Congratulations to Shelly Brown who was recently named the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation’s new vice president of development.
Shelly joined Akron Children’s in 2008, and most recently served as senior director of principal giving. As vice president, Shelly is responsible for all aspects of fundraising to support the hospital’s mission.
We asked Shelly to share a little bit more about herself and her life outside of work.
What are you looking forward to in your new role and what do you think some of the challenges will be?
I’ve always appreciated working with smart and accomplished people. I feel fortunate to work with our amazing Foundation team, donors, physicians and hospital staff. Fundraising is challenging because it’s so competitive and the number of nonprofits continues to grow. You have to constantly differentiate your organization.
Tell us about your family?
My husband, Russ, and I live in Copley with our 2 daughters, Vivian and Veronica and dog, Buster. Yes, Buster Brown, my husband thought that was funny.
What hobby would you pursue if time and money weren’t an issue?
I would be an art collector.
How do you relax?
I like to read, and I love listening to music.
Favorite place or most interesting place you’ve traveled?
We just took a family trip to North Captiva Island, no cars and no strip malls. It was the most relaxing trip we have ever taken.
What was your first paying job? What are some lessons you took from it?
I worked the front desk at my family’s tennis club. It taught me how to interact with customers, and I honed my drop shot!
What is your greatest extravagance?
Day spa with mimosas
If you could make a rule everyone had to live by what would it be?
Practice the art of listening
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Parasailing in Mexico
Favorite quote or mantra you live by?
My mother would always tell us, “Presentation is everything.” We could be eating weenies and beans, but it would be in the dining room with a beautifully set table, candles and music. She made things special for us and that is what I try to do for my family and for our Akron Children’s Hospital donors.
Last TV show you binge watched or can’t miss?
Game of Thrones. I can’t believe I watched a show with dragons in it, but I loved it.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I can wiggle my ears. Great party trick.