Advancement Staff

The Grace Connection

The Advancement staff act as liaisons between Grace and alumni and donors. The Grace connection stays alive long after graduation through special alumni events and publications, which these staff members coordinate. Take the time to know them—they’d love to know you!

Andrew Flamm

Vice President of Advancement

Andrew Flamm, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), joined the Grace Office of Advancement in October 2013. He has more than eight years of leadership and fundraising experience, having worked and led in multiple areas of advancement, including alumni relations, planned giving, annual fund, major gifts, donor research and capital campaigns. He arrived at Grace from Manchester College, where he helped contribute to a $100 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to that, he was director of annual giving at his alma mater, Cedarville University, where he was integral in developing Cedarville’s Major Gifts program and executing multiple capital campaigns.

Telephone: 866-448-3472, ext. 6121
Email: flammar@grace.edu

Amanda Banks

Director of Public Relations

Amanda Banks joined the staff of Grace College & Seminary as director of public relations in the fall of 2015. Her responsibilities include media and government relations and managing a variety of communication for the institution. Prior to joining the team at Grace, Banks served in the Indiana Senate for the 2015 legislative session while her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy. Previously, Banks worked as communications manager for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region and as federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She is active in the pro-life cause and serves as vice-president of Allen County Right to Life. Amanda, her husband and three young daughters reside in Columbia City, Indiana.

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6125
Email: banksal@grace.edu

Bob Jackson

Regional Director of Development

Bob is a 1991 graduate of Grace College, having majored in Communications with a business minor. He joined the Advancement team in September 2014. Before coming to Grace, Bob worked in insurance and owned a catering business. He will be responsible for building relationships with alumni and friends of Grace, primarily from Indiana to the west coast. In his spare time, Bob enjoys singing and ministering with the “No Name Quartet.” He resides in Warsaw with his wife, Katie, and four children: Ellie, Joe, Maryking and Ben.

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6119
Email: jacksord@grace.edu

Stephen Gerber

Regional Director of Development

A graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, Steve received his Master of Divinity degree in 1997. He joined the Advancement team in March 2016. Before coming to Grace, Steve pastored churches in Roann, Indiana, Wabash, Indiana, and Trafalgar, Indiana and most recently in Bloomington, Indiana. Steve recently served as the Executive Director of a small not-for-profit that provides transportation services in Martinsville, Indiana. Steve was employed in development with the Shepherd Foundation in Union Grove, Wisconsin, doing development work from 2004 to 2010. He has a rich background in social services, management and not-for-profit leadership. During his time with Shepherds, Steve earned his M.B.A. in July of 2008 from the University of Phoenix. Steve and his wife, Vicki, have two sons—Kyle, a Grace College student, and Nathan, who will become a Grace College student in the fall of 2016. The entire family is looking forward to soon residing in the Warsaw area.

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6138
Email: gerbersd@grace.edu

Sarah Prater

Executive Administrative Assistant to the V.P. of Advancement

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Grace College’s GOAL program in 2010. After working in the Lancer Athletic Department a number of years ago, she returned to the Alumni Relations Department in 2013 and works now in this position in Advancement. She resides in Warsaw with her husband, Samuel, and three children: Dylan, Kimberly and Brylar.

Telephone: 866-448-3472, ext. 6122
Email: praterse@grace.edu

Kelsi Griffith

Director of Advancement Operations

Kelsi is a 2011 graduate of Grace College, with a double major in Business Administration and Counseling. She joined the Advancement team in August of 2014 after working three years at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. Kelsi’s role is to oversee the operations of the Advancement team in relation to the database, donor tracking, donor stewardship and planned giving.

Telephone: 866-448-3472, ext. 6128
Email: griffikb@grace.edu

Sharon Sallot

Development Officer – Grace Fund

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rutgers University and her M.B.A. from Indiana University. She joined the Advancement team in August 2014 as the development officer for the Grace Fund. She resides in Lagrange County with her husband, Jeff. Her daughter Aleena attends Grace College.

Telephone: 866-448-3472, ext. 6126
Email: sallots@grace.edu

Mary Polston

Gift Receipting and Data Management

Mary is a 1978 graduate of Grace College, having majored in English with a biblical studies minor. Mary processes gift receipts, provides data management support, and edits department and institutional communication pieces.

Telephone: 866-448-3472, ext. 6123
Email: polstomm@grace.edu

Nancy Weimer

Executive Assistant to the President

Nancy is a graduate of Grace College and has been on Grace’s staff since 1975. She has served three Grace presidents—first, as administrative assistant and now executive assistant to the president. In this capacity, she provides Dr. Katip and the Board of Trustees with all administrative, organizational, and clerical support and serves as a critical link to the Office of Advancement.

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6394
Email: weimernl@grace.edu

Collette Olson

Administrative Assistant, Alumni Engagement

Collette, a 1990 graduate of Grace College, majored in business administration with a minor in behavioral science and was in the Chamber Singers her junior and senior years. A native of Warsaw, Indiana, Collette is a member of the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where she served in AWANA Cubbies for over 20 years, is active in Women of Grace for Missions Europe Circle, and is the treasurer for Grace Ladies' Organization (GLO).

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6127
Email: olsoncj@grace.edu

Megan Schmucker

Administrative Assistant – Grace Fund

Megan is a 2015 graduate of the Grace College Behavioral Science Department. She has a bachelor's degree in Counseling with a minor in Youth Ministry. Megan attends Harvest Community Church in Goshen, and is currently working towards a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace. Megan joined the Advancement team in the fall of 2015.

Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6130
Email: schmucmn@grace.edu