Faculty, Staff & Trustees

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Academy Faculty and Staff

Marco Almeida - Science

Born in Portugal, Marco Almeida grew up in Newark, NJ. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Physics and Mathematics. He went on to obtain his Master of Science from Boston College in Physics, gaining valuable laboratory and teaching experience. The lure of education was inevitable: Marco went on to teach physics at Longmeadow High School for five years, where he was proud to support students not only academically but in all their endeavors. Marco joined The Academy faculty because he was attracted by the school’s close-knit community and the opportunity to support students’ curiosity about the world around them through authentic scientific inquiry. When not in the classroom, Marco can be found in the kitchen, playing tennis, or with his cats and dog.

Katherine Anderson - Associate Director of Admission & Advancement

Born in Northampton and raised in Williamsburg, Katherine ’16 is an enthusiastic life-long citizen of Western Massachusetts. A loyal and loving alumna of The Academy, Katherine completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education & Child Studies at Smith College where she worked in the Office of Admission and swam competitively. During her time at Smith, she also spent a summer studying abroad in Denmark and another summer interning with the Development Office at the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst. Katherine spends her free time pursuing a variety of arts and crafts projects, tending to her many house plants, tossing a frisbee around, and teaching herself to cook. She is grateful beyond words to have her first “adult” job be at The Academy; it is nothing short of a dream come true. 

Nora Bates Zale - Co-Head of School for Community; Title IX Coordinator; Photography;

Nora Bates Zale ’00 earned a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from Marlboro College in Photography and Art Education, and a Master of Arts from NYU in Art Education, with a focus on using art as a tool for social justice. Nora has taught art and photography at all levels of the K-12 range in locales from New Zealand, to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, to the Museum of Modern Art and all five boroughs of New York City, and finally the hilltowns of western Massachusetts. She takes great joy in facilitating the sorts of encouraging yet challenging arts experiences from which she benefited as an Academy student, as well as working to support students in all aspects of their Academy lives as a Health teacher and Associate Head of School for Community.  Nora lives in Conway, MA with her wife Synphany, their son Enzo, and their fur-children (canine Cleome Roux and feline Timecat), where she enjoys romps in the woods and tending vegetable and flower gardens.

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Aethena Enzer-Mahler - Psychological Consultant

Aethena Enzer-Mahler ’00 received her Bachelors of Arts from Hampshire College with a focus on Education and Incorporation of Arts into the Classroom. After graduating from Hampshire she worked in early childhood and elementary education supporting the growth and development of young children. Aethena returned to school and received her Masters from Smith College School for Social Work and has been working clinically with children and families for the past 10 years. In her clinical practice Aethena tries to bring a playful yet grounded approach to her therapy and works with ages ranging from five through young adult. Given her background in education, Aethena loves consulting with schools and feels grateful to be able to do so all over the region. She is especially excited to be able to return to the Academy in this role.

Aethena lives in Northampton though loves to travel and is often planning her next trip. She also likes to eat delicious food, make lists for projects she will someday start, and to stay active, especially by taking circus classes!

Elizabeth Falco - Humanities
Liz Falco joined the faculty of The Academy in 2015; since then, she has taught Humanities at each level from 7th-12th grade. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Denver and an M.Ed in Secondary English Education from UMass Amherst. In addition to classroom teaching, she enjoys exchanging book recommendations, taking contemplative walks against the backdrop of The Academy’s bucolic campus, and engaging in meandering philosophical discussions. Originally from Provincetown, MA, she now lives in Greenfield with her son, Salvatore, and her husband.
Neale Gay - Co-Head of School for Academics; College Counselor; Humanities

Neale Gay joined The Academy at Charlemont in the fall of 2012 after spending 9 years teaching English and history at a public high school. He appreciates the rigorous curriculum at The Academy, the risks it demands of students, and the freedom that comes with a solid academic foundation upon which to build. Neale has a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Education from UMass. Outside of teaching, counseling, and administrative duties, Neale enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading European fiction, and collecting vinyl records.

