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Development Office
Taylor University
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN  46989-1001
 
Phone:  (800) 882-3456 or (765) 998-5116
Fax:   (765) 998-4857

 

Staff

Ben Sells Ben Sells

Ben Sells, PhD, Vice President for University Advancement

Since 2006 Ben has been serving Taylor as the Vice President for University Advancement. In this role he provides leadership for the University’s efforts to engage alumni, parents, and friends with their time, talent, and treasure to further the mission of Taylor University. Ben and his wife, Lisa, are graduates of Southwest Baptist University, and Ben received his MA and PhD from the University of Missouri. Ben and Lisa have four children, Emily ’11, Patrick ’13, Abby ’15, and Tyler. The Sells live in Upland and are active members of the community.

Ben is assisted by Joyce Taylor.

Email: bnsells@tayloru.edu 
Phone: 765.998.5116

Michael Falder

Michael Falder '94, Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts

As the Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts Michael provides planned giving assistance and leads the team of Regional Directors for Advancement as they travel the country meeting with alumni and friends. Prior to returning to Taylor in 2007 Michael served for 10 years as Executive Director of Central Michigan Youth for Christ. Michael lives in Upland with his wife, Traci, and their children, Jonah (born in 2003) and Lydia (born in 2006). Michael is currently completing a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University.

Michael is assisted by Delilah Earls.

Email: mcfalder@taylor.edu 
Phone: 765.998.5538

Sherri Harter

Sherri Harter, Associate Vice President for Development

Sherri has served Taylor for 20-plus years in the areas of public relations, donor relations, and philanthropy.  As the Associate Vice President for Development she provides leadership to the many areas of Development, including Taylor Fund, Scholarships, Stewardship, and Development/Donor Services. Sherri and her husband, Ted, live in the Bluffton, Indiana, community.  The Harters have two sons – Thad, a Taylor senior majoring in elementary education, and Tory, a high school senior. 

Sherri is assisted by Kelsey Mitchener.

Email: shharter@taylor.edu 
Phone: 765.998.4956 (office) or 260.273.7261(cell)

David Ritchie

David Ritchie '96, Associate Vice President for Campaigns 

David has been serving as a member of the Advancement staff since he joined the team in 2000 as the editor of Taylor magazine. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Campaigns. David and his family live in Upland.

Email: dvritchie@taylor.edu 
Phone: 765.998.5397

Tom Green

Tom Green '81, Regional Director for Advancement-Indianapolis

Tom serves as one of Taylor’s Regional Directors for Advancement. Tom works with Taylor alumni, parents, and friends in Indiana, Southeastern U.S., and New York City Metro Area in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.

Tom is married to Laurie (Kesler) Green, also class of ’81. Their three children are married and have blessed them with three beautiful grandchildren. Tom came to join Taylor’s Advancement staff after working for 25 years in the investment industry. Tom is a fan of all sports – particularly the Colts and Cubs. He has enjoyed acting on stage and in some television commercials over the years.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Advancement.

Email: tmgreen@taylor.edu 
Phone: 317.691.7365

Nelson Rediger

Nelson Rediger '66, Regional Director for Advancement

Nelson has been serving with Taylor since 1986 as a Regional Director for Advancement. Nelson works with Taylor alumni, parents and friends nationwide in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.  Nelson lives in Muncie, Indiana with his wife, Beth, also a Taylor alum. Their two daughters, Erin ’99 and April ’01, have blessed Nelson and Beth with five grandchildren.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Advancement.

Email: nlrediger@taylor.edu 
Phone: 765.998.5120 (office) or 765.744.1866 (cell)

Ken Wolgemuth

Ken Wolgemuth '67, Regional Director for Advancement-Chicago

Ken Wolgemuth serves with Taylor University as a Regional Director for Advancement. Ken serves Taylor alumni, parents, and friends in Illinois and western states in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.

Ken met his wife, Sharon, while an English Literature and Art student at Taylor. After  graduation, he went first into campus youth ministry with Youth For Christ, which led him to a career in Christian publishing through the literature ministries of Campus Life Magazine, Zondervan, Word Publishing, and Urban Ministries – initially as a creative director, and later in marketing and sales. Ken and Shannon live in Wheaton, Illinois and have four daughters, two of whom are also Taylor alums, and five granddaughters. Ken feels he has reached the best years of his life’s work by representing the alma mater for which he has always been passionate.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Advancement.

