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Advancement Staff

The University Advancement staff is dedicated to reaching out to alumni, donors and the public community to advance Saint Xavier University's mission and core values.

Maribel Acevedo
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3313
Email: acevedo@sxu.edu

Maribel Acevedo
Assistant Director/Post-Award Manager of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations

Maribel Acevedo is responsible for managing the post-award component of the University's grants program by identifying grant management needs and addressing grant management issues. She works closely with principal investigators and a range of internal departments to ensure that all grants are administered effectively, efficiently and in full compliance with University and grantor policies and procedures. Acevedo has been at SXU for eight years and hopes to work more closely with SXU's grant program investigators through workshops and trainings to enhance their knowledge of grantor agency and federal compliance requirements.

Jean Gainer
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3316
Email: gainer@sxu.edu

Jean Gainer
Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

Jean Gainer provides leadership to strengthen the University's relationship with alumni and friends of SXU through activities, programs and events that reflect the mission, vision, goals and objectives established in the University's strategic plan. She oversees the planning and execution of alumni activities in targeted regions across the state, region and nation to enhance alumni engagement and cultivate connections. Over the next year, Gainer will work to increase alumni participation at events by tailoring events to meet the interests of specific demographics. She has been a part of the University Advancement team for 10 years.

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Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3317
Email: mkelly@sxu.edu

Marie Kelly
Executive Director of Annual and Special Giving

Marie Kelly is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the University's annual fund and leadership giving program. She also serves as a major gift officer providing one-on-one personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.

Erin Mueller
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3319
Email: emueller@sxu.edu

Erin Mueller
Executive Director of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations

Erin Mueller oversees pre-award proposal development and submission; award acceptance and contract negotiation; and post-award management and compliance (non-financial), including monitoring of performance reporting. She joined the SXU community in November 2016 and brings 14 years of experience to the University Advancement team. Her goals in the coming year are to apply her experience and knowledge of corporate, government and foundation fundraising to best suit Saint Xavier's strategic plan. She hopes to continue to work with faculty and leadership to cultivate new funding opportunities.

Anna Simons
Office: O'Grady Center
Phone: 773-298-3322
Email: asimons@sxu.edu

Anna Simons
Executive Director of Advancement Services

Over the course of 13 years, Anna Simons has been a vital member to the University Advancement team. In her role, she plans, analyzes, designs and implements all necessary and/or required reports relative to all University fundraising activities and constituent data management. In coordination with the associate vice president of advancement and the accounting department, she works to plan, develop and implement audit control procedures relative to gift acceptance, gift management, gift receipting and gift reporting regarding credit care, check and cash securities transfer transactions. In the upcoming year, Simons hopes to maintain data integrity and acquire more employment information on SXU's constituents. As always, she will continue to look for ways to improve systems, protocols and processes and to make the system work smarter, which makes University Advancement staff more successful in their fundraising.