Resources

Office of Development and Alumni Relations Staff


Karen Johnson, University RelationsKaren D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Vice President, University Relations
Downers Grove, IL, and Glendale, AZ
630/515-7184

Since 1994, Karen Johnson has been directing the external relations efforts of Midwestern University at both its Downers Grove, IL, and Glendale, AZ, campuses. As Vice President of University Relations, she oversees the offices of admissions, development and alumni relations, and marketing and communications for the University’s graduate and professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and the health sciences. Dr. Johnson has overseen the initial creation and continued development of the university’s web site, which has won an Addy Award for Best of Category and a bronze medal from the Admissions Marketing Report. The University has also won multiple honors from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Excellence in Communications Awards Program; two Aurora Awards; a MarCom Award; and The Communicator Crystal Award.

Staci GlassStaci A. Glass
Director of Institutional Advancement
Glendale, AZ, and Downers Grove, IL
623/572-3286

Staci oversees all operations of Midwestern University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations for both campuses including corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, major and planned gifts, donor stewardship, and alumni engagement.  As Director of Institutional Advancement, she also works with the MWU Alumni Senate and other alumni leadership.  

Robyn Bailes
Senior Administrative Assistant | Glendale, AZ
623/572-3784

Robyn provides administrative support to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on the Glendale campus.  She works closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement and the Manager of Alumni Relations on special events, meetings, corporate sponsorships and programs, and campaigns.  Her responsibilities include mailings, acknowledgments, correspondence, and all necessary administrative assistance.  Robyn maintains the Glendale database, processes purchase orders, initiates check requests, and takes care of the departmental deposits and credit card.

Kimberly A. Hastings
Manager of Alumni Relations | Glendale, AZ
623/572-3780

Kimberly manages all alumni engagement efforts for Midwestern University's Glendale campus in an effort to create meaningful connections that encourage a lifelong relationship between Midwestern University and the alumni community.  She organizes alumni events, programs and activities and oversees e-communications and alumni web pages for the Glendale campus. Kimberly also coordinates alumni outreach programs, including the College of Pharmacy-Glendale Alumni Council, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Council and the Midwestern University Alumni Network.

Nilam Patel
Manager of Development | Glendale, AZ
623/572-3789

Nilam supports the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Glendale campus in accomplishing fundraising objectives that include securing sponsorships for key events, researching new donors, foundations, and corporate partnerships, donor stewardship, and grant-writing.  Nilam also collaborates with the Manager of Alumni Relations to promote alumni engagement and fundraising efforts for student scholarships.


Jessica L. Progar
Development Data Administrator  | Downers Grove,  IL
630/515-7657

Jessica works closely with the development and alumni relations team to help identify key potential donors and execute various mailings for campaigns.  She is responsible for effectively and accurately managing donor and alumni data within the database system; administering a timely gift acknowledgement system and creating and maintaining reports to support the department.  

Gretchen Schwartz, M.A.
Manager of Development | Downers Grove, IL
630/515-7323

Gretchen supports the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Downers Grove campus in accomplishing fundraising objectives that include securing sponsorships for key events, identifying and cultivating new donors, foundations, and corporate partnerships, donor stewardship, and grant-writing.  Gretchen also collaborates with the Manager of Alumni Relations to promote alumni engagement and fundraising efforts for student scholarships.

Alex D. VerVynck
Manager of Alumni Relations | Downers Grove, IL
630/515-7314

Alex manages all alumni engagement efforts for Midwestern University's Downers Grove campus in an effort to create meaningful connections that encourage a lifelong relationship between Midwestern University and the alumni community. Alex organizes national and local alumni events and oversees alumni publications, e-communications, and alumni web pages. He works closely with the individual colleges to enhance and strengthen existing and emerging engagement opportunities. Alex also coordinates alumni outreach programs for the Midwestern University Alumni Network and works closely with the Midwestern University Alumni Senate along with various alumni boards and councils.