Meet Our Team

Mary Carrasco
Director of Institutional Advancement
Phone: 202-537-8126
E-mail: carrascom@sidwell.edu

Mary K. Carrasco joined Sidwell Friends as the Director of Institutional Advancement in June 2012. Mary has broad experience in the world of advancement and is widely recognized in the field as a leader in independent school development programs. Before coming to Sidwell, she served for five years as the Assistant Head of School for External Affairs and Chief Development Officer at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. She had previously served as the school’s Director of Capital Programs for eight years. Mary has also worked in advancement at Georgetown University, Aiglon College: The British International School of Switzerland, the Community Foundation of Greater Washington, Maret School, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. She holds a degree in communications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Marie Biamby
Gift Processing Coordinator
E-mail: BiambyM@sidwell.edu

Marie joined Sidwell Friends School in 2015 as a Gift Processing Coordinator. Prior to joining SFS she was a Development Support Specialist at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, where she was responsible for processing all gifts. Marie completed her BA in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications from the University of Central Florida.

Marisa Clemente
Director of Major Gifts
Phone: 202-537-8148
E-mail: clementem@sidwell.edu

Marisa joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at Sidwell Friends School in July 2015 as the director of major gifts. Prior to her arrival at SFS, she served as the associate director of major gifts for the Chicago Booth School of Business, where she helped to invigorate the fundraising efforts along the East Coast. Marisa has also worked in development offices at Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, where her main focus was on major gift and reunion fundraising. Marisa received her BA in English and comparative literature from Hamilton College. She also earned her master’s degree in fundraising management from Columbia University.

Elizabeth Conley
Director of Engagement Programs
Phone: 202-537-8129
E-mail: ConleyE@sidwell.edu

Elizabeth joined the Institutional Advancement Office at Sidwell Friends School in June 2015 as the director of alumni programs. Prior to her arrival at SFS, she served as the managing director of alumni engagement at Suffolk University, where she managed the alumni programs for their College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School. Elizabeth completed her master's of Public Administration at Suffolk University, where she also earned her BS in American History.

Rachel Hickman
Advancement Associate
Phone: 202-537-8119
E-mail: HickmanR@sidwell.edu

Rachel joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in March 2016 as the Advancement Associate. Prior to working at Sidwell Friends, Rachel worked at a charter school and a law firm, both in Washington, D.C. She grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and attended St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College. Rachel is actively involved with the St. Andrew’s Alumni Association; she currently serves as a class agent.

Jessie Jacobson
Director of Special Events
Phone: 202-537-8442
E-mail: jacobsonj@sidwell.edu

Jessie joined Sidwell Friends School in September 2011 as assistant director of special events and was promoted to her current position in September 2012. Prior to her arrival at SFS, she served as the program coordinator at Starlight Children’s Foundation in Los Angeles, where she coordinated events for seriously ill children and their families and also managed the volunteer program. Jessie graduated cum laude from American University with a bachelor’s degree in public communication and a minor in art history. In 2012, she earned her certification in event management from George Washington University.

Dia Karakantas
Director of Annual Giving
Phone: 202-537-8440
Email:KarakantasD@sidwell.edu

Dia joined the Institutional Advancement Office at Sidwell Friends School in May 2014 as director of annual giving. Prior to her arrival at SFS, she served as the associate director of membership and annual giving at Ford’s Theatre, where she managed all giving and membership programs for donors at $10,000 and below. Dia has also worked in Development offices at MIT and Cornell University, focusing her energy on annual giving programs. Dia completed her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration at Boston University, where she also earned a certificate in fundraising. She spent her undergraduate years at Penn State University studying classical history and psychology.

Anna Lindel
Young Alumni Coordinator
Phone: 202-537-8441
Email: lindela@sidwell.edu

Anna joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in July 2013 as the young alumni coordinator. Prior to working at Sidwell Friends, Anna worked in government relations and political fundraising. She grew up in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. She earned a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a Master’s Certificate in political management from the George Washington University. Actively involved with Choate’s Alumni Association, Anna currently serves as the co-chair of Choate’s regional alumni club in Washington, DC.

Megan Odett
Advancement Systems Analyst
Phone: (202) 537-8127
odettm@sidwell.edu

Megan Odett has been fascinated by databases ever since she tasked herself with writing a CRM user guide at her first nonprofit internship. A graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, she has worked in fundraising and communications at organizations in the performing arts, environmental, and active transportation communities. Megan is delighted to bring her in-depth knowledge of nonprofit CRM systems to the Sidwell Friends community. Megan is also known for her work as a local chapter founder and national leader in the “Kidical Mass” movement, which encourages parents and kids to bike together for transportation and fun.

Kathi Webb '76
Director of Parent Relations
Phone: 202-537-8109
E-mail: webbk@sidwell.edu

Kathi Webb ’76 joined the Institutional Advancement team in August 2014. While her three children attended Sidwell Friends, Kathi worked as a policy researcher and held a variety of positions in the Parents Association. With the last one about to graduate, Kathi joined Sidwell Friends as an employee serving for one year as administrative director in the Head of School’s office. She then became the School’s first director of parent relations. In that capacity she is a liaison with the Parents Association and seeks to develop and support the School’s relationships with current parents, parents of alumni and grandparents. Kathi holds a PhD in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Cassandra Zacharkiw
Director of Advancement Services
Phone: 202-537-8125
E-mail: zacharkiwc@sidwell.edu

Cassandra joined Sidwell Friends School in September 2014 as Donor Relations Manager. Prior to her arrival at SFS, she served as associate director of Stewardship and Donor Relations at American University, where she focused on the stewardship of endowed and current-use funds, donor recognition, development communications, and special events. Cassandra graduated with distinction from American University with a master’s degree in public communication. She spent her undergraduate years at Ithaca College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English.