Woodstock's alumni and development department aims to ensure that every member of the global Woodstock community will feel themselves to be a part of the mission and development of the school and will choose to support its work in whatever ways they can.
The department fulfils its mission in five ways:
1. We build support for the school's mission and programme by securing the necessary resources, skills, and funds to enhance the school and its global community.
2. We promote the school to increase its visibility and reputation in order to support student and staff recruitment, fundraising, and the broader educational aims of the school.
3. We engage increasing numbers of alumni, community leaders, parents, students, staff and other organizations in furthering the mission of the school.
4. We build alumni identification with and pride in the school by encouraging committed, mutually supportive and respectful relationships.
5. We ensure that the investment of time and resources in the school by alumni and donors is recognized by the community and is used transparently and wisely and in accordance with their intent.
Alumni relations - supporting alumni reunions, encouraging and facilitating visits to the school, responding to requests for information and support.
Communications - promoting Woodstock through websites, magazines, email newsletters, media relations and any other means.
Marketing - finding the best ways of attracting staff, students and supporters to Woodstock.
Visitors and special events - welcoming and hosting visitors to the school, particularly alumni, and organising special events at the school.
Fundraising - encouraging giving through the annual fund, major gifts and occasional large-scale capital campaigns.
School archives - maintaining an archive of school history.
Our Development Team is:
Abhrajit Bhattacharjee '92, Director of Development
Abhra graduated in the Class of 1992 after 5 years at Woodstock, brings to this role more than 10 years of experience in public relations and communications for technology multinationals, as well as a passion and commitment for Woodstock. Most recently Abhra was based in Singapore where he worked for Dell, Inc., and was responsible for global product communications for all of Dell's Consumer and Small & Medium Business products. Since 1999, Abhra has also served nearly four terms as the youngest member of the Board of Directors, has been a member of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee, Student Life Committee and has also served as the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee. Abhra also served as the Campaign Director of the ambitious Woodstock 150 Capital Campaign from 2001-2003.
Pete Wildman, Head of Marketing and Communications
Pete grew up in Beatles-era Liverpool, and is thus inevitably a rock guitarist. To enable the pursuit of this hobby he has worked as a teacher in various schools in the UK, and spent over 20 years helping to found and grow a UK NGO which provided accommodation and social services for homeless offenders. During this time he obtained a master's degree in social administration and worked in communications, PR, corporate strategy, fundraising, human resources and painting and decorating. Pete and his wife, Dot, have been at Woodstock sine 2002.
Monica Roberts, Alumni Relations/ Events & Visits Co-Ordinator
Neva Whiteman, Communications Associate
Neva joins us from Australia where she studied for her Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in English Literature. She has worked for many years in Administration, Marketing and in various government positions. She has travelled the world widely during her career and is excited to be at Woodstock with her husband, Ian, who is the Grade 6 Math and Science teacher and her two teenage children who are attending Woodstock.
Immu Uniyal, Development Receptionist
Immu has been at Woodstock since 2002 with the Development team. Immu is our office assistant, and hosts tours for offical visitors and alumni. You will find Immu as the smiling and helpful face at the souvenir store in our department. Originally from Ethiopia, Immu came to India in 1994 with her husband and two daughters who graduated from Woodstock in '96 and '06. Immu makes the best coffee in India for our team and many others who just drop in!
Marcus Shaw,'87 Alumni Gifts and Engagement Officer
Marcus was born in California, but at the age of three months moved to Calcutta with his parents. Marcus spent most of his life in India and graduated from Woodstock in 1987. He holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Marcus feels blessed to have worked in many incredible places around the world including the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka that was devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. Marcus led several large projects related to post tsunami reconstruction and rehab with the World Relief Organisation for Children. Marcus is exciterd to be joining the Development team July 2011 and sharing this adventure is his wife Fabi and their two children who have moved to Mussoorie from Colorado Springs.
Marney Lewis, Social Media Specialist
Mum, Entrepreneur, Social Media Maven and Eternal Optimist.
Marney is returning to Woodstock after 10 years with her first Woodstock experience being a volunteer for 1 year in 2000. This time she brings her husband James and son E.J.
Passionate about all things Social Media and discovering innovative ways to GROW communities online, Marney brings a BA in cross-cultural communication and more than 10 years of diverse office administrative roles.
As Co-Founder of a Social Media Marketing company she has worked with major names in internet marketing and social media, and has managed a number of successful online campaigns including social media, video marketing, Amazon book launches, joint ventures, and paid advertising. Several of the email marketing campaigns reaching millions of recipients.
A believer in collaboration, lover of camping, unique jewellry and hot caffeinated beverages, Marney is glad to join our office where good coffee is in abundance.
Ed Beavan, Communications Associate
Ed hails from London in the UK and joins his wife, Kirsten Bradby-Beavan, director of Admissions at Woodstock, at the school. Ed graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 where he read French and European History, before venturing into journalism. He wrote for a wide range of publications in the UK including the leading Anglican newspaper the Church Times, and All At Sea Fanzine, a magazine devoted to his beloved Southend United Football Club. Ed's hobbies include football, hillwalking, reading and music, and his favourite bands are Blur and the Beatles. Ed is delighted to be at Woodstock and his role will be to facilitate publicity for the school through the media.