All In The Campaign for Blair Academy 2018-2025
2022-23 New Faculty
Welcome to Blair's New Faculty & Staff
Adele Starrs

With the work of teaching and mentoring students already well underway, Blair is pleased to welcome its newest faculty and staff members. Read on to learn more about the educators and devoted individuals who joined the Blair community for our 175th year. 

Rev. David Harvey
Longtime community member the Rev. David Harvey joins Blair in 2022-2023 as chaplain, adjunct faculty member, member of the religion and philosophy department, director of the Chapel program and advisor to the Christian Fellowship. Rev. Harvey, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown since 1994 and a Blair Trustee since 2000, has long chaired the Board’s Covenant Committee and served as a member of the Executive and Education and School Life committees. A 1985 graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now called Truman State University), he earned a BS in health and psychology, and graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1989 with an MDiv. A member of the Presbytery of the Highlands, he is involved with the North Warren Clergy Ministerium and the Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee, while also serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern New Jersey Truck Stop Ministries, which provides counseling support to truckers at the Travel America Truck Stop in Columbia, New Jersey. Rev. Harvey and his wife, Teri, will continue to live in Blairstown, where they have resided for almost 30 years. 

Mackenzie Maguire (Admission Office)
Mackenzie Maguire joined Blair this fall as an admission associate and head girls’ varsity lacrosse coach. Prior to working at Williams College as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach, Ms. Maguire earned her BS in business marketing with a minor in sports management from the University of Mary Washington in 2019. During her time as a student athlete, she served as a collegiate team captain, made four NCAA appearances and was named rookie of the year by various sports conferences. At Williams, Ms. Maguire worked as recruiting coordinator, a mentor for student athlete development, and as a coach on and off the field. Ms. Maguire’s previous professional experience includes working as a sales and marketing associate for Trilogy Lacrosse and as a trainee in GEICO’s management-development program for claims adjusters.

Greg Rosnick (Admission Office) 
Blair welcomed Greg Rosnick this year as Assistant Dean of Admission and head girls’ varsity basketball coach. Since 2017, Mr. Rosnick served as assistant coach of women’s basketball at Columbia University in New York City. In addition to coaching and teaching physical education, Mr. Rosnick was deeply involved in the team’s recruiting efforts, helping to bring the best student athletes to Columbia in his role as international recruiting coordinator. His responsibilities included strategy and analytics, scheduling and accountability efforts. Prior to Columbia, Mr. Rosnick served as assistant coach of men’s basketball at Colby College in Maine (2013-2017), Haverford College in Pennsylvania (2012-2013) and Belchertown High School in Massachusetts (2011-2012). Since earning his BA in political science at Haverford in 2009 and MA in teaching from Smith College in 2010, Mr. Rosnick has been active in basketball camps as well, most recently co-founding and directing DiverseCity from 2007 to 2017. He is joined at Blair by his wife Alison, and their children, Calvin, 3, and Tim, 2.

Anna Andrasek (Advancement Office)
Anna Andrasek P’24 joined Blair in 2021 as associate director of annual giving, a position in which she participates in outreach and fundraising. In addition to fostering a culture of giving among Blair’s alumni, Mrs. Andrasek helps to manage Blair’s 1848 Leadership Society and upcoming reunions. Graduating summa cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Mrs. Andrasek is also the proud recipient of the school’s prestigious Scarlet Key and Blue Chip awards. She comes to Blair with extensive experience in executive recruiting, as both the co-founder and managing partner of The Hardwick Group, a boutique executive search firm that specializes in the banking industry. She resides in Hardwick with her husband, Steve, and their children, Avery ’24 and Nina ’26.

Courtney Cronin (College Counseling)
Courtney Cronin came to Blair in 2022 as Associate Dean of College Counseling and a Blair lacrosse coach. In addition to her experience at Thacher School in Ojai, California, as Associate Director of College Counseling, head girls’ varsity lacrosse and dorm parent, Ms. Cronin worked for eight years as a college counselor, French teacher and girls’ lacrosse coach at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, where she also served as language department chair. Ms. Cronin graduated from Colby College, where she majored in French studies and history, and earned her master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2017. In addition to serving as an advisor and mentor to students at Thacher, she also co-leads adult and student anti-ractist groups and ally spaces. At Lawrence, Ms. Cronin also served as dorm head, chaperoned “Winterim” trips to Belize, Peru and Ecuador, and chaired the Professional Development Committee. She joins the Blair community with her dog, Coach.

Tara (Williams) Prezioso ’96 (Counseling)
A proud graduate of the Blair class of 1996, Tara (Williams) Prezioso returned to Blair as school counselor. A licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mrs. Prezioso previously worked as director of Children’s Services at Allies Inc. In this role, she oversaw the program directors and clinical teams who treat at-risk youth through residential programs. Her experience includes performing diagnostic evaluations via telehealth and working as an in-patient clinician for behavioral health as part of the Atlantic Health System in Newton, New Jersey, clinical coordinator of Morris County Juvenile Services in Morristown, New Jersey, and an in-patient clinician at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Since 2017, Mrs. Prezioso has supervised independent contractors providing in-community therapy to at-risk adolescents and their families through an LLC in her name. A 2005 graduate of Kean University where she earned a master’s in social work, Mrs. Prezioso lives locally in Columbia, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their son, Ty, 13.

Susie Antonelli (Admission Office)
Susie Antonelli rejoined Blair this fall as full-time Assistant Dean of Admission. Mrs. Antonelli earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Towson University in 1996 and worked for several years as an elementary school teacher at the Naval Academy Primary School in Annapolis before coming to Blair in 2014 and joining the admission team in 2015. For the last several years, she has taught first and second grade at Far Hills Country Day School. She lives on campus with her husband, Director of Safety and Security Brian Antonelli, and their children Kate ’20, Sammi ’22, Topher ’24 and Mikey ’26.

Gina Trish (Arts)
Gina Trish, who worked at Blair in a part-time role as Leadership Stories Project coordinator from 2016-2018 while also serving as art history and design professor at Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey, returned to Blair as a full-time member of our fine arts department. Since 2018, Mrs. Trish has served as digital communications and press lead for the New Jersey Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Department of Community Affairs. After earning a BA in fine arts with a concentration in visual communications from George Washington University in 1997, Mrs. Trish held a number of roles related to the arts, communications and marketing, beginning her career as a senior designer at Fidelity Investments in Boston and later becoming art gallery director of GJ Cloninger & Co. in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Following a yearlong stint as Peters Valley School of Craft’s guest artist in residence in 2006, Mrs. Trish became a freelance web development designer. Her teaching experience includes serving as a painting and drawing instructor at The House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown and developing and teaching undergraduate-level courses at Centenary. She has also pursued a number of postgraduate arts courses on advanced painting, sculpture and drawing. Mrs. Trish coaches JV girls’ soccer and track at the School. She, her husband, Tyson, and their children, Weston ’25 and Cameron, 13, continue to live near campus in downtown Blairstown. 

Nathan Johnson (English)
Blair’s English department welcomed Nathan Johnson, who has taught sophomore English and a senior film and literature elective at Lexington High School since 2002. Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate work at Amherst College and earned his master’s degree from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. He joins his wife, Dean of College Counseling Niki Applebaum, in Hoby House on Main Street in Blairstown. 

Amira Shokr (English & History) 
Amira Shokr joined Blair’s history and English departments this year. A 2019 graduate of Lehigh University, where she majored in English and minored in creative writing and film, Ms. Shokr has served as a teaching fellow at Lehigh for the last two years while she earns her master’s degree in English from the university, expected in 2022. During her time as a student, she worked as a writer for the Lehigh online publication, Southsider, as well as copy editor and journalist at The Commuter in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and social media coordinator at Lehigh’s literary magazine, Amaranth. Ms. Shokr also edited documents as a quality assurance specialist at FCI Multiple Services in Easton, Pennsylvania, during college. 

Eddy Thornton (History)
In 2022, Eddy Thornton became a member of Blair’s history department and began to coach the School’s cross country and track teams. Since 2009, Mr. Thorton has taught various levels of history classes at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Over the course of his tenure there, he served as summer school principal and worked with the athletics and admission offices on marketing and recruiting. He began his teaching career at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey, after earning his BA in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2008. Mr. Thornton went on to continue his studies in educational leadership, management and policy at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, from which he earned an MA in 2012. Mr. Thornton is joined on campus by his wife, Ashley, and their 1-year-old son, Felix.

Stella Chen (Mathematics)
Stella Chen joined the math department full time in the 2022-2023 academic year after serving as a substitute math teacher at the School since spring 2022. Prior to Blair, Mrs. Chen served as a private mathematics and SAT tutor, as well as a student teacher at Roberto Clemente Charter School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Sharon Chinese School in Sharon, Massachusetts, where she taught Chinese. Currently, Mrs. Chen is earning her master of education degree in secondary education (mathematics) from Lehigh University, as well as working toward a certificate of college counseling through the UCLA Extension. She also holds a BA in economics and English from Peking University in Beijing, China, and a master of business administration degree in finance from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She volunteers at the Lehigh Valley American Regions Math League team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and lives on campus with her husband, Frank, and son, Charles, 4. 

Kat Francis (Mathematics)
Kat Francis completed her undergraduate degree in accounting at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she worked as a rowing coach for the Nereid Boat Club in Rutherford, leading their first women’s varsity quad to Youth Nationals, along with a women’s varsity single. After college, Ms. Francis gained experience in accounting at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, in Whippany, as well as rowing while coaching for Gippsland Grammar during a year abroad in Australia. Prior to coming to Blair, Ms. Francis worked at Fordham University as a women’s head rowing coach and at RowAmerica Rye as assistant rowing coach. After working at Blair as a math department intern and crew coach last spring, she continued in that capacity full time this fall. She is joined by her fiancé, fellow mathematics instructor Dylan Gould.

Dylan Gould (Mathematics)
Math teacher and rowing coach Dylan Gould came to Blair from Brunswick School, where he taught computer science and coached rowing since 2020. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University in 2013, where he also rowed on the varsity lightweight rowing team, and then went on to earn his master’s degree in information technology from Virginia Tech in 2017. Earlier in his career, Dylan taught math, coached rowing and served as a dorm parent at The Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, and at Ross School in East Hampton, New York. From 2015 to 2020, Dylan served as head rowing coach at the Nereid Boat Club in Rutherford, New Jersey, where he met his fiancée, Kat Francis, who also joined Blair’s math department. 

Patrick Link (Mathematics)
A 2002 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Patrick Link majored in mathematics and began his teaching career at the Dublin School in New Hampshire as a math teacher and assistant sailing coach, ultimately becoming head of the women’s crew team. Prior to that, he worked in quality assurance and as a tutor before joining The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2007 as a math teacher, dorm head and cross country coach. In 2020, after 13 years, he and his wife, Eliza, moved to St. Edward’s School, in Vero Beach, Florida, where he taught a wide variety of math classes and sponsored the Social Justice Club and served on the Honor Board and Discipline Council. He joined Blair this fall as a mathematics teacher. 

Dana Donlon (Science)
Since 2015, Dana Donlon worked as a science teacher at West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey. Prior to that, she taught at Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, New Jersey, as well as at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey, where she also served as a field hockey, track and field, and swimming coach. After completing her undergraduate work at The College of New Jersey, where she majored in biology and minored in mathematics and chemistry, Mrs. Donlon went on to earn her master of science education from Montana State University in 2016. Early in her career, she worked as an educational consultant who mentored middle-and-high school teachers at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. Mrs. Donlon joined Blair this fall in the role of science teacher and lives with her husband, Kevin, and children, Brendan, 18, Ryan, 14, Kellen, 12, and Ciara, 9, in Knowlton, New Jersey.

Megan Ehrenwerth (Science) 
Megan Ehrenwerth joins Blair’s science department after 11 years at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where she served as a chemistry teacher, dorm parent, advisor, varsity swim coach and JV field hockey coach. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University, where she lectured and planned labs. A graduate of Haverford college, Megan earned her BA in chemistry in 2004 and her MA in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. 

Jo Ellen Redshaw (Business Office)
Jo Ellen Redshaw joined the Blair business office this year, where she manages accounts payable and purchasing and supports other members of the business office. Mrs. Redshaw held a number of positions in New Jersey prior to coming to Blair. Most recently, she was assistant office manager at Klae Construction Inc. in Oak Ridge; earlier in her career, she served as office manager at Byram Bus Inc. in Stanhope, and secretary at Ronetco Supermarkets, Inc. in Ledgewood. A graduate of Sussex County Technical School in Sparta, New Jersey, where she became certified in office and business technology, Mrs. Redshaw lives in Stillwater with her husband, RJ, and two children, Dominick, 20, and Madeline,13.  

Chris “CJ” Palanca (Communications Office)
A producer with many years of experience in storytelling through video and audio, CJ Palanca joined Blair’s communications office as video and marketing specialist. With expertise in all stages of film production acquired over nine years at Sound Imagination in Springfield, New Jersey, and over six years at Lindeblad Piano Restoration in Dover, New Jersey, Mr. Palanca has also freelanced for marketing teams and individual clients in a variety of industries since 2014, shooting and editing, interviewing and capturing B-roll. After earning his associate degree in digital filmmaking and video production from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2012, Mr. Palanca began his career as a videographer at Liquid Lightning Energy Drinks in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. In the years since, he has honed his skills in camera operation, equipment, lighting, and combining audio, video and graphics through nonlinear editing and compositing. No stranger to Blair, Mr. Palanca and his daughter, Isabella, 7, live in Blairstown, and have many Blair family connections, including to uncle Paul Clavel, who oversees the athletics office, aunt Marivelle Clavel, who is assistant controller, and brother Chase Palanca, who serves as an admission associate. 

Christina Williams (Timken Library)
An assistant in a variety of capacities in the Warren County Library System since 2011, Christina Williams joined Blair in 2021 as a Timken Library assistant. She holds an associate’s degree in literature from Warren County Community College (2011), a bachelor’s degree in literature from Ramapo College (2013) and a master of information degree from Rutgers University (2019). Ms. Williams lives in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and enjoys reading, walking and watching anime in her free time. 

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