Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Development Team. We would love to hear from you about how we can help you support The Tatnall School.
Director of Development
Patrick Manahan, a graduate of the Tatnall Class of 2003, will serve as Director of Development. Since 2009, Mr. Manahan has held a wide variety of roles at Upland Country Day School in nearby Kennett Square, PA, including English and Latin teacher, coach (ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse), Director of Summer Programs, Director of Secondary School Placement, and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. Mr. Manahan also has a long history of fundraising within the Upland community. He serves as Chairman of the annual Golf Outing (ten years), Vice-President of the Alumni Association (seven years), lead fundraiser in the annual Connect-a-Thon, and was a solicitor and advisor during the most recent capital campaign. Moreover, as a Board member at the Tick Tock Early Learning Center, he played a key role on the Major Gifts Committee during the organization’s capital campaign. Mr. Manahan earned a B.A. degree in English from Tufts University and also holds a M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from Villanova University. While a student at Tatnall, Mr. Manahan participated in both Playbill and the Drama Club, serving as Director his senior year. As a Hornet, he was an All-Conference baseball player and a member of the three-time state champion ice hockey team.
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund
Sara joins the Tatnall Community from FAME, Inc. where she served as Director of Development for five years. In this role, Ms. Wilson managed all fundraising components for FAME, Inc.’s K-12 academic enrichment and workforce development programs. Throughout her ten years in Delaware’s non-profit sector, Sara worked a variety of development roles for various mission-driven organizations, including: University of Delaware, Latin American Community Center (LACC), and most recently, FAME, Inc. Ms. Wilson has successfully built relationships and fostered engagement to secure organizational support and sustainability.
Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Sara moved to Delaware as a post-graduate to work for Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. in his Wilmington Senate Office. During this time, she adopted Delaware as home and has remained since. Sara earned her B.A. in Political Science from Immaculata University along with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Delaware. She is a credentialed CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) with a demonstrated history of success in nonprofit fundraising, management, and communication. Ms. Wilson currently serves as a Board Member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Brandywine Chapter where she also Chairs the Chapter’s mentoring program (four years). Sara also served as a Board Member for the Delaware Community Foundation’s (DCF) NextGen where she Chaired the annual Chips for Charity fundraiser (five years) and is a Founder of DCF’s Fund for Women (five years).
Administrative Assistant/Database Manager
Denise comes to Tatnall with 20+ years at Centreville Layton School, where her most recent title was Operations Administrative Associate/Director of Summer Program. Denise began as a summer program homeroom teacher, and then took on the role of Computer Coordinator, which then turned into Instructional Technology Coordinator. In 2014, Centreville School merged with Layton Preparatory School, and Denise’s position integrated the library and became Information Literacy Coordinator. Around that same time, Denise also began working on the operations side of the school, supporting Admissions, Development, and the Business Office. As Centreville School/Centreville Layton School is a small school, Denise became very familiar with all matters of how it operates, from teaching to events and more.
Denise is from Media, Pennsylvania, and attended West Chester University to earn her B.S. Ed in Elementary Education. In addition, she earned a certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College. She is certified to teach in PA K-6th and DE K-6 but has found she is happier working with technology.