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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2011

CASE Announces Winners of Prestigious 2011 Independent Schools Awards

Recipients to be Honored at Annual CASE-NAIS Conference

CHICAGO, Ill.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2011 Independent Schools Awards. The three individuals and one foundation were selected for their commitment and service to primary and secondary independent school education.

They will be honored during an awards presentation Jan. 24 at the annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which takes place Jan. 23-25 in Chicago.

The 2011 award winners are:

Carole Sue Fenoglio, recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. Fenoglio is director of advancement at the Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. For nearly 30 years, Fenoglio has played a key role in independent school advancement in the Houston area and across the United States. Noted accomplishments include:

  • Raising nearly $150 million for Episcopal High School during her 23-year tenure
  • Founding and continuing to lead the school's annual auction, which is one of the highest grossing high school auctions in the United States
  • Serving as a faculty member of the AFP/Rice University School of Continuing Education, where she teaches development skills to fundraising professionals, a position she has held for 15 years
  • Mentoring and training hundreds of fundraising professionals throughout the Southwest, earning the nicknames of "Queen of Cash" and the "dean" of independent school fundraising

In addition, Fenoglio is an active member of CASE and a tireless supporter of the CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, where she has participated as a presenter and planning committee member.

Thomas Caputo, recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors trustees for providing exceptional leadership to an institution. Caputo is a graduate of Hackley School, where he has held a number of volunteer leadership roles during the past 24 years. These roles include alumni board director, campaign chair and president of the board of trustees-a position he held for 10 years. Under Caputo's leadership, the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based school has progressed through a number of significant changes, including a campus redesign, more than 100,000 square feet of new construction featuring a new middle school, lower school, library, squash courts and other facilities, and a 50 percent growth in financial aid. In addition, Caputo co-chaired a centennial campaign that raised more than $50 million against a $45 million target.

Joanne McMenemy, recipient of the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment to a school by a member of the support staff. McMenemy is a gifts administrator at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn. A staff member of Pomfret's development office for 33 years, McMenemy has served as the school's gifts administrator for 28 of those years. Her professionalism, dedication and willingness to go the extra mile are unmatched, according to nominator Nancy Gingras, who that McMenemy is never willing to settle for "almost right." In fact, McMenemy has canceled planned vacation days to perfect a specific project. McMenemy is seen as an integral part of the advancement office and an invaluable resource with her "encyclopedic knowledge of Pomfret and its constituents' histories."

The Betterment Fund, recipient of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation on independent schools. The Betterment Fund has supported the Gould Academy, a private boarding school in Bethel, Maine, for more than 50 years. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $8 million to Gould Academy, enabling the school to build several new facilities, including a new dining hall and a 25,000-square-foot science center. The foundation's support also has helped the school grow its endowment from $2 million to more than $12 million and increase its annual giving from $102,000 to more than $600,000. In addition, more than 150 students have attended the Gould Academy through a scholarship fund established by the Betterment Fund.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE América Latina, 2011).

Today, CASE's membership includes nearly 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world's largest non-profit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 85,000 practitioners.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on—and therefore must foster—the good will, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies by providing relevant research, supporting growth in the profession and fostering support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.