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Karl Helander - Music Director

Karl Helander is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Great Falls, MA. After studying music at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in high school, Karl pursued a degree in studio music and jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and finished his BA in poetry and short fiction at Hampshire College. Though new to running the music department, the 2021-2 school year marks Karl’s fifth year enthusiastically teaching music at The Academy. Karl is the drummer in the long-running Northampton psych-pop band Sun Parade, was a founding member of the band Cousin Moon, and has helmed as producer for artists Jake Klar, Andrew Daly Frank, and Sir Orfeo. Karl currently co-runs a small music studio (with fellow faculty member Maxwell Wareham) called Almost Always Records, where he can be found making music under the moniker Karlo Rueby, among many other projects and collaborations.

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Andrea Kelleher - Bookkeeper

Andrea is a Western MA native, who grew up in the hills of Colrain.  She graduated from Greenfield Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management in ’06.  Andrea married her high school sweetheart Devon and they have a wonderful son Deegan.  They live in Buckland with their dog, Luna and their kitty, Willow. She has worked in a variety of offices ranging from a vitamin manufacturer to a construction company to a local stone business.  She has now found her way to The Academy, which holds a special place for her because her grandmother-in-law Lucille Joy was a founder and bookkeeper here.

In her spare time Andrea loves to paint, make jewelry, read (especially about vampires), rock hound and hunt and fish with her family.  She is also a huge Patriots fan and can usually be heard yelling at the TV during games.

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Rafael Kelman - Art

Rafael received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Comparative Religion from Marlboro College as well as a Master of Fine Art in Combined Media from Hunter College in New York. Rafael grew up in Vermont in a family of educators; while he began pursuing art at an early age, the skills and practices of teaching were also in the air. Rafael joined the Academy in 2021 after five years at Phillips Academy Andover; he also previously taught art in various after-school programs and youth workshops in New York and Vermont. Rafael has made work in a range of mediums, from sculpture to drawing to video. In teaching, he seeks to help students discover new materials and new strategies for making, looking, and thinking. Rafael currently lives in Charlemont with his partner, child, and hound; they are all thrilled to be living among rivers and hills.

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Erin MacLachlan - Humanities & Spanish
Erin grew up in Charlemont and spent her childhood and adolescence living between Western Mass and Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, and has over fifteen years of experience teaching, first at the Center School in Greenfield and then at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield. In addition to teaching English, history, Spanish, and creative writing, she enjoys teaching the occasional studio art or film class. Erin lives on a homestead in Heath with her husband Adam and their children Charlotte and Sage, as well as a dog, chickens, pigs, cows, goats, and other riff raff. She loves to write poetry, art journal, garden, volunteer at the Heath Fair, cook, and spend time in the water and on the trails.
Victoria Maíllo de Aguilera - Spanish

Victoria Maíllo de Aguilera hails from Salamanca, Spain, where she also earned her BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Salamanca. She immediately began teaching Spanish as a Second Language after college, and has since worked in a number of different places in both Europe and the US. After coming to Western Massachusetts 15 years ago, she feels fortunate to call the area home. Victoria loves running and hiking in the woods and playing with her lovable Border Collie, Ssoula.

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Sabine Mauri - French, International Student Coordinator

Originally from Germany where she earned a Master’s degree in teaching French and English, Sabine has spent the last 20 years teaching both languages in the US. After a 12-year stint at Deerfield Academy teaching and running girls’ dormitories, Sabine has taught French at all levels at The Academy at Charlemont for the past eight years. Sabine’s responsibilities also include leading occasional trips to French-speaking countries, advising the Cultural Exchange Council, and administering the domestic exchange program, The Network of Complementary Schools.  Sabine serves as International Student Coordinator at The Academy, taking care of all aspects of the international students’ experience at school and with their host families. Sabine has two cute daughters and a tolerable husband. She travels through the local universe in a vehicle known as “Cosmic Blue.”

Will Miller - Math and Science

Will Miller began teaching high school math and science in 2007 and joined the Academy community in 2015 after a 1-year sabbatical working on a grass-fed dairy farm in Williamstown, MA. His love of teaching stems from his lifelong curiosity about the natural world and from the joy he finds working with other inquisitive learners. He has more than a passing interest in cooking, gardening, playing pickup ultimate, candlepin bowling, playing mandolin, and spending time with his kids. He is fairly obsessed with board games, and in 2016 published a new edition of the game Celtic Realm, originally designed by his father. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, Madeline, and three kids-Owen (pictured), Dorothy, and Frederick.

