About the Office of Foundation Relations
Sarah Fodor, Senior Director
Sarah J. Fodor has led the Office of Foundation Relations at Northwestern University as Director since March 2006. She began serving as associate director of the office in August of 1998. She holds a PhD in English Language and Literature and MST in English from the University of Chicago and BAs in English Education and French Literature (summa cum laude) from the University of Illinois (Urbana). She teaches proposal writing in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. Sarah has taught college, high school, and middle school composition and literature and has published several articles and book reviews on Flannery O'Connor, the New Criticism, and other topics in contemporary American literature. Sarah has also coached chess teams in Evanston elementary and middle schools and sings in a local church choir.
Liaison to: University Initiatives, Feinberg, Law, SESP, Weinberg Natural Sciences and Humanities, BCICS, and NICO.
Susan Fisher Miller, Senior Associate Director
Susan Fisher Miller joined Northwestern’s Office of Foundation Relations as Associate Director in 2006. She earned a B.A. in English and French from Goshen College and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, and has lived and studied in Haiti, Ireland, and the European continent. Her professional background includes teaching courses in literature and writing at Wheaton College and North Park University, and serving as editor for publications in history and American higher education. She is the author of the scholarly volume Culture for Service: A History of Goshen College 1894-1994, and of numerous articles and book reviews on topics in Irish literature and Mennonite culture.
Liaison to: Feinberg, The Graduate School, IPR, Music, Weinberg Humanities and Natural Sciences, Block, African Studies, and Library.
Michael Kelley, Senior Associate Director
Michael has been at Northwestern since 2007, splitting his time between the Office of Foundation Relations and Major Gifts teams. He holds both a BA and MA in History from the University of Illinois, worked as a graduate assistant for a historical digitization project, and has written two research theses. Michael serves as liaison to BCICS, Kellogg, Law, McCormick, Medill, Research Centers and Institutes, and Weinberg Life and Physical Sciences.
Susan Dauber, Associate Director
Susan joined Northwestern's Office of Foundation Relations in 2013 after spending 13 years as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a BA in Psychology. Susan serves as the liaison to Communication, IPR, SCS, SESP, Student Life and Scholarships, and Weinberg Social Sciences.
Meredith Dorneker, Development Researcher
Meredith joined Northwestern’s Office of Foundation Relations in 2013. She completed an MA in Geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a BA in in Communication and Geography at the University of Southern California. Prior to graduate school, Meredith served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru.
Conducts research for University Initiatives and high priority individual faculty projects. Works closely with offices in sponsored research to coordinate grant tracking.
Garth Huskey, Program Assistant II
Garth Huskey holds a BA in environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University with a minor in political science. He previously worked in natural landscape and ecological restoration and remains active on the board of the Indian Creek Watershed Project in northern Illinois. A native of Lake Forest, Garth also coaches and swims with the Evanston Masters adult swim team.
Supports Foundation Relations staff, maintains records, and manages office operations.