Whitfield School is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of our leadership team: Kathleen Kelly as director of development and Erin Walsh as director of communications and marketing, effective July 1, 2023. These appointments are a result of the planned departure of two beloved members of the Whitfield community–Kelly Edwards, director of development, and Becky Marsh, director of communications and marketing–are leaving Whitfield at the end of this school year.
Kathleen is an accomplished fundraiser with a deep understanding of the needs and nuances of independent schools, possessing expertise in annual giving campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, volunteer management, event planning, and alumni/ae relations. She has more than 13 years of experience working in education, and currently serves as the director of advancement at Community School here in St. Louis. While at Community School, Kathleen successfully oversaw the management of a seven million dollar capital campaign. Kathleen is passionate about building relationships with all of a school’s constituents to raise awareness, support, and critical funds to advance the school’s mission. She is also a proud Whitfield parent to son, James ‘29.
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Erin was the clear choice in a strong field of communications professionals, demonstrating broad and deep experience across a range of fields, including videography, website design, crisis communications, branding, marketing strategy, and data analytics. Now in her third year at Whitfield, Erin came to us from Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, where she was director of enrollment and communications. With over 15 years in independent schools, Erin brings broad and deep experience in admissions, advancement, and communications and marketing. As the school’s current advancement specialist, Erin’s existing knowledge of, and love for, Whitfield will ensure a seamless transition.
About Whitfield: Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12, located on a 26–acre campus in suburban St. Louis. Deliberately sized and purposefully diverse, our student-centered academic program combines a liberal arts curriculum with preparation in 21st-century skills like critical thinking, leadership, creativity, and communication. Students balance athletics, activities, homework, and socializing to prepare for the rigors of college and the responsibilities of citizenship. www.whitfieldschool.org