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Walker’s tradition of philanthropy spans generations.

Whether you’re an alumna, parent, employee, or friend of the School, you know that service to others and a philanthropic spirit are central to who we are and what we do. But we can’t do what we do without you.

When you give to Walker’s, you invest in the future by providing today’s students with resources, experiences and opportunities that are preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders; you invest in exceptional faculty who are also coaches, advisors, dorm parents, and chaperones who support our students 24/7; you shine a spotlight on student artists and athletes by helping to fund essentials such as transportation, equipment and staging so they can shine; you support the environment that serves as home, classroom, competitive arena and playground to our students, including green spaces, the fields, the courts, turnouts and trails; and you create a legacy because your gift, no matter the amount, makes a lasting mark on our School. A piece of you will forever be a part of the School’s success; your legacy supports education learning at The Ethel Walker School.

When you give to Walker’s, you participate in something bigger than all of us: a tradition of philanthropy that spans generations of Walker’s women, their loved ones, and countless friends and supporters.

Thank you for making your gift today. You can feel great knowing that your gift will create an immediate impact that will benefit a Walker’s girl for her lifetime.

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Meet the Team

Je Banach

Advancement Research Manager

Je Banach

 860-408-4255

B.A., Manhattanville College

Je Banach comes to The Ethel Walker School with experience in the fields of education and development, law, and arts and culture. She received her BA from Manhattanville College, majoring in English (with a concentration in writing), philosophy, and religion. In addition to her work as Campaign & Prospect Research Manager, she is also a practicing writer. A recipient of the New Boston Fund Fellowship in Fiction, Je has written for many academic and popular venues, including The Paris ReviewGranta, Bookforum, Oxford University Press, Publishers Weekly, and PEN. She is the author of teaching and reading guides to works of fiction and non-fiction for Penguin Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster. Most recently, she wrote guides to Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth, Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life, and the Dalai Lama’s Beyond Religion. She was also a longtime contributor to Harold Bloom’s literary series. In 2013, Je was awarded the state’s Artist Fellowship for Prose by the CT Office of the Arts. She is currently a member of the Residential Faculty in Fiction at the Yale Writers’ Conference.

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Molly Bouffard

Advancement Services Manager

Molly Bouffard is a Smith College graduate and certified fundraising executive who has served the nonprofit sector for nearly 15 years. Her experiences include fundraising and volunteer management positions in environmental, higher education, healthcare, and arts-based organizations. Prior to Walker’s, Molly was the assistant director for volunteer services in the Smith Fund. A self-described “database geek,” she enjoys helping people and organizations reach their goals by leveraging technology. She is a UCONN certified master gardener, a certified MBTI administrator, and a graduate of the Institute of Coaching and Positive Psychology. Molly is an active volunteer and advocate for local agriculture and environmental education. She enjoys exploring the outdoors from coast to coast, but her heart will always be in New England with her loved ones and her trusty dog, Zeus.

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Kathryn Bratslavsky

Advancement Associate

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here? During my youth, I competed as an elite rhythmic gymnast. Since rhythmic gymnastics is a women-only Olympic sport, I came to understand the benefits of being a part of a supportive network of women. When I learned about The Ethel Walker School, I knew I had come across another encouraging and empowering community, one that supports students' highest potential and helps them discover their passion, strengths and purpose. What advice would you give to a graduating Walker's senior? The Ethel Walker School has given you the chance to seek out what interests you, to create meaningful relationships, and to make positive impacts in the community. You are capable of continuing to do all of that in your next exciting chapter. If you are ever in doubt, think back to the "Golden Hours" and remember you will always be an invaluable member of a truly special community. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? In my spare time I like to practice yoga, plan international trips, watch foreign films, go to art exhibits and museums, cook, and take slow, leisurely walks with my Westie. Currently I'm trying something new and learning how to play disc golf and the piano! What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker's? It is immensely rewarding to get to know students and alumnae. It is a normal occurrence for me to reflect after having a conversation with a student or alumna and to realize I learned something new. Not only are my conversations enlightening, they are inspiring; the spirit of a Walker is singular! What other roles do you hold on campus? Yoga co-curricular instructor

