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Your Gift to the Annual Appeal Keeps Our Mission in Motion!

This year, your gift to the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Mission in Motion appeal is more meaningful than ever. During these times of PPE needs, WiFi challenges, increased costs of remote and hybrid education, and emerging technologies and equipment – your gift makes a difference. 

Together, we can position ALL Shaker students to succeed! Please donate today to help us make our year-end goal. Read more on how your donation keeps our mission in motion in our SSF Fast Facts guide below.

Donor Appreciation Report

Please take a moment to read about some of the success stories made possible by your support.

Thank you for keeping our Mission in Motion!

Our Mission

The Shaker Schools Foundation provides resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the

Shaker Heights City Schools. The Shaker Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our History

Established in 1981, the Shaker Schools Foundation was one of the first in the nation to raise funds for a public school system. Since then, we have raised more than $6.5 million to support the tradition of excellence that sets the Shaker schools apart. Through the robust support of individual donors, community partners, and grants from local and national foundations, we are able to make a difference in the lives of all Shaker students at every grade level throughout the District.

Our Staff

Holly Coughlin, Executive Director
Laura Orazi, Director of Development
Erica Verderber, Senior Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Proe, Social Media and Marketing Associate
Megan Hanger, Development Associate
Sharon Galin, Alumni Liaison

Board of Trustees

Stasia Vavruska, President
Carter Strang, Vice President
Doug Wang, Treasurer
Cathy Zbanek, Secretary

Jennifer Lawry Adams
Eileen Anderson
Cathy Belk
Michael Bowen
Lisa Cremer
Pawan K. Divakarla
Mark Freeman (Life Trustee)
David Glasner

Christopher Hunter
Cliff Mendelsohn
Dorothea Polster
Lisa Nersesian Richardson
Philip Rowland-Seymour
Carter Strang
Annette Tucker Sutherland
Brittany Webb

Advisory Committee

Anne Borchert, Co-chair
Nancy Karr, Co-chair
Joanie Adler
Jamie Babbit
Maxine Isaacs

Kathryn Jones
Peter Lawson Jones
Barb Miller
K.J. Montgomery
Chris Nance
Marjorie Newman

Zach Paris
Terry Pollack
Deborah Ratner, Emeritus
Ronald Ratner
Susan Ratner
Robin Weaver