Member Spotlight

Meet Shelly Gammieri!

Meet (and friend!) Shelly Gammieri, a Raiser's Edge, RENXT, and K-12 ON Products user, with the Lamplighter School.
Meet Shelly Gammieri!

This week's member spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge, RENXT, and K-12 ON Products user, Shelly Gammieri, with the Lamplighter School.

Shelly's Community Profile


Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "I've got three little weirdos ranging from 5-14 years old. One of the best things we ever did was give our family dog as a 'gift' to our middle child when he asked for his own. Now, he takes care of our 9 year old 100 pound Ridgeback every day!"

Where do you live? "Dallas, Texas."

What do you like to do for fun? "When I'm not deep-diving into data and letting my inner nerd rule the world, you can find me with my camera in-hand. Or traveling to beautiful places with people I love."
What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of?
"Being a mom and not losing my mind (completely)."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "So many come to mind, but one where a late night at the office necessitated a glass of wine, and with no corkscrew in sight, a colleague whipped out a 12 inch bit electric drill and made sure all of our glasses were full. Good times."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "My undergraduate degree is in music. And because I'm a rule-breaker, and can't have just one interesting thing... most people don't know that I have an identical twin sister."

What are three things on your bucket list? "Live in a clean house, finish the laundry (maybe by becoming a minimalist or nudist - desperate times), Take a European vacation."
Tell us about your organization: "The Lamplighter School is an independent, co-educational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Lamplighter offers a warm and supportive environment which inspires interest, enthusiasm, and self confidence while pursuing academic excellence. This is the description from our website, but I would add that Lamplighter is a magical place where children find themselves wrapped in wonder as they carve their individual paths. I just love it!"

What’s a typical day like for you? 

"Wake up at the crack of dawn. Laundry. Kids.
Data-nerd my heart our all day long at the office.
Kids. Laundry. Kids. Dinner. Kids Laundry.
Edit photos. Laundry. Read. Bed.
(Run or yoga if especially overachieving)"

What’s the best part of your job? "The people. I'm surrounding by kindness and grateful for it each and every day."
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Give. Think before you speak or act. Ask questions. Take breaks. And if you need to, take a step back to move forward. Practice gratitude."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "You know that feeling like you maybe never fit-in anywhere and then you stumble upon a group of 'your people'... yeah, it's kinda like that."
Finally, if you had a theme song, what would your theme song be? "... the only song playing when I walk into the room is the one in YOUR head."
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Nov 14, 2018 10:19 AM America/New_York

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Love your advice to practice gratitude. Thank you for sharing more about you!
  • Posted Wed 14 Nov 2018 10:58 AM EST
Thank you for sharing about your life!
  • Posted Wed 14 Nov 2018 11:21 AM EST
Great spotlight Shelly Gammieri‍!
  • Posted Wed 14 Nov 2018 03:22 PM EST
I am trying so hard to practice gratitude every day!  Good stuff, Shelly!
  • Posted Wed 14 Nov 2018 08:03 PM EST
Great answers Shelly! Don't ever trade peace of mind for a clean house.
  • Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 01:16 PM EST
Some day you'll have a clean house when you are an empty nester and you'll wish you could have these hectic days with young kiddos back again!  Be present with your family and don't worry about your house!
  • Posted Tue 20 Nov 2018 03:35 PM EST
I love your thoughts about the Blackbaud community and feel the same!!  Data nerds unite!
  • Posted Wed 10 Jul 2019 11:48 AM EDT
What a great read! The pictures are terrific and your advice is very thought provoking for me. 
  • Posted Fri 04 Oct 2019 03:00 PM EDT