LEADERSHIP IS NOT A SINGULAR SKILL OR ABILITY, NOR IS IT SOLELY INNATE.
Many schools discuss the importance of leadership training, but at Suffield Academy we have fully established programs for all students to develop leadership skills. In 2002, Suffield embarked on an ambitious project to bring formal leadership studies to the academic program.
The aim of the Leadership Program is to develop human beings with integrity who wish to make a significant and positive impact on society. Our graduates will have the capacity to define and achieve meaningful goals and dreams. We will teach ways of thinking and develop skills, traits, and habits in order to enhance each student’s leadership qualities and capabilities. Core elements of the program include life skills, moral foundation, goal-setting, communication skills, successful problem-solving, self-awareness and inspiring others.
A native of Suffield and a former faculty child, Ann enjoys being back in her hometown while embracing boarding school life at Suffield. Ann has considerable experience in the boarding school world, having served as associate director of admissions at The Loomis Chaffee School and dean of students at Dana Hall School. Before joining Suffield’s college counseling staff, Ann spent four years as the associate director of undergraduate admission at Babson College, where she gained invaluable experience leading student recruitment initiatives, reviewing thousands of applications, and shepherding students through the college admission process. In July 2005, Ann was named director of our college counseling office and joined the administrative leadership team.
Ann lives on campus with her husband, Dave, and their three children: Nicholas, Hope, and Maeve. They keep very busy with all of the kids’ sports, scouts, and spending time with family and friends.
Marla is a native of nearby Windsor Locks and has lived in northern Connecticut for much of her life. She majored in psychology as an undergraduate at Smith College and returned to Smith for her master’s degree in clinical social work. Prior to coming to Suffield Academy, Marla served as a program coordinator for the Children’s Day Treatment Program at the Institute of Living in Hartford. She then worked for the town of Wethersfield as clinical coordinator for the town’s Department of Social and Youth Services, providing both counseling services and outdoor adventure programming.
Marla joined the Suffield Academy community in 2001. She lives around the corner from campus with her husband, Peter, and a mischievous yellow lab named Raider. Marla’s daughter, Rachel ’10, graduated from Tufts University. In addition to serving as the director of counseling, Marla teaches in the Leadership program, assists with the parent discussion series, leads Community Outreach and serves as co-advisor to the proctor program. Marla is passionate about community service, particularly about helping families in need to access healthy local food. She shares these interests with her Leadership class and the Community Outreach program. In her spare time, Marla enjoys kayaking, gardening, and traveling
Drew graduated from Brookline High School in the Boston area and completed a postgraduate year here at Suffield in 1993. He played football, basketball, and lacrosse during his postgraduate year, and helped the football and basketball teams win New England Championships. He then moved on to Ohio Wesleyan University where he earned his bachelor’s degree while also playing both football and basketball. Drew earned all-conference recognition in football and was the team captain during his senior season.
After graduation, Drew spent four years coaching football at the collegiate level at Ohio Wesleyan University and Harvard University. He then returned to education and worked as a counselor and coach at Brookline High School. Drew has been a member of Suffield’s faculty since 2006. He is currently the school’s co-director of athletics, a teacher in the Leadership program, and the head varsity football coach. Drew lives on campus with his wife, Sarah ’02, and their sons, Caysen and Kyler.
Leadership Program & Athletic Trainer
Springfield College - B.S. Northeastern University - M.S.
Mary joined Suffield's Marketing & Communications department in the summer of 2016. A proud alimna of Suffield Academy, Mary was an active member of the community as a student, a tour guide, writing center tutor, member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, and recipient of the George A. Butler Award of Athletics & Sportsmanship.
Mary graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. While at Franklin & Marshall, Mary captained the women's lacrosse team, was on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, mentored incoming students, and was involved withthe art department.
Before returning to Suffield, Mary worked in Diital Adversiting for CBS Interactive for three years in New York City. While in New York, Mary was an actively involved with the Robinhood Foundation. She now lives on campus and is a dorm associate in Nathena Fuller.
Lyndsey joins our Academic Support Office and our Leadership Department. Lyndsey is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and most recently worked in Academic Support for the Suffield Public School System.
Lyndsey was a member of Eastern’s varsity field hockey team and has extensive experience in both coaching field hockey and basketball. Lyndsey will be living in Barnes House with her husband Bennett and two cats Barney and Wilma. She also will be the head varsity field hockey coach and assistant basketball.
Cultural Diversity Coordinator
Mount Vernon Nazarene University - B.A. Mount Vernon Nazarene University - M.S.
Liz serves as the Coordinator of Campus Diversity while also teaching part time in the Leadership Program. In addition to these duties, she is also the faculty advisor of Kaleidoscope, SOC and Sister, Sister. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree inFamily and Consumer Science and master’s degree in Science Management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she held several positions in student government and campus life.
Liz also worked as an admissions counselor at Mount Vernon Nazarene, coordinating multicultural and international student recruitment. She is the dorm head in Rockwell Dorm where she lives with her husband Ricky and their four children.
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