Faculty & Staff

On this page:

  • Administration
  • Academic Faculty 
  • Postsecondary Administration
  • Postsecondary Faculty

 

  • Clerical
  • Dorm & Recreational
  • Food Services
  • Health Services

 

  • Maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring
  • Daycare

Administration

Donna Konkolics

Donna Konkolics

Head of School/CEO

Miss Konkolics first became acquainted with Maplebrook School in 1983, while co-facilitating group counseling with Dr. Roger Fazzone and working at Dutchess Community College (DCC). Miss Konkolics began working full-time at MBS in 1989 as the Academic Dean/Principal, and became the School’s fourth Head of School in 2000.

Miss Konkolics earned her A.A.S. from DCC, B.P.S. from Empire State College, and M.P.S. from SUNY New Paltz, and A.B.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. While at the helm as Head of School, she has also served on several non-profit boards throughout Dutchess County. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, New York Association of Independent Schools, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as a past treasurer of the International Association of Special Education. 

Under Miss Konkolics’ leadership, Maplebrook has become a registered high school accredited by NYSAIS and MSA. She lives on campus and can be seen at events cheering on students in their individual endeavors. She is an avid reader and a musician, and enjoys photography and traveling. 

dkonkolics@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 229

Roger Fazzone, Ed.D.

Roger Fazzone, Ed.D.

President

Dr. Fazzone began facilitating group counseling sessions at Maplebrook in 1979 while he was a Dean at Dutchess Community College.  Soon afterwards, Dr. Fazzone was appointed to the Board of Trustees, and later went onto become the third Head of School in 1988 and then Maplebrook’s President in 2000.

Dr. Fazzone earned his B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University, M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, certification in School Psychology from New York University, and his Ed.D. in Educational Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Fazzone is the author of Maplebrook’s RISE (Responsibility Increases Self Esteem) Program, which serves as the foundation of a Maplebrook education, and of Soda Fountain Wisdom—Everything I Ever Needed to Know in Life. His vision for Maplebrook and exceptional relationship with the Board of Trustees has helped bring MBS to the level of excellence and international reputation it enjoys today.

Having lived in several different locations on campus, Dr. Fazzone now has an apartment fittingly located above Fazzone Hall. A die-hard Yankee Fan and world traveler, Dr, Fazzone enjoys doo-wop music, his eight grandchildren, and classic cars.

“Good things happen to people who do good things.”

rfazzone@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 258

Jennifer Scully

Jennifer Scully

Assistant Head of School for Postsecondary Studies

Miss Scully began working at Maplebrook in 1994 as a Faculty with Dorm Responsibilities (FDR) and soon began teaching in Maplebrook’s postsecondary program. In 2000, Miss Scully became the Director of Admissions and Alumni, and in 2016, was named the Assistant Head of School for Postsecondary Studies at Maplebrook, which includes the newly revamped Institute for Collegiate and Career Studies (ICCS).

Miss Scully holds her B.A. in history from SUNY Albany and her M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, and has taught as an adjunct at both Fordham and Marist College. She is a member of NYSAIS, MSA, and ASCD, and is the author of The Power of Social Skills in Character Development. She also serves on the Admissions/Graduation Committee and the Visionary Team at Maplebrook.

Originally from Syracuse, Miss Scully still bleeds orange. She lives on campus with her three rescued labs, Avery, Becket and Riley. She is an active member of Labs4Rescue, loves to cook, and is an avid amateur photographer. Her work can be seen in several MBS publications.

“There is no other place where I would rather work. To see the students reach their goals is worth it all.”

jscully@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 224

Lori Hale

Lori Hale

Executive Director of Maplebrook School Foundation; Alumni Programs

Mrs. Hale began at Maplebrook in 1982, fresh out of SUNY Geneseo with her B.S. in Speech and Hearing. Mrs. Hale went on to earn her M.Ed. Degree in Educational Administration at SUNY Albany with help from the Whitney Evans Staff Development Fund.

Mrs. Hale has served MBS in a variety of capacities over the years. In 1999, she was asked to direct the postsecondary program and appointed Assistant Head of School. In 2006, Mrs. Hale’s energy and skills were redirected to include fundraising and alumni work in the MBS Development Office; and in 2013, she settled into her current position as the Executive Director of the Maplebrook School Foundation.

Mrs. and Mr. Hale raised their three children, Blake, Jerilyn, and Dustin, on campus alongside Maplebrook students. Mrs. Hale is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and of NYSAIS. She has also served as the President of the Amenia Lions Club, been recognized as a Lion of the Year and a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award recipient, and is a member of the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Rock Schoolhouse. 

