Faculty + Staff

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Kristen Atkins

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Kristen Atkins joined the MacDuffie community in 2020. Prior to MacDuffie, she enjoyed 22 years working at a New England preparatory school assisting the athletic director. Kristen resides in Greenfield with her husband Harvey and their Brittany Spaniel Emma. She is a proud mother of two grown sons, Jonathan and Timothy.

Kristen enjoys cooking, reading, walking, camping, and attending country concerts with her friends.…

Vanesa Barbosa-Nieves

Housekeeping

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Becky Beth Benedict

Arts Department Chair; Theater Teacher

B.A., University of North Dakota
M.A., University of North Dakota

Becky Beth Benedict grew up as a farmer’s daughter but always knew that her tribe was in the theater.  She studied theater at the Unversity of North Dakota, where she graduated magna cum laude. Known to her students and colleagues as “Ms.…

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Barak Blackburn

Librarian; Creative Writing Teacher; Residential Point Person; Residential Assistant

B.A., Binghamton University

Barak Blackburn joined the MacDuffie residential program in the spring of 2021, and now is all-in on MacDuffie, continuing to be part of the residential community as a point-person, but also serving as the librarian, creative writing teacher, advisor for the literary magazine and newspaper, and helping out in the technology department. He comes to MacDuffie after significant tenures at The Bement School and Rectory School, having experience in teaching, coaching, residential life, administration, development, and technology.…

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Tyron Boswell

Boys’ Basketball Coach

B.A., Northeastern University
M.Ed., University of Rhode Island

Coach Tyron Boswell comes to Granby after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and one as director of basketball operations at the University of Rhode Island under Dan Hurley (UCONN) finishing 51-18 and winning an A-10 Conference Championship. Coach Boswell was instrumental in recruiting players from all regions, his relentless work ethic made him one of the best recruiters in the region.…

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Alexander Breault

Residental Assistant

B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University

Alex Breault joined the staff as a Residential Assistant.  Mr. Breault has a wealth of residential experience, working in both the Summer Academy at Suffield Academy, and at the ASSIST Orientation, a week-long program for approximately 170 international high school students conducted on the campus of Pomfret School.  Mr. Breault holds a BA in History and Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Don Buda

English Teacher

B.A., Boston College
M.A., University of Connecticut

Don Buda joined our English department for the 2021-22 school year, working with Upper School students and as the advisor to The Magnolia, our yearbook. He has over ten years of experience teaching literature and writing at the college level in northern Connecticut. Don earned a B.A. in English and philosophy from Boston College and an M.A.…

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Tatiana Cassel

Residental Assistant

B.A., Smith College

Tatiana Cassel joined the staff as a Residential Assistant after previous work in boarding schools as well as English language coaching in Germany and Poland.  She is an eager proponent of physical media and always has a keen eye open for physical releases of otherwise digital-only content.  In addition to being a physical media enthusiast, she enjoys foreign language pursuits, and has acquired language certificates in a variety of languages, most recently the Goethe-Institute B1 certificate for German proficiency.…

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Fabiana Coelho-Neves

Cleaning Services Manager

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Trish Cox

Dean of Students; Math Teacher

B.A., Goucher College
M.L.A., Western Maryland College

Trish Cox joined the MacDuffie family in 2018 after spending 22 years working at boarding schools in Maryland. As dean of students, she values the opportunities she has to help students grow and learn as young adults. In addition to her role as dean, Trish enjoys teaching math, particularly Algebra I.…

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Kenneth Cusson

Director of Facilities and Maintenance

Ken Cusson has managed MacDuffie’s physical plant operations for over twenty years. He and his wife enjoy camping, going to the beach, and motorcycle riding.

