Annual Fund Volunteers

Each year, a dedicated group of parents and alumni volunteer their time and efforts to support the Annual Fund. In addition to making their own gifts, they work closely with the Development Office, reaching out to their peers to encourage Annual Fund support. Annual Fund volunteers make phone calls, send emails, and occasionally make face-to-face appeals, depending on their preference and comfort level. All of their efforts are supported fully by the Development Office to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

The efficacy of peer outreach is undeniable: During the past few years, we have seen real growth in parent participation (from 59% to 78.2%) and alumni participation (from 13.6% to 18.8%). Collectively, our volunteers connect with hundreds of their peers, greatly extending the reach and success of our office.

Not only do volunteers help the school in important ways, but volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience for participants, as well. It provides meaningful opportunities for alumni and parents to connect (or reconnect) with classmates or fellow parents while furthering a common goal of supporting the Riverdale community.

If you are interested in becoming more involved as an Annual Fund volunteer or for additional information, please contact Marie Capasso.

To recognize their efforts and successes as Annual Fund volunteers during the 2017-2018 academic year, we are delighted to list all volunteers who also supported the Annual Fund with gifts of their own. (Parents are included with the class years of their children who were enrolled at Riverdale for the 2017-2018 school year.) A special thank you to returning volunteers and a warm welcome to new volunteers (noted in italics below).

2017-2018 Annual Fund Volunteers

Annual Fund Leadership

John Castle '91, P'28, Board Liaison to the Annual Fund

Stefanie Firtell Donath '91; P'28, Lower School Co-Chair
Lisa Gustavson P'23,'26, Lower School Co-Chair

Richard Diamond P'21,'23, Middle School Co-Chair
Pamela Adler Hirsch '90; P'19,'22, Middle School Co-Chair

Michael Burgio P'18, Upper School Co-Chair 
David Steiger P'19,'22, Upper School Co-Chair

Josh Alper '94; P'26Pamela Moses Huggler '88; P'21
Rebecca Levy Anikstein '99; P'28Ali Hyman '13
Danielle Bajakian P'25,'28Steve Kaufman '82
Harrie Bakst '03Alana Yavers Krug '98
James Bandler '85Jessica Levitas P'30
Jessica Endelson Baum '98Deborah Luskin P'19, '22,'22
Max Bernstein '11Rachel Lustgarten P'29
Robin Biderman '93Kathryn MacNaughton '11
Bob Blum '46
Tony Melchior '73
Debbie Brand P'16,'19,'21Lara Englebardt Metz '96; P'26,'28
Hsing Chang P'24,'27Fritz Michel P'22,'24
Penelope Clark P'19Candice Levy Miller '99; P'30
Liz Strauss Clyman '97; P'27,'31Janet Montag P'11,'13,'18
Charles Cohen '86; P'27,'29Pamela Morrison P'26
Richard Diamond P'21,'23Judy Bram Murphy '77; P'15
Stefanie Firtell Donath '91; P'28,'30Ifeoma Nwugbana P'25,'28
Tara Pfeifer Englander '93; P'29Francesca Olivieri '86; P'19
Leigh Evron '11Philippa Portnoy P'20,'20
Liz Fernandez P'23Omari Ramirez '05
Jace Forbes-Cockell '12Scott Rodeo '14
Amy Gallen P'15,'18,'20,'23Julia Sesler '14
Leslie Gittess Brodsky P'19,'21Jessica Elghanayan Shell '95; P'28
Joe Goldschmid '04Roger Sherman '74; P'20
Kameil Grant-Knight P'26,'31Rev Siegal P'25,'27
Ian Group '03Terri Silvers P'19,'23
Scott Group '05Lauren Sorrel P'27
Lisa Gustavson P'23,'26David Steiger P'19,'22
Anitra Hadley P'28,'30,'30Danielle Suchman '09
Hayley Haefele P'30 Emily Tobin P'21,'30
Todd Hirsch P'29,'30
Jenna Langel Witten '06
Ari House '94; P'30
Joe Wong P'21

For More Information

Marie Capasso
Director of Annual Giving 


2017-2018   $5,041,359
2016-2017   $5,033,004
2015-2016   $4,934,904

2014-2015   $4,954,218

2013-2014   $4,448,822
2012-2013   $4,296,000
2011-2012   $4,064,008
2010-2011   $3,787,645
2009-2010   $3,426,797
2008-2009   $2,748,577
2007-2008   $3,372,462
2006-2007   $2,799,240

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