As we finish out the year, we would like to take a moment and thank everyone who has participated in the Shorecrest Fund this year. Your philanthropic support has been extremely meaningful. Thank you! Every gift - no matter the size - makes an impact.
This week in Construction Corner, we are excited to share pictures of the overall progress of the second floor of Charger Commons. Can you envision what the space will look like when we return next year?
Shorecrest’s Mission is augmented by the generosity of our parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who support the school philanthropically or by effecting change locally, globally or right here at Shorecrest. We call these community members Contributing Chargers.
This week’s Contributing Charger is Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. Since 1995, Jean has supported Shorecrest philanthropically and with her time and talent. At the conclusion of this school year, Jean will be retiring and it is our great honor to highlight her as a Contributing Charger.
Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
This week’s Contributing Charger is Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. Since 1995, Jean has supported Shorecrest philanthropically and with her time and talent. We asked her to reveal a little about herself and why Shorecrest is important to her.
Michael Gillis, his wife Rosalind and their two daughters, moved from NYC to allow Michael to become the Director of Advancement in 2017. Following commencement from Choate Rosemary Hall, Michael spent a year studying at The Goethe Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociolinguistics and German from the University of Vermont, and a Fundraising School Certificate at the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Mr. Gillis spent the first portion of his career as a producer and director with companies including Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Studios, Columbia Tristar and GMG, Inc. In recent years, he has directed the major gifts program at North County School and a capital campaign for Manhattan Country School. The Gillises have two daughters at Shorecrest, Luna '26 and Sada '28.
Stacy Alexander graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Mass Communications from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining Shorecrest, Stacy served as the Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Communications for Mote Marine Laboratory located in Sarasota. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership St. Pete program through the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to her work with Shorecrest Chargers Alumni, Stacy serves as a Junior Advisor in the Upper School, and sponsors Shorecrest’s Student Ambassador Program and the Guardian ad Litem Club. Stacy grew up in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg, Florida.
Laina Bennett Coburn is originally from Palm Harbor, and returned to the Tampa Bay Area after previously living in Minneapolis and Atlanta. She joined Shorecrest after working most recently as a fundraiser for The Atlanta Opera. Mrs. Coburn has experience working in non-profit arts organizations, broadcast media and database management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College where she majored in music, management and media studies.
Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
Olivia Segalman joined the Shorecrest Advancement Office as the Advancement Associate in the summer of 2019. A native of Baltimore, MD, she has lived in Tampa, FL, for the past nine years after attending the University of Tampa, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She also holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Olivia came to Shorecrest from Tampa Preparatory School where she served as the Communications Coordinator.
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