Institutional Advancement Leadership at Corlears

As a small non profit institution, Corlears needs the whole community’s partnership to be successful in supporting the growth and development of the children through our educational experience and modeling for the children what community support looks like. The Institutional Advancement Team works closely to collaborate across the big areas that provide support to school’s mission and educational program: enrollment, fundraising, auxiliary programs and community engagement.

Meet the Team

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alex gelman, director of auxiliary programs and community engagement

Alex oversees our auxiliary programs and supervises our fantastic afterschool program, Corlears Plus. Corlears Plus offers a medley of engaging, exciting daily activities for students in the 4s-10s. Another facet of our auxiliary programs is Camp Corlears, our wonderful summer camp program that’s open to students in the rising 3s all the way to our just-graduated 10s. Alex also works to organize events for to enrich and educate our Corlears families, such as the Community Forum.


thea hubert, dean of students, director of enrollment management

Thea is entering her 12th year as an educator at Corlears. As our Director of Enrollment Management, she serves as the the leader of the admission process and strategist to support a healthy mission centered enrollment of the school. Once welcoming a family to join Corlears, her Dean of Students role allows her to support the academic and social emotional growth of each child through work with faculty and families. She is a support to parents as they have questions about the many aspects of raising a child and finding ways to keep them engaged in all of the important parts of their child being a lifelong learner.

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yvonne M. casuso, Director of development and alumni relations

Yvonne develops and shepherds all fundraising and alumni relations at Corlears, including Corlears’ two major annual fundraising events, the Annual Fund and the Annual Gala. She is also spearheading the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations and connecting with our many alumni families along the way. All of this work to help provide the fuel for that allows our institutional vision to come to life every day.