Residential & Student Life Institute
Today, Residential Life professionals must have ready knowledge of communication strategies, management techniques, and a variety of legal, sociological, medical, and psychological issues. This interactive workshop will offer both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for the participant to explore a wide variety of topics that are vital to running a top-notch residential program.
Doug DicksonAssistant Head for Student Life, Episcopal High School VA
Doug began working at Episcopal High School in Alexandria Va, July 1, 2017 where he is the Assistant head for Student Life. He responsibilities include overseeing the student support network for a boarding population of 440 in an all residential boarding school, one of the few all residential boarding schools in the country.
Doug’s transition to Episcopal High School comes after serving 9 years as the Head of the Upper School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin Texas, an international day/boarding school located in one of the most vibrant and fast-growing cities in the nation. Doug’s responsibilities included all aspects of the management of the Upper School including the academic, athletic, and residential programs at the school.
Previous to his time at St. Stephen’s, and for 26 years Doug lived and worked at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. During his time at St. Paul’s, Doug served in a variety of capacities including teacher, dorm head, coach, and administrator. Doug served at Athletic Director for five years and Dean of Students/Vice Rector of Student Life, for an additional 12 years.
Throughout his career, Doug Has been involved with TABS and other organizations to promote residential programs that add value to all of our schools and most importantly create the safest possible conditions for the many students who enjoy the privilege of attending our boarding schools.
Dr. Chris Thurber Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Phillips Exeter AcademyDr. Chris ThurberAssociate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Phillips Exeter Academy
Dr. Thurber is a thought leader in positive youth development. He has dedicated his professional life to improving how caring adults teach and lead young people and to enhancing the experience of adventurous young people who are spending time away from home.
A graduate of Harