Meet the Development & Alumni Staff

The Development and Alumni Relations team supports the needs and priorities of the University through annual, major and planned giving programs.

haefner-brenda-new.jpg Brenda K. Haefner '96 CFRE
Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations 
Warde 206 | 319-350-3663 | bhaefner@mtmercy.edu
Brenda joined Mount Mercy University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations in April 2015. She serves as the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Brenda is a 1996 graduate of Mount Mercy and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as a certified fund raising executive credential. 
drewelow-lonna.jpg Lonna Drewelow '86
Assistant Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations
Warde 207 | 319-286-4408 | ldrewelow@mtmercy.edu
Lonna joined Mount Mercy University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 1988. She serves as the Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Lonna earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mount Mercy in 1986. 
whitman-becky.jpg Becky Whitman
Gift Processing & Office Manager
Warde 204 | 319-363-1323 x1263 | bwhitman@mtmercy.edu 
Becky joined the Mount Mercy University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 2018. She holds the position of Gift Processing and Office Manager.
ortmann-morgan-2021.jpg Morgan Ortmann '17
Director for Alumni Relations
Warde 203 | 319-363-1323 x1828 | mortmann@mtmercy.edu
Morgan joined Mount Mercy in January 2018. She earned her BA in graphic design and marketing from MMU in 2017. Morgan assists with alumni engagement efforts, including every Mustang's favorite—Homecoming & Alumni Weekend!
pease-michaela.jpg Michaela Dion, M.Ed 
Senior Director for Development & Alumni Relations
Warde 206 | 319-363-1323 x1869 | mdion@mtmercy.edu 
Michaela joined Mount Mercy University as the Director for Development and Alumni Relations in May 2017. She is a 2010 graduate of Loras College and earned her Master in Higher Education Leadership from Merrimack College in 2016. Michaela loves to share her heart of blue and gold with the Mount Mercy community! 
piersall-web.jpg Janey Jill Piersall
Development & Alumni Coordinator
Warde 202 | 319-363-1323 x1871 | jpiersall@mtmercy.edu
Janey Jill joined Mount Mercy in January of 2020 after working in an alumni relations office for eleven years. She works with various members of our Development and Alumni Relations team and is the main contact for the Paver Program. Janey Jill is honored to be a part of Mount Mercy's extraordinary community including the amazing alumni and donors!  She's a 2001 graduate of the University of Iowa. 
Kelly Russell Kelly Russell
Development Services Coordinator
Warde 206 | 319-368-6468 x1278 | krussell@mtmercy.edu
Kelly Russell joined Mount Mercy University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations in August of 2021. She holds the position of Development Services Coordinator.
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Lori Vana
Director for Annual Giving & Digital Outreach
Warde 205 | 319-368-6468 x1607 | lvana@mtmercy.edu


Lori joined Mount Mercy University's Development and Alumni Relations in 2022. She serves as the Director of Annual Giving & Digital Outreach. Lori graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.