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Mavis Agnew, Director of Residential Life, Arts Chair, Innovation & Design
518-302-5136
Appointed 2009
Plattsburgh State University
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Michael Aldridge, Creative Director
518-302-5118
Appointed 2002
Sheridan College of Fine Arts

Always looking to capture that authentic "Northwood Moment" on camera, Michael brings the Northwood Experience to life. Prior to joining Northwood, Michael worked as a freelance photographer / graphic designer. His client list included: Hilton Resorts, Miller Sports Group, IMG, SBC Media, Aruba Publications, Golf Digest, P3 Vodka, Olympic Regional Development Authority, Crowne Plaza Resorts, and New York ByWays. Capturing all aspects of the Northwood family through images and video remains as challenging and fun today as it was when he joined Northwood in 2002. 

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Christine Ashe, Director of The Northwood Fund
518-302-5115
Appointed 2008
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

For Christine, it is all about stories and connections.  From hearing memories of a funny antic or seeing a well of emotion surface when speaking about that teacher who made all the difference to their teenage self, she feels privileged to learn about Northwood through the very real and emotional stories of our alumni and parents.   The Northwood experience transcends all those fashion trends and haircut styles tucked away in the Epitome yearbooks lining the shelves in the advancement office — it is the common thread of teenagers discovering who they are in this beautiful Adirondack setting that connects the greater Northwood family over the decades. Watching this Northwood family come together to generously support the experience for teens here today is what makes her job as director of The Northwood Fund so rewarding. After graduating from UMass Amherst, Christine lived out west working for an independent bookstore in Denver for nearly two decades before joining the advancement team in 2008.

Sandra Baker, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Board of Trustees, School Registrar
518-302-5111
Appointed 2011
North Country Community College
Teresa Brady, Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager
518-302-5112
Appointed 2016
Providence College
Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware
Thomas Broderick, Assistant Head of School, Assistant Coach Boys' Prep Hockey
518-302-5120
Appointed 1988
Hamilton College
Noel Carmichael, English Faculty, Theater Department, 9th Grade Class Dean
518-299-2294
Appointed 2017
New York University
Chadd Cassidy, Head Coach Boys' Junior Hockey
Chadd Cassidy, Head Coach Boys' Junior Hockey
Appointed 2015
SUNY Cortland

Chadd Cassidy begins his third year as the Head Coach of the Northwood School Boys Junior Team.  A Lake Placid native, Cassidy spent four years with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League before coming to Northwood School in 2015.  In his four seasons with Rochester, he led the team to the AHL playoffs three times.  He joined the Rochester organization following five seasons as an assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP), culminating in a gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship in Germany. During the 2010-11 season, he also led Team USA to titles in the 2011 Five Nations Tournament and the 2010 Four Nations Cup. In addition, the U.S. National Under-18 Team posted a 12-9-1-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record in United States Hockey League (USHL) play in 2010-11, helping the NTDP reach the USHL postseason for the first time. Chadd earned his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in 1995.

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Stephanie Colby, Assistant Director of Development
518-302-5138
Appointed 2010
Middlebury College

Pairing Northwood’s alumni, families, and grant-makers with the programs, projects, and people that inspire their support — that’s how Stephanie Colby, associate director of development, views her role at Northwood School. It’s a form of matchmaking that is incredibly rewarding. Stephanie joined Northwood’s advancement team in 2010 after 10 years in development and communications at nearby Paul Smith’s College.  A native of the Adirondacks and graduate of Middlebury College, Stephanie is passionate about education and also loves the comfort and familiarity of small towns like Lake Placid and Middlebury, making Northwood a perfect fit. Having grown up on the ice, Stephanie can’t wait for Mirror Lake to freeze each year, so she can skate the perimeter with her family -- and welcome alumni and parents back for Northwood’s Annual Pond Hockey Tournament!

