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Meet the Team

Tina Couch
Director of Advancement


A Rumsey Hall alumna from the Class of 1994, Tina was thrilled to return to the Rumsey family as the Director of Advancement in July 2018. Tina has worked in independent schools since 2003. She began her school career teaching English at Westminster School, where she was also a coach and dorm parent. After relocating to New York City in 2005, she shifted her focus from teaching to development, working at the Morristown Beard School and then Saddle River Day School, both in New Jersey. In 2008, she joined Collegiate School as the Director of Annual Giving, overseeing fundraising for Collegiate’s annual operating budget. In 2011, Tina was promoted to Director of Major Gifts. Tina and her husband Chris, daughter Olivia, and son Matthew live nearby in Milton.


Michelle Rittler
Associate Director of Advancement / Parent & Alumni Relations


A Connecticut native and a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Michelle joined the staff at Rumsey in July 2018 as Advancement Associate. In July 2019, she transitioned to a new leadership role in the department. As the Associate Director of Advancement / Parent & Alumni Relations, Michelle assists in managing several aspects of Rumsey's Parent & Alumni Annual Fund efforts. Additionally, she manages Alumni-related events and serves as the staff liaison to the Rumsey Circle Parents Association. Prior to Rumsey, Michelle worked as the Development Officer at the Allentown Art Museum in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Michelle lives nearby in New Milford with her husband and two children.



Trish Silvernail
Advancement Assistant


An integral part of the Rumsey Family, Trish joined Rumsey's office staff in 1999. Today, Trish manages the administrative needs of the Advancement 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.




Ross Mortensen
Associate Director of Communications


Ross joined Rumsey this summer and will work closely with Frankie Winter to establish a strong video and photography presence for the School and to elevate our digital outreach efforts. He will also be responsible for website maintenance and updates. Ross comes to us from Choate Rosemary Hall where he was the Manager of Media Resources. While there he established a digital media archive of all the school’s multimedia content and produced multimedia content including news stories, photo galleries and videos. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Central Connecticut State University and has eight years of experience in the digital media and communications field.