Email: knwolgemuth@taylor.edu 
Phone: 630.849.7635

Laura Key

Laura Key, Director of Advancement & Donor Services

Laura has been with Taylor since 1997. Her job as the Director of Advancement and Donor Services allows her to provide database support, write reports, and oversee the receipting of gifts to the university. Laura and her husband John live in Swayzee, Indiana, where John serves as the pastor of Maple Run Friends Church. They have two grown children, Samuel and Abby ’10.

Laura’s area is also served by the Assistant Director of Advancement and Donor Services, Christi Stargel, and the Assistant to Donor Services, Barbra Haley.

Email: lrkey@taylor.edu
Phone: 765.998.5310

Tony Manganello

Tony Manganello '99, Director of the Taylor Fund

As the Director of the Taylor Fund Tony works within the Advancement Office to strategize, organize, and implement Taylor’s comprehensive annual giving program through direct mail, the student calling program, online giving, personal visits, and other areas. Tony grew up in Upland and graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Communication Studies and also holds a master of arts in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the American Military University. He served for eleven years as a special agent with the United States Secret Service stationed in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. prior to returning to Taylor and joining the Advancement team. Tony is married to Linda Manganello, also a Taylor graduate and faculty member, and they have two young daughters.

Tony is assisted by Amy Richards.

Email: tony_manganello@taylor.edu
Phone: 765.998.4886

 Bethany Bolte

Bethany (Cleveland) Bolte '10, Assistant Director of the Taylor Fund 

As Assistant Director of the Taylor Fund, Bethany works with the student calling program, young alumni projects and direct mail campaigns. She worked in Seoul, South Korea and Anderson, IN before returning to Taylor. She graduated from Taylor in 2010 with a major in Media Communication with a Public Relations focus. She now lives with her husband, Jordan Bolte, in Upland. 

Bethany is assisted by Amy Richards.

Email: bethany_bolte@taylor.edu
Phone: 765.998.4873 

Kelsey Mitchener

Kelsey (Warren) Mitchener '10, Coordinator of Scholarships and Stewardship 

Kelsey joined Taylor's Development staff in 2011. As Coordinator of Scholarships and Stewardship, Kelsey serves as the contact person for donor-connected annual and endowed scholarships, prepares all promotional materials related to scholarships, writes grant proposals and reports, coordinates campaign follow-up and stewardship, and provides editorial assistance to the greater Advancement office. Kelsey graduated from Taylor in 2010 with a degree in English and does freelance editing in her off time. She lives in Upland with her husband, Nathan. 

Kelsey is assisted by Wendy Wagoner

Email: kelsey_mitchener@taylor.edu
Phone: 765.998.5114 

Amy Wilson 

Amy Wilson, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement

As Coordinator of Alumni Engagement, Amy seeks to provide opportunities for alumni to engage with the University. Amy’s specific area of focus is the Campus Center campaign where she connects with alumni, parents, and friends seeking to participate in the project. Amy graduated from Taylor in 2011 with an elementary education degree and went on to complete the Taylor Master of Arts in Higher Education program in May 2013.

Amy is assisted by Delilah Earls

Email: amy_Wilson@taylor.edu
Phone: 765.998.4887

Kristie Jacobson

Kristie (Kuhnle) Jacobson '90, Regional Director for Advancement - Midwest

Kristie serves as a Regional Director for Advancement in the midwest, where she'll have the privilege of working with Taylor alumni, parents and friends. Kristie started her career with Taylor in 1991 when she served as the director of public information, and then as the director of the Annual Fund (TUFW). She then began work with Project Mercy as a grant writer until 2003 when the Lord led her and her husband (Jeff '89) to start The Reclamation Project, a nonprofit that serves the refugee and immigrant community of Fort Wayne, Ind. Kristie led this organization as executive director for 10 years.
Kristie and Jeff have four children - one son stationed in Okinawa with the Marine Corps, twin boys in 8th grade and their youngest, a daughter, is a 6th grader.

Email: kristie_jacobson@taylor.edu

Amanda Greene

Amanda Greene '96, Regional Director for Advancement (part-time)

Amanda graduated from Taylor in 1996 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing. She serves as Regional Director for Advancement for West Michigan, where she interacts with Taylor alumni, parents, and friends. Amanda and her husband Jeff ('94) have three children, Caleb, age 12; Olivia, age 10; and Landin, age 8, and live in Grand Rapids. Before this position, Amanda worked in pharmaceutical sales for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, was a franchise owner, and has also worked in the nonprofit sector for a family foundation.

Email: amanda_greene@taylor.edu