Contact Us


Name / Title Phone Email
Laura Child
Associate Dean for Advancement
Paula Besson
Executive Director of Advancement


Major Gift Officers

Name / Title Region Phone Email
Caroline Backlund
Assistant Director of Advancement
New England & Cook County 217.265.0343
Dori Botts 
Director of Advancement
Southwestern US & Wisconsin  217.244.4218
Tim Cochrane
Director of Advancement
Mid Atlantic & Illinois I-80 Corridor 217.333.1149
Steve Hall
Director of Advancement
DuPage & Cook County 217.300.7830
Jonathan Hill
Director of Advancement
Ohio Valley, Southeastern US, Champaign & Cook County 217.265.6567
Todd Hollister
Director of Advancement
Southern California, Milwaukee to Lake County 217.333.5169
Ethan Scott
Associate Director of Advancement
Northeast & Florida 217.265.0786
Erin Smith Huynh
Director of Advancement
Louisiana Purchase, Southern Illinois 217.244.5202

Heather Vazquez
Senior Director of Advancement
Texas & Central California 217.333.2517
Kendra Wolf
Associate Director of Advancement
Pacific Northwest & Central Illinois 217.300.7297
Jana Zollinger
Director of Advancement
Northern California & Michigan 217.333.5221

Don't see your region listed? With over 90,000 alumni and friends, Grainger Engineering's advancement team supports relationships across the country. Contact Laura Child, Associate Dean for Advancement, with questions or to learn more about how you can have an impact on the college.

Constituent Engagement

Name / Title Phone Email
Megan Bainter
Assistant Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations
Jerilyn Hutson
Associate Director of Alumni & Donor Engagement
Korrine Kuhn
Office Support Specialist
Haruka Neiswender
Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations
Samantha Rupkey
Stewardship & Donor Relations Coordinator
Samantha Stokowski
Assistant Director of Advancement Data
Sydney Trover
Office Support Associate
Kate Worster
Associate Director of Marketing Communications


Corporate Relations

Name / Title Phone Email
Kent Studer
Senior Director of Corporate Relations
Melissa Belcher
Associate Director for Corporate Relations