SMA Announces New Director of Advancement, Natalie Mesko


St. Mary's Academy is thrilled to announce that we have concluded our national search for a Director of Advancement to succeed Charlie Arbogast, who will retire on July 31 after 23 years of exemplary service.  On behalf of the School, we’d like to welcome Natalie Mesko to the SMA family.  

Natalie earned her B.A. in Public Relations from Loyola University New Orleans.  Upon graduating, she began her career working for her alma mater in the Office of Admissions, eventually serving as Director of Admissions and earning a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.  

Natalie ultimately made her way to fundraising work, where she served for fifteen years as Vice President of CCS Fundraising, a comprehensive and widely recommended fundraising consulting and management firm. Natalie also served for three years as Executive Director of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust. 

During her tenure with CCS, Natalie provided nonprofit institutions, including many schools, with comprehensive strategy and leadership in all facets of fundraising.  Natalie is recognized for her ability to thoughtfully lead teams, build relationships, and apply a donor-centered approach to advancing a school’s mission and fundraising goals.  In the many conversations she had during her visits to campus, Natalie’s energy, expertise, and connection to our mission, vision, and values was evident, and we are excited to have Natalie help our school achieve even greater success. 

Natalie will begin working with us on March 1, mostly remotely, until Charlie’s departure at the end of July.  We feel strongly that the overlap between her and Charlie will allow Natalie to have time to meet just about everyone in our community and gain a clearer understanding of our advancement office process and strategic initiatives so that she can hit the ground running this summer.

Please join us in welcoming Natalie in the coming weeks and months.