Educating a diverse population in the liberal arts

For personal, professional and global responsibility

In the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame

Select Page

The Notre Dame College Office of Advancement supports the mission and sustainability of the College by connecting with community partners to grow revenue, reputation and reach. The team features some new, and a few familiar, faces now, including an alumna.

Culeen Carey, vice president for advancement, joined Notre Dame on March 16, 2020, with experience in major gift, endowment, capital and foundation campaigns, raising more than $18 million in cash and future gifts during her 12 years with the Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council. She has worked in strategic fund development and stakeholder relations in nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and area commercial real estate companies. She volunteers for the Boy Scouts on various service projects, is a member of the H2O Advisory Council Board and a Eucharistic minister with the Homebound Eucharistic Ministry at St. Luke The Evangelist Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio.

Ann Coakley serves as senior donor relations officer at Notre Dame, where she has worked since 2016. She started her career in advancement as a volunteer raising critical research investment funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Since then, she has served on the boards of Boys Hope Girls Hope NEO, The Achievement Centers for Children, The American Cancer Society and the Central School of Nursing. She also has been a member of the development staff of HealthSpace Cleveland, Flashes of Hope and Boys Hope Girls Hope Northeastern Ohio, where she was interim director of two years.

Bill Leamon, now the outreach director for College advancement, has spent the last 10 years at Notre Dame in a variety of roles including as a business faculty member and program director. Most recently, he managed the College’s internship program. He is a fellow at the Sisters of Charity of Cleveland Foundation, where he developed an innovative social enterprise designed to prepare low-income, first-generation college students from the Cleveland area for college and career success. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he served as the managing director of The Business of Good Foundation and spent 15 years working in senior-level leadership roles at large private sector companies, like Black & Decker, The Stanley Works and Akzo Nobel.

Nakeysha Hamilton ’07 started this summer at her alma mater as director of alumni relations and annual giving. She is the owner, operator and chief strategist of Hamilton Strategy Co., a marketing agency focused on customer experience and operational efficiency. She has worked as a consultant in consumer marketing and business operations, managing projects and philanthropic efforts for the Verizon Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration, marketing, from Notre Dame in 2007. She serves as a Your Voice Matters ambassador and Women’s Makers Conference Women in Wireless mentor.

Nadya Jacoby, associate director for advancement, has worked with the Notre Dame advancement team for three years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and manages the alumni and donor database, donor stewardship, related finances and programs for the department. She began her tenure at Notre Dame as the office manager at the Counseling Center and was instrumental in securing several sizable grants for this office focusing on suicide prevention and wellness. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she had extensive experience in banking, manufacturing and public accounting. She is a registered and active participant with her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop and has served as treasurer for a cultural arts association in the greater Cleveland area.

September 2020


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact