Charlotte Latin School is the fortunate beneficiary of a very generous community. Gifts to Latin support specific needs or enhancements related to teaching and learning, operations, capital improvements, endowment, and special projects. Each giving area seeks support from the entire Latin community and it ensures that the School is prepared to remain competitive in an ever-changing and evolving educational landscape.

Gifts to The Latin Fund support the operating budget, helping to maintain the health and vibrancy of a Latin education. The Latin Fund helps support student financial assistance, the outstanding faculty, upgraded technology and equipment, and care of the campus.

Periodic capital campaigns secure Latin's future success while also addressing current needs. Capital campaigns ensure that Latin is able to add and improve facilities to create the very best learning environment for students.

A strong endowment reflects careful planning for the future. Endowment support comes through direct unrestricted endowment contributions, planned gifts or bequests, or restricted contributions with a specific designation. Endowment funds are invested for long-term growth while the interest income is used to support needs such as faculty professional development, learning resources, student financial assistance, and more. Charlotte Latin's policy limits the maximum annual endowment draw to 5.5 percent.

Charlotte Latin School is responsible for its own funding. Like all independent schools, Latin does not receive any revenue from local, state, or federal taxes. Additionally, tuition and fees alone do not cover the full cost of educating a student, so the School depends upon parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends to support the School by making generous, tax-deductible gifts.

Only through a long legacy of giving will Latin remain one of the premier schools in the countrysought after by dedicated teachers as the ideal school in which to teach, and by parents as the ideal school in which to educate their children.

Fredrik Akerblom, Director of Development


Fredrik Akerblom joined CLS in 2017 as Director of Development. He has a long history of service in education and the nonprofit sector in the areas of major gifts, fundraising, operations and project management. Prior to joining Latin, Fredrik was the Major Gifts Officer and Manager of Development at Uppsala University in Sweden. Before that, he was a management consultant in Connecticut and Director of Operations for the fundraising office of a North American global nonprofit.

Akerblom holds a B.A. in History from the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, and is an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Swedish Network for Development Professionals in Higher Education.

Sally Gray Smith '82, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations



Sally joined the Charlotte Latin Development Office team in 2006 after working in the asset management group at Bank of America for 15 years. As the Associate Director of Development, Sally is responsible for planning all alumni activities and events, such as Reunion Weekend, regional gatherings, and other networking and social events throughout the year. Sally works with the Director of the Latin Fund to oversee alumni giving initiatives, such as the Alumni Phonathon and the Latin Fund's March Madness Program. She also manages the Alumni Governing Board and Class Agent volunteers and alumni social media platforms. Actively involved in Latin student life, Sally manages the senior class' Observe and Serve Program. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and is a class agent for Davidson's Class of 1986. Sally and her husband are the parents of two sons who are Charlotte Latin graduates (Classes of 2014 and 2015), one of whom she coached for many years on one of Latin's Odyssey of the Mind teams. A member of Charlotte Latin's Class of 1982, Sally is a graduate of Davidson College, where she received a B.S. in mathematics.

Why I give to Latin:
My Charlotte Latin education is one of the greatest gifts my parents gave to me. It prepared me for the rigor of college academics and shaped who I am today. Eric and I made the decision to give the same gift of what we believe is the most interesting, challenging and well-rounded educational journey, to our boys, Griffin '14 and Gray '15.

I believe in the mission of Charlotte Latin and value the relationships between the faculty and students. It is with gratitude for Latin's teachers that I give to the School with the knowledge that, if it's not those same superior teachers, it is others who are like them, teaching and inspiring another Latin student. By giving to the Latin Fund, I get to be a part of preserving this tradition.

Carolyn Parsons, Director of Stewardship

Carolyn moved to Charlotte from Baltimore, Maryland, in 2005. She earned her B.A. in business with marketing and international business concentrations from Queens University of Charlotte where she played collegiate lacrosse for four years and was a captain her senior year. Carolyn joined Charlotte Latin School in 2013 after serving as the Development Manager at the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC). She has worked in nonprofit development for five years. As Director of Stewardship, Carolyn manages donor acknowledgment efforts, the annual giving report, and prospect research. She also is responsible for the annual endowment reports, volunteer appreciation efforts, and supporting her team on cultivation and stewardship events. Carolyn coached the Junior Varsity Girls Lacrosse team in 2014 and participates in the faculty and staff run club. Outside of Latin, Carolyn served on the Young Professionals of the Mint Museum board for five years, is an avid runner and is a Pure Barre instructor at the Myers Park studio.

Why I give to Latin:
I give to the Latin Fund because I believe that I am investing in the future leaders of our local and global community. Charlotte Latin welcomed me in like family and I respect the deep relationships that have been formed. The power of giving, through both time and personal investment, strengthens our community and will have ripple effects on our School and on each of us as individuals.

