Meet the Office

Alumni & Development Team

Chief Development Officer

Sean Brown P’22

Email: browns@frederickgunn.org
Phone:  (860) 350-0183

Sean came to The Frederick Gunn School in 2014 from The Lawrenceville School, where he spent four years as a student and worked in the Alumni and Development Office for seven years. Between stints at Lawrenceville, Sean also worked at the Rutgers University Foundation and The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. He serves on two non-profit boards. Sean has an A.B. in English from Trinity College, where he also played for four years on the baseball team. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing mediocre golf and driving thousands of miles so his kids can play sports. Sean lives in Washington with his wife Erin, who is a Learning Specialist in the Center for Academic Excellence, their children Gavin ’22 and Bridget, Bridget's Cavapoo, Ru (named for Bridget's favorite movie character and American Olympic hero, Mike Eruzione), and Maddux, the chocolate Lab (named for 'The Professor,' Greg Maddux).

Campaign Manager

Hannah Alley-Keller

Email: alley-kellerh@frederickgunn.org
Phone number: (860) 350-0102

Hannah Alley-Keller has joined the Alumni & Development Office as the Campaign Manager. She brings to the team a decade of experience in higher education and independent school fundraising. Hannah will manage the day-to-day planning and strategy for The Campaign for The Frederick Gunn School. Hannah has held a variety of annual and major giving roles throughout her career. As the Director of Annual Giving for Marist College, Hannah oversaw a team responsible for alumni and parent giving. She has served as Associate Director of Alumni Giving at Kent School, Director of Alumni Relations at Trinity-Pawling School, and the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Wofford College. Before relocating to the northeast, Hannah was the Associate Director of Development for Hollins University, where she oversaw the significant growth of the Hollins Fund and worked as a Major Gifts Officer as part of the Alumnae Engagement Initiative. Hannah is a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott College. She and her family enjoy traveling, farming, cheering for the Virginia Tech Hokies, and playing with their chocolate Lab, Remington. 

Director of Engagement & Operations

Jessica Baker

Email: bakerj@frederickgunn.org
Phone number: (860) 350-0145

Jess joined The Frederick Gunn School in 2015 as Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications. In her current role, she works to engage our enthusiastic alumni and parents through events, our Alumni Mentoring & Networking Program and volunteer opportunities. She is a proud contributor to The Frederick Gunn School Bulletin and enjoys wearing her marketing and communications hat in her alumni office role. A native of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, she graduated from Tantasqua Regional High School and Northeastern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in women’s studies. Jess is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Connecticut School of Business, where her focus is digital marketing strategy. She has experience working with publicists, all aspects of social media, planning media campaigns and branding. Prior to joining FGS, she was the Community Outreach Coordinator at Ability Beyond in Bethel, Connecticut, where she designed marketing and communications material in addition to internal and external communications. In her free time, Jess likes to run, hike, cook, work in her garden, generally be outdoors, and spend time with her family. She lives in Morris with her husband, Chris, daughter, Norah, and two German Shorthair Pointers, Cooper and Addie.

Associate Director of Database Operations

Steven Bendrick

Email: bendricks@frederickgunn.org
Phone: (860) 350-0173

A native of New Milford, Steve joined the Alumni & Development Office in 2015 after working for a few summers in the Business Office and Admission Office while completing his college degree. He is a graduate of New Milford High School and the University of Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. In his current role, Steve maintains and develops policies for the database that the Alumni & Development Office relies on for its day-to-day operations. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and trying new recipes (cooking and baking), and going to the gym. A resident of nearby Woodbury, he also dabbles in woodworking projects.

Associate Director of Reunion Programs

Christian Bianchi ’08

Email: bianchic@frederickgunn.org
Phone number: (860) 350-0101 

A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Christian is a graduate of The Frederick Gunn School and St. Lawrence University, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Prior to joining the Alumni & Development Office, he was an account executive for Mylan Pharmaceuticals and an international sales executive for Lenco Armored Vehicles. He was also an income analyst for State Street Bank. In his current role, Christian helps every major reunion class have a successful reunion year. He enjoys speaking with as many alumni as possible, whether by phone, via email or in person. “My ultimate goal is to reconnect people to the school on a more meaningful level,” he said. His favorite thing to do is to spend time with his wife, Kathleen (they were high school sweethearts!) and their children, Cole, Charlie, and Eleanor. He also enjoys playing, watching and talking about sports, especially football and golf, exercising, reading and podcasting. He and his family live in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Associate Director of The 1850 Fund

