Maryville Academy Foundation Client Success Story

Maryville Foundation selected KEES as their nonprofit executive search partner in their search for their first Chief Development Officer.

The Maryville Academy Foundation (the Foundation) champions and funds organizations that protect children and strengthen families. Located in Des Plaines, IL, their targeted and thoughtful investments help these organizations empower children and families to achieve their fullest potential intellectually and spiritually. Maryville Academy Foundation is a charitable partner with Maryville Academy. Maryville Foundation selected KEES as their executive search partner in their search for their first Chief Development Officer.

In 2022, the Foundation retained KEES as its executive search. The Foundation sought a need for a leader to join the Foundation and simultaneously help develop the role. KEES was a referred partner to the Foundation. A comprehensive search for the Foundation’s first Chief Development Officer was launched. Foundation leadership ultimately selected Michelle Jimenez from a laudable group of top finalists.

Michelle Jimenez is a nonprofit development professional with over 25 years of extensive experience. Her expertise includes annual fund management, including in-house and consulting roles as well as marketing expertise. She joined the Foundation from HPS Chicago, a full-service fundraising and non-profit consulting practice in the Chicagoland area. 

About Mayville Academy Foundation

Established in 2011, the Maryville Academy Foundation exists to raise funds to, primarily but not exclusively, support the growth and development of new and existing programs at Maryville Academy. The Foundation ensures the protection of long-term assets and creates sustainable streams of revenue to meet an ever-growing need. To learn more, please visit

“The hiring of our first Chief Development Officer is a defining moment in our history, and we are thankful for KEES for their expertise as we navigated this process. We were seeking a mission-driven and innovative individual to bring a fresh perspective. Michelle brings a true passion and skillset to grow the Foundation and further the mission of Maryville Academy. The entire team looks forward to working with Michelle as we advance our Foundation’s philanthropic activities and increase new opportunities for donors.” – Sean Madden, Board President of Maryville Foundation. 

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