Craig Hall, Chief Advancement Officer
Craig Hall came to Blair in 2014 as the School’s chief advancement officer. An accomplished fundraising executive who has worked with many independent schools and nonprofit organizations, as a principal at Graham-Pelton Consulting (2001-2014) and vice president at Community Counselling Service (1991-2001), he has more than 20 years of development experience.
Over the course of his career, Craig has managed many successful campaigns, planned studies, solicited major gifts, developed and recruited Boards, and coached executives. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, he has lived in Mendham, New Jersey, for many years with his wife, Trish, and their four children, Caroline, Catherine, Conrad and Cortland. Outside of work, Craig enjoys hiking, biking and paddle tennis, as well as spending time outdoors with his family. Craig can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5640.
Director of Advancement
Cara Mohlmann joined the Blair advancement team in 2004 after spending seven years at Lafayette College as assistant director of the annual fund. She began her career at Blair as the director of planned giving and stewardship. Cara took on the role of director of annual giving in 2007–a great opportunity to use her annual fund background to grow the Blair Fund. In 2010, she accepted the responsibility of overseeing advancement office management as director of advancement operations and annual giving and, two years later, she became Blair’s director of advancement.
Cara graduated from Lafayette College in 1997 with a BA in anthropology and sociology, and she earned her master's degree in nonprofit leadership from New England College in 2010. She is the proud parent of Emma ’18 and Olivia ’21. Cara can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5628.
Assistant Director of Advancement for Parent Relations
Susan Long is Blair’s assistant director of advancement for parent relations. In that role, she oversees parent capital and annual giving and coordinates the School’s parent programs and parent volunteer activities. As a Blair parent herself (Conner ’13, Wyatt ’16 andGarrett ’20), she brings unique perspective to her job, which involves traveling to visit parents, as well as getting to know them at many on-campus events. Prior to coming to Blair in 2008, Susan worked at a number of nonprofits, where she organized large fundraising events. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and lives in Blairstown with her husband, Billy. Susan can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5705.
Assistant Director of Advancement for Capital Giving
Velma Lubliner is a proud Blair mom (Justin ’05 and Jenna ’09) who began working with the advancement office as a parent volunteer. She officially joined the staff in 2007, working with parent and alumni relations, became director of reunion giving in 2008, and is currently the assistant director of advancement for capital giving. She enjoys meeting and working with alumni and particularly likes to hear the joyful oral history of Blair from so many of them. Prior to coming to Blair, she taught music at The Evergreen Community School in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania, and worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City managing the office services department. Velma, who graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in theatre arts, also taught voice in New York City and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Sheldon, reside in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Velma can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5634.
Special Projects Coordinator
With a "Buccaneer" family lineage too long to detail, Bridget Hodakowski '99 returned to Blair as a special projects coordinator in 2014, having previously worked in the School’s advancement office as assistant director of the annual fund. As a former member of Blair’s Board of Governors, a current rep for the class of 1999 and proud alumna, she could not be happier to rejoin the ranks of Blair’s professional staff. Upon graduating from the School in 1999, she attended Dickinson College, where she received a BA in political science. She ultimately found her passion in education while working as an assistant director in both undergraduate and graduate admission at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Bridget lives with her husband, Marc, and two children, Jack and Drew, in nearby Columbia, New Jersey, and can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5656.
Director of Alumni Relations
Kelley, Hardwick and now Fortunato...Jenny Maine has had the pleasure of working with Blair's past three Headmasters and witnessing tremendous growth in all aspects of the School. She started her Blair career in the admission office as associate director from 1986 to 1991 and, during that time frame, founded and coached Blair's first girls' soccer team. In 1991, she took a 10-year hiatus from Blair and moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she served as director of the annual fund, alumni director and special events coordinator for her alma mater, The Blake School. Back at Blair since 2001, Jenny serves as Blair’s director of alumni relations. She is married to
Eric Maine ’77
, and she has two children,
who attends the U.S. Military Academy, and
. Jenny received both her BA and MEd degrees at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5655.
Jane Marvin, Director of Advancement Information Services
Jane Marvin joined Blair's advancement team in February 2013, after having been an associate in the communications department for two-and-a-half years. She spent the 10 years prior working with the School as a freelance consultant.
Jane earned a BA in photography from Montclair State University. She has lived in this lovely corner of New Jersey since 1992 with her children Andrew '12 and Alena '18. She can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5699.
Kristan Pearson, Administrative Assistant
In her administrative assistant role, Kristan Pearson works closely with all members of the advancement team, aiding them in countless ways, from making travel arrangements to helping maintain Blair’s alumni database. Since joining the Blair community in September 2016, she has enjoyed meeting alumni and friends of the School. Prior to her position at Blair, Ms. Pearson gained extensive customer service experience at a number of companies in neighboring Pennsylvania. Kristan can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5633.
Kristine Scialla, Advancement Associate
Kristine M. Scialla joined the Blair community in 2015 as an advancement associate for parent and alumni relations. In this role, she assists in the coordination of alumni and parent events, including Parents’ Weekend, Grandparents’ Day and Alumni Weekend, as well as parent volunteer activities. Kristine earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at William Paterson University. She also holds a New Jersey teaching certificate in elementary education. Prior to coming to Blair, Kristine worked at Pearson Education and taught language arts at the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Kristine resides in Blairstown with her husband, Mark, and three children, Olivia '20, Adriana and Mark Jr. She can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5645.
Colleen Smarth, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Colleen Smarth, who now serves as assistant director of annual giving, joined Blair as advancement associate in 2011, a position she held for four years. Her responsibilities include Blair Fund outreach and fundraising, and helping foster a culture of giving among Blair’s young alumni and senior class. Colleen is also editor of Class Notes for the Blair Bulletin. Prior to Blair, Colleen worked for two years at Sussex County Community College as a marketing associate and adjunct instructor. She holds a BA in journalism from Radford University and an MA in communication arts from William Paterson University. Colleen resides in Newton, New Jersey, with her two sons, Ronan '18 and Aidan '20. She can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5684.
Melissa Sneed, Advancement Associate
Melissa Sneed joined Blair as advancement associate in September 2010. Her responsibilities include processing gifts, preparing donor reports and maintaining database records. Prior to Blair, Melissa worked for Centenary College as assistant director for the college’s strategic advancement department. In addition to working at Centenary, she is also an alumna, graduating in 2006 with a BA in history and certification in elementary education. Melissa and her husband, Jay, reside in Washington, New Jersey, with their twin daughters, Alexa and Kylie. Her hobbies include photography, painting, drawing, music and spending time outdoors. Melissa can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5631.
E. Courtnay Stanford, Director of StewardshipE. Courtnay Stanford '95
joined Blair's advancement team in 2015 as director of stewardship. In this role, she works closely with the School's most loyal alumni, parents and friends to recognize and thank them for their support of the School. She is a proud Blair alumna whose family includes many graduates of the School, and she is a longtime volunteer representative for the class of 1995. Courtnay earned her bachelor's degree in social work at Salve Regina University and her master's degree in hospitality with an event concentration at Johnson & Wales University. Prior to coming to Blair, she worked in administrative roles at Sussex County Community College, Hilltop Country Day School and Hasbro, Inc. Courtnay, her husband, Eamonn, and their daughter, McKenna, reside in Columbia, New Jersey. She can be reached at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5646.