Vernette Rucker, Director of Gift Accounting and Records

Vernette Rucker joined the team at Charlotte Latin in 2011. In her current role as Director of Gift Accounting and Records, she manages the overall procedures for gift processing and acknowledgment, as well as gift and donor records maintenance. Vernette is the Development Office liaison with the information technology department and works closely with the business office to prepare audit, financial and giving reports.

Vernette is an alumna of Queens University of Charlotte with a B.A. in business administration and Spanish and a Master of Science in organization development from the McColl School of Business. She has certification in Professional Coaching and is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Charlotte Chapter.

Vernette actively volunteers for various nonprofits in the Charlotte community. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and children. She proclaims herself to be an adventurer and thrill seeker, and she enjoys outdoor experiences such as skydiving, camping and hiking in the wilderness, and jumping from ocean cliffs.

Why I give to Latin:
I give to the Latin Fund because in the short time I've been employed at Charlotte Latin, the School has given so much to my family. The sense of community and excellence is astounding; the entire School has supported and embraced me as a staff member in ways that my monetary contribution could never compare. In addition, I believe in supporting the institution that has provided my daughter with a whole child-centered educational experience for the past three years. My husband and I have already seen the benefits, and we are very fortunate and grateful to be a part of the Latin family.

Katie Brown, Director of the Latin Fund

Katherine (Katie) Brown joined Charlotte Latin in the summer of 2016, after serving as the Director of Marketing & Communications at the Marymount School in Los Angeles, California. Prior to her work in the Independent School sector, Katie worked for five years in a variety of corporate marketing and strategy roles at both UBS Financial Services and Kelton Global Consulting.

As Director of the Latin Fund, she plans and executes all annual fund activities including data analysis, communications, donor relations, and volunteer management. She also leads the School's New Family Division of the Latin Fund.

A graduate of Boston College, Katie holds a dual degree in Marketing and Finance from the Carroll School of Management. Outside of Latin, she enjoys staying active, taking any opportunity to travel and serves as a pro-bono member of the Rock the 21 Down Syndrome organization’s marketing team.

Why I give to Latin:
I give to Latin because I believe in the mission and values that this community is instilling in the next generation of leaders. The world is in need of values such as civility, honor, and personal responsibility, and at Latin, we live these each day. When I give to Latin, I know I am empowering the dreams of our students to become a reality, and I’m humbled to be a part of the journey of growth that this community promotes.

Emily Pinkerton, Campaign Manager


Emily joined Charlotte Latin in April of 2016 after serving as Director of Alumni Relations at Queens University of Charlotte. During her role on the advancement team at Queens, she learned of the importance of people to a nonprofit – that those closest to an organization are its best cheerleaders, most generous donors, and greatest advocates. Fostering meaningful relationships with these individuals can help move mountains and is what makes this work highly rewarding. Prior to holding several roles during her tenure at Queens, Emily spent four years in event planning at the Duke Mansion and GMR Marketing. As Campaign Manager, Emily is responsible for tracking donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship related to the campaign efforts, working with campaign volunteers, and ensuring campaign progress in order to reach the desired goal. Emily is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Mint Museum Auxiliary. She enjoys entertaining family and friends at her home, exploring all that Charlotte has to offer, and soaking up sweet moments with her husband and young daughter. She received a B.S. in Leisure and Sport Management from Elon University.

Why I give to Latin:
I give to Latin because I am a member of a team – a team called to support the mission and vision of this School. My advancement background has instilled in me the desire to support causes, no matter the amount, because participation matters. It matters because it shows outsiders how much an organization’s people care. It matters because it creates a spirit of teamwork among insiders. I’m grateful to work at Charlotte Latin and happy to contribute to a fund that keeps the School thriving.

Loretta Tuttle, Development and Marketing Associate


Loretta Tuttle joined the staff of Charlotte Latin School in June of 2014. As Development and Marketing Associate, she provides administrative support for the Development Office and the Marketing and Communications Office. Loretta, who has experience as a small business owner in the education and neuroscience field, is passionate about learning, creating, and effectively interacting with all people. She is committed to the concept that “the world is our classroom" and enjoys imaginative and progressive opportunities to engage others. A native South Carolinian, she earned a B.A. degree in speech and communications from South Carolina State University and a Master's degree in journalism from Iowa State University. The Tuttle Family joined the Latin community in 2005 when the oldest of their six children, Korde '08, was enrolled. Three of his siblings followed his lead into the Charlotte Latin community: Kanyon '15, Kallaway '17 and Kambridge '21.

Why I give to Latin:
I give to the Latin Fund because our children love Latin and Latin genuinely loves and takes great care of them.