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Making an Impact

DCD Annual Fund

The DCD Annual Fund is the largest source of non-tuition revenue that helps support and sustain the outstanding academics, athletics, arts, technology, resources, and faculty at DCD.

The Annual fund keeps our school thriving through all of our learning models and is also an important source of support for our financial aid budget, ensuring that DCD remains an affordable option to as many families as possible.

The high level of participation in the DCD Annual Fund from parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, trustees, and friends illustrates and reinforces our collective commitment to providing DCD’s students the best possible balanced and child-centric educational experience.

A gift of any size to the Annual Fund is an option for anyone who values the DCD experience. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 and all donors are recognized in our annual report.

2020-21 Annual Fund Facts


Participation by Board of Trustees


Participation by Annual Fund Ambassadors


Participation by Faculty & Staff


Participation by Current Parents

62 Donors

Gave their first gift to the Annual Fund

40 Years

Most consecutive years of giving by a donor

Why is Reaching 100% Participation Important?

DCD’s consistently high current parent participation rate demonstrates the belief of our families in DCD’s learning model and its incredible faculty and staff. This sends a strong, positive message to internal and external audiences, including prospective families and charitable foundations.

Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth and Chester Hedgepeth smiling with their children while at the coast.

Annual Fund Chairs

“In this year of great upheaval related to the COVID-19 pandemic, your gift has had an important and direct impact on the development of the DCD remote learning curriculum. Your Annual Fund contribution has helped DCD to excel even in this most challenging environment. The Annual Fund will continue to support DCD’s commitment to excellence in a way that maximizes the school experience for all students. Your support is recognized and greatly appreciated.

We also want to recognize the 2020-21 Annual Fund Ambassadors – our fellow parent volunteers – who do the real work in helping to raise awareness of the importance of the Annual Fund. Their tireless efforts are the reason that the Annual Fund has continued to garner impressive results year after year.”

– Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth and Chester Hedgepeth


Annual Fund Ambassadors by Grade


  • Dana Chamberlain & Carolyn Flynn ’89
  • Kevin & Jamie Connors
  • Lyle & Michelle Knight

  • Michael & Kate Cocchi
  • Allen Hwang & Supriya Rao
  • Adam & Annmarie Landry
  • Vincent ’95 & Liz Marino
  • David & Yulia Perlman
Grade 1

  • Ken & Heather Crowley
  • Chris & Seneca Francione
  • Dave & Tara McDonald
  • Tim Stratford & Karen O’Leary
  • Mike & Lindsay Wands

Grade 2

  • Charlie Baumeister & Kathryn Novicki ‘85
  • Chirag Shah & Stephanie Schulte
  • Mark & Nicole Solimini
  • Jorge Torres & Emily Torres ‘92
  • Stephen & Lucy Tshuka
  • Yanni Tsipis & Kristin Kara ‘91

Grade 3

  • Steve & Lauren Gogolak
  • Mo Lackenbauer & Morgen Peck
  • Brian Blackman & Lisa Palmer
  • David & Amy Starmer
  • Eric Fireman & Clair Windsor
Grade 4

  • Bharat & Sweta Agrawal
  • Zach & Liz Blume
  • Dan & Tricia Burch
  • Martins Lans & Katelyn McNeil
  • Scott & Liss Murphy
  • Evan & Katie Ouellette

Grade 5

  • Tom Burke
  • Jeff & Katie Fishbone
  • Rick & Michelle Freniere
  • Richard & Tamar Irving
  • Jake & Katie McDonnell
  • Luke & Donna Oh
  • Kevin & Liv Saxe
Grade 6

  • Mike & Kristen Cloonan
  • Joe Cuccinelli & Melissa Crowe
  • Marshall Felix & Gwenn Miller
  • Deb Helen
  • John & Jessica Peters
  • Peter & Stacey Santoro

Grade 7

  • Dottie & Julie Catlin
  • John & Meg Connolly
  • Neil Kimball & Christine Kimball ’85 (7)
  • Gregg & Jennifer McGuirl
  • Bill & Lynne Morrison
  • Alex & Tracy Porteleki
Grade 8

  • Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken
  • Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 – 8th Grade Co-Chairs
  • Sarah Macri
  • Bill & Allison Mankivsky
  • Ashley & Linda Shih
  • Erik & Robin Sjostrom
  • Jake & Dena Upton
  • Elizabeth Ward ’77

DCD Annual Report

2019-2020 Cover page of the DCD Annual Report.

View full report

DCD Annual Report

Thank you!

We are so grateful to our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who demonstrated their commitment to DCD with generous donations to the school.

Receive a Printed Copy

If you would like to receive a printed version of the DCD Annual Report, please contact the Advancement Office at 781.329.0850.

Hear Our Voices

DCD Voices 2020-21 Annual Fund

A current DCD grandparent, an alumnus, and current DCD parents share their perspectives on DCD and the direct impact the annual fund has had on their experiences.

DCD Current Parent Voices

The Catlin family shares their DCD story and experiences as parents and through the eyes of their four children.

DCD Alumni Voices

Roger Cheever ‘57 and Keesha Theodore ‘17 reflect on the ways DCD gives students the opportunity to take risks in the classroom, explore learning styles, and make choices on their educational path.

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