From kitchen design to Navy destroyers
Head of School Brian Hargrove became NMH’s 12th head of school in July 2019. He and his family moved to Massachusetts from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, where Brian was the assistant head of school for advancement and communications. While at Mercersburg, he led a $300 million capital campaign, one of the largest day- and boarding-school fundraising campaigns on record. He also has worked as director of development for St. Mark’s School of Texas (his alma mater), and in the private sector at an educational data company in Dallas and as a partner at an executive search firm in New York City. Brian holds a master’s degree in education and school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Texas State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College.
Since his arrival at NMH in 1998, Associate Head of School Charles A. Tierney III P’16, ’19, ’20 has been a history teacher, coach, dorm advisor, dean, accreditation coordinator, assistant head of school, plant facilities director, communications director, and interim head of school. From 2014 to 2016, he was head of the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware. Charlie also has been director of studies at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, and has taught at Choate Rosemary Hall and the Berkshire School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Teachers College of Columbia University while he was a year-long Klingenstein Fellow.
Mary McEneany is NMH’s new assistant head of school for finance and operations and chief operating officer. She oversees the school’s facilities, human resources, real-estate-related transactions, information technology, and dining services; manages the school’s $40 million annual operating budget; and helps shape investment strategies for its $160 million endowment. Mary has served as vice president for administration and finance and treasurer at Hampshire College, chief administrative officer at the nonprofit Center for Human Development, chief financial and operations officer at Community Action, associate director for administration and finance at UMass, and chief business officer for the Greenfield public schools and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Iona College, an MBA in nonprofit finance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass), and master’s-level certification in school business administration from the Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts.
Dean of Students Nicole Hager P’17, ’17, ’20, ’23 came to NMH in 2003 from Deerfield Academy, where she served as associate dean of admission, coordinator of multicultural education, associate dean of students, girls’ varsity basketball coach, a college counselor, and a teacher of American literature. At NMH, she has taught writing to ninth graders and Diversity and Social Justice to 10th graders. She coached the girls’ varsity basketball team for nine years. Nicole also spent two years in the Dartmouth College admissions office and one year as the assistant coach of the University of Vermont women’s basketball team. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds master’s degrees from Dartmouth and Bay Path College.
Dean of Faculty Bea Garcia P’09 began mentoring educators years ago, when she was part of a teacher-training program for English as a foreign language instructors in her home country of Uruguay. After moving to the United States, she taught Spanish for two years at Deerfield Academy, then came to NMH in 2003 to teach in the world languages department. She has taught Spanish and Diversity and Social Justice, and has led language-immersion programs abroad. She also served as department chair from 2006 until 2014, when she became the assistant dean of the faculty. She assumed the dean of faculty position in 2018. She holds a master's degree in applied linguistics from Universidad de Jaén in Spain.
Dean of Enrollment Claude Anderson P’11 joined NMH in 2008 after heading the admission and financial aid office at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, for 13 years. Previously, he served as dean of students, associate director of admissions, and a coach at several boarding and day schools. He chairs the Admission Training Institute for the SSAT. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University, a master’s from Western New Mexico University, and a master’s in education from Temple University.
Chief Advancement Officer Allyson Goodwin ’83, P’12, ’14 came to NMH for the second time in 2006 and completed the school’s largest-ever campaign in 2010. She began her career in NMH’s offices of alumni and parent relations and annual giving in 1987, also serving as a dorm parent and a class advisor. Allyson directed the annual fund at Colby-Sawyer College, the regional campaign program at Colby College, and the Montshire Museum’s office of development, where she ran two campaigns. Allyson is a graduate of Colby College, has taught NMH’s Diversity and Social Justice course, and has served as a trustee of the Bement School and president of the Upper Valley Planned Giving Council.
Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Martha Neubert has been teaching history in independent schools for 18 years. She joined the NMH faculty in 2005 from the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. In 2016, she became director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which promotes an inclusive campus culture through initiatives that align with the school's mission to empower students to “act with humanity and purpose.” Besides teaching, Martha has served as a dorm parent, advisor, coach, and affinity-group advisor, and contributes to all school initiatives related to diversity and social justice. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and an M.A.T. from Smith College.
Dean of Global, Experiential, and Community Engagement Angela Yang-Handy joined NMH in 2014 after serving as managing director of an after-school tutorial franchise in Manila, Philippines. She directs the Global Engagement Office and the Center for Learning Through Action, overseeing study-abroad programs, international-student support, the NMH farm, and programs in social entrepreneurship, service learning, sustainability education, student “workjobs,” and outdoor education. She has worked as a teacher and administrator at Clark University, Landmark College, Keene State College, and UMass-Amherst. Angela holds a doctorate in education policy and leadership from UMass-Amherst, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international development and social change from Clark University, and a graduate certificate from UMass-Amherst in advanced feminist studies.
Director of Communications Sharon Lindale P’17, ’20 served as associate director in NMH's communications department for seven years before being named director in 2018. She came to NMH in 2000, working first as a production assistant and later as production manager. Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and photography from NYU and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Interim Athletic Director Greg Leeds P’16, ’18, ’22 has been a mathematics teacher, alpine ski coach, and student advisor at NMH since 1996, and was the director of NMH Summer Session from 2005 to 2018. He has coached the alpine ski team to three New England championship titles and 16 Mount Institute Ski League championship titles. Greg is a former coach of the boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams, and a recipient of the NMH Housen Coaching Award. A certified soccer and skiing official, Greg is co-president of the Mount Institute Ski League. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Williams College and a master’s in liberal studies from Dartmouth College.
Director of College Counseling Peter Jenkins has served NMH for 30 years. He guides students through the complex process of selecting, and gaining admission to, some of the world’s finest colleges. His roles as English teacher and crew coach have allowed him to get to know students as individuals in and out of the classroom, which enables him to help students find the colleges that fit them best. Jenkins has taught nearly every English course in the NMH curriculum, from ninth-grade Humanities to AP Literature. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s from the University of Chicago, both in English and American literature.