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Meet the Team

Ben Pastor
Director of Advancement


Ben Pastor is a veteran independent school advancement officer, who in recent years has run the Advancement programs at Branson School, in Ross, CA, as well as at The Community School of Naples, in FL.  

Ben began his advancement career at the Taft School, in Watertown, CT from where he is also an alumnus. He served on the Major Gifts team, was an Assistant Director of Development, and he and his wife Ledlie (Rumsey Class of 1992) ran multiple dorms on campus. 

After Taft, Ben graduated from Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY. Ben and his family are deeply connected to Rumsey, with his daughters being third-generation Rumsey students.


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.