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Ethel Walker Reunion

Alumnae Board

Sisterhood, Leadership, Community, and Hope

From Your Alumnae Board Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Alumnae Board, we are honored to represent our Alumnae Association, a network of over 4,000 other graduates around the world who share the core values of sisterhood, leadership and community. Our mission is to provide a variety of opportunities to foster and sustain life-long relationships with fellow alumnae, faculty and students.

Time and again, we find connections across years and miles that surprise and delight: a shared profession or interest, a shared teacher, a favorite spot on campus. We hear stories of women working on committees or living in the same neighborhood who suddenly discover they are both Walker’s alumnae. We encourage you to explore opportunities to volunteer, ways to meet alumnae, find classmates, connect with students, and support your alma mater.

Whether a Sun or a Dial, The Ethel Walker School is always yours to return to both physically and virtually. Please join us on campus, at events (be they live or virtual) and on our SunDial Network!

Nullas horas nisi aureas”

To many more golden hours,

Samara Khalique Grove ’00

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05

Meet the Board

Samara Khalique

Samara Khalique Grove '00

Co-Chair · Salem, VA

Samara Khalique Grove '00

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05

Co-Chair · Bronxville, NY

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05

B.S., Bates College

Senior Director of Business Development & Corporate Sponsorships at Global Citizen


What is one piece of advice you would give to a graduating Walker’s student?

Welcome to the incredible community of Walker’s Alumnae! My closest friends still to this day are from EWS, and I am now very lucky to have new friends across generations within the alumnae community. Hold true to our values: Sisterhood, Leadership and Community.

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Katharine Swibold ’78

Secretary · Tarrytown, NY

Katharine Swibold ’78

B.A., Smith College

Katharine is currently an administrative assistant at The Horace Mann School in the Nursery Division. Before her time here, Katharine spent time at the Hewitt School after her time as an executive assistant to the VP for Development at Barnard College for nine years.

In her time outside of work, Katharine is a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries and served on the Board of Directors of the Smith College Alumnae Association. In her community, Katharine is known for serving as the Elementary PTA President, her school’s foundation President, and as a member of the Board of the local region of the American Youth Soccer Organization where she coordinated the summer soccer camp for 10 years.


What is one piece of advice you would give to a graduating Walker’s student?

Life is not linear. You can make plans, and you should, but be prepared to adjust those plans. Take chances and risks when they present themselves. Don’t play it too safe. Life is indeed short, and if you don’t take those chances, you might regret it later in life when it might be too late… though, I’ve been told it is never too late! Also, cherish your friends from Walker’s. Stay connected to them. And go back to Simsbury for your reunions when ever your life allows it. Reunions are so much fun!

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Ellie Bell '12

Ellie Bell ’12

Chadds Ford, PA

Ellie Bell ’12

B.A., College of Wooster

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the Alumnae Board?

I always feel so empowered when I’m back on campus and brainstorming with my fellow board members. It’s such a magical feeling being back on campus and getting to share stories with each other all while continuing to share our love with the school and future alum.

What is your fondest memory or tradition from your time at Walker’s?

I loved walking back from the barn with my friends to Cluett.

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Fiona Cox de Kerckhove

Fiona Cox de Kerckhove '89

United Kingdom

Fiona Cox de Kerckhove '89

Wendy Hodgkins DeLorey ’83, P’20

Boston and Osterville, MA

Wendy Hodgkins DeLorey ’83, P’20

B.A., Banding College, Pine Manor College
M.Ed., Lesley University

What is one piece of advice you would give to a graduating Walker’s student?

“No one’s path is linear.”
-Dr. Anthony Monaco, President of Tufts University

Try to be flexible when plans change. Something I need to remind myself to do often.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the Alumnae Board?

Trying to help the students to know how vast and wonderful the Walker’s community is.

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Sarah Doering

Sarah Elting Doering ’65

Malibu, CA

Sarah Elting Doering ’65

B.A., Barnard College

Sarah is a retired Sales Management professional whose career flourished in the wholesale bakery business in Southern California. Now, she is active on boards on non-profit foundations serving the substance abuse recovery community.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part about being on the Alumnae Board?

I am filled with admiration and gratitude for the leadership of Meera Viswanathan and for the many ways she has brought our school to another level of excellence. I have loved meeting other alumnae sharing the same dedication to developing the minds of the next generation of women leaders.

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Nicole Hart Dunn ’96

Simsbury, CT

Nicole Hart Dunn ’96

B.A., Hofstra University

Nicky spent 12 years in publishing, first in books and then magazines. She shifted gears about three years ago and is now the director of administration for a general contractor in East Hartford, CT. It’s a great company with a small but talented team. They offer their clients everything from the architectural, interior and branding design, to the actual construction.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the Alumnae Board?

