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Gift Planning Staff

The Office of Gift Planning specializes in charitable gift planning for estates, charitable trusts and annuities and other complex current and future gift plans.

Jeremy Arkin

Jeremy D. Arkin

Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning
(919) 613-6195
jeremy.arkin@duke.edu

Jeremy works with donors and their advisors to explore gift strategies with complex tax and legal implications. He first came to Duke as Director of Endowment Administration. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and a corporate lawyer at Troutman Sanders, LLP, in Atlanta. Jeremy received his law degree from UNC and his undergraduate degree from Haverford College. Jeremy is an active volunteer in the Durham community and grew up in nearby Greensboro, North Carolina.

Phillip H. Buchanan

Senior Philanthropic Counsel for Duke University
(919) 681-0467
phil.buchanan@duke.edu

Phil was named Senior Philanthropic Counsel for Duke University on July 1, 2016, after serving as the Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning since 2008. He joined Duke in January 2002 as the Director of Planned Giving. Phil also has served as President of Duke University Philanthropies, Inc. since 2006 and formerly as Vice President from 2004-2006. He is an attorney and his primary focus at Duke involves helping donors and their professional advisors understand and consider charitable gifts that require some measure of tax, legal, or financial planning. Phil’s work includes charitable gift and tax issues related to estates, trusts, life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, real estate, closely held companies, partnerships, IRD assets, and other complex gift arrangements.

Sarah K. Fish '82

Senior Director of Gift Planning Relations
(919) 681-0462
sarah.fish@duke.edu

Sarah was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a third generation Duke graduate and is responsible for handling the day-to-day administration of Duke's trust and gift annuity accounts. Sarah also manages estates in probate and is available to help donors developing new gift plans. Sarah has worked in the Office of Gift Planning at Duke since 1995. Prior to joining the staff, she was employed as a trust officer at North Carolina Trust Company. Sarah enjoys attending Duke football and basketball games, and she is an active volunteer in the Durham community.

Anne Morrison Bradley

Anne Morrison Bradley

Associate Director and Philanthropic Advisor
(919) 613-5224
anne.bradley@duke.edu

Anne first came to Duke University as an Advancement Officer with the Major Gifts and Special Initiatives team before joining the Office of Gift Planning in 2013. Prior to Duke, she was the Development Manager at the Detroit Zoological Society. 

Her primary focus at Duke involves helping donors and their professional advisors understand and consider charitable gifts that require some measure of tax, legal or financial planning.  Anne’s work includes charitable gift and tax issues related to estates, trusts, life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, real estate and other complex gift arrangements. 

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and has worked exclusively at nonprofits throughout her career. 

Anne Sherman

Anne Sherman '94

Associate Director and Philanthropic Advisor
(919) 681-6750
anne.sherman@duke.edu

Anne works with donors who are interested in making a charitable gift to Duke, and helps them navigate any tax or legal implications associated with the gifts. Prior to joining the gift planning team, Anne served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Advising at Duke Law as part of the Law School’s Offices of Academic and Student Affairs, and also worked in the Law School’s Career and Professional Development Office.

Earlier in her career, Anne worked for the college fund at The University of Chicago and practiced employee benefits law at firms in Chicago and Raleigh. Anne received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, graduating with honors, and her undergraduate degree from Duke. Anne and her family enjoy Duke Athletics events, and she actively volunteers in the Durham community.

Jane Lee Heuser

Jane Lee Heuser

Associate Director of Trust and Estate Administration
(919) 681-6776
jane.heuser@duke.edu

Jane is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and moved to beautiful North Carolina in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and joined the Gift Planning team in 2012. Jane is responsible for handling the day-to-day administration of Duke's trust and gift annuity accounts. She also manages estates for Duke and works with donors in developing their charitable plans.

