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.

 

 

 

Frankie Winter
Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Frankie is responsible for the design and production of the School’s printed and digital marketing materials, advertising and school news. She designs the bi-annual publication Rarebits, the Annual Report, manages the social media sites and augments the School’s outreach and public relations efforts. Prior to Rumsey, Frankie worked as an Art Director for Gucci and lived in Italy, London and New York before leaving the brand and moving to Litchfield County in 2000. She then formed her own graphic design studio – specializing in branding – and worked for many local businesses and independent schools, as well as keeping a foot (so to speak) in the fashion world as the stateside graphic designer for Jimmy Choo for 14 years, handling their advertising and regional invitation needs.

 

 

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.

 

 

Gwen Mileti
Advancement Associate / Special Events Coordinator

Gwen joined the Rumsey Hall Advancement Team in the Fall of 2019. She assists in the development and organization of Rumsey’s annual lineup of high-profile events. In addition to this, Gwen also supports the team in an administrative and communications capacity. Before joining the team at Rumsey, Gwen worked as an Education Associate at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut and as a freelance graphic artist and copywriter.