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Meet the Admission Team

 

 
Brad D'Arco
Brad D'Arco, Director of Admission
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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.

Carrie Wardlaw
Carrie Wardlaw, Senior Associate Director of Admission
518-523-3382

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.

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller, Director of Financial Aid; Math Department; Prep Boys' Hockey Coach

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

Elenor Mandigo
Elenor Mandigo, Assistant to the Director of Admission/Office Manager
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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.

Gino Riffle
Gino Riffle, Sr. Advancement Associate, Athletic Director, Admission Officer, Math Faculty, Boys', Jr. Hockey

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

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.