Foundation events and major University events. Amy is a 2009 and 2011 graduate of Indiana State, holding a BS in speech communication, public relations and a minor in marketing, and a MA in Communication.


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