Concord Academy welcomes the following new faculty and staff members to campus during the 2023–24 school year.
Lizzy Amoroso, Health Services
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Amoroso (she/her/hers) is a new night RN for the 2023–24 school year. She has over 10 years of adult and pediatric nursing experience at two nationally recognized hospitals and has also been a substitute school nurse over the past year. Amoroso is a busy mom of three little ones and an avid reader, and she is excited to be joining the CA team.
Nick Auer, Performing Arts Department
Nick Auer (he/him/his) is CA’s new French horn teacher. In addition to also teaching for the Natick Public School System, he is very active in the Boston music community, playing in groups such as the Boston Festival Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, Vista Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland Symphony. Apart from music, he loves hiking with his 80-pound fluffball Jonah, a poodle-Aussie mix.
Karsen Bonifer, Health Services
Karsen Bonifer (she/her/hers) is excited to join the nursing team at CA. Her previous work experience includes school nursing as well as service in the emergency department. In her free time, she loves to travel, run, snowboard, and spend time with her family.
Jen Brickey, Athletics Department
For the last six years, Jen Brickey has been coaching the fitness and stretch and conditioning classes here at CA. In addition, she is a certified stretch therapist and has been a personal trainer for the last 20 years. Most importantly, she is a dog mom to Boston terrier, Bean. She enjoys traveling with her wife and gardening.
Shelby Carpenter, Head of School’s Office
Shelby Carpenter is an administrative assistant and event coordinator in the Head of School’s Office for the 2023–24 school year. They are also currently a master of divinity candidate at Boston University’s School of Theology. Before coming to Concord Academy, they worked as a program coordinator for Tufts University Chaplaincy. When not working or in school, they enjoy reading books, being outdoors (especially on the water!), and supporting community-building in their local community.
Erin Costa, Health Services
Erin Costa (she/her/hers) is a nurse in the Health Center for the 2023–24 school year. She has worked as a school nurse for several years and loves getting to know the students and families she works with. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, and being outdoors, especially near the ocean.
Ana Flores, Modern and Classical Languages Department
Ana Flores (she/her/hers) is a new Spanish teacher for the 2023–24 school year. Previously she taught Spanish at the Cambridge Matignon School. She loves spending time with her husband and son, taking family trips, and cycling.
Julie Genova, Director of Medical Services
Julie Genova is excited to join the Concord Academy community as the director of medical services. She is thankful to be given the opportunity to use her previous hospital, school, and public health experience in her new role. As a Concord resident for the past two decades, Genova has known of CA’s wonderful reputation for academics and for the care of its students, and she is looking forward to a great year!
Ginko Isobe, Global Education Coordinator
Ginko Isobe (she/her/hers) is CA’s new global education coordinator for the 2023–24 school year. Previously she was an ESL aide at Newton Public Schools. She enjoys playing pickleball on sunny days and playing the piano on rainy/snowy days.
Craig Keefe, Director of Counseling Services
Craig Keefe (he/him/his) will be the new director of counseling for the 2023–24 school year and is looking forward to being part of the CA Community on many levels. For the last six years, he served as executive director of clinical services at the Arbour Hospital in Boston. Away from his work, Keefe cherishes spending time with his two sons, traveling, going to car shows, listening to live music, and hiking the trails of New England.
Chris Labosier, Science Department
Chris Labosier (he/him/his) is a biology and environmental science teacher for the 2023–24 school year. He is transitioning from higher education, where he taught environmental science and atmospheric science. He enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and watching sports in his spare time.
Jeff McAuliffe, Performing Arts Department
Jeff McAuliffe (he/him/his) is a bass and guitar instructor who moved to New England from the New Orleans area. He is an in-demand bassist in Boston and the Northeast U.S. and also teaches bass and guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Along with his work as a side musician with a diverse array of artists, McAuliffe also leads his own band performing funk and R&B music from New Orleans.
Daniel Mertsch, Modern and Classical Languages Department
Daniel Mertsch (he/him/his) has taught as a special educator and German teacher at several schools in the New England area since he arrived in the U.S. from his native Germany in 2007. He is fascinated by how people learn, especially languages, and he continues to learn about brewing (coffee, beer, sometimes tea) and playing music (guitar, bass, and drums). When he’s not busy in Massachusetts, he loves to spend time on a lake or mountain in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley with his wife, Mary (an English teacher), his sons Sebastian, 14, and Oliver, 13, and his cats Mira and Zazu.
