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 Novotny
Assistant Dean for Development

(414) 288-5285
John.Novotny@marquette.edu

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

(414) 288-6501
Catherine.Steinhafel@marquette.edu

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
Stephen.Farwig@marquette.edu

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.jennings@marquette.edu

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.

Stacy Mellantine
Advancement Associate, Planned Giving & Corporate and Foundation Relations

(414) 288-7428
stacy.mellantine@marquette.edu

Stacy is a recent graduate of Marquette University, earning her B.A. in public relations. She is continuing her education to receive a M.A. in communications and works with gift officers on the Planned Giving team in support of the University Advancement mission.

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