I have truly been rewarded and blessed professionally and personally to have found Maplebrook School and to have worked with so many wonderful young people that inspire me every day.” 

lhale@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 256

Kenneth Hale

Kenneth Hale

Business & Projects Manager

Mr. Hale first joined the Maplebrook family when he married Lori Hale. After commuting to work at an accounting firm in Avon, CT for eight years, Mr. Hale became Maplebrook’s Business Manager in 1991. Mr. Hale holds his B.S. degrees in math and science from Tusculum College in Tennessee and his A.B.T. from SUNY Albany in computer science. 

The Hales have lived on campus for many years and raised their three children in Maplebrook’s boarding school environment. Mr. Hale serves as Chair of the MBS Facilities and Safety Committee, as Treasurer of both the Amenia Lions Club and the Indian Rock Schoolhouse Association, and as President of the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hale was recognized as a Lion of the Year and is an avid reader, outdoorsman, and golfer who enjoys camping in the family RV. Mr. and Mrs. Hale live just north of the main campus with their two corgis, Addi and Bailey, and are looking forward to becoming first-time grandparents. 

khale@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 221

T.J. Fazzone

T.J. Fazzone

Assistant Business Manager; Human Resources Director

Mr. Fazzone began working at Maplebrook in the Business Office in 2016, though his relationship with the school dates back to his teenage years when his father was the Headmaster.

B.A. Business Administration and Hotel/Restaurant Management, St. Leo’s College, FL

Outside of the Business Office, Mr. Fazzone coaches the MBS soccer team and is a member of the Professional Staff Development Committee. An avid Yankees fan like his father, Mr. Fazzone lives in Sherman, CT with his wife, Tabitha, and their three children, Isabella, Nicholas, and Dominic.

tfazzone@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 226

Dominick Ferrusi

Dominick Ferrusi

Academic Dean/Principal

Mr. Ferrusi has been at Maplebrook as the Academic Dean/Principal since 2013.

Holding his B.A. in Business Administration from Sage College and his Clinical Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Westfield State University, Mr. Ferrusi is a certified New York State Education Department School Building Leader, as well as a licensed Massachusetts School   Principal, Special Education Director, Vocational Principal, and School Business Administrator. As an educational leader at Maplebrook, he has served on the Admissions/Graduation committee and the Visionary Team, and is a member of CEC and ASCD.

Before coming to Maplebrook, Mr. Ferrusi worked for many years as the Director of Education at the Kolburne School. A man of many talents, Mr. Ferrusi is also a certified dietary manager, food service professional, and Servsafe instructor. Mr.  Ferrusi is a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish and a certified Catechist and confirmation teacher. Mr. Ferrusi and his wife live on campus with their mini Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie, and enjoy visiting their two adult children, Matthew and Danielle, in nearby Copake Falls.

Maplebrook School’s highly structured programs and positive relationship based approach provides a well-rounded educational program for our students.”

dferrusi@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 250

William Hale

William Hale

Director of Athletics, Boarding School Life, & the Summer Program

Mr. B. Hale began his career at Maplebrook as an FDR (Faculty with Dormitory Responsibilities) and tutor in 2008, coming to us with his B.A. in Sociology from Hiram College and valuable work experience gained by coaching at other boarding schools in the area.

Currently serving as our Director of Athletics and Director of Boarding School Life, Mr. B. Hale has also served on several committees, including those for RISE, the Golf Tournament, Facilities & Safety, Professional Staff Development, and Prom, and the Leadership Group.

In addition to his work at Maplebrook, Mr. B. Hale is an active community member, making time to lead Boy Scouts, volunteer at a food kitchen, and be a certified bow-hunting instructor. Mr. B. Hale is an avid outdoorsman who lives in Evans Hall with his dog, Buddy, and is the father of two grown children. 

Maplebrook is a unique environment for teaching our students critical social skills, and we teach by example, following the boarding school model.” 

bhale@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 252

Barbara McKell

Barbara McKell

Computer Technology & Library Coordinator

Began 2007

B.A. Liberal Arts, UConn.

In addition to her work with computer technology and our school library, Ms. McKell also serves as the faculty advisor of the new student golf club and of the LEO Club (junior version of the Lions Club) at MBS.

Ms. McKell resides on campus and enjoys visiting her two grown children and her four grandchildren, Laila, Zade, Zach, and Mira. 