Prior to joining Duke, Jane managed trusts and estates at a small law firm and was a vice president with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. Jane loves to travel and is conversant in Cantonese and French. She keeps busy with her husband and two teenagers and is an active volunteer in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Jane Lee Heuser

Karen H. Smedley

Assistant Director of Trust and Estate Administration
(919) 684-0367
karen.smedley@duke.edu

Karen assists in the administration of estates and trusts for the Office of Gift Planning. In her role, Karen actively works to support donors by providing information regarding charitable gifts and bequests and serving as the point of contact in the estate administration process. Her previous experience includes having worked in a private law practice in trust and estate management and specialized in estate planning and complex elder law issues.

An Alabama native, Karen now makes her home in North Carolina with her husband and daughters. In her spare time, her family enjoys participating in the vibrant local arts community.

Leslie M. Anderson

Leslie M. Anderson

Data Project Coordinator for Trusts and Estates
(919) 681-0466
leslie.anderson@duke.edu

Leslie oversees reporting and data accuracy for the Office of Gift Planning. She works closely with development teams across the university providing information and analysis as needed.  She also assists with the administration of our Trust and Estate programs. Leslie is a native Carolinian—born in South Carolina and raised in Durham. She is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College and joined the Gift Planning team in 2002. Prior to joining the team, Leslie worked in human resources and banking. Leslie has a young daughter who is her constant joy and makes her home, along with her husband, in Raleigh.

Brandy Chieco

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications
(919) 681-8030
brandolyn.chieco@duke.edu

Brandy oversees marketing and communications, events and special initiatives for the Office of Gift Planning. She works closely with donors who are featured in Duke Magazine, the Blueprints blog and other publications. She also works closely with development teams, schools and alumni volunteers as part of our comprehensive reunion efforts. Prior to joining the team, Brandy worked in marketing, human resources and banking. She received her B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When she is not in the office, Brandy enjoys local theatre, exploring the diverse Durham food scene and spending quality time with her husband and son.

Katherine A. Hunsley

Katherine A. Hunsley

Development Associate
(919) 684-2507
katherine.hunsley@duke.edu

Cathy handles day-to-day administration support for the Gift Planning team and serves as the first point of contact for guests and donors. She also assists the gift officers with travel, scheduling and internal communications. Cathy considers Birmingham, Alabama as home although she has lived at various times in eight different locations. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University.

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith

Development Associate
(919) 681-0464
ellen.smith@duke.edu

Ellen assists with daily office administration and support for the Assistant Vice President and an Associate Director of Gift Planning. Prior to joining the gift planning team, Ellen handled operations for C.H. Robinson, a third party logistics company in Raleigh, NC. She is a native of Wytheville, VA, and received her degree in business management and sociology from Emory & Henry College. Ellen enjoys going to concerts and sporting events, taking barre classes, and keeping up with her miniature dachshund, Slinky.

Michael C. Sholtz

Michael C. Sholtz

Senior Development Counsel
(919) 668-7469
mike.sholtz@duke.edu

In his role as Senior Development Counsel, Mike provides strategic gift planning assistance across the university, working closely with leadership in University Development and across the schools and units. Mike also serves as University Development's liaison with University Counsel, Treasury, Endowment/Investment Administration, and DUMAC, Inc. Mike returned to Duke in 2008 after serving as Director of Development Support and Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Bank of New York Mellon's Charitable Gift Services group. Prior to this, Mike served as Director and Senior Philanthropic Counsel of U.S. Trust Company's Planned Giving Services group. From 1994 to 2001, Mike served as Duke University's Director of Planned Giving. Mike received a B.A. from Yale, an M.B.A. from the University of Miami, a J.D. from Duke Law School, and an LL.M. (Taxation) from Villanova Law School. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law in North Carolina and is a former president of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

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Joe Tynan

Joseph W. Tynan

Director of Gift Planning for Duke Health Development
(919) 385-3114
joseph.tynan@duke.edu

Joseph W. Tynan, Director of Gift Planning in Duke Health Development, has been with the Medical Center since 1995. Prior to that, he was Director of Planned Giving at Rockefeller University, a biomedical research institute and graduate university in New York City. Joe has more than 20 years of experience in the trust and estate and planned giving fields. He received a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in Jamaica, N.Y.

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