Development Staff

Jody Abzug

Jody Abzug

Director of Development & Alumni Programs

Jody oversees all Development and Alumni Programs activities at the school, including Secure Foote's Future: The Centennial Campaign, The Foote Fund, Grandparents Day and Reunions. Jody's twins, Jeremy and Jodana, are both Foote alumni (Class of 2014). Prior to Foote, she held senior leadership positions at Hamden Hall Country Day School, Riverdale Country School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Columbia University School of Law, Wesleyan University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Amy Caplan '88

Amy Caplan '88

Associate Director of Development and Alumni Programs

A Foote grad and parent of twin sixth graders, Julien and Sophie, Amy joined the Development Office staff in 2006. She coordinates the Foote Fund each year, as well as planning alumni events around the country. Amy is a tutor at New Haven Reads.

Deborah Carpenter '82

Deborah Carpenter '82

Gift Coordinator

Debbie returned to Foote in 2013 and coordinates the gift entry and acknowledgement process, matching gifts, and reporting. She plays a central role in preparing for campus events like Grandparents Day and Graduation. Her son, Nicholas, Foote Class of 2019, is currently a freshman at Cheshire Academy.

Amy Sudmyer '89

Amy Sudmyer '89

Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Programs

Amy coordinates Grandparents Day and Reunion Day, oversees the office’s database and supports the Centennial Campaign Steering Committee. Her two children, Charlie and Ellie, are in grade 4 and Kindergarten. Amy has experience at two other independent schools, including Fessenden, where she worked for then-Head of School Frank Perrine.

Fourth graders spend weeks sculpting clay candle houses in art class. For a few glorious moments, their creations light up a darkened Sandine Theater as part of a winter-themed celebration.