NEW FACULTY/STAFF MEMBERS
Anne Aichele, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Experience and Residential Faculty
Ph.D., Education, George Mason University
M.Ed., Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, North Carolina State University
B.A., Education, Elizabethtown College
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Anne Aichele joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as the dean of student experience and residential faculty. She is a graduate of one of the oldest girl's schools in the country and brings more than two decades of experience to her role at Saint Mary's.
Dr. Aichele holds a Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University, a Master of Education in higher education and higher education administration from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in education from Elizabethtown College. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Dr. Aichele served as director of leadership and learning at Marymount University (2020-2021), as the director for student leadership development (2017-2020), as the assistant director for student leadership development (2013-2017), and as the director for disability support services (2009-2013).
She brings to Saint Mary's a wealth of knowledge and experience having had the responsibility for the oversight of Student Leadership Development initiatives, New Student and Parent Orientation, and campus-wide programming at Marymount, including the hiring, training, and supervision of both professional and student staff; the creation and implementation of office and university policy and procedures; the creation, collection, and analysis of assessment and evaluation data and industry best practice; the creation, management, and implementation of large-scale university programs; and the coordination of outreach to students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration through email, phone calls, and social media.
As director of student leadership development, she served as the advisor to the Student Government Association and the Marymount Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a national organization on leadership and service. She also developed coordinated, marketed, and fostered leadership development programs including conferences, training workshops, speaker series, events, and retreats for a diverse student body at Marymount.
Jessica Arthur, M.Ed.
Instructor of Science
M.Ed., Science Teacher Education/General Science, East Carolina University
B.S., Biology, East Carolina University
Jessica Arthur joined Saint Mary's School as an Instructor of Science in 2022. She is a graduate of East Carolina University and obtained both her bachelor of science degree in Biology and a Master of Arts Education degree in general science/science teacher education. She is also experienced in curriculum design.
Before joining Saint Mary's, Jessica served as a high school science teacher for Hilltop Christian School in Fuqua-Varina (2011-2022) and was a middle school math/science teacher for Southside Christian School (2010-2011). She also served as a middle and high school science teacher at Westover Christian Academy (2008-2009).
Ms. Arthur has two children, Noah and Luke.
David C. Beyreis, Ph.D.
Instructor of Humanities & Social Sciences
Ph.D., History, University of Oklahoma
M.A., History, Oklahoma State University
B.A., Andrews University
Dr. David C. Beyreis rejoined the staff at Saint Mary’s in 2022 as Instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences, having served previously on our faculty. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma, a master's degree in history from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Andrews University. Prior to joining the faculty of Saint Mary's as a full-time instructor of humanities, Dr. Beyreis was the social studies department chair from 2016-2022 for the Ursuline Academy of Dallas. He is also the author of Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920 (University of Nebraska Press, 2020). The book came out of his dissertation that he started around 2010 or 2011 and became his full-time “book project” in 2013.
Dr. Beyreis is known as a historian of the Great Plains and Southwest Borderlands, and his research focuses primarily on intercultural contact – both conflict and cooperation – during the nineteenth century. He has also published several articles on the Bents and the Cheyenne. His work has received awards and commendations from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Western Writers of America. He is the recipient of the Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award presented by the Historical Society of New Mexico (2021).
Dean of Academic Innovation and Residential Faculty
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction - Digital Literacy Specialization, University of Texas
B.Ed., I/S English and History, University of Western Ontario
B.A., Humanities, McMaster University
Certificate, Teaching ESL or Foreign Language, Queen's University
Certificate, MYP Humanities Level 2, International Baccalaureate
Certificate, Nonprofit Management, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Ms. Campbell joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as dean of academic innovation and residential faculty. Prior to Saint Mary's, she was the director of the Center for Global Studies at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Illinois, where she also taught English. Ms. Campbell knew in high school she would pursue a career in education because she likes working with adolescents and wanted a job that would be different every day. She most enjoys the opportunity to explain to her students that they will be the leaders of the future and have the power and responsibility to decide how to make this world a better place.
