Marquette campus in the spring.

Meet Our Staff

We are here to help you determine the impact and legacy you'd like to make at Marquette and the best way to do so given your financial and charitable goals.

John NovotnyJohn Novotny
Assistant Dean for Development

(414) 288-5285

Photo of Cathy Steinhafel, Law '89, Senior Director of Development, Planned GivingCathy Steinhafel, Law '89
Managing Director, Planned Giving

(414) 288-6501

Cathy helps alumni, parents and friends make lifetime and legacy gifts unique to their philanthropic passions, with expertise in complex gifts involving real estate, closely held business interests and other non-cash assets. Cathy joined Marquette’s Office of Planned Giving in 2009; her prior experience includes gift planning at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, private legal practice, in-house bond counsel at a national trust company and corporate governance law and capital campaign management for local non-profits.

Photo of Steve Farwig, Director of Development, Planned GivingSteve Farwig
Director of Development, Planned Giving

(414) 288-0214

Steve joined the Planned Giving team in May 2018. Raised in Mequon, WI, he earned his B.A. at Carthage College and a M. Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Steve has served donors at the University School of Milwaukee, Carroll University, Valparaiso University, Carthage College, and Lutheran Social Services. He is passionate about helping donors match their charitable goals with opportunities to further Marquette’s mission and benefit students.

Eileen Jennings Strachota
Director of Development, Planned Giving

(414) 288-0344

Eileen has been a major gift officer at Marquette University since 2003. She recently joined the Planned Giving team, where she will continue to guide alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of Marquette University on their philanthropic mission.

She earned her B.A. in political science from Boston College.

Emily Rodecap
Advancement Associate

(414) 288-7755


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