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ESU Foundation introduces new major gift officers

September 14, 2011

Emporia State University’s fundraising efforts in northeast Kansas are taking on renewed focus this fall with the selection of two new major gift officers. Tim Clothier, interim president of the ESU Foundation, recently introduced the new staff members, Pam Konetzni of Olathe and John Lohmeyer of Topeka.

“Pam and John each bring a passion for reaching out and connecting with our alumni and donors across the country,” said Clothier. “But each of them will also focus on specific geographic areas centered on their current home bases,” he explained.
Pam Konetzni
Konetzni holds two ESU degrees—a bachelor’s in business in 1981 and an MBA in 1984. Describing herself as “a fulltime volunteer for over 21 years in both Chicago and Baltimore,” Konetzni led volunteer groups in various churches and schools, and she continues to assist with high school recruitment for her sorority, Chi Omega.

Since returning to Kansas in 2004, Konetzni has been active in the ESU Foundation as a member of its Board of Trustees. She headed the Trustee Development Committee responsible for cultivating new and educating current members of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees and most recently served as the board’s Second Vice Chairman.

Konetzni has resigned her ESU Foundation board position in order to join the Foundation’s major gift officer staff. She will focus her efforts on the Kansas City metropolitan area.
John Lohmeyer
Lohmeyer is also an ESU alumnus, earning a bachelor’s in education in 1974 and a master’s in counselor education in 1977. A fourth-round NFL draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973, Lohmeyer played four seasons for the Chiefs from 1973-1977, serving as a Special Teams captain three years.

His background includes ten  years as a partner and broker with a full service regional insurance agency specializing in commercial insurance sales and workers compensation management. In addition, he has 10 years of experience in the banking and finance industry with an emphasis in marketing. He is a member of the ESU Athletics Hall of Honor, inducted in 1983 in recognition of his football careers with the Hornets and Chiefs. Lohmeyer’s ESU Foundation work will focus on the Topeka, Douglas County and Kansas City metropolitan areas.

Konetzni and Lohmeyer join Brett Larson, major gift officer, and Shane Shivley, a major gift officer for the Foundation and associate director of athletics, in encouraging and securing continued financial support from Emporia State’s alumni, friends and potential donors.

For information on connecting with the ESU Foundation’s major gift officers, or questions about making a gift to Emporia State University, please call (620) 341-5440, or visit



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