B.A. Middlebury College
M.Ed. Harvard University
Kristin Ryan holds a Master’s in Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and has been a part of the Dana Hall community since 2000. In her role as Dean of Students, Kristin leads the Student Affairs department at Dana Hall. Kristin has developed Dana Hall’s student leadership curriculum, which includes facilitating regular leadership workshops for 60 student leaders, and has presented on leadership education at a number of national conferences. As an on-campus faculty member, Kristin enjoys living alongside students and taking part in the various elements of boarding school life. “With training and support, I feel strongly that every girl has the ability to take on the challenges of high school with confidence and self-awareness. By focusing on each individual’s strengths and exposing participants to various leadership models, this program will leave each girl with a better understanding of herself, as well as her own aspirations for high school.”
Assistant Head of School
B.A. Cornell University
M.Ed. Harvard University
Rob Mather has been at Dana Hall since 1992. He served for many years as Dana Hall’s Director of Studies, and is a faculty member in the Social Studies Department. Rob works closely with the Academic Dean and Department Heads’ Committee to help foster academic growth and curriculum development across the disciplines. In various roles during his tenure at the School, Rob has served as a teacher, coach, class advisor, and administrator. He lives on campus with his wife and two daughters. “Dana Hall is a special place, and I’m delighted we’re able to welcome participants from across the country to our beautiful campus. More importantly, though, I’m excited by the opportunity to engage them with the exceptional leadership curriculum the School has developed over the years.”
B.S. College of Engineering, Northeastern University
Sarah Belliveau is a Dana Hall Upper School science teachers. She teaches a freshman course in conceptual physics and a junior and senior course in algebra-based physics. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Sarah oversees students’ academic transition to Dana Hall as the Academic Class Dean for the 9th grade. In this role, she works closely with students as they acclimate to the culture and customs of Dana Hall.
"My favorite part of every year is the 9th grade class retreat,” says Belliveau. “Students are getting to know one another, while working on leadership challenges on a high ropes course. Like these 9th grade students, I am looking forward to working with the GSLP participants as they get to know their own strengths and challenge themselves to push beyond their comfort zone.” Sarah has also been a part of many diversity initiatives, including the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) Diversity Workshop and Diversity Directions. For the 2016-17 school year, Sarah will be the faculty advisor to Bridge (Dana's Gay-Straight Alliance). She has served as the Educational Technology Facilitator for the Science Department, working with teachers and students to navigate the implementation of 21st-century skills in the classroom. The past four years, Sarah has also coached a variety of sports at Dana Hall, including ice hockey, softball, field hockey and personal fitness.
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.S. Regis College (MA)
Margie Bailey is the Shipley Center Program Coordinator at Dana Hall School. In addition to her duties in the Athletic Department, Margie is an advisor for the Peer Education Program, multi-season coach, and fitness instructor. Before arriving at Dana Hall, Margie was a four-year Varsity Lacrosse starter at St. Lawrence University and was formerly the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Regis College. Outside of Dana Hall, Margie currently is a Central Mass. Club Lacrosse Coach.
GUIDA MATTISON '98
Professional Mentor Coordinator
B.A. Union College
M.Ed. Boston College
Guida Mattison '98, worked at Dana Hall from 2003 -2014, and holds a Master's in Education Administration with a focus in secondary schools. Guida worked primarily in the area of Health and Wellness. In this role she developed health curriculum, organized programs and taught classes to grades 7-12. In addition, she has advised, coached and lived in the dormitories. Guida is a Dana Hall alumna, attending from seventh through 12th grade. "My time at Dana Hall has made me realize the benefits of single sex education and the environment it creates to support and encourage all girls. I am very excited to be a part of this program, which I feel is a great representation of all that the school stands for." Guida is currently a Health and Wellness teacher at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, Mass.
Young Alumnae Mentors
AMANDA FONTANA '16, GSLP '13
Why Amanda thinks that GSLP is an important program: "Being able to harness your leadership skills at a young age is very beneficial for life. This program gives participants the chance to discover who they are as individuals, while opening them up to new opportunities and encouraging them to take healthy risks. GSLP is important because it provides girls with the chance to obtain these skills for the first time, and for girls to further improve their pre-existing skills. It also builds confidence in girls. Before participants can understand what type of leader they are or who they want to be, they need to be confident in themselves and GSLP allows them to discover that confidence. Being confident when entering high school can dramatically change a girl’s experience in a positive way because it helps a girl live more comfortably in her own skin."
RAYA HUSAMI '16, GSLP '13Why Raya thinks that GSLP is a particularly important program
: "I think that an all-girls environment is extremely important for leadership training. The girls that come to the program learn and grow together. No one is an expert or completely experienced, but by the end of the program, they are much closer than they were at the beginning of the program. Every girl, even the mentors, find her strengths and weakness in a safe, judgment-free environment. By the end of the program, they’re equipped with proper leadership tools and, most importantly, confidence. I want to help girls grow like I did when I was in GSLP."