Brenda Cotton, Director of the Learning Center
518-302-5148
Appointed 2016
Bowling Green State University
M. Ed. Bowling Green State University
Brad D
Brad D'Arco, Director of Admission
518 523 3382
Appointed 2016
Colgate University

A Connecticut native, Brad attended Brunswick School for ten years before deciding on boarding school. He is a 1999 graduate of the Taft School, where he was a classmate of Associate Director of Admission, Evan Nielsen. Brad graduated from Colgate University in 2003 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Education.

After a brief stint in the corporate world following college, Brad began his career in education in 2004 as a teacher and coach at Brunswick. In 2005, Brad joined the boarding school ranks at Berkshire School where he worked under Northwood's current Head of School Mike Maher. At Berkshire, Brad was the Director of Financial Aid/Associate Director of Admission in addition to teaching in the History Department, coaching, serving as an advisor and dorm parent. In 2013, Brad was appointed the Director of Admission and Strategic Initiatives at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH and served in that role until joining Northwood School in the summer of 2016.

Brad lives in Jay, NY with his wife Linda and their two children, Mia and Landon.

Terry DelliQuadri, Director of Alpine Skiing
518-302-5130
Appointed 2017
Dartmouth College

 Coach DelliQuadri enters his second year at Northwood. Already his experience, vision, and coaching expertise have had a profound impact on the Northwood Ski Team and the school community. Terry comes to Northwood from the Ski and Snowboard Club in Vail, Colo. where he was most recently head coach of the program’s U14 team and oversaw 60 athletes and eight coaches.  In addition to being an USSA certified coach, he has been teaching level 100, 200 and 300 coaching seminars for the past 12 years as well as instructing at USSA’s National Academy.  While at the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, DelliQuadri was named Coach of the Year for all disciplines for the 2014-15 season. Terry lives on campus with his wife and three children. His two sons, Cisco '20 and Peppi '22, are both at Northwood.

James Dingle, Social Science, Wilderness Program
518-302-5122
Hamline University
M.A. University of Denver
Andrew Donatello, Assistant Director of Athletics, Athletic Trainer, Health, Golf
518-302-5121
Appointed 1997
University of New Hampshire
M.A. Indiana State University

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Andy attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization of Athletic Training.  He received his masters from Indiana State University in Athletic Training. Andy worked at Lake Placid Sports Medicine for two years before coming to Northwood School in 1997. Andy is the Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, and Health teacher.  He resides in Lake Placid with his wife Carrie, daughters Sara ‘18 & Haley ‘21 & son Drew ’23. He loves all outdoor activities with golf, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing being his among his favorites.

Tyler Eaton '00, Science, Wilderness Program, Boys' Lacrosse
518-302-5152
Fort Lewis College
M.A. Vermont Law School
Holli Edgley, School Nurse
518-302-5145
Appointed 2017
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Marcy Fagan, Science Chair, Director of LEAP Program
518-302-5140
Appointed 2006
Gettysburgh College
M.A.T. Fairleigh Dickinson College
Laura Finnerty Paul, Dean of Academic Affairs, Social Science Faculty
518-302-5125
Appointed 2011
Fordham University, B.A., M.B.A
Stevens Institue of Technology, Ph.D.
Stephanie Gates
518-299-2985
Appointed 2017
Leigh Getz
Leigh Getz, History Faculty, Asst. Girls' Hockey Coach
(518)302-5147
Appointed 2017
Connecticut College

Originally from Clifton Park, New York, Leigh graduated from Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut in 2011. She then played four years on defense for the Connecticut College Camels where she won the Erica M. Vos Award of Valor in the spring of her senior year. After her collegiate career, Leigh spent two years as Canterbury's Associate Head Girls' Hockey coach and as an instructor in history and math.  She helped guide the Saints to two New England championship tournament quarterfinal appearances.  In the summers Leigh has worked for USA Hockey at Eastern and New England development camps.  In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Leigh will be a dorm parent and a member of Northwood's history department.

