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Get to Know Clarke’s Alumni Relations Staff

By Clarke News  |  August 11, 2023

It’s an exciting time for Clarke Alumni Relations as we welcome new staff and see existing staff members take on new roles. Take a moment to meet or get reacquainted with our team. 

AJ Ligeralde ’18, Development Officer- Digital Communications

Professional photo of AJ Ligeralde of the alumni relations office.AJ will lead outreach efforts to future donors and alumni to provide information on upcoming events and awareness of the University. He looks forward to building relationships with the Clarke University community and hearing their feedback about events and activities. In turn, he will support the development team in creating communication plans that strengthen bonds with all our alumni and friends. 

Outside of work, AJ enjoys being with his spouse, Krista Ligeralde, ’13 and his two sons, Niko and Makaio. He enjoys barbequing and playing team sports like volleyball and softball with friends and family.  

Elena Dominguez ’20, ’21M, Associate Director of Annual Funds & Alumni Engagement

professional photo of Elena Dominguez of the alumni relations office.Elena oversees the day-to-day operations of the annual fund and alumni engagement initiatives. She will work to further align the University’s alumni relations activities with the annual fund efforts. Elena will work with both internal teams and external partners to strategize and organize compelling alumni events. Alumni will have the opportunity to interact with Elena during events, and she will also keep them informed through campus updates.  

Outside of work, Elena enjoys attending concerts and soaking up the energy of live music performances. She also finds joy in cooking and cherishes spending quality time with her friends. You can often find Elena at a local restaurant, coffee shop, or other business.   

Kaley Rigdon Burgmeier, Director of Annual Funds & Alumni Engagement

Kaley Rigdon Burgmeier of the alumni relations office.Kaley is responsible for the strategic planning, organization, and management of the annual funds and alumni engagement programs. She also serves as the primary staff liaison to the Clarke University Alumni Association Board. Kaley’s favorite part of her role is being able to make connections and build lasting relationships with alumni across generations and throughout the nation. 

Outside of work, Kaley loves spending quality time outside with her husband Matt, daughter, Harper, and dog, Sully. She enjoys working out, listening to podcasts, going for evening walks and a good bowl of ice cream.  

We hope to get to know you better at some of our upcoming Clarke Alumni events, including our Homecoming Celebration September 29 – October 1! If you have questions or would like to learn more about hosting an alumni event, contact us at