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Michael Aldridge
Michael Aldridge, Creative Director
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. 

Christine Ashe
Christine Ashe, Director of The Northwood Fund
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
Sandra Baker, Exec. Assistant to the Head of School and Board of Trustees / Registrar / PDSO
Appointed 2011
North Country Community College

Sandy Baker brings over thirty years of administrative office experience to her position as Administrative Assistant to the Head of School and Registrar.  She is a native Adirondacker, born and raised in Saranac Lake, where she lives with her husband, Bruce, and Willow and Bob, their Jack Russell and Rat Terrier/Pomeranian dogs.  

Tommy Biesemeyer
Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing

Biesemeyer joins Northwood after a storied racing career and 15 years of alpine racing, training, and coaching experience. A resident of Keene, New York, and known within the ski community as "B.Z.," Biesemeyer began skiing at the age of three and had his first race at age seven when he joined the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) program at Whiteface Mountain. At 12, Biesemeyer competed in J3 and J4 races but always had sights set on the U.S. Ski Team. A victory at the '03 Junior Olympics started him down that path, and he then made his World Cup debut in 2010 and the Olympic Team in 2018. 

Teresa Brady
Teresa Brady, Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager
Appointed 2016
Providence College
Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware

Teresa became a full-time resident of Lake Placid in 2013 after 20 years of experience in bank regulation. Teresa worked in Boston, Washington D.C. and Manhattan before settling in the area. Teresa, her husband Kevin, and three children love what Lake Placid has to offer. They are avid skiers, hikers, and enjoy the arts.

Tom Broderick
Thomas Broderick, Associate Head of School
Appointed 1988
Hamilton College

Associate Head of Shool, Thomas (Brody) Broderick has been in the school business for almost thirty years, all at Northwood School. Educated at Hamilton College, he received a bachelor's of arts degree in political science that focused on American Democracy. Mr. Broderick is instrumental in the continued development of the Northwood on Main project. He is married to Nicole, and they have two children, Morgan '19 and Kate '22. The Brodericks love Lake Placid and enjoy spending their time skiing, skating, swimming, hiking and biking.

Noel Carmichael
Noel Carmichael, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Appointed 2017
New York University
Kelly Carter
Kelly Carter, Learning Center Coach, Sustainability Committee
Appointed 2019
Plattsburgh State University

Kelly Carter joins Northwood as a full-time coach in the Learning Center. She will also be working with the students and faculty on sustainability issues at the school. Kelly is a Lake Placid resident who has worked as the Youth Climate Program Coordinator for the Wild Center from 2017-19. Prior to this she worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton for four years and as a Science Faculty and Assistant Coordinator for the Learning Center at National Sports Academy for eight years. 

Chadd Cassidy
Chadd Cassidy, Head Coach Boys' Junior Hockey
Appointed 2015
SUNY Cortland

A Lake Placid native, Cassidy spent four years with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League before coming to Northwood School in 2015. Over the past four seasons  at Northwood School Cassidy has accumulated a record of 174 wins 30 losses and 11 ties. For the 2018-19 season the Boys' Junior Team won Northwood it’s first ever New York State Tier 1 18U Championship. At the National Championships the Junior Team lost in the semi finals, finishing third in the country. While coaching in Rochester, Cassidy led the Amerks to the AHL playoffs three times.  Prior to Rochester, Cassidy spent 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.  Cassidy lives in Lake Placid with his wife Tara, son Sheldon and daughter Ireland.

Stephanie Colby
Stephanie Colby, Associate Director of Advancement
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!

Brad D'Arco
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.

Andy Donatello
Andrew Donatello, Asst. Director of Athletics, Athletic Trainer
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.

