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
Trudi Cook joined the gift planning team at the University of Denver in March 2016. Trudi is well-suited to support gift planning and will focus her work on estate administration and oversight of life-income gifts.
Trudi relocated to Denver from Burnsville MN to join DU. While in Minnesota, Trudi earned an AA degree from Inver Hills Community College (IHCC). During her time at IHCC she served as a peer tutor in Chemistry. Her studies focused on accounting, business writing and human resources. Trudi has held administrative roles for the past 18 years including working for a social service provider and a computer consulting company.
Trudi has two daughters and is a grandmother of four. She enjoys reading, traveling, music and volunteering.