Our Faculty

My parents continuously praise how well my teachers, and especially my advisor, know me. While faculty members are obviously here to teach us and to help us grow as people, they really are on your side, eager to help you with any struggle, inside or outside the classroom. All of my teachers push me to excel in their classes, helping me grow all around as a student and encouraging me to discover passions along the way.

Clara McGrath ’18, south carolina

Our caring, dedicated and knowledgeable faculty distinguishes Blair from any other school.

Blair teachers are experts in their academic fields who are fair, authentic and work to engage each student at the appropriate level of challenge. Our teachers find joy in their teaching profession and bring passion to every facet of their roles as coaches, mentors, dorm parents and activity leaders.

Dedicated to students’ well-being and to fostering their growth as scholars and individuals, our teachers come to know students exceptionally well, and strong and meaningful relationships result. Blair teachers hail from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet their devotion to students’ success—and to helping each student become the best person he or she can be—is universal.

Get to know our faculty by clicking on their names below.

Faculty are listed in order of seniority; to see year of appointment or reappointment, please click on an individual teacher's name.

Faculty

Christopher Fortunato

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: BA, Harvard College
JD, Harvard Law School
MSW, Boston University
Departments: Head of School Office

Wayne Rasmussen

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BS, Bates College
Departments: Mathematics Department, Performing Arts Department

Martin Miller

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Syracuse University
MA, City College of New York
PhD, City University of New York
Departments: History Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Robert Brandwood

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Wales
MA, Middlebury College
Departments: English Department, Athletic Office - Coach

R. Latta Browse

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Middlebury College
MALS, Columbia University
CAS, Wesleyan University
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Carolyn Conforti-Browse

Titles: Dean of Campus Life, Director of Leadership Programs
Degrees: BA, Colgate University
MALS, Wesleyan University
Departments: English Department, Student Life Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Lewis Stival

Titles: Dean of College Counseling
Degrees: AB, Lafayette College
MLtt, Drew University
Departments: College Counseling

Thomas Parauda

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Fordham University
MA, Columbia University
Departments: English Department, Athletic Office - Coach

James Frick

Titles: Chief Operating Officer
Degrees: BS, Lehigh University
MBA, Lehigh University
Departments: Business Office

Craig Evans

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: AB, Dickinson College
MA, Middlebury College
Departments: English Department, Performing Arts Department

Kaye Evans

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: AB, Dickinson College
MLtt, Drew University
Departments: English Department

Samuel Adams

Titles: Department Chair, Director of Technology
Degrees: BSEE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Departments: Computer Science Department, Technology Office

Joseph Mantegna

Titles: Associate Dean of College Counseling
Degrees: BA, Ithaca College
MS, East Stroudsburg University
Departments: College Counseling, Athletic Office - Coach

James Moore

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BA, Cornell University
Departments: English Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Andrew Sykes

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Richmond
MA, Rutgers University
Departments: History Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Jason Beck

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BA, Vassar College
MA, St. Johns College
Departments: History Department

Quinten Clarke

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Rutgers University
JD, Rutgers School of Law
Departments: History Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Michael Sayers

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BSCh, University of Michigan Honors College
BS, University of Michigan Honors College
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Departments: Science Department

Brad Strauss

Titles: Head Athletic Trainer
Degrees: BA, University of Miami
Departments: Athletic Office

Carm Mazza

Titles: Dean of Students
Degrees: BS, Marywood University
Departments: Student Life Office

Robin Anthony

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BS, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA, The College of New Jersey
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Ryan Pagotto

Titles: Associate Head of School
Degrees: BA, Dickinson College
MA, Columbia University
Departments: Head of School Office, Student Life Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Kate Sykes

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BS, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, New York University
Departments: Fine Arts Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Paul Clavel

Titles: Director of Athletics, Faculty
Degrees: BS, Old Dominion University
MEd, Cambridge College
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office, Athletic Office - Coach

W. Rod Gerdsen

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Colby College
MA, University of Rhode Island
Departments: Science Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Sarah O'Neil

