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1920 Society

Carrying the education, service, and mission goals of Mount St. Joseph University into the future, and into the world.


In honor of your generous support to Mount St. Joseph University, 1920 Society members receive a number of exclusive benefits, including preferred access to academic and athletic events, unique engagement opportunities with University leadership – including an annual reception at the home of President and Mrs. Williams. Additionally, you receive recognition in Mount News and on the Mount St. Joseph University website, and an annual gift of appreciation. Click here to learn more about the 1920 Society!

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  Joe Cornely, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement



For many, working with other people's money may be seen as uncomfortable. But to Joe, he has the opportunity to link an individual's personal passion to a very real and specific student need. "It’s very rare to find a career that feeds so many needs – when everyone involved feels enriched." 


Contact by phone at 513-244-4955 or via email at Joseph.Cornely@msj.edu

  Michelle Olmsted, Director of Development and Campaign Planning

Michelle-Headshot-Edited.gifMichelle loves working at the Mount because of the people and the community. "It’s hard to describe, but my colleagues at the Mount are the most sincere and passionate people I have worked with."  When Michelle is not at the Mount, you can find her at her lake cottage in Michigan, where the woods, campfires, and fishing, "Ground me and bring great happiness.”


Contact by phone at 513-244-4475 or via email at Michelle.Olmsted@msj.edu

  Colleen Pfeiffenberger, Director of Advancement Services


A Cincinnati native, now residing in Florence, Kentucky, Colleen graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has spent the past two decades of her career working in the non-profit sector. After spending a few years in the business sector, she found her passion for making a difference at Women’s Crisis Center in Northern Kentucky, where she worked as a development associate and grant writer for ten years. Colleen joined the Institutional Advancement team at Mount St. Joseph University in 2010 as an office manager, which soon evolved into stewardship manager, and she now serves as the Director of Advancement Services.  Having grown up in nearby Bridgetown, Colleen is excited to be back to her west side roots, where most of her family still live.  Colleen has a personal drive to live out the Mount mission every day and strives to ensure MSJ donors, alumni, students, faculty, and staff all feel like they are part of an extended family. “I want everyone to feel the love and appreciation we have for them and all they do to help ensure our students succeed.” She is a proud mother of two children, one of whom is currently an undergraduate student at the Mount!


Contact by phone at 513-244-4296 or via email at Colleen.Pfeiffenberger@msj.edu

  Michael Heckmann '11, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations


A Cincinnati native, Michael has spent the past decade working in the local nonprofit sector. After graduating from the Mount in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and Religious Studies, Michael learned the importance of inclusion and social role valorization working as a Collaboration Project Manager with Starfire. From there, he spent a year as Student Ministry Producer with Crossroads Church before moving to SC Ministry Foundation, where he worked as the Grants Administrator. Michael joined University staff in 2019, working with the Career & Experiential Education Center team before moving to his current position. “One of the things I’ve come to appreciate the most about the work on which I’ve been able to collaborate across the Tri-State is the pervasive emphasis on working for the common good. It’s so encouraging to be part of an institution that inherently places this theme at the core of everything we do.”


Michael also serves on the board of Neighborhoods Embracing Transformation, which focuses on creating partnerships and systems that bring about city transformation for the benefit of all.


Contact by phone at 513-244-4593 or via email at Michael.Heckmann@msj.edu

  Matt Taske '14, '09, Director of Alumni Engagement

Matt-Taske.gifAs an alum of the Mount, receiving both his Bachelor's and his Master's degrees, Matt has had the opportunity to give back to the institution that has provided him with so much. He believes that when we find things we are passionate about, we find the means to see them through. Education has provided him an opportunity to work in a role that gives his life a purpose greater than a paycheck. “After spending many years in the corporate world, I’m thrilled to work towards such an impactful and powerful mission. At the end of the day, I can lay my head down knowing I have made a meaningful, positive difference in the lives of others”. Matt knows personally the value of a degree from the Mount and is excited to work with alumni and donors. 


Contact by phone at 513-244-4892 or via email at Matt.Taske@msj.edu

  Morgan Carpenter '20, Manager of Alumni Relations

Morgan-Headshot.gifMorgan Carpenter is a Cincinnati native, who grew up in nearby Ross, Ohio. Morgan graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media Studies from Mount St. Joseph University in 2020. After graduation, Morgan joined the Institutional Advancement team full-time as the IA Content Specialist, and where she now serves as the Manager of Alumni Relations. She loves being able to interact with the Mount community and fellow alumni daily through social media, the Alumni newsletters, and alumni events. 


Contact by phone at 513-244-4298 or via email at Morgan.Carpenter@msj.edu

  Tammy Arthur, Stewardship Manager

Tammy makes sure that everyone she crosses paths with feels like part of the Mount family. She has a personal commitment to the Mount's mission and exhibits the Heart of a Lion each day. "I love working with others that are driven to make a difference in the lives of others.  The sense of community here at MSJ creates a home away from home atmosphere.  The commitment in which instructing students to live a life in service to others is commendable."


Contact by phone at 513-244-4871 or via email at Tammy.Arthur@msj.edu


  Mikayla Courtney, Coordinator of Young Alumni and Annual Giving


Mikayla Courtney received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 2020. While a student, Mikayla worked as a Student Liaison in the EKU Office of Alumni Engagement and served as President of the EKU Student Alumni Ambassadors -- a student organization designed to serve past, present and future EKU students. After graduation, she worked as a Marketing Specialist for Eastern Kentucky University’s online academic programs.

Originally from Florence, Kentucky, she has returned home to the Cincinnati area joining the Mount as the Coordinator of Young Alumni and Annual Giving. “I am so excited to be a part of the close-knit community here at the Mount, and I am thrilled to be able to share in the mission of the university through serving alumni.”

Contact by phone at 513-244-4359 or via email at Mikayla.Courtney@msj.edu.

  Tricia Sarvak '97, Content Specialist


Tricia Sarvak '97 is new to the IA Content Specialist position but has been part of the Mount community for many years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from MSJ and is currently in the Mount’s Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership program. After several years of working as a graphic designer, In 2017, Tricia came “home” to work in Communications & Marketing, then the Office of Student Affairs, prior to joining Institutional Advancement in 2021. Engaging with the students and fellow Alumni is her favorite part of working at her alma mater