REinventing Excellence

Why I Give

List of 5 news stories.

  • Debbie Turner ’76

    A career serving Miami Beach leads to a tax-savvy gift

    Debbie Turner ’76
    Although she was a member of the historic first coed graduating class at Ransom Everglades, Debbie Turner ’76 credits much of her five years on the Everglades Campus with shaping her future. Her best memories are of days in the Dell. She has a particular fondness for a course called Nature Study, which sent Everglades students and faculty canoeing and camping in the Everglades and along the Peace River.
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  • Chris Hyatt ’61

    A legacy commitment caps a lifetime of support

    Chris Hyatt ’61
    What felt like a punishment turned into a life-changing opportunity. Some youthful hijinks brought 16-year-old Chris Hyatt ’61 from Fort Myers to board at the Ransom School, where he lived in Timken Hall under the watchful eye of faculty member Dan Bowden. At Ransom, Chris focused on his studies and boarding school life. His experience culminated in what had been unimaginable two years earlier: a perfect prom night. The event, which began on Key Biscayne and was followed by a short trip by yacht to the prom downtown, ended with an early breakfast at a classmate’s home on Miami Beach.
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  • Ray Zemon ’66 with Faculty Emeritus Mike Stokes

    Alumnus helps RE students reach their potential

    Ray Zemon ’66
    The report cards did not forecast a successful academic path: Ray Zemon ’66 came to Ransom mid-year in 1963 as a C- student from a public school. Yet the scores on his admission tests hinted that there was more to his story. Once Ray arrived on Ransom’s campus, he quickly adapted to the culture of the school, where academics ruled and students invested in their studies. With no distractions and surrounded by committed peers, he worked to improve his academic prospects. He went on to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a degree in management. After earning a graduate business degree from the University of Wisconsin, Ray began a career in finance, working as a fixed income portfolio manager at Harris Trust, then joined the fixed income division of Lincoln Capital. He retired after 25 years in investing and became an entrepreneur, co-founding, which was acquired by Amazon in 2006. 
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  • Lampen family

    Lampen family cares for the whole student

    Susan Matson Lampen ’71 and Richard Lampen
    As an Everglades student, Susan Matson Lampen ’71 embraced the school’s ethos of community service. Coming of age during a time of great social change, she absorbed lessons learned at home and school and honed a lifelong interest in wellness, social justice and community wellbeing. Whether as a counselor to the medical profession or as co-founder of Casa Valentina, which supports young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living, Susan has worked to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Miami’s population. The importance of this work was passed on to the next generation of the Lampen family, as both Raider daughters, Kate ’99 and Caroline ’06, work in medicine and public health. 
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  • Arellano family

    Support for scholarship is a family affair

    K.J. Arellano Foundation
    While the Arellano children have always been close, paterfamilias Agustin Arellano, Sr., found a way to ensure that his three Raider children would always work together: he created the K.J. Arellano Foundation upon the sale of his family business and made his three children – Konky ’90, Lola ’93 and Olivia ’00 – its trustees. Named in memory of a grandchild, the foundation focuses on helping children, and all grants are made to institutions with ties to the Arellano siblings.
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List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Melanie Hoffmann

    Melanie (Harnett) Hoffmann 

    Director of Advancement
  • Photo of Kimberly Arredondo

    Kimberly Kim Arredondo 

    Associate Director of Donor Relations, Advancement Communications
  • Photo of Melissa Bonafonte

    Melissa Bonafonte 

    Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades
  • Photo of Stacey Chopp

    Stacey Chopp 

    Advancement Assistant
  • Photo of Anthony Mercadal

    Anthony Tony Mercadal 

    Director of Advancement Services
  • Photo of Margaret Pearson

    Margaret Maggie Pearson 80

    Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Photo of Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith 

    Prospect and Data Manager
  • Photo of Erika Valdes

    Erika Valdes 

    Annual Giving Coordinator
  • Photo of Victoria Williamson

    Victoria Vicki (Carbonell) Williamson 88

    Director of Alumni Engagement
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
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.