Hotchkiss Salutes Long-Serving Staff and Faculty, Hooker and Barker Awards Presented

Fifty-one long-serving staff and faculty members were honored during the annual Anniversary Awards Ceremony on Jan. 21, during an All-School Meeting in Elfers. In acknowledging their years of service, Head of School Craig Bradley said, “I am grateful to all 322 of our employees, who collectively have provided 3,172 years of service to the School. Thank you for your dedication to this special community.”

Those employees who have served the School for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 35 and even 45 years were recognized. Bob Wood, a housekeeper, who has worked at Hotchkiss for 45 years, received an enthusiastic standing ovation; Pressman Andy Murphy, who has worked at the School for 25 years, was given a special tribute. (See a full list below of those staff and faculty members honored.)

Two special staff awards were presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School: School Nurse Marian Paton P’13 received the Margot Hooker Award; Post Office Supervisor Brenda Cudney P’20 received the Robert J. and Candice Barker Staff Recognition Award.

Danielle Shippey, director of health services, presented Paton with the Hooker Award, established in 1996 in memory of long-serving staff member Margot Hooker. Shippey praised Paton for her “calm presence and kind nature.”

“She is never one to draw attention to herself – soft-spoken and always willing to help,” said Shippey, adding she is positive and professional and it’s not unusual to hear her say: “I’m so lucky to work at Hotchkiss. I love my job and I work with amazing people.”

Chief Financial Officer Sandra Lynch presented Cudney with the Barker Award, named for Robert and Candice Barker, whose four decades of service exemplified dedication to the School.

As well as performing her job at a high level, “Brenda has a gracious demeanor, calm composure and always puts other people first. She takes time in the day to make everyone feel welcome at the Post Office,” Lynch said.

“Brenda is active in the Hotchkiss community, attending Hotchkiss activities, and lending a hand as well as volunteering with Development and being an ambassador for the Parents Fund,” she said. “She has enhanced the sense of community at Hotchkiss through her personal commitment, dedication, loyalty, and willingness to always go beyond the call of duty.”

 

Those celebrating milestone anniversaries include:

5 Years of Service:       

Greta Anderson, Health Services Evening Supervisor and Registered Nurse

Joaquin Aymerich, Director of Campus Safety & Security

Brigitte Boykin, CWCC Substitute Assistant Teacher

Lisa Brown, Director of Events & Special Projects

John Bryant, Director of Facilities

Steve Dodge, Campus Safety & Security Officer

Clark Eddy ’81, P’23, Academic Coach

Cecile Emond, Admission Administrative Assistant

Mimi Estes P’82,’85,’87, GP’10,’14, Admission Interviewer

Mike Fitzgerald, Instructor in History

Mark Hartwell, Housekeeper

Adam Lang, Meredith Mallory George’78 Teacher Chair and Instructor in Economics

Nick Leimbach, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Liz McDonald, CWCC Toddler Room Head Teacher

Klynt McEnroe, Painter

Emma McKenna, CWCC Preschool & Infant Assistant Teacher

Brian Murphy, Campus Safety and Security Officer

Rachel Myers, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Michelle Repass, Instructor in English

Danielle Shippey, Director of Health Services

Jennifer Wilkinson, Assistant to The Hotchkiss Fund

Ellie Youngblood ’10, Fairfield Farm Manager

 

10 Years of Service:     

Diane Carling, Registered Nurse

Maggie Crain, Associate Director of Admission

Nancy Davis P’94, Acquisitions Librarian

Vanessa Fraser-O'Connor, CWCC Preschool & Infant Room Teacher

Charlie Godfrey, Carpenter

Josh Hahn, Assistant Head of School and Director of Strategic Initiatives

Heather Mechare, Registrar

Larry Murphy, Housekeeper

Linda Palano-Schilling P’00,’04,’08, Director of CWCC

Caroline Sallee Reilly ’87, Director of Constituent Relations

Laurie Ross P’22, Director of Human Resources

Ann Villano P’17, Instructor in Film

           

15 Years of Service:     

Johanna Haan P’14, Director of Parent Programs

Doug Kneeland ’98, Classics Program Coordinator and Instructor in Classics

Marian Paton P’13

 

20 Years of Service:     

Kristin Allyn P’18, CWCC Preschool Room Head Teacher

Jessica Craig, Director of Prospect Management and Reserach

Marc Dittmer, German Program Coordinator, Instructor in German, and College Advisor

Carita Gardiner P’17,’20, Instructor in English

Tom Herold P’17,’20, Instructor in English

Nathan Seidenberg, Instructor in History

Charlie Tokarz, Instructor in Saxophone

Martin Whalen, Indoor Tennis Court Custodian

John Wheeler, Assistant Supervisor of Housekeeping

Fabio Witkowski, The Joanne Eastman Sohrweide Chair, Head of the Visual & Performing Arts Department, Director of Music Technology, and Instructor in Piano

 

25 Years of Service:

Andy Murphy, Assistant to The Hotchkiss Press

 

30 Years of Service:

Bob Couture, Supervisor of Painting

Charlie Frankenbach, P12,’16, The Russel Murray Bigelow Teaching Chair, Head of the English Department, and Instructor in English

Keith Moon P’13,’16, The E. Carleton Granbery Teaching Chair and Instructor in English, History & Russian Language

Anne Upson, CWCC Toddler Room Teacher

 

35 Years of Service:

Michael Musillami, Instructor in Jazz Guitar

 

45 Years of Service:

Bob Wood, Housekeeper

 

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