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Jen Mitchell - Office Manager

Jen is from Long Island, NY. She attended Ward Melville High School, and when her siblings moved to California to open a restaurant, she followed them and finished at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, CA.  She did not meet any Kardashians.  Jen attended both Cal State Northridge, and Suffolk County Community College. She also spent a summer studying marine biology at Occidental College, where 90210 was filmed. She did not meet Dylan, Donna, or any of the other Beverly Hills gang.   Though a licensed esthetician, she has found her true calling here at The Academy as Office Manager.  When not handing out Band-Aids or cough drops, she dreams of helping to organize a faculty talent show in which she could treat the crowd to her air-drumming skills. She has two children, Ella (’22)  and Grayson (’18)  and 3 stepchildren, Syry, Reed, and Bron. When not at The Academy, she enjoys being at home dancing to ’90s hip hop with her husband Alfie, their two cats, and three adorable dogs.

Holly Neipp - School Nurse

Holly grew up in Western Mass and has happily returned to the area to raise her family and embrace the Hilltown life. She graduated from Greenfield Community College with a Liberal Arts degree and continued her education at Salem State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. After five years of living in New Jersey and working as an event manager, she decided to go back to school for nursing. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2013, she moved home to the hills of Western Mass and has since been working in an emergency department at a local hospital. She is excited to be back “in school” as The Academy’s school nurse and looks forward to connecting with the community and its students. When she isn’t at work or taking care of her four kids, she enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, hiking the hills, and a wicked good cup of coffee with her husband.

Jeff Novick - Director of Finance and Operations
Kimberly Karlin - Mathematics

Kimberly came to The Academy as a 16-year teacher, mostly in independent schools. She earned a Mathematics degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Having grown up in Texas, Kimberly moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2005 and as an Academy faculty member, she teaches mathematics and directs our theater program. She has taught math courses ranging from Inquiry-Based Algebra to Advanced Calculus and sees math as a universal language that is accessible to all. She was the Director of Theater Programs at The Ethel Walker School for 11 years, is founder of local theater company, Ghost Light Theater, and is actively involved in local community theater in Northampton where she now calls home.

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Robbie Hardy - Facilities Manager

Robbie joins us from Brattleboro, VT where she co-owned a family property service company with her father. Robbie has also worked as a substitute teacher and coached her daughter’s Jr. Iron Chef team for three years. Robbie is an activist for all animals focusing on breed-selective legislation and working to end breed discrimination. During downtime, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her lump of love pitbull, Brisket, and never passes up the opportunity to watch old movies with her family.

John Schatz - Co-Head of School for Operations; Athletic Director; Math & Science

John grew up in eastern Massachusetts, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University, and later earned a Master of Arts in Private School Leadership from Teachers’ College at Columbia University. He has taught math and science at Beaver Country Day School, The Academy at Charlemont, and Four Rivers Public Charter School, and he was a teacher and Head of School at The Island School, a high school semester study abroad program. As an avid runner, biker, and outdoors person, John has coached a range of sports and led cycling, backpacking, and wilderness sea kayaking trips for students.

Lauren Marie Schmidt - Humanities

Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her fourth collection, Filthy Labors, chronicles her volunteer teaching experience at a transitional housing program for homeless women in her native New Jersey. A teacher at the secondary and post-secondary levels for nearly twenty years, Schmidt holds two writing-related Master’s Degrees: a Master of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Schmidt is currently at work on a Young Adult novel in her new home in Shelburne Falls, where she lives with her husband and a feisty Pomeranian.

