Meet the Advancement Team

Robert Zaiser
Director of Institutional Advancement


As the Director of Institutional Advancement, my goals—and the goals of the entire Advancement team—is to ensure that we foster strong relationships with the many constituents of Moravian Academy and ensure that the philanthropic needs of the school are met. We are true believers in independent schools and especially in what Moravian Academy has to offer. I began my tenure here in 2006 and have enjoyed nearly 25 years in the advancement profession in various leadership roles at independent schools and as a consultant.
Susan Parent
Director of the Annual Fund and Special Campaigns
I enjoy fostering relationships with all constituents — students, alumni, parents, grandparents, and all friends of the Academy — to ultimately secure the foundation for excellence in education. Philanthropy expressed through donations of charitable dollars, time, and talents, build community, and I value engaging everyone for these common goals. Having been a teacher for 15 years and Director of the Lower School for 7 years, my intimate knowledge of our school mission, vision, and culture guides my responsibilities in Advancement.
Jessica McPherson
Advancement Associate


I work side by side with parent volunteers to coordinate the Academy’s fundraising events, including the Moravian Academy Auction and the Moravian Academy Golf Outing. I also work closely with the Moravian Academy Parents’ Association to help coordinate their events and activities throughout the year. Whether it’s wrapping cookies for a Lovefeast, dressing candles for Vespers, or coordinating the Parents’ Social, I look forward to working with you on these unique activities.

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus