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Meet the Development Team

The Development 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.

Eva Aspegren - Director of Development

Ms. Aspegren has fifteen years of experience implementing progressive learning models across a variety of educational institutions both nationally and internationally. Her work in education has focused on combining entrepreneurship and education, and creating applied-learning, real-world experiences for students that also impact the surrounding communities. Additionally, Ms. Aspegren has worked in higher education administration to create strategic plans and to develop and implement fundraising initiatives. She is the mother of two Seacrest students and is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. In her free time, Ms. Aspegren likes to play outside with her kids and dog, and enjoys traveling.

Christin Palumbo Minder and Maria Werner Klinck - Co-Coordinators of Alumni Affairs

Mrs. Minder is the Middle School Dean of Students, Middle and Upper School Health teacher, and Co-Coordinator of Alumni Affairs. She is currently in her 12th year at Seacrest and plans to raise her child at the school. Christin says, “While pregnant with my first child I decided Seacrest is where she will graduate from and I want her to start here right now, that’s why I pioneered the creation of Seacrest’s Baby Rays Early Learning and will have my child every day at school with me.” Her favorite alumni event is the All School Alumni Friendsgiving held the day before Thanksgiving every year. “I love fall and the feeling of homecoming," she says. "It is great to see so many students and families come back to the school, share stories, cheer at the alumni basketball game, and reconnect.”

Mrs. Klinck has been the Co-Coordinator of Alumni Affairs since June 2017. She has also been the Lower School Physical Education teacher since August 2006. Maria graduated from Kent State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and in 2010 from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Her love for school is evident through her 13 years as a teacher at Seacrest and she wanted to continue that love through her work in the Alumni Affairs. “Just because you graduate from high school does not mean you have to say goodbye," says Mrs. Klinck. "A new door has been opened for our graduates; A whole world of networking and socializing with other Seacrest alumni is out there, just waiting for you!”

Claudia D'Alessandro - Events Manager

Claudia D'Alessandro joined Seacrest in 2016 to serve as the Events Manager in the Development 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 attends Seacrest.

Heather Moore - Development Associate

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.

Heather holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Art from Ferrum College. She has two grown children both currently in college. She and Tim enjoy their weekends boating, fishing, dining and getting to explore all that Southwest Florida has to offer.