Titles: Faculty, Health/Wellness Education
Degrees: BA, Wesleyan University
MA, Middlebury College
Departments: English Department, Student Life Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Jennifer Pagotto

Titles: Department Chair, Director of Instrumental Music
Degrees: BS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MM, University of Colorado
Departments: Performing Arts Department

David Facciani

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Yale University
MBA, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management
Departments: History Department, Language Department

Lian Wang

Titles: Faculty
Departments: Language Department

Ann Williams

Titles: Director of Timken Library, Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Delaware
MLIS, Rutgers University
Departments: History Department, Library, Athletic Office - Coach

Nathan Molteni

Titles: Dean of Academics, Faculty
Degrees: BS, Villanova University
Departments: Mathematics Department, Academic Office, Athletic Office - Coach

John Padden

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Rutgers University
MEd, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Sharon Merrifield

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Davidson College
Departments: Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Michael Ryerson

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, State University of New York College at Geneseo
Departments: Science Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Roy Wilson

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Colby College
Departments: Science Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Kelly Hadden

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BS, The College of New Jersey
Departments: Science Department

Timothy Devaney

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Bowdoin College
MS, Hofstra University
MEd, Columbia University Teachers College
Departments: Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Leucretia Shaw

Titles: Associate Dean of Admission
Degrees: BS, Georgetown University
MA, Columbia University Teachers College
Departments: Admission Office

Peter Curran

Titles: Associate Head of School & Dean of Admission
Degrees: BA, Bowdoin College
EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Departments: Admission Office, Head of School Office

Joyce Lang

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BA, University of Virginia
Departments: Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Andee Ryerson

Titles: Associate Dean of Students
Degrees: BA, Amherst College
Departments: Student Life Office

Edward Wenner

Titles: Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Financial Aid
Degrees: BS, United States Military Academy
MSEd, University of Pennsylvania
Departments: Admission Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Joanne Brandwood

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Yale College
JD, New York University School of Law
Departments: History Department

Timothy Goggins

Titles: Assistant Dean of Admission
Degrees: BA, Williams College
MSEd, University of Pennsylvania
Departments: Admission Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Jay Jenkins

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Hampden-Sydney College
MA, Georgia State University
MPhil, Edinburgh University
Departments: History Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Tracy Klein

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BS, Roger Williams University 2013
MS, Drexel University 2017
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Caroline Wilson

Titles: Associate Dean of Students, Faculty
Degrees: BA, Williams College
MA, Stanford University
Departments: Science Department, Student Life Office

Brian Antonelli

Titles: Assistant Director of Athletics
Degrees: BS, United States Naval Academy
Departments: Athletic Office, Athletic Office - Coach

Douglass Compton

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Bates College
Departments: English Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Danyelle Doldoorian

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Trinity College
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Britt Freitag

Titles: Assistant Dean of College Counseling
Degrees: BA, Hamilton College
Departments: College Counseling, Athletic Office - Coach

Craig Hall

Titles: Chief Advancement Officer
Degrees: BA, Ohio Wesleyan University
Departments: Advancement Office

Joseph Wagner

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Hamilton College
Departments: Science Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Gwyneth Connell

Titles: Dean of Teaching & Learning, Faculty
Degrees: BA, Amherst College
MA, Columbia University
Departments: English Department, Academic Office

Hannah Higgin

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of St Andrews
MPhil, University of Cambridge
PhD, University of Cambridge
Departments: History Department

Evan Thomas

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BS, Kutztown University
MA, Boston University
Departments: Fine Arts Department, Religion & Philosophy Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Tyson Trish

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BFA, The George Washington University
Departments: Fine Arts Department

Michael Garrant

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BS, Clarkson University
MS, The Johns Hopkins University
MA, The College of New Jersey
Departments: Computer Science Department, Fine Arts Department

Rebecca Litvin

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Barnard College
MA, Columbia University
Departments: English Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Ryan Manni

Titles: Director of Vocal Music, Faculty
Degrees: BM Ed, Westminster Choir College
Departments: Performing Arts Department, Religion & Philosophy Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Rebecca O'Neill

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Bates College
Departments: Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Lorry Perry

