University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208
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Meet Our Team
Executive Director, Gift Planning
Steve Shineman joined the University of Denver in September of 2014. He is the Executive Director, Gift Planning, and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP©) designation. Steve works with donors, advisors and colleagues on exploring current and deferred giving options.
Prior to joining DU, he served as the Director of Gift Planning for Texas Christian University for five years. Steve was also a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors from 2002 to 2009.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Communications from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and earned his Master's in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Steve and his wife live in Denver with their two kids.
Director of Development, Gift Planning
Jon Kraus joined University Advancement in March 2015. Jon is Director of Development, Gift Planning, and works with donors, advisors and university partners to explore options for making tax-wise gifts that can have the most impact possible on the university and our students. Prior to joining Gift Planning, Jon was Director of Development for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver from 2013 to 2015. Jon has 15 years' experience in financial planning and nonprofit development at various for-profit, non-profit and educational institutions in Denver and Boston. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Master's of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Jon enjoys reading, going to movies, hiking, biking, homebrewing, playing with sons Joseph and Samuel and spending time with his wife Kristen.
Gift Planning Coordinator
Linda Melick has been with the University of Denver since 2003 and joined the Gift Planning team in June of 2017. She supports Gift Planning by focusing on estate administration and oversight of life-income gifts.
During her time at DU, Linda has always been in the Advancement division. Prior to joining Gift Planning, she was assistant to the vice chancellor and also worked in Principal Gifts and Advancement Initiatives. She received her degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Geneseo and previously worked in hospital administration, investment banking, computer technology and human resources. Linda lives in Denver with her husband, Jordan, and greatly enjoys reading, working out and almost anything that gets her outdoors.