Allison Millerick, Health Services
Allison Millerick (she/her/hers) is a nurse for the 2023–24 school year. Having recently moved to the area from the North Shore, where she worked as a school nurse, she is looking forward to exploring CA’s beautiful campus and getting to know everyone. When she’s not practicing as a nurse, Millerick works as a yoga instructor in the city and loves all things related to wellness.
Mary Morgan, Health Services
Mary Morgan (she/her/hers) is a weekend night nurse for the 2023–24 school year. She is also currently a public health nurse in Boston with a specialty in maternal and child health. She loves to spend time with her grandsons, who keep her young.
Patrick O’Halloran, History Department
History teacher Patrick “Paddy” O’Halloran (he/him/his) comes to CA after teaching at colleges in South Africa and the United States. Originally from Providence, R.I., O’Halloran now lives in Waltham, Mass., and is excited to be back in New England. He enjoys being outside, especially around trees; playing music; and writing. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Mbakwe Okafor, Director of Enrollment Management
Mbakwe Okafor (he/him/his) is the new director of enrollment management at Concord Academy. Before leading the admissions team at CA, he was at Phillips Exeter and the Fessenden School. When not at CA, he serves as the president of the Foundation Board at Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Mass. He loves spending time with his family and watching his sons at various sports activities.
Vicky Orozco, Co-Director of Community and Equity
Vicky Orozco is a percussionist, educator, and DEBJ practitioner who has worked with K-12 students in public, charter, and independent schools across the East Coast. Most recently, she was the DEB specialist at Friends Seminary in New York City, where she coordinated and supported student culture clubs and affinity spaces, as well as taught an environmental justice class. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She firmly believes that every student deserves a comprehensive and culturally responsive education, and she has set out to ensure that her work always reflects that belief. Outside of the classroom, Vicky is an avid baker and her hope is to one day open a bakery that combines French patisserie with Latinx flavors. She is excited about joining the CA community and looks forward to meeting everyone!
Melody Rosas-Granda, Associate Director of Admissions, Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach
As the daughter of immigrant parents from Lima, Peru, Melody Rosas-Granda (she/her/hers) is a firm believer in educational pursuits that open doors for future generations. Growing up in East Hartford, Conn., Rosas-Granda attended the Kingswood-Oxford School, and she graduated from Providence College with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in theater arts. Before coming to CA, she worked as a teacher for students with autism, ages 9-15, at the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Mass. Most recently, she has worked as the program and admissions coordinator at Beacon Academy in Boston since 2018. She has come to know CA well through the students who have come to CA from Beacon, and she fell in love with this community’s love of learning. Rosas-Granda feels incredibly blessed to become a part of the CA community and continue working closely with students from all over the world. She is passionate about closing the educational gap for underrepresented communities and giving a voice to all. She enjoys taking spin classes and running, and she loves to indulge in a great beach read during her free time. Some fun facts about her: She can sing the periodic table and the alphabet backwards!
Annabel Shackett, Health Services
Annabel Shackett (she/her/hers) previously worked at a level-1 trauma center in Worcester, Mass., as an emergency nurse. When she isn’t enjoying working at CA, you can find her relishing a good book or working out at Crossfit. She loves spending her time with her family and her dog, Franklin.
Neel Shah, Science Department
Neel Shah (he/him/his) is the Wilcox Fellow in Teaching in the Science Department for the 2023–24 school year. He graduated from Haverford College in 2020 with a degree in biochemistry and spent two years working in a cancer immunology lab at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Outside of science, Neel also plays the oboe and enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and rock climbing.
Kevan Turman, Associate Head for Community Engagement & Business Development
Kevan Turman brings a wealth of experience to Concord Academy. Previously, he excelled as the chief advancement officer at AIM Academy & Institute for Learning and Research. Outside of his new role at CA, Kevan is the driving force behind his nonprofit, The Brothers Brunch Inc., a social entrepreneurship endeavor empowering men of all ages to be their best selves. In addition to his professional and entrepreneurial pursuits, he takes pride in being a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and cherishes nearly 19 years of marriage to his college sweetheart, Kalisha. Together, they are raising two wonderful children, Isaiah, 17, and Kayla, who is soon to be 15.