Carol Mullaney, Senior Director, Office of Sustainability
Carol Mullaney is the Senior Director for the Office of Sustainability, overseeing the strategic and managerial direction for the office. She assumed leadership responsibility for the Office of Sustainability in September 2017. Working with the Office of Sustainability staff and interns, she will focus on partnerships with campus groups and individuals to advance the university’s Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy.
Carol joined Notre Dame in 2010 as a founding member of the Continuous Improvement Office, focused on designing, leading, and fostering a culture that embraces continuous improvement and positive change to support Notre Dame’s mission. Under her leadership of that office beginning in 2011, many campus departments have achieved strategic targets, recaptured valuable time and delivered positive financial impact through engagement in the continuous improvement process. In addition, she is a concurrent instructor in the Mendoza College of Business, teaching a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course in the MBA program. Carol is also currently an instructor for the Moreau First-Year Experience course, a one-credit seminar for all first-year undergraduate students launched in the fall 2015 semester.
Carol was recognized as a “Leader of Change” in Higher Education in 2016 by NCCI, the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Carol spent ten years directing process improvement programs and leading strategic/executive level transformation projects for the Fortune 500 Company, Pitney Bowes.
Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 and also received an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She served on the Notre Dame Alumni Board from July 2001 to July 2004, the initial Steering committee for ND Women Connect, and currently, serves as Vice President/President-Elect for Higher Education's Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI).
Allison Mihalich, Senior Program Director
Allison Mihalich serves as the Senior Program Director in the Office of Sustainability at the University of Notre Dame, responsible for facilitating the University’s sustainability small working groups. She joined Notre Dame in February 2018 from the Environmental Protection Agency. Allison began her career in sustainability strategic planning and metrics development for the Federal Government at Department of Energy in 2009 and has expertise in leading strategic planning efforts, communications planning, budget formulation and execution, and collaborating with a wide array of stakeholders to advance sustainability goals.
Allison’s formal education includes an Executive Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography, as well as a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from George Washington University
Caitlin Hodges, Associate Program Manager
Caitlin Hodges is an Associate Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability. Her primary area of responsibility is student engagement in sustainability, leading student-focused programs and serving as an adviser to student groups, residence halls, and individuals involved in sustainability-related initiatives. In addition, she will work with our team on large campus-wide initiatives and special projects.
Caitlin is a 2017 ND alumna, with a B.A. in American Studies and a Minor in Sustainability. During her student years, she served as the Director of Community Relations within the Student Government Executive Cabinet and was the Urban Design Project Manager for the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem program. She has worked in part-time roles for the past few years for the Center for Social Concerns as a community-based research assistant and, for the past year, supported the Minor in Sustainability program as a part-time Program Coordinator.
Donnetta McClellan, Project and Communications Coordinator
Donnetta McClellan is the Project and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for the social media presence of the office, including its website, and you will see her byline on many articles highlighting sustainability efforts and programs on campus. She came to the office with a wealth of expertise about Notre Dame after spending time as an officer assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. Prior to her time there, she supported the many groups that comprise the Campus Services. Donnetta also has five years’ experience with Athletics, providing travel, event management, and communication assistance.
After beginning her educational career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Donnetta completed her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration from Ivy Tech through the Notre Dame Learning at Work program.