As part of a joint initiative between Development and College Counseling, juniors are invited to attend sessions with Suffield Academy alumni who have achieved success in their chosen career paths.

SuffieldConnect allows alums to support other graduates and utilize the trusted Suffield Academy environment to expand their professional networking. By fully integrating with social networks, and cultivating a culture of helping and giving back, alums can again benefit from being a part of the Suffield Academy community.


Associate General Counsel
Juan Arreaza ’06

Juan reminded students that their process doesn’t end just because they choose a college or a graduate school or a career, and that you don’t have to have it all figured out right away. He is currently the Associate General Counsel at JLG Industries, after majoring in political science at The George Washington University.

Operations Manager
Izzara Ugarte ’14

Izzara spoke about not limiting yourself in terms of considering colleges. She attended the University of San Francisco for one year before realizing she wanted a more hands-on experience, which Les Roches Marbella in Spain could offer her. She now works as the Operations Manager for Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, her family’s business in the Philippines.

Vice President of Artist and Repertoire
Tyler Arnold ’10

Tyler recommended some of the simple ideas that made a huge difference in his life to the junior class, from demonstrating that you want to be where you are every day to doing the little things that you love. He has worked at Republic Records in NYC since 2014, making his way up the ladder from intern to Vice President for A&R.

Senior Facilitator
Jackie Pannell Zinck ’04

Jackie urged the junior class to take advantage of their college counselors to help make decisions on where to go for undergrad, and then to truly get to know the different people they meet along their paths. She followed her passion for sports and community into the Senior Facilitator role at the Institute for Sport and Social Justice and is also the Director of Justice Strategies at the Edward E. Haddock Jr. Family Foundation.

Creative Strategist
Jamel Torrence ’12

Jamel talked about the importance of hard work, internships, and perseverance, and how he realized that even though he loved sports, education would last longer than athleticism. That said, he is the Creative Strategist at CSM Sports & Entertainment, and so was able to combine his passions for sports and writing into his career. 

Vice President, Municipal Finance Investment Banking
Kirsten Chalke ’08

Kirsten focused on the importance of finding a place that is a good fit, and not to be worried if you have to try a few different things to discover what is best. She also advocated for taking chances and always being willing to learn. She currently works at Jeffries in municipal finance investment banking.