“I’ve said this often and repeatedly in a variety of situations—Maplebrook students are amazing to work with.” 

bmckell@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 268

Academic Faculty

Anne Arent

Anne Arent

Northeast Collegiate Institute (NCI) Coordinator

Began 2015

B.A. English, Marist College

After working as a substitute teacher for the post-secondary program in 2014-2015, Mrs. Arent joined our faculty full-time as an instructor in the Life Centered Education curriculum and the Work Readiness Credential preparation classes. Today, Mrs. Arent coordinates Maplebrook’s college preparation programs for both high school and postsecondary students.

Mrs. Arent’s passion for education is truly inspiring and extends beyond Maplebrook School; she currently serves as the Vice President for the Pine Plains CSD Board of Education, and has been a board member for many years. She lives in the town of Stanford with her husband, Greg, and children Matthew and Paige, along with their dog, two horses, two cats, and a bunny.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

aarent@maplebrookschool.org

Joanne Boyd

Joanne Boyd

Math Instructor

B.A. Special Education, Dowling College; M.A. Education, Queens College

Mrs. Boyd has many years of experience privately tutoring students in academic subjects; at Maplebrook, her experience has been greatly beneficial to our students in the area of math instruction.

An active community member, Mrs. Boyd served for several years on the Board of Education at the Webutuck Central Schools. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Amenia and have four grown children.

“I thoroughly enjoy teaching math concepts that are relative to real life and that are critical for the MBS student.”

jboyd@maplebrookschool.org

Wendy Boyd-Conti

Wendy Boyd-Conti

Master Teacher; Instructor in Reading and Science

Began 1992

B.A. Ithaca College; M.A. SUNY Brockport; M.A. SUNY New Paltz

As a New York State Certified teacher in Special Education K-12, Physical Education, and Elementary Education, Mrs. Conti brings extensive experience to her role as a Master Teacher at Maplebrook. She was also one of the original members of Maplebrook’s Character Education Committee, and instrumental in developing our Society of Honor into the program it is today.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Conti has cultivated a variety of skills over the years. She has been a National Level figure skater and a professional ski instructor. Today, her athletic pursuits continue in Master Level competitive rowing and cycling. Mrs. Conti also knits, is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Amenia Lions Club, and is a cancer survivor. She lives on campus with her daughter, June, who will be serving with Teach for America in Baton Rouge, LA next year.

“All students can achieve great success with hard work and the support of those around them. That is why the boarding school community works so well for our students.”

wconti@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 174

Kristen Hallecks

Kristen Hallecks

History Instructor; FDR

Began 2016

B.A. History, Western Connecticut State University

Ms. Hallecks has gained valuable experience working with students with learning differences in the last seven at New Milford High School. Ms. Hallecks is the Student Government Advisor and serves on the Boarding School Life Committee. Outside of MBS, Ms. Hallecks volunteers for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Ms. Hallecks lives on campus in Marjorie Finger Hall; her daughter, Elizabeth, is a freshman at MCLA. 

“I am excited to share my passion for History with the students of Maplebrook.”

khallecks@maplebrookschool.org

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones

Instructor in NCI and Reading; FDR

Began 2011

B.S. Elementary Education; M.S. Reading Education, SUNY Cortland

Mrs. Jones lives in Fazzone Hall with her husband, TeeJay, and their son Ahmatik, a senior at Webutuck Central. She is an avid reader and enjoys camping and spending time with students during weekend recreational activities.

Our students are what makes MBS special.”

ajones@maplebrookschool.org

Tee Jay Jones

Tee Jay Jones

Art Instructor; FDR

Began 2011

B.F.A. Art Education K-12, Pratt Institute; M.S. Educational Administration/Educational Leadership K-12, Walden University

Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones came to MBS well-prepared for boarding school life by their experience directing a summer camp. Today, Mr. Jones teaches art full-time to Maplebrook students, inspiring and challenging them to greater creativity and artistic exploration; the results of this can be seen each year in student artwork displays and in the elaborate thematic decorations students create for prom under Mr. Jones’ supervision. In addition to chairing the Prom committee, Mr. Jones is instrumental in producing Maplebrook’s annual Kentucky Derby Art Show and also serves as the faculty advisor for the Kathryn Davis International Student Association (KDISA). 

tjones@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 242

Joseph Larocca

Joseph Larocca

Master Teacher; Reading Instructor

Began 1995

B.A., Catholic University of America; M.Ed., Temple University; NYS Permanent Certification in Special Education; Level 1 Wilson Certified in Reading Instruction

Mr. Larocca has dedicated many years of service to MBS as a faculty and committee member, and today, is one of our Master Teachers. A servant of education beyond Maplebrook, Mr. Larocca was a past member of the Reaccreditation Committee evaluating Riverview School in 2015 and also of the Webutuck Board of Education for 10 years, where he served as both President and Vice President.

