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MCS Advancement Office

MCS Advancement Office

In the summer of 2016, Manhattan Country School changed the name of its Development Office to the Advancement Office. The new name more accurately reflects the work of the department and is in line with the nomenclature used among independent schools.

The MCS Advancement Office is responsible for the school's:

  • outreach to current parents, alumni, parents and grandparents of alumni, and friends of MCS
  • fundraising, including the MCS Fund
  • website, social media channels, and print and online publications
  • media outreach
  • special events, including Farm Festival and Big Night Out!

Meet the Advancement Team

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Amanda Hallowell

Food Program and Events Manager
B.A. Colby College
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Amanda Hallowell

Food Program and Events Manager
B.A. Colby College
Hometown: North Haven, Maine

Joined MCS in 2015

Prior Work Experience: Chef and Manager, Nebo Lodge

Hobbies: Cooking, parenting, reading and food.

I work at MCS because…I believe in the mission of the school.
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Akemi Kochiyama

Director of Advancement
B.A. Spelman College
Ph.D. (c) City University of New York Graduate School
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Akemi Kochiyama

Director of Advancement
B.A. Spelman College
Ph.D. (c) City University of New York Graduate School
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2008

Prior Work Experience: Grant Writer, Japan Society; Researcher, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Civil Society; Paperback Marketing Coordinator, Scholastic Inc.

Hobbies: Bike riding

I work at MCS because...the program, community and educators here inspire me.
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Ryann Supple

Communications Manager
B.A. University of Tampa
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Ryann Supple

Communications Manager
B.A. University of Tampa
Hometown: Long Beach, New York

Joined MCS in 2019

Prior Work Experience: Grace Church School, Assistant Director of Communications

Hobbies: Cooking, travel, reading and orange theory

I work at MCS because…I want to work for a school that has values that are in line with my background and beliefs.
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Stephanie Pilla

Advancement Associate
B.A. Wesleyan University
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Adam Isler

Advancement Consultant
B.S. State University of New York, Buffalo
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Adam Isler

Advancement Consultant
B.S. State University of New York, Buffalo
Hometown: Westchester, New York

Joined MCS in 2012

Prior Work Experience: Marketing & Sales Intern, Solve Media; Marketing and Communications, Manhattan Edit Workshop, The Padcaster

Hobbies: Biking, rock climbing, basketball, attending live music shows, traveling and exploring restaurants.

I work at MCS because… I want to support the community in a positive and meaningful way.