In order to continue our growth, we added Ms. Sherry Robinson to the Massanutten Military Academy staff as our Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Ms. Robinson’s main role is building relationships with members of our alumni and helping MMA find additional funding. We sat down with her to chat about her experience so far and her goals for the Academy:
What interesting observations have you made since you began at MMA?
I found the dedication of the faculty and staff quite interesting and refreshing. You can see that they genuinely care about the cadets, which made me excited about becoming a part of the team.
Is there a common thread among alumni regarding their MMA experience?
The common thread from the individuals I have had the pleasure of speaking with in my short time here is that they feel that MMA truly made a positive impact in their lives. Our graduates have gone on to reach high levels of success both personally and professionally and so many have accredited their success to the training, discipline and encouragement they received at MMA.
What would you tell potential parents and/or students about MMA?
I would tell them that I have a seven year old son who is my universe. His education is a top priority for my husband and myself and we are counting the days to when he can be enrolled at MMA. As a second grader, he has straight “A”, plays Pee Wee football and is a very respectful young man. I believe that the MMA experience will keep him on this path.
What are your biggest goals for your position at MMA?
I want to help secure funds that will ensure that the doors of MMA stay open for many, many years to come. This academy is a necessity of many young people now and in the future. It needs to be around for future generations.
What prior experiences do you have that you feel help you in your position at MMA?
I worked for a non-profit organization for 11 years before joining the staff at MMA. The last five years of my former job, I served as the Major Donor and Planned Giving Administrator that required me to speak to all Major Donor prospects and those who left us in their legacy plans. One of my favorite parts of that job was making thank you calls and doing personal visits. Development is primarily relationship building and my past experiences have allowed me to gain useful knowledge needed to build new relationships with those who have a connection with MMA.
Where do you see MMA in the next five years?
In five years, I see MMA regaining the status as one of (if not the) best secondary academies in the nation with double the amount of cadet and an extended campus with top notch academic programs.
How can people reach you if they want to invest in MMA?
614 S. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664