ST. LOUIS – Jason Scott Embry has been named Director of Advancement at the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and Antonia M. Ponder has joined the Foundation as Development Director for the Archdiocesan Elementary Schools.
Embry has 19 years of private college and university leadership experience in fundraising, alumni relations and marketing, primarily in the Midwest and South regions at nationally-ranked institutions. At each of the institutions he has worked, Embry has enhanced and implemented programs that increased alumni participation rates, unrestricted annual gifts and named endowed funds.
At the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Embry will assist with the implementation and execution of all fundraising and development activities and has the responsibility of its major gift program. He will plan, direct and implement a comprehensive plan for developing new sources of revenue from individuals, organizations, major corporate and foundation funders and event sponsors.
“We are delighted to have Jason join our development staff in this leadership position,” stated Sharon Gerken, Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation’s Executive Director. “Jason’s passion and experience will ultimately allow Today and Tomorrow to offer additional scholarships to deserving students”
Embry comes to the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation after serving as Executive Director of Development at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Ind.), the nation’s top undergraduate engineering college ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook.
Antonia M. Ponder, as the new Development Director, will be responsible for development, fundraising and marketing at the four Archdiocesan Elementary Schools: St. Louis the King at the Cathedral, Most Holy Trinity School and Academy, St. Cecilia School and Academy and St. Louis Catholic Academy.
Ponder is an alumna of Most Holy Trinity (’89) and Rosati-Kain High School (’93). Ponder joins the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation after serving as Advancement Director for Rosati-Kain High School. Ponder joined Rosati-Kain during its first-ever capital campaign and had significant success with fostering alumnae and community partner relationships and accomplishing fundraising goals. Prior to serving at R-K, Ponder practiced law for 12 years in St. Louis.
Sharon Gerken, Executive Director of Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation noted, “We were thrilled to bring Toni on board to work directly with these schools. Toni has a unique perspective and understanding regarding the donors connected to this mission and the students we serve at the Archdiocesan Schools having been a student at Most Holy Trinity and Rosati-Kain, but also having been the Advancement Director for an Archdiocesan high school.”
Ponder graduated with a B.A. in political science from Saint Louis University and received her law degree in 1999 from Saint Louis University School of Law. She and her husband, Mark, have three school-aged children and are parishioners at Immacolata Parish. They reside in Brentwood.
The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation was founded in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) organization by a concerned group of local corporate and civic leaders. The Foundation provides needs based tuition assistance scholarships to economically disadvantaged children throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since its inception, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has raised more than $35 million for tuition assistance in the form of grants and scholarships for children to attend the private or parochial elementary school of their choice in the city of St. Louis. Learn more about the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation at www.archstl.org/ttef.
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