Meet the Development and Alumni Relations Team
Executive Director of Development
Erin Brown was born and raised in the great state of Maine. After graduating from Oxford Hills High School, she attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Erin began her career teaching U.S. History, working in Admissions, coaching field hockey, and living in a dorm at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
In 2002 she transitioned into the world of Development at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts where she held roles as Director of Parent Relations, Annual Fund Director, Development Director and Major Gifts Officer.
After nearly ten years in education, Erin took a role at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston as a Major Gifts Officer and helped launch the campaign that led to their new hospital. Missing her home state and wanting to be closer to family, Erin accepted a position as Director of Development at St. Andre’s Home in Biddeford, Maine, an organization committed to the education and support of pregnant and parenting moms.
Erin found herself drawn back to the world of Education by her interest and passion for the unique mission of Hyde Schools. As the Executive Director of Development, Erin is grateful to be working in an environment committed to kids and families. She lives in Oxford, Maine with her husband and four children where she enjoys running, camping, and working in her garden.
Senior Development Associate
Gary was born and raised in a suburb of Buffalo, NY where he lived until his senior year of high school when his family moved to the New Jersey shore area. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park where he majored in Geography with a strong minor in science. From there, Gary earned his M.S. in Education at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.
Gary’s career in education began as a science classroom teacher and, while in that capacity at Rocky Hill School (RI), he transitioned into a development role. Gary has served as Development Director at Kent Place School (NJ), Wheeler School (RI), Seven Hills School (OH), and as Director of Advancement at Holton-Arms School (MD). Gary came to Hyde in 2014 to direct the Hyde Annual Fund in a consulting role, followed by his ongoing role in Major Gifts and Planned Giving.
Gary has remained devoted to Maryland athletics, especially basketball, loves to travel and attend live events both musical and athletic, and is passionate about golf.
Associate Director of Development
Peter joined the Hyde School Alumni & Development Offices as the Associate Director of Development in July of 2014 after a 15 year career with the American Red Cross. His role at Hyde will involve continued outreach and connecting our alumni/ae and HAPA parents to the School.
Peter and his wife of 12 years, Alyssa, reside in Western Maine with their two sons Tres and Caleb. Their young family is very active and on the go with sports, camping, snowmobiling, swimming, etc. In between his children’s sports seasons Peter likes to travel, hike, fish, and spend time cooking in the kitchen.
Campaign Operations Manager
Brandy was born and raised in the Southwest and has lived in Maine for over 20 years. Over the past 12 years at Hyde, she has worked in Admissions, Marketing, Yearbook, Dean’s Office, Registrar, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, and is now part of the Development team. She has a 13 year old son and enjoys traveling, live music, reading, gardening, and spending time outdoors.
Rebecca is a native “Mainer” and a proud member of Husson University’s 2017 graduating class where she majored in Marketing Communications with a concentration in Sales. Rebecca first joined Hyde’s Development and Alumni Relations team as an intern in January 2017. She is thrilled to have now become a permanent member of the Development team and Hyde family. As Development Associate, Rebecca will be responsible for database management, gift entry, publications and stewardship efforts.
Rebecca recently moved to Edgecomb, Maine with her boyfriend, Davidson, and their dog, Tess. In her free time Rebecca experiences the trials and tribulations of living in her first apartment, explores the Maine coast, listens to country music and travels to her camp in Orient, Maine.
Meg Bantley Whiteford
Major Gifts Officer
Meg Whiteford was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lives just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, where she also played field hockey and lacrosse. Meg earned her law degree from the University of Maryland.
Meg joins Hyde School as a Major Gifts Officer after having spent seven years in Annual Giving at the Friends School of Baltimore. Prior to her roles in development, Meg worked for Hyatt Hotels in sales, and as a civil litigation attorney in the State and Federal courts in Maryland.
Meg works remotely from Towson, Maryland, where she resides with her husband of 23 years, their two sons, and their family dog. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking with their dog, watching and playing sports, and volunteering.