Welcome Heather Harlan Warnack to Gilman School
Dear Gilman Family,

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Heather Harlan Warnack has been appointed to serve as Gilman's next Director of Development, effective July 1. Heather will succeed Kate Ratcliffe, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 29 years of service to Gilman. This announcement concludes a lengthy and thorough search. I want to thank the Development Office staff, the Administrative Council, and members of the Board of Trustees for their involvement in the search. As always, their engagement and input proved to be invaluable.  

Heather comes to us from Maryvale Preparatory School in Lutherville, where she is currently the Assistant Head of School for Advancement. In that role, she oversees all development, alumnae relations, marketing and communications, and external diversity and outreach functions of the School. Prior to becoming Assistant Head of School, Heather served as Director of Communications and Development, as well as Director of Communications and Marketing. During her five years at Maryvale, the annual fund has increased by 70 percent, and the School has achieved significant fundraising milestones ahead of schedule under her leadership.  

Heather entered the world of development through an extensive career in communications and journalism. Before joining Maryvale, she worked as an independent consultant, using her experience to offer public relations, marketing, and media strategies to clients in an effort to boost fundraising or sales. She spent eleven years at the Baltimore Business Journal, where she was a Senior Reporter, Television Correspondent, Special Projects Editor and, most notably, Associate Editor. Heather's impressive professional career, extensive connections to the Baltimore community, and deep understanding of the importance of communication and relationships in successful development work made her stand out in a pool of talented candidates. We are fortunate to have her joining our team.      

A graduate of Roland Park Country School, Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, John Warnack, and their two sons, Lee and Henry. Just as we say farewell to Kate and thank her for a remarkable tenure at Gilman, let us welcome Heather and her family into our community.



Henry P. A. Smyth