We’re deeply grateful for Alana Tarry, former Senior Vice President of Development, for her leadership in growing the culture of generosity and navigating Lakeside Chautauqua through a global pandemic, one of the toughest times in Lakeside’s history.

In April, Tarry resigned from Lakeside to help her husband run a renovation business and begin a second business venture for her family.

Lakeside leadership and both Boards thank Tarry for her service and dedication in creating and nurturing meaningful relationships with the community.

“During COVID, Alana brought a systematic leadership approach that saved Lakeside during the pandemic, raising more than $1.3 million,” explained Tom Jones, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board Chair, during her service. “She led and empowered her team, advocating for them every step of the way.”

Alana first started at Lakeside in 2010 and helped build Lakeside’s foundation of giving. Fostering meaningful relationships with Lakesiders and leading the charge on cultivation and stewardship events, she gracefully engaged community members  to step up and help support the mission.

After leaving Lakeside for a short time, Tarry was instrumental in building major donor relationships at Mount Union University and collaborating with the President.

No stranger to Lakeside, Tarry returned in 2018 and stepped right back into her role in the Development Department at Lakeside, never missing a beat.

She has been monumental at building the Lakeside Annual Fund and jumpstarting the Volunteer Corps during the pandemic. Throughout it all, she would show up with a radiant smile and roll up her sleeves to get the job done.

The Volunteer Corps was significant in helping Lakeside sustain operations and maintain the Chautauqua experience during the pandemic. Since 2020, hundreds of Lakesiders have graciously stepped forward to volunteer in significant ways.

Tarry partnered closely with the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board members and continued to build strategic partnerships and relationships through her service.

“Alana was always one step ahead of the Board in completing an important activity,” said Jones. This was no easy task during COVID and a change in leadership.

Her love of meeting new people and building partnerships is why she has a special heart for fundraising. We graciously thank Alana for her years of service, leadership and dedication to Lakeside’s mission and wish her luck in her new ventures.