Bob Memery
Bob Emery, Mathematics Faculty
Appointed in 2020

Bob is a new faculty member and will teach upper-level math classes. He is a Bates College graduate who holds a Master’s in Teaching degree from SUNY Cortland. He is a New York State certified math teacher who has been teaching at Mountain Lake Academy since 2012. In his role there, he has taught many levels of math from Algebra to AP Calculus and he utilizes a number of different online platforms in his teaching. Bob is also a Suzuki guitar instructor and has worked as an outdoor field instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School and at Adirondack Leadership Expeditions. He lives in Ray Brook with his wife, Whitney, and their 3 children.

Marcy Fagan
Marcy Fagan, Director of LEAP Program, Science Faculty
Appointed 2006
Gettysburgh College
M.A.T. Fairleigh Dickinson College

Marcy Fagan graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Biology and then completed a M.A.T. at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marcy is the Science Department Chair and Director of Northwood's LEAP Program. She teaches Biology and Geology and enjoys exploring the outdoors. You'll see her on her mountain bike in warmer months and on the ski slopes in the winter.

Laura Finnerty Paul
Laura Finnerty Paul, Social Science Faculty
Appointed 2011
Fordham University, B.A., M.B.A
Stevens Institue of Technology, Ph.D.

As a member of the social sciences faculty, Laura Finnerty Paul joined Northwood after ten years of teaching in higher education, including eight at Skidmore College.  She majored in political science/economics at Fordham University, where she also received her M.B.A.  Dr. Paul went on to complete her Ph.D. at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Stephanie Gates
Stephanie Gates, Business Office
Appointed 2017
Trevor Gilligan
Trevor Gilligan '03, Head Coach Girls' Hockey
Appointed 2016
SUNY Oswego

Trevor Gilligan '03, a North Country native, led the Northwood Girls to a 46-14-6 record in his first season.  Some memorable moments included winning the Fall Foliage Tournament, reaching the finals in the Detroit Two Nations Cup, Nashville Country Classic, and the New York State Championship. Before taking over the girls' program, Gilligan spent two seasons alongside Chadd Cassidy as the Associate Head Coach of the Boys' Junior Hockey team. Previous to Northwood, Gilligan was the Head Coach at SUNY Canton, leading the men's hockey team's transition to the NCAA Division III level. He started his coaching career here at Northwood from 2008-2013.  Gilligan has extensive experience at Northwood School as a dorm parent, coach, advisor, and a member of the Class of 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree at SUNY Oswego and was a member of the Lakers 2007 National Championship hockey team. Gilligan and his wife Katie, Northwood Director of Ski Operations, live on campus.

Reid Jewett Smith
Reid Jewett Smith, Teaching Faculty Humanities Department

Reid is an experienced Curriculum Specialist with a history of working in secondary schools. Smith received the Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University, Master of Arts in American History from Brown University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, Lynch School of Education. Prior to Northwood, Smith taught Curriculum Theories as a Doctoral Instructor at Boston College, and previous to this, Smith was the Head of the History Program at Stratton Mountain School. She brings to Northwood experience in curriculum development, public speaking, writing, history, areas of expertise spanning teacher education policy to social justice in education, and published numerous articles.  

Woo Jin Jeon
Woo Jin Jeon, Math Faculty, Boys' Soccer Coach
Appointed 2018
Kenyon College

A 2018 graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Mr. Jeon received a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and played on Kenyon's highly decorated varsity soccer team. At Northwood Mr. Jeon serves as an instructor in the math department and as an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team. 

Elliotte Yookyung Lee
Elliottte Yookyung Lee, Teaching Faculty Humanities Department

Lee holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership & Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education and is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Education. Lee has spent the past 15 years teaching high school students literature, reading, English, and social studies. She was most recently the MS and HS English Department Chair, Literature Teacher for Grades 9-12 at Pioneer Academy in New Jersey. She has received many accolades for her curricular leadership and design projects and has been heavily involved in school leadership activities throughout her tenure.  

