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 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, 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.


Courtney Archer-Buckmire

Associate Director, Annual Giving

(212) 712-6245

Courtney Archer-Buckmire joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in August 2010. She served as part of the external relations team at Achievement First, working on a wide range of projects, including student recruitment, governance, special events, and fundraising. Previously, Courtney coordinated non-profit and corporate events for Ruth Schwartz & Co. and spent two years as a lower school admissions associate at Trevor Day School. She received her B.A. from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. A native New Yorker, Courtney is an alumna of Poly Prep and Prep for Prep, where she serves on the board of trustees. She is the co-chair of the New York City chapter of the Hobart & William Smith alumni association and is the co-chair of Prep for Prep's Alumni Giving Campaign.


Patrick Lowery

Database Services Coordinator
(212) 712-6260

Patrick joined ECFS in Database Services in 2007. He previously spent 28 years as an antique painting conservator in private practice. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, has taken graduate courses in design at Pratt Institute, and studied for two years at the Art Students League of New York.


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.


Charleigh E. Parker

Development Associate
(212) 712-6240


​Charleigh E. Parker joined ECFS from the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center​,​ where she assisted the ​d​irector of ​d​evelopment and managed all research and department operations. ​She previously worked at the Allen-Stevenson School, EngenderHealth, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, all of which were preceded by a 15-year career in the arts as an actor and performer.

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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 MBA 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 based in New York City. 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.