Eleanor Barnes is in her fourth year in Development and Alumnae Relations at Walker's. Her professional background includes working at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, The Hartford, Time Inc. New Media, and CNN Business News. Eleanor serves on the Board of Overseers at The Bushnell. She is also a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (CT Chapter) and Kingswood Oxford School. Eleanor earned her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jane Bradford has 32 years of experience in development, 27 of those years in the area of planned giving at Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College and most recently at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has done extensive teaching and consulting in the area of charitable gift planning.
Katie Irish Pond brings her administrative, fundraising and writing abilities to her role as Development Assistant at The Ethel Walker School. Previously, she worked as an Assistant to the Associate Director of Development at Cornell University during a capital campaign and as a Communications Specialist at Travelers Insurance Company. She also has been a contributing writer to Life in the Fingerlakes Magazine and The Ithaca Journal among other publications.
Katie has volunteered her time at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington as an Ambassador, a group which encourages new audiences to join the museum, and at the Connecticut Historical Society as a Public Outreach volunteer where she worked on gathering sponsorship for exhibits.
Katie graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English and makes her home in Manchester with her husband, Brad.
Genie Lomba has a BA degree in Information Technology from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Genie worked as a Computer Programmer for four years for a small company supporting the auto insurance industry in East Providence, RI. Later, Genie accepted an offer from Cigna Corporation in Bloomfield, CT, where she spent the next nine years developing computer programs for both mainframes and personal computers. In 1999, after the birth of her third child, Genie decided to put her career on hold to spend time caring for her three young children as a full time parent. While an at-home Mom, Genie started a photography business providing photographic services, including wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, event and portrait photography. Genie is also a co-founder and President of Cape Verdean United Organization, a non-profit charitable organization which raises funds to purchase and build playgrounds and provide school supplies for the needy children of her native land, Cape Verde Islands. Genie joined the Ether Walker School in 2010.
Heidi McCann has worked in the development field for almost fifteen years. Before joining The Ethel Walker School in 2010, she worked as The Director of Reunion Giving at The Loomis Chaffee School for eight years and had also previously worked in Middlebury College's development office. In addition, she runs her own non-profit, The Curtis R. Vance Foundation, a 501 c 3 foundation revolving around ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, that she and her late first husband founded in 2000. Heidi serves on the board of The Children's Center in Simsbury and volunteers as a class agent for Loomis Chaffee and as an admissions volunteer for Middlebury College. Heidi earned her BA from Middlebury College in 1997 and her MALS from Dartmouth College in 2009. Heidi and her husband Paul live in Simsbury, CT with their three girls.
Tom came to Walker's in 2007 when his wife Bessie was appointed Head of School. He served as Interim Director of Development in 2009 and continues to support the Development Office and the school in various ways including meeting with alumnae and parents, assisting with programs, hosting events, traveling with the Head of School and other Development Personnel and officiating at weddings in the Ethel Walker School Chapel. Tom serves as the faculty advisor to the Christian Club and particularly enjoys hosting Senior Sundaes at the Head's House.
In addition to his work at school, Tom serves as Co-Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hartford, CT and is active in the Presbytery of Southern New England, currently chairing its Committee on Ministry. He has served churches in Philadelphia, Baltimore and East Kilbride, Scotland. Prior to being ordained he was an Admissions Officer at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He is a Corporator at Renbrook School in West Hartford. He lives on campus in the Head's House.