Jacquie Lopez
Jacquie Lopez, Science Faculty
Appointed 2019
PhD Cornell University

Jacquie Lopez joins Northwood as an instructor in Molecular Genetics. Jacquie received both her BS in Biochemistry and her Ph. D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University. She homeschooled her children and taught science courses ranging from the elementary school to college level.  She is also the Academic Coordinator for NYSEF Winter Term student athletes. Jacquie, her husband Craig, live in both Ithaca and Lake Placid. She has three children, Alex, Avery, and her daughter Audrey who is a junior at Northwood. 

Mike Maher
Michael J. Maher, Head of School
Appointed 2015
University of Vermont
M.A. Wesleyan University

 Michael Maher’s career in boarding schools began at the Taft School in Watertown, CT where he served as a history teacher, dorm parent, advisor, and Dean of Students. After eighteen years at Taft, Mr. Maher was appointed Head of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA in 2004, a role he held until 2013.

Since arriving at Northwood in July 2015, Mr. Maher and his administrative team have added several new signature academic programs such as Innovation and Design, Entrepreneurship, the L.E.A.P. Program and the Learning Center.  Additionally, Mr. Maher has spearheaded efforts to expand performing arts opportunities, co-curricular and athletic options and improve and grow Northwood’s physical plant.

Mr. Maher, an accomplished musician who is highly proficient on several instruments, performs regularly in the local community as well as in the school’s living room.  He is also a successful entrepreneur, having created and owned several companies most notably The Kerry Cup, an elite education and golf program for high school students from around the world that is held annually in Waterville, Ireland.  Mr. Maher has a BA from the University of Vermont in Political Science and Russian Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Wesleyan University.

Mandi Maiore, Dance Faculty

Mandi has over 30 years of dancing and teaching experience. She started her training at the Minnesota School of Ballet at the age of 3 and became a junior company member at the age of 11. She attended the University of Memphis where she toured, performed and competed all over the United States and furthered her training and choreography development in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and stepping dance styles. She transferred to the University of Iowa to complete her BS in Nursing, and fell in love with modern dance in the Iowa Dance Department, and then went on to teach and choreograph for many students in Maine, on Martha's Vineyard, as well as in the Atlanta area. Mandi has lived in the Adirondacks for the past seven years with her husband Dan, and five children.

Elenor Mandigo
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 then. 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 son, Jaron.

Jeff Martin
Jeffrey Martin, Innovation, Engineering, & Entrepreneurship Dept. Chair, Technology Director, Robotics
Alfred University
M.S. Alfred University

Jeff Martin received his M.S. from Alfred University and has been a teacher, coach and dorm parent at Northwood School since 1995.  Jeff has taught physical science, chemistry, geology, astronomy, algebra II and algebra III and coached tennis, soccer, hockey and wilderness skills during his time at Northwood.  He serves as chair of the Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship department and coaches Northwood's Robotics Team.  Jeff, his wife Sytske and their daughter Anja enjoy the many outdoor activities of the Lake Placid area and spending quiet time at their home in Wilmington.

Systke Martin
Sytske Martin, Library Services Coordinator
Appointed 2009
Alfred University

Sytske Martin has been a part of the Northwood Community for close to two decades.  Educated at Alfred University, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 and later received a degree in Massage Therapy from NCCC.  Sytske currently works as a Northwood Library Services Coordinator.  She is married to Jeff Martin, the school's Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship director. They live in nearby Wilmington, NY with their daughter Anja.  Sytske enjoys being outdoors in the Adirondacks and staying active with her family and pets.

Kelvin Martinez
Kelvin Martinez, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Dean of Faculty Growth and Development, Foreign Language Faculty Faculty, Boys' Soccer Coach
Appointed 2018
Union College
M.Ed. American College of Education

Kelvin Martinez joined Northwood from the Fay School in Southborough, MA.  Mr. Martinez serves as Northwood's Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Recruitment. He is also a Spanish instructor and head coach of 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.  Mr. Martinez lives on campus with his wife Nora and their three children.

