Alumni

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Alumni Committees - get involved!

List of 7 items.

  • Alumni Events Committee

    Mission: This committee will ensure our events will appeal to various alumni groups. All events will be reviewed and evaluated annually. Signature events include Villa Woodbine, Homecoming, Reunion Weekend, and REEF. The latter two will have subcommittees.

    A: Reunion Weekend
    Mission: Hold a successful Alumni Weekend by organizing a schedule of events and identifying volunteer leaders for various weekend activities.

    Chair: Lisa Sayfie ’91

    B: REEF Tournament
    Mission: Coordinate the annual fishing tournament to raise funds for Ransom Everglades School.

    Chairs: Peter Diamond ’92, Elana Oberstein-Harris ’93, Pearce Klevan ’97
  • Class Agent

    Mission: Serve as link between your class and the RE Alumni Office. Each class year welcomes more than one class rep.
    class agent responsibilities
    list of current class agents
    Chair: Rachel Greer Narvaez ’99

  • CORE (Networking/Programming)

    Mission: Organize RE Connections networking events and identify additional ways RE can serve as a professional resource for alums.

    Chair: Melissa Krinzman ’86
  • Young Alumni Committee

    Mission: To engage RE’s young alumni (Classes of 2000-2017) in current RE events and programs and to also create events and programs specific to the young alumni audience.

    Chairs: Alex Markel ’04 and Andrew Cummings ’04
  • REACH Too (Ransom Everglades Alumni Can Help Too)

    Mission: To follow Paul C. Ransom’s philosophy of giving back to the community by organizing projects that make a difference.

    Chairs: Alicia Hawkins ’90, Ryan Holtzman ’00, Kevin Grossfeld ’95
  • Recognition Committee (Entire Alumni Board)

    Mission: Identify and nominate alumni for Head of School Award, Founders Award, and the Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Chairs: Lisa Sayfie ’91 and Michiel van de Kreeke ’88
  • Regional Outreach

    Mission: Oversee the alumni efforts in established regions, currently NYC and Northern California. These regional committees keep area alumni connected to RE and facilitate personal and professional networking.

    Chairs: Timothy Burks ’82 (NorCAL), Alicia Halegua ’00 (NYC), Curtis Porterfield ’74 (SoCAL), Jarrett Posner ’88 (NYC), Ben Quevedo ’98, Ricky Stokes ’94

"RE is on a wonderful path right now and we are full steam ahead."

—Agustin “Konky” Arellano, Jr., ’90, 2017-18 President Alumni Association Board

Q.  What’s new in alumni affairs?

KA:  Without a doubt, new challenges. All very exciting. I have been on the Alumni Board now for approximately eight years, during which time Chip Cole ’79, Elliot Gelber ‘84, Ben Quevedo ‘98 and Ricky Stokes ‘94 served as President. I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful job each of these gentlemen did during their tenure and they have transformed the way we attract, inform, engage and involve our alumni. RE is on a wonderful path right now and we are full steam ahead. Everyone is excited about the addition of the STEM building and certainly the acquisition of La Brisa, which significantly expands and enhances our campus. Now more than ever, we need the support of our alums, which is where the Alumni Board comes into play. 
 
Q.  Where’s all this momentum coming from?
 
KA: I think it is generated from Penny Townsend and the Board of Trustees. They have a vision for our beloved school and they are very determined to achieve it. Honestly, as a student I did not give much thought to how our campus could grow. During my senior year, the gymnasium was built and at the time, we thought, “OK, what else could possibly fit?” I am amazed by what has been done and what we are doing today. It is all very impressive.
 
On the Alumni Board front, we also have a good deal of momentum. As I mentioned above, Chip, Elliot, Ben and Ricky did a great job of transforming the group. In each of the last three years, we have exceeded a 30-percent participation in terms of alumni giving. When I first started on the board, 30 percent was a “pipe dream”; it has now become our baseline.  
 
Q.   What has driven the increase in alumni giving?
 
KA: Activity and awareness. Our goal on the Alumni Board is to get as many alums to REconnect. Over the past few years we have made a conscious effort to get alums involved in activities on campus, such as reunion, REEF and homecoming as well as off-campus events involving professional networking and community service. We have also greatly increased alumni awareness. Many alums do not realize the amount of money that is needed to meet our financial aid programs. In 2016-17, 17.5 percent of RE students received $5 million in financial aid or tuition remission. The more people understand the need (and use) of their gifts, the more likely they are to participate.
 
Q.  Are most active alumni located in Southern Florida?
 
KA: Most are, but our Alumni Board has active agents in New York as well as Southern and Northern California. I would like to add more regional agents throughout the country, so if anyone in DC or Chicago or any other place is interested in becoming an Alumni Board liaison/agent, please let me know (aarellanojr@nv2agroup.com).
 
Q.  If you could tell uninvolved alumni one thing would it be?
 
KA:  Very simply, we need you, please get involved. It is a great time jump in.
 
Q.  How should absent alumni get back involved?
 
KA: Become a class agent. Become a non-resident liaison. Attend an on-campus event. Make a gift. There are so many ways to get started. Start small and I am fairly certain your involvement will significantly increase over time.

Alumni Association Board

PRESIDENT
Agustin “Konky” R. Arellano '90

VICE PRESIDENT
Enrique Conde ‘97

SECRETARY
Rachel Greer Narvaez '99

MEMBERS
David J. Arnold '86
Vanessa Chartouni-de la Serna '90
Peter Diamond '92
Carlos Dominguez '90
Gene Drody '88
Christian Falk ’91
Nelly Farra '96
Scott Fuhrman '00
Kevin S. Grossfeld '95
Alicia Gerrits Hawkins '90
Ryan Holtzman '00
Pearce C. Klevan '97
Melissa Krinzman '86
Todd Mestepey '91
Robert B. Newman '95
Roland Samimy ‘86
Lisa Sayfie '91
Marissa Schwartz ’06
Pablo Tamayo '00
Michiel van de Kreeke '88
Thomas Willis ’04

NON-RESIDENT MEMBERS
Timothy Burks '82
Gregory Glass '82
Curtis D. Porterfield '74
Jarrett Posner '88
Ben Quevedo '98
Natalie Skaf ’04
James Weaver ’90

STUDENT MEMBERS
Henry Schermerhorn ‘19, Student Body President

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Andrew Ansin ’81, Chair, Board of Trustees
Andrew Cummings ’04, Young Alumni Co-Chair
Alex Markel ’04, Young Alumni Committee Co-Chair
Stephanie G. Townsend, Head of School
Greg Pollard, Director of Advancement
Vicki Carbonell Williamson '88, Director of Alumni Relations

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Richard "Ricky" Stokes '94

Board Member Profile: Agustin “Konky” Arellano, Jr., ’90

Konky graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a BA in history. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1999. He is the Chief Financial Officer at NV2A Group, a construction management firm he co-founded in 2016 with his father and two partners. Prior to NV2A, Konky was the CFO of OHL-Arellano Construction, a construction management firm specializing in healthcare and higher education projects. Before joining OHL-Arellano, Konky worked in the private equity industry in New York and Miami, with Zilkha & Co. and Trivest, respectively.

Konky graduated from Ransom Everglades in 1990. While at RE, Konky played football, basketball and baseball and was the president of the Spirit Club. He currently lives in Pinecrest with his wife Loli and three children, Luc (10), Bella (6) and Benji (2). Konky has been very involved in the local community. He currently serves on the Orange Bowl Committee and previously served on the boards of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Riviera Country Club.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.