Meet the Staff

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Whitney Namm Pollack

Director, Institutional Advancement & Alumni
wpollack@ecfs.org

(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.

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Toby Himmel

Director, Alumni Relations
thimmel@ecfs.org
alumni@ecfs.org

(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.

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Kate Pfeffer

Director, Annual Giving
kpfeffer@ecfs.org
(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.

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Samantha Miller Kagan

Assistant Director, Special Events
skagan@ecfs.org

(718) 712.6239

Samantha Miller Kagan '03 joined ECFS in May 2015 from Event Associates, a fundraising and event planning firm, where she produced dozens of fundraising benefits and social events in New York City and beyond. Before that, she worked in corporate communications and events at the Weinstein Company. Samantha is a graduate of Union College.

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Meghana Nene

Assistant Director, Parent Giving
mnene@ecfs.org
(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. 

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Meredith Halpern

Director, Communications
mhalpern@ecfs.org

(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
masteinza@ecfs.org

(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
rsamuelson@ecfs.org
(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
jkline@ecfs.org​
(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
lpetrovani@ecfs.org
(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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Victoria Felix

Database Services Manager 
vfelix@ecfs.org
(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.