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K-State Today

December 5, 2017



Promotions and new hires at KSU Foundation

By Allie Lousch

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The Kansas State University Foundation recently hired five new team members and promoted one.

Heidi Erickson has been hired as development coordinator for corporate and foundation relations. A graduate of North Dakota State University, she recently relocated to Manhattan and joined the KSU Foundation because she is inspired to work in higher education. Before her move to Kansas, Erickson worked with the Kilbourne Group, a Fargo, North Dakota, real estate company as office manager.

Evan Jones has been hired as gift officer to raise funds for universitywide programs. A graduate of Kansas State University with degrees in management and marketing, Jones has worked in sales and was encouraged by friends to explore opportunities with the KSU Foundation in support of K-State.

The foundation has hired Marissa Jones-Flaget, graduate of Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana, as gift processing coordinator. She most recently worked in finance and administration at an airport authority in Denver, Colorado.

Chris Kennedy, K-State graduate in management information systems, joined the KSU Foundation as an applications analyst. He most recently worked at Kansas State University with the department of housing and dining services as a web applications coordinator.

Katy Walradt joins the KSU Foundation as compliance services coordinator. As a military family member, she has lived in many places and returned to the Fort Riley and Manhattan area as it was the only place she and her family had lived that felt like home. Walradt's professional experience includes working on defense contracts, advertising and sponsorship sales.

Jennie Neville has been promoted from assistant director of development serving the College of Engineering to the director of foundation relations on behalf of the KSU Foundation.

As Kansas State University's strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit ksufoundation.org for more information.