Development Office

The support of our friends and supporters make a remarkable impact on the life of the children and youth we serve. The financial support through charitable gifts provides a scope of excellence that facilitates the programs and services we offer to the community. The generosity of our donors has helped Waterford Country School enter the top tier of human services providers. The Development Office is dedicated to cultivating philanthropic partnerships with friends, foundations and corporations to advance our cause and provide children and families in need access to comprehensive care anticipating positive changes. We are grateful to our donors – your support goes a long way!


Julianna VelazquezJulianna Velazquez, Development Director
As Director of Development at WCS, Julianna provides leadership, program development and management for all fundraising and communication efforts. She is in charge of the annual fund, grants, special events, community outreach, media relations and publications. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut. Julianna has worked in fundraising for over ten years.

Elena French, Assistant Director of Development

As the Assistant Director of Development, Elena manages our website, social media and other marketing content. She develops graphic design materials for our program brochures, newsletters, fundraisers and publications. She assists the Development team with media and donor kits, new event and fundraising ideas and community awareness of the work of Waterford Country School. Elena has believed in the power of sharing real stories with eye-catching design since she earned her Bachelors Degree from Connecticut College in 2003.


Marie Vanden Brink – Receptionist
(860) 442-9454 x4100

Julianna Velazquez – Development Director
(860) 442-9454 x4105

Elena French – Assistant Director of Development
(860) 442-9454 x4106


Designated Contributions

Adoption Program Gifts

Special Events

Kabaret for Kids – Our annual fundraising gala

“Bring Your Mojo” golf tournament – Special event in memory of Gary ‘Mr. Six’ Saunders

Internship Opportunities