We are so pleased to introduce Zoё Seale as our new senior vice president of advancement. Zoë comes to Meridian with over 25 years of fundraising experience in higher education. She worked at Coppin University in Baltimore and Shepherd College in West Virginia before arriving at the University of Florida. Zoë worked at UF from 1994 to 2014 as a senior director of development in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Most recently she served as a director of major gifts at the University of Florida Foundation.
“We are thrilled to have Zoë on our team,” said Maggie Labarta, Ph.D., President/CEO, “Her experience and passion will play a pivotal role in bringing our organization to the next level of fundraising and advocacy. Fundraising is critical to meeting the healthcare needs of those we serve.”
During her career, Zoё has managed several successful fundraising campaigns. She has broad experience including annual giving, major gifts, deferred giving, special events and volunteer board staffing.
“The advancement position at Meridian was attractive to me,” said Zoё, “because I wanted the opportunity to work in the healthcare arena and also to be a part of the leadership team of the organization.”
Meridian’s mission is something she feels strongly about and the organization’s size and structure is such that she can witness firsthand the impact of private support.
Zoё graduated from the University of Alabama and has resided in Gainesville since 1994. She and her husband, James Seale, have two children and one grandchild who also live in Gainesville.