John Tribuna

Spanish

Originally from the Boston, Massachusetts, area, John has been living, traveling and teaching foreign languages (Spanish, German, Japanese, and English) as well as supporting students with learning differences, for more than twenty years. John taught English in Japan from 1996 to 2001, taught history, language, culture and study skills as well as Outdoor Leadership Skills at the Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut from 2001-2003, then earned his Master's in TESOL at SIT in Brattleboro, Vermont, 2003 - 2005. From 2005-2007 he reprised his duties from Forman at the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, adding Cross-Country Ski Coach to his repertoire, participating in the Canadian Ski Marathon each year. In 2008 he spent a year teaching immigrant students in the Lewiston/Auburn, Maine public schools before moving to Qatar, where from 2008 to 2015 he worked at Qatar University as a Lecturer of English Language and Culture, while coordinating Special Needs Support for the university’s Foundation Program. At the same time, he volunteered as the Rambles & Trips Coordinator for the Qatar Natural History Group and became involved in animal rescue and placement. Upon his return to the US, he has been teaching Spanish language and culture at the Compass School in Westminster, Vermont, a small 7-12 independent school. He is in the process of applying to volunteer for the New Hampshire Department of Education for immigrant training and support. He lives in Townshend, Vermont, with his two pups, Syrah and Trooper, who he rescued in Qatar. This is John’s first year teaching at OMS and he is looking forward to getting to know his students one on one.

 

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Ashley Billings

English, Social Studies

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 boyfriend 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

Contact Ashley
abillings@okemomountainschool.org

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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

Contact Mariel
mmeringolo@okemomountainschool.org
802-228-1513

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Katie HamlinAdministrative
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

Contact Leslie
lcassano@okemomountainschool.org
802-228-1510

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Katie HamlinAdministrative
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

Contact Kate
kfoster@okemomountainschool.org
(802) 228 -1112

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Katie HamlinAdministrative
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

Contact Michelle
mboslun@okemomountainschool.org

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Sean Dempsey

Science

After working in environmental education as a teacher and program coordinator for Nature's Classroom, Sean obtained his masters in education, left the deserts of Arizona and moved back to the Northeast. Sean spend his summers as the manager of Coolidge State Park in Plymouth, Vermont where Sean had a chance to educate the public about the history of the area, its natural setting and ecology.

- Boston College, B.S. in Environmental Geo-science
- Arizona State University, M.ed Secondary Science Education

Contact Sean
sdempsey@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
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

Contact Alison
adeslauriers@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
Maura Cornish

Art

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

Contact Maura
mcornish@okemomountainschool.org

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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

Contact Wendy
whayward@okemomountainschool.org

 

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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

Contact Uli
udonohue@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
Shana Frank

Math

This is Shana's first year teaching mathematics at OMS. Previously, she was a teacher in public and independent schools, including Putney School, and tutor for children in homeschooling families. Shana encourages students to make sense of mathematics in meaningful and useful ways. In addition to teaching, she reviews manuscripts for the journal, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle Grades, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Shana enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, and yoga. She lives in Putney, VT, with her Maine coon cat Rascal.

- San Francisco State University: BA Geology
- Keene State College: Masters in Education
- Boston University: CAGS in Mathematics Education

Contact Shana
sfrank@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
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

Contact Kathy
kgates@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
Russ Hurlburt

Photography

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

Contact Russ
rhurlburt@okemomountainschool.org

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Rossana Landau

Spanish

Rossana is a native Spanish speaker and spent eleven years as a Spanish teacher in Lima, Peru. After moving back to the United States, she worked for three years as an outreach coordinator and Hispanic advocate at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.  Following her advocacy work, she pursued her passion of teaching Spanish for the next nine years at Mascoma High School, Crossroad Academy, Lakeland, and Oxford Comprehensive High school, in New Hampshire and Maine.  Rossana is currently working towards her CAGS certification at South of Maine University. This is an advanced certification to become a Principal or Assistant principal. She has been teaching at OMS since 2012 and loves working one on one with the students. In her free time, Rossana enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

- Saint Martin of Porres University in Lima, Peru
- Plymouth State University, Bachelor in Spanish
- Plymouth State University, Master in Spanish Education

Contact Rossana
rlandau@okemomountainschool.org

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Kevin Nunan

Social Studies - Department Chair

evin has been a social studies teacher at OMS for over 10 years. He is a State Certified Level I Educator for grades 7-12 in PA and VT. He is also a nationally certified Level I Fire Fighter, CPR certified, National Incident Management System certified, and treasurer for the Reading Volunteer Fire Department.

Kevin enjoys snowboarding and riding his motorcycle. He is married with two children and lives in Reading, VT.

- West Chester University: BS Education

Contact Kevin
knunan@okemomountainschool.org

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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.

Contact Michelle
mmerola@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
John Rushing

English - Department Chair

John has taught at OMS since 2012. He previously taught English at the Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. He spent twenty-five years as a professional writer in the fields of journalism and communications and over five years as a tutor. John is married and lives in Dorset. He enjoys playing, watching, and expounding the tactics of soccer. He also loves reading, learning, cooking, snowboarding, spending time with his adult children, living in VT, and working alongside the dedicated and joyous student-athletes at OMS.

- lllinois State University: BS Political Science

Contact John
jrushing@okemomountainschool.org

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Bryan Sell

Science

Bryan moved with his wife and three-year old son to Vermont in 2017 to take advantage of an active outdoor lifestyle. He has taught and worked as a researcher at the college level for over a decade and is now excited for a new chapter in life working with student athletes. In general, Bryan loves anything to do with mountains and hence his education background.

Bryan has travelled the world and lived in various parts of the U.S. and Switzerland. Now settled into Mendon, VT, his primary passion is mountain biking mixed with occasional hiking and rock climbing. He often tells people that he moved here to ski in the off-season, but secretly cannot wait to get on his snowboard.

- Indiana University of Pennsylvania: B.S. Geoscience
- University of California: M.S. Geology (Paleontology)
- Syracuse University: Ph.D. Earth Science (Geochemistry)

Contact Bryan
bsell@okemomountainschool.org

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Katie HamlinMath & Science
Wendy Schultz

Spanish

Wendy Schultz, M. Ed., returns for a fourth year as a tutor of Spanish.  Wendy lived and worked in Costa Rica full time from 2006-2013.  She is a Vermont Licensed K-12 Educator and the Spanish teacher by day at Green Mountain Union Middle & High School in the nearby town of Chester, VT.  As such, she includes/invites OMS students to GM’s sporting events, and social events when appropriate.  This past April, ‘Profe’ (as she likes to be called by students) co-chaperoned 14 GM students on an EF educational tour of Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, and Toledo, Spain.  As a newly-inducted Rotarian and Advisor of GM’s Interact Club (the student arm of Rotary) she is excited to promote and participate in its established service-learning trips to Nicaragua.

- University of Colorado: BA Linguistics
- Rutgers State University of New Jersey: Master of Education

Contact Wendy
wschultz@okemomountainschool.org

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