Reyna Rybczynski Grown (Walden ’05) Fund-raising Summer Intern

August 31, 2010

Reyna, soon to be a senior at Berkeley High, has spent several hours each week learning about how fund-raising works at Walden and helping with numerous projects this summer as Walden’s first fund-raising intern. She has done everything from interviewing alumni, to finding lost contacts for our database, from designing the sandwich board for our Annual Giving Fund progress to helping to build the mailing list for our auction solicitation letters.

Working with Reyna give me the chance to get to know her and find out that she loves the television show Glee, playing soccer, and SHOES! Reyna is one of those people who is a walking, talking advertisement for Walden’s approach to education. She is a seventeen year old who is unusually comfortable in her own skin, so sure of who she is and genuinely at ease in any situation. A quick study and clearly very motivated academically, she has a deep appreciation for art, theater, and music in a way only someone who has been exposed to the arts in a real, integrated way can. While she interned for Walden she was simultaneously taking a painting class for pure pleasure. Each day when she arrived to work after her painting class we enjoyed a little time while she showed me her current painting project and talked about the techniques she was learning.

It has been my pleasure to work with her and I will be sad to see her go when summer ends. As Reyna looks toward college I hope some of the experiences she’s had working at Walden will be the building blocks for a fulfilling career in whatever field she chooses. This has been a fantastic experience for me as well and I hope we will be able to provide an internship program for Walden graduates in the future. For more information about Walden’s fund-raising program visit our page or contact Sarah Cheney at

Sarah Cheney
Development Coordinator

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