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Office of Advancement

773.896.2430

Megan Davis-Ochi

Vice President for Advancement
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773.896.2431

Megan joins CTS with over 20 years development experience with an emphasis on program development and major gifts. Prior to joining CTS, she spent the last ten years in child welfare/social service development as fundraising leadership for Glenwood School for Boys and Girls and Children’s Home & Aid. She earned her early experience at Rush University Medical Center.

Megan holds a Master’s in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. She resides in Hammond, Indiana with her husband Robert and three children. In addition to being an advancement professional, Megan is active in her church, St. Joseph Parish in Hammond, Indiana, as a cantor, member of the finance committee, choir member and on the board of Manna for Hammond – the parish soup kitchen.

 

John Thomas

Senior Advisor to the President
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773.896.2432

John comes to CTS after nearly 35 years of Ministry within the United Church of Christ. He served first as a pastor of congregations in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, then as the national ecumenical officer of the UCC, and finally as its General Minister and President for ten years. John brings with him significant experience of the church in various settings and in ecumenical and global contexts. Each of his ministries has endeavored “to nurture a ‘catholic’ sense of the church’s life, so that wherever we find our primary place of belonging, we know that we are part of something bigger than this place, older than our memory, richer than our understanding, and with a reach of concern far beyond our own front door.” Equipping transformational leaders by helping to situate them in this broadened context is a primary task of theological education and a particular focus of John’s teaching.

 

Eula "Nell" Stigler

Development Office Assistant
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773.896.2434

Ms. Eula “Nell” Stigler provides administrative assistance, database maintenance and event planning for CTS’ Office of Advancement.

Joining CTS in March of 2009, Nell brings over 30 years combined experience in office management and general accounting. In addition to working for corporate giants such as Hewlett Packard and Reuters America, she draws from her experience as Office Manager for Call to Action, a Catholic movement working for equality and justice in the Church and society.

 

Joe Burt

Manager of Alumni Relations & Special Events
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773.896.2427

Joe holds baccalaureate and graduate degrees in music from Samford University and Northwestern University in the area of sacred music, voice, composition & theory. He has extensive studies in architectural design from Auburn University. He has taught at the university level, sang and conducted professionally, and is a recognized composer. He is currently music director for Epiphany United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Joe was previously associated with Northwestern University in the area of development and alumni relations. While at Northwestern, he served as Director of Field Services for Alumni Relations – planning and overseeing all alumni events outside Evanston, IL. Recognized for his innovative programming for engaging alumni, he was a featured speaker for the Consortium for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), Washington, D.C. He is founder of The Homework Project, an educational outreach program to Roma children in Romania. www.thehomeworkproject.org

 

Susan Cusick

Marketing & Development Associate
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773.896.2435

Joining CTS in July of 2012, Susan manages marketing, publications and social media initiatives for CTS’ Office of Advancement. She brings over 20 years development experience in program development, marketing, training and education, and volunteer management.

Susan began her career in consumer education and marketing for Michigan’s largest credit union where her work was recognized nationally and awarded both the Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility, and the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action award. Susan was the Senior Director of Training and Education for the Michigan Credit Union League and Director of Development for CUNA & Affiliates. A regular presenter at credit union conferences, Susan’s work focused on member recruitment, cooperative philosophy and providing access to financial services to under-served populations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Consumer Economics at Michigan State University.

 

Martha Stocker

Director of Annual Giving
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773.896.2433

Martha manages CTS’ Annual Fund and handles Church Relations for CTS’ Office of Advancement.

Joining CTS in July of 2012, Martha brings over 30 years combined experience in fundraising, database development and marketing analysis experience. Martha spent her last nine years as Director of the Annual Fund at McCormick Theological Seminary and most recently the Annual Giving Manager for North Park University and North Park Theological Seminary.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois College which has historic ties to the United Church of Christ. In her free time she serves on the board of The Chicago Ensemble which for over 30 years has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences.