Michelle McMullen


Please join us in congratulating Michelle McMullen on her recent promotion to the Director of Alumni Programs and Councils position. As many of you know, Michelle has been at NKU since 2010 as our Annual Fund Director. In that role she launched NKU’s first Loyal Norse Society to recognize and sustain loyal philanthropic support. She created NKU’s first “thaNKU” week to personally engage alumni donors in the mentoring of current students.  Prior to NKU, Michelle spent six years at the American Red Cross. In that position she worked with volunteers to coordinate the support for six national disasters.  Michelle has a Bachelors of Business Degree from University of Great Falls and a Master of Public Administration from NKU. 


University Development and Alumni Relations announces new team members

University Development is proud to announce Kendall Fisher as the new Director of Advancement for the College of Informatics.  Kendall has been working in the field of nonprofit management and development since 1991.  She began her career in the social service field, serving as the director of a domestic violence shelter, a violent offender treatment program and one of the country’s first teenage dating violence prevention programs.  Locally, she has served as the Executive Director of both Women Helping Women and the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and also as a grant writer for the Cincinnati Public Schools. 

With decades of grant writing and development experience, she has created and funded many collaborative model programs and has doubled the budget and geographical reach of agencies that she has directed. She is also a state certified police instructor who truly enjoys teaching and public speaking, earning the Mead Johnson Excellence in Teaching Award from Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Fisher has a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Miami University, and she also studied Historic Preservation. Outside of work, she spends time restoring her old house in Northside (Cincinnati) and enjoys bicycling, kayaking and camping.

University Development would also like to announce Cynthia Siddens as the new Director of Development for the College of Education and Human Services.  Cynthia joined the NKU October 2008 as the Project and Event Manager for the Haile/US Bank College of Business. Most recently she served in the role of Assistant Director of College Alumni Associations where she was responsible for volunteer engagement and alumni programs and events within the academic colleges.

Before joining NKU she held positions with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, the Art Institute of Ohio–Cincinnati, and briefly worked with LEGACY, the young professional organization managed through the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Her educational experiences include earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a non-profit management graduate certificate from NKU.

Cynthia is originally from Northwestern Illinois but has proudly called Kentucky her home for the past 12 years.