Madeline Cadwell

Director of Events

Madeline Cadwell

 860-408-4253

B.A., Western New England University

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here? I went to an all girls high school and it was crucial in forming me into the woman I am today. So I knew, if the opportunity presented itself, I'd like to work at another all girl's school. Who is your biggest female role model? Why? This is going to sound cliche, but my mom. Her work ethic is second to none. I have watched her build a business and career for herself, while raising two kids over the last 30 years and it's truly remarkable. She never stops working hard, night and day. It's why I push myself to work a little harder everyday. It's clear that at some point true hard work and dedication pay off. What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why? Government and Politics was my favorite class. In 7th grade I was in charge of running the Bush/Gore election at school. From that point forward, I wanted to know everything there was to know about politics. The next year was 9/11 and I dove deeper into trying to understand partisan politics (yes, in 8th grade) and developed a strong ideology. I spent the next 4 years reading every political book I could get my hands on and chose to major in Political Science in college. What is your favorite Walker's tradition? Dogswood Day, who doesn't love dressing up in crazy clothes and eating fried food? What advice would you give to a graduating Walker's senior? "Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what's going to happen next, and you are mostly making up things as you go along." - Steven Colbert What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Spend time with my family by the shoreline. What other roles do you hold on campus? Personal Fitness Coach What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker's? I plan events, so the most rewarding part of my job is to see people enjoying themselves at one of my events. When I get to watch alumnae embrace and reconnect after 20 years of not seeing each other at an event I planned, it's truly amazing.  
Margaret Gooch

Margaret Gooch P'24

Stewardship & Donor Relations Manager

Prior to joining the Advancement Office in November 2015, Margaret was program manager at The Women’s Advancement Initiative, a distinctive program at the University of Hartford that uniquely positions women for success through education and leadership training. Before returning to her home state of Connecticut, Margaret and her family resided in Wilmington, North Carolina for 10 years where she was proprietor of a small art business. For almost 13 years, Margaret worked in various positions at Fidelity Investments in Boston and attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Margaret, her husband, Jon, and daughter, Lilia, who is currently attending Walker’s, reside in West Simsbury.

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Allie Harris '13

Advancement Services Associate

Allie Harris '13

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B.A., College of the Holy Cross

Allie Harris ’13 assists the Advancement office by supporting and growing technology and donor recognition programs. She graduated cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester in 2017 where she majored in English Literature and wrote for print magazines and social media. She won awards for her work including team MPVP in 2018 for managing business deals at Prolific 1. At Walker’s, Allie was head of day students and head of Cicerones as well as a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team.

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Gretchen Orschiedt

Gretchen Orschiedt

Assistant Head for Advancement

Gretchen was appointed as Walker’s director of advancement in October 2016. Coming from Trinity College, she initially served as director of development, and, more recently, as director of principal gifts and international development. Prior to Trinity, Gretchen’s career in education includes over a decade of fundraising at Cornell University and over a decade of work in admissions at Cornell University, Ithaca College and her alma mater, Wells College.

Marion Paterson P'17, '19

Director of Alumnae Relations

Marion Paterson P'17, '19

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B.A., Middlebury College
M.Litt, University of St. Andrews

Marion joined the Development Office in 2014 as Campaign Manager. A 12-year student of the all-girls’ Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, she then graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and then a master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She was then the personal assistant to a conservation architect in Edinburgh, where she met her husband, Guy. Marion lived and worked at the St. Denis and Cranley School, and all-girls’ boarding school in Edinburgh for four years before returning with Guy to the United States. While raising her two daughters here in Simsbury, she managed two businesses from home. Marion held numerous board positions and was then president of the Simsbury Newcomers Club. With both daughters attending Walker’s, she fell in love with the community here and is thrilled to be on campus with them and working for the advancement of the School.

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Ann Marie Ware

Advancement Services Assistant