Champions for Change Speaker Bios

How to be a Champion for Women in the Workplace


Angela Logan

Angela Logan

Angela has over 20 years of experience in higher education and philanthropy, with a particular focus in the areas of education and diversity. Over the course of her career, she has served as the Program Officer for Education at The Harvest Foundation (Martinsville, VA), the Director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), and the Director of Multicultural Affairs and the Admissions Counselor/Coordinator of Multicultural Admissions at Defiance College (Defiance, OH).Angela joined the College in the summer of 2013 as the Associate Director for Planning and Development for Nonprofit Professional Development. In 2015, she became the Associate Director for Operations for NPD. Angela R. Logan, Ph.D. is an Associate Teaching Professor and the St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development (NPD) in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. A member of the College’s Department of Management and Organization, she teaches the Master of Nonprofit Administration Field Project course, which serves as the capstone course for the degree program. In her role as Academic Director, she leads the team that manages both the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree program and the Nonprofit Certificate programs. 

Dr. Logan’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and philanthropic leadership. A trained facilitator of Anti-Racism Study Circles, she also provides trainings on leadership, conflict resolution, stress and time management, and cultural sensitivity, both nationally and internationally, including to the IBM Research Global Internship Program in Beijing, China, and at the Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Centers in Nairobi, Kenya, and Accra, Ghana. She has a movie credit to her name, appearing in the documentary The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising. She currently serves as Vice President for Membership for the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 

In her civic life, she serves on the National Advisory Board Member for Play Like a Champion Today Educational Services, is a board member of The CASIE Center, and is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, President of the South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and a sustaining member of the Charity League, an affiliate of the Association of Junior Leagues International. She is also an active member of South Bend City Church, serving as a liturgist. 

She has taken courses through the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program, The Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University, and The Fund Raising School at Indiana University. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership degree from Defiance College, and is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


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Nina Holdread

Nina Holdread became the Athletics IT Director in the summer of 2015. Nina and her team are responsible for providing technology support and solutions for all coaches, student-athletes, administrators, and staff in Athletics. She also manages the relationship between the OIT and Alumni Association. Nina collaborates with her partners to set technology standards and provides strategic consulting on IT initiatives.

Nina was part of the Leadership Development Program at Notre Dame. In her prior rotations, Nina created a strategy and improved the process for managing Board of Trustees information for the Office of the President, she developed a comprehensive review of First-Year Orientation for Student Affairs, and she worked in Development, focusing on a donor recognition project for the Founders Wall.

Nina joined the University of Notre Dame in 2009 as a Project Manager in the PMO within OIT. She worked on a number of campus initiatives including leading the Social Security Number Remediation project for which her team received the Presidential Team Irish Award.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Nina spent 13 years with Whirlpool Corporation, where she was involved in various global initiatives, including working over six years with Information Security, Privacy, and Audit Compliance.

Nina holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Kalamazoo College.

Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Media and Brand. Effective July 1, 2017, Rob assumed leadership of Fighting Irish Media (FIM), a talented team of creative communicators that educate, elevate, and empower student-athletes while inspiring fans and future generations to forever engage in the Notre Dame experience.

Rob is responsible for shaping the organization and strategic direction of FIM. Functionally, FIM includes strategic communications, media relations, social media, media production, innovation, design and brand stewardship for Notre Dame Athletics. FIM captures and tells the stories of Notre Dame Athletics across traditional and digital media platforms and supports the educational mission of the University in developing the next generation of media industry professionals and media-savvy athletes.

Formerly Associate Athletics Director for Ticketing, Premium and Technology, Rob has been with the University since 2006 and with the athletics department since 2013.

Prior to Notre Dame, Kelly worked for three years at Honeywell in various supply chain, operations and planning roles within the Consumer Products Group division, then home of the FRAM, Autolite and Prestone automotive brands.

Kelly earned both a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 through a five-year joint engineering/MBA program.

Mark Kocovski

Mark Kocovski

Mark joined Human Resources at the University of Notre Dame in 2002, currently leading the People Services and HR Consulting team as senior director.

Mark’s primary work supports the design and implementation of HR projects and coaching and counseling of Notre Dame leaders, managers, and employees. He assists in organizational design within departments and divisions, and resolving all forms of employee relations.

A graduate of Notre Dame, Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts in Latin and Government. He's also earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a Juris Doctorate.

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Kara Palmer

Kara began her career at Notre Dame in 2008 in Human Resources. During her 8 years in HR, she was a Compensation Analyst, Sr. Compensation Analyst, and an HR Consultant. In 2016, Kara was selected into the Notre Dame Rotation Program where she expanded her leadership skills and Notre Dame network working with the Graduate School, IT, Campus Safety and others. 

In 2017, Kara became the Associate Director of Administration in the Mendoza College of Business and was promoted to the Director of Administration in 2018. In this position, she serves as the Dean's chief of staff and is responsible for staffing strategies, talent and development planning, and partnering with senior leaders in the College on business operations, strategic planning, and stewardship of the College’s human and financial resources. In addition, she is privileged to directly lead a staff of 17 who support faculty and staff across the College.

Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2008, Kara worked as an HR Generalist in the Manufacturing, Call Center, and Service Industries. Her experience encompassed all aspects of Human Resources including Employee Relations, Training and Development, Staffing, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Design. 

Kara earned her B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. She holds her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) Certificate from World and Work. In addition, she is certified in Change Management, Project Management, Advanced Facilitation Skills, MBTI, and in delivering feedback with the CCL 360 instrument. She also holds her Coaching Certificate and is Green Belt Certified.