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Meet Our Administrative Team

Katharina Bergman, B.A., Communications Manager

Lisa Fabian, B.A., Associate Director of Development

Nicole Hodder, Administrative Assistant


Katharina Bergman, B.A.
Communications Manager

Kat manages communications and marketing activities for the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. In her role, she focuses on the design and production of print and online marketing materials, brand and PR oversight, event management (educational events, lectures, conferences, large fundraisers, donor celebrations), corporate and private sponsorships & partnerships, website updates and social media initiatives, advertising strategy, publication of newsletters, and community outreach projects in order to increase public awareness about specific research. Furthermore, she works closely with our development team on donor relations and stewardship. Kat comes to our research team with over a decade of relevant experience, gained in international corporations and well as academic settings. Her work is focused on helping to bring the Fund and its innovative research into bipolar disorder to the attention of the public on a national and international level.

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Lisa Fabian, B.A.
Associate Director of Development

Lisa Fabian joined the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research team as the new Associate Director of Development, Mental Health Programs, in February 2017. In her role, she is focusing specifically on bipolar programs and the Prechter Fund. Lisa is a University of Michigan graduate (College of LSA) and relocated to Ann Arbor from Southern California.

Most recently, Lisa served as Director, Mid-range Donor Programs, at Donor Service Group in Los Angeles, CA. Over the last 13 years at DSG, she shepherded the evolution of their mid-range program into a thriving department of 21 direct-line fundraisers working on behalf of major non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the American Red Cross, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Americares and the Human Rights Campaign. Her focus was on creating integrated fundraising programs for these organizations, with an emphasis on retention and upgraded giving of mid-level donors. Prior to this, Lisa worked for the Anti-Defamation League in Southern California and as an advertising executive in Chicago.

Lisa is pleased to be working as a direct-line fundraiser again in support of advancing mental health research and treatment at Michigan Medicine.

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Nicole Hodder
Administrative Assistant

Nicole Hodder has been an administrative assistant for nine years. Previously, Nicole worked at the Mary A. Rackham Institute for almost two years and supported three clinics (University Center for Child and Family, Psychological Clinic, University Center for Language and Literacy). Nicole first started at U-M as a temp at the Ross School of Business and an administrative assistant for the Tauber Institute. Prior to working for the University she was a paralegal for law firms in the Novi and Farmington area. Nicole is from Plymouth Michigan and recently relocated to Ann Arbor.

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