Ms. Campbell has previously served as the Academic Dean at Duchesne Academy of The Sacred Heart and as a social studies teacher and class moderator; a middle school Humanities teacher for Overseas Family School in Ontario, Canada; and as a high school English teacher for the Halton District School Board, also in Ontario, Canada. She also volunteers with Travel to Teach and Malakai World Missions.
Prior to teaching in the United States, Ms. Campbell spent five years teaching in Singapore.
Ashleigh N. Doyle ’03
Assistant Director of Learning Support Services
M.A., Executive Leadership Studies, Gardner-Webb University
B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Special Education Licensure, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Board-Certified EC Generalist Early Young Childhood-Young Adulthood
NC Licenses: Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12); School Administration: Principal
Ashleigh N. Doyle '03 joins Saint Mary's in 2022 as the assistant director of learning support services. After graduating from Saint Mary's School in 2003, she enrolled at New York University for general studies. In 2004, she matriculated to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, graduating in 2007. She also received her special education licensure through UNC-CH. She obtained her master's degree in Executive Leadership Studies from Gardner-Webb University.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Ms. Doyle was an educator and Cross-Categorial Resource Teacher for Leesville Road High School (2014-2022), Bethesda Elementary School (2013-2014), and Boone Trail Elementary School (2007-2013). She is nationally board certified as an EC Generalist for Early Young Childhood-Young Adulthood.
Ms. Doyle has returned to her high school alma mater where, as a student, she was active on the Executive Student Government Association and Judicial Board. She also was a high school athlete and played on the cross country, softball, and field hockey teams. She was also a prefect.
Ms. Doyle resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Head of School
M.A., History of Decorative Arts, The Smithsonian Associates-Corcoran College Art + Design School
B.A., Art History, Queens University
Kristin Edrington joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as the administrative assistant to Assistant Head of School Patricia Sasser. Ms. Edrington is a graduate of The Smithsonian Associates-Corcoran College Art + Design School where she obtained her master's degree in the History of Decorative Arts, and Queens University of Charlotte where she obtained her bachelor's degree in art history.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's School, Ms. Edrington served as talent acquisition and office culture manager for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in Raleigh. She has also been a client advocate for Angel Oak Home Loans in Raleigh; a college counseling coordinator for Cardinal Gibbons High School; a has extensive experience as a mortgage processor and loan officer for several financial firms in Virginia and North Carolina.
A native of North Carolina, Ms. Edrington grew up in Raleigh and has been a life-long Episcopalian. She was ordained as a Deacon on March 20, 2021, in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and then joined the Church of the Good Shepherd. She previously served as a chaplain intern for Duke Raleigh Hospital. An athlete most of her life, when she wasn’t competing, she spent Sundays serving at the church where she grew up, Christ Episcopal Church. Ms. Edrington has also been active as an assistant track and cross-country coach for the men's and women's teams and as the National Honor Society moderator at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
In her spare time, Ms. Edrington enjoys being outdoors, trying new restaurants, doing yoga, or going for a run.
Dean of College Counseling
M.A., History, The College of William & Mary
B.A., History and American Studies, University of Richmond
Hunt Heffner, dean of college counseling and residential faculty member, joined the Saint Mary’s community in 2022. A native of Chapel Hill, he earned his undergraduate degrees in history and American studies from the University of Richmond and a graduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary.
Mr. Heffner, his wife, and two daughters are thrilled to join the Saint Mary’s community. He began his career in education working in the admissions offices at the University of Richmond and Princeton University. A desire to work more directly with students and their families motivated his move to Woodberry Forest, where he served as director of college counseling for eight years. In addition to his responsibilities in the college counseling office, Mr. Heffner was a member of the school’s administrative leadership team and served as an adviser and dorm parent.
For the last six years, he has overseen admissions at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, an all-boys day/boarding school in Baltimore, as director of enrollment management.
Mr. Heffner and his family reside on campus.
Auxiliary and Engagement Manager
Tamara "Tammy" C. Johnson joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as the School's auxiliary and engagement manager.
Ms. Johnson brings extensive retail and customer service experience to this role, having been the marketing and project director and employee relations director for Little Buckeye Learning Center. She has also served as a property manager for Lexington Asset Management, a customer support specialist for Canvas on Demand, and as a lead photographer for Olan Mills/Lifetouch Studios.
