Sara Keely McGuire


Sara has served as the Director of Development for Roycemore since April of 2017, however she has been in fundraising for the better part of the last 18 years. Philanthropy has always been a part of her life. Beginning in childhood when volunteering for organizations her parents belonged to, she jokes that she has a PhD in envelope stuffing. Sara moved to Chicago from Colorado with her husband, Erik to pursue a career in theatre, specifically as a playwright. Over the years several of her plays have been produced in Chicago, New York, Denver and on a Zuni Reservation and taught in the Women’s Studies program at Northern Illinois University. She ran several theatre companies over the years and currently serves as President of the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago. Each year she mentors playwrights in Chicago through the New Play Development Workshop. Sara has two daughters and two Girl Scout Troops, which she enjoys immensely.

Sara also shares the responsibility of the Yearbook with fellow educator, Dori Franck. After many years of creating Annual Reports for various organization she matches these skills to the yearbook process and helps students understand the power of print, and telling a good story.


  • B.A. (Speech Communications) Metropolitan State University

Favorite Quote

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…” Henry David Thoreau

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is a place where my talents are valued, and I can pass that on to the students, alumni and families that I have the honor to work with.