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Institutional Advancement announces position changes

January 31, 2014

The Loyola University New Orleans Office of Institutional Advancement announces position changes within its Office of Alumni Relations and area of planned giving.

Laurie Leiva '03 is the new director of Alumni Relations. Leiva joined the Office of Alumni Relations in 2011 as the assistant director. Her primary responsibilities included working with the Young Alumni Pack and many of Loyola’s alumni chapters across the country. Prior to working at Loyola, Leiva worked in alumni affairs at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and with the Carolina Alumni Association at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. She has more than 12 years of volunteer recruitment and management experience.

Leiva earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola in 2003 and a master’s in education from the University of South Carolina. She has two children and is married to Michael Leiva, a 2002 graduate of Loyola.

Monique Gaudin Gardner, Loyola’s former director of Alumni Relations, has taken the position of director of planned giving. Gardner served as the director of Alumni Relations for the past five years and as the executive director of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association from 2001 until her hire at Loyola. In these positions, Gardner was responsible for maintaining relationships and communication with more than 45,000 alumni at Loyola and 67,000 alumni at UNO. Prior to her position at UNO, Gardner was an attorney with Hoffman, Sutterfield, Ensenat and Bankston.

Gardner is an active member of the New Orleans volunteer community. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, event planning, fundraising as well as educating, training and supervising volunteers. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, an M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans and a law degree from Tulane University. She has two children and is married to J. Warren Gardner, Jr., an attorney at Christovich & Kearney LLP. Gardner's great-uncle, Harold Gaudin, S.J., was the seventh president of Loyola.

Gardner replaces Robert Gross, the former director of planned giving, who retired earlier this year after serving the university for nearly 19 years. Gross joined Loyola in March 1995, and during his tenure, the university received approximately $20 million in planned gifts. Gross credits his success to “the wonderful support, and friendships gained through my association with Loyola and the generosity of its donors.”

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