I love learning about all of the new opportunities being offered to our students. It seems like everything has gotten better, from the curriculum to the community partnerships. It’s very exciting and I’m always eager to help spread the word.

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Alicia Little Hodge

Alicia Little Hodge ’01

Washington, D.C.

Alicia Little Hodge ’01

Eliza Pell David Massaro ’92

Avon, CT

Eliza Pell David Massaro ’92

Boston University
B.S., Trinity College

Elize is a clean water activist, volunteer for multiple amazing charities, has owned a children’s boutique, managed a political campaign, and has a passion for costume design. She’s a “jack of all trades, master of none.”


How did attending Walker’s impact your path and where you are now?

The friendships I built at Walker’s have sustained me and helped build me into the person I am now. We continue contact and our friendships have evolved from teenage-hood all the way through parenting and everything in between.

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Silvia Manent

Silvia Manent '08

Concord, MA

Silvia Manent '08

B.B.A., ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain)
M.B.A., ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain)

Silvia is the Founder & Managing Partner at Manent Capital, a boutique investment management firm in Boston.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the board?

Helping younger women break into finance and find a meaningful life and career.

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Beth McGuinness

Beth McGuinness '88

Denver, CO

Beth McGuinness '88

B.S., Pepperdine University
M.A., University of Chicago
M.B.A., Loyola University

Beth is an author of children’s financial literacy books. She has worked in healthcare for 20 years, most recently as a VP at Highline Financial, Sales Director at Trizetto, and Director at Health Data Management Solutions. Beth is a Partner with the JumpStart Coalition and obtained two certificates this year from UC Berkeley in bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the board?

Hopefully helping students and building new relationships with board members and alumnae.

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Kayla Monroe

Kayla Monroe '12

Enfield, CT

Kayla Monroe '12

Dele Odumosu

Dele Odumosu '12

Brooklyn, NY

Dele Odumosu '12

Jeanette Pelizzon '07

San Diego, CA

Jeanette Pelizzon '07

B.A., Franklin University Switzerland
M.P.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies

Jeanette has just returned to the USA after traveling for the past four years while working remotely. She is a UX Designer and her current contract is with TIP Global Health, an NGO focused on last-mile health care in rural Rwanda. Prior to that Jeanette helped start-ups such as WeWork and Remote Year during their early stage, rapid growth.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the board?

This will be my first year but I am excited to become more involved in the Walker’s community.

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Tracey Reifler

Tracey Reifler '82

Seattle, WA

Tracey Reifler '82

Kristen St. Louis

Kristen St. Louis '21

Bronx, NY

Kristen St. Louis '21

Caroline Strapp '18 Alumnae Board

Caroline Strapp '18

Granby, CT

Caroline Strapp '18

B.A., University of Connecticut (expected 2022)

Caroline Strapp is the Yearbook Managing Editor at UConn’s Nutmeg Publishing, a position she stepped into this past winter. She also works seasonally as a ski instructor at Ski Sundown. Caroline is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta where she has held two positions, the Philanthropy Chair and (currently) the Graphics Chair.


What is your fondest memory or tradition from your time at Walker’s?

Lots of small things! My favorite tradition is probably Mountain Day. For a fond memory… It’s a tie between getting a lunch table with your best friends, and dance practice with Ms. Soule and all my teammates.

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Bri Vega '20

Brianna Vega '20

East Windsor, CT

Brianna Vega '20

Cynthia Vega

Cynthia Vega ’82

Dominican Republic

Cynthia Vega ’82

B.A., Wellesley College
M.B.A., University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Cynthia owns her own Strategic Financial Advisory form focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Capital Raising, Project Finance, and other financial advisory services.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the Alumnae Board?

Staying connected to the School and its spectacular alumnae in addition to being a part of the strategic planning process so that other girls receive the kind of education that will make them thrive in the future.

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Eliza Wetmore ’18

Darien, CT

Eliza Wetmore ’18

Kenyon College

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the Alumnae Board?

I love feeling connected to Walker’s in any way I can. Monthly calls with the Alumnae Board remind me of my time at Walker’s and how grateful I am for my wonderful three years on 230 Bushy Hill Road. As a member of the student engagement committee, I have loved finding new ways for students and alumnae to stay connected!

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Katie Wilhelm Alumnae Board

Katie Hillman Wilhelm '83

Bonita Springs, FL

Katie Hillman Wilhelm '83

B.A., Sweet Briar College
M.B.A., Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management

Katie is currently serving various management roles in the packaging industry, is on Lurie’s Children Hospital Board in Chicago and The Food Pantry of The Church of The Holy Spirit in Lake Forest.


What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being on the board?

Reconnecting with the place that had some of my fondest memories! But most importantly helping young women grow to their fullest potential.

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Sarah You

Sarah You '22

China

Sarah You '22