Heather Harlan Warnack to Succeed Kate Ratfcliffe as Director of Development

Heather Harlan Warnack to Succeed Kate Ratfcliffe as Director of Development

By Jack Stuzin

In order to fill the shoes of former Director of Development, Mrs. Kate Ratcliffe, Gilman did not have to look far.

Mrs. Heather Warnack is a Baltimore native and graduate of Roland Park Country School. Mrs. Warnack graduated from Roland Park, headed to Boston University and like many do, swore she would never come back to Baltimore. Initially, she was very successful in that initiative. For summer internships, she worked in Boston and London. After graduating from BU with a degree in journalism, Mrs. Warnack worked as an editor and reporter for multiple news outlets.

Eventually, Mrs. Warnack did make her way back to Baltimore. She spent eleven years with the Baltimore Business Journal in a variety of positions and was an Associate Editor. She says that she loved working in this industry because she was “learning something new everyday.” She then spent nearly six years working at Maryvale Preparatory School working in various leadership roles. Her most recent role was the Assistant Head of School for Advancement. In her five years at Maryvale, she oversaw marketing, communications, and development, and as a result of her leadership, the annual fund increased by 70 percent, long before it was projected to do so.

Mrs. Warnack has several connections to Gilman. Her three cousins, J.B, Luke, and Eric Harlan were all Gilman graduates. Also, her late husband, Scott Deutschman is a member of the class of 1989. Since she began working at Gilman on July 1, Mrs. Warnack was struck by “the depth of summer programs and outreach opportunities” the school has to provide. Over the summer, Mrs. Warnack traveled to the Outer Banks with her two sons, Lee and Henry. While there, they had fun while surfing, jet skiing, and simply relaxing. On behalf of the entire Gilman community, we welcome Mrs. Heather Warnack to Gilman.