Meet the Development Staff

Our team supports the needs and priorities of the University through annual, major and planned giving programs. We function as a close-knit team, working together to build strong relationships that will ultimately benefit Mount Mercy's dedicated and hard-working students.

Development Officers

Duff Ridgeway Duff Ridgeway
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Warde 206
319-286-4406
dridgeway@mtmercy.edu
Serving higher education since 1996, Duff joined Mount Mercy in 2011 and leads the fundraising and alumni relations efforts for the university. He works with donors in Iowa, Texas, Florida, and Arizona and specializes in planned giving and leadership gifts. Duff received his BA from Wartburg College and his MA in Philanthropy at the University of Northern Iowa.
 
Danielle Rings 
Assistant Vice President for Development
Warde 207
319-286-4402
drings@mtmercy.edu

Danielle joined the Mount Mercy University Office of Development and Alumni Relations in August 2011. She spent her professional career in the pension and profit sharing world with lots of fundraising on a volunteer basis. As the Director of Development, Danielle helps secure philanthropic support for the university by overseeing all development and alumni activities within the department. Danielle also works with donors in Eastern Iowa and the Cedar Rapids area.

Lonna Drewelow

Lonna Drewelow
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
Warde 515
319-286-4408
drewelow@mtmercy.edu

Lonna earned a B.S. in business administration from Mount Mercy in 1986. She joined the alumni and development staff in 1988 and connects with alumni and friends of the university to build support for Mount Mercy. She travels in Iowa, Wisconsin, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
 

Annual Fund

Ryan Phillips Ryan Phillips
Associate Director for Annual Giving
Warde 204
319-286-4404
rphillips@mtmercy.edu

While working with the Alumni and Development crew throughout his tenure as a student Mount Mercy. Ryan joined the staff full-time in June 2011. Ryan is responsible for the phonathon, e-mail and direct mail solicitations that fuel The Mount Mercy Fund. Ryan’s favorite thing about Mount Mercy is the care and passion that everyone possesses as they work towards fulfilling the mission of the institution.

Grants and Foundations

Walter Chien
Director of Grants Administration
Development and Alumni Relations
Warde 516
319-286-4411
wchien@mtmercy.edu

Walter has a degree in the Humanities and Fine Arts and a Masters in Studio Art/Painting from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Oregon. He was an adjunct professor of art at Kirkwood Community College for 12 years, prior to starting at Mount Mercy. He has written grants professionally for non-profits in Cedar Falls, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids for 12 years. In addition, Walter serves as Mount Mercy’s prospect researcher.

Advancement Services

Mickey Northwehr Mickey Nothwehr 
Gift Processing & Office Manager
Warde 206
319-363-1323 x1263 
mnothwehr@mtmercy.edu
Mickey joined the Mount Mercy Development Office in 2002 and is responsible for processing all gifts to the University, working with the Phonathon and Scholarshare programs and supporting the Development Office.
 

Catherine Shafer
Executive Director for Advancement Services
Warde 206
319-363-1323 x1828
cshafer@mtmercy.edu

Catherine joined Mount Mercy University in October 2012. She manages all special events for the department, coordinates the general office operations and serves as the point of contact for the department across campus. Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 and has an extensive event management background.