Heather Grier


Heather is a native Vermonter, and outdoor enthusiast. She grew up skiing at Killington, then raced in high school for the Mill River Ski Team, training at Okemo. After high school she taught herself to snowboard and later competed in all disciplines, excelling in BX and alpine racing.

Heather coached Varsity snowboard teams at Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Rutland High School. Later she coached snowboarding and taught Social Studies at Killington Mountain School and was the KSC Weekend Snowboard Program Director. She also coached youth soccer at age 18, and was the K-12 Womens Soccer Director at West Rutland School from 2000-2004. Heather was the first women to coach a Men’s Varsity Soccer team in the State of Vermont.

Heather is currently also in yoga teacher training program and is a freelance real estate paralegal. In the summer she works as a hiking guide, qigong instructor and fitness manager at New Life Hiking Spa. She also enjoys riding motocross and playing golf with her husband Kevin.

-College of St. Joseph, BA Liberal Studies, Cum Laude, Phi Alpha Theta

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Dan Weintraub

English, Social Studies
Dan Weintraub arrives at OMS after close to 30 years of full time teaching in both public and independent schools. Dan most recently taught and coached soccer at Kimball Union Academy, serving as both the chair of the history department and varsity girls soccer coach. In his free time Dan writes (he has written a book about coaching youth sports), is a touring singer-songwriter, and coaches soccer with Lightning SC. Dan has two children, Hannah 17 and Eli 15.

-Brandeis University: BA in History
-Tufts University: Masters in Secondary Education

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Bowen Malcolm


Bo hails from Pawlet, a cow town due west of Ludlow on the other side of Mount Tabor. A native Vermonter, Bo's family moved around the state during his youth; however, skiing was always a constant. Bo raced at a number of hills, including Stowe, where he enrolled at Mount Mansfield Winter Academy.

Eager to see more of the country, Bo left Vermont and attended Colorado College. It was there in the shadow of Pikes Peak that he discovered a passion for literature, poetry especially, and began to hone the craft of his own writing. After graduating with a bachelor's in English, Bo returned to the old home place and taught at his high school alma mater. Now, he is very excited to have found another lively community centered around his favorite sport. He knows the ins-and-outs of academy life, and admires what these young athletes are trying to achieve. He strives to see his students succeed in each their own way and become well-rounded individuals.

Bo is a new coach at OMARA, ripping it up with the U10s on weekends. When not at school or on the slopes, Bo loves to read, write, hike, garden, watch films, and go on road trips with his girlfriend, Olive.

-B.A in English from Colorado College

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Beth Burgeson

History & English

Beth is a Ludlow resident with a long career in journalism and publishing. She was an editor and reporter for Connecticut newspapers for many years before moving to Vermont, and has worked in publishing here in Vermont for the past 20 years. She has received recognition in both journalism and writing, including recent publication as a finalist for the Vermont Writers’ Prize. She enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and skiing. Beth is looking forward to sharing her love of writing and communication as well as winter sports with the students at OMS.

- Mount Holyoke College: BA English

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Abigail Spillane (Teullane)


Abigail has always had a passion for education and getting outside. After college, she spent 2 years working as an environmental educator for Nature’s Classroom. She then went on to get a Masters in Childhood Education. She has worked at schools in upstate New York, Australia, and most recently Connecticut. Originally from the Adirondacks, Abigail has spent the last 3 years teaching at an independent elementary school in New Haven, Connecticut. She recently moved to the area to be closer to the mountains.  Newly married, her and her husband, Forrest, live in Chester, VT. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside to camp, hike, swim and snowboard, and is trying to get the hang of frisbee golf.

B.S. in Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh

M.S.T in Childhood Education at SUNY Potsdam

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Mariel Meringolo

Head of School

Mariel has been a member of the OMS staff since 2004.  She has served in the following roles at OMS: mathematics department head, development coordinator, special programs coordinator, and admissions assistant. She currently coaches the U10s at Okemo Mountain. Mariel loves winter sports and travel. She lives in Ludlow, VT with her husband, Mike.

Brandeis University: BA Economics

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Ashley Billings

Assistant to the Head of School
English & Social Studies Teacher

Ashley was born and raised right here in Ludlow, Vermont. She started ski racing for Okemo Mountain at the young age of 6 years old and attended OMS for a few years throughout middle school. Throughout college she worked as a substitute teacher and Varsity Softball Coach, which lead her to pursuing her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She recently was issued her teaching license in the state of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Ashley lives in Rockingham with her fiancé and their fur babies (2 dogs & cat). She spends most of her free time going for motorcycle rides, traveling, hiking with her dogs, fishing and water skiing on Lake Rescue, and skiing Okemo in the winter. 