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Dave Denno

History Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., Brown University

Dave Denno works to balance his role as a teacher at MacDuffie with his most important roles in life: father to Elena, Penelope, and Moxie, and husband to Heather. In addition to his academic interests relating to history and philosophy, Dave is especially fond of working on old cars and listening to heavy metal music.…

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Neil Domer-Shank

Assistant Athletic Director; Head Baseball Coach; Physical Education Teacher

B.A., The College of Wooster
M.S., Ohio University

Neil Domer-Shank joined the MacDuffie athletic department staff in 2019, serving as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, teaching physical education classes, and working with student leadership development. “Coach D” spent the last 6 years in a similar role at The Master’s School, and before that was a Youth and Family Services/Camps Director in the Greater Hartford YMCA.…

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Dawn Faber

Director of Academic Support

B.S., Calvin College
M.A., Temple University

Dawn Faber joined MacDuffie in 2016 as the Director of Academic Support. Dawn brought to MacDuffie 35 years of experience in special education, including 25 years with our good friends at Pioneer Valley Christian School. Dawn holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College and an M.A. in Psychology of Reading from Temple University.

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Camilo Fiore

Spanish Teacher

B.A., The George Washington University

Camilo Fiore originally hails from Colombia, but grew up on Long Island, NY. He is currently working towards his M.A. in Spanish Literature at Middlebury College. He has three years of experience teaching Spanish at a co-ed religious boarding school in Hagerstown, MD and is excited to continue that work here at MacDuffie.…

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Meirion George

Athletic Director; P.E. + Health Teacher; Director of Soccer and Girls’ Varsity Soccer Head Coach

B.A., Canterbury Christ Church University, England
Post Grad Certified in Education, Bedford College of Higher Education, England
M.Phil., Canterbury Christ Church University, England

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Autumn Gordon

Middle School Coordinator; History Teacher

B.A., Union College
M.A., Union College

Autumn is a Social Studies and History Teacher at MacDuffie. She lives in Northampton with her family; she has two daughters that keep her happily busy when she is away from school. This is Autumn’s seventh year at MacDuffie and nineteenth year of teaching. Autumn is passionate about teaching, especially when working with the middle school.…

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Edward Gray

Director of Information Technology

B.A., Flagler College

Ed Gray joined MacDuffie in June 2013 after eight years at the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College. Prior to that he worked at Yankee Candle and Sony Electronics. He has lived in Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, and now Granby, Massachusetts. In addition to managing the network, computers, and printers on campus, Ed has been a mentor to the robotics team, taught a programming class, led an after-school chess program, managed the e-sports team, taught 3D printing during the summer camp program, and has been seen playing the ukulele in the annual Magneto Fantastico talent show.

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Steve Griffin P’21, P’23

Head of School

B.Math., Waterloo
B.E., University of Western Ontario
M.E., OISE University of Toronto

Steve Griffin is entering his tenth year as Head of School at The MacDuffie School in Granby, MA, where he has overseen considerable growth in both student population and program offerings.

He spent the previous 15 years in boys’ education in Toronto, Canada, with roles of teacher, coach, department chair, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Head of Upper School, and Head of School.…

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Kristina Hamel P’17

Science Department Chair; Chemistry Teacher

B.S., Bay Path University
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Tina Hamel, Science Department Chair and Chemistry teacher, brings more than fifteen years of teaching experience to MacDuffie, and has taught chemistry, earth science, psychology, forensics, and other subjects during her tenure. A native of Chicopee, Mass., she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bay Path University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst.…

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Kevin Hillman

Language Department Chair; French Teacher; Homestay Coordinator; Cross Country Coach

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Diplôme, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Kevin Hillman’s life always seems to throw something new and exciting at him, and one of his greatest joys as a teacher is seeing students embrace their own experiences in life. Growing up in a rural setting helped foster Kevin’s interest in nature—gardening specifically—and his travels abroad gave him a better sense of the world.…

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Steve Kaminski

Music Teacher

B.Mus., Southern Methodist University

Steve Kaminski spent 26 years in Los Angeles working in the TV entertainment industry. He is happy to be back in New England teaching the importance the musical arts play in a student’s journey and growth. He is thrilled to be teaching music at The MacDuffie school where the arts are a valued part of the curriculum.

