New Director of Advancement No Stranger to Christ School


New Director of Advancement No Stranger to Christ School

Director of Advancement Betsy Ellis is no stranger to Christ School. She previously worked in our Advancement office from 2002-04 to assist with fundraising for the Chapel renovation. In 2004, Ellis became Director of Advancement at Evergreen Charter School in Asheville. After the birth of her son Ben, Ellis joined Pisgah Legal Services, where she worked for 11 years. Her job grew to Director of Philanthropy, managing a talented team, 1,600 donors, and increasing the Annual Campaign from $200,000 to over $1.4 million a year. Ellis was ready for a new challenge, and the opportunity to return to Christ School came at the right time. "I have always loved Christ School, and as a mother familiar with teen boys it resonates more than ever," Ellis says.

Ellis is excited about where Christ School is headed. "What an awesome time to return to CS; the successes are too many to count and the growth is profound," says Ellis. "It's been years since I've been on campus, so I'm amazed by the transformation, but also taken by the familiarity of the school and how true to mission it's remained. I look forward to joining the talented Advancement team and bolstering their success by developing and deepening relationships where there is opportunity. I'm excited about our team being the best it can be, and I look forward to working with the school's leadership to achieve that."

"We are thrilled to have Betsy, her background, and her interpersonal skills as part of our Advancement initiative," says Headmaster Paul Krieger. "She brings experience and authenticity to our school – values that we embrace and promote."

Ellis, her husband James, an attorney in Black Mountain, and their three sons moved into Van Every House over the summer. When she's not working, Ellis loves to travel, cook, and entertain. She also enjoys spending time at their family place on Lake Champlain in Vermont.