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Meet Our Team
Executive Director of Gift Planning
Jon Kraus joined University Advancement in March 2015. Jon is Senior 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 17 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, watching movies, hiking, biking, home brewing, and spending time with his wife Kristen and their three children, Joseph, Samuel and Magdalene.
Mary Pat Brennan
Director of Development, Gift Planning
Mary Pat Brennan joined University Advancement in January of 2018 as the Director of Development, Gift Planning and enjoys working with donors, advisers and university partners to create a lasting impression on the University of Denver. Focusing on tax-savvy planning techniques, Mary Pat delights in collaborating with donors to ensure they create their legacy in a way that makes the most meaningful impact on their family, the university, and our students. Mary Pat brings 7 years of experience as a development professional, including fundraising for arts, cultural, and education organizations in both Denver and Chicago. Mary Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University. Mary Pat lives in Denver with her husband, Calen, and their golden retriever, Stanley, and loves to read, volunteer and escape to the mountains whenever possible.
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.