Trevor Gilligan '03, Associate Head Coach Boys' Junior Hockey
(518)302-5131
Appointed 2016
SUNY Oswego

Trevor Gilligan '03 hails from Saranac Lake, NY and is in his second stint at Northwood School. He spent 2008-2013 working on the Northwood hockey coaching staff before taking over as the head college hockey coach at SUNY Canton where he took over their club program and led the transition of the SUNY Canton men's hockey team to the NCAA Division III level. Gilligan has extensive experience at Northwood School as a dorm parent, coach, advisor, and a member of the Class of 2003. He earned Bachelor of Education degree at SUNY Oswego, and was a member of the Lakers 2007 National Championship hockey team.

Katie Haggerty '09, Alpine Ski Coach
518-302-5149
Appointed 2014
Plymouth State University

Originally from Woodstock, NY, Katie graduated from Northwood School as a member of the Class of 2009. Katie continued her ski career and education at Plymouth State University where she majored in Art and graduated in 2013. She returned to Northwood as a coach, dorm parent and advisor in 2014 after serving as an assistant coach w/ the Ski and Snowboard Club in Vail, CO. Katie is USSA Level 200 certified and lives on campus.

Stacy Hulbert, College Counseling Assistant
(518)302-5110
Appointed 2018
Woo Jin Jeon, Math Faculty, Asst. Director Office of Multicultural Affairs, Asst. Coach Boys' Soccer
(518)293-0416
Appointed 2018
Kenyon College

A recent graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio , Woo received a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and played on their highly decorated varsity soccer team. He will be joining Northwood as an instructor in the math department and as an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team. 

Elenor
Elenor Mandigo, Assistant to the Director of Admission/Office Manager
518 523 3382
Appointed 2001

Born in Puerto Rico, as a military dependent, Elenor grew up enjoying the travel that is part of a military family’s life. She graduated from high school in Germany and attended OLVA in Plattsburgh, NY.

Elenor's work experience is as varied as her outside interests from having owned a children's clothing store while her children were young to working in accounting and also selling real estate part time. Elenor joined Northwood School in 2001 and has been part of the admission office since that time. Three of Elenor's children attended Northwood School, Jerica Young '05, Fergie Young '09 and Richele Young. Elenor lives in the scenic town of Jay, NY with her partner Chris and son, Jaron.

Jeffrey Martin, Innovation, Engineering, & Entrepreneurship Dept. Chair, Technology Director, Robotics
518-302-5127
Alfred University
M.S. Alfred University
Sytske Martin, Library Services Coordinator
518-302-5126
Appointed 2009
Alfred University
Kelvin Martinez, Dean of Multicultural Affairs & Recruitment, Spanish Faculty, Asst. Coach Boys' Soccer
(518)302-5161
Appointed 2018
University at Albany
Union College

Kelvin Martinez joins Northwood from the Fay School in Southborough, MA.  Kelvin will be taking on the role of Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Recruitment. He will also be an instructor of Spanish and an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Albany in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Kelvin will be joined on campus by his wife Nora and their two children.

Donald Mellor '71, English Faculty, Rock Climbing Coach
(518)302-5129
University of New Hampshire
M.A. St. Lawrence University
Jeff Miller, Admission Officer, Math Faculty, Head Coach Boys' Prep Hockey
(518)302-5159
Appointed 2018
Dartmouth College

Born and raised in the Boston area, Jeff attended Reading Memorial High School before embarking on a post graduate year at Phillips Andover Academy.   Jeff went on to attend Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman and assistant captain of the ice hockey team. Jeff graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in History.

After playing professional hockey in Europe, Jeff pursued a career in finance where he worked for JPMorgan, FBR Capital Markets, and Guggenheim Partners.  Jeff also coached hockey as the assistant coach for Reading High School and as a head coach in the New England Fall Prep School League. Jeff joined the Northwood School staff in the fall of 2018, and will be working in the admissions and math departments, as well as coaching the boys' prep ice hockey team.

Tony Mohammed, Director of Operations, Boys' Soccer
(518)407-3489
Appointed 2018
Kenyon College
M.Ed. St. Lawrence University

Prior to joining Northwood, Tony’s career in higher education spanned nearly 20 years coaching men and women at the collegiate level. He has worked at St. Lawrence University, Vassar College, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently Wellesley College.  In 2016, Tony became the boys’ varsity soccer coach and Assistant Director of Admissions at Berkshire School.  He holds a master’s degree in Education and a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. 

Jon Moodey, Program Director, Boys' Soccer
(518)407-3726
Appointed 2018
Kenyon College

Prior to joining Northwood, Jon served as founder and CEO of Black Rock Football Club. Before that, he served as the head soccer coach at Berkshire School for 11 years, where the won three National Prep Championships. While at Berkshire, Jon was also an Associate Director of Admission and member of the English faculty.  Jon brings over 20 years of experience in coaching and education to Northwood School.   Jon is married to Martina Moodey, a former member of the Spanish faculty at Berkshire School.  They have two children and reside on campus.

Jeffrey Nemec '05, Social Science Faculty, 12th Grade Dean, Wilderness Program
(518)302-5119
Appointed 2012
Connecticut College
M.S. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
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Alexander Niefer, Director of Advancement
518-302-5119
Appointed 2015
Amherst College
M.S. Isenberg School of Management, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

Alex believes that supporting education can be a truly transformational experience for both the recipient and the donor. A native of western New York, Alex received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his master's degree from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass, Amherst. After spending a decade in various fundraising roles at the University of Massachusetts and the College of Charleston, Alex joined the Northwood advancement team in July of 2015 to help connect alumni and parents with Northwood programs and projects that change lives. Alex and his wife Mara live in Lake Placid with their two young children, Ryan and Anna.

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Mara Niefer, Event Coordinator
518-302-5144
Appointed 2015
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Mara loves the excitement and anticipation of a great event - especially an event that includes Northwood alumni and parents. After a career as an equestrian coach and trainer, Mara joined the advancement team as event coordinator. Responsible for events both large and small, such as Annual Reunion, Winter Weekend, and Family Weekend, Mara enjoys the challenge of keeping each event organized, fun, and always growing. Mara lives in Lake Placid with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Evan
Evan Nielsen, Associate Director of Admission & Director of Financial Aid
518-523-3382
Appointed 2016
University of Notre Dame

Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Evan attended public schools in his hometown before continuing his education at the Taft School in Watertown, CT for the final two years of high school. Evan graduated from Taft in 1999 as a classmate of Director of Admission, Brad D'Arco. He went on to attend the University of Notre Dame where he graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Following a career in professional hockey, Evan worked at Morgan Stanley and for the New York Yankees before returning to boarding school as part of the faculty at Berkshire School. At Berkshire, Evan worked under Northwood School's current Head of School, Mike Maher. In his six years at Berkshire (2010-16), Evan taught in the History Department, spent four years as 11th Grade Dean, served as a dorm head and advisor, and coached in the football, hockey, lacrosse, and outdoor programs. Evan joined the Northwood School admission office in the summer of 2016.

Evan lives on campus in the Balsams.

Heather Odell, Director of ESL/International Student Program
518-302-5150
Appointed 2017
Plattsburgh State University
M.A. St. Michael's College
Chris Pierce, Math Department Chair
518-299-2514
Appointed 2017
Northwestern University
M.H.S. Johns Hopkins University
Michael Portal, Music Director
518-302-5153
Appointed 2015
Plattsburgh State University
M.S.T. Plattsburgh State University
Kim Rath, Business Office
518-302-5133
Appointed 2017
Purdue University
Stephen Reed, English Faculty, College Counselor
518-302-5146
Appointed 1971
Bowdoin College
Riffle
Gino Riffle, Dean of Students/Athletic Director/Head Coach Girls' Hockey
(518)302-5146
Appointed 2015
University of Vermont
M.Ed. Salem State University

A 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont, Gino has been a successful coach, school administrator, and athletic director since becoming an educator in 1998.  In his nine years as Head Boys' Coach at Kimball Union Academy, he recruited and mentored 18 Division I players, four of whom were NHL draft picks. Two of his teams won the NEPSAC Small School Championship. From KUA he returned to his high school alma mater, Rice Memorial in Burlington as Associate Principal for Student Life and Athletic Director. In his three years at Rice, the school won 19 state championship titles.  He arrived at Northwood in 2015 as a math instructor and assistant to Chadd Cassidy with the Boys' Junior program.  Last year he became Northwood's Dean of Students and Athletic Director.

Matthew Roy, Science Faculty, Day Student Coordinator, Whitewater Kayaking Coach
518-302-5155
Appointed 2004
St. Lawrence University
Caroline Roy, Director of the School Store, Day Student Coordinator
518-302-5132
Appointed 2006
Lafayette College
Benjamin Runyon, Math Faculty, Learning Center, Crew Coach
518-302-5156
Appointed 2002
Bucknell University
Howard Runyon, Foreign Language Chair, English Faculty, Crew Coach
518-302-5157
Appointed 2005
Yale University
M.F.A. Columbia University
Martine Schachenmayr, Foreign Language Faculty
518-302-5158
Appointed 1994
Universite d'Angers
Universitat Munchen
John Spear '88, Director of College Counseling, English & Social Science Faculty, Independent Study Program
518-302-5123
Appointed 2011
Williams College
Aerie Treska, English Department Chair, 11th Grade Class Dean, CARE (Community Service)
518-302-2365
Appointed 2017
M.A. Middlebury College
Ingrid Van Slyke, Art Faculty
518-302-5142
Appointed 2009
SUNY Institute of Technology
Margaret Viscome, School Nurse
(518)302-5134
Appointed 2015
Keene State College
Thomas Vonn '94, Alpine Technical Director
Appointed 2018
St. Lawrence University

Vonn has had success at the highest levels internationally for the past decade as both an athlete and a coach, and is recognized as a member of Northwood's celebrated list of elite athletes on the school's Fullerton Wall of Recognition. From 1997 until 2005, Vonn was a member of the U.S. Ski team competing on the World Cup circuit and in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Following his retirement from competition, Vonn served as the primary coach for World Cup and Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn. During his time coaching, Lindsey won multiple World Cup titles and Olympic medals including a Gold Medal in the downhill at the Vancouver Games. Additionally, Vonn served as a consultant with the U.S. Ski Team and coached aspiring World Cup and Olympic athletes from the United States and several other nations.

Jill Walker, Dean of Faculty, Science & Math Faculty
518-302-5116
Appointed 2004
Luther College
M.S. University of South Carolina
Carrie
Carrie Wardlaw, Associate Director of Admission
518-523-3382
Appointed 2013
Plattsburgh State University

Carrie Grady Wardlaw was born and raised in Lake Placid. She is 1988 graduate of the ski racing academy Mountain House School and earned her B.A. in Education at Plattsburgh State University. Carrie is three time Ironman finisher and a competitive water-skier. This is her second time as part of the Northwood School faculty and staff. From 1997-2005, she was a history teacher, ski and conditioning coach, advisor and dorm parent. After spending seven years and having three children in Park City, Carrie and her husband Tait, decided to move back to Lake Placid to be closer to family. Carrie began working at Northwood School again in the fall of 2013 as part of the Admissions Team.

Tait and Carrie live in Lake Placid with their children, Wyatt, Teegan and Luke.

Timothy Weaver, Science & Math Department, College Counselor, Girls' Lacrosse Coach
518-302-5152
Appointed 1991
Lafayette College
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts
Jamie Welsh '03, Director of Faculty Development, Social Science Department Chair, Boys' Lacrosse Head Coach
518-302-5160
Appointed 2009
St. Lawrence University
M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Wint, Learning Center Coordinator, 10th Grade Class Dean
518-302-5164
Appointed 2015
Nazareth College
Tara Wright, School Psychologist
(518)523-3357
Appointed 2018
Empire State College
M.S. College of Saint Rose