Development Office

The generosity of our donors has helped Waterford Country School exist since 1922! 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. We are grateful to our donors – your support goes a long way!

Julianna 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.

Contact Julianna at or (860) 442-9454 x4105

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.

Contact Elena at or (860) 442-9454 x4106


  • Circle of Friends Annual Fund Giving
  • Memoriam Gifts
  • Honorary Gifts
  • Camp Scholarships
  • Animal Sponsorships
  • Legacy Giving to our Endowment Fund


Kabaret for Kids – Our annual Charity Auction & Gala

“Bring Your Mojo” Golf Tournament – Charity Golf Tournament in memory of Gary ‘Mr. Six’ Saunders

Family Fun day on the Farm – Open to the whole community! 


  • Development Committee
  • Golf Committee
  • Kabaret Committee

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.”