Meet the Advancement Team

We build relationships to benefit our community.

The Office of Advancement is more than fundraising and alumni relations. We forge partnerships within the community, guided by our mission and strategic plan, for the benefit of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, and friends.

Our mission is fulfilled when we are able to partner with our dedicated community to enhance the Country Day experience for all. Meet the staff below to see how we might help each other support CCDS.


Marihelen Millar

Chief Advancement Officer
millarm@countryday.net
(513) 979-0285

Marihelen Millar, Chief Advancement Officer, has spent 25+ years working to advance the missions of several local non-profits including the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo and Cincinnati Nature Center. She earned her three degrees, including an MBA, from the University of Cincinnati. Marihelen and her husband Mike live in East Walnut Hills and have five adult children, all of whom live in Cincinnati as well. The CCDS Advancement Team is responsible for all fundraising initiatives; alumni, parent association, and volunteer relations; and advancement/alumni marketing and communications. Please reach out to Marihelen with questions or needs around Advancement.

Paula Brock
Director of Donor Relations
brockp@countryday.net
(513) 979-0282
Paula Brock, Director of Donor Relations, is a 14-year CCDS Development Office veteran. Prior to her current role, she engaged alumni and parent communities by leading Alumni Relations, Country Date events, Annual Fund and Parent Association initiatives. Paula also has held positions with The Mercantile Library and The Cincinnati Art Museum. Paula’s current role includes Stewardship, Planned Giving and Major Gifts – vehicles to preserve and propel CCDS’s tradition of excellence in education. Please contact Paula Brock about ways to include Country Day in your current and future plans.

Liz Dohrmann
Director of Annual Giving
dohrmannl@countryday.net
(513) 979-0283
Liz Dohrmann, a 2001 graduate of Country Day, is the Director of Annual Giving with responsibility for The Country Day Fund. The Country Day Fund is the school’s yearly fundraising program that raises money to support every part of the Country Day experience, including but not limited to: program enrichment, faculty and staff support, our wide-range of athletic and arts programs, maintenance of our campus, and so much more. Prior to coming to Country Day, Liz worked in sales for Kimberly-Clark Professional and in the fashion industry in New York City. Please reach out to Liz for any questions regarding The Country Day Fund.

Ralph Javens
Director of Communications
javensr@countryday.net
(513) 979-0234
Ralph Javens has been the Director of Communications at CCDS since 1998. A graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Business, he has worked in communications, marketing, and operations in the hospitality industry, and “for profit” education before joining CCDS. Ralph and wife Sally live near Kings Island with 4 grandchildren in Columbus, Ohio. Ralph is responsible for overseeing the communications effort at CCDS as it pertains to marketing and branding, and specifically the school website, magazine, internal and external communications. Please contact Ralph for any communication related issues.

Cindy Kranz
Assistant Director of Communications
kranzc@countryday.net
(513) 979-0286
Cindy Kranz is Assistant Director of Communications. She is responsible for writing stories and taking photos for the website, Broadcast, Connections magazine and Annual Report. She also submits CCDS news to local media and assists with social media. Cindy worked for 35 years as a reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette, Waterloo (Iowa) Courier, West Central Tribune, (Willmar, Minn.), and Brookings (S.D.) Daily Register. She strayed from journalism for three years to take a job as a field representative for U.S. Senator George McGovern in Mitchell, S.D. Cindy is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where she majored in journalism and political science. She and her husband, Doug Hladky, have one adult daughter.

Christine Richart
Director of Alumni Engagement
richartr@countryday.net
(513) 979-0237

Christine Richart, Director of Alumni Engagement, is a 2010 graduate of Country Day, and a proud alumna of Ohio University as well. In her current role her primary focus is to ensure that alumni still feel connected to Country Day and remain involved in the life of the school and its students through alumni events, and social media outreach. Christine is also in charge of CountryDate, the school’s largest fundraising event of the year. Prior to her role at Country Day, Christine worked in the hospitality industry at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, as well as at a few of Cincinnati’s well-known barbeque restaurants. Please feel free to reach out to Christine regarding anything alumni or CountryDate related.


Louise Vaughan
Director of Strategic Initiatives
vaughanl@countryday.net
(513) 979-0284

Louise Vaughan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, has dual responsibilities for (i) the advancement of major gift fundraising and (ii) working with the Head of School to advance Country Day FORWARD, the five-year strategic plan, and providing support across a broad range of strategic, community engagement and communication matters. Prior to joining the CCDS Advancement Team, Louise was a member of the school’s Board of Trustees and an investment banker with UBS in London. Louise and her husband, Jez, have lived in Indian Hill since moving from London in 2010 and have four children (Zac, Thea, Eli and Vanessa) at Country Day. Please reach out to Louise with your thoughts on the school’s strategic direction and to discuss opportunities for your engagement.


Emily Zunda
Director of Database Management
zundae@countryday.net
(513) 979-0280
Emily Zunda, Director of Database Management, has been apart of the staff team at CCDS since 2007. She has a son George Leo, Class of 2034, who is thriving at the Early Childhood Center and her family resides in Northern Kentucky. Emily is responsible for maintaining the Advancement database, processing and receipting gifts, year-end financial audits, data reporting, and lends a hand with the school’s social media accounts. Please reach out to Emily with questions regarding your yearly giving.