Mr. Larocca and his wife, Eileen, live in Poughkeepsie where they enjoy visits from their three adult children and grandchild, Mathias.

jlarocca@maplebrookschool.org

Susan Briggs-Lopane

Susan Briggs-Lopane

Master Teacher; Instructor for Health & Interpersonal Psychology

Began 1988

B.S. Physical Education, SUNY Brockport; M.S. Health Education, Russell Sage College

Mrs. Lopane holds her NYS teaching certification and is an American Red Cross Volunteer Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor. She is a member of the New York State Federation of Professional Health Educators and the New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. At MBS, Mrs. Lopane has chaired many committees and represented Maplebrook on the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools Accreditation Team. Today, Mrs. Lopane is one of Maplebrook’s Master Teachers.  

Mrs. Lopane is also deeply committed to the surrounding community, and is a past winner of the the Amenia Community award and the MVP Appleby Award. Mrs. Lopane and her husband, Nick, live in Millerton with their children and dog, Hershey.

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

slopane@maplebrookschool.org

John Thompson

John Thompson

Math Instructor; FDR

Began 2015

B.A., Southern Connecticut State University; M.B.A., UConn

Mr. Thompson came to Maplebrook after running Adult Education programs out of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He is a member of the Professional Staff Development Committee and lives part-time in Evans Hall, where he has learned to embrace all the rewards and challenges of boarding school life.

Mr. Thompson also lives in Cornwall, CT with his wife, Bethany, and their children: R.J., Brianna, Caleb, and Schuyler.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” -Plutarch

jthompson@maplebrookschool.org

Postsecondary Administration

Tabitha Brewer

Tabitha Brewer

Post-secondary Office Manager; Special Events Coordinator

Began 2015

Mrs. Brewer studied at SUNY New Paltz and Penn State, and is currently completing her degree in Public Relations & Marketing. In her role as Events Coordinator, she serves on several school committees and is instrumental in producing the many special events MBS hosts throughout the year.

Mrs. Brewer lives on campus with her husband, Nicholas, their children, Caiden and Issac, and their two pug mixes, Zelda and Zeus.

“Maplebrook School is the perfect place to plant your roots and grow, both as a student and as a professional.”

tbrewer@maplebrookschool.org

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

ICCS Director of the LCE Curriculum; RISE at Home Coordinator

Began 2006

Associate Degree, Dean College; Bachelor’s Degree, Endicott College

In his early career at Maplebrook School, Mr. Miller tutored and worked in the high school as an FDR, athletics coach, and committee member. Then in 2015, Mr. Miller was appointed the Director of the Life Centered Education Curriculum for the postsecondary program, and remains an active participant in boarding school life at Maplebrook.

Mr. Miller lives next to Barlow Hall on the post-secondary campus with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Logan, Lola, and Lincoln.

A teacher is someone who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin

smiller@maplebrookschool.org | ext. 255

Colleen McGhee

Colleen McGhee

Assistant Dean of Women for Post-secondary Programs

Began 2001

Mrs. McGhee studied at Brockport State University and traveled extensively both domestically and internationally as a young adult before returning to her home roots in the Harlem Valley.

During her years working with the postsecondary students at Maplebrook, Mrs. McGhee has been a Life Centered Education instructor in all subject areas and has served on several committees, including the Visionary Team and the RISE Committee. Both she and her husband, Bill Anstett, have worked tirelessly behind the scenes at many Maplebrook events, and are truly committed to both the school and the larger community. The Sunday in the Country Food Drive has especially benefited from their combined service.

Mrs. McGhee and her husband live in Millerton with their Cairn terrier, Angus.

I am very fortunate to be a part of the Maplebrook School community. There is no greater feeling for an educator than observing a student succeed.”

cmcghee@maplebrookschool.org

John Tomasetti

John Tomasetti

Assistant Dean of Men for Post-secondary Programs; Coordinator of Experiential Learning

Began 1993

B.A. Communications & Public Relations, Marist College

Mr. Tomasetti started at Maplebrook as an FDR in Evans Hall and a vocational skills instructor in the postsecondary program. He has coached students in soccer, track and field, and swimming, and has served on several committees during his years at MBS. As the Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Mr. Tomasetti has developed connections with many local businesses to create more than 40 vocational internship placements for our ICCS post-secondary students.