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Hannah Smith ’06 - Development Assistant; Creative Writing Studio Block Teacher

Hannah Smith ‘06 is excited to return to her alma mater as a Development Assistant and a Creative Writing Studio Block Teacher. Hannah earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Skidmore College and a Master of Social Science with a concentration in Women and Gender from the University of Colorado Denver. She founded and runs the creative writing workshop Write Freely Listen Deeply and believes in unlocking her student’s voices, creative thought, and confidence. Her own business model serendipitously aligns with the Academy’s “Find your voice. Speak your mind” mission. Hannah has lived worldwide from New York City to Argentina, Costa Rica, Australia, and most recently Boulder, Colorado. Throughout her travels, she’s explored many career paths and has always dedicated herself to being in service of others. In her spare time, she teaches and practices yoga, runs 1 mile at a time, and slows down with her husband, Jesse, and her orange cat Janeway.

Donald Young
Donald Young - Latin
Donald Young grew up in the vicinities of Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, Columbus, Ohio and Coventry, UK.  He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he studied Latin, Greek, Philosophy, and History, and earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts.  He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching in Latin and Classical Humanities from UMass Amherst. In addition to his academic interests, he is an Eagle Scout and has played percussion in a variety of ensembles. Donald also enjoys long walks in the woods, talking politics or philosophy, poring over maps, and listening to music.



Paul Catanzaro, P21, 23, Clerk, Chesterfield, MA


Paul brings his educational experience and passion for The Academy to the Board, along with a parent’s perspective. He is an Associate Professor at UMass Amherst where he teaches courses in the Forestry Ecology and Conservation program.  Paul is also the co-director of the Family Forest Research Center, a partnership of the U.S. Forest Service and UMass Amherst.  Paul’s research focuses on landowner decision making and forest resiliency. In his role as the State Extension Forester, he reaches out to the many families that own the forests of Massachusetts to help inform their decisions about stewardship of the land.  Paul and his wife Amy live in Chesterfield, MA with their two children.  Both are active in The Academy Parents Council (APC).  They can also be seen (and heard) ringing cowbells at The Academy’s cross country meets.

Bill Corwin, P19, 22, Chair, Leverett, MA


Bill Corwin is the founder of Mission Velocity, a consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits accelerate and grow their impact. He has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and consulting experience; most recently he was the Vice President of U.S. Programs for Save the Children, responsible for overseeing domestic programming for over 300,000 children annually in the U.S.

Prior to Save the Children, Corwin was President of Clarke Schools, an organization with several locations serving deaf and hard of hearing children. He also has been the executive director of two CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs in California and served for 7 years as the Chief Development Officer for National CASA. He has served on several nonprofit boards during the past 20 years.

Bill now advises a wide range of nonprofits on fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. Prior to his nonprofit work, Corwin was an attorney in private practice, the leader of a legal services program for homeless youth, and a Deputy DA with the Santa Clara County (CA) District Attorney’s Office. Corwin received his BA from Brown University and his law degree from Columbia Law School. Both of his children have attended the Academy; Sophia graduated in 2019, and Juliet is in the class of 2022.

Juliet Corwin ’22, Student Representative, Leverett, MA


Juliet Corwin is a newbie to the board! She is delighted to have been selected by her fellow peers to provide the student perspective at meetings. Juliet has been an active student at the Academy since she first began at the school in seventh grade. She has served on the school’s Community Service, Inter-School Relations, and Social Justice Councils, as well as the GSA and Antiracism Task Force. Additionally, Juliet has coached fitness programs during sports seasons, organized school-wide baking challenges, and took the position of editor-in-chief for the school’s literary magazine. An avid writer, she has had work published in The Washington Post, as well as poetry in Wordgathering, and Breath and Shadow.

Sean Dacus ’88, Conway, MA


Sean Dacus grew up in Western Massachusetts, graduating from UMass Amherst in 1993. After a variety of jobs, including bartender, cowboy, and EMT ski patroller, he attended the University of New England Medical School, receiving his MD in 2005. He is a family physician in  South Deerfield, and lives in Conway with his beautiful, talented wife Jessica and two spirited and energetic sons Will and Alden. An avid cyclist, runner and skier, he is ecstatic to have settled back in the area.

Talia Gee, Esq., Springfield, MA


Attorney Talia Gee currently serves as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the City of Springfield, MA.  Attorney Gee is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York City and received her MBA and Law Degree from Western New England University. Attorney Gee previously worked at Community Legal Aid, the law firm of Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, and the New York Yankees. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club and co-creator of the “How to Wear Your Crown” event which focuses on the empowerment of Springfield area teenage girls.

