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NOW BOARDING

JAMES GREENWOOD

Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Reserve Academy OH

Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He currently serves on Kenyon’s alumni board. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University. This spring he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.

Hannah Mariotti

Beacon Coaching and Consulting, LLC

Hannah Mariotti, MA, is a veteran educator and has worked in mental health for over 20 years. She has held positions in schools, hospitals, health services, and private practice, and has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools serving students from K-12. Her areas of expertise include: applied neuroscience, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, social/emotional learning, mindfulness, growth mindset, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She also teaches at two local colleges and volunteers with the Granite State Crisis Intervention Team.

SLOANE MEYER

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Sloane was inspired by her own educational experience to be a mentor for her own students and pursue a career in independent schools. After graduating with her Master’s degree in History, Sloane began teaching high school history in the Bay Area and served as a teacher, advisor, and Academic Dean for five years before joining Carney Sandoe & Associates in 2015. Currently serving as the Director for New Graduate Programs and Placement Associate for History and Social Studies, Sloane works closely with new and recent graduates to help prepare them for exciting careers in independent schools and begin building the networks needed to succeed in this close-knit community. As a former boarding school student, teacher, hiring contact, and Carney Sandoe candidate, Sloane takes pride in having experienced the independent school world from all angles and loves sharing her knowledge with both schools and job-seekers to help them find their perfect match.

JACKIE O'ROURKE

Educational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA

A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.
ADMISSION INSTITUTE

KIMBERLY C. LOUGHLIN

Director of Admission, The Bement School MA

An alumna of the Loomis Chaffee School, Kim has an intimate knowledge of boarding schools from multiple perspectives. During her 17 years of school admissions at Gould Academy and Oldfields School, Kim’s responsibilities included serving as director of financial aid, website manager, international student coordinator, publications coordinator, residential dorm parent, and student advisor. In 2008, Kim became director of admission at The Bement School, a junior boarding school, where she oversees admission and communications for kindergarten through grade 9. As a current parent of a rising senior at a boarding school, she says, “it was interesting to see admissions from the parent’s perspective.” Kim has 28 years experience working in admissions and this will be her 20th summer teaching at the TABS Admission Academy. “It is incredibly rewarding to work with new professionals as they embark on admission and boarding school careers.”

KATE SAUNDERS

Assistant Head of School, Tilton School NH

Kate Saunders has over twenty years of experience in college and boarding school admissions and last spring was promoted to Assistant Head of School for Tilton. She is a boarding school graduate and has dedicated her career to helping build school communities through assertive market research projects and marketing and communication strategies. She has led enrollment growth plans for multiple organizations while maintaining the quality of the student body and the loyalty to the school mission. Through building stronger school communities with a universal culture of marketing advocates…teachers, administrators and admission professionals all know the value of an admission centered approach to recruiting and retaining great students. Kate helps move institutions forward strategically. Kate has conducted a variety of presentations at TABS, SBSA, ISANNE, TABS, IECA, SSAT and Whipple Hill, topics include: Applying College Admission Tactics to the Boarding School World, The Power of Branding, 9th grade Program Marketing and Integration, Cost Effective Marketing Strategies and other current topics of the boarding school industry. In the summer, Kate has developed curriculum and is a member teaching faculty for the TABS Bootcamp for New Faculty and the Admissions Academy for New Admissions Professionals. Kate is by nature a collaborator and truly loves the unique gift of the boarding school experience and enjoys helping others professionally develop their skills so that all of our schools are stronger.

MICHAEL SHAVER

Director, International Programs, TABS

Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.

Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.

Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

SARAH CAVE

Consultant, Marts & Lundy

Sarah joined Marts & Lundy in January 2016 as a consultant after working for 11 years with Ford & Associates, an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in independent schools. Since 2004, Sarah has provided general development counsel, campaign counsel and bridge management services. She has evaluated and developed strategies for annual giving and alumni initiatives, conducted assessments of development programs, feasibility studies, office planning retreats and assisted with executive searches.

