Thank You for Keeping Our Mission in Motion!

The Shaker Schools Foundation is grateful for your support of our students and teachers. Help us close out the year on a high note with your gift to the Mission in Motion Annual Appeal. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or memory of a student, staff member, or loved one.

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 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
Cathy Belk, Treasurer
Cathy Zbanek, Secretary

Jennifer Lawry Adams
Eileen Anderson
Michael Bowen
Lawrence Burnley
Pawan K. Divakarla
Mark Freeman (Life Trustee)
David Glasner
Christopher Hunter
Jeffrey Isaacs
Tricia Khayat
Ramona Lowery
Cliff Mendelsohn
Dorothea Polster
Lisa Nersesian Richardson
Philip Rowland-Seymour
Doug Wang
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

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

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Are you a Shaker graduate or do you know a Shaker graduate whose story would be interesting to others?
Email us with his/her name, brief story, and contact information so we may reach out to learn more.


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The Shaker Heights High School Library and the Shaker Heights Public Library want to share
your books with our Shaker students and friends. Please email us if you are interested in sharing your book(s) with us!


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Our Mission

The Shaker Schools Foundation supports all Shaker Heights City Schools students
by cultivating community resources to advance equitable access
and enhance opportunities in and out of the classroom.

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.