HC welcomes Marilyn L. Blanchette as a new Board of Trustee member
Holy Cross College is honored to announce the appointment of a new member to the institution's Board of Trustees: Marilyn L. Blanchette of Oviedo, Florida.
Marilyn L. Blanchette has been enjoying a career in non-profit advancement for 22 years. Her specialization is in strategic planning, leadership development, communications, and fundraising.
"Marilyn Blanchette has earned a national reputation for her consulting work in non-profit strategic planning and mission advancement," stated the college's President, Br. John Paige, C.S.C. "Her service to the larger Church and other mission-driven organizations across the country will enhance our own attention and focus on the mission of Holy Cross College as a distinctively Catholic higher education institution."
In 2007 Marilyn was appointed President of the newly formed Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. Prior to this position, Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, then - Bishop of Orlando Florida, appointed Marilyn to design, lead, and implement the Starting Afresh From Christ Synod -- a first-of-its-kind, 18-month strategic planning effort engaging over 1,000 clergy and lay leaders, to help the Catholic diocese forge a new vision and create a plan of action to renew its mission.
In 2008, under the leadership of a newly formed Foundation Board, Marilyn orchestrated the launch of the Diocese of Orlando's first multi-year capital campaign, Alive in Christ - with a goal of $150 million. This unprecedented effort created a new collaboration between the parishes and the larger Church while continuing the successful execution of an $11.5 million annual appeal.
In January 2011, Marilyn launched L'Etoile Development Services, LLC -- in service to the larger Church and other mission-driven organizations across the country.
A Rhode Island native and graduate of Providence College, Marilyn has been living in Central Florida since 1990. In 2010, she and her husband Gary, established a second residence in Colorado that has made it possible to serve clients from coast to coast.
L'Etoile Development Services accelerates the philanthropic potential of non-profit organizations through a collaborative approach to planning, leadership development, communications and fund raising.
Marilyn will serve a three-year term and be eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term in 2016.