A graduate in Public Relations from Auburn University, she has over twenty-five years of experience in both administrative and management roles. Her primary focus is in fundraising, sales, marketing, and special event planning. Career expertise began with organizations such as Post Properties of Atlanta, the World Trade Center Association of Atlanta, and HomeBanc Mortgage Company. Prior to joining The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team, Claire worked for a private independent school in Georgia where as the Director of Development she provided strategic vision and leadership for the school's fundraising office. As the team’s Marketing/Operations Manager, she oversees all systems, communications, public relations and promotional activities selected to support the brand and marketing strategy.