In addition to managing the Shop1842 school store, Ms. Johnson also serves alongside Alli Leggett, the director of auxiliary engagement and programs, to help manage Saint Mary's School's summer camp programs.
Director of Auxiliary Engagement and Programs
B.A., Liberal Studies, William Peace University 2001
Alli Leggett joined Saint Mary’s in February 2022 as the director of auxiliary engagement and programs. Ms. Leggett graduated from Peace College (now William Peace University) with B.A. degree in Liberal Studies. After graduation Ms. Leggett stayed connected to William Peace University by serving on their alumni board and board of trustees in many roles for a span of over 10 years. Ms. Leggett enjoyed meeting Alumna of many different generations. Ms. Leggett is still active with athletics at William Peace University.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Ms. Leggett owned two gift boutiques The Pink Alli and The Alli in Raleigh and Cary. From 2007-2019. Ms. Leggett then became general manager for A Place at The Table, a non-profit pay-What-you-can Café. Ms. Leggett also teaches hot yoga at Indigo Hot Yoga Center and loves being able to share her passion of mental and physical wellbeing. Ms. Leggett has loved each of her professional adventures and is so excited for her new adventure at Saint Mary’s.
Ms. Leggett plans to revitalize and enhance the Shop1842 student store, weddings at SMS, summer camps, and rental opportunities for Saint Mary’s.
Ms. Leggett also serves as an advisor.
Becky Montrosse, RN
Nurse and Residential Faculty Member
Becky Montrosse is an experienced Registered Nurse, who joined the Binder Health Center staff at Saint Mary’s in 2022 as a residential faculty member and evening nurse. She has served as an R.N. supervisor at Blount Memorial Hospital and prior to Saint Mary's was an individual health plan coordinator for Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.
Director of Employee Life
B.S., Business Administration, California State University
Adriana O’Docharty joined Saint Mary's in 2022 as director of employee life, reporting directly to the C.F.O.
Ms. O’Docharty is a graduate of California State University (East Bay) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources Concentration.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Ms. O'Docharty served as a human resources consultant for HR Alliance (2018-2022), was formerly the director of human resources for Benson Hill BioSystems (2016-2018), an HR consultant for HR Alliance (2013-2016), the director of human resources and operations for BioAgilytix Labs, Inc. (2013-2014), an HR manager for SunTech Medical (2007-2013), and worked in HR for Geomagic (2005-2007). She is a member of the Raleigh Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Director of Technology
M.S., Information Technology: Security and Assurance, Western Governors University
B.S., Information Technology: Network Administration, Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management, Western Governors University
B.A., Law and Justice, Rowan University
Certified Government Chief Information Officer, UNC School of Government, 2021
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, 2018
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, Windows Server 2012, 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, Windows 8, 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional, 2015
Microsoft Technology Associate, 2014
Eric Rucker joined Saint Mary's in 2022 as the Director of Technology. He is a graduate of Western Governors University and Rowan University and obtained licensures as an MCSE, MCPS, MCSA, and MTA (Microsoft), as well as received his PMP certificate (Project Management Institute), and CCNA (Cisco). He has an extensive background in the areas of system administration, IT management, project management and team building which have been cultivated through both his education and experience while working in the private and government sectors.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Eric served for five years with the Town of Garner as their Director of Information Technology (2021-2022), IT Manager (2019-2021), and Senior IT Specialist (2017-2019).
Mr. Rucker oversees the Technology Office.
Assistant Head of School
M.A., Educational Leadership and Administration, The George Washington University
B.A., English Literature and African American Studies, University of Virginia
Patricia Sasser was named Saint Mary's School's assistant head of school and residential faculty member in 2022 after serving as the head of the upper school at the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She worked previously at the Loomis Chaffee School as a dean of students and was heavily involved in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school. Prior to Loomis Chaffee, Patricia worked at The Madeira School in several roles, including as a major gifts officer, director of student activities, special assistant to the head of school on diversity, and the assistant dean of students for residential life. Before transitioning into education, Ms. Sasser worked at ESPN as an associate producer, where she was a two-time Emmy® nominee and a 2006 Emmy® award winner.
