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).

Elizabeth Johnson

Development Operations Manager


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

The secret (non-violent) weapon, Elizabeth has been working in this behind-the-scenes role at Putney since 2006. She is a dedicated fiber artist and enjoys working with the students in the weaving studio. In her rare time off, she and her family engage in kid-friendly recreational opportunities.

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


After previous life chapters that included dancing professionally in New York City for almost two decades; choreographing; teaching dance in a multitude of settings, mostly as an “artist in residence” in NYC, Los Angeles, and southern VT, then serving for seven years as arts department chair and director of evening arts and the dance program at The Putney School, Kalya was director of the arts at Choate Rosemary Hall for a decade. She recently returned to Putney to accelerate and energize the school’s fundraising work. “I am grateful to return to Putney, a school and community that I love, to serve a mission that I believe in.”