Director of Development
BA 1992, University of Wisconsin-Parkside: English
BA 1992, University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Communications
In 1992 she received a BA in English and in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After six years of working for a marketing and promotional company, she switched gears and succumbed to her passion to help others in our community. For nearly sixteen years, she has devotedly served Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector and has worked with various education, literacy and youth based organizations.
Nicole joined the UWM family in September of 2014 as the first Director of Development for Graduate Education. With vast experience in fund development, grant writing, project management, and relationship building, she is working to build a development program to raise the funding needed to provide competitive assistantships and grow and diversify student enrollments.
Nicole establishes, manages and cultivates relationships with donors to help them accomplish their philanthropic goals. With Dean Gajdardziska, Nicole created The Graduate Student Excellence Fund, which has provided support for more than 150 advanced degree students in their research, coursework, and sharing discoveries with others in their field.