Tupshin Harper, '90, Guilford, VT

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Tupshin is a Silicon Valley programmer and strategist who has moved to a cabin in the woods in rural Vermont. He’s currently taking time to work on a research project in the area of building complex systems. When not at his computer Tupshin is enjoying the great outdoors, hiking and biking – or from the vantage point of his tractor.

Dave Howe, P21, Greenfield, MA

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Dave Howe attended a private school in Worcester, and then went on to Bowdoin College, Boston College, and Temple University to study philosophy. That, of course, led him to work in a family lumber yard for over 12 years. He was the technical support department, as well as purchaser. Dave and his family headed to Buffalo NY for a few years, where he worked for a technology distributor and a large bank. An opportunity to move back to Massachusetts came up, and now he works at Greenfield Savings as the Security Officer, Facilities Manager, as well as some risk management.

Dave enjoys working on building projects, occasionally ruining a nice walk by chasing a small white ball, and taking rides around the back roads of Franklin County with his wife and friends on motorcycles. Dave is an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, and always trying to learn new things.

Shelley Borror Jackson, Winchester, NH


Shelley Borror Jackson has been an educator for over thirty years, with 25 as head of school.  Recently semi-retired from the International Academy of New York in Manhattan, she looks forward to a new chapter in the Pioneer Valley, a place she grew to love while heading the Bement School in Deerfield, MA. She now offers independent school placement counseling to students throughout the world.  Shelley holds three degrees in English from Wheaton College (MA), Ohio State University, and University of Maine, and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves spending time with her four children, seven grandchildren, and beloved pets in Winchester, NH.

Zachary Kolodin ’03, Detroit, MI


Born and raised in Hadley, MA, Zachary Kolodin graduated from The Academy in 2003. Prior to joining the Board, his greatest contribution to The Academy was initiating the relaunch of the basketball team for the 2000-01 season.

Zach serves as Deputy Legal Counsel and Public Policy Counsel to Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. Prior to joining the governor’s team, he was a litigation attorney at Patterson Belknap in New York City and clerked for Judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York. Earlier in his career, he founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of political participation among young adults, and served as Program Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.

Zach and his wife Hilary have two children, Jett and Kit, and a dog, Hendrix.

Zach has been a member of the Board since 2014, and served as Chair from 2017-19.

Hannah Lessels ’14, Buckland, MA


Hannah Lessels, class of 2014, currently works as a public health consultant in the state of New Hampshire. Her subject matter background includes Substance Use Disorders, Equity, HIV and Emergency Preparedness. Over the past few years, Hannah has taken an interest in qualitative data collection/analysis and evaluation. She hopes to bring this evaluation perspective to the Academy Board along with her passions for racial equity and rural development. In her free time, Hannah continues her passion for the arts (which began in the Academy pottery studio, photo lab and art rooms) through textile arts, drawing and painting. She also assists with the Charlemont Forum Committee to offer the residents of Western Massachusetts and beyond the opportunity to explore topics of civic concern aimed at public enlightenment. Hannah received her BS from Amherst College in Art and the History of Art.

Abel McDonnell ’03, New York, NY

Abel McDonnell is an attorney in New York City.  Prior to law school, Abel spent four years as an educator.  He taught middle school English and history in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn through the Teach For America program, and served as Director of Academics at the Abaarso Tech, a boarding high school in Somaliland. A graduate of Vassar College and NYU Law School, Abel lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lillian. 

He has been a trustee since 2016.

Pam Porter, Heath, MA

Pam Porter is a retired Episcopal priest, educator and administrator. She holds a B.A. in
Thought and Culture from the University of Detroit and an M. Div from Episcopal
Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. Before graduating from the University of Detroit she
spent a year at University College, Dublin studying philosophy and English literature.
She earned teaching certificates from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI and Oakland
University, Rochester, MI. During her career, Pam taught in public schools in Michigan
and Massachusetts, served in churches in southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts
and was a Responsive Classroom® Consulting Teacher with Northeast Foundation for
Children where she eventually became Director of Consulting Services and Senior
Program Developer. In 2013 she retired from Franklin County Homecare Corp. (now
LifePath, Inc.) where she was Home Care Program Director.

