Meet the Advancement Team
The Advancement team at Seacrest supports the vision of Seacrest by fostering relationships with all members of the Seacrest family to enrich the community. From fundraising to alumni relations to high-level marketing to communicating with our constituents and corporate partners, the team works diligently to connect and support friends of Seacrest.
Members of our office can help plan your giving to Seacrest, as well as support your interests. Stay informed and involved with Seacrest. Contact any member of the team for ways you can support the School.
- Director of Institutional Advancement, Cindy Weir
- Co-Coordinators of Alumni Affairs, Christin Palumbo Minder and Maria Werner Klinck
- Events Manager, Claudia D'Alessandro
- Database Manager and Gifts Officer, Heather Moore
Cindy Weir oversees the Advancement department, guiding Seacrest's fundraising goals and cultivating relationships with prospective and current supporters of the School. Cindy began her career in 1992 as a teacher in early, elementary and special education in the public school system in Delaware. She served as adjunct faculty at University of Delaware in 1997 and 1998. In 1999 Cindy joined The Independence School, an independent PK3 through Grade 8 institution in Newark, D.E. In her 14 years at Independence, Cindy served as a teacher, Division Head, Communications Manager and Director of Admission.
Cindy holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Development from University of Delaware and a M.Ed. from Wilmington University. In 2006, Cindy was the recipient of E.E. Ford Fellowship, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) for Aspiring School Heads.
An active member of the Seacrest community, Cindy joins our students on occasional field trips and even started the scuba diving club with art teacher Michael Grandi. Cindy is a trained Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver. She enjoys scuba diving, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
Claudia D'Alessandro joined Seacrest in 2016 to serve as the Events Manager in the Advancement Office. A New York native, Claudia earned her degree in English Literature from Rider University before moving to Naples in 2008.
Prior to Seacrest, Claudia served as the Development Associate at The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples. She has also held positions at her alma mater, Staten Island Academy, and at Cambridge School of Weston. Her passions include fashion, fitness and baking elaborate birthday cakes for her son, who will attend Seacrest this year.
Heather Moore joined the Seacrest team September 2017 as our Development Associate. Having visited Marco Island for the past 19 years, she and her husband, Tim, moved to Marco from Lawrenceville, NJ just one week before the arrival of hurricane Irma, talk about baptism by fire!
Heather was previously employed for 13 years at The Lawrenceville School working in the development office. She started as an administrative assistant in the annual fund, then after two years was promoted to the events manager position which she held until her departure in May 2017. She comes to Seacrest with a wealth of knowledge and a great understanding of how independent schools operate and their need for continued engagement and support by their constituents.