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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,

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Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05

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Jamiah Tappin ’00

Meet the Board

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner

Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05

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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Jamiah Tappin ’00

Boston, MA

Jamiah Tappin ’00

Ellie Bell '12

Eda Eleanor (Ellie) Bell ’12

New York, NY

Eda Eleanor (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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Caryl VanRanst Dearing ’60

Oak Bluffs, MA

Caryl VanRanst Dearing ’60

Associate of Arts, Westbrook Jr. College (University of New England)
B.A., Indiana University

Between 1993 and 2003, Caryl was Partner and Co-owner of Cass Street Deport (fiber business), Junior League, and is president of several organizations, on the Board of Directors of the Featherstone Center for the Arts, and actively volunteers in other areas in her community.

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

It gave the ability to advocate for myself as I knew nobody when I came to Walkers as a junior from the Midwest from public school.

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Wendy Hodgkins DeLorey ’83, P’20

Boston, 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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Nicky Hart Dunn ’96

Simsbury, CT

Nicky Hart Dunn ’96

B.A., Hofstra University

Nicky spent 12 years in publishing, first in books and then magazines. She shifted gears about 3 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 & 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

Bella Manganiello ’19

Avon, CT

Bella Manganiello ’19

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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Susan Jensen Rawles

Richmond, VA

Susan Jensen Rawles

B.A., Smith College
M.A., Rice University
Ph.D., William and Mary

Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Mahori Shigeta ’10

Tokyo, Japan

Mahori Shigeta ’10

Katharine Swibold ’78

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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Cynthia Vega

Cynthia T. Vega ’86

Dominican Republic

Cynthia T. Vega ’86

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?

love feeling connected to Walkers in any way I can. Monthly calls with the Alumnae Board remind me of my time at Walkers and how grateful I am for my wonderful 3 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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