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Meet the Staff

The Office of Alumni & Development staff serves Davenport University by serving you. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the opportunities for you to become more involved in the present and future of Davenport – its students and its success!

Contact Peg:

Peg Luy
Executive Vice President for Alumni & Development

Peg brings considerable professional experience to her role at Davenport University, including leadership of all aspects of a dynamic alumni & development program, during her tenure as Vice President for Alumni and Development at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin and has completed graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Extending her leadership beyond Millikin, Peg is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the National Council on Planned Giving and has served on the boards of numerous community and professional organizations. She is delighted to be a part of the West Michigan community and looks forward to meeting Davenport's many wonderful alumni and friends across Michigan, the nation and the world in the months ahead. She is inspired by Davenport University's Vision 2015 and is excited about working with all those persons associated with the Davenport community to develop the resources so that our students Get Where the World is Going!

Contact Louise:

Louise Kidd
Executive Director of Leadership Gifts and Donor Services 

Louise serves as Executive Director of Leadership Gifts and Donor Services. She brings to Davenport over thirty years of experience in administration and management and in these roles has raised significant contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. She served eight years as the executive director of a local community arts agency and nineteen years in higher education advancement work at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She was a founding director and president of a state arts advocacy agency in Illinois, founding member of the Decatur Choral Society and served on a number of community boards in central Illinois. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. Western Michigan is home now, and she looks forward to continuing her commitment to service to the Davenport and Grand Rapids area community.

Contact Michele:

Michele Davis
Executive Director of Grant Development 

Michele serves as Executive Director of Grant Development at Davenport University. She is responsible for identifying and pursuing grants from government, foundation, corporate and other non-profit entities. Prior to joining Davenport University, Michele spent more than five years as the Senior Grant Writer for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Kent State University. In addition, she spent nearly ten years in workforce development, fundraising and grant writing for a local non-profit agency as well as one year for a Fortune 500 company. While at Kent State, she co-chaired the Institutional Advancement Diversity Action Council and the University-wide 100 Commitments Diversity Initiative. Michele holds a bachelor's degree in English and Economics and has studied Cultural Anthropology. While at Davenport University, she will serve as the Alumni & Development Office representative for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.



Contact Jon:

Jon Hankins
Director of Major Gifts

Jon serves as the Director of Major Gifts. He brings over 19 years of business development and corporate fundraising experience from community-based and higher education non-profits, where he secured significant contributions from businesses, corporate foundations, and individuals. He spent 12 years working in workforce development with Trillium Employment Services in Seattle, Washington, six years in community development and corporate fundraising with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, and one and a half years of major gift fundraising at Aquinas College before joining the Foundation team at Davenport. He has held multiple leadership roles as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of West Seattle and now the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, where he will be the president in 2020. Jon graduated with a BA in Communications from Albion College.


Contact Alysa:

Alysa Hunton
Director of Prospect Research and Stewardship

Alysa is the Director of Prospect Research and Scholarship Stewardship.  She has worked in the field of fundraising development for many years in a variety of positions with a number of diverse nonprofits, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  She has a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Oakland University.  A former lifelong resident of the east side of the state, Alysa moved to West Michigan in 2017 when she began working at Davenport.  In her spare time, she enjoys world travel, cooking, volunteering, and exploring all the arts and culture that West Michigan offers. 

Contact Erik:

Erik Dane '07
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Events

Erik serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Events. He rejoins the Panthers after working with Grand Valley State University in the Conference and Event Planning Department. A Davenport alumni himself, Erik spent seven years with Davenport in various event planning capacities. With over 11 years of event planning experience, he strives for events that consistently exceed the specified goals and create lasting positive guest experiences. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management and graduated with his MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University in 2007. He looks forward to working with fellow Davenport alum throughout the state.


Contact Megan:


 Megan Sjolander
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Megan joined Davenport University as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Megan recently moved to Grand Rapids from the Metro Detroit area. Megan holds her bachelor’s degree in hospitality business from Michigan State University and has spent all of her professional career in fundraising. Before joining our team, Megan served as an Onsite Program Manager with Wilson Bennett Technology, where she consulted and developed Phonathon programs for colleges and universities across the country. Most recently, Megan worked for Michigan State University as the Assistant Director for Leadership Annual Giving for the College of Law, where she connected with MSU alumni and implemented the colleges Leadership Annual Giving program. In her free time, Megan enjoys cooking, camping, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Laura:


Laura Macka
Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and Development

Laura joined the Alumni and Development staff in 2014 in her role as the Manager of Data Systems & Gift Processing.  Before joining our team, Laura worked in education as a Middle School teacher and in Adult Education as well.  Most recently she also served as the Membership Manager at John Ball Zoo where she gained experience in maintaining donor records and data systems using Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge.

Contact Mary:

Mary Nelsen
Executive Administrative Assistant

Mary has been with Davenport University for almost 13 years, serving in the Alumni and Development Office for the past two years.  She has an Associate Degree in Business and has over 25 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant.  Mary's passion is traveling, meeting new people and seeing new places.  She and her husband, Rick, currently reside in Caledonia.







Contact Us:

6191 Kraft Avenue, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Phone: (616) 233-3417
Fax: (616) 233-3462