Administration and Staff

It's the people who make the difference in a school, and each of University Prep's administration and staff members embody the three essential qualifications for creating an extraordinary experience for our students: they are well-trained and highly capable in their respective fields; they are committed to the work of education and to engaging with our students.


Catherine Blundell

Director of Advancement

Ken Jaffe

Assistant Head of School and Director of Upper School

Richard Kassissieh

Assistant Head of School for Academics and Strategic Initiatives

Mary Beth Lambert

Director of Marketing and Communications

Susan Lansverk

Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations

E-chieh Lin

Director of Diversity and Community and Director of Hiring

Lila Lohr

Interim Head of School

Shavette McGhee

Director of Enrollment Management

Susie Wu

Director of Middle School


Farzana Bi

Division Directors' Assistant

Anne Bingham

Library Director

John Brooks

Systems Administrator

Toby Cattolico

Stewardship and Engagement Officer

Christina Coleman

AR/AP Specialist

Asha Dean

Associate Director of Upper School Admission and Community Engagement

Stephanie Dobler

Learning Pathways Teacher

Katharine Durkee

Associate Director of Advancement

Abby Formella

Associate Director of Digital & Brand Communications

Scott Gerber

Maintenance Assistant

Brian Gonzales

Director of Global Programs

Leah Griffin


Kelly Herrington

Director of College Counseling and Student Services

Emily Irwin


Kyle Lawhead

Assistant Director of Middle School

Jill Leahy

Associate Director of Diversity and Community

Vani Limaye

Operations and Database Administrator

David Lopez

Maintenance Assistant

Rachael Lydeard

Learning Specialist

Patrick McAuliffe


Catherine McNutt

Advancement Engagement Officer

Rocio Medina-Ovando

Instructional Coach

Rebecca Moe

Director of Athletics

Andrea Moore


Britten Nelson

Associate Director of College Counseling

Alexis Ortega

Associate Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Martin Pawlina

Director of Facilities

Janet Perles

Learning Pathways Teacher

Da'Mon Perry

Assistant Director of Athletics

Sarah Peterson

Associate Director of Upper School and Mathematics Teacher

Sashil Pillay

Main Office Coordinator

Caprice Pine

Human Resources Manager

Debbie Playter

Executive Assistant

Andrew Richardson

Transportation Manager

Wendy Robbins

College Counseling Assistant

Shannon Salverda

Director of Integrated Learning

Nancy Schatz Alton


Emily Schorr Lesnick

Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator

Elizabeth Skjei

Accounting Assistant

Julie Smith

Learning and Testing Specialist

Linda Smith

Main Office Coordinator

Amy Spivey

Director of Information Technology

Caleb Strehlo

Systems Administrator

Christina Taylor

Associate Director of Global Programs

Melaine Taylor

Associate Director of Middle School Admission

Jeff Tillinghast

Director of Learning Design and Technology

Mary Karen Vellines

Associate College Counselor

Binh Vong

Payroll/Human Resources Specialist