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Director of Advancement

Suzanne Herdlicka

Director of Advancement

Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools

Email: SHerdlicka@starkholycrossacademy.com


Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Suzanne Herdlicka and I am honored to be the first Director of Advancement of Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools! My love for Catholic Education has driven most of my professional life and has definitely molded my Catholic identity.

My roots in Catholic education reach back to St. Paul School in North Canton as an alumni and as a teacher for nine years where I had the privilege to instruct my own children, nieces and nephews. After receiving a Masters in Education Degree and honing my administration skills in Canton City Schools Department of Family, School, & Community Partnerships, I took a leap of faith and moved to New York City!

New York City is definitely a city that never sleeps and is filled with wonderful opportunity to experience a diverse and culturally rich environment. My faith filled journey led me to the Archdiocese of New York where I served as the Principal in the first Archdiocesan elementary school to enter their realignment plan for Catholic schools. The school was a low-achieving inner city school on the verge of closing and located in the East Village. With a dedicated team of teachers, a strong support staff, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we raised the bar, increased enrollment, and turned the school around academically and financially within four years! 

At that school, I learned the value of developing honest, God-centered relationships based on Catholic values which led me to the next phase of my career – development and fundraising!  I was able to apply the best practices of fundraising to assist a Catholic Church in the Times Square/Broadway theatre community to raise funds through annual appeals, major gifts, and special events. There is a theology to fundraising and stewardship which is relationship centered. When open minds and open hearts connect….anything is possible! I am grateful to be back in the Stark County area and excited to join the Holy Cross community and assist with the advancement efforts to make our Catholic Schools stronger. Change can be an exciting process as well as challenging, but to conceive a plan and watch it evolve is not only rewarding but just simply amazing! I look forward to serving with you to implement the advancement goals this year. I would love to meet with you personally, so please contact me at w: 330-526-8366 or c: 917-291-1401 or at sherdlicka@starkholycrossacademy.com. to schedule a time that is convenient for you. Working together we can be good stewards and share our time, talent, and treasure to serve and strengthen Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools.



“An open mind allows you to explore and create and grow. Remember that progress would be impossible if we always did things the way we always have.” Dr. Wayne Dyer