David McCauley
David McCauley, Director of College Counseling and Director of International Students
Appointed 2019
Colby College
M.Ed. St. Lawrence University

As the Director of College Counseling David provides college-related guidance and support for students and their parents, maintains professional relationships with college admission officers, and oversees the programs for students regarding the college search process. Previous to Northwood School, David was the Director of College Counseling at Berkshire School. Prior to this, he spent four years as Director of College Counseling and Assistant Registrar at Beijing High School No. 4 and Beijing National Day School in China. He has also worked as an admissions officer at Creighton University, Siena College, Hamilton College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and St. Lawrence University with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and is active in numerous professional associations. David, his wife Marleny, and their son Sean live in Lake Placid.

Don Mellor
Donald Mellor '71, English Faculty, Rock/Ice Climbing Coach
University of New Hampshire
M.A. St. Lawrence University

Don Mellor ’71 serves as English teacher, and Rock/Ice Climbing coach.  He attended the University of New Hampshire and received his M.A. from St. Lawrence University.  Don is an avid climber, with ascents of El Capitan, Half Dome, and most of the other major rock faces in the USA.  He is the author of eight books, including area guidebooks, American Rock, Alpine Americas, and Rock Climbing: A Trailside Guide

Tony Miller
Tony Miller, Humanities/English faculty and Theater Production
Appointed 2019
Skidmore College

Tony Miller joins Northwood as an instructor in the English Department. He will also be working with Noel Carmichael on the school’s drama productions. Tony is a Lake Placid native who graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in English and a minor in Political Science. He worked at the Bookstore Plus on and off for eight years and has also participated in a number of community theater productions over the past ten years. Tony recently worked as an adjunct professor at Paul Smith’s College, teaching English 101 – Effective College Writing for freshman students. 

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller, Director of Financial Aid; Math Department; Prep Boys' Hockey Coach
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's faculty in 2018 and assumed the Director of Financial Aid responsibilities in 2020. In addition to his work in the admission office, Mr. Miller is a teacher in the Math Department and coaches the Boys' Prep Hockey team

Jon Moodey
Jon Moodey, Program Director Boys' Soccer
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.

Jeff Nemec
Jeffrey Nemec '05, Humanities/Social Science Faculty, Boys' Prep Hockey Coach
Appointed 2012
Connecticut College
M.S. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Jeff teaches history and serves as the 12th grade class dean. He graduated with a BA from Connecticut College and a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Jeff lives on campus with his wife Kelsey and dog Seymour. He enjoys all things Adirondacks and is an avid hockey fan. 

Darcy Norfolk
Darcy Norfolk, Director of Marketing
Appointed 2019
Canisius College, M.B.A. Hofstra University

Darcy Norfolk joins Northwood in a part-time capacity focused on Marketing. She brings to the school over 20+ years of professional experience across marketing, project consulting, management, and business operations. She has her B.S. in Marketing from Canisius College, where she also played division 1 soccer, and she also has an M.B.A. from Hofstra University.  Darcy owns and operates Agency Accelerate LLC whereby she worked on the messaging, PR, and identity of the Innovation Hub and was the bid director of the World University Games 2023 prior to becoming a member of the faculty. Previous to her recent roles she was the General Manager and PR Director at Adworkshop where she was in the agency business for 10 years. She is involved in the community and is an active board member for the LPCA and NYSEF. She lives in Lake Placid with her husband Matthew, and 3 children, Rowen, Lincoln, and Cecilia. 

Bobby O'Connor
Bobby O'Connor, Northwood Outing Club Director

Bobby O’Connor is an avid outdoor professional with expedition and teaching experience in paddling, rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering. He is an NYS licensed guide, wilderness first responder, certified whitewater, kayaking/canoeing, and climbing wall instructor. He has received advanced training in NYS wildland search skills, challenge course technology, and avalanche response. O’Connor received a B.S. (2013) and M.S. (2017) in Expeditionary Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh. Before Northwood, O’Connor was a recreation professor at Paul Smith’s College and the Outdoor/Adventure Education Coordinator overseeing the infrastructure necessary for running the outdoor programs.    

