When Bob Anthony was a student at Millbrook, “The Boss” was finishing up his final year as the founding headmaster; they became fast friends until Mr. Pulling’s death thirty-six years later. It was no wonder that Mr. Anthony came back to Millbrook (after graduating from Colby College and working for a short time for the New York Mets) to become director of development in 1974 and he has kept the school coffers filled and alumni well-informed since then. Only his classmate and Trevor Zoo Director, Jonathan Meigs, has more seniority.
Here are some vital Millbrook statistics Mr. Anthony has accumulated over his 30+ years at Millbrook: Amount of money he has helped to raise: $53 million plus Number of advisees advised: at least 135 Percent of the alumni body he has come to know personally: at least 75% Millbrook headmasters known well: ALL
Mr. Anthony and his wife, Ann, are raising their three children in Abbott House. All three of their children - Arthur '07, Mimi '08, and Sarah '12 - are following in their dad’s academic footsteps. When not on the road for Millbrook, Mr. Anthony finds the time to be varsity golf coach, advisor to three students, and member of the administrative team. In addition to all he has done professionally, Mr. Anthony also serves in several unofficial capacities - school historian and Preserver of Traditions. It’s hard to judge whether these or his many professional contributions have been more valued.
A longtime neighbor and friend, Nancy Stahl has now added “official member of the alumni/development team” to her list of Millbrook relationships. In the fall of 2007 she took on new duties as Major Gifts Officer and spends most of her time traveling for Millbrook as an advocate for Pulling Forward.
A graduate of Purnell School and of Hollins College, Mrs. Stahl is a veteran of the independent school world with many years of service on the boards (and serving as chair) of both Purnell and Dutchess Day School. In addition she has had long associations as either a board member or board chair of The Boys Club of New York, the Freedom Institute (NY) and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (Great Barrington, MA).
Mrs. Stahl lives with her husband, Bill, in nearby Millbrook horse country – a significant fact because she also happens to be the current joint master of the Millbrook Hunt.
With a degree in English Education from Northwestern University, Mrs. Blayney taught in both independent and parochial schools in Chicago before moving into the world of marketing and communications in 1994. As a media planner/buyer and project manager in pharmaceutical marketing, she led Hamilton Communications in the pursuit of online advertising. Moving into retail and consumer marketing, she worked for nearly 15 years as a copywriter and account manager on a wide variety of accounts for print, radio, direct mail, and Internet advertising.
At Millbrook Mrs. Blayney oversees communications to all constituents - whether in print, on the website, in social media, or via email. As editor of Millbrook's fall and spring magazines and the admissions viewbook, she proudly shares stories about our alumni, students, and faculty so that our parents, friends, alumni, and prospective families can learn about the incredible things happening on campus and the difference our alumni are making in the world.
She is also the proud mom of four, including Taylor and Connor, who graduated from Millbrook in 2010 and 2013 respectively. She lives in nearby Red Hook, NY, with her children, granddaughter, and husband, Bill.
Mrs. Ginny Connolly
845-677-5361 Ext. 169
Pennsylvania State University - BSS
Director of Parent Programs
845-677-8261 Ext. 156
Lock Haven University - B.S. Middlebury College - M.A.
Ms. Barbara Gatski has been at Millbrook since 2000 as chair of the Foreign Language Department, but it wasn't until seven years later that she entered the Callard House world of fund-raising as director of parent programs. She now leads a super hectic Millbrook life: she teaches Spanish IVB (a pre-AP course), chairs the department, organizes both Grandparents Day and the Parents Weekends, heads up the parent Annual Fund and is in charge of Parent Education Programs. Add to that advisor to international student and co-advisor to the community service Outreach Program and you have one busy faculty member.
A graduate of both Lock Haven University (BA in Spanish) and Middlebury College (MA in Spanish Literature), Ms. Gatski now teaches Spanish alongside her new husband, John McMullan, who joined her department part-time after retiring from Hotchkiss. They live in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Mrs. Bonnie Lodevole
Alumni/Development Assistant and Database Manager
845-677-8261 Ext. 163
Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School Northwest Connecticut Community College
Since July of 2006 Melissa Pastre has been a key member of the alumni/development team. Without her, alumni relations and fund-raising efforts would effectively grind to a halt - she’s the one who keeps all constituent records current and who records and tracks all gifts given to the school. So, when you send in your Annual Fund donation, Melissa is the first to receive and process it, and when you receive any correspondence from the alumni/development office, you can be sure she has had a hand in producing it. Multiply this by more than 5000 constituents in our database and you’ll have a good idea of the amount of information Melissa handles. She and her husband, Bruce, have two grown children and one grandson and live in nearby Stanfordville where Melissa was recently elected town councilwoman.
845-677-8261 Ext. 150
University of Puget Sound - B.A. Lesley College - M.Ed. University of New England - C.A.G.S.
Prior to joining the Alumni & Development team at Millbrook School in July 2012, Deborah was a vice president for business development at Conexus Capital Advisors in Bridgewater, New Jersey. There she was responsible for identifying and developing markets that arise from scientific research within start-up organizations such as Trident Biomedical, a company with a portfolio of more than 50 patents and patent applications relating to a new class of biodegradable polymers.
Before this, Deborah was the managing director of business development for LBRB, an education-based software company that she co-founded. Deborah was also an account executive for Compaq Computer Corporation with sales responsibilities in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical markets. She earned a B.A. in applied mathematics and computer science from Drew University. She currently resides in Wassaic, NY, with her four children, Madison '13, Kayla '14, Tyler '16, and Dylan '18, and her husband, Bob, who is an assistant boys varsity hockey coach.
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Office of Alumni & Development 131 Millbrook School Road Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-6752