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List of 7 items.

  • Alumni Events Committee

    Mission: This committee ensures our events appeal to various alumni groups. All events are reviewed and evaluated annually. Signature events include the Annual Holiday Party, Reunion Weekend, and REEF. The latter two 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.

    Chairs: Vanessa Chartouni-de la Serna '90 and Lisa Sayfie ’91

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

    Chairs: Peter Diamond ’92, Kevin Grossfeld '95, Pearce Klevan ’97, Elana Oberstein-Harris ’93

  • 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 2004-2019) in current RE events and programs and to also create events and programs specific to the young alumni audience.

    Chairs: Alex Markel ’04 and Cristi Sanchez ’06

  • 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: Kevin Grossfeld ’95, Alicia Hawkins ’90, Ryan Holtzman ’00

  • 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), Curtis Porterfield ’74 (SoCAL), Jarrett Posner ’88 (NYC), Natalie Skaf '04 (NYC)

"RE taught me to love to learn and to be open and respectful to different perspectives."

—Enrique Conde '97, 2019-20 President of the Alumni Association Board

Q.  What made you interested in this position?

EC:  I really enjoyed my time at Ransom Everglades and was very appreciative of the experiences I had here. I made some great friends and memories, so when I moved back to Miami after graduating law school, I wanted to give back to RE in some capacity. It has been amazing to see how the infrastructure of the school has changed since I first stepped onto the middle school campus in 1992, but the RE spirit remains the same. The Alumni Board has allowed me to stay connected to the campus, friends and faculty that have been so important to me over the years.    


Q.  What's your fondest memory from your days at Ransom Everglades?

EC:  My fondest memories of my days at Ransom Everglades are definitely the long hours and miles I spent on the cross country (REXC) and track teams. We were a very close team and had some great times during our runs through the Grove; our 6 a.m. Saturday morning Parrot Jungle practices followed by team breakfast at either JJ’s Diner or Denny’s; Sunday nights practices at the UM field; the road trips and countless other times. The highlight was when we won the state championship in 1995 during my junior year against our arch-rivals, Pensacola Catholic. I still keep in contact with many of my fellow REXC alumni and we sometimes even go out for a (much slower) run!    


Q.  Who was your most influential teacher?

EC:  I had so many great teachers and coaches during my time at RE, it would be hard to choose! However, Mrs. [Kitty] Proenza and Mrs. [Buzzie] Borona definitely taught me to love reading and English literature. Also, I would be remiss not to mention Coach [Don] Kappelman (my middle school REXC coach)!        


Q.  What skill or lesson did you learn at RE that has helped you most in the world?

EC:  RE taught me to love to learn and to be open and respectful to different perspectives. I learned so much from both the faculty and my friends during my time at RE, which helped me in college, law school and the world in general.  


Q.  What advice do you give to RE graduates of today?

EC:  I would advise RE graduates to find a good mentor and be a good mentor. There is always someone that you can learn from that is in a current situation, either educational, professional or personal, for which you strive. You would be surprised to learn how many people are willing to help if asked. Similarly, always be a mentor to the people coming up behind you. No matter your current situation, your experiences and advice could definitely help someone reach their goals.

Alumni Association Board

PRESIDENT
Enrique Conde ’97

VICE PRESIDENT
Todd Mestepey ’91

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
Scott Fuhrman ’00
Marissa Schwartz Gimelstein ’06
Kevin S. Grossfeld ’95
Alicia Gerrits Hawkins ’90
Ryan Holtzman ’00
Alex Markel ’04
Becky Haggard McCarron ’93
Erica McKinney ’89
Lisa Sayfie ’91
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
Natalie Skaf ’04
James Weaver ’90

STUDENT MEMBERS
Preston Edmunds ’20, Student Body President
TBA, Senior Class President

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Andrew Ansin ’81, Chair, Board of Trustees
Stephanie G. Townsend, Head of School
Julie Rosenfeld, Acting Director of Advancement
Vicki Carbonell Williamson ’88, Director of Alumni Relations

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Agustin “Konky” Arellano ’90

Board Member Profile: Enrique Conde '97


Enrique graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with a BA in European history and a double minor in Economics and American History/Legal Studies. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005. He is the Deputy General Counsel of the Tech Hub and Partner, Legal at SoftBank Group International. Prior to joining SoftBank, Enrique was a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP before becoming a Partner in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster, LLP.

Enrique graduated from Ransom Everglades in 1997. While at RE, Enrique ran Cross Country and Track & Field and was a member of the 1995 Cross-Country State Championship Team. He currently lives in Coral Gables with his wife Annette and two children, Lucas (8) and Celine (3). Enrique has been very involved in the local community. He currently serves on the Miami Board of Advisors of the Posse Foundation and previously served on the boards of the Futuro Program and South Florida Chapter of the MS Society.
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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.