Emily grew up in Idaho Falls, ID, not far from the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. She graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned a master’s from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. After college, Emily spent seven years at her undergraduate alma mater, working in admissions and then as coordinator of the American Cultures Program, while also coaching volleyball and serving as a dorm head at Virginia Episcopal School.
In 2005, Emily became Director of Summer Academic Adventures and Assistant Director of Admission at the Asheville (NC) School, and two years later she began her career in girls’ boarding schools. She taught English, coached volleyball and served as Director of Residential Life at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, for five years, during which time she restructured the orientation and prefect programs, energized weekend activity offerings and raised the boarding student retention significantly.
For the past four years, Emily has served as Dean of Students at Chatham Hall, a small girls boarding school in Chatham, VA. During her tenure, she designed and implemented a student life/wellness curriculum, developed formal prefect and leadership programs, and collaborated with colleagues, counselors and the school’s chaplain to create a more holistic approach to supporting and mentoring girls, among many other accomplishments. Emily also taught Senior Ethics and served on the school's Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
A guest blogger for The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Emily has presented at national conferences on effective discipline for girls, wellness, and integrating residential and spiritual life.
Emily and her husband, Chet, are proud parents of Maddie. Their family pets include a dog named Higgins, a cat named Mouse, and a turtle named Strawberry. In her spare time, Emily likes to read, garden, travel, cook (and eat) and explore the outdoors, often on family walks and picnics.