First Link Program

The First Link program is part of the Deerfield Parents Network geared towards building new relationships among parents within the Deerfield community. Over the years, it has become an important and valuable tradition.

Similar to the Green Keys assigned to new students, First Link volunteers are assigned to an incoming family by the Admission Office in May. They are first asked to reach out before the end of the current school year to welcome them. Volunteers do not need to be an expert on all things Deerfield, but they should be willing to keep in touch over the summer, and follow up throughout the year to provide advice and assistance as new families adjust to the Deerfield community and independent school life.

Many friendships and supportive relationships have formed as a result of the First Link program. Below is a snapshot of some of our favorite quotes from First Link parents. We hope you will consider volunteering to become a part of this supportive and welcoming initiative!

“The new family was very grateful for the support and the conversation. I enjoyed it too.”

“This program is a great idea. Very thorough and can really help new families understand all the resources that are available right away.”

“We live about one and a half hours from the new family, and knowing that the student was flying to Deerfield and we were driving, we offered to haul her ‘stuff,’ and the family was very appreciative, given the cost savings. A real tangible benefit of the First Link program!”

“[The new student’s mother] was absolutely thrilled to have a parent to talk with, extremely appreciative of this program. I followed up with a quick email and we are now friends on Facebook as well.”

“I was delighted to be matched with a family who share many of our own interests. After meeting for lunch a few times, we arranged for our families to ski together and now our children are also great friends.”

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2019-2020 Deerfield Parents Network Leaders 
Executive Committee

President:
Julie Halloran, Darien, CT (Christina ’20)

President-Elect:
Elizabeth Darling, Greenwich, CT (George ’22)

VPs First Link:
Paula Pink, New York, NY (Ollie ’20)
Sharmila Muratoti, Amherst, MA (Seth ’20)
Vanessa Lewis, Bedford, NY (Charlie ’21)

VPs Campus Events:
Dan Anderson, Darien, CT (Arden ’22)
Carol Bonnie, San Francisco, CA (Henry ’20)
Stephani Clough, La Jolla, CA (Maddie ’20 and Morgan ’20)
Tricia Stenger, Lafayette, CA (Kate ’22 and Lauren ’22)

VPs Communications:
Carson Seeligson, Houston, TX (Addie ’20)
Ana Centola, New York, NY (Alexander ’21)

VP Inclusion:
Thai Thayumanavan, Amherst, MA (Seth ’20)
Judith McKie, Brooklyn, NY (Hannah ’22)
Tara Wuchenich, Santa Monica, CA (Max ’21)

VPs Nominating:
Jen Vogt, Corpus Christi, TX (Whitney ’20)
Brook Spatër, Topsfield, MA (Whitney ’21 and Tom ’23)

Steering Committee:

  • Liz Anderson ’94, Greenwich, CT (Greer ’22 and Stone ’23)
  • Oscar Anderson ’88, New York, NY (Ismay ’22)
  • Terry Darling ’87, Greenwich, CT (George ’22)
  • Myriam (Pita) De La Vega, El Paso, TX (Camila ’20)
  • Lourdes Fanjul, Palm Beach, FL (Peps ’20)
  • Carlos Fierro, New York, NY (Matthew ’22)
  • Stefanie Grosse, San Francisco, CA (William ’22 and Alexander ’22)
  • Meg and George Knight ’85, New Haven, CT (Grace ’20)
  • Pamela and Robert Menafee, Dayton, OH (Vera Grace ’20)
  • Jennifer Roche, South Deerfield, MA (Maggie ’19 and Hannah ’21)
  • Libellule Sarachek, New York, NY (Achille ’21)
  • Pat Moriarty, Deerfield, MA (Morgan ’22) – Faculty Rep

Trustee Liaison:     Mark Rockefeller ’85, New York, NY (Teddy ’21 and Felix ’23)