Titles: Assistant Head of School & Dean of Faculty, Faculty
Degrees: BA, Wellesley College
MA, University of Iowa
Departments: English Department, Head of School Office, Academic Office

Christopher Thatcher

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BSE, Princeton University
Departments: Science Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Lisa Acker

Titles: Director of Counseling
Degrees: BA, Purdue University 1987
GC, London School of Public Relations 1991
MSEd, University of Dayton 1999
Departments: Health Center and Counseling

Lisa Durkee

Titles: Chaplain, Department Chair
Degrees: BA, Wellesley College 1987
MA, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English 1996
MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School 2007
Departments: Religion & Philosophy Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Erin Fortunato

Titles: Coordinator of Health Education
Degrees: BS, Trinity College 1998
MPH, Boston University 2007
Departments: Head of School Office, Student Life Office

Kelsie Fralick

Titles: Faculty, Admission Associate
Degrees: BA, Connecticut College 2015
MSEd, University of Pennsylvania 2017
Departments: Admission Office, Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Jaime Mundo

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Puerto Rico 2001
MA, City University of New York 2012
Departments: Language Department

Sarah Newbury

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Harvard University 2015
MS, Columbia University 2016
Departments: Mathematics Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Chris Sheppard

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Puget Sound 2008
MPhil, University of Oxford 2010
Departments: Language Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Allison Thomas

Titles: School Counselor
Degrees: BS, Shippensburg University 2008
MSW, West Chester University 2011
Departments: Health Center and Counseling

Matthew Thomas

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Central Florida 2005
Departments: History Department, Athletic Office - Coach

Nadia Abascal

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: MA, Barnard College
PhD, Yale University
Departments: Science Department

Caroline Chamberlain

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Bowdoin College
MA, Seton Hall University
Departments: Science Department

Erika Clavel

Titles: Yearbook Advisor, Faculty
Degrees: MA, Old Dominion University
Departments: Student Life Office

Cristina Castillo

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Montclair State University
MA, American College of Education
Departments: Language Department

Keenan Friend

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, University Of Pennsylvania
MA, University Of Pennsylvania
Departments: Mathematics Department

Robert Hanson

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Yale University
MFA, University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts
Departments: Fine Arts Department

Molly Hoyer

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Wellesley College
Departments: English Department

Kate Lavalle

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Boston College
MA, Boston College
MAT, Regis College
Departments: Language Department

Allison Leddy

Titles: Director of Academic Support
Degrees: BA, Tulane University
MA, New York University
Departments: Academic Office

David Mamukelashvili

Titles: Faculty, Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
Degrees: BA, Bard College
Departments: English Department

Suzana Markolovic

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Cornell University
DPhil, University of Oxford
Departments: Science Department

Tessa McEvoy

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Amherst College
Departments: History Department

Marianna Paone

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Bates College
Departments: History Department

Tara Parker

Titles: Director of Health Services
Degrees: BA, William Paterson University
MA, Willliam Paterson University
Departments: Health Center and Counseling

John Redos

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: BA, Cornell University
MA, University of Oxford
Departments: English Department

Alexandrea Solms

Titles: Admission Associate
Degrees: BA, Bates College
Departments: Admission Office

Caren Standfast

Titles: Department Chair
Degrees: BA, U.S. Naval Academy
MA Ed, University of Phoenix
Departments: Mathematics Department

Adjunct Faculty

Lois Stival

Titles: Day Student Coordinator
Degrees: BA, Douglass College
Departments: Student Life Office

Eli King

Titles: Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: BA, Hunter College
MA, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation
Departments: Fine Arts Department

Cara Mohlmann

Titles: Director of Advancement
Degrees: BA, Lafayette College
MS, New England College
Departments: Advancement Office

David Naysmith

Titles: Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: BA, Rutgers University
MEd, Rutgers University
Departments: Mathematics Department

Christine Parauda

Titles: Director of the Romano Gallery
Degrees: BSW, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
MSW, Rutgers University
Departments: Fine Arts Department

Shelly Mantegna

Titles: Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MEd, Lehigh University
Departments: Science Department