Welcome to LA New Employees
Travis Army has joined the math department. He comes to LA from Vermont Academy, where he taught AP microeconomics, honors pre-calculus, and other areas of mathematics, and is a graduate of Stonehill College. An avid coach, Travis counts lacrosse, ice hockey, and baseball as his strengths. He will be living on campus and participating in the residential program. The LA band is under new leadership with the hire of Zachary Bacak. Zack has given private instruction in classical saxophone and jazz pedagogy and led summer music camps. He is a graduate of Florida State University, with a BA in music education. He has played at many festivals, including in the Disneyland All-American College Band, where he was presented an outstanding soloist award. Jamie Feild Baker (see her full profile on pp. 36-37) takes on a new position at LA: assistant head of school for academic life. She was previously the chief academic officer and director of the Grauer Institute at Pomfret School. Jamie will live on campus and participate in our residential program. The new face in the business office is Diane Bellino. Diane comes on board in a new position: human resources and benefits coordinator. Most recently, Diane provided HR consulting services to a local law firm; prior to that, she was the senior human resource manager for a 275-employee company in the
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for-profit sector. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the Tyngsboro School Committee. With her new role, Diane is returning to the LA community: She is the parent of Jeremy Bellino ’10. Coming to LA from The Carroll School, Liza Feldman joins the academic support team this year. Liza has her Master of Arts in teaching from Simmons College and a BA in English from Amherst College. She will be assisting the academic support team with tutorial as well as teaching English. Liza will also serve in the residential program. Prudence Glover joins the Development Office as senior development assistant and office manager. Pru recently came to LA from Middlesex School, where she worked in the Development Office on the Annual Fund; she is also an alumna of Middlesex. Prior to Middlesex, Pru worked as the sponsorship and HR manager for Dover Saddlery, Inc. She is an avid equestrian and skier. The language department is happy to welcome Mary Ann Meste-Price. A native Spanish speaker, Mary Ann most recently taught at the Francis W. Parker Essential School. She received her BA in modern languages from UMass Lowell, and is a master’s candidate for December 2018 for her M.Ed in curriculum and teaching. Mary Ann will coach and serve in the residential program as well. Caitlin O’Brien joins the development office as director of alumni engagement and support. Most recently, she served as the
director of development for Cushing Academy. She continues to serve on the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation in a volunteer capacity. She has her BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. Caitlin will also serve in the residential program. As the new director of health services, LA is pleased to bring in Dr. Melinda Raboin. With an undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Wellesley College and her medical degree from Tufts School of Medicine, Melinda brings a wealth of experience to campus. Her most recent position was as medical director for Clean Slate, an opiate addiction services center. Chelsea Rafferty joins the English department. Chelsea has her Masters of Education from Boston College and an undergraduate degree in English from Nichols College. She comes to LA from Lowell Catholic High School. Chelsea will be living on campus as a dorm parent, coaching, and serving in the residential program. New to the college counseling department is Mia Ritter. Mia is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, having earned her master’s in adolescent counseling. Previously, she was assistant dean of admission for Hamilton College in New York. She received her undergraduate degree, a BA in sociology, from Grinnell College, where she also served as a senior interviewer for prospective students. Mia will also coach and serve in the residential program.
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