Dr. Ilene Sheffer has been Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and University Advancement at IU South Bend since 2003. She previously was Vice President for Community Services and Development at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan from 1991-2003. Prior to that role, Dr. Sheffer was Dean of Admissions.
Her early career consisted of eight years of K-12 classroom teaching in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dr. Sheffer was a secondary school principal in Dowagiac, Michigan as well as the community school director for both the Berrien Springs (Michigan) and Dowagiac Public Schools. She has a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her undergraduate degree is from Hunter College in New York City and a master’s degree from Western Michigan. She serves on the boards of the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra and Stanley Clark School. Previously, she has served on the boards of the YWCA of St. Joseph County, Chemical Bank, Lee Memorial Hospital, Cass County Hospice, Edwardsburg Public Schools and the Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Sheffer has given dozens of talks at the national, regional, and local levels on the art of fundraising.
Dina Harris is the Director of Development at Indiana University South Bend and in her sixth year at IU South Bend. Ms. Harris is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has been in the area since 1979. She began working at IU South Bend on April 23, 2007 as Director of Foundation Relations. She currently serves on the advisory committees for both the Center for Sustainable Future and the Student Activities Center. Ms. Harris also serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Elkhart County, Indiana.
Prior to coming to IU South Bend, Ms. Harris was Development Manager at Greencroft Retirement Communities, Goshen. She has been involved in non-profit work and fundraising for more than 26 years. Ms. Harris has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in education from Boston University. She taught in the Elkhart area, and also in Parma and Berea, both in Ohio. She is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Michiana Chapter, and currently serves on the AFP Board of Directors. She is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Michiana Chapter, and currently serves on the AFP Board of Directors, as secretary. She also serves on the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce board and on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Elkhart County.
Anne McGraw begins her sixth year at IU South Bend with an emphasis on major gifts. As the Major Gifts Manager, Ms. McGraw focuses her energies on fundraising for the Dental Education program, renovation projects for Recital Hall and the Upstage Theater, within the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, and a number of important campus scholarship funds. Ms. McGraw believes in the importance of strong relationships between IU South Bend and the business sector in north central Indiana.
A graduate of Indiana University, she enters her fourth year on the IU South Bend advancement team. Ms. McGraw supports the arts and various community organizations, including LOGAN, the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Foundation Board of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.
Lee Streby is the full-time Grants Writer for IU South Bend, working for both divisions of Public Affairs and University Advancement and Academic Affairs. He is responsible for researching potential government, corporate, and foundation sources, writing and preparing proposals for various academic and institutional projects and programs. Mr. Streby holds a Masters in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Columbus State University, and has over ten years professional experience in marketing, teaching, fundraising, and non-profit management and consulting. Mr. Streby currently serves on the boards for the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra and Ultreia, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts, education, and development of LangLab South Bend.
Pam Land has been the Executive Assistant for Dr. Ilene Sheffer since August of 2009. Pam holds a BFA in Electronic Media/Journalism from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State in Meteorology. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and began her career as television meteorologist working all around the Midwest including in South Bend, at WSBT and WNDU.
Because of her passion for weather, you may hear her tell great stories about the periods of storminess and sunshine that are a part of everyday life. Believe it, she will let you know when severe weather is around the corner! She is active supporter for area charities, St. Joe County Humane Society, Toys for Tots, Relay for Life and hosting local MDA telethons
Dr. Joan Downs is an enthusiastic supporter of IU South Bend. She has been teaching in the History Department since 2006 and is the assistant grants writer for the office of University Advancement. She received her Master's degree from UCLA and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is a classical archaeologist. In addtion to ther own research on Roman Africa and Late Antique fortifications, she has worked as an editor for scholars in Europe who publish in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Art and Archaeology and Medieval Studies. Professor Downs has lived abroad for extended periods in Greece, Tunisia, Germany and Poland. Historic Preservation is one of her passions and she helped found and run a local not-for-profit in South Bend that works to restore homes around downtown.
Sherri Mott is the Assistant to the Director of Development, Dina Harris. She holds a BS in Computer Science from IU South Bend. Sherri came from The Stanley Clark School where she was employed for 2 years as the Advancement Assistant. She was responsible for the entire gift process and data entry operation, from creating the mailing listings to entering the gifts and producing the acknowledgement letters and financial reports. A major accomplishment was cleaning up the Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge database and setting data entry standards.
Before that she was employed at South Bend Symphony Orchestra as the IT/Development Assistant for 6 years, where she maintained the Windows computers and server and oversaw the successful conversion of the Donor/Subscriber database, upgrade of computers systems, and phone system. Also was responsible for the creating mailing list for donor solicitation and subscription renewals and helped plan and implement all the fund raising activities.