Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) is dedicated to advancing the mission of the University as a premier research and teaching institution. Guided by the University’s strategic priorities, ARD nurtures lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships with alumni, parents, friends, and organizations that result in volunteer engagement and philanthropic support.

In our daily work, we maintain a commitment to strengthening partnerships across the University community and to providing service through communication, collaboration, and leadership in the field of development. In all things, we continue to support the goal of the founders: to create a university of “the highest order of excellence.”

Executive Leadership

Robert McQuinn, Vice President

Bob McQuinn was named vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University in October 2010. Bob is a veteran development leader with more than 20 years of experience covering six comprehensive campaigns.

From 2003 until joining Northwestern, he served as associate vice president for development at the California Institute of Technology and then acting vice president for development and alumni relations, overseeing the 70-member development and alumni relations team and supporting three trustee committees. During his tenure, Caltech successfully completed its comprehensive campaign, there’s only one.caltech, which surpassed $1.4 billion in private support.

Prior to Caltech, McQuinn served as associate vice president for development at Williams College, where he planned and launched the Climb Far campaign that eventually resulted in more than $500 million in gifts and commitments. Before Williams, he served as senior associate dean for development and public affairs for the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and as director of development for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also has held senior development positions at Whittier College and at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to his development career, he worked in the financial services industry, most recently as a corporate banker for First Chicago Corp.

McQuinn holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, Andrew, Breanna, and Julie.

David Lively, Associate Vice President

David Lively was appointed associate vice president of Alumni Relations and Development for Schools and Programs at Northwestern University in January 2012. Lively has 18 years of experience covering five comprehensive campaigns.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Lively served as vice president of development at DePaul University, where he oversaw a development operation that executed a $250 million comprehensive campaign — the first in more than two decades. Under his leadership, the development team increased annual fundraising commitments from a four-year average of $12 million to an average of more than $37 million (from 2007 to 2011). During his tenure at DePaul, Lively held myriad positions, including associate vice president, senior director of development for the College of Commerce, and interim director of athletics development.

Before moving to DePaul, Lively worked as director of annual giving and director of law development at the University of Denver. Lively worked at Northwestern University in the 1990s, where he served as associate director of development at the School of Law during the University’s last campaign. He began his development career at the University of Colorado Foundation Inc. as the Phonathon director in the annual giving operation.

Lively received his bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He also holds a master's degree in history from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Denver. He has served on SMU’s alumni board and has been an active volunteer for his alma mater for a decade.

Karyn Reif, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Karyn Reif joined Alumni Relations and Development in January 2012 as associate vice president and chief operating officer. She is a member of ARD’s senior management group and oversees the division’s strategies and programs for developing human, financial, and technology resources. Reif has 25 years of experience in alumni relations and development, as a front-line fundraiser, a manager of front-line staff, and as a leader of administration and operations. 

Prior to joining Northwestern, Reif served as associate vice president for Rush University Medical Center, where she was an integral member of the leadership team during Rush’s most recent fundraising campaign. Before that, Reif was director of development at Rush, managing a team of development officers during Rush’s previous campaign.

Earlier in her development career, Reif worked at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, first as director of Annual Giving and then as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and also for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Reif earned her BA from Grinnell College and an MA from the University of Chicago.  

Matt Ter Molen, Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager

Matt Ter Molen grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Miami University in Ohio. After three years in the Peace Corps, his first fundraising position was at the University of Chicago, where he started as an assistant director in annual giving in 1990. From 1990 to 1998, he held successive positions at the University of Chicago, spending four years as the director for annual giving during their $500 million “Campaign for the Next Century,” as well as time as a regional major gift officer. 

In 1998 Ter Molen was hired as the assistant dean for development for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and led the arts and sciences portion of Northwestern’s most recent comprehensive campaign, “Campaign Northwestern,” directing the fundraising of $190 million for key College priorities over a five-year period. In 2003 he became the associate vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern, and in this position he has managed a variety of giving teams including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate relations, and foundation relations. Over the last eight years he also oversaw the two-year “Athletics Initiative” campaign that raised over $15 million for endowment and facilities and helped build the fundraising efforts for the Kellogg School of Management.

Ter Molen has been a member of the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Regional Committee and a presenter at CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and other fundraising organizations. He lives in Evanston with his wife, Jenna, and their three children and is active with a number of local nonprofit and community organizations. 

Alan Krensky, Executive for Development, Northwestern Medicine, Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Alan Krensky attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate and medical school. He went on to Boston Children’s Hospital to serve a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in nephrology. He also completed a fellowship in immunology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

After a year on the Harvard faculty, he moved to Stanford for 23 years, where he served as associate dean for children’s health, associate chair for research (Pediatrics), and the Shelagh Galligan Professor of Pediatrics.

During his time at Stanford, Dr. Krensky helped to raise more than $500 million for the Children’s Health Initiative, which he authored and directed. He moved to the National Institutes of Health in 2007, where he served as deputy director and was responsible for the Roadmap for Medical Research as director of the Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives while maintaining a research laboratory in the National Cancer Institute. He joined Northwestern in 2012 to help develop the fundraising campaign for Northwestern Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Krensky has published more than 280 scientific papers and chapters and holds 12 patents. He has been recognized with research awards from the American Heart Association, American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, Society for Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, and Burroughs Wellcome. He received a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. He served as president of the Society of Pediatric Research and secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Nephrology.

Eric Lundstedt, Associate Dean for Development, Kellogg School of Management

Before joining the Kellogg School of Management, Eric Lundstedt was the Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Chicago Law School. At Chicago Law, he revitalized and oversaw the development and alumni affairs activities of the school as part of its $175 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to Chicago Law, he was Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Eric has also worked in development and alumni relations roles at Stanford Law School, Yale University, and the University of San Francisco. He has also spent time in high-technology startups, management consulting, and the U.S. Army in which he served as a Second Lieutenant. Eric is a graduate of the U.S. Army ROTC and Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy, a husband and father to three elementary school children, and a rabid New England Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Boston Bruins fan.

Jaci Thiede

Jaci Thiede has been the Associate Dean of Alumni Relations and Development for Northwestern University School of Law since 1999. In this role, Thiede oversees all alumni relations and development activities for the Law School and directs its comprehensive campaign. Before joining Northwestern Law, Thiede spent a decade working for the Indiana University Foundation (IUF). Most recently, she was the Director of the Chicago Office for IUF, representing development needs for all Indiana University campuses, schools, and units. Prior to this, Thiede served as the Executive Director of Marketing and Analytical Services for the IU Foundation in Bloomington, IN, overseeing all analytical services, marketing, and development publications/communications. She also served as the Acting Director of Development for Indiana University Northwest, where she managed the annual fund, major gifts, and special events staff in day-to-day development activities.

Thiede earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. She has been actively involved with Girls on the Run – Chicago since 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. When she is not in the office, Thiede enjoys downhill and water skiing, running, training for triathlons, and spending time with her eight nieces and nephews.