Mr. Tomasetti and his wife live in Pine Plains with their children and dog. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping with his family.

jtomasetti@maplebrookschool.org

Jessica Selino

Jessica Selino

ICCS Director of Student Activities

Began 2013

B.A. Studio Art, Transylvania University; M.A. Art History, SUNY Stony Brook

Mrs. Selino’s passion for art and culture has been advantageous in developing weekend activities and recreational trips for our ICCS students. She is a  member of the Character Education Committee and has assisted with the MBS drama department in the past. Mrs. Selino believes strongly in giving back to the community, as evidenced by her active volunteer involvement in Habitat for Humanity and the local Indian Rock Schoolhouse. She has also done work as a muralist.

Mrs. Selino lives on campus in Sky Hall with her spouse and their two dogs, Ella and Copper, and three cats, Binx, Charming, and Franklin. When not on campus, the Selinos like to travel and camp.

“Don’t be a hero! Ask for help when you need it.”

jselino2@maplebrookschool.org | ext. 253

Jessica Gallo

Jessica Gallo

ICCS Director of Independent Living

Began 2012

B.A. Interpersonal Communication, SUNY New Paltz; Financial Planning & Budgeting Certificate, Cornell Cooperative Extension

When she first began at Maplebrook, Ms. Gallo directed the TLC; she now works with ICCS in a similar capacity as the Director of Independent Living. Ms. Gallo is a member of the Boarding School Life Committee at MBS and a past mentor for The Big Sisters/Big Brothers of Dutchess County.

Ms. Gallo lives near Barlow Hall with her cat, Josie and enjoys spending time visiting her 96 year-old grandmother in nearby Pawling, NY.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

jgallo@maplebrookschool.org

Susan McKenna

Susan McKenna

Assistant Director of the Transitional Living Center (TLC)

Began 2002

B.A. Accounting, Western Connecticut State University

Mrs. McKenna started at Maplebrook as a part-time recreation assistant with extensive experience working at other boarding schools. In 2013, Mrs. McKenna became the assistant director of TLC, in which position she continues today. She has also served on the Boarding School Life and Character Education Committees.

Mrs. McKenna lives on the TLC Campus and in Sharon, CT with her husband, Michael, and their dogs. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with their four adult children and two grandchildren, Abigail and Maeve.

“TLC residents are expected to live by the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

smckenna@maplebrookschool.org

Postsecondary Faculty & Instructors

Gerardo Amarillas

Gerardo Amarillas

ICCS Instructor in Environmental Science; FDR

Began 2014

B.S. Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A. Industrial Management, Technological Institute of the Philippines

Mr. Amarillas arrived at Maplebrook after having taught at Kildonan, a neighboring school for students with dyslexia. A member of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers, Mr. Amarillas continues to employ his craft here at Maplebrook, from which our Etkin Environmental Center has especially benefited. His enthusiasm and dedication to his students and to making Maplebrook a more sustainable and green campus is infectious and life-giving.

Mr. Amarillas is the head of the Adams Hall dormitory and lives on the ICCS campus with his daughter, Abby, and their two dogs.

gamarillas@maplebrookschool.org

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill

ICCS Instructor in Office & Business Skills

Began 1999

Mrs. Cahill began her MBS career seventeen years ago working as the office manager for the post-secondary program and an instructor of entry-level office skills for postsecondary students. She has worked the past three years as the office manager for Maplebrook’s Academic program, and has now transitioned to part-time work, returning once again to teaching basic office skills to our post-secondary students.

Mrs. Cahill lives in Millerton with her husband, Tom, her father, her daughters, and her two grandchildren, all joined by Lulu, the family basset hound. 

scahill@maplebrookschool.org

Amber Dunlavey

Amber Dunlavey

ICCS Instructor; FDR

Began 2016

A.A. Early Childhood Education, Dutchess Community College; B.A., SUNY New Paltz

A NYS Certified Teacher, Mrs. Dunlavey is an LCE instructor and FDR in Woodcliff Hall. She serves on the Curriculum Committee and lives on campus in Brook House with her husband, Thom, and their cat Figaro. On their time off, they enjoy visiting their families who live nearby in Amenia and Millerton.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

adunlavey@maplebrookschool.org

Rolinda Luther

Rolinda Luther

ICCS Cooking Instructor

Ms. Luther has been working as a cooking instructor and shopping coordinator for Maplebrook’s postsecondary program for several years. She has also served on the Character Education and Professional Staff Development Committees at MBS.

