October 3, 2017
Recent personnel promotions and new hires at Kansas State University Foundation
The Kansas State University Foundation recently hired two new team members and promoted nine to boldly advance the K-State family.
Michelle Childs has been hired as the KSU Foundation's newest development coordinator for the College of Engineering. Most recently, she worked for the Kansas State University Office of International Programs following her graduation from Brigham Young University in political science. Childs also serves on the Flint Hills Human Rights Project board of directors and as a police advocate for the Women's Crisis Center.
Greg Gerke joined the KSU Foundation as an investment accounting specialist following two years professional experience in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A graduate of Winona State University, Minnesota, in accounting and business administration, and native of Tomah, Wisconsin, he is a licensed certified public accountant in Minnesota. Gerke moved to Manhattan with his family as his spouse accepted a community coordinator position at K-State's Ford Hall.
Nine staff members have been promoted in August. Cherie Berndt has been promoted to senior prospect research analyst; Melissa Deetjen is now senior development coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Emilie Fink is now the director of development for the College of Agriculture. Brenna Hall is now assistant director of accounting; Christie Horton now serves as assistant director of talent, culture and human resources; Connie Kipp is the foundation's senior development coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences; and Jennie Neville is now director of development for the College of Engineering. Tracy Robinson has been promoted to senior director of development for university programs and Tina Yang is now the applications manager for the foundation's information technology and infrastructure services.
Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the KSU Foundation. 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.