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Dana Katz

ELL Department Coordinator; ELL Teacher; Community Service Coordinator

B.A., Smith College
M.A., San Francisco State University

Dana Katz joined MacDuffie in 2018 as an ELL teacher and Department Coordinator.  Ms. Katz was most recently at Darrow School in New York.  She has already had a career that spans the globe, from placements in private industry and the college setting to teaching English in Japan and Israel.…

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Deanne Klingensmith

School Counselor

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.E., Springfield College

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Teresa Kwapisz

ELL Teacher; Residential Assistant

B.A., University of Michigan

Teresa Kwapisz joins the staff as a first-year Residential Assistant and an English Teacher after previously working in language schools in Texas and Puerto Rico. She holds a B.A. in Spanish & Translation from the University of Michigan along with currently working on her Master’s in Education. Outside of work, Teresa enjoys sports, hiking with her dog, reading, speaking other languages, and traveling.…

Michele Landry

Study Hall Supervisor

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Jessinia Lizardi

Housekeeping

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Dina Lyman, ’66, P’03

Dean of Boarding Life and Alumni Relations

A.A., Centenary University

Dina (Waters) Lyman ‘66 returned to MacDuffie at the start of the 1979-80 school year and has served in numerous capacities in the Boarding Department and the school ever since. A fixture on the MacDuffie campus, Dina has seen drastic changes in the school – from its roots as an all-girls’ school in an urban setting to a co-educational, boarding/day school on a 250-acre campus in Granby.…

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Ryan Martin

Senior Admissions Associate; DSO

B.A., American International College

Ryan Martin joined MacDuffie in 2016 as an Admissions Associate.  Ryan holds a B.A. in Communications from American International College.  Ryan has worked as an educator in a 5th-grade classroom and has also been a gymnast and gymnastics instructor.

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Darcie Mavlouganes P’23, P’28

Registrar; PDSO

A.A., Springfield Technical Community College

 
Darcie Mavlouganes joined the MacDuffie family in 2013.  After many years both in and out of the classroom in public and private schools in Springfield, MA, she is happy to be back on the administrative side where there is always a new and interesting challenge to take on.

When she isn’t in the office, Darcie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, especially at the boys’ various sports and scouting events. …

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Roger Moncusi

Science Teacher

Título de grado (B.A.), Universitat de Barcelona
Título de master (M.S.), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Roger is from Barcelona, where he lived until moving to Massachusetts seven years ago.…

Erick Montanez

Erick Montanez joined The MacDuffie School as a Skilled Maintainer. His previous experience is in the property management industry, where he has worked in maintaining vacant single-family homes prior to and during the sale process, and for property management companies in maintaining and turning over apartment homes. In addition to his experience in property management, he also has extensive experience in landscaping and plumbing and holds a refrigeration technician’s license.

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Bill Morris

College Counselor; English Teacher

B.A., University of New Hampshire
M.E., Boston University

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Joan O’Brien

History Department Chair; History Teacher

B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., University of Denver
M.A., University of Massachusetts

Joan O’Brien is beginning her 25th year at MacDuffie where she teaches in the Upper School with occasional forays into the Middle School. Over the years, she has served as a classroom teacher, department chair, and Upper School Head, which has given her a special appreciation of both the close bonds between students and faculty and the collegiality among faculty and staff. …

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Lisa Page

Science Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lisa Page joined the Science department as a Biology and Middle School teacher in 2018.  Ms. Page has previous work experience at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, and at local public schools in the area.  She is also a certified Yoga instructor and is looking to integrate Yoga into her teaching practice both in and outside the classroom. …

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R. Andrew Parker

Business Manager

A.S. Asnuntuck Community College
B.A. Franklin Pierce College
B.S. Southern New Hampshire University
M.L.S. Simmons College
PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Andrew Parker has been at MacDuffie since the 2015-16 school year, having previously worked in public schools and libraries. At MacDuffie, he has overseen the campus master planning process; the installation of turf and grass fields; the acquisition of additional land parcels; and the in-sourcing of cleaning and janitorial services.…

