As members of the faculty, admission counselors at Hotchkiss fulfill
a variety of roles at the School. The residential nature of the School
allows faculty to work with students as advisors, in dormitories, on
the playing fields, and through a variety of other extracurricular activities.
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Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Jane Reynolds comes to Hotchkiss with extensive knowledge and experience in admissions, external affairs, and development at independent schools, colleges, and universities. She began her early career in admissions at Boston University with additional posts at Trinity College and Tufts University before being appointed dean of admission at Amherst College in 1989. For nearly nine years she led the College’s admissions operation there, achieving record-breaking application totals, continuing to diversify the student body, and initiating international recruitment programs, while maintaining the college’s top rankings in national publications. Highly regarded as a speaker, she was frequently invited to speak to professional organizations and high schools nationally and internationally.
Recruited to the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) in 1998, Reynolds made the switch from admissions work to advancement with her appointment as YSM’s Associate Dean for External Affairs, which included the medical school’s development office. After five years at Yale, she added to her experiences in development, communications, and alumni affairs with senior posts at the New York Historical Society and The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, where she served as Director of Institutional Advancement until 2008.
More recently, Reynolds and her husband Russ Weigel completed an 18-month consulting assignment for the Qatar Museums Authority, initiating the launch of a high school for the visual arts and design in Doha. Back in New York once again, she comes to Hotchkiss from The Brearley School in New York, where she served as director of philanthropic initiatives and stewardship.
Reynolds earned her B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.Ed. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. During the 12 years she lived at Loomis Chaffee during Russ’s tenure as school head (1996-2008), she worked full-time and also enjoyed the pleasures of experiencing a closely-knit academic community. She welcomes the return to the boarding school lifestyle at Hotchkiss.
Amanda Bohnsack '98
Associate Director of Admission
Director of Student Activities
Ms. Bohnsack is beginning her eighth year in the admission office at
Hotchkiss. "Coming back to Hotchkiss has been a dream come true
in many ways. The chance to influence the students in the same way
that I was influenced by my advisors, teachers, and coaches, is
an incredible opportunity."
After graduating from Hotchkiss, Ms. Bohnsack went on to earn her B.A.
in sociology from Middlebury in 2002. While at Middlebury she
served as captain of the softball team and was an active member
of the Middlebury College Activities Board. Since graduating from
Middlebury, Ms. Bohnsack has worked as a fly fishing guide in Jackson
Hole, Wyoming, and as a project analyst in San Francisco, California.
But her longing to be back in Hotchkiss blue proved too strong
to keep her in the Bay Area.
Ms. Bohnsack brings a passion for ceramics and fly fishing, as well as
a lifelong love of athletics. "I always knew that I would someday
come back to Hotchkiss. To live, work, and play in this community
is a life-changing experience, and something I am grateful to be a
part of every day." In addition to her responsibilities in the
admission office, Ms. Bohnsack is the Director of Student Activities; an assistant coach with the varsity field hockey and girls JV ice hockey teams; a dorm head in a 9th- and 10th-grade girls dormitory; and a faculty representative on the Disciplinary Committee. She lives on campus with her dog Bridger.
Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Institutional Outreach
Dana began her career in education
at Smith College where she served as a Residence Coordinator and Admissions
Counselor. She then moved to Cornell University, where she worked as
Assistant Director of Admission and Multicultural Recruitment. After
Cornell, Dana transitioned into the classroom as a middle school math and
science instructor at the Gordon School in Rhode Island, where she was actively involved
with the PRAXIS team, a teacher-initiated group to discuss pedagogy from the
perspective of multicultural educators. In 2007, she returned to the
world of admissions as Assistant Director of Admission and Director of
Multicultural Recruitment at the Peddie School in New Jersey, where she also served in
the dorms, worked as a basketball coach, and advised the multicultural student
association. Dana earned her B.A.
from Smith College in Education & Child Study.
