Chief Enrollment and Student Affairs Officer Liz Schmitt has worked at Porter's since 2004 and previously served as the director of admission and the director of college counseling. Prior to joining Porter's, Liz worked in college admission.
Liz earned her undergraduate degree from Union College, where she also played soccer and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. Liz went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education management from University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in positive psychology from Kripalu. She lives on campus with her family and relishes every moment of her stepdaughter's experience as a Porter's girl!
Liz is also a member of the board of trustees of the National Coalition of Girls Schools; a member of the board of directors of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals; and a member of the executive committee for the TABS North American Boarding Initiative.
Kim graduated from Syracuse University in 2000 with a degree in communications and a minor in education studies. She then went on to work in the Office of Admission at the University of Saint Joseph, where she served as assistant director, associate director, and director of admission during her tenure. She also received a Master of Arts in counseling while there. Kim came to Porter’s shortly after, drawn by her strong belief in the power of women’s education. At Porter’s, she has been able to combine her strengths in both admission and counseling at an all girls boarding school. Kim additionally serves as an advisor.
Gretchen graduated in 1984 from Hartford State Technical College with an A.S. degree in computer science with a concentration in business/accounting and worked as a computer programmer until 1999. During the next six years, Gretchen was a stay at home mom and was involved with volunteer work at the local elementary school being a room mother, reading to children, helping out in class and attending field trips. She was also a Girl Scout leader for four years and a Girl Scout co-leader for six years.
Gretchen entered the workforce again in Porter's Office of Admission in 2007 and is now the database coordinator responsible for updating and maintaining all inquiry, application and reporting information. Gretchen and her husband Scott live in Barkhamsted and are the proud parents of Erica ‘12 and Renee ‘14.
Katherine attended Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. and since then has felt strongly about the benefits of an all-girls education. After high school, Katherine went on to study government and Spanish at Franklin and Marshall College, where she spent two years as a part of the women's varsity soccer team until she chose to spend the fall semester of her junior year studying in Madrid. After graduating from F&M as a Dean Scholar, Katherine returned to Spain, where she taught English in the coastal city of Málaga for a year. Upon returning to the States, Katherine rushed to an interview at Porter’s, where she instantly felt at home.
Katherine taught Spanish in the Languages Department for two years before joining the Admission Office full time. She lives on campus and also serves as an advisor, JV soccer and lacrosse coach, and dorm affiliate.
Co-Director of Athletics; Head Coach, Varsity Soccer
Avi grew up in England, where he received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from the University of Bolton and played soccer. After college, he made his way to the U.S. and continued his career coaching soccer. He is a USSF ‘A’ licensed coach and holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He is currently on the U.S. Youth Girls’ National Team staff and is a coach for Region 1 Boys’ soccer. Avi is currently pursuing a master's degree in communications from the University of Hartford.
Avi joined the Porter’s community in 2014 as our head varsity soccer coach. That season, he was named WNEPSA Coach of the year and the following fall, he earned the honor of NSCAA coach of the year. In 2016, he increased his role on our campus, transitioning into the role of assistant athletic director and admission associate. He is the liaison between Porter’s athletics and admission, working with prospective student-athletes and current students who are looking to be recruited for college athletics. He lives on campus with his wife, Amber, and serves as a dorm affiliate.
Associate Director of Admission, Visit and Volunteer Coordinator
Ann spent the 25 years running a small business and raising two daughters in West Hartford, Conn. Ann’s love affair with Porter's began when Erin ‘02 and Cara ‘06 attended the school and found their lives enriched forever.
When it came time to choose that often elusive second career, Ann could think of nowhere she would rather be than the place that had become her daughters’ second home. Now a true veteran of the Admission Office, Ann has traveled to the West Coast for recruitment, is deeply involved in orchestrating Admission events, and meets many prospective Porter’s families on campus throughout the fall and winter. Ann and her husband, Kurt, live off campus and enjoy traveling, reading, and cooking.
Kathryn (or “Kat”, as she is known on campus) came to Porter’s after an early career of supporting international education both in the U.S. and in Spain, where she lived for the five years prior to joining the Porter's community. A Connecticut native, Kat returned home and found her way to Porter’s as our associate director of admission and director of international outreach.
After graduating cum laude from Holy Cross in 2011, with a double major in Spanish and peace and world conflict studies, Kat went to Spain on a Fulbright grant to start a Model U.N. program in a bilingual school. This launched a career of creating exchange programs between the U.S. and Spain, giving students of both countries the opportunity to study abroad. Kat is very passionate about helping students break cultural barriers and become more aware of the global society that they live in. Kat lives on campus with her partner, Pablo, and their dog, Teddy. She also serves as an advisor, JV lacrosse coach, and an international student advisor.