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Everett Perry-Johnson

Dance Teacher; Residential Assistant

B.A., Winthrop University
M.F.A., New York University

Everett Perry-Johnson joins our Arts Department faculty serving as the Dance Teacher, Choreographer for the Winter Musical, Advisor for the NDEO/NHSDA Student Organization, and as a Residential Assistant. Everett’s previous teaching posts were at Winthrop University, Bryn Mawr College, and most recently, Penn State Altoona where he served as the Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance and Director of the Ivyside Dance Ensemble.…

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Erica Piwcio

Health Services Coordinator; School Nurse

A.D.N., Holyoke Community College
A.A., Holyoke Community College

After a long career as a cosmetologist, co-owning a salon/day spa, and raising her family, Erica earned her nursing degree and is proud to be working full time as a head nurse. Originally from Western Mass, she enjoys the different seasons throughout the year and the fresh look they bring.…

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Amanda Putnam

Visual Arts Teacher

B.A., Westfield State University

M.F.A., Academy of Arts University

Amanda Putnam has been with MacDuffie since 2020. On top of teaching, she is a professional freelance fantasy and children’s book illustrator. You can find her work at http://www.amandaputnam.com. She is a native of Springfield, MA, and grew up around the corner from Dr.…

Erin Quigley

Residental Assistant

B.A., Butler University

Erin Quigley brings experience in prep school and camp environments. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Butler University. Ms. Quigley has a background in figure skating, and can also lay claim to being part of a Guinness World Record-setting game of freeze tag!

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Tara Robinson

Assistant Head of School; Academic Dean; Dean of Faculty

B.S., University of Hartford
M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tara is excited to be at MacDuffie after many years in both public and private education. With experiences as a camp counselor, director, teacher, tutor, nanny – Tara has worked with children in many different facets, all around the country.  Happy to be back in Western Mass where she grew up, Tara is also happiest teaching, performing, and making others laugh.…

Glendaliz Rodriguez

Housekeeping

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José Rodriguez

Housekeeper

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Jennifer Rogers P’22

College Counselor; English Teacher

B.S., University of Rhode Island
M.Ed., Boston University

Jennifer Rogers is a college counselor and 8th grade English teacher at MacDuffie. She joined the ELL and English Departments in 2015 after twelve years of teaching literature and writing at local colleges. Before that, Jennifer chaired the English Department and taught English at a high school in Florida.…

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Rachel Sadler

Director of Enrollment Management

B.A., Occidental College

Rachel Sadler joined MacDuffie in 2020. She is most at home on a school campus and thinks of herself as a “boarding school person” after being raised as a faculty child at The Loomis Chaffee School where she also attended. After Loomis, Rachel headed to warmer climates in Los Angeles where she attended Occidental College and earned a degree in history and Spanish.…

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Betty Shaw

Assistant Business Manager

A.A., Springfield Technical Community College
B.S., Western New England University
M.B.A., Western Governors University

Betty Shaw started her career at The MacDuffie School in May 2000 as the Assistant Business Manager.

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Peter Shelburne P’14, P’17, P’20

Mathematics Department Chair; Mathematics Teacher; Ultimate Frisbee Coach

B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Peter Shelburne lives in nearby Northampton and has three children who have attended MacDuffie (classes of 2014, 2017, 2020).  He enjoys developing projects to challenge and engage students in classes like BC AP and Multivariable Calculus and Pre-AP Calculus. He helped start the Ultimate Frisbee program at MacDuffie and has been the head Ultimate coach for eleven years.…

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Jill Skibel, P’18, P’21

Attendance Administrator

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Gino Sorcinelli

Academic Support Teacher

B.A., Clark University
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Gino Sorcinelli enjoys working with middle and upper school students as a teacher in the Academic Support department. He spends his free time working as a freelance music journalist. When he isn’t teaching or writing, Gino enjoys hanging out with his wife, biking, cooking, reading, listening to music, watching the Celtics, and a variety of other fun activities.

