New Faculty & Staff at GMC

Dr. Andrew Bentley, who recently earned his PhD in natural resources from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, brings strong undergraduate teaching experience to our adventure education program. Andrew received his MS degree in outdoor recreation from Indiana University and completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He’s worked as an instructor at the University of Idaho and SUNY Potsdam and has extensive experience in outdoor education as an instructor, researcher, trip leader and wilderness river ranger.

Christopher Brooks comes to Green Mountain College from Vermont Law School where he was an associate for environmental policy and the new economy. He was part of a two-year law and policy research fellowship in the New Economy program at VLS. Chris holds a BA in history from the University of the South and received his J.D. and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from VLS. His research interests include water quality regulation, land-use planning, and environmental law and policy.

Dr. Meghana S. Karnik-Henry, who received her PhD in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, joins the GMC psychology department. She completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers where she graduated magna cum laude. Most recently she was a visiting assistant professor in psychology at Skidmore College. Meghana completed postdoctoral research at the Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas, Dallas.

Dr. Jason Schmitt, who most recently taught communications and journalism at Oakland University, joins our communications faculty. Jason earned a BA degree from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, an MA degree from the Eastern Michigan University, and a PhD in communications/media studies at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include regional creativity, the music business, and the social consequences of emerging media. Jason is a regular contributor to online media outlets including the Huffington Post.

Keith Bosley was appointed as the College’s new athletic director. Most recently Keith served as senior associate athletic director and women’s head soccer coach at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, where he built an impressive record of success. He worked for 14 years as a head coach with five NCAA tournament appearances to his credit. Keith has a BA in political science from the University of Maine and a MS in sports leadership from Northeastern University.

Joshua Petty is the new men’s soccer and lacrosse coach and fitness center manager. Joshua earned a BA degree in adventure education from Prescott College and a master’s degree in recreation and sports science from Ohio University. Joshua was assistant men’s soccer coach at Carleton College for four years and was a 2010 nominee for the NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Brian Roche joined the athletics staff as athletic trainer. He recently completed his BS in athletic training from Castleton State College where he was a student athlete. Brian completed an internship at Rehab 3, a sports rehabilitation center in Sommersworth, N.H. He attended Pembroke Academy where he played lacrosse, football, and basketball and developed an interest in strength and conditioning.

Noah Hurley, the College’s new director of residential life, brings a strong background in college administration and student services. Before arriving in Poultney he served as assistant director of residence life at Western Oregon University and as residence hall director at Post University. He holds a BS in English from Western Oregon University and a master’s degree in education in college student services administration from Oregon State University.

GMC is pleased to have three energetic and experienced area coordinators working in the residential life department this year.

Barbara Almeida graduated from Post University with a BS in environmental science. While at Post she was president of the Residence Hall Association, a senior peer educator, captain of the cross-country team and a member of the sustainability committee.

Suzanne Doane earned her BS in business administration at Fitchburg State University where she served as a resident assistant for four years and was head student service desk supervisor at the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Bethany Everett graduated with a BA in English from Post University and is working toward a master’s in human services (anticipated May 2013). She is a two-year veteran hall director at Post University where she started Post Pride, a gay-straight alliance to help better serve LGBT students, and worked as an admission counselor.

Anna Walker, a new counselor to the Wellness Center. Anna has a BA in psychology from Kenyon College and an MS in counseling psychology from Northeastern University. She has worked at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Boston and most recently in Rutland County where she worked with at-risk youth and families.

Aaron Witham is GMC’s new sustainability coordinator. Aaron holds a B.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and a BS in environmental science from Unity College. He is finishing up his M.S. degree in natural resources at the University of Vermont, with a focus on sustainable transportation, green buildings, alternative energy, climate change science and ecological economics. Aaron is also a research scholar at the Transportation Research Center at U.V.M. and is a student fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He’s also worked as interim sustainability coordinator at Unity College.

Jesoni “Fiji” Kuruyawa graduated with a degree in sociology/anthropology and minors in communication and psychology. This summer he worked for the College’s auxiliary services department in support of the Middlebury-Monterrey Language Academy. Fiji served on the GMC Recycling Crew and has extensive volunteer experience as a youth coach.

Madeleine Mackell graduated with a self-designed major concentrating in art and business, completing an internship at the Feick Fine Arts Center last semester. She joined the admissions staff this summer while working as owner and manager of a busy ice cream business in Lake George, N.Y.

Emma Wallace graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology/anthropology. She has extensive experience in the admissions office, serving as a student ambassador last semester and throughout the summer. Emma also worked as a residence hall assistant from 2009-2011.

Aimee Braxmeier is a graduate of the College’s resort and hospitality management program. She returns to Killington as general manager of the Lodge, the residence hall for the Killington School of Resort Management, and assists with admissions recruiting and marketing. Previously she worked at Stratton Mountain Resort as lift operations manager. In 2011 Aimee was voted among the “top 20 professionals under 30 in North America” by Ski Area Management magazine.

Jill Seeland joins GMC as a specialist in the College’s communications department. She’s heading up the College’s social media efforts while assisting with writing, photography and website maintenance. Jill graduated with a bachelor of arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey where she studied psychology and theatre. She brings a strong background in broadcast media including radio news journalism and webcast business market analysis

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