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
Samara Khalique Grove '00
Charlotte Weidlein Lenzner ’05
Senior Director of Business Development & Corporate Sponsorships at Global Citizen
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.Read Full Profile
Katharine Swibold ’78
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.
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!Read Full Profile
Ellie Bell ’12
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.
I loved walking back from the barn with my friends to Cluett.Read Full Profile
Fiona Cox de Kerckhove '89
Sarah Elting Doering ’65
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.
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.Read Full Profile
Nicole Hart Dunn ’96
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.
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.Read Full Profile
Alicia Little Hodge ’01
Eliza Pell David Massaro ’92
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.”
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.Read Full Profile
Silvia Manent '08
Silvia is the Founder & Managing Partner at Manent Capital, a boutique investment management firm in Boston.
Helping younger women break into finance and find a meaningful life and career.Read Full Profile
Beth McGuinness '88
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.
Hopefully helping students and building new relationships with board members and alumnae.Read Full Profile
Kayla Monroe '12
Dele Odumosu '12
Jeanette Pelizzon '07
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.
I love becoming more involved in the Walker’s community.Read Full Profile
Tracey Reifler '82
Kristen St. Louis '21
Sarah Shaw '23
Caroline Strapp '18
Caroline Strapp is a dual degree student at the University of Connecticut where she has completed an English degree and is finishing a second in Graphic Design. She has worked as the Yearbook Managing Editor, Magazine Managing Editor, and now as a Designer at UConn’s Nutmeg Publishing.
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.Read Full Profile
Cynthia Vega ’82
Cynthia owns her own Strategic Financial Advisory form focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Capital Raising, Project Finance, and other financial advisory services.
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.Read Full Profile
Eliza Wetmore ’18
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!Read Full Profile
Katie Hillman Wilhelm '83
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.
Reconnecting with the place that had some of my fondest memories! But most importantly helping young women grow to their fullest potential.Read Full Profile
Sarah You '22