Dana, who is now in her third year at Hotchkiss, coaches girls third basketball. A former college hoops star, Ms. Brown encourages young women who have never played basketball, which is a challenge, but a great deal of fun for all. Her residential assignment is in a 9th- and 10th-grade boys dorm. The highlight of living with the boys is football season, when Ms. Brown -- a diehard New York Giants fan -- serves shakes and burgers whenever the New England Patriots lose to any team in the league. Ms. Brown's travel regions are New Jersey, California, and the Caribbean.
Assistant Director of Admission
Maggie Christinat-Crain joined the admission team in 2011, although she has been working at Hotchkiss since 2005 in the Study Skills Office. Before coming to Hotchkiss, she taught eighth and ninth grade English, coached varsity basketball, and ran the drama program at The Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT. Her love of independent schools began when working at the Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls in San Francisco. In addition to working most of her adult life in education, she spent two years in the corporate world as an assistant buyer for Gap headquarters in San Francisco. She holds a Masters in English from Middlebury College.
Along with working in the admission office, Ms. Christinat-Crain continues to tutor in the Study Skills Office and is the head coach of the girls third field hockey team. She also advises, and lives off campus with her husband, Roger Crain, and their three children. Ms. Christinat-Crain is an avid Bearcats fan and loves to take walks, but “ I mostly enjoy seeing my three children being raised in an environment of strong community, intellectual curiosity, and great role models. Often my husband who was raised at Hotchkiss will reminisce about his wonderful childhood with other adult faculty kids. It is a blessing to be raising another generation of Crains at Hotchkiss.”
Amy Rasner Clulow
Assistant Director of Admission
Amy Rasner Clulow joined the Admission team with more than a decade of experience in Human Resources, specializing in new hires and organizational development. Prior to joining Hotchkiss, she headed the HR function for Kenneth Cole Productions in New York City. Earlier in her career, Amy was a program director for The Princeton Review, helping to prepare students for college and graduate school standardized tests.
In addition to her role at Hotchkiss, Amy is an active member in the local community. She serves as Chair for SOAR, the educational enrichment fund of Salisbury Central School, and volunteers with TriArts Sharon Playhouse. Amy lives in Lakeville with her husband and three daughters.
Amy received her B.A. in political science from University of California, San Diego. She spent a gap year as an exchange student to Belgium prior to college, and returned to Brussels during college to work for two members of the European Parliament. She is fluent in Dutch.
Kenneth J. Craig '86
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Mr. Craig joined the Admission Office in 2005 after having taught English
and history at Hotchkiss since the fall of 2000. His life in
independent schools actually began at Hotchkiss when he matriculated
to the school in 1983 as a lower mid. He was graduated in 1986 and
went on to study English at Amherst College. He and his wife
Jennifer, Dean of Residential Life and instructor in science at Hotchkiss, began their
teaching careers in the fall of 1992 up in Maine. After eight happy
years falling in love with boarding school life, they jumped at the
chance to work at Hotchkiss. For Mr. Craig, returning to Lakeville meant
reconnecting with and giving back to the school that had helped
shape him into the committed educator he had become.
Mr. Craig, his wife, Jennifer, and their three children live in a dormitory for 11th- and 12th-grade girls. "What draws us to dorm
life is the chance to get to know the students in so many different
and intimate ways. The students are terrific role models for our
young children, and this type of interaction helps foster a more
'homey' environment in the dorms."
Along with working in admissions and living in the dorm,
Mr. Craig is also the head coach of the girls varsity tennis team, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2012 New England Champions. "The combination of state-of-the-art
academic and athletic facilities, dedicated instructors, and
wonderful student-athletes make the Hotchkiss community, for me,
a vibrant and exciting place to call home."
Virginia Tyson Faus
Instructor in Chemistry
“I love meeting families who are interested in Hotchkiss,” says Ginny Faus, who is now in her 26th year of teaching at Hotchkiss.
“I come from a long line of teachers, and I was raised to believe that it was very important,” says Mrs. Faus. “I’ve always taught – even during my sabbatical. I like teaching too much to ever give it up. I would miss the kids.”
Interested in science in high school, Mrs. Faus fell in love with chemistry at Hobart & William Smith College, where she earned her B.A. She subsequently earned her M.N.S. at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After college, she taught chemistry at a high school in Queensland, Australia, before returning to the U.S.
