The Advancement Team
Administrative Assistant & Gift Accountant
Marie is the Gift Accountant and Administrative Assistant for Advancement. Have a question regarding your last gift, want an event’s date to make a reservation, or to relay a message? Marie can help you get prompt answers to your questions. Marie and her husband John, live in Upton, Maine located miles north of Grafton Notch and are the parents of two daughters. Their daughter Lisa, serves in the Marines and daughter Michelle, attends Liberty University. Marie has completed 17 years serving in public office for the Town of Upton as a selectman, school board member, town clerk, tax collector, and treasurer. Marie also has two cats, Zeppelin and Littlefoot and a beagle named Daisy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Director of Advancement
Ithaca College, B.A. English
University of Colorado, M.P.A.
Jeff joined Gould as Director of Advancement in July of 2012. Jeff’s office oversees all alumni and parent relations as well as all Academy fundraising, including annual fund and major gifts. Prior to Gould, Jeff worked for six years in development at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Jeff has also worked for the State of Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County in Fort Collins, CO.
Jeff and his wife, Leanne, both avid runners, live with their two children, Olive (4), Asher (2), and their dog Piper on campus in the Kailey House. Jeff and his family enjoy spending time together outside as much as possible, taking advantage of all the Bethel area has to offer: trail running, hiking, downhill and crosscountry skiing, and swimming. Born and raised outside of Boston, Jeff is a diehard Boston sports fan.
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Mrs. Connell joined Gould as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations in July of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held positions in Alumni Relations at both Hebron Academy and Bates College. Prior to her jobs at both schools, Mrs. Connell worked in fine wine sales in New York and Maine. Additionally, her passion for the arts led her to Boston for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an assistant directorship at a community art center in Newton, MA.
A native of Western New York’s “Snowbelt,” Mrs. Connell loves Maine’s long winters. Whether it’s riding Sunday River’s Magic Carpet with her daughter or chasing her husband down the slopes, she can be found outside enjoying the white stuff. And when the seasons change, she enjoys hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Mrs. Connell resides in beautiful Bethel with her husband, Mr. Rogan Connell, Head Alpine Coach and their young daughter, Elinor.
As the Advancement Coordinator, Stacey’s primary focus is to provide strong administrative support for the advancement team through project, event, and database management. In addition she is one of the day student group advisors, and is an active volunteer in the community. Stacey lives near campus with her husband Robert and two children, Avery ’13 and Ana ’18. Together, the family enjoys many of the areas outdoor recreational activities.
Ms. Wylder’s zeal for business with a background in marketing and event planning brought her to Gould as Advancement Associate. When she is not working on events or with alumni, her number one passion is spending time with her children. Additionally, she can often be found galloping through the Maine woods on horseback or plummeting down the ski slopes. She is an avid hiker and native of Maine.