Brenda Montes, Reporter
More than a Capital Campaign Director. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Pam Shambra, the Capital Campaign Director of Samueli Academy, studied at Louisiana State University for two years, then graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans. Besides her work she loves cooking, hiking, gardening, and photography.
"I have a big heart for foster children and low income students and have for a very long time. Volunteered with foster children for many years, like Arrowhead, a camp,” said Pam Shambra. In September 2011, Pam decided to join Orangewood to build Samueli Academy. “I joined to be the Capital Campaign Director for Samueli Academy because I had a vision like the founders did of what this place could be,” said Pam Shambra.
“Very professional, passionate and very dedicated, very committed to our school. Experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, and energetic as the Capital Campaign Director,” said Chris Simonsen, the Chief Executive Officer from Orangewood Foundation.
People think she just magically brings donors, but being Capital Campaign Director isn’t just that. “Capital means the money it needs to build an organization like this,” said Pam Shambra. “I help the board of directors raise $25 million dollars to build the school, buy the land, demolish the previous buildings and build the school buildings.”
Let’s just take a moment to thank Pam for all she has done and the money she raised for all this to happen. Problems can arise for the Capital Campaign Director. “A problem is that people have other priorities,” said Pam Shambra. “Once people get here and see the school, they're very interested in donating, but some people aren’t interested in funding education. They can be interested in other things, such as health issues.”
Pam mentions how being here has changed her life in a meaningful way. “It has made me a happier person,” said Pam Shambra. “It has had a wonderful effect, especially now that I’m here on campus, loving the environment. I love being able to be with you guys on a regular basis. Being able to see what you guys are doing, sit during your presentations, and getting to teach the photography class.”
“It's huge, I could say it is just her raising money, but I think we have all seen it's been more than that. She walks around talking to students, giving them hugs, spend time outside of campus. She helps on our school culture,” said Mr. Saba.
“Being able to be here with you guys makes it easier for me to raise money and makes me happy see the vision that we all have for this school is being realized, so many of you are doing so well and growing up to be fantastic young ladies and men,” said Pam Shambra. Pam has done more for us than we have done for her. She supports us in many ways and is near and dear to our hearts and we can also find her right at the Dhont Center or in the big building touring future/present donors. She’s everywhere constantly helping us.
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