Heath, d’04, g’09, a Hugoton native, works on behalf of 350,000 KU Alumni to strengthen the University of Kansas and connect Jayhawks worldwide. He oversees engagement initiatives with the Alumni Association’s 42,000 members; leads a 46-member staff; and manages the Alumni Association’s broad range of programs, benefits, services, and resources. He works closely with University and affiliate leadership on all campuses to strengthen and advance KU. He married a Jayhawk, Carrie Peterson DDS, and they have three children, Beau, Presley, and Claire.
Director of Donor Relations & Executive Assistant to the President
Heather, j’06, received her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from KU in 2006 and received a master’s in educational leadership and management in 2012. Heather helps with projects for the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and acts as a stewardship coordinator for donors. When she’s not working, her husband Jeff, son Mavrick, daughter Sienna, son Atticus and their two boxers keep her on her toes!
Alumni, Student and Career Programs & Hospitality
Vice President of Alumni, Student and Career Programs
Kristi, c’99, holds a degree in Communication Studies and joined the Association to oversee the new Jayhawk Career Network. She has worked for industry leaders including Cerner and Sprint, but also has worked in the non-profit, sports and hospitality industries since leaving KU in 1999. When she’s not cheering on the ‘Hawks, she spends her time cooking, traveling and hanging out with her husband, Paco, and daughters, Emery and Rhyse.
Assistant Director of Kansas City Programs
Kelsey, c’12, a native of Hoxie, joined the Association in 2012. As assistant director of Kansas City programs, she helps oversee programs and other efforts to engage alumni in these cities. Kelsey is an avid Jayhawk fan and in her spare time attends as many events as possible. When she is not cheering on her Jayhawks, she enjoys reading, running and cooking.
Director of the Jayhawk Career Network
Howard, g’08, PhD’19, joined the Association in 2020 to lead the Jayhawk Career Network. He has worked with KU students in numerous roles on campus, more recently as the associate director of academic programs in the Office of First-Year Experience. Howard previously worked for Kansas Athletics as associate director for academic and career counseling.
Assistant Vice President of Alumni & Network Programs
Nick, d’04 l’07, joined the Association in 2016 to develop alumni and network programs. He returns to KU after spending nine years in Texas in various sports and entertainment marketing positions. Nick has held volunteer leadership roles with the Dallas and Houston Jayhawk networks. In his spare time, Nick enjoys cooking, working out, spending time with family and friends, and rooting for the Jayhawks.
Senior Director of Programs & Hospitality
Michelle, b’01, was born and raised a KU fan. She enjoys traveling throughout the state and nationally to share her love of the University and connect with students and alumni. When she’s not spending time with her Jayhawk family, she is hanging out with her own family and friends.
Assistant Director of Student Programs
Megan received her bachelor’s degree in English from Northeastern State University in 2013 and her master’s degree in College Student Development from Oklahoma State University in 2015. Megan joined the Association in 2019 to assist with student programs including the Student Alumni Leadership Board and Homecoming. When not working with students, Megan can often be seen out enjoying running trails or supporting her husband, Brock, at KU Women’s Basketball games.
Director of Adams Alumni Center
Ben directs the organization’s facilities department overseeing the functioning of building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire/life safety, elevators and the facilities renovation projects. He also manages the maintenance of the building and grounds. In his spare time he likes to play golf and spend quality time with his lovely wife, Lindsey, son Zach, and two daughters Brookelynn and Charlee.
Assistant Director of Legacy & Alumni Programs
Danny, j’13, grew up in a military family and moved 14 times before he was 12 years old. When he was looking at colleges he was all over the place, but upon arriving at his official KU visit he fell in love with the tradition and sense of excellence that exuded from the campus and finally found his first true home. Danny graduated from KU with a degree in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. After graduation, he moved to Chicago for 3 years and worked in the advertising world before returning to Lawrence. In his spare time he enjoys collecting vintage sports apparel, eating bacon and getting Jayhawk-related tattoos.
