Who We Are:

The Department of Development works daily with our alumni, friends, parents and partners to assist them in realizing their philanthropic goals by supporting Lake Erie College. We believe that all giving is personal. Whether it is for scholarships, support for a specific academic program or a capital project to reshape the campus, we can help craft the appropriate gift vehicle for each donor.

We invite those who believe in Lake Erie College to make an investment in our students, our faculty, and our academic programs. We believe that ultimately, higher education is about transforming lives. We believe that earning a degree from Lake Erie College will change your life dramatically.

Our job is to help secure educational opportunities for future generations of students and meet the enormous challenges we face as a society. We invite you to exercise your passion by supporting Lake Erie College!

Pam Palermo
Senior Director of Development
Office: 440.375.7225
Cell: 440.645.0038


Pam serves as the director of development at Lake Erie College. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management of the development program, which is charged with managing relationships and securing support from donors who are capable of making significant gifts to the College.Pam has over seven years of experience in institutional advancement. Her past positions include manager of the membership database marketing at the Ohio State Medical Association, director of development at the Ohio Medical Education and Research Foundation and associate director of advancement at the Kent State Ashtabula Regional Campus. Pam received her bachelor of science degree with a major in marketing, graduating magna cum laude from Franklin University. She has also completed coursework towards her master of arts degree in public relations from Kent State University.

Favorite Spot on Campus

The Dana '76 and Sharon '03 Dennis Fountain

Lynne Zele
Coordinator of Advancement Services
Office: 440.375.7250

Lynne Zele serves as the coordinator of advancement services at Lake Erie College. In this role, she has overall responsibility for maintaining and updating the College's donor database. This requires recording gifts to the College, writing acknowledgment letters to donors and providing fundraising assistance to the director of development, Pamela Palermo.

Prior to this position, Lynne served for 28 years at WJW-TV (Fox 8) as a news producer, reporter and video editor, where she won three regional EMMY awards. She joined the College in 2012 as the administrative assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement.

Lynne holds a bachelor of arts with a major in communications from Edinboro University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Favorite Spot on Campus

The gorgeous gardens and fountain outside of Kilcawley Hall