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Nemours Hires New Director of Fund Development for Central Florida

Monday, Mar 24, 2014


Nemours has added a new leader to its fundraising team. Lesli J. Cearley, director of fund development for the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, will build philanthropic support for the unique pediatric programs and services offered by Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations in downtown Orlando, Lake Mary and Viera.

Prior to joining Nemours, Cearley was the director of development for the Military Child Education Coalition in Harker Heights, Texas. She also served as the director of fund development for McLane Children’s Hospital, a division of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation in Temple, Texas.

“This is a dream job. I have long been an advocate for children and Nemours is one of the nation’s leading children’s health systems,” said Cearley. “The more the community learns about Nemours’ unique, family-centered care, research and prevention work, the more the community will be eager to support our endeavors.”

Cearley will manage all fundraising activities in Central Florida, including major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, annual giving and special events like the annual Nemours Gala.

Cearley joins Nemours at a time of rapid growth when philanthropy has become more important than ever. The children’s health system just purchased five urgent care centers in Central Florida — now known as Nemours Children’s Urgent Care. In May, Nemours is set to open its eighth Nemours Children’s Primary Care location in Oviedo.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.