Sacred Heart School names Tracey Merrill as Chief Development Officer

Sacred Heart School names Tracey Merrill as Chief Development Officer

Sacred Heart School (, a private, Catholic, co-educational school for students in preschool through grade 12, has named Tracey Merrill of Cohasset, Massachusetts as Chief Development Officer.


In this role, she will plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to develop and maintain donors and contributions to support the school.


Merrill has 22 years of institutional and consulting experience with non-profit institutions.  Prior to joining Sacred Heart, she was Vice President of Development for the South Shore YMCA.  Her extensive experience in fundraising and development includes tenures as Major Gifts Officer with Providence Country Day School and as Development Consultant with Jaques & Company in Danvers.


Merrill received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Geography and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont; a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Pennsylvania; and her Master’s Degree in Comparative and International Education from Oriel College, University of Oxford in Oxford, England.


She holds membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Women in Development of Greater Boston; and the South Shore Development Network.  Merrill’s volunteer service includes serving on the boards of Boston Collegiate Charter School and Cohasset Education Foundation.


“I am thrilled to welcome Tracey to our Sacred Heart family,” said Pamela Desmarais, President of Sacred Heart School. “A comprehensive experience in strategic planning and strong track record of major gifts and foundation fundraising makes her the perfect person to fill the pivotal role of Chief Development Officer.”


About Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart is a private, co-educational Catholic school system, which provides educational opportunities for students throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, from preschool through grade 12.  As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Sacred Heart School strives to inspire minds, define character and encourage responsible leadership through a curriculum that prepares students to pursue knowledge throughout their lives. The school provides students with a strong liberal arts curriculum, and integrates technology into the hands of students with its One to One iPad Program. Sacred Heart also offers extensive athletic, arts and extra-curricular activities for students.  Founded in 1947, the school underwent a governance change in July 2011, incorporating the Sacred Heart Schools in Kingston, MA as Sacred Heart School System, Inc. This new structure was implemented to assure the continuation of academic excellence of the Sacred Heart Schools for the future, as well as the Catholic mission and the religious community traditions. The school system serves students on a beautiful, expansive campus on Route 80 that includes three school buildings, a central administrative office, and athletic fields and facilities. Sacred Heart School welcomes students of all faiths and diverse backgrounds. The school prides itself in a commitment to developing the whole student, offering an independent school atmosphere and top-tier academics. Pamela Desmarais serves as the school’s President. The Sacred Heart campus is located at 251-399 Bishops Highway, Kingston, MA 02364. For additional information about the school, please visit or call 781-585-7511.




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