Meet Our Alumni & Advancement Team

Sarah DeBenedictis

Years at NHS: 14th Year

Hometown: Gorham, Maine
My role at NHS: Director of Advancement
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I share a birthday with my daughter, Annie, as well as Head of School Joe Williams and beloved NHS crew member Dana Bates.
  • I worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the oldest private art museum in the District now part of the National Gallery.
  • I was once neighbors with legendary actor Robert Duval. 
Contact Sarah:

Amy Woods

Years at NHS: 4th Year
My role at NHS: Director of Leadership & Annual Giving
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I have worked in independent schools since 1996.
  • I played college lacrosse. 
  • I have two cousins that are graduates of New Hampton School, and am thrilled to be here!
Contact Amy:

Ben Larkin

Years at NHS: 1st Year

Hometown: New Paltz, New York
My role at NHS: Major Gift Officer

3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I have seen the sun rise from the top of Mount Fuji and the sun set over the pyramids in Cairo.
  • When I lived in the Upper West Side of New York City – in a very small apartment with three roommates - I was able to watch the floats being assembled and inflated late in the night before the Thanksgiving Day parade.
  • Early in my career, I worked in the Public Affairs Office for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Katie Wardrop

Years at NHS: 1st Year

Hometown: Lebanon, New Hampshire
My role at NHS: Director of Alumni Relations

3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I have been to the Olympics, a World Cup match, and the March Madness tournament.
  • I am a Duke Blue Devils basketball super fan!
  • I have played in a NEPSAC championship game and have coached in a NEPSAC championship game.

Alison Kirk '90

Years at NHS: 2nd Year
Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey
My role at NHS: Young Alumni Relations Coordinator
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • Graduated from New Hampton School in 1990. Loved Psychology class with Mr. Tilton!
  • Truly enjoy connecting with former classmates, teachers and staff. 
  • Love being part of the NHS community and being back in Berry Hall (my former dorm when I attended school here!)
Contact Alison:

Jacqueline Truesdale

Years at NHS: 1st Year

Hometown: Hard to say! I was raised in an Army family, and later I became a diplomat's wife. So I've called many places Home.
My role at NHS: Parent Relations Coordinator

3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I've lived in ten of the United States of America, as well as Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria.
  • I love living in the Granite State: fall foliage, town meetings, and can-do Yankee spirit!
  • My husband and I have our own Husky pack: all four of our children have graduated from or currently attend New Hampton School.
Contact Jacqueline:

Meriellen Joga

Years at NHS: 5th Year

Hometown: Salisbury, New Hampshire
My role at NHS: Donor Database Manager 
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I served in the United States Air Force for 27 years, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant before becoming a commissioned officer. Twelve years later I retired as a major. My son continues the tradition with 7 years enlisted time, also in the USAF.  He’ll be commissioned as a lieutenant in December 2019 and will go on to attend pilot training at some as yet undisclosed location.
  • I’ve had boots on the ground (airports don’t count) in 49 of the 50 states in the USA and at least 12 different countries. It’s time to take a cruise to Alaska.
  • I hiked the Appalachian Trail for two weeks as a young adult.
Contact Meriellen:

Katherine Lee

Years at NHS: 2nd Year

Hometown: Pembroke, New Hampshire
My role at NHS: Administrative Assistant to Advancement & Communications
3 Interesting Facts about Me:
  • Prior to earning my Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and had the unique opportunity to study black bears in their natural habitat during my senior year.
  • I worked in the financial aid sector of higher education for about six years prior to my time with New Hampton School.
  • I currently live in Webster, New Hampshire with my husband, Matt, and our rescue dog, Luna, who is a sweet Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix. 
Contact Katherine:

Cindy Buck

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
My role at NHS: Bicentennial Coordinator
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • Initial educational training and career path was in the health care industry.
  • Worked at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC at the same time that legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano was coaching there.
  • Proud mom of two sons who were both four-year students and NHS graduates, one in 2001 and the other in 2005.
Contact Cindy:

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