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Kurt Steiner

B.A., University of New England

Kurt Steiner joins MacDuffie as a Residential Assistant and the Assistant Coach of our Boys’ Prep Basketball team. Coach Kurt has worked as a commercial real estate broker, but his passion is coaching.  He has worked with many AAU programs. Mr. Steiner holds a degree in Business Administration and Biology from the University of New England.

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Nancy Swol

Mathematics Teacher

B.S., North Adams State College

Nancy Swol was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and has a rich history of teaching in both the Chicopee and Ludlow school districts. Along with being a mathematics teacher, she was also a pet shop owner for many years. Nancy enjoys reading, attending concerts, trying new restaurants, and vacationing with her husband Ron.…

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Morgan Tabb

Admissions Assistant

B.A., Smith College

Morgan Tabb works as the Admissions Assistant at MacDuffie. When not at work, Morgan enjoys hiking, bouldering, reading, writing, baking, and annoying her cat, Tilly (aka Little Goblin). She studied film in college, so stop by her office if you want to chat about movies!

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Daniel Taravella

Latin Teacher; History Teacher

B.A., Allegheny College
M.A., University of Chicago

Daniel Taravella enjoys teaching the Classics at MacDuffie with both the History and World Language departments. On the Latin side, his current professional interests are the history and archaeology of early Rome (especially Roman historical myths), Roman social history, Roman imperialism, and the art and literature of the Augustan Age. …

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Art Thomas

Basketball Coach

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Carol Tomkiel

English Department Chair; English Teacher

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.A., Georgetown University

Carol Tomkiel has been a teacher and member of the MacDuffie community since 1984. In addition to her duties as chairperson and teacher, she is an ongoing member of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and the Thoreau Institute. She is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Secondary School Teachers and the National Writing Project for study in the areas of philosophical approaches to the teaching of history and the reading and writing of the Holocaust, respectively.…

Diana Valentin

Housekeeping

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Melissa Valentine

Science Teacher

B.S., Gettysburg College
M.Ed., Marymount University

Melissa Valentine grew up in Connecticut and spent the first part of her career working for non-profits in Washington D.C., including the Smithsonian Institution. After teaching in Maryland for nine years, she was excited to trade the traffic of the D.C. metro area for the beautiful Pioneer Valley. In the classroom, Melissa can be found wearing her science on her sleeve (literally, with her science-themed clothes) and telling bad science puns.…

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Greg Vennell

Peace Studies Teacher

B.S., Springfield College
M.S.T., Antioch College

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Sonia Villlanueva

Housekeeping

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Dennis Wilcox

Mathematics Teacher

B.A., Skidmore College

Dennis Wilcox is a mathematics teacher at MacDuffie. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Skidmore College.  He began working at MacDuffie in 2013 but has been teaching math since 2000.  He enjoys spending time with his children, playing basketball, and watching baseball.

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Craig Woolley

Math Teacher

A.S., Monroe Community College
B.A., SUNY at Buffalo

Craig joined the MacDuffie School in 2004 as a mathematics and science teacher in 2004 after more than 20 years in academic, medical, and industrial research.  He served as the Science Department Chair for eight years, relinquishing that role in 2015.

At SUNY at Buffalo, Craig worked in the Biophysics Department researching the structure and function of biological membrane systems utilizing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). …

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Xiaomeng “Sammi” Yuan

Assistant Director of Admissions

Diploma in Business

Christchurch Polytechnic Institution of Technology (CPIT), NZ

Sammi serves as The MacDuffie School’s Assistant Director of Admissions based out of her home town of Tianjin, China.

She attended college at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in the beautiful city of Christchurch, New Zealand where she earned her diploma in Business.…