Program Director Dr. Gwen Ortmeyer P12, 16
Throughout her 19 years of business consulting, Gwen Ortmeyer has helped business teams design and execute market and business strategy. Dr. Ortmeyer is also active in the design and delivery of in-house executive learning programs in marketing, competitive strategy, market planning and implementation, and business management. She has specificdomain knowledge in the marketing discipline, including such areas as branding, positioning, integrated marketing communications, pricing, retailing and market research.
Dr. Ortmeyer has worked with executives in many different firms including Unilever,Seagram, Newell Rubbermaid, Amgen, AT&T, Avon, Boston Scientific, Cisco Systems, Citibank, Corning, DuPont Dow Elastomers, Fleet, Gilead, Honeywell, Household International, Kimberly-Clark, Land’s End, Life Technologies, National Starch, Navistar, Norfolk & Southern, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Praxair, PSE&G, Siemens, Specialty Minerals and Texas Instruments.
Dr. Ortmeyer has served as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Columbia and Harvard Business Schools and as an Associate Professor of Business Practice at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In addition she has taught in executive education programs at various business schools including Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Columbia. Dr. Ortmeyer received her B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Program Coordinator Michele Gerdes
Michele Gerdes has spent 15 of her 27-year teaching career at Dana Hall. She has taught students in 6th through 12th grades in both mathematics and science. She is the current recipient of the Blair Jenkins Faculty Chair for Math and Science. At Dana Hall, Gerdes serves as the Middle School Mathematics Coordinator, the Standardized Testing Program Coordinator and a member of the Admission Committee. From New York University she earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and her Master’s Degree in Science Education.
Assistant Program Director Anita Lavakumar
Anita Lavakumar spent 10 years working as a Computer Engineer and Systems Analyst and later switched her career to fulfill her dream of becoming a math teacher. She has been at Dana Hall for two of her seven-year teaching career and has primarily taught Mathematics. Recently, Anita has been able to bring her engineering experience to Dana Hall and has taught courses such as Principles in Engineering and AP Computer Science. She earned her Bachelor's in Science Degree from Tufts University as a Computer Engineer and a Masters in Education from UMass Lowell.