Meet the Team


Tina Couch
Director of Advancement

A Rumsey Hall alumna from the Class of 1994, Tina is thrilled to be returning to the Rumsey family as the Director of Advancement. Her husband, Chris, two-year old daughter, Olivia, and four-year-old son Matthew—who will be joining Rumsey’s Class of 2028—are also excited for this new adventure.

Tina has worked in independent schools since 2003. She began her school career teaching English at Westminster School, in Connecticut, 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. In this role, she raised funds to support a historic capital building project that resulted in the construction of a brand-new school, which was completed in January of 2018.


Michelle Rittler
Advancement Associate

As Advancement Associate, Michelle assists in donor cultivation and stewardship activities, donor record and database management, and supports the Advancement team in the management of all development-related special events. Prior to Rumsey, Michelle worked as the Development Officer at the Allentown Art Museum in the Lehigh Valley, PA, where she planned and executed annual fundraising events, and played an integral part in increasing contributed income via grants, EITC donations, and corporate and individual support of special exhibitions. A Connecticut native and graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Michelle joined the staff at Rumsey in July 2018. Michelle currently resides in Wallingford, CT with her husband, two children, and dog Montclair Utley.


Xanthe Hilton

Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

No stranger to independent schools, Xanthe and her dog, Simon, come to Rumsey Hall after working across the country in communities and schools. Xanthe is delighted to be a part of the Rumsey community as the Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations.

Xanthe began a career on the campaign trail shortly after attending school at Colby-Sawyer College. After nearly a decade working in national politics Xanthe decided to put down the clipboard and work for something a little closer to home: her alma mater. Working in politics and engaging voters informed her work in Advancement at Mercersburg. Since then Xanthe has also worked in rural Virginia at Foxcroft School where she managed the reunion program as well as being a dorm parent.

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 also designs the bi-annual publication Rarebits, and the Annual Report. She manages Rumsey's website, 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 15 years ago. Shortly after arriving in CT she formed her own graphic design studio and has since worked for many local businesses and independent schools until joining the Rumsey community in January 2018. Frankie currently resides in Washington with her two teenage boys.

Trish Silvernail
Assistant to Advancement

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 along with her Himilayan cat “Romeo.”