Meet CDS’s Institutional Advancement Team
Carrollwood Day School is pleased to welcome Michelle Robinson as the new Director of Institutional Advancement. Michelle will oversee the advancement team at CDS and work closely with the Board of Trustees and Head of School on strategic policies, programs, and operations that support the school’s mission and vision.
Michelle comes to CDS from the Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg where she was the Director of Advancement and Admission for the past five years. She began her career in admissions and development in Cincinnati, OH and has had success for over 13 years at independent schools in the Tampa Bay area. Under Michelle’s direction at Canterbury, the school reached its highest enrollment in the history of the school the past three years.
Michelle grew up in North Tampa and was a competitive swimmer for the Carrollwood Village Swim Team since the age of six. She is a 4-time NCAA All-American and 2-time Academic All-American in swimming. Michelle received a Bachelor of Science from Ashland University and Master of Education from Xavier University. She and her husband, Michael, have one son, Tyler, who will be one of the newest Patriots in prekindergarten at the ECC in August.
Also joining the advancement team this year is Teddy Owens. In addition to being the new varsity basketball coach, Teddy has been named the Advancement Coordinator for Special Events and Alumni. In that role, Teddy will be the point person on staff responsible for the planning and execution of major school-wide events with a specific emphasis on the annual Homecoming Weekend, Patriot Run, Red Carpet Gala, Golf Classic, and other stewardship and cultivation events. Teddy will also be developing the school’s alumni association and implement strategies to connect and engage with the school’s growing alumni community.
Prior to becoming a CDS Patriot, Teddy spent three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Nebraska basketball program. Teddy and his wife Ashley have two sons, Layton Bracket and Nash Naismith.
We are also pleased to welcome Kathy Hinton-Scott to the advancement team. Kathy joins CDS as the Advancement Coordinator for Development. She is the first point of contact for all advancement related inquiries and correspondence. Kathy will play a key role in cultivating and strengthening external and internal relationships among all CDS constituents. Prior to her start at CDS, Kathy spent ten years at a private high school in Pasco county where she worked in advancement and admissions.
Kathy moved to Florida 15 years ago from Speedway, Indiana with her husband, David, who retired from law enforcement. She has a son who lives in Spring Hill and her husband’s son and daughter still reside in Indiana with their five grandchildren.
Michelle, Teddy, and Kathy will be working with the rest of the advancement team to build lasting relationships to benefit Carrollwood Day School and our students.
|Ken Akins has worn many hats at CDS starting as parent to Kacey (’20) and Liam who will be in 4th grade this year. Ken has been a substitute teacher in the elementary school, a middle school PE teacher, and baseball coach before becoming the Director of Student Auxiliary Programs last year. Ken oversees the after school programming and summer programs at CDS. This year he will also be stepping up to the plate as head coach of the varsity baseball team.|
|Lynn McDonald (’09) is taking on an expanded role in the advancement department. Moving into the position of Advancement Coordinator for Marketing and Social Media, Lynn is responsible for external school marketing and branding. Lynn, a former CDS Patriot soccer player, is a member of the first graduating class and was the first athlete to sign to play college sports. Lynn went on to graduate from Webber International University where she received the Academic All-Conference Award for the Sun Conference and graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. Lynn will continue to be an assistant coach for the girls’ varsity soccer team.|