Before joining Ford & Associates, Sarah worked as the Director of Development at Holy Innocents Episcopal School (HIES), overseeing the Annual Fund, Parents Program and Public Relations departments. Preceding her work with HIES, she spent six years as the Annual Fund Director at Agnes Scott College.

Sarah served on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and for Dunwoody Stage Door Players. She volunteered with the Alliance Theatre Institute for Artists and Educators for seven years, was a member of Black Knight Productions Public Relations Committee and served as Faculty Advisor at Agnes Scott College.

SUSAN HAZELL

Director of Development, Ridley College ON

Susan received her B.A. Honours, French and Spanish, from Mount Allison University and her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She has been teaching in independent and public schools for over thirty years and has held the following positions at various stages throughout her career: French teacher, Spanish teacher, Housemaster/Head of House, Debating Coach, Swim Team Coach, Director of Admission, Dean of Residence, and Assistant Head, School Life.

Susan was the Executive Director, Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) from 2001-2004. During that time, she visited, promoted and consulted to schools across
Canada. Her consulting has included workshops on leadership, residential curriculum, crisis management, residential staff and services, staff evaluation/performance reviews, FORTE Interpersonal Communications, and she has been a course leader for ‘Women and Leadership’ and ‘Deans of Students’ for ISM in the U.S.A. for over fifteen years.

Most recently, Susan was the Executive Director of Advancement at Collingwood School in West Vancouver, British Columbia for the last nine years. During that time, she built the Advancement Department, including Fundraising Campaigns/Donor Recognition and Stewardship, Communications and Marketing, Admissions, Alumni and Parent Relations, and Special Events. Under her leadership, annual giving has increased significantly (both funds raised and number of donors), two capital campaigns have successfully been completed ($4M and $10M). She worked closely with the Foundation, managing the endowment funds and creating policies and procedures both for the Foundation and for the Advancement Department. She has her CFRE designation and also the IAP-Senior Certification.

Susan begins a new role at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario as Director of Development and will be responsible for all fundraising initiatives, including developing a strategic plan for the Fundraising Department.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE

SARAH CAVE

Consultant, Marts & Lundy

Sarah joined Marts & Lundy in January 2016 as a consultant after working for 11 years with Ford & Associates, an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in independent schools. Since 2004, Sarah has provided general development counsel, campaign counsel and bridge management services. She has evaluated and developed strategies for annual giving and alumni initiatives, conducted assessments of development programs, feasibility studies, office planning retreats and assisted with executive searches.

Before joining Ford & Associates, Sarah worked as the Director of Development at Holy Innocents Episcopal School (HIES), overseeing the Annual Fund, Parents Program and Public Relations departments. Preceding her work with HIES, she spent six years as the Annual Fund Director at Agnes Scott College.

Sarah served on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and for Dunwoody Stage Door Players. She volunteered with the Alliance Theatre Institute for Artists and Educators for seven years, was a member of Black Knight Productions Public Relations Committee and served as Faculty Advisor at Agnes Scott College.

MICHAEL SHAVER

Director, International Programs, TABS

Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.

Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.

Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

ANGIE WARD

Founder and Managing Principal, Enroll Media Group

As Founder and Managing Principal of Enroll Media Group, Angie develops digital advertising campaigns designed to achieve enrollment marketing and fundraising goals for schools. Angie has worked with independent schools for over a decade, and has helped nearly 200 colleges, universities, and K12 schools with result-driven digital marketing campaigns. From Google and Facebooks Ads, to Search Engine Optimization and Google Analytics training, Angie‘s passion lies in helping schools leverage today’s tools to work smarter, not harder, to find relevant families online. When not working, Angie can be found spending time with her kids, enjoying the outdoors, and tending to her chickens in Central Massachusetts.

NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

JEREMY LACASSE

Assistant Headmaster, History Teacher, Skiing and Crew Coach, Taft School CT

Jeremy has an extensive background in the boarding school environment, having been a student, teacher and administrator. After graduating from the Berkshire School Jeremy went to Bowdoin College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Economics. He received his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College. Jeremy is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Taft School and the Executive Director of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute. Previously, he was the Acting Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives at Cheshire Academy, the Dean of the Leadership Lab at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at Fountain Valley School. Prior to his position at Cheshire Academy, Jeremy was the Head of School at Kents Hill School, the Head of Senior School at Shady Side Academy, and the Dean of Students at Fountain Valley School. Jeremy taught various classes in History including World Cultures, Social Theory and Global Impact, European, U.S., and Ancient and Medieval History at Cheshire Academy, Kents Hill School, Shady Side Academy, Berkshire School and Fountain Valley School. He has been or is an advisor, dorm head, alpine skiing coach, crew coach and outdoor instructor. Jeremy has also been a speaker at numerous conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Boarding Schools.

JENNIFER RUNDLES

Associate Director of Upper School, Darlington School, GA

Jennifer Rundles has worn many different hats during her time at Darlington School and Saint Mary’s School over the past 17 years. She taught Chemistry and Physics and continues to teach Chemistry, was the Association Dean of Teaching and Learning, Interim Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s, and now the Associate Director of Upper School at Darlington School. Jennifer graduated from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS with a B.S. in Chemistry. The first few years after graduation, she worked for a pharmaceutical service company, Ingenix, and for Coca Cola Enterprise in Atlanta, GA. After recognizing education was her passion she started working on her M.A.T. in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix. Working on her master’s degree lead her to pursue her career as an educator where she started working with Saint Mary’s in 2003. During her time at Saint Mary’s Jennifer was also a part of the residential program. She has served as a dorm faculty, A-Team leader, and as a Dorm Head. This is Jennifer’s 10th year teaching new teachers with TABS New Teacher Academy.

RESIDENTIAL & STUDENT LIFE INSTITUTE

DOUG DICKSON

Assistant Head for Student Life, Episcopal High School VA

Doug Dickson served in a wide variety of roles at three different leading boarding schools for 40 years before transitioning to consulting work in July 2021. He works as an independent search consultant for The Education Group, a national search firm specializing in head of school and administrative placements at independent schools throughout the country.
 
Before this transition, Doug was Assistant Head of School for Student Life at Episcopal High School (VA) with primary responsibility for the oversight of all student and residential life at Epsicopal.  
 
Previous to his time at Episcopal, Doug was the Head of the Upper School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin TX, a day/boarding school with international students and unique programs in soccer, tennis, and theatre.  
 
Doug’s first school was St. Paul’s School (NH) where after teaching coaching, advising, and dorm duty for many years, Doug eventually became the Vice Rector for Student Life overseeing the student and residential life at this 100% boarding school.
 
Doug has been a frequent presenter for TABS and a member of TABS Residential workshops for over 20 years. He has consulted independently for boarding schools in the US and abroad throughout his career.

JAMES GREENWOOD

Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Reserve Academy OH

Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He currently serves on Kenyon’s alumni board. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University. This spring he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.

Hannah Mariotti

Beacon Coaching and Consulting, LLC

Hannah Mariotti, MA, is a veteran educator and has worked in mental health for over 20 years. She has held positions in schools, hospitals, health services, and private practice, and has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools serving students from K-12. Her areas of expertise include: applied neuroscience, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, social/emotional learning, mindfulness, growth mindset, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She also teaches at two local colleges and volunteers with the Granite State Crisis Intervention Team.

JACKIE O'ROURKE

Educational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA

A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.

MICHAEL SHAVER

Director, International Programs, TABS

Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.

Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.

Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

DR. CHRIS THURBER

Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Dr. Thurber is a thought leader in positive youth development. He has dedicated his professional life to improving how caring adults teach and lead young people and to enhancing the experience of adventurous young people who are spending time away from home. 


A graduate of Harvard University and UCLA, Dr. Thurber has served as a psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy since 1999. He and his wife, Simonida (an analytical chemist and musician who grew up in Belgrade, Serbia), are the proud parents of two boys—Danilo, b. 2002, and Sava, b. 2004. They live in New Hampshire, in the northeast United States.