Faculty/Staff Directory

Departments

MICHAEL BIERMANN Director of Athletics & Fitness
Experiential Education, Capstone Coordinator

mbiermann@besanthill.org

Credentials
Eastern Illinois University, B.S.

CHRISTOPHER CAIRNES Math & Science Instructor

ccairnes@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Cornell University, B.A.

DAN CALL Arts Chair

dcall@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Cleveland State University, M.M.
Lake Erie College, B.F.A.

OLIVER CORNELL Design & Marketing Coordinator

ocornell@besanthill.org

DARCY CORSON Science Instructor

dcorson@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Bowdoin College, B.A.

DAVID COSBY Music Chair

dcosby@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Rutgers University, B.M.
University of Virginia, M.M.

PATTY COSBY Residential Life

pcosby@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Raul Ilva Henriques College

ABBY ELIZABETH CROFT Director of College Counseling

acroft@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Ball State University, B.S.
Ball State University, M.A.
Indiana State University, M.S.

DANA DWIRE Executive Assistant to the Head of School

ddwire@besanthill.org

Credentials:
California State University, Northridge, B.A.

RICHARD ELLWOOD ’92 Director of Technology

rellwood@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Besant Hill School (Happy Valley School) 1992

CARISSA FENNEY Office Manager

cfenney@besanthill.org

LELAND FULTON Science Instructor, Experiential Learning Coordinator

Credentials:
Southern Oregon University, B.S.
University of Portland, M.A.T.

TERRA FURGUIEL Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

tfurguiel@besanthill.org

Credentials:
San Diego State University, A.A.

NESTOR GERÓNIMO Spanish Instructor

ngeronimo@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Universidad de Michoacán, B.A.

LORI HALEEN Health Services Director

lhaleen@besanthill.org

MONICA HELMS Accounting Manager

mhelms@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of Laverne, A.A.
University of Laverne, B.S.
University of Laverne, M.B.A.

KELLY HENSCHEL Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Support Director

kellyhenschel@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay M.S.Ed
San Francisco State University, SSTC
University of California, Davis, B.S.

KEVIN HENSCHEL ’93 Development & Alumni Relations Officer

805-646-4343 ext. 344
khenschel@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Besant Hill School (Happy Valley School) 1993

TONY HUANG English Instructor

thuang@besanthill.org

Johns Hopkins University, B.A.
Pepperdine University, MAT

PORTIA JOHNSON ’00 Interim Head of School

pjohnson@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of New England, M.S.Ed.
West Virginia University, B.A.
Besant Hill School (Happy Valley School), 2000

JUANA JUAREZ Director of Dining Services

jjuarez@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley
Culinary Classroom, Los Angeles

KRISTEN KASCHUB Director of Advancement & External Affairs

kkaschub@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.Ed.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

THOMAS KEEN Senior Associate Director of Admissions

tkeen@besanthill.org

JULIANNA LAMB History Instructor

jlamb@besanthill.org

Credentials:
California State University, Fullerton, B.A.
California State University, Fullerton, M.A.

TINA LESLIE International Alumni Liaison, ESL Instructor

tleslie@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of California, Santa Barbara, TESOL Cert
Teaching Cred
California State University, Northridge, M.A.
California State University, Chico, B.S.

CLAIRE LOWNDES Visual Arts Instructor

clowndes@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Staffordshire University, B.A.
Birmingham City University, PGCE

WADE LYLE Director of Facilities

wlyle@besanthill.org

BRIAN MCCOLGAN Math Instructor
Instructional Support, Tutor

bmccolgan@besanthill.org

Credentials:
California Polytechnic State University, B.S.
College of Santa Fe, Training

CHRISTINA MORELLI Transportation Manager

cmorelli@besanthill.org

DHARINI RASIAH Digital & Multimedia Arts Instructor
Art, Art History Instructor

drasiah@besanthill.org

Credentials:
UCLA, MA

SHANNON ROWAN Director of International Student Programs

srowan@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of California, Santa Barbara, TESOL
Humbolt State University, B.A.

ALEX SMITH Chief Executive Officer, Chief Executive Officer Happy Valley Foundation

asmith@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of Redlands
California State University, Chico, B.A.

MARY SPENCEEnglish Instructor

mspence@besanthill.org

Credentials:
California Institute of Arts, BFA
Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, MA

BETSY STIX Human Development Coordinator
French Instructor

bstix@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Stanford School of Education, M.A.
Williams College, B.A.

IRENE TIRELLA Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Affairs

itirella@besanthill.org

Credentials: 
St. Peter’s University M.A.
Pace University B.A.

FRANCOIS TCHOYI ’11 Social Sciences Instructor

ftchoyi@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Cal Poly Pomona, BA

MEGAN WALTON Assistant Head of School

mwalton@besanthill.org

Credentials:
John Carroll University, B.A.
Concordia University, M.Ed.

MARION WEIL ’60 Alumni Liaison

mweil@besanthill.org

Credentials:
Scrips College, B.A.
Brandeis University, M.A.
University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.
Happy Valley School (Besant Hill School), 1960

JOHN WILKINSON, PhD Environmental Sustainability Director
Science Instructor

jwilkinson@besanthill.org

Credentials:
University of Maryland, B.S.
San Francisco State University, M.S.
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ph.D.

KATHY ZOTNOWSKI Director of Development & Alumni Relations

kzotnowski@besanthill.org

Credentials:
California State University Northridge, M.S., LMFT
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.