Development & Communications Director
Sheila joined the Clearwater team in early 2019 as our new full-time Development and Communications Director. While she was not a camper or counselor, she has developed a deep regard and knowledge of Clearwater over many years of visits to her in-laws, the Fergusons, who live next to camp in the summers. Sheila’s Clearwater connection also goes back many generations via her husband, Chris Ferguson, and many women in his family: grandmother, Elise Mardorf Cottrell; great-aunt, Helen Mardorf; mother, Sue Cottrell Ferguson; sister, Jennifer Ferguson Cheney; cousins, Joan Lecoutour Weeks and her daughter Brynne Weeks; and now daughter, Quinn, completed her 5th summer in 2019!
Sheila was also blessed to know Sunny, who honored Sheila many years ago by seeking her advice as Clearwater began the transformation into a not-for-profit organization. In addition, Sheila was friends with Alma “Scotty” Scott, a long-time camp counselor who shared the history of camp’s sailing program and was a close friend of Sheila’s mother in-law, Sue.
Sheila graduated from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance and went on to the University of Memphis to secure a Master’s in the Arts of Teaching (MAT). For nearly 30 years, she has led and supported strategic planning, communications and fundraising projects for a variety of nonprofit organizations – securing over $20 million in philanthropic support. In 2016, she was named the Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Southern Colorado.
Sheila is honored to be entrusted to preserve the camp’s rich history and traditions, while meeting the unique needs of new generations of girls. She is excited to activate her passions for nature, education, adventure, and leadership development to implement new and innovative ways to enhance girls’ experience of camp through fundraising and communications.
Sheila will work from her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the school year and plans to spend a great deal of time in Minocqua in the summers. She looks forward to meeting many more Clearwater campers, counselors, parents, alumnae and friends. She invites you all to send her your ideas and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.