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Dr. Shelly Myers

Dr. Shelly Myers is the Executive Director of the Westlake Academy Foundation and the Director of Development. She is responsible for the annual fundraising campaign and several Foundation-sponsored events which contribute to the school's budget and general finances.The Academy relies on Foundation funding for approximately 20% of its annual operating budget. Specifically Dr. Myers manages the Blacksmith Annual Fund, Westlake Baja and Gallery Night. Since her arrival in 2009, the Foundation has raised $9,031,645 (through the 2015-2016 school year) which is up dramatically from the school's earliest, original cumulative financial campaigns.

A very experienced fundraising professional, Dr. Myers’ prior position before Westlake Academy was at an independent school in central Pennsylvania, serving as director of development and alumni relations of Harrisburg Academy (est. 1784).  During her five-year tenure at the school, Dr. Myers was responsible for the most significant period of growth in the Academy's non-tuition revenue. She directed a comprehensive program that raised over $4.5 million; managed a $1 million endowment campaign; increased annual giving over 125 percent; and secured $1.5 million for scholarships through Pennsylvania’s business tax credit program, among other fundraising efforts. Under her management, the Academy also improved its relations with alumni from the classes of 1938 to 2008. As a result, the school’s alumni office is now actively in contact with nearly 2,400 Academy graduates and alumni parents. 

Prior to her work at Harrisburg Academy, Dr. Myers served as vice president of development of Big Brothers Big Sisters; director of development for the Greater Harrisburg Foundation; and manager, corporate and foundation relations for PinnacleHealth System.  Additionally, she served as a research associate, lecturer, and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois for seven years.  

Dr. Myers received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota; her M.S. from the University of Illinois; and her B.S. and B.A. from the University of Charleston, where she was named outstanding senior of the year and was a recipient of an alumni association award.  She also attended the National Planned Giving Institute, at the College of William & Mary.