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Who We Are

The Rackham Graduate School Development and Alumni Relations team strives to create a culture of engagement and giving to support graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Please contact us with questions and ideas, to connect with Rackham or to update your contact information.

Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

With more than 27 years of experience in development, Jill has worked at Rackham since 1999. She earned her B.A. from Villanova University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan.

Phone: (734) 615-2133
E-mail: jillmcd@umich.edu

Kyah Dubay

Kyah Dubay, Development Communications Officer

Kyah joined Rackham’s development and alumni relations team in June of 2017, bringing five years of communication experience with her. She is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Communication. Kyah’s background includes a variety of experiences, including digital marketing, radio, and graphic design, all of which have led her to a passion for development communications in higher education.

Phone: (734) 764-5536
E-mail: dubayky@umich.edu

Melissa Arnett

Melissa Herter, Donor Relations Officer

Melissa came to Rackham in 2015 to manage the stewardship program for Development and Alumni Relations. She has a background in recruitment and human resources, and after serving three years at the U-M Office of University Development, has significant experience working within higher education development. As a U-M alumna, Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management and Communication from the School of Kinesiology in 2007.

Phone: (734) 764-1125
E-mail: arnettm@umich.edu

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips, Gift Officer

Sarah brings more than eight years of professional fundraising experience to her new position as a Gift Officer at Rackham Graduate School.  She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Ball State University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from St. Xavier University in Chicago.  She served as a development officer at St. Xavier and most recently as a Major Gifts Officer for one of Michigan's fastest-growing hospital networks.  In addition, for the past 11 years, she has been a pro bono fundraising consultant for leading not-for-profit organizations in the East Lansing and Grand Rapids communities.

Phone: (734) 647-2644
E-mail: saraheph@umich.edu