Vice President of Business Development
A western Kansas native, Teri joined the Association in 2011 after spending 20 years in association management in the golf industry, where she focused on marketing, member/donor relations, corporate sales and fundraising. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Emporia State University and has lived in Lawrence since 1987. Teri has one son, Kendall, who graduated from KU with a degree in sport management. She enjoys entertaining family and friends, watching KU sports and working out at the local gym.
Assistant Director of Business Development
Crysta, c’17 graduated from KU with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minor in Business. Choosing to attend KU was an easy decision, as Crysta is a third-generation Jayhawk and native of Mission, Kansas. Some of her favorite memories growing up were coming to Lawrence with her parents and brother for KU football and basketball games. Before joining the Business Development team, Crysta was an intern for KUAA for almost 2 years which has prepared her to tackle any project that lies ahead. In her free time, Crysta enjoys watching KU sports, KC sports, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer Jackson Sanner
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Editor of Kansas Alumni magazine
Jennifer, j’81, joined the Association staff in 1984 as staff writer and stumbled into a career. She and her husband, Bob, b’80, have three children: Rachel and Jackson, both proud KU business graduates, and Claire, a KU nursing student.
Assistant Editor, Kansas Alumni magazine
Heather graduated from Kansas State University in 1999 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, but shifted her career path after discovering her love for journalism. She enjoys running, rooting for the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals, and spending time with her partner, Dave, and their two rescue dogs, Spencer and Cappy.
Associate Editor, Kansas Alumni magazine
Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. He has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, Field & Stream and other publications. He enjoys cycling and hunting (not at the same time) and spending time with his wife, Mary, and their three young children.
Associate Editor, Kansas Alumni magazine
Lazz, j’86, began his journalism career as a newspaper sportswriter in South Florida, and joined Kansas Alumni magazine after returning to his hometown to be close to family. He enjoys reading, photography, travel and long hikes with the world’s greatest dog, Parker.
Susan, f’91, is the Creative Director for the Association. She oversees publications including Kansas Alumni magazine. She also assists with branding and decor for special events. Susan has also served as president of UCDA, a national design organization. Both of her sons attended KU, and when she can pull herself away from work, she spends time in her glass studio or with her husband, Jerry, e’86, g’92.
Digital Media & Strategic Communications
Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications & Digital Media
David, j’94, g’06, joined the Association in 2007 after establishing KU’s visual identity system as the university’s first director of marketing. He has taught classes in the KU School of Journalism and in KU’s minor in Leadership Studies, and he is a past president of K Club. When the former KU cross country All-American isn’t out running, he usually can be found cheering on the Jayhawks with his wife, Sara, d’96, their daughters, Sydney and Sophia, and their son, Austin. Connect with David on Linkedin and KU Mentoring.
Digital Media Coordinator
Ryan, j’17, walked down the hill with a journalism degree in Strategic Communications and walked back up to join the Association that summer. Ryan tells the stories of students, alumni, and the University on kualumni.org. A proud Wichita native, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family (two Husker parents and four Jayhawk boys), cheering on the Jayhawks, and exploring the outdoors.
Director of Digital Media
Debbi, c’98, joined the Association in 2010 and helps manage all things digital. She and her husband, former KU basketball player David Johanning, f’94, have a son, Cooper, and two yellow labs, Lucy and Buddy Blue. Debbi is a Wellington native and enjoys reading, live music and spending time with friends. She also serves on the board of directors for the Social Media Club of Lawrence.
Assistant Director of Digital Media
Kara, j’10, graduated from KU with a journalism degree in Strategic Communications and joined the Association in 2014 to assist with email marketing and other digital media efforts. Aside from cheering all things Jayhawk with her family, Kara enjoys painting, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Cesar, c’12, and their two future Jayhawks, Adrian and Cesar.
Photographer & Videographer
Dan graduated from Colorado State University and joined the Association in 2013 after spending seven years with Kansas Athletics. He provides quality images, both moving and still, that showcase the Association’s many events. Outside the office, Dan enjoys travel, Jayhawk athletics events and outdoor activities. Dan and his wife Angie, b’04, g’07, have three daughters, Olivia, Eleanor and Ruby Cate.
