Meet the Institutional Advancement Staff


David Ferguson
Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Master of Science in Journalism - Columbia University
Capital University Law School (No degree)
Bachelor of Arts in English - Seton Hall University
Harvard Management Development Program, Summer Institute
Center for Philanthropy, Fundraising School, Summer Institute
Ferguson served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Findlay and St. Bonaventure University, and served in similar roles at the State University of New York System and The Ohio State University, where he was also Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Provost. He is a former managing editor of the Columbus (Oh.) Dispatch and recently served as Interim VP for SUNY/New Paltz. He and his wife, Karen, live in Findlay.
Patrice Poignon
Patrice Poignon
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Associate of Applied Business in Executive Office Administration - Terra State Community College
Associate of Applied Business in Business Management - Terra State Community College
Patrice joined the department in 2016 after working in the healthcare and financial industries.  Patrice supports the advancement office staff in many areas.
Outside of work, she enjoys camping and other outdoor activities with her husband, Andrew, and their three children, McKenna, Austin and Aaron.
Phone: 419-448-3282
Joe Borich
Assistant Vice President of Major Gifts
MBA in Leadership - Tiffin University
Bachelor of Science, Education - University of Memphis
Joe rejoined the department in April 2016 after serving as the Leadership Gift Officer at the University of Findlay. Joe served as TU's Director of Annual Fund from November 2013-October 2015. He has been with Tiffin University since 2010, and previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Before joining the Tiffin University family, Joe spent 15 years as a college football coach, coaching at Cornell University, Idaho State University and Snow College.
Joe and his wife originally are form the Mountain West area (Utah & Idaho), but fell in love with Tiffin upon their arrival and have made Tiffin their home. Outside of work, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and three children, Mykah, Max and Josh.
Phone: 419-448-3438

Vickie Wilkins
Director of Alumni Relations
Master of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting - Tiffin University
Vickie joined the department in June, 2013.  Vickie is responsible for facilitating alumni connections, engagement, support, and to build a sense of community.  She plans and implements major alumni activities as well as campus-wide programming. She also works closely with alumni volunteers. Additionally, she represents the University and Alumni Office at on-campus and off-campus events.
Vickie enjoys spending time with her family and staying connected with friends.  She enjoys watching sports and working out.
Phone: 419-448-3595

Rahat Ahmed
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations



Ali Rees
Director of Prospect Research



Lori Bentz
Lori A. Bentz
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Bachelor of Business Administration, HR Management - Tiffin University
Associate of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Lori joined the department in 2001. She is responsible for managing the annual fund program, with a special emphasis on building participation from alumni and friends of the university.
Lori enjoys reading, shopping, gardening and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Chris, have four adult children, Shelby, Sydney, Cobin, and Austin.
Phone: 567-268-6022
Sandy Koehler
Director of Event Services
Sandy joined the department in 2003. Sandy schedules and coordinates all internal and external events hosted throughout the Tiffin campus.
Outside of the office, she helps manage the family farm. She and her husband, Lee, stay busy with their son, Gavin.
Phone: 419-448-3323
Nicole Kieffer
Nicole Kieffer
Coordinator of Event Services
Bachelor of Business Administration, Managerial Studies - Tiffin University
Nicole joined the department in May of 2016. She is responsible for coordinating internal and external events hosted throughout Tiffin Campus.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outdoors.
Phone: 419-448-3593

Jennifer Saam
Jennifer Saam
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Bachelor of Science, Commercial Art - Ashland University
Diploma, Web Design - Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Jennifer joined the department in October, 2014.  Jennifer has been with Tiffin University since 2010, most recently serving as Webmaster & Graphic Design Technician in the ITS department. Her current responsibilities include TU's public website, internal website, and the TU Mobile app.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and son, Lucas.
Phone: 419-448-3348