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.


Louise Vaughan
Director of Advancement
vaughanl@countryday.net
(513) 979-0284
Louise Vaughan, Director of Advancement, is responsible for overseeing the alumni,  fundraising and community building aspects of Country Day. 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.

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.

Giles DeCourcy
Associate Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
decourcyg@countryday.net
(513) 979-0283

Giles DeCourcy, Associate Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations.  A Cincinnati native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati.  With a background in both sales and relationship management he enjoys meeting new people and developing creative concepts to engage the community.  Giles is responsible for implementing annual giving initiatives as well working closely with alumni to ensure strong and productive relationships.


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.

Shannon Reilly
Administrator and Event Coordinator
reillys@countryday.net
(513) 979-0285

Shannon Reilly, Office of Advancement Administrator and Event Coordinator. Originally from Chicago, Shannon has a career history in hospitality event coordinating and with performing arts events. She is new to Cincinnati and is very excited to be a part of the Country Day community. Shannon will have a lot of focus on Country Date in the spring and all of the fun and excitement it brings!


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.


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.