Donor & Member Relations
Senior Vice President of Donor & Member Relations
Angie, b’04, g’07, oversees the development efforts of the KU Alumni Association. A native of the south-central Kansas town of Sawyer, Angie has spent her career working on KU’s campus. She has previously held roles with Kansas Athletics and KU Endowment in addition to her current role with the Association. She and her husband, Dan, are busy raising three little future Jayhawks: Olivia, Eleanor and Ruby Cate.
Director of Donor Relations & Wichita Programs
Danielle Hoover, c’07, was born into a family of KU fans and raised in the Wichita area. Her passion for the Jayhawks started at an early age, and after earning a degree in communication studies, she returned to Wichita where she lives with her husband, Darrick; their son, Hudson, daughters, Harlow and Hazel; and their three dogs. One of her favorite memories is being present when KU won the 2008 National Championship.
Director of Donor Relations
Megan, d’04, g’09, received degrees in sport management and sport studies from KU. A Great Bend native, she started her career with KU Athletics as an intern, and started a full-time position just after graduation. In her role there, she moved from Administration to the Williams Education Fund, where she oversaw donor travel, events, hospitality and served as an account representative. Megan enjoys traveling, concerts, sporting events, Kansas storms and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Donor Relations & Executive Assistant to the President
Heather, j’06, received her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from KU in 2006 and received a master’s in educational leadership and management in 2012. Heather helps with projects for the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and acts as a stewardship coordinator for donors. She is also in charge of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion celebration and helps the president whenever needed! When she’s not working, her husband Jeff, son Mavrick, daughter Sienna, son Atticus and their two boxers keep her on her toes!
Director of Membership
Merideth, d’16, joined the Association in 2019 after working as an athletics operations and events coordinator for Old Dominion University. The 2016 KU graduate in sports management is excited to return to Lawrence and serve her alma mater.
Keon, c’15, serves as the KU Alumni Association’s development officer with KU Endowment. Previously, he helped lead programming and engagement for the KU Student Alumni Network, and he also represented the KU Office of Admissions helping to recruit first generation and underrepresented students to campus. Keon served as a two-time team captain for KU Football and was featured on Big 12’s Champions for Life series. When Keon isn’t spending time with his beautiful family, he can be found manning the BBQ pit.
Finance & Human Resources
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
When not counting beans or squeezing blood from turnips, Dwight enjoys spending time with his wife, the incomparable Lisa, and daughter, Camille.
Cindi, a lifelong Jayhawk fan, joined the Association accounting department in 2020. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and KU football. Cindi and her husband Dennis have two sons, Nick and Carter.
Jodi, a Nebraska native, joined the Association in July 2008. She assists with the monthly financial statement preparation, annual budget, yearly audit, as well as helping with many of the Association’s events. Jodi’s spare time centers around her family, daughters, Madeline and Macy, and husband, Brad. Jodi also loves to run, shop, read, travel and spend time with friends.
Vice President for Records
Stefanie joined the Association’s records department in 1989. Her time away from work is spent with her husband and three sons attending numerous sporting events. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, working out at the local gym and reading a good book.
Associate Records Specialist
Mitzi received her bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in 1997 in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. Mitzi and her husband, Jeff b’89, have two sons, Christian and Joshua.
Data Analyst & Programmer
Brian, c’98, and wife Ronda, are both natives of Parsons and have four grown children and five grandchildren. Brian comes to the Association after a seventeen year computer programming career at KU Endowment. When not programming or working on data requests, he loves playing with the grandkids, working in the yard, and hiking around the Colorado mountains.
Senior Records Specialist & License Plate Administrator
Julie joined the Association staff in 2003. She is an avid pet lover and loves going on walks and going to car shows. A big fan, she loves cheering the KU basketball team.
Senior Records Specialist
Linda,’85, has worked for the Association’s records department since 1996. In her spare time, she loves to exercise and travel. Her favorite destination includes the Cape Cod area.