Meet Our Alumni & Advancement Team

Sarah DeBenedictis

Years at NHS: 12th Year

Hometown: Gorham, Maine
My role at NHS: Director of Advancement
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I share a birthday with my daughter, Annie. 
  • 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:

Cindy Buck

Years at NHS: 23rd Year

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
My role at NHS: Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
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:

Sam Cieplicki '08

Years at NHS: 5th Year

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
My role at NHS: Capital Giving Officer. Past positions include Director of Student Activities, English Teacher, Academic Support Instructor, and Coach.
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • Graduated from New Hampton School in 2008
  • Played Basketball and Tennis at St. Michael’s College
  • Loves to travel the country and world meeting with NHS Alums and current parents
Contact Sam:

Amy Woods

Years at NHS: 2nd Year
My role at NHS: Director of Annual Giving
3 Interesting Facts about Me:
  • I have been in indepedent 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:

Stacey Wills

Years at NHS: 4th Year

Hometown: Meredith, NH
My role at NHS: School Events Manager
3 Interesting Facts about Me:
  • I spent the better part of a decade as a wedding planner. I have planned and executed more than 600 weddings to-date.
  • I am obsessed with Thanksgiving. It is hands down my favorite day of the year.
  • There was a stretch where I moved once a year for 10 straight years. I am happy to say that time is OVER!
Contact Stacey:

Tracey Sirles

Years at NHS: 5th Year

Hometown: Bryant Pond, Maine
My role at NHS: Advancement Operations Manager
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I wrote my first book in sixth grade. It was roughly 400 pages hand-written, and it marked the first and last time I ever wrote about vampires.
  • I was a girl scout from Brownies all the way through Campus Girl Scouts.
  • I have a tendency to adopt animals that are lost causes, either from shelters, or from a bush.
Contact Tracey:

Meriellen Joga

Years at NHS: 3rd Year

Hometown: Salisbury, NH
My role at NHS: Donor Database Manager 
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I served for 27 years in the United States Air Force. I attained the rank of Master Sergeant before I was commissioned and retired 10 years later as a Major.
  • I’ve visited 46 of the 50 states in the USA and at least 11 different countries (boots on the ground--airports don’t count).
  • I hiked the Appalachian Trail for two weeks as a young adult.
Contact Meriellen:

Kay McMahon '13

Years at NHS: 1st Year

Hometown: New Hampton, NH
My role at NHS: Young Alumni Relations Coordinator
3 Interesting Facts About Me:
  • I grew up on New Hampton's campus--I lived in Caswell until I was 7.
  • I was fortunate enough to live on the beach while in college.
  • I used to drive the Red Bull Mini Cooper around New England and meet the Red Bull sponsored athletes.

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