Administration, Faculty & Staff

Exceptional Educators

Newark Academy is guided by a talented and experienced group of educators. The Administrative leadership team is charged with implementing Newark Academy’s mission through intentional and fiscally prudent management of day-to-day operations. Academic Department Chairs, who are also members of the faculty, work closely with administrative leaders to develop and execute NA’s curriculum which provides students with both content mastery and essential skills acquisition. Working collaboratively, both leadership groups rely on the expertise of Newark Academy’s masterful faculty who form deep intellectual and supportive connections with our students.

Members of the NA faculty members are lifelong learners, modeling a depth of intellectual curiosity for their students. Averaging 16 years of teaching experience, NA faculty members possess mastery of their subject matter, belief in student dialogue as a tool for intellectual discovery and commitment to helping each student explore his or her potential. To learn more, view the list of NA faculty and staff.
Administrative Leadership Team

List of 23 members.

  • Photo of Donald Austin

    Donald Austin 

    Head of School
    Georgetown University - A.B.
    New York University - M.A.
    New York University - M.Phil.
  • Photo of Tom Ashburn

    Tom Ashburn 

    Middle School Principal, Assistant Director of Summer Programs
    Marist College - B.A.
    College of Saint Elizabeth - M.A.
  • Photo of Catherine Atwell

    Catherine Atwell 

    Upper School Principal
    Dartmouth College - B.A.
    Stanford University - M.A.
    University of Southern California - Ed.D
  • Photo of Nancy Celente

    Nancy Celente 

    Director of Summer Programs
    Delaware Valley College - B.S.
    College of St. Elizabeth - M.A.
  • Photo of Rochelle Edwards

    Rochelle Edwards 

    Director of Equity & Inclusion
    Rice University - B.A.
    Ohio Northern University - J.D. with distinction
    University of South Carolina - Ph.D. (ABD)
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    Pegeen Galvin 

    Director of Upper School Student Life
    Williams College - B.A.
    Middlebury College - M.A.
  • Photo of Sam Goldfischer

    Sam Goldfischer 

    Director of Business and Finance
    Rutgers University - B.A.
  • Photo of Sarah Guelich

    Sarah Guelich 

    Director of Human Resources, Asst. Director of Business & Finance, Varsity Cross Country Head Coach
    Rowan University - B.A.
    Kean Universtiy - M.A.
  • Photo of David Kapferer

    David Kapferer 

    Director of Technology and Media Services
    Lehigh University - B.A.
    Wilkes University - M.S.
  • Photo of Seth Lieberman

    Seth Lieberman 

    Director of Athletics
    Springfield College - M. Ed.
    Clark University - B.A.
  • Photo of Rose McSween

    Rose McSween 

    Chief Advancement Officer
    Dartmouth College - B.A.
    NYU Stern School of Business - MBA
    NYU Steinhardt School of Education - M.A.
    Fordham University - Ed.D
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    Kirsti Morin 

    Middle School Counselor
    Mary Washington College - B.A. in Humanities and Education
    Seton Hall - Masters in School Counseling
    Drew University - M.Lit
  • Photo of Lisa Mulligan

    Lisa Mulligan 

    Senior Director of Advancement
    Upsala College - B.A.
  • Photo of Traci Osterhagen Brock

    Traci Osterhagen Brock 

    Dean of Faculty
    University of Florida - B.A.
    University of Florida - M.Ed.
    Lewis & Clark College - ABD
  • Photo of Hernando Santamaria

    Hernando Santamaria 

    Middle School Assistant Principal, NA Faculty, Boys' Varsity Soccer Head Coach, Director of NA Athletic Camps
    St. Peter's College - B.A.
    Mercy College - M.A.
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    Lou Scerra 

    Chief Strategy Officer, Varsity Tennis Coach
    Duke University - Fuqua School of Business - M.B.A.
    Dartmouth College - A.B.
    Fordham University - M.A.
    Emerson College - M.F.A.
  • Photo of Alexis Sommers

    Alexis Sommers 

    Director of Admission and Financial Aid
    Trinity College - B.A.
    New York University - M.A.
  • Photo of Carol Spooner

    Carol Spooner 

    Upper School Counselor
    Ursinus College - B.A.
    Acadia College - M.Ed.
    Chestnut Hill College - M.S. in Counseling Psychology
  • Photo of Brian Stephenson

    Brian Stephenson 

    Director of Operations
  • Photo of Neil Stourton

    Neil Stourton 

    Director of Sustainability, English Faculty
    University of York - B.A.
    University of Warwick - M.A.
    University of Cambridge - P.G.C.E.
  • Photo of Jeffrey Vinikoor

    Jeffrey Vinikoor 

    Director of Studies, Class of 2024 Dean
    Princeton University - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Renee Walker

    Renee Walker 

    Director of Communications and Marketing
    Rutgers University - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.S.
    Rutgers University - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Kerry Winiarski

    Kerry Winiarski 

    Director of College Counseling
    Duke University - AB
    Ohio State University - M.S.
Academic Department Chairs

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Caitlin Ciampaglio

    Caitlin Ciampaglio 

    Chair, Science Department
    Montclair State University - B.S.
    Montclair State University - M.S.
  • Photo of Cori Eggert

    Cori Eggert 

    Chair, Math Department; Service Coordinator
    Western New England University - B.A.
    Teachers College Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Diana Fernandes

    Diana Fernandes 

    Chair, Health Department
    Montclair State University - B.A.
  • Photo of Viraj Lal

    Viraj Lal 

    Chair, Arts Department; Choral Music
    Rutgers University - B.M.
    Florida State University - M.M.E.
  • Photo of Tim McCall

    Tim McCall 

    Chair, Humanities Department
    Bates College - B.A.
    University of Connecticut - M.A.
  • Photo of Patty Pascal

    Patty Pascal 

    Chair, Language Department
    University of Valley, Colombia - B.A.
    National Autonomous University of Mexico - M.A.
    National Autonomous University of Mexico - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Daniel Reed

    Daniel Reed 

    Chair, English Department
    Middlebury College - B.A.
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