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Julie Blazar has come full circle and this year returns to admissions, where she will be an Associate Admissions Director.

Linda Foley has a new title, Assistant to Director of Development for Capital Campaign, and will work part-time as the development office transitions staff and toward a future capital campaign.

Sara Honig will return to the classroom full-time, teaching Latin and mathematics. Sara will also coordinate our community service learning program.

Melisa Kjellander will work part-time in the admissions office and continue to play a role in developing our social media outreach.

Connie Mortara is now the Assistant Academic Dean.

Within the business office, Sheila Reynolds is moving from Accounts Receivable Specialist to the role of Human Resources Associate and Office Manager.

White Farm is not the only place you’ll find dorm parent Christine Rivera as this year as she takes on the additional position of Admissions Coordinator.

Last year an intern for the academic and college counseling offices, Jordy Ross is now the full-time administrative assistant in the academic and college counseling offices and will be assisting with the coordination of “The Confucius Project” theatre program.

New Faculty

Alma Baumwoll '99 will spend this year in the science department teaching, tutoring students and doing curriculum development work. Alma earned her B.A. in English literature from Boston University and her M.A. from Northeastern University in biology. Alma has teaching experience in several scientific disciplines as well as creative writing and dance. Alma is a graduate of CSW.

Taposhi Biswas joins CSW to teach physics and mathematics. With a B.A. from Bard College and a M.A.T. from Stony Brook University – both in physics – Taposhi complemented her educational experience by being a teaching assistant, research lab assistant and tutor throughout her undergraduate and graduate years.

Also joining the mathematics department is Marvin Gutierrez, who has taught at several educational institutions in the Boston area and Baltimore. Marvin is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with B.A.s in mathematics and secondary education, and he earned his M.Ed. from Boston University Graduate School.

Alberto Guzman will be a part-time Spanish teacher. Alberto comes to CSW most recently from the Fessenden School. Alberto worked as a reporter in Columbia before coming to the U.S. to teach; he received his B.A. in journalism from Impahu University (Bogota).

The English department welcomes Eli Keehn, who will be interning with Jane Moulding in the “Beowulf and Grendel” course and then teaching a section of “Experiments in Non-Fiction Writing.” Eli just graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in English literature and drama.

Melodie Knowlton joins the science department to teach biology. Melodie earned her Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University and a B.S. in biology from Ohio State University. Melodie’s classroom experience includes being an academic support teacher and volunteering in several Boston area schools and she has extensive experience in the field of cancer cell research.

Dolores Minakakis will be teaching Spanish & French. Dolores received her Ph.D. in indology (the study of Sanskrit literature and Hinduism along with other Indian religions and literature) from the University of Hamburg (Germany). She earned both her M.A. and B.A. in South Asian studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Dolores has been a teacher of Spanish and French in several Massachusetts schools.

The languages department also welcomes Sonia Rubio, who may be a familiar face to many as she did some substitute teaching at CSW last year (and she is married to CSW’s Jeffrey Sichel!). Sonia has extensive teaching experience in educational institutions in Virginia and Texas. Sonia has a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (where she also was a Ph.D. candidate) and earned her B.A. in Hispanic studies from McGill University.

New Staff

Though not brand “new,” here’s a formal welcome for Greg Clancy, who joined the development office as Director of Major Gifts this past spring. Greg most recently had been leadership gift officer at the Cardigan Mountain School (New Hampshire). Greg earned his B.A. in environmental studies and chemistry from Middlebury College.

Many of us will recognize Marian Melnick, who has volunteered in the CSW library since the days when her daughter (Emily Melnick ’09) was a student here. Marian now joins the library staff as Assistant Librarian. Marian earned her M.A. in library and information science from Simmons College, an M.B.A. in accountancy from Bentley College, and a B.A. in history from Queens College/City University of New York.

Julie Pickard is our new Assistant Alumni Director. Julie’s professional administrative and event planning experience has encompassed work at several organizations; most recently she’s been the office manager for the Town of Westwood’s Board of Health. Julie received her B.A. from Westfield State College and completed the meeting planning program at Bentley College.

Brian Rogers will be interning in the development office. With more than 20 years experience in financial services, Brian is transitioning to work in education, volunteering in development offices, tutoring and coaching. Brian received his M.A. in history from Portland State University (Oregon), a M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Belinda Sibanda is the new Administrative Intern in the deans’ office and will be a Dorm Associate in The Barn. Belinda is a recent graduate of Lafayette College with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in economics and business. Belinda also received an International Baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore.

Academic Dean Sidra Smith joined CSW in July after relocating from Colorado, where she was Assistant Dean for the Arts, Humanities and Social Studies at the University of Denver. Sidra has a breadth of professional experience in independent schools, charter schools, colleges and academic enrichment programs. Sidra received her Ph.D. and M.A. – both in English – from Tufts University, and earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University in English and Afro-American studies.