When not at Maplebrook teaching students to cook, Ms. Luther enjoys spending time with her three adult children, who live in New York and Kentucky. Ms. Luther lives in Wassaic.

rluther@maplebrookschool.org

Jonathan Newler

Jonathan Newler

ICCS Instructor; FDR

Began 2015

Maplebrook Class of 2000; B.A. Psychology, Stockton University

As a Maplebrook alum, Mr. Newler brings a unique and valuable perspective to his work with the ICCS program. In 2015, he took on a new role in the Maplebrook family as a tutor for NCI students and coach of the postsecondary basketball team. Mr. Newler is now teaching LCE classes and is a member of the Boarding School Life Committee.

Mr. Newler lives on campus near Adams Hall and is looking forward to another season as the Institute basketball coach. An avid fan professional sports, Mr. Newler enjoys sharing his passion with anyone that will listen.

I am so blessed to give back to the school that gave me so much all those years ago.”

jnewler@maplebrookschool.org

Cristina Viaña

Cristina Viaña

ICCS Instructor; FDR

Began 2013

B.S. Psychology and M.S. Education with a dual concentration in Childhood and Special Education, Le Moyne College

Ms. Viaña first joined the MBS faculty as a high school math teacher and FDR in Woodcliff and Marjorie Finger Halls. Today, Ms.Viaña teaches finance from the LCE curriculum for ICCS students, serves on the RISE Committee, and is an FDR in Wilson Hall, where she lives with her dog, Hula.

Making the classroom fun and creative will allow the students to embrace learning more.”

cviana@maplebrookschool.org

Steve Weidig

Steve Weidig

ICCS Job Coach; Dorm & Recreation Aide

Began 2009

Studied Mathematical Engineering at M.A.T.C.

Mr. Weidig first joined Maplebrook’s staff working weekends, driving, supervising recreation activities, and instructing post-secondary students in cooking. In 2015, Mr. Weidig began working full-time for the Institute program. He serves on the Facilities and Safety Committee and does overnights in Adams Hall. His love for woodworking and talent in other areas has played a key role in developing the Etkin Environmental Center. Mr. Weidig also coaches basketball and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Weidig lives in Amenia with his wife, Tina, and their dog, Lucy. They enjoy spending time with their grown daughters, Keri & Jessica, and with their granddaughters, Amelia and Daliha.

“Working with these young adults keeps me young at heart.”

sweidig@maplebrookschool.org

Barbara Witt

Barbara Witt

ICCS Dorm Aide; Cooking Instructor

B.S. Elementary Education, SUNY Oswego

Mrs. Witt enjoys working with students at the Institute as a dorm assistant and cooking instructor, and watching them progress.

An active member of the Greater Grace Community Church and the Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Witt lives in Amenia, with her husband, Gary, who also works for MBS. The couple has two grown children and three granddaughters living in Millbrook that they enjoy seeing frequently.

bwitt@maplebrookschool.org

Clerical Services

Kathy Curiel

Kathy Curiel

Accounts Payable

Began 2009

kcuriel@maplebrookschool.org

Emily Orser

Emily Orser

Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, & Print Shop

Began 2016

B.S. Secondary Education and History, Southern Connecticut State University

In addition to her primary duties as an administrative assistant, receptionist and print shop coordinator, Ms. Orser also serves as a dorm aide and coach, and as the advisor for the student leadership and yearbook clubs.

During her time at SCSU, Ms. Orser was an NCAA Scholar Athlete for six out of eight semesters as a lacrosse player; she is also a member of the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS). Ms. Orser lives in Lakeville, CT.

“I am extremely excited to start my experience at MBS.”

eorser@maplebrookschool.org | ext. 220

Emma Pozza

Emma Pozza

Alumni Coordinator

Began 1986

Like many staff members of a boarding school community, Ms. Pozza has played several roles during her time at Maplebrook. Among them, she has worked in the dorms, monitored laundry, traveled with alumni, providing cooking instruction, and supervised weekend activities.

After 30 years of service to MBS, Ms. Pozza retired in summer 2016 from full-time work; however, we are lucky to still have her around part-time as she continues to work with our alumni office.

An amazing cook who also loves to bake, Ms. Pozza lives in Amenia with her extended family and several pets.

epozza@maplebrookschool.org

Gina Tierney

Gina Tierney

Administrative Assistant for the Academic Program

Began 2016

Mrs. Tierney studied at Bay Path College. Most recently, she served as the Administrative Assistant to the Form Deans, Assistant Headmaster, and Dean of Studies at the Salisbury School, at which she also served  as the Parent Liason.

An active community servant, Mrs. Tierney is a member of the Elks and chair of the Elks golf tournament, a recreation committee board member in the Village of Millerton, and a board member of the Irondale School House.

