• Come to Homecoming

    Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend - Reconnect with old classmates and faculty, chat with student teams, and cheer on Michigan to victory!

  • Michigan Engineering Creative Community Fund

    Michigan Engineering Creative Community Fund provides a targeted resource to support student programs and activities that inspire new ways of thinking. This includes the College’s nearly 100 student teams and organizations, opportunities for every undergraduate to have an international educational experience and outreach efforts such as helping high-school robotics teams at the Michigan Engineering Zone in Detroit. Together we can change the world!

  • Be a Victor

    The Victors for Michigan campaign will be transformational—for Michigan Engineering, but more important, for those touched by our work. It will enable us to redefine the student experience, to elevate our role as a catalyst of entrepreneurship and economic development, and to conduct breakthrough research to solve some of the world’s major challenges.

  • 2018 MCity Sunrise

    Sunrise at Mcity Test Facility on August 2, 2018 on North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. MCity is the world's first controlled environment designed for the testing of autonomous vehicles that communicate with each other.

Staff Directory

Office of Advancement
Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center
1221 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2102
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Principal Gifts and Administration
Fax: (734) 647-7045
Mike Drake
Interim Executive Director
Phone: (734) 647-7040 
Regional Development Programs
Fax: (734) 647-7045
Doug Dubin
Regional Director, 
Michigan and Ohio Regions
Phone:  (734) 763-2992
Assistant:  Colleen Pierce 
Amber Connell
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Phone:  (734) 764-8288
Email:  amconnel@umich.edu
Adrianne Miller
Regional Director, Southeastern States
Phone: (734) 647-7036
Assistant:  Lisa Richardson 
Amanda Nephew
Senior Research Development Assistant
Phone: (734) 647-7032
Bob Pierce 
Regional Director, Northeastern States 
Phone:  (734) 764-7581
Assistant:  Colleen Pierce 
Colleen Pierce 
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (734) 647-7040
Lisa Richardson
Executive Assistant
Phone: (734) 647-7049
Betsey VanOrnum
Advancement Manager, Administrative Operations and Annual Giving Program
Phone: (734) 764-1715
Email: betsey@umich.edu
Planned Giving, Leadership Gifts and Stewardship
Fax: (734) 647-7045
Melanie Zauel
Sr. Director, Planned Giving and Leadership Gifts
Phone: (734) 647-7093
Fax: (734) 647-7045
Email: mzauel@umich.edu
Assistant:  Betsey VanOrnum 
Julie Christofferson
Sr. Stewardship Officer
Phone: (734) 647-7033
Fax: (734) 647-7045
Hannah McKenley
Associate Stewardship Officer
Phone: (734) 936-0948
Email: hemcken@umich.edu
Gift Processing and Data Reporting
Fax: (734) 615-1359 
December Therrien
Sr. Business Systems Analyst and Gift Coordinator
Phone: (734) 647-7042
Email: dtherr@umich.edu
Kim Joffe
Business Systems Analyst
Phone: (734) 615-1591
Tiffanny Walsh
Gifts and Reporting Assistant
Phone: (734) 647-7043
Corporate, Government, Foundation and International Relations
Fax: (734) 647-7075
Mike Drake
Executive Director of Research
Phone: (734) 647-7044
Email: madrake@umich.edu
Assistant Director, Research Development
Phone: (734) 763-3644                 
Gregory Johnson
Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Phone: (734) 647-9056
Email: gregorjo@umich.edu
Theresa Lempka
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Phone: (734) 647-2945
Email:  tlempka@umich.edu

Christine Muchanic
Director, International Relations
Phone: (734) 647-1644
Email: muchanic@umich.edu
Joanne Navarre
Phone: (734) 647-1579
Email: mjnavarr@umich.edu
Richard Vanden Heuvel
Director, Research Development
Phone: (734) 647-7030
Email: hoovervh@umich.edu
 Send updates to Lisa Richardson at lisarich@umich.edu