Veteran development executive and West Wilson County resident Laura McCall has been named chief executive officer of the Shalom Foundation, a Franklin-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical and surgical care to children in poverty-stricken areas of Guatemala.
"Laura's extensive background in fundraising and her vision for the organization will lead us into the future," said Steve Moore, founder and board chairman of the Shalom Foundation. "She will be responsible for the organization's daily operations and concentrate on diversifying funding, building meaningful partnerships and sustainability."
McCall brings 18 years of experience in areas including program development, fundraising and events management to the Shalom Foundation, which was founded in 2001. McCall most recently served as assistant dean for development at West Virginia University, where she led the development team and fundraising efforts for the college of business and economics. Under her leadership, the college exceeded a $50 million campaign goal one year early.
She spent eight years at the West Virginia University Foundation as a frontline fundraiser, traveling the country representing the university, health sciences and the athletic department. She cultivated relationships with diverse constituency groups to build strategic partnerships, foster community outreach and collaboration. McCall also served as the director of alumni relations at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. She began her career as a program assistant at WakeMed Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C.
A West Virginia native, McCall earned her bachelor's degree from Fairmont State University and a master's degree from West Virginia University. She, her husband and their son make their home in Mt. Juliet.
To learn more about the Shalom Foundation, visit www.theshalomfoundation.org.