DRi is pleased to announce Laura Duvelius as the next Ivymount Chief Development Officer. DRi and Ivymount worked together this year to conduct an executive search for a fundraiser who could had the rare set of skills necessary to become a partner to researchers, donors, and parents of special-needs children at a trailblazing organization.
Since 1961, the Ivymount Corporation has created nationally recognized programs and partnerships for those with autism and special needs and their families, working to ensure that its innovative approach is widely disseminated across the larger field of special education and support services. Ivymount School has served more than 8,000 students since its founding, helping them graduate and transition to continued education, employment, and adult life. Their trailblazing service programs have received recognition from peer-reviewed journals to the White House. After the impressive rate of programmatic growth over the last 12 years, the next Ivymount Chief Development Officer needed to be a dedicated and innovative fundraiser who could build national fundraising initiatives to match the school’s reputation. Laura will take the lead in increasing the organization’s annual revenue to $5 million over the next 5 years.
Laura has an accomplished record both in serving youth and expanding support. She previously served as the Director of Development for Adoptions Together, where she grew revenue substantially and tripled the pipeline of donors. Additionally, she worked with Easter Seals to fund events for children with diabetes, and also spent more than two years as a juvenile caseworker. Her record of success in institutions dedicated to helping disadvantaged children was a perfect match for Ivymount’s needs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University and her Master of Social Work at Wayne State University.
We know Laura will be an invaluable addition to Ivymount and its development program. We wish Laura and Ivymount Corporation success on their future endeavors and is eager to see the impact of their new initiatives in the region and across the country.
St. Patrick’s is devoted to extending children’s natural curiosity, shaping their appetite for learning, and sparking enthusiastic new interests that prepare them to live lives of integrity, passion, and purpose. Founded in 1956 as a nursery school in the basement of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, it is now a thriving parish day school with more than 500 students enrolled in Nursery through Grade 8 across two Washington, D.C. campuses. DRi completed an executive search to identify St. Pat’s Assistant Head of School for Development. St. Pat’s needed someone who would expand support for a bold new strategic plan that calls for enhancements to its superb education and, just as importantly, to the identification of new financial models that will help bring that education within reach of more Washington-area children and families.
Suzanne brings to St. Patrick’s extensive experience in fundraising for educational institutions. Suzanne previously served in the development departments of St. Columba’s Nursery School, the American Council on Education, the School for Friends, and the Maret School, and she most recently was the Director of Development for the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. Suzanne’s record of implementing multi-million-dollar campaigns and exceeding revenue targets speaks to her expert knowledge of how to monitor and evaluate powerful fundraising progress. Her expertise was matched by her clear commitment to and passion for children’s educational institutions. Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wells College and her Juris Doctor at American University.
We wish Suzanne and St. Pat’s the best of luck in pursuing the school’s new strategic direction and in welcoming more Washington-area children and families to its community. We are looking forward to seeing the results of their shared success.