Originally from Washington, D.C., as the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service mom and Nigerian dad, Ms. Sasser spent her elementary and middle school years living overseas in Nigeria, Haiti, and Niger. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and in African American Studies. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.
Ms. Sasser is a member of the South Miami Chapter of Jack & Jill, Inc.; the Junior League of Miami; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a Black Greek organization including a lifetime of service where members may join as undergrads and also as post-graduates to serve, impact, and uplift the community She formerly served on the Grace Academy of Hartford, Arts for Learning Connecticut, and UVA Young Alumni Boards. She also served on the Association of Junior Leagues International’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and chaired the Junior League of Hartford’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Ms. Sasser enjoys playing volleyball, reading, traveling, and going to the movies. She lives on campus with her husband and son.
Business and Financial Aid Analyst
M.S., Taxation, Golden State University, Edward S. Ageno School of Business
B.S., Accounting, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Tracy Seavy joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as the business and financial aid analyst. She is a graduate of Golden State University's Edward S. Ageno School of Business with a Master of Science in taxation and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. In 2022, she received her Fundamental Client Accounting Advisory Services Certificate.
Prior to joining Saint Mary's School, Tracy served as a client accounting advisory services manager in Charlotte for Imre Borsanyi, CPA, PA. There, she previously performed the roles of tax accountant and client services manager. She has also been a contract special investigator for the Diplomatic Security Service Special Investigations unit of the U.S. Department of State in Okinawa, Japan (2015-2017), and an accountant for All Souls Church.
Instructor of English
M.A., Communication, University of Iowa
Janene Schneider joined Saint Mary's for the 2022-2023 academic year as an instructor of English. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications with a license in secondary education. Initially, she entered college with plans of becoming a physical therapist but later found her calling in teaching.
After 15 years as an English teacher and 13 years as department chair at Franklin Academy, Ms. Schneider stepped away from her career and went to work at Duke University. She taught for 13 years at Franklin Academy Charter School before transferring to Wakefield High School where she was recognized in 2020 as Teacher of the Year. At Duke University, she became the director of alumni affairs in 2016. She had been serving as a guest lecturer there since 2012. Ms. Schneider has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Technical Community College.
Associate Director for College Counseling
M.Ed., Arizona State University
B.S., Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Penn State University
Danielle Tanner is Saint Mary's associate director for college counseling and a residential faculty member.
Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Danielle Tanner dreamed of seeing the world, and after graduating from Penn State University in 2009, she set out to do just that. She moved to South Korea to teach English as a Second Language at an elementary school, and what was only supposed to be a year turned into a love of education and over 10 years of teaching experiences in a variety of international settings.
Mrs. Tanner and her husband, Eric, joined the independent school community in 2016 when they moved to Christchurch School (CCS), a small boarding school located in Tidewater, Virginia. At CCS, Ms. Tanner worked as a teacher, international student coordinator, advisor, dorm parent, drama director, admissions associate, and college counselor. After five years there, she and her husband moved to Nassau, The Bahamas, where she started a college counseling program at a small independent school.
Mrs. Tanner is passionate about helping students achieve their post-secondary goals and is excited to inspire curiosity, confidence, and independence in the young women of Saint Mary’s.
Megan McCreary Traquair
Instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A., Digital Teaching and Learning, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., History, University of San Diego
Cleared Single-Subject Credential, California State University at Fullerton
Megan Traquair joined Saint Mary's School in 2022 as instructor of humanities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in English and political science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Arts in digital teaching and learning from Azusa Pacific University. She also received her cleared single-subject credential from California State University at Fullerton. She also holds a California single subject credential in Social Science and English with CLAD certification, a California special authorization in Computer Applications for K-12 and is a Google Certified Teacher - Level 2.
Ms. Traquair is an experienced, tech-savvy educator who, prior to her role at Saint Mary's School, served as a fourth-grade English language arts teacher at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School in Dana Point, California. She has also been a seventh-grade world history and English teacher for Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts in San Juan Capistrano, California, and a seventh-grade world history teacher for La Cañada Unified School District in La Cañada-Flintridge, California. At La Cañada USD, she also was a 10th grade world history teacher for summer school. From 2012-2015, Ms. Traquair was the humanities teacher at Holy Angels School in Arcadia, California.
