Development Team

Carlotta Brelsford Cuerdon ’80

Assistant Director of Development


B.A. Dartmouth College
M.Ed. Antioch University New England

An alumna and proud parent of three graduates and sister to four more, Carlotta has strong ties to the Putney community. When not immersed in fundraising efforts, she’s inevitably helping colleagues, family, and friends navigate life’s challenges. A personal goal is to get outside every day to play, be it on skis, a bike, or on foot.

Alison Frye

Alumni Relations Manager


B.A. Kalamazoo College
J.D. University of Minnesota

A Michigan transplant, Alison ably organizes both Harvest Festival and Reunion, and builds ties between Putney alumni. When not on campus or walking her dog Shirley, she’s usually engaged in some kind of competitive or recreational sport – tennis, softball, cycling and surfing (even in January).

A’ja Hall

Gift Officer


I love learning about people and hearing their truths. I enjoy getting people excited and educating them about new things, especially ideas that I am passionate about. I am an artist at heart, however my passion flows as I begin my journey here at The Putney School. So few individuals get a chance to experience their life’s purpose and walk the path of their soul journey. I am an exception. I did not search for Putney. Putney found me, presenting itself as an embracing community with a universal awareness of individuals authentically growing into themselves, a home away from home, and a space for all to continue walking their journey. It feels fulfilling to be on this path of uplifting philanthropy in service to The Putney School.

Elizabeth Johnson

Development Database Manager


A.S. Northwestern CT Community College
B.S. Southern Vermont College

Elizabeth’s fundraising career started in 1995, working with The American Chestnut Foundation. Her behind-the-scenes role in Putney’s development office has kept her quite busy since she started in 2006. She can be described as a passionate employee, wife, mother of a middle schooler, sister, aunt, friend, tree hugger, and fiber artist. Elizabeth loves sprinkling kindness while standing firm for justice. She is professionally certified in the use of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge, a frequent presenter and one of four organizers for the regional RE user group that services northern New England, and is active in the Blackbaud Community.

She is grateful to help out where she can by sharing and absorbing knowledge with this amazing team. She finds working for a school that is changing the world by educating authentic individuals with a strong commitment to the well-being of the larger community incredibly satisfying.

Kade McCorvy

Development Associate


A.B. Princeton University

As an art and public policy experimentalist, Kade enjoys dynamism in all aspects of life. He is enamored with the Green Mountains of Vermont, environmental stewardship, and the insatiable imagination of the Putney School community. With great admiration for education done well, Kade has experienced in Putney a way of learning that feels right. When not supporting Putney in administrative or other matters, Kade finds himself gardening, hiking, swimming, and generally playing.

Kalya Yannatos

Director of Development


It is an honor to be serving Putney, a school I so deeply believe in, in this role, at this time. A previous Putney chapter included teaching dance, heading the arts department, and directing the evening arts program. Previous chapters have also included being director of the arts at another independent school, teaching dance in a multitude of settings (from colleges to community centers), as well choreographing and performing nationally and internationally. After years of inner-city teaching (in NYC and LA), it is a privilege to be on Putney’s bucolic hill working to ensure access for all who wish to call it home. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from all within the Putney community, to collaboratively lift up and support Putney into the future. Thank you.