Heather Odell
Heather Odell, Humanities/ French Faculty; Humanities Dept. Chair
Appointed 2017
Plattsburgh State University
M.A. St. Michael's College
Vanessa Pillen
Vanessa Pillen, Dance Faculty

Vanessa has 25 years of dance and teaching experience. She received her training at Impulse Dance Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Connecting Pointe Dance Company at Impulse Dance Center where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. Vanessa was on staff with Star Power Dance Studio in Rio Grande City, Texas while working as a special education teacher. Vanessa also holds a Masters in Educational Administration and combines her love of education with the art form of dance. She and her husband John are residents of Saranac Lake with their four children.

Kim Ratkos
Kim Ratkos, Business Office
Appointed 2017
Purdue University
Steve Reed
Stephen Reed, Senior Master, Humanities/English Faculty
Appointed 1971
Bowdoin College

After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1969, Mr. Reed joined the staff of Kingsley Hall School in Westbrook, Connecticut where he taught English for two years and served as athletic director and baseball coach.  In 1971 he became a member of the Northwood faculty.  Over the past four decades, he has served Northwood in a variety of capacities:  Chair of the English department, head of college guidance, assistant headmaster, and coach of various sports.  Steve is actively involved in the Lake Placid community, he has been elected a town justice and chairman of the public school board as well as being on the boards of The Adirondack Medical Center, The Deo Coburn Foundation, The Essex County Mental Health Association, The Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society, and The Adirondack Experience.

Gino Riffle
Gino Riffle, Sr. Advancement Associate, Athletic Director, Admission Officer, Math Faculty, Boys', Jr. Hockey
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 currently teaches in the math department and serves as Northwood's  Senior Advancement Associate, Athletic Director and as assistant coach of the Boys' Jr. Hockey team.

Leigh Riffle
Leigh Riffle, Asst. Dean of Students, Asst. Coach Girls' Hockey, Humanities/Social Science Faculty
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.  

Matt Roy
Matthew Roy, Science Faculty
Appointed 2004
St. Lawrence University

Matt Roy has taught Physics, Physical Science, and Biology at Northwood School since 2004.  He has also coached various sports including soccer, crew, and whitewater kayaking..  Before life at Northwood, Matt was the Executive Director of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and a member of the 1988 Olympic Bobsled team.  He is a 1982 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he majored in Biology and Environmental Studies.  Matt is married and has four children – Emily ’08, Kate ’06, Chris ’15 and Robbie.

Caroline Roy
Caroline Roy, Director of the School Store, Day Student Coordinator
Appointed 2006
Lafayette College
Howard Runyon
Howard Runyon, Spanish/Humanities Faculty; Crew Coach
Appointed 2005
Yale University
M.F.A. Columbia University

Howard has taught Spanish and English at Northwood, and coached the Crew, since 2005, and currently serves as chair of the Foreign Language Department. He rowed on the varsity lightweight crew at Yale and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy. His master's degree is in film. Before coming to Northwood, he worked as a copy editor and spent four years coaching men's and women's crews at the University of Chicago.

John Spear
John Spear '88, Asst. Head for School Life for Student Life; Journalism and AP Psychology Faculty
Appointed 2011
Williams College

After graduating from Northwood in 1988, John attended Williams College, where he captained the varsity hockey team. He returned to Northwood from 1992-94 to teach English and psychology and coach hockey and lacrosse. Prior to returning to Northwood 2011, John was the Director of College Guidance and Assistant Head of School at National Sports Academy. Prior to being named Assistant Head for School Life, John Spear ’88 was Northwood's Director of College Counseling. He also teaches Journalism and AP Psychology. John lives on campus in Bergamini with his wife Martha and son Yosef.