Catherine Wade ’93HS P'22
M.S., Nursing, The Duke University School of Nursing
B.S., Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Catherine Wade ’93HS P'22 is an experienced Registered Nurse, who joined the Binder Health Center staff at Saint Mary’s in 2022 as the weekend nurse. She is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), a certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Oncology Nurse. From 2008-2016, she was a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses (APHON) as a Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy instructor.
Ms. Wade has served as a nurse injector and laser specialist at Synergy Face+Body, as a clinical services manager and staff nurse for the Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center, a nurse contractor for Wake Plastic Surgery Center, a nurse manager and clinic nurse for Duke University's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, and as a travel nurse for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
In addition to being a Registered Nurse (R.N.), Ms. Wade obtained a master of science degree in Nursing from Duke University's School of Nursing, and has a dual bachelor's degree in Nursing and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Wade knows first-hand what a Saint Mary's experience can do for young women, as she is part of a legacy Saint Mary's School family. Her mother, Diane Stockard Wade ’66HS ’68C, is an alumna, as is her sister, Geni Wade Slaughter ’89HS ’91C, and she is also the proud mother of recent graduate Katie Guess '22.
FACULTY/STAFF IN NEW ROLES
Florrie McCard '14
Director of Student Life
M.A., French Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., French and Rhetoric, Georgia College and State University
Florrie McCard '14 is a graduate of Saint Mary's School and sister to two additional Saint Mary's School alumnae. Florrie attended Georgia College and State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Rhetoric, was named a Senior of Distinction, and was a member of Delta Gamma, Eta Sigma Alpha, Rho Alpha, and a National Residence Hall Honorary. During her time at Georgia, she studied abroad for two years at L’Université Rennes 2.
Ms. McCard became certified as an English Language Assistant with the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP). While in France, she worked as a student teacher for Ecole Julies Ferry, planning and executing weekly English lesson plans for a class of 25 students. For the Aisne University Institute of Technology, she served as an adjunct English instructor; and for the Ministry of Education in Crepy, France, she served as the sole English instructor in a rural French elementary school serving 261 students.
After graduating from Georgia College and State University, Ms. McCard obtained a master's degree of arts in French Studies with a business concentration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked as a bilingual representative and international subject matter expert in consumer relations for The J.M. Smucker Company. Additionally, Ms. McCard also worked as House Fellow for St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center.
In 2021, she served as residential and student life coordinator and as a residential faculty member. In 2022, she was named the director of student life and remains a residential faculty member.
Academic Chair of Humanities & Social Sciences and Instructor of Humanities & Social Sciences
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction in Technology, Grand Canyon University
B.A., History, University of San Diego
Melissa Ramel, academic chair of the humanities and social sciences department; instructor of humanities and social sciences; and residential faculty member, joined Saint Mary’s faculty in 2017. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of San Diego, where she attended on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. She earned her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in technology from Grand Canyon University. She taught in San Diego for 10 years at Cathedral Catholic High School and for two years at Francis Parker School.
Ms. Ramel has taught grades 7-12 and an array of courses including American Government, AP U.S. Government, Economics, World History, U.S. History, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. She also created and taught online courses and presented at various conferences on the use of technology in the classroom.
Ms. Ramel resides in Smedes Hall with her husband, Mike, who teaches P.E. at Brooks Elementary School, their daughter Adalyn and son Matthew. As avid sports fans, the Ramels love living in Raleigh because of the college sports culture and the family-friendly activities and events.
Instructor of Seminar
B.S., Sociology, Appalachian State University
Abby Wahlstrom joined Saint Mary's School in 2007. She has served several positions as a residential faculty member at Saint Mary's, including director of residential life and associate director of student and residential life. In 2022, she was named Instructor of Seminar. Abby is a residential faculty member who resides on campus with her husband, also a Saint Mary's staff member, and two children.
Instructor of Seminar
M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
B.A., Ohio University
Kayla Wyscarver joined Saint Mary's in 2018 as the assistant director of student and residential life and Cruikshank Hall dorm head. In 2022, she was named Instructor of Seminar. She is a residential faculty member who resides on campus with her husband their son.