Alumni & Development Team

Sean Brown

Sean Brown

Titles: Director of Alumni & Development
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0183
Hope Thorn

Hope Thorn

Titles: Senior Associate Director, The Gunnery Fund and Parent Programs
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0184
Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker

Titles: Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0145
Steven Bendrick

Steven Bendrick

Titles: Associate Director of Database Operations
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0173
Christian Bianchi

Christian Bianchi

Titles: Associate Director of Reunion Programs
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0101
Bill Curren

Bill Curren

Titles: Associate Director of The Gunnery Fund
Email:
Mary Cortese

Mary Cortese

Titles: Assistant to the Director of Alumni and Development
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-350-0103

Director of Alumni & Development

Sean Brown P'22

Email: browns@gunnery.org
Phone Number: 860-350-0183

Sean came to The Gunnery 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. A self-proclaimed baseball purist, Sean has played the game since he was five years old, including four years at both Lawrenceville and Trinity College. He also enjoys playing golf, reading, and rabidly supporting the New York Football Giants. Sean lives in Washington with his wife Erin, who is a teacher of students with language-based learning disabilities, their children Gavin '22 and Bridget, and Gavin’s dog Scout.

Senior Associate Director, The Gunnery Fund and Parent Programs

Hope Thorn

Email: thornh@gunnery.org
Phone Number860-350-0184

While earning her B.A. in English and a certification in Grant Writing from Bryn Mawr College, Hope worked as a Development and Events intern at The Food Trust in Philadelphia. After graduating, she worked as an apprentice on two Connecticut farms before continuing her career in development at Trinity College, where she worked in Annual Giving. Her desire to work in a rural close-knit educational setting brought Hope to The Gunnery. In her spare time, Hope enjoys gardening, drawing, and milking cows. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Salem. Mass. and Simferopol Ukraine, she is happy to be settled in Goshen, Conn. and even happier to be a part of The Gunnery community.

Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement

Jessica Baker

Email: bakerj@gunnery.org
Phone Number860-350-0145

Associate Director of Database Operations

Steven Bendrick

Email: bendricks@gunnery.org
Phone Number: 860-350-0173

Associate Director of Reunion Programs

Christian Bianchi '08

Email: bianchic@gunnery.org
Phone Number: 860-350-0101

A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Christian is a graduate of The Gunnery and St. Lawrence University, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Prior to joining The Gunnery, 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 and Charlie. He also enjoys playing, watching and talking about sports, especially football and golf, exercising, reading and podcasting. He and his family live in Pittsfield.

Associate Director of The Gunnery Fund

Bill Curren

Email: currenb@gunnery.org
Phone Number860-350-0189

Assistant to the Director of Alumni and Development

Mary Cortese P'21 '23 '23

Email: cortesem@gunnery.org
Phone Number: 860-350-0103

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