An Independent, Coed Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (K-9) in Washington, CT

Thank You for Your Partnership with Rumsey
Shared Participation Among Many is at the Heart of Rumsey's Success

Giving is a long-standing hallmark of the Rumsey Hall culture. Sustaining our School’s deep traditions of Effort, Family and Community is rooted in a partnership with our loyal alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends. Each generously make Rumsey’s success their own priority every year. Many share in the ownership of the advancement of the School; parent volunteers give their time and talent to nurture the community spirit, and the guidance of a devoted Board of Trustees enable us to keep moving forward while preserving the core values of our mission.

Since 2000 over $45 million has been collectively gifted to Rumsey, evidenced by the iconic new buildings and infrastructure enhancements around campus. The Campus Center, Lufkin Rink, the Maxwell A. Sarofim ’05 Performing Arts Center, North, South and Foothills dormitories, improved athletic fields and technology upgrades—all are central to our students’ daily experience. At our Fall Parents’ Weekend Annual Benefit Auction our community rallies together to raise over $400,000 in a single evening. Ongoing major capital gifting thoughtfully structures our Endowment, growing it to $14 million, providing security for our future and directly enriching innovations in student programming. Robust annual giving supports needed housing, competitive compensation and professional development opportunities for our devoted family of faculty—coaches, mentors and dorm parents. The financial health of the School allows us to provide financial aid for qualified, deserving students, adding depth and diversity to our community of learners.

Please know that every gift you make to Rumsey has a visible and lasting purpose—every gift is permanent. We are honored by your willingness to share.

Carol Maxwell P '07, '09, '15, '17
Director of Development

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Carol joined the Development Office at Rumsey Hall School in 2009 and was appointed Director of Development in 2013. In collaboration with the Head of School, Carol leads the advancement and major gift efforts for the enhancement of facilities and programs, the growth of the Endowment, the School’s Annual Giving and special fundraising projects. Carol organizes regional events throughout the US and abroad, on-campus community events, most notably the Annual Benefit Auction and oversees Communications and Alumni. She is a member of the School’s Outreach Committee and serves as Art Gallery Event Coordinator. Carol holds a BA in English/Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ. Prior to joining Rumsey, Carol spent a twenty year career cultivating expertise in branding, communications, design and marketing with such firms as Lehman, Gartner Group and Citibank and was a top sell side producer of the luxury real estate sector of Sotheby's International. Carol is parent to four Rumsey students; three Alumni—Sarah '07, Margaux '09 and Anna '15 and current VIIth Former, son John '17.



Meet the Team


Jessica Lewis
Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Jessica is responsible for the design and production of the bi-annual publication Rarebits, the School’s printed and digital marketing materials, advertising and school news. She manages Rumsey's website and social media sites and augments the School’s outreach and public relations efforts. Prior to joining the Rumsey Development team in 2013, Jessica spent 10 years in marketing, communications and design, working for companies such as CHANEL, Mesa Integrated and Litchfield Montessori School. Jessica is an accomplished photographer having completed training at the Hallmark Institute of Photography, MA. She holds a BA in Communications with a minor in French from Western Connecticut State University and studied at La Sorbonne, Paris.




Trish Silvernail
Administrative Assistant to Development/Gift Coordinator

An integral part of the Rumsey Family, Trish joined Rumsey's office staff in 1999. Today, Trish manages the administrative needs of the Development and Alumni teams with hands-on support for the daily operation of the offices, including gift recording and coordinating special events. Previously, Trish held diverse customer service and managerial roles in the retail banking business for over 18 years. She is a long time resident of nearby Torrington, CT along with her Himilayan cat “Romeo.”






Emily Kalis
Alumni Coordinator

As the Alumni Coordinator, Emily is responsible for enhancing alumni engagement by coordinating events such as the Alumni Games and Reunion and by compiling featured alumni profiles and class notes for Rarebits. She also assists in the planning of Rumsey's Annual Benefit Auction and works with the Director of Communications in the School's outreach to Alumni.

In addition to her role as Alumni Coordinator on the Development Team, Emily lives on campus, coaches Varsity "B" Basketball and serves as a dorm parent in Foothills 1. She is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University where she obtained a BA in Politics and International Affairs with a minor in French.