“When I returned, I wanted to be in New England, in the mountains, to be able to climb, to ski, to hike. I joined the faculty of the Tilton School and taught chemistry and was assistant dean of admission. My husband, Brad (Instructor in Art at Hotchkiss), and I came here in 1987,” she says.
“Today in chemistry we do a lot more demonstrations, more practical and hands-on work. Those labs are really fun. Because we’re in a school like Hotchkiss, we have the resources to do all those wonderful, exciting things with the kids that they wouldn’t experience in a regular high school.”
Peggy V. Hsia
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Peggy Hsia joined the Office of Admission in July 2007 after having worked at Hotchkiss since the summer of 2000. She began by serving for two years as a capital gifts officer in the Alumni/Development Office, working with the 25th Reunion and alumni in the western U.S. In 2002, she became the School's first Web editor, overseeing the development and management of the School's external site. Prior to Hotchkiss, she was an associate director of the Harvard College Fund during the University's last major capital campaign. Ms. Hsia holds an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University and an M.S. in library and information science from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
In addition to her work in admission, Ms. Hsia serves as a dorm head, student advisor, assistant coach for the girls third soccer team, and timer for the girls JV basketball team. She is married to David Thompson, Director of International Programs at Hotchkiss; they live on campus with their daughter in a 9th- and 10th-grade girls dormitory.
Charles R. Iannuzzi, Jr.
Assistant Director of Admission
Charles Iannuzzi joined the Office of Admission in July 2011 after working abroad for the previous four years. Since graduating from Duke University in 2007 with majors in biology and political science, Charles has volunteered with the INGO WorldTeach on Kaben Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands; developed syllabi and curricula for Ashram Paryavaran Vidhyalaya (APV) School in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, on a William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service through the American India Foundation; and most recently served as the Dean of Students and Dean of Admissions at Fudan International School in Shanghai, China.
In addition to his work in the Office of Admission, Charles is an assistant coach for the boys JV basketball and baseball teams, faculty advisor to WKIS, the campus radio station, a student advisor, a faculty member in an eleventh- and twelfth-grade boys dorm, and a devotee of The Hotchkiss School’s own Fairfield Farm.
Patricia Redd Johnson
Senior Associate Director of Admission and
Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach
Patricia Redd Johnson has had the pleasure of being a director of admission and an advisor to the Black and Hispanic Student
Alliance (BaHSA) at Hotchkiss for the past seventeen years. Ms. Johnson's
educational career began when she earned an A.B. in English from
Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Having gone on to receive
an M.A. in supervision and administration from City University of New
York while teaching in New York City, she decided to begin a new
career as an administrator at The Dalton School. Later, she enrolled
at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and was graduated
with an M.A. in administration, planning, and social policy. At this
point, Ms. Johnson was ready for a new challenge.
That challenge came about when she made a career switch from an
independent day school in the city to a boarding environment at Hotchkiss
out in the country. She learned very quickly how to adapt to an
environment where students do not go home at the end of the day. "They go
to class, play sports, exercise, or manage teams. Then they run back to
the dorms, shower, come to dinner… They are always here! What a
difference it makes when students, staff, and faculty members are
available to speak to each other throughout the day, afternoon, and into
the night. Imagine the kinds of discussions that one can have in this
24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week environment. You can bet that we get to
know each other well."
Ms. Johnson enjoys meeting prospective students and hearing about their ideas,
their value systems, and their desire to do something with their lives.
"It gives me a great feeling of pride when a student is able to
accomplish a goal that, early on, he or she might not have been able to
attain. That I get a chance to have these experiences with young men
and women, who are from all over the globe, makes me very content with
Ever the student, Ms. Johnson recently completed a master's degree in English
literature at the Middlebury College Breadloaf School of English. During
her five summers studying through Middlebury, she was able to travel to
Oxford, England; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Juneau, Alaska; and Ripton,
Vermont. She enjoys travel, art, and spending time with her three children
H. Jackson Marvel
Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission
Jackson Marvel was graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in history
in 1995. While at Bates, Mr. Marvel captained both the men's squash
and men's tennis teams and served as a junior advisor to first-year
students. After graduating from Bates, he worked at ESPN for
three years before joining the Bridgton Academy admission office in
the fall of 1998. Mr. Marvel, a graduate of the Brooks School, was
eager to have an opportunity to return to a boarding school campus.
