Phil Peck

Phil is finishing his 20th year as head and 37th year working at Holderness School. In addition to working at Holderness, Phil has done quite a bit of teaching and working at the Klingenstein Center at TC Columbia. Prior to Holderness, Phil coached for the US Ski Team. Phil was fortunate to serve on the Read More

Jadihel (Jadi) Taveras

Jadi began his service as Head of School at Esperanza Academy in 2018. Immediately prior, Jadi served as Dean of Multicultural Education at The Governor’s Academy and Associate Dean of Students at The Putney School. After several years of working in the field of international development, Jadi returned to education where he believes in the Read More

Dr. Noni Thomas López

Noni has served as Head of School at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI since 2018. Before joining Gordon, Noni worked for two decades as a teacher, and later a consultant and administrator, in independent schools in New York City and has a passion for leadership development. In 2013, she founded the Interschool Leadership Read More

Geoff Wagg

Geoff is an experienced independent school leader with over a quarter-century of service to schools. Prior to his appointment as Head of School at Waynflete in 2013, Geoff served in a variety of administrative posts including Head of Upper School, Director of Technology, and Department Chair. Early in his career, Geoff focused on helping schools Read More

Allison Webster

Allison Webster has served as Head of School at Dedham Country Day since 2016. She began her career in law, practicing for two years in Boston before discovering her love of schools and switching careers to pursue the question of what makes children and institutions thrive. Over the next 20 years, she worked as a Read More

Dr. Jennifer L. Zaccara

Jennifer is Vermont Academy’s eighteenth Head of School. She came to Vermont Academy in 2017 from The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, where she served as Associate Head of School since 2013. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean of Faculty at The Taft School in Watertown, CT where she spent twelve years. Since Read More

Eric Chapman

Eric Chapman earned his bachelor’s in Social Psychology at Tufts University, he has earned two Masters of Education degrees from Pace University, and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Eric has been a classroom teacher, a Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, a Director of Diversity, and twice Read More

Grace Cotter Regan

In 2017, Grace became the first woman president of Boston College High School, a Jesuit, all-boys college preparatory school in Boston, Mass. Ms. Regan is not only the first woman to serve in the role in the school’s more than 150-year history, she is also just the second lay person. (Ms. Regan also serves on Read More

Allison Gaines Pell

Allison has been Head of The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island since July 2017. During her time at Wheeler, she created Wheeler’s first-ever strategic design, which was unveiled with a new, unearthed, mission statement, “to learn our powers and be answerable for their use.” Prior to Wheeler, she was the Head of Blue School Read More

Emily H. Jones

Emily has been Head of School at Putney since 2007. Prior to that she worked at schools in Botswana, Thailand, and Oregon. She is in her second term on the AISNE board. Emily is particularly interested in the ways in which a well-designed accreditation system can help schools solve problems, and in the power of Read More

Brendan Largay

Brendan has been Head of School at Belmont Day School (Belmont, MA) since 2016. He has been a member of the board of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) since 2018 and has also served as a trustee of the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) since 2019. Brendan earned a B.A. in Read More

Dr. Monica Palmer

Monica graduated with a BA in dramatic arts and law & society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a MFA in theater from Columbia University, a MEd in educational leadership from Teachers College Klingenstein Center for Independent Schools at Columbia University, and an EdD in educational and organizational leadership from the University Read More

Claire Leheny

Claire joined AISNE in 2015 as the organization’s Executive Director. Prior to joining AISNE, Claire was the founding Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), which brings together public and independent schools to build partnerships that expand opportunities for students. Claire began her career as an independent school teacher, coach and Read More

Sarah Pelmas

Sarah has been Head of School at The Winsor School in Boston since 2016. She is in her 2nd term on AISNE’s Board and she serves as the President of the Board. Prior to becoming Head at Winsor, Sarah was the Associate Head and Head of the Upper School at the National Cathedral School in Read More

Gretchen Larkin

Gretchen has served as the Head of School at Charles River School (CRS) since 2014. Under her leadership, CRS has seen remarkable growth and success. In recent years, the school created an on-campus Wetlands Laboratory and also wrapped up a comprehensive campaign that raised $10.8 million. Gretchen has led work to increase diversity among faculty Read More

Nicole A. DuFauchard

Nicole has been the Head of School of The Advent School since 2013. Before her time at Advent, she served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Nicole holds a BA in Political Science and International Affairs, and an MA in Organizational Communications and Development with a concentration on Read More

Jonathan Douglas

Jon joined Berwick Academy as its Chief Financial Officer in 2015, after serving as the Director of Finance & Operations at School Year Abroad. Originally from Los Angeles, Jon began his school finance career on the west coast at The Walden School and Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School. He is in his 4th year on Read More

Erin P. Mayo

Erin has been Head of School at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine since 2013. She’s serving her first term on AISNE’s board. Erin began her career as a teacher and administrator at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, and prior to leading Fryeburg Academy, she served first as Head of Upper School and then Assistant Head Read More

Trey Cassidy

Trey is Head of School at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA, an independent preK through grade 12 day school with 400 students. He has been an administrator, teacher, and coach for 30 years in Maryland, Michigan, and now Massachusetts. He has been with Bancroft since 2014 and has served on the AISNE Board since 2017. Read More

Yully Cha

Yully joined Codman Academy in 2021 as the inaugural Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advancement. Prior to joining Codman, she worked as an independent consultant for various schools and non-profits, from fundraising and capital campaigns to leadership development and strategic growth. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, Chief Read More