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Meet the Admission Team

 

 
Brad D'Arco
Brad D'Arco, Director of Admission
518 523 3382

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.

Evan Nielsen
Evan Nielsen, Associate Director of Admission & Director of Financial Aid
518-523-3382

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.

Carrie Wardlaw
Carrie Wardlaw, 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. 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.

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

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.

Jeff Miller, Admission Officer, Math Faculty, Head Coach Boys' Prep Hockey
(518)302-5159

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.