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Contact our Office of Gift Planning for information on gift strategies that can help you support Carnegie Mellon University and provide significant benefits to you and your family.  

Carnegie Mellon University
Office of Gift Planning
University Advancement
PPG Place, 11th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

412-268-5346
mickkoster@andrew.cmu.edu

 

Joseph O. Bull, JD

Joe has 31 years of experience in the philanthropic arena, previously serving The Ohio State University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, The Nature Conservancy and the Columbus Zoo. Joe was the 2015 chair of the board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Gift Annuities. 

Joseph O. Bull, JD
Executive Director, Gift Planning
412-268-1948
joebull@andrew.cmu.edu

 

 

Shannon N. Christof, JD

A Pittsburgh native, Shannon joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2014 after eight years as a practicing attorney specializing in elder law, retirement benefits, special needs advising and estate planning. She brings her experience with creative estate plans and client relationships to her work at CMU, advising donors on complex tax and giving strategies.

Shannon N. Christof, JD
Senior Associate Director, Gift Planning
412-268-3236
christof@andrew.cmu.edu

 

 

Theresa M. Schroeder, JD

Theresa joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2014. She manages the administration of estates and works with donors and advisors to consider the legal and tax implications of various gift strategies. Prior to joining CMU’s gift planning team, Theresa practiced law in Pittsburgh for over a decade, specializing in complex estate planning.

Theresa M. Schroeder, JD
Senior Associate Director, Gift Planning
412-268-1624
schroet@andrew.cmu.edu

 

 

Laura Herr

Laura recently joined the Gift Planning Team at CMU and brings with her over 15 years work experience in the nonprofit and private sector. Laura has extensive expertise in fundraising, marketing and promoting program strategies, and related events expertise surrounding gift planning. She is a graduate of University of Michigan, and Washington College of Law.

Laura K. Herr, JD
Senior Associate Director, Gift Planning
412-268-1637
lherr@andrew.cmu.edu