Meet the Staff


Whitney Namm Pollack

Director, Institutional Advancement & Alumni

(212) 712.6242

Whitney Namm Pollack joined ECFS as Director, OIAA in January 2009. She began her career at the 92nd Street Y working on "The Campaign for the 92nd Street Y." She directed Penn's NY Development Office, where she was responsible for major gift fundraising from undergraduate alumni. Prior to joining ECFS she led the Robin Hood Foundation's individual giving program as Director of Major Gifts. Pollack holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Toby Himmel

Director, Alumni Relations

(718) 329.7329

Toby Himmel joined the ECFS community as a parent in 1981 and served on numerous volunteer committees and boards until her appointment as alumni director in 1989. Her role in managing events and programs for an ever-growing number of alumni has expanded to include working with high school students and faculty and bringing alumni to campus for collaborative projects.


Kate Pfeffer

Director, Annual Giving
(212) 712.6244

Kate Pfeffer joined ECFS as Director of Annual Giving in January 2011. Previously, she served as Director of Advancement at Loyola School, where she managed parent fundraising efforts. She began her career at the International Trachoma Initiative, a public health organization dedicated to eliminating the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. Kate is a graduate of Middlebury College.


Meghana Nene

Assistant Director, Parent Giving
(212) 712.6245

Meghana Nene joined ECFS in February 2015 from The Churchill School and Center, where she served as Program Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events. Prior to her six years at Churchill, she spent more than a year working at SAP software company. Meghana holds a B.S./B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jeremy Wells

Associate Director, Special Events

(212) 712.6239

Jeremy Wells joined ECFS in 2004. He earned a multicultural psychological counseling from The Evergreen State College and an M.A. in liberal studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.


Meredith Halpern

Director, Communications

(212) 712.6238

Meredith Halpern joined ECFS in June 2013 from The Hewitt School, where she served as Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to Hewitt, Meredith spent nearly ten years as Executive Director, Marketing and Communications at CUNY's Hunter College, where she oversaw internal and external communications. Meredith is a graduate of Swarthmore College and earned an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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Maria Asteinza

Assistant Director, Communications

(212) 712.6266

Maria Asteinza has been ECFS’s assistant director of communications since October 2008. From 1999 to 2008, she was the director of communications at the Dwight-Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey. Previously, she served as the director of publications at the Alliance for the Arts, an arts advocacy organization. She also has worked as a production coordinator for CBS Sports’ Olympics coverage and as a contributing editor for a travel publication. Maria holds a B.A. in history from Williams College.

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Ruth Samuelson

Communications Coordinator
(212) 712.6241

Ruth Samuelson joined ECFS in June 2014 from Pratt Institute, where she served as editorial manager. She worked as a journalist for several years, first as a staff writer at the weekly newspaper, Washington City Paper, and later as a freelance reporter in Mexico City. She is a graduate of Rice University.

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Juliet Kline

Development Officer​
(212) 712.6277

Juliet Kline joined ECFS in June 2014 from Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C. Juliet began her career in development at Equal Justice Works, a national legal nonprofit. ​She ​graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in ​public policy and ​received an M.S.W. from the Catholic University of America.    

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Leya Petrovani

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
(212) 712.6243

Leya joined ECFS in June 2014. She returned to her alma mater​ after ​spending four years at Wheaton College, where she received a B.A. in international ​r​elations and development studies. ​While at Wheaton, Leya worked for three years as a student liaison to ​p​arents and ​a​lumn​i at the school's phonathon​. She is excited to be back at Fieldston, where she was a student for ​14 ​ years and ​is ​a ​proud ​member of the class of 2010.


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AJ Johnson

Development Associate
(212) 712.6260

AJ Johnson joined ECFS in October 2014. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina and worked in their development department for three years, raising money for scholarships. AJ has worked for various secular nonprofits, serves on two nonprofit boards, and owns a company dedicated to equality and the separation of church and state.  

Victoria Felix

Database Services Manager
(212) 712.6240

Victoria Felix joined ECFS in October 2014 from the Manhattan College development office. While attending Fairfield University in Connecticut, Victoria began her career in development as an alumnae volunteer for her alma mater, Mother Cabrini High School in Washington Heights. Soon, she became their advancement associate and database coordinator, as well as their varsity volleyball coach, positions she held for seven years. She then moved on to The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine, where she continued her work in development and athletics for two years. Born and raised in New York City, Victoria is excited to be working at ECFS, which her mother attended in the 1970s.