Since 1912 when The Park School of Buffalo first opened, support from the Park School community of alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, trustees, and other friends has been integral to the growth and success of the School. Our history is filled with stories of the generosity of many people who have given much to Park - in time, talent, and treasure - and we invite you to join this wonderful group of supporters. The spirit of giving remains vitally important today. Thank you!

Meet The Park School Development Office

Please stop in to say hello. We are located in the Annex, next to the playground.

Carolyn Hoyt Stevens '81
has been Director of Development at The Park School since 2005. In this position, she oversees the fundraising programs, alumni relations, and external relations for the School.  Park’s fundraising includes the Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Annual Auction, planned giving, and endowment building all of which provide funds to support the faculty, students, programs, and campus.

Carolyn is a proud graduate of Park, has a BA from Hamilton College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Carolyn and her husband Reed are parents of Mia ’16 and Josephine ’19. When not promoting Park, she loves being with her family and dogs, running, biking, cooking, and reading. She is grateful to her many wonderful teachers at Park for instilling in her a lifelong love of learning and adventure!
Kim Ruppel joined the Development Office at The Park School in August 2007. She serves as the Associate Director of Development and manages the school’s Annual Fund and Centennial Capital Campaign (Science@Park) including research, stewardship, appeal implementation, and acknowledgement, works to strengthen and grow the network of engaged and active friends of the School, plans alumni and donor events, and manages the school’s database of alumni, parents, and friends. She also provides graphic design for Park School mailings, publications, and website projects.

Kim graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a focus in advertising and public relations and an Integrated Marketing Certification. A native of Buffalo, Kim enjoys traveling, fostering animals through the SPCA, calligraphy, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Cate Bearss joined the Development Office in the winter of 2019. She serves as the Manager of Events and Alumni Engagement, coordinating Park’s signature events including Auction, Reunion, the Golf Outing, and Board of Visitors, among others. Her work also includes alumni engagement, social media and communication, and student-initiated fundraising projects.

Originally hailing from Traverse City, MI, Cate holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Eastern Michigan University, while also studying at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to her event management experience, Cate has taught dance and performed professionally in Pittsburgh, PA and greater Detroit, MI. She is passionate about travel, exercise, vegetarian food, pop culture, and Northern Michigan summers. More than anything, Cate loves spending time with her husband David and her baby boy Leo.

Carolyn Hoyt Stevens '81
Director of Development
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Kim Ruppel
Associate Director of Development
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Cate Bearss
Manager of Events and Alumni Engagement
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Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
Receptionist: 716-839-1242
Voicemail: 716-839-1243
Fax: 716-839-2014