Portsmouth Abbey School

New England’s Independent Catholic Boarding School


Please feel free to contact the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs with any questions you may have.

General Alumni/Development Office Contact Information:
Toll-Free: (800) 883-8637
Telephone: (401) 683-2007
Fax: (401) 643-1377

To learn more about our Development & Alumni Affairs staff or to contact us directly, please refer to our list below.

Matthew Walter P'18 '20 - Director of Development & Alumni Affairs

Matt Walter 2014

Director of Development & Alumni Affairs

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
A.B., Princeton University

Phone: (401) 643-1291
E-mail: mwalter@portsmouthabbey.org

Matt came to Portsmouth Abbey School in 2014 to serve as director of development. He is a 1993 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, a 1990 graduate of Princeton University, and a 1986 graduate of Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, Texas. In 2001 Matt returned to his alma mater to serve as director of development and alumni relations at Cistercian Prep. Following that, he stepped into the same position at St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he most recently served as vice president for development. Matt is married to Paula Walter, Portsmouth Abbey's dean of residential life, and they live on campus in St. Mary's House with their two sons, John Patrick '18, and Thomas.

Andrew Rose P'17 - Senior Development Officer

Andrew Rose

Senior Development Officer

B.A., Colgate University

Phone:  (401) 643-1280
Email: arose@portsmouthabbey.org 

Andrew came to Portsmouth Abbey in 2013 after spending 26 years in the private sector, primarily working with early-stage financial services technology companies. Building and nurturing strategic relationships in an academic and religious setting is Andrew’s passion, and he travels far and wide on behalf of the Abbey to do so. Andrew is the product of a K-12 independent school education as are his two sons, Carter and Patrick, a proud member of the class of 2017. His wife, Sarah, who taught first grade at the Park School in Brookline, MA, is now the curator of education at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Roses are thrilled to be living on Cory’s Lane.

Alexandra Karppinen – Director of the Annual Fund

Director of the Annual Fund

B.A., University of Connecticut
M.S., University of Connecticut

Phone: (401) 643-1204
Email: akarppinen@portsmouthabbey.org

Alex came to Portsmouth Abbey School in 2017 to serve as the Director of the Annual Fund. She oversees the Annual Fund program and works closely with parents, alumni, friends, and volunteers of the School. Prior to the Abbey, Alex spent three and a half years working at Brown University in Class Campaigns and the Sports Foundation. A native of Simsbury, CT, Alex currently resides in Cranston with her husband Juho.

Cindy Ruiz '10 - Assistant Director of the Annual Fund, Young Alumni


Assistant Director of the Annual Fund

B.A., Boston University

Phone: (401) 643-1276
Email: cruiz@portsmouthabbey.org 

Cindy graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in 2010. She went on to study at Boston University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in communications with a focus in public relations. Cindy returned to the Abbey in 2014 to work in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs. She works closely with annual fund volunteers for classes 0 to 20 years out to engage alumni and friends in helping to support the fund.  Originally from Connecticut, Cindy now lives in Newport, RI, and is excited to be back on campus

Patty Gibbons P'17 '19 '20 - Director of Special Events and Community Relations

Director of Special Events and Community Relations

Phone (401) 643-1281
Email: pgibbons@portsmouthabbey.org

Patty joined Portsmouth Abbey School in 2014 in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs. She oversees all special events and community relations activities at the Abbey. Patty lives in Portsmouth with her husband, Larry, and their five children, two of whom are currently enrolled at the Abbey.

Nora O'Hara - Database Administrator and Office Coordinator

Nora O'Hara

Database Adminstrator and Office Coordinator

B.S., United States Naval Academy

Phone (401) 643-1269
Email: nohara@portsmouthabbey.org

Nora joined Portsmouth Abbey School in 2015 in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs. She oversees the database and manages the office. Nora lives in Portsmouth with her husband, Michael, and their six children.

Meghan Fonts P'14 '17 - Director of Parent Relations

Director of Parent Relations

B.A., Communications, University of New Hampshire
M. Ed., Educational Administration, Temple University

Phone: (401) 643-1246
Email: mfonts@portsmouthabbey.org

Recently appointed as the Director of Parent Relations, Meghan serves the School in this position which is dedicated to our parents. Her primary goal is provide the Abbey parents a way to engage with and be connected to the Abbey community while offering them the resources to make their child’s Abbey experience the best and most worthwhile. Previously, Meghan served as Portsmouth Abbey School's Director of Admission for seven years and Associate Director for the preceding seven. She began her boarding school career serving as the Assistant Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA and prior to her secondary school admission work, Meghan spent eight years in college admission. In addition to her work with our parents, Meghan is an affiliate houseparent in St. Brigid’s House and is an advisor to VI Formers. Meghan and her husband live on campus with their three sons, Matthew ’14, Drew 17, and Luke (a future Raven)!


Kathy Heydt P'04 '06 '07 - Director of Communications

Director of Communications

M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design

Phone (401) 643-1205
Email: kheydt@portsmouthabbey.org

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