Meet the Advancement Team
Whitefield Academy was built on a firm foundation with a strong mission. The advancement team supports that mission through fundraising efforts, networking
with alumni, and the annual fund campaign. A gift to Whitefield serves to strengthen the school for future generations and is also an investment in the
lives of students who have the potential to impact the world for Christ.
Director of Advancement
Tom Wood has led the advancement department at Whitefield Academy since 2002. He has been involved in fundraising for more than 25 years, helping lead organizations which have raised over 2 billion dollars for Christian ministries. He has written numerous articles on fundraising and conducted seminars across the country on biblical stewardship. In 2012, Wood was awarded the Paideia Leadership in Development Award. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications and Bible from Moody Bible Institute and his master’s in business administration from Kennesaw State University. He holds the distinguished CFRE designation, and is also a member of CASE, GISA, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is involved with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce where he serves on the board of the Smyrna council.
Manager of Annual Giving and Donor Relations
Sara Sharp serves as the Annual Fund Manager at Whitefield. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotions/Biology from Auburn University with a minor in marketing. Before coming to Whitefield, Sharp had several years of experience in the medical field, serving as a cardiac rehabilitation intern at Vanderbilt University, a transplant specialist with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and a business manager with Bristol Myers Squibb. She also served as an instructor with Laboratory Corporation of America, instructing physicians, clinical managers and administrators on the technical aspects of laboratory testing.
Alumni & Special Events Manager
Marcia Gaddis is a long-time member of the Whitefield community. She joined the Whitefield staff in 2015 as Alumni and Special Events Manager, but previously served in Whitefield's Advancement Office from 2000-2007. Gaddis holds a B.S. in Education from Western Kentucky University. Before working at Whitefield, she was a stay-at-home mom. Prior to having children, Gaddis taught Home Economics in Kentucky and worked as home economist for the University of Georgia.
Gift Management Officer
Cherita Neal joined Whitefield's advancement team in 2016 as gift management officer. Before arriving at Whitefield, she worked for two years at the engineering firm of Browder + Leguizamon as the administrative assistant/office manager, at Harvester Child Development Center as a lead teacher for four years, and at Georgia PreK for one year. Most recently, Neal served at Cumberland Christian Academy as the middle school and lower school administrative assistant for five years.
Caroline Pattillo ('05)
Advancement Office Manager
Caroline Pattillo graduated from Whitefield in 2005 and returned in 2016 as advancement office manager. She graduated from the University of Georgia and gained management experience while working at West Side Running Store and as a neurodevelopmental teacher at Jacob’s Ladder, a school for students with special needs.