photo of Reliant Foundation President Kelsa Zereski

Kelsa L. Zereski

President ׀ Reliant Foundation, Inc.

A fundraising and grant making expert, Ms. Zereski has served as Trustee on several community non-profit’ boards, including the American Red Cross of Central MA, Nativity School of Worcester, the former Higgins Armory Museum, and Seven Hills Foundation. She is a community volunteer or corporator for numerous local organizations including Be Like Brit, EcoTarium, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Nativity School of Worcester, Seven Hills Foundation and Bay State Savings Bank. She has also sat on the grant making committees for Fallon Health and UMass Memorial Health. Ms. Zereski takes pride in her community work, doing personal outreach to charities, and touring programs in the Central and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts.

These activities, along with annual fund drives and special events, have allowed Reliant Foundation to increase its annual grant making capacity to a record $850,000 in 2022. The Reliant Foundation has positively impacted 118 public charities in its service area, granting millions over time to improve community health.

Ms. Zereski earned her B.A. in Marketing from Assumption College with a minor in English. She was honored as one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40-Under-40 in 2003 and received her CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) designation in 2005.

Ms. Zereski is an avid equestrian, having ridden and competed horses for more than 45 years, and is part owner of Triple Crown Tack Shop, a local equestrian retail store. She is also a member of Worcester Country Club, home of the first Ryder Cup golf tournament, where she served on the Board of Governors, and a member of The Worcester Club. Ms. Zereski is a life-long resident of Massachusetts and lives in Boylston with her husband Don. She has two adult sons, Connor and Brendan Hicks.