- Castleton University: BS Sports Administration, minors in Hospitality, Business, and Coaching
- Franklin Pierce University: Master of Elementary Education

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Leslie Cassano

Dean of Academics, High School

After graduating with a Master’s degree, Leslie concentrated on Alternative education, working at The East Hill School in Andover, Vermont, and The Mount Ascutney School in Brownsville, Vermont. She spent two summers as co-director at the Killington Music Festival for young musicians. Leslie took part in developing an interactive web site, hosted through Harvard University, bringing “live” Antarctic research into the classroom. She has written curriculum in a variety of subject areas, which has been approved by the Vermont Department of Education, and implemented in the classroom. In 2006, she began teaching at OMS, before accepting her Administration position as Dean of Academics in 2011. Leslie loves to run, snowboard, cross country ski, and surf.

Rosemont College: BS Sociology
St. Joseph’s Academy: Master’s in Education

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Kate Foster

Dean of Academics, Middle School

Kate spent one year at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and two years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in oncology clinical research. She specialized in project management of clinical trials in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and bone marrow transplant. Kate taught science and math at OMS and started as the Assistant Dean of Academics in 2012. Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, horse-back riding, and skiing. She currently lives in Weston, VT with her husband, Ryan.

University of Vermont: BA Biology
Yale University: Masters of Public Health

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Michelle Bos-Lun

English, Social Studies, Language Arts

In the summer, Michelle works for World Learning running cross-cultural youth programs. In recent years she has taught in the Governor's Institute for Current Events and Youth Activism, the Belarus Young Leaders Program and the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Michelle has taught at The Meeting School, The Compass School, and directed a youth program at Youth Services of Windham County. She has been the program director for Metta Connections programs to India since 2014. She designs and leads cultural immersion programs with a service component in India to raise funds for a school in Bihar province. Her next India program will be in the fall of 2018.

Michelle’s interests include writing, gardening, vegetarian cooking, hiking, and spending time with her granddaughter. She is married to Ron Bos-Lun (also a teacher), and is mother to three adult children.  She lives in Westminster, Vermont.

- Beloit College: BA Sociology
- Lock Haven University: Post-graduate education courses
- School for International Training: MA International Education

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Alison DesLauriers

Mathematics – Department Chair

Alison DesLauriers teaches high school level math at OMS. Alison enjoys public service almost as much as teaching. She has served her community in the capacity of school director for over 20 years, while raising her family, and teaching at OMS for 10 of those years. She lives in Chester with her husband John. Alison likes to ski, snowshoe, garden, and spend time with her adult children, Marc Tom and Margie.

- Bowdoin College
- University of Colorado/Boulder
- University of Vermont BS Business Administration

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Maura Cornish


After 30 years of teaching in New York, Maura brings her many talents to us. She is certified in teaching braille and sign language and has used the arts as a way of communication. Maura also has trained countless guiding eye dogs.  Maura lives in Ludlow for the winter with her husband, Pete, and they reside in Carmel, NY in the summer.

- College of New Rochelle & Dominican College, NY

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Wendy Hayward

English, Social Studies, and College Guidance Coordinator

Wendy Hayward started at OMS in 2015. Wendy has served as the Associate Director of Education, Head of School, and served on the admissions staff at Southern Vermont College. She has been an independent educational consultant since 1980. Wendy lives in Chester and is also a landscape artist, writer and traveler.

- University of Denver: BA Social Sciences
- Northern Illinois University: MS Ed Secondary Ed, Special Ed, Administration
- University of Geneva: Certificate in French
- Penobscot Language School: TESOL/TEFL certificates

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Uli Donohue

Science Chair, Math

Originally born in Germany, Uli’s passion for traveling and learning brought her to attend colleges and work in Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, England, and the US over the years. She lives in Ludlow with her daughter, Clara, and partner, Matt.

Other than teaching at OMS, Uli loves managing the two properties she inherited from her first husband, John, and loves spending time with her goofy daughter. 

- National University of Ireland, Galway: BS Mathematical Sciences and MS Astronomy
- University of Southampton, UK: PhD Physical Oceanography
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: Postdoctoral Research

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Kathy Gates

Computer science, math, technology

Kathy teaches math, computers and engineering at OMS. She spent 17 years as a senior software engineer and has experience in Visual C++, Java Script, OCAML, Basic, C, and Fortran. She lives in Mount Holly with her husband, Al.

- Central Connecticut State University:  Middle/High School Teaching Certificate
- Rochester Institute of Technology: BS Computer Science
- Morrisville Community College: AS Computer Science

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Russ Hurlburt


Russ got his start in 1990 as a mountain ski photographer at Okemo, with Photos By Reflex. Over the years, he’s evolved into a versatile photographer, specializing in weddings, sports, portraits and landscapes. In his free time, Russ can usually be found outdoors, either skiing, boating, biking, running or working on his house. He lives on Echo Lake in Plymouth, with his wife, Abby, and their wolf pack (2 dogs and a cat).

- Saint Anselm College: BA Business Management

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Michelle Merola

Science, Technology

Michelle served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco (2011-2013).  In spring 2015, Michelle went to Southeast Asia to take a TESL course; she then taught English in northern Thailand. Michelle worked for seven seasons as an outdoor educator at Nature's Classroom. In her free time Michelle enjoys doing yoga, hiking, cross county skiing, knitting and many other crafts. 

- Saint Michaels College, B.A.

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