Beginning in 1962 Pam spent summers in Heath. In 1987 she and her husband, Brian
DeVriese, an architect, moved to Heath year ‘round with their two sons (MTRHS, ‘93
and ’97). Together they turned an old barn and briar patch into a beloved home. Since
her retirement Pam has become a Master Gardener through the Western MA Master
Gardeners Association, and an Amherst Writers and Artists Writing Workshop Leader.
She sings with Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus, serves on the Board of Mohawk
Trail Concerts and the Charlemont Forum and is a member of the Beloved Community
Committee of the Diocese of Western MA. She’s a member and past president of the
Heath Agricultural Society and like all true Heathans, loves the Heath Fair.

Cornelia Reid P01, Leyden, MA

Cornelia Reid

Cornelia Reid is a retired Classics teacher who taught Latin, Ancient Greek, and related subjects for 40 years in independent schools, including the Dalton School in Manhattan, Kent Place School in Summit, N.J,  Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, and finally and most fortunately, The Academy at Charlemont (2001-2012).

She attended the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington D.C., Smith College (A.B., Classics, 1965) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Phil, Greek and Latin, 1973).  She lives in Leyden with her husband Wallis, a retired professor of Linguistics and Language Education at Rutgers. She is on the board of Mohawk Trail Concerts and the Robertson Memorial Library in Leyden.  Besides Wallis, her family includes three sons, Simon (AaC ’01), Angus and Colin, a cat named Romeo, and, most years, a hive or two of honeybees.

Cornelia served as a trustee from 2000 to 2007; she rejoined the Board in 2012, and has been Chair since 2015.

Jennifer Rosner, P19, P22, Leverett, MA

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Jennifer Rosner holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University. After years of college teaching, she has moved into full-time writing, with the exception of the Bard-sponsored Clemente course (of which she teaches the Philosophy unit) at the Care Center in Holyoke, MA. She is author of the memoir, If A Tree Falls: A family’s quest to hear and be heard, and has a novel forthcoming with Flatiron Books (Macmillan). She has written several children’s books, and is editor of an interdisciplinary anthology, The Messy Self.  Her shorter work has appeared in The New York Times, The Forward, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Jennifer lives in Northampton with her husband, Bill Corwin, and their two daughters, Sophia and Juliet, both of whom are Academy students.  She has been a trustee since 2017.

Jaka Marie Conklin Saarony ’90

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Jaka earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UMass, Amherst in 1998 where she was also President of Beta Alpha Si. She joined Arthur Andersen in 1998 and worked in the Forensic, Litigation Support and Valuation consulting division.

In 2001, Jaka was hired by PAREXEL International—a $1 billion life-sciences services company with offices in more than 50 countries. While with PAREXEL, her responsibilities included bringing financial reports into compliance, integrating financial data of acquired companies in line with accepted accounting standards (US GAAP), serving as the Controller of Netherland, the Baltic countries and Romania, fulfilling a role as the company’s budgeting and financial controls manager for the HR, Facilities, and Finance functions, and later, managing external Financial Reporting. While at PAREXEL, Jaka was a key leader in the implementation of the company’s Sarbanes Oxley Management (SOX) and Compliance efforts. During her tenure at PAREXEL, Jaka travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and completed a two-year expatriate assignment in Germany.

Jaka serves as Treasurer of Temple Emanuel pre-school and religious school and as Treasurer of the Mason-Rise elementary school. She is married, has three children and is an active member in her community. Jaka has been on the Board since 2010.


Elizabeth Slowinski ’98, Vice Chair, Shelburne Falls, MA

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Elizabeth Slowinski is a Clinical Social Worker at the Austen Riggs Center. Elizabeth is a graduate from the Smith College School for Social Work, and is elated to be working locally in Franklin County. Her undergraduate degree is from Union College where she majored in Classics – a testament to interests cultivated while at The Academy. Elizabeth’s career prior to graduate school focused on international education and volunteer management, as she worked for a Swedish non-profit, allowing for extensive international travel and insight into education in other cultures.