"While I loved working for ESPN, I knew there was something missing
from my professional life."
After four years at Bridgton, Mr. Marvel enrolled at Lehigh
University where he completed his M.B.A./M.Ed. in 2005. In the
fall of 2005, he joined the Hotchkiss admission team. "I am
fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in such an
active learning community. I am constantly amazed by all of the
activities our students are involved in. Living, working, and
coaching such passionate and energetic students is a truly
In addition to his work in the Admission Office, Mr. Marvel
coaches boys varsity squash, assists with the girls varsity tennis team, and serves as an advisor to seven students. When not on the courts, he enjoys playing golf and spending time
at the beach. Mr. Marvel lives in an 11th- and 12th-grade girls
dormitory with his wife, Melissa and their son.
Paula A. Russo
Instructor in History
Ms. Russo joined Hotchkiss in 2006, after having taught history at a high school in Baltimore, worked for an international relief agency, and served as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She earned her A.B. from Princeton University in history and Near East studies, M.A. from Harvard University, where she studied at the Harvard Center for Middle East Studies, and J.D. from Harvard Law School. After college, she worked for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt for two years and subsequently returned to Egypt to do academic research.
At Hotchkiss, she teaches two history courses on the Middle East, two sections of Humanities 250, and a course on the Supreme Court. She feels passionately connected to this unique interdisciplinary program, in which ninth- and tenth-graders pursue studies in English, history, philosophy and religion, and the arts.
“The kids are genuinely interested and engaged. And I love the collaboration with the other teachers in the Humanities Program,” Ms. Russo says. “It is a living thing, this course. It just gets better every year.”
Ms. Russo lives on campus and advises the Arabic Club. “Also,” she says, “my team (Humanities students, all) won best-dressed in the Bow Tie Bowl.”
Assistant Dean of Admission
Alexandra Smith joins The Hotchkiss School’s Admission Team from her alma mater, The Lawrenceville School, where she spent the spring season coaching middle-distance and distance events for the Girls Varsity Track Team. Smith, a former track star for Lawrenceville, loves coaching for the opportunity to instill confidence in young women, guide their setting short and long-term goals, and help them realize their full individual and team potential. Smith is excited to now don Blue and White as an Assistant Coach for Hotchkiss Cross Country and Track and Field Teams.
After her 2005 graduation (Cum Laude) from Lawrenceville, Smith moved one township north to continue her studies at Princeton University. Alexandra loves learning about different lifestyles and perspectives through language and culture - an interest that has led her to travel extensively. Her homestays abroad include: Granada, Spain; Segovia, Spain; and St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with a degree from the Spanish and Portuguese Department and a certificate from the Program in Latin American Studies. Smith also competed for the Tigers’ Track and Field Team during her four years at Princeton.
She is truly thrilled to join Hotchkiss Admission. She looks forward to meeting many prospective families in the beautiful Berkshire region, as well as on the road, and to sharing the Bearcat spirit she has quickly adopted.
Director of Athletics
Head Coach, Boys Varsity Football
Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
Danny Smith joined the Hotchkiss School community in the fall of 2001. He worked in Admissions for four years before taking over as Co-Director of the Athletic Program. He still works as a Faculty Interviewer two days a week in the Admission Office. Smith is entering his 12th year as the head football coach and his teams have won three Erickson League titles and the 2008 Class A New England prep championship. Coach Smith is currently the president of the New England Prep School Football Coaches Association. He has also coached girls basketball, diving, and baseball at Hotchkiss.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he played football for four years. A prep school graduate, he began his coaching career at Trinity College and later moved on to positions at Culver Academies and Pomfret School prior to his arrival in Lakeville.
Mr. Smith is married to Carrie Smith, a veteran teacher in the Human Development department. They live on campus with their three daughters, two cats, and a dog. He is an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and also enjoys fishing, jogging, and reading.