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Make a Difference!

There is no doubt a Shaker education makes a difference! Your gift helps us move ahead with opportunities and experiences for all Shaker students. With our donor-centered approach to giving, it is easy to direct your support to the areas you are most passionate about. Make a difference today!

Our History

Every School. Every Grade. Every Student.

The Shaker Schools Foundation is able to make a difference in the lives of all Shaker students throughout the District through the funds raised through individual donations, grants and special events.

  • SSF was the first foundation in Ohio to support a public school system when it launched in 1981. SSF helps with projects beyond the District’s budget, enriching and expanding opportunities for learning.
  • SSF supports the District’s strategic initiatives around Educational Equity and IB (International Baccalaureate Programme). SSF raises and distributes funds for academics, arts, athletics, social-emotional learning, student opportunity assistance, technology and co-curriculars.
  • Since its inception, SSF has raised and distributed over $10M in support of Shaker schools.

Click on the Donor Report to see our impact in action!

Our Board of Trustees

Carter Strang, President
Cathy Zbanek, Vice President
Christopher Hunter, Treasurer
Ramona Lowery-Ferrell, Secretary

Jennifer Lawry Adams
Eileen Anderson
Michael Bowen
Kevin L. Clayton
Nicol Coxon
Mity Fowler
Mark Freeman
David Glasner, Superintendent
Jeffrey Isaacs, Board of Education Liaison
Cliff Mendelsohn

Jay Morgan
Jonas Ng
Barbara Nolan
Phillip Rowland-Seymour
Scott Shelfer
Tricia Stevenson
Stasia Vavruska
Brittany Webb

Read bios here.

Advisory Committee

Anne Borchert, Chair
Joanie Adler
Jamie Babbit
Maxine Isaacs
Kathryn Jones
Peter Lawson Jones

Barb Miller
Zachary Paris
Terry Pollack
Jennifer Proe
Deborah Ratner, Emeritus

Ronald Ratner
Susan Ratner
Robin Weaver
Caroline Weingart
Steve Weitzner
Mariama Whyte

Our Staff

Holly Coughlin, Executive Director
Laura Orazi, Director of Development
Erica Verderber, Senior Administrative Assistant
Sharon Galin, Alumni Liaison
Megan Hanger, Development Associate
Marla Walker, Marketing and Communications Specialist

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Shaker Schools Foundation, Ph: 216-295-4329, Email:

Shaker Schools Alumni, Ph: 216-295-4877, Email:

15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

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