Elizabeth has been a member of the Board since 2013.

Peter Stevens, Shelburne, MA

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens has enjoyed a long history with independent schools. A graduate of Loomis School (now Loomis Chaffee) in Connecticut, he spent a year in England on an English-Speaking Union fellowship before earning his B. A. degree in English with an Art History minor at Williams College. The son of a New England independent school headmaster, Peter taught first at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York and then, after earning his M.A. in Education and Linguistics at the University of Chicago, Peter spent 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.  There, Peter taught and administered a rural elementary school teacher training program, and researched and wrote A History of Kanowit District, for use by teachers. Five years of teaching English, coaching and counseling at Loomis Chaffee School followed.

In 1975, Peter, his wife and two small children moved to Lugano, Switzerland, where he became Headmaster of TASIS, the American School in Switzerland.  In 1978, he moved to England and took over the Head of School reins at the new TASIS England in Thorpe, Surrey.  Returning to the States in 1982, Peter served for eight years as Headmaster at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Ohio and then for seven as Head at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon.  In 1999, Peter returned to the Valley and became Director of Academics at the Academy at Swift River, a therapeutic boarding school in Cummington.

Subsequent years have seen Peter working as an independent and school-based college counselor and as an independent consultant working with prep-school and college-bound students and families.  He serves on the boards of two independent schools, and various civic organizations.  Peter’s wife Linn, a former psychotherapist, is a well-known local artist in oils and water-colors, with a studio in Shelburne Falls.  Two grown children, both independent school graduates, live respectively in England and in Washington, D.C.

Peter has been a trustee since 2009.


Elinor Todd ’93, Washington, DC

Elinor Todd graduated from Carleton College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a concentration in environmental studies. She served for two years in the Peace Corps in Ghana as a village water, sanitation and health educator and Peace Corps trainer. She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for four years in international development, including projects in Macedonia, Pakistan, and the Ukraine, and field studies in Tanzania and numerous Eastern European countries. In 2005 she received a MS with highest distinction in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2005, she has worked at Deloitte Consulting  in Washington D.C. in its federal practice, where she is now a Senior Manager. She took a leave of absence from Deloitte for the 2013­-14 school year to be Interim Head of School at The Academy. Nell lives in the District of Columbia with her husband Mike and sons Theodore and John. She has been a trustee since 2006.

Donald Young, Faculty Representative

Donald Young
Donald Young grew up in the vicinities of Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, Columbus, Ohio and Coventry, UK.  He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he studied Latin, Greek, Philosophy, and History, and earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts.  He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching in Latin and Classical Humanities from UMass Amherst. In addition to his academic interests, he is an Eagle Scout and has played percussion in a variety of ensembles. Donald also enjoys long walks in the woods, talking politics or philosophy, poring over maps, and listening to music.


Executive Committee

  • Bill Corwin
  • John Schatz
  • Neale Gay
  • Nora Bates Zale
  • Paul Catanzaro
  • Zachary Kolodin
  • Cornelia Reid
  • Peter Stevens
  • Elizabeth Slowinski
  • Jaka Saarony

Governance Committee

  • Cornelia Reid: Co-chair
  • Peter Stevens: Co-chair
  • Bill Corwin
  • Neale Gay
  • Elizabeth Slowinski

Finance Committee

  • Jaka Saarony, Chair
  • Bill Corwin
  • John Schatz
  • Zachary Kolodin
  • Abel McDonnell
  • Elinor Todd
  • Jeff Novick

Development Committee

  • Bill Corwin, Chair
  • Nora Bates Zale
  • Tupshin Harper
  • Dave Howe
  • Karen O’Connell, P25
  • Katherine Anderson ’16

Enrollment & Marketing Committee

  • Paul Catanzaro, Co-chair
  • Jennifer Rosner, Co-chair
  • Shelley Jackson
  • John Schatz
  • Nora Bates Zale
  • Sabine Mauri
  • Katherine Anderson ’16
  • Phoebe Shaw, P20, 22
  • Sean Glennon, P22
  • Mike Grinley, P23