Mrs. Tierney lives in Millerton, NY with her husband, Tom, their German shepherd, Mika, and Morgan the cat.

Maplebrook is a very nice place to work.

gtierney@maplebrookschool.org | ext. 227

Dorm & Recreational

Thomas Dunlavey

Thomas Dunlavey

ICCS Dorm & Recreation Aide

Began 2015

Mr. Dunlavey is a Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Pharmacy Technician in NY/CT, and is currently pursuing further studies at Empire State College in Human/Community Service.

His work at ICCS encompasses many roles: driver, cooking instructor, basketball coach, and weekend recreation aide. Mr. Dunlavey is a member of the Character Education Committee and a talented photographer. He lives on campus with his wife, Amber, and enjoys campus life.

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Jain Jose

Jain Jose

Coach; Recreation Aide; FDR

Began 2015

B.S.W., St. Philomena’s College, India; Currently pursuing M.S.W. at Westfield State University

Mr. Jose has coached a variety of sports during his time at Maplebrook, from cross country to volleyball to Ultimate Frisbee; he also proctors study hall and does overnights in Evans Hall.

In addition to his work at Maplebrook, Mr. Jose interns at Mountainside Recovery and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan, CT. He also serves his community by volunteering for Women’s Support Services and working at Chore Service in Lakeville, CT.

Mr. Jose lives in Salisbury, CT with his wife, Holly Tierney, also an MBS employee, and his mother-in-law.

Every day is a new chapter at Maplebrook. Everyone teaches you something new in their own unique ways. It is our unity in diversity that binds us together.”

jjose@maplebrookschool.org

Jenna Mazzuchelli

Jenna Mazzuchelli

Coach; Dorm & Recreation Aide

B.A. Childhood Education & English, Russel Sage College

Ms. Mazzuchelli is one of Maplebrook’s fine coaches in sports such as field hockey, cheerleading, and tennis; MBS students also benefit from Ms. Mazzuchelli’s musical talents. She also assists in Marjorie Finger Hall with the girls and enjoys participating in weekend activities with students.

Ms. Mazzuchelli lives in Copake with her two dogs, Swisher and Penny.

At the end of last year, a student said to me, ‘Ms. Mazzuchelli, did you know that all the students here have super powers and that is why we go to Maplebrook? My power is to be kind to others and yours is to teach us.’ Need I say more?”

jmazzuchelli@maplebrookschool.org

Holly Tierney

Holly Tierney

Dorm & Recreation Aide

Began 2015

B.S.W. , St. Philomena’s College, India; Currently pursuing her M.S.W. at Westfield State Universityanticipated completion 2017

Ms. Tierney works with Maplebrook students in study hall and in the dorm. She has also coached cross country and the equestrian team, and provided private music lessons and piano accompaniment for students.

Ms. Tierney is also an intern at the Carson Center for Human Services in Westfield as part of her graduate studies in Social Work, and volunteers for the Women’s  Support Services and the Chore Service Workers in Salisbury, CT. She lives in Salisbury with her husband, Mr. Jose—who also works at Maplebrook—and her mother.

“I learned quickly that MBS doesn’t subscribe to the – one shoe fits all – mentality held by most other schools. Every staff member is in tune with the students’ unique learning styles and abilities so they receive the best boarding school and around-the-clock guidance.”

htierney@maplebrookschool.org

Edward Duntz

Edward Duntz

Dorm & Rec Aide

eduntz@maplebrookschool.org

Susan Kent

Susan Kent

Dorm & Recreation Aide

skent@maplebrookschool.org

Jennifer Majette

Jennifer Majette

Dorm & Recreation Aide

jmajette@maplebrookschool.org

Tanya Mayhew

Tanya Mayhew

Dorm & Recreation Aide

tmayhew@maplebrookschool.org

Angela Zuluaga

Angela Zuluaga

Dorm & Recreation Aide

azuluaga@maplebrookschool.org

Food Services

Michelle Holst-Grubbe

Michelle Holst-Grubbe

Director of Food Services

Alex

Alex

Food Services

Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell

Food Services

Valerie Zuluaga

Valerie Zuluaga

Food Services

Health Services

Brenda Steiner

Brenda Steiner

School Psychologist

Began 2015

B.S. Biology/Psychology, SUNY Plattsburgh; M.A. School Psychology, Marist College

Mrs. Steiner is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and has been a member of the Character Education and Professional Staff Development Committees here at Maplebrook. In addition to providing individual support to students, Mrs. Steiner facilitates the Interpersonal Psychology class and group counseling.

Mrs. Steiner lives in Poughkeepsie with her husband, James, and their dog, Diego, soon to be joined by their first child in December.

Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their package at different                                                                                             times.” -Unknown

                                                                                        bsteiner@maplebrookschool.org | ext. 223

Marie Fox

Marie Fox

School Nurse

Began 2016

Mrs. Fox earned her LPN from BOCES and is currently working towards her RN. Prior to joining Maplebrook, she worked as school nurse at the Hotchkiss School. She is a member of the Facilities and Safety Committee and is looking forward to working with MBS  students and staff.

Mrs. Fox has an apartment on campus and lives in Millerton with her husband, Ricardo, their two daughters, Fernanda and Tatianna, their dog, Buddy, and cat, Tobi.

“When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”

mfox@maplebrookschool.org

Robin Bissonette, LPN

Nursing Staff

rbissonette@maplebrookschool.org

Mary Bowen

Mary Bowen

Nursing Staff

mbowen@maplebrookschool.org

Julie Whalen, LPN

Nursing Staff

jwhalen@maplebrookschool.org

Joy Wood

Joy Wood

Nursing Staff

jwood@maplebrookschool.org

Maintenance

Joseph Selino

Joseph Selino

Director of Buildings & Grounds and of Maintenance Services

Began 1991

Educated at Wolcott Technical School, Mr. Selino holds a certification for the Allen Automotive Course, New York State Boiler Systems, DuPont Shop Safety Course, and Water Safety Inspection. A member of the Facilities and Safety Committee, Mr. Selino and his team are responsible for the safety and wonderful condition of the Maplebrook campus.

Mr. Selino lives in Sharon, CT with his wife, Lisa, and their dogs, and enjoys riding his motorcycle and visiting their adult children who also live locally.

jselino@maplebrookschool.org|ext. 240

Gary Ackerman

Gary Ackerman

Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance Services

Began 1993

Mr. Ackerman has worked tirelessly over the years to help keep our campus safe and beautiful, focusing primarily on the ICCS campus. He is a member of the Facilities and Safety Committee.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Ackerman lives in Pine Plains with his wife, Camille, and their dogs, Mia and Apache.

gackerman@maplebrookschool.org

Richard Howard

Richard Howard

Maintenance

Began 2010

Mr. Howard is a member and former Chief of the Amenia Fire Company whose work at Maplebrook helps keep our facilities working well and our campus beautiful.

Mr. Howard lives in Amenia with his wife, Bonnie, and enjoys golf, playing on the Amenia Fire Company softball team, and his grandchildren. His son, Richie, also works in the maintenance department at MBS.

rhoward@maplebrookschool.org

John Macura

John Macura

Maintenance

Began 1998

Mr. Macura is a member and former Chief of the Amenia Fire Company, and has been recognized as an Amenia Lions Citizen of the Year. His work on the maintenance team at Maplebrook is instrumental in keeping our campus running well and beautifully.

Mr. Macura plays golf and softball for the Amenia Fire Company, and lives in Amenia with his wife, Patricia, and their daughter, Juliana, who is a senior in high school.

jmacura@maplebrookschool.org

Chris Runge

Chris Runge

Maintenance

Began 2006

Mr. Runge has served MBS well for several years. Like the other members of the maintenance crew, he is happy to assist around campus in any way he can, and can often be found helping others quietly behind the scenes.

Mr. Runge lives in Millerton, with his wife, Margaret, who works with students at Maplebrook as a physical therapist. Their children are grown, and Mr. Runge enjoys spending time with them and with his large extended family.

crunge@maplebrookschool.org

Transportation

Robert Sehrt

Robert Sehrt

Driver

Gary Witt

Gary Witt

Driver

Tutoring

Rosanna Hamm

Rosanna Hamm

Tutoring

rhamm@maplebrookschool.org

Daycare

Ann Thomas

Ann Thomas

Director of Little Professors Daycare

Began 2005

B.S.W., SUNY Stony Brook

For the last 11 years, Ms. Thomas’ work at Little Professors Daycare has created a positive environment of play and learning for three to five year olds. She also helps make Little Professors a meaningful work placement for several of our postsecondary students who are pursuing certifications in the area of early childhood care.

Ms. Thomas lives in Amenia with her husband, Will, their dogs, Teddy and Barley, and Pepper the cat. Their sons, Zach and Paul, are away at college.

athomas@maplebrookschool.org|mzannem@gmail.com

CONTACT US

Maplebrook School | 5142 Route 22 | Amenia, NY 12501

phone: 845.373.9511 | 845.373.8191 (Admissions)

fax: 845.373.7029

email: admissions@maplebrookschool.org