Senior Director of Sustainability
Carol Mullaney is the senior director for the Office of Sustainability, assuming leadership responsibility in 2017, overseeing the strategic and managerial direction for the office. Working with the Office of Sustainability staff and interns, she focuses 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 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).
Senior Program Director
Allison Mihalich serves as senior program director in the Office of Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for facilitating the University’s sustainability small working groups, annual reporting, and maintaining sustainability metrics. Ms. Mihalich joined the office in February 2018.
Prior to joining the University, Ms. Mihalich previously worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. She began her career in sustainability strategic planning and metrics development for the Federal Government at the Department of Energy in 2009 and has expertise in leading strategic planning efforts, communications planning, budget formulation and execution, and collaborating with cross-functional teams to advance sustainability goals.
Ms. Mihalich earned an Executive Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech, a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from George Washington University.
Associate Program Manager
Caitlin Jacobs serves as an associate program manager in the Office of Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for 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. She also works with our team on large campus-wide initiatives and special projects. Ms. Jacobs joined the office in July 2018.
Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Ms. Jacobs worked for the Center for Social Concerns as a community-based research assistant and supported the Minor in Sustainability program as a part-time program coordinator.
Ms. Jacobs 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.
Donnetta McClellan serves as project and communications coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. In this role, Ms. McClellan is responsible for the office website, social media, and coordination of articles highlighting sustainability across campus.
Ms. McClellan has worked at Notre Dame since 2007, and has held positions as administrative assistant to the Associate Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director, senior administrative assistant to the Associate Vice President for Campus Services, and officer assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. She joined the Office of Sustainability in her current role in February of 2017.
Prior to joining the University, Ms. McClellan served as the secretary/treasurer for Jimtown Intermediate School and was the executive administrative assistant to the senior management team at Miles Federal Credit Union.
After beginning her educational career at Ball State University, Ms. McClellan completed her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech through the Notre Dame Learning at Work program.