Nancy Gerard, development director, was born in Indiana, but spent most of her growing-up years in Berrien Springs, Mich. She has also lived in Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Kansas, California and Georgia.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s degree in home economics and a Master’s degree in home economics, both from Andrews University. She also received a Doctoral degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.
Nancy has taught at Shenandoah Valley Academy and Great Lakes Adventist Academy, as well as in three different public school systems. She taught in higher education, including Andrews University, the University of California at Long Beach and Western Michigan University. After coming to Georgia-Cumberland Academy in 2002, her teaching career ended and now she works in fundraising and alumni relations.
Nancy is married to Greg Gerard, GCA principal. They have been married since 1977 and are best friends. Nancy and Greg have two wonderful young adult children who are married to terrific spouses. Their son, Andrew, is married to Sarah, and is currently a doctoral student at Michigan State University. His work experience has been in the area of international development and community sustainability. His wife, Sarah, works for SRI in the area of educational research. Their daughter, Allison Handal and her husband, Albert, are both on the pastoral staff at the Keene Adventist Church in Keene, TX. Both Andrew and Allison graduated from GCA.
Nancy feels like she has the best job at GCA. She is able to interact with GCA alumni and talk to people who are interested in supporting the work of the school. She also shares what is happening at GCA through the quarterly publication The Cumberlite, and the e-newsletter Continuing the Mission. Nancy helps to plan major events that bring parents and alumni to campus, such as Parents’ Weekend and Alumni Weekend. She spends a lot of time off campus as well, meeting with people who are interested in investing in the students of GCA.
Nancy loves her job, and says it is the best position she has ever had. Even though she is no longer in the classroom, she is still able to enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis. She enjoys watching the students grow, as well as getting to know their families. Nancy also enjoys working with the rest of the staff at GCA.“GCA is blessed with a fantastic staff team,” she said. “I am honored to work among these talented professionals who are so dedicated to serving kids and bringing them into saving relationships with Jesus Christ.”