Bill Curren

Email: currenb@frederickgunn.org
Phone number: (860) 350-0189

A Connecticut native, Bill grew up in New Haven and graduated from James Hillhouse High School, the city’s oldest public high school, known for its close association with Yale University. (Fun fact: the school’s notable alumni include Vincent Scully, a Sterling Professor of the History of Art in Architecture at Yale, jazz clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw, and actor Ernest Borgnine.) Curren went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College, where he also played football and lacrosse. From 1978 to 1990, he lived and worked in New York City as a producer and director for documentary and feature films, short films and TV commercials. Prior to joining FGS, he served as Associate Director of Annual Giving/Athletics at Trinity College. He also volunteered his time as a youth sports coach, organizer and President of Shepaug Valley Little League from 2000‒2006. In his current role as Associate Director of The 1850 Fund, Curren manages philanthropic efforts with alumni stakeholders and volunteers for all classes prior to 1989 that are not in their reunion year. In his free time, he likes to read, cook, watch movies and theater performances, and spend time outdoors. He enjoys reading historical texts, novels, fiction and nonfiction, with a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman history. He and his wife, Dariel, live in Roxbury with their dogs, Remy and Lilli. They have two adult children, Jamie, who lives in Roxbury, and Eleanor, who lives in New York City.

Associate Director of The 1850 Fund

Marlon Fisher '01

Email: fisherma@frederickgunn.org 
Phone number: (860) 350-0108

Associate Director of Special Events

Allison Fodor

Email: fodora@frederickgunn.org 
Phone number: (860) 350-0130

Alumni & Development Assistant

Ashley Judson '16

Email: judsona@frederickgunn.org
 

Ashley, an alumna of The Frederick Gunn School, joined the Alumni & Development Office in 2021. Prior to returning to FGS, she attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences with a double minor in Business and Human Development & Family Studies. In her current role, Ashley assists with database operations, alumni mailings, and event preparation. While Ashley enjoys connecting with both past and present students, she hopes to become a familiar face for students on campus to reconnect with once they graduate. Ashley lives just over the hill in the village of New Preston, where she enjoys spending time with her family, including her cat Olaf (who likes warm hugs). In her free time, she also enjoys building legos, rewatching Star Wars, and attempting to keep her herb garden alive.

Associate Director, Major Gifts

James LeBlanc

Email: leblancj@frederickgunn.org
Phone: (860) 350-0171

James has lived and worked in boarding schools for over 13 years. Prior to joining The Frederick Gunn School in 2020 as Director of Major Gifts, he had served since 2008 as the Major Gifts Officer at Hebron Academy. During his tenure at Hebron, James also served as the school’s Assistant Director of Admission for Student-Athletes for six years. He taught French in both the middle and upper schools, and was Head Coach for varsity golf, varsity boys ice hockey, and varsity boys baseball. An alumnus of Hebron Academy, James holds a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where he served as Assistant Coach of the Men’s Ice Hockey Team from 2006-2008. In his current role, LeBlanc is seeking to continue building relationships with alumni from coast to coast. An avid fisherman and golfer, he lives on campus with his wife, Ashley, the Dean of Students at FGS, their two sons, Douglas and Gordon, and their Black Labrador, Tuuk.

Director of The 1850 Fund & Special Gifts

Hope Thorn

Email: thornh@frederickgunn.org
Phone: (860) 350-0184

Hope joined the Alumni & Development Office in 2016. In her current role, she works with volunteer Class Agents and oversees fundraising strategy and appeals for young alumni classes. She works with Parents Fund volunteers to fundraise with current parents, parents of alumni and grandparents, and manages the Parents Council and parent volunteer committees. In addition, she is a faculty advisor to the Gunn Society. Hope is a graduate of The Woodstock Academy in Connecticut and Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (Anassa kata!), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a certification in grant writing. She worked in the Bryn Mawr Alumnae/i Relations and Development Office as an intern specializing in alumnae engagement and reunion. Prior to joining FGS, she worked as an apprentice on two Connecticut farms and at Trinity College in Hartford, where she was a member of the alumni office’s annual giving team. Growing up, Hope lived in Dallas, Texas, Salem, Massachusetts and Simferopol, Ukraine. She is now happily settled in Goshen with her husband, Lyndon, and their beagle blue heeler pup, Honey, and enjoys working in her extensive vegetable and flower gardens, milking cows and spending time outside.