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
- Director of Alumni Relations, Bill DeSalvo
- Events Manager, Claudia D'Alessandro
- Database Manager and Gifts Officer, Elizabeth Feins '13
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.
A very active member of the Seacrest community, Cindy joins our students on occasional field trips, serves as an eighth grade advisor, and even started the scuba diving club with art teacher Michael Grandi.
When it comes to education, Bill has done it all, conquering nearly every faculty position in independent education. To date, he has served as Head Librarian and Director of Admissions at Suffield Academy; as the High School Director of Canterbury School, Ft. Wayne, Indiana; as the Upper/Middle School Director for University School Ft. Lauderdale; and as Head of Upper School at Community School of Naples. In 1980 he coached Suffield Academy’s football team through an undefeated season, and his time as Director of Admissions gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He has worked with preschoolers, alumni, and every age group in between.
Bill considers himself a “moral educator.” He believes that as a teacher, the task at hand is to teach ethical literacy and then to encourage and empower young people to act in ways they know to be good and true. He balances his time between moral education and being together as a family with his two adult sons and his wife, Jodie. He enjoys biking, yard work, and accompanying the school’s annual choral trips to Europe. He and his wife Jodie are parents to two adult sons, including Seacrest alumnus Bennie '10.
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.
A Seacrest alumna from the Class of 2013, Elizabeth Feins joined the Advancement Office this year after completing an internship at Seacrest in the spring of 2016. She is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she majors in English and Creative Writing.
At Seacrest, she was a National Merit Scholar, the Student Body President, Treasurer of National Honor Society and literary magazine Editor-In-Chief. She also attended the highly selective Iowa Young Writers Studio and represented Southwest Florida at the 2011 international HOBY World Leadership Congress.
A lover of music and theatre, Elizabeth has been heavily involved with Opera Naples since she was 15 years old. She has performed in more than a dozen operas and held leading roles in several operettas.