Ingrid Van Slyke
Ingrid Van Slyke, Art Faculty
Appointed 2009
SUNY Institute of Technology

Ingrid is a teacher in Northwood's visual arts program. She is an accomplished pastel painter and has shown her work in national shows throughout the country.  Married to Paul, they have two children, Maris ’15 and Andrew '21, and enjoy skiing in the winter and spending summers on Big Moose Lake.

Margaret P. Viscome
Margaret P. Viscome, School Nurse
Appointed 2015
Keene State College
North Country Community College

Nurse “P” is a New Hampshire native that made the Adirondacks her home in 2004.  She joins Northwood with years of experience working with adolescents, from Therapeutic Wilderness Programs to Adolescent Psychiatric Units.  When P is not helping students, she spends time skiing or surfing with her husband (John) or riding her horse (Renny).

Thomas Vonn
Thomas Vonn '94, U19 Head Alpine Men's FIS Coach, Northwood/NYSEF
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. He graduated from Northwood School in 1994 and is a member of 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
Jill Walker, Director, Advanced STEM Research Program
Appointed 2004
Luther College
M.S. University of South Carolina

Jill Walker, Northwood's Dean of Faculty and an instructor in the math and science department, has been at Northwood School since 2004. Prior to arriving at Northwood, she taught at the University of South Carolina and at a private all-girls school in Rochester, N.Y.  Mrs. Walker earned her B.A. in Biology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her M.S. in Biology at the University of South Carolina.  Her teaching duties include biology, human biology and AP Biology.  She is married to Jim, a managing editor at a small publishing company, and they live with their dog Roscoe in Lake Placid.

Carrie Wardlaw
Carrie Wardlaw, Senior Associate Director of Admission
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. Mrs. Wardlaw 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, Mrs. Wardlaw and her husband Tait, decided to move back to Lake Placid to be closer to family and she began working at Northwood School again in the fall of 2013 as part of the Admissions Team. Mrs. Wardlaw was appointed Senior Associate Director of Admission in 2020 and in addition to her responsibilities in the admission office, Mrs. Wardlaw is also a teacher in the Humanities Department. 

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

Tim Weaver
Timothy Weaver, Math & Science Faculty, College Counselor, Basketball Coach
Appointed 1991
Lafayette College
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts

Tim Weaver has been at Northwood since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lafayette College and his Master's Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts.  Mr. Weaver is also a girls’ lacrosse coach in the spring.  He is married to Katie Weaver, Studio Art Teacher at North Country School, and has two daughters, Amy ’11 and Erin.  He is an avid skate skier in the winter time and enjoys competing in the local mini-tri's in the summer.

Lisa Wint
Lisa Wint, Learning Center Coordinator, 10th Grade Class Dean
Appointed 2015
Nazareth College

After graduation from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1991, Lisa enjoyed a successful 12-year business career.  In 2003 she moved to Lake Placid and joined the boarding school world through the National Sports Academy where she held many positions including Spanish teacher, Winter Program Coordinator, Academic Dean, College Counselor and Head of School.  She joined the Northwood School community in 2015 and loves her roles as an academic coach and the coordinator of the Learning Center. Lisa is also the 10th Grade Class Dean.

Lisa lives in Lake Placid with her husband Randy and their son, Jonathan. They enjoy everything the Adirondacks have to offer.  When not on campus, you can usually find Lisa cross-country skiing, biking, running, paddling, cooking or working in her garden.  

Tara Wright
Tara Wright, School Psychologist, Director of the Learning Center
Appointed 2018
Messiah College
M.S. College of Saint Rose

Tara holds a Masters of Science in School Psychology from The College of Saint Rose and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College. She has worked with families and students in PreK - grade 12, building upon each student’s unique strengths to maximize their learning. Tara joined Northwood School in 2018 to provide counseling services, educational and mental health assessment, and Learning Center Coaching services.  She lives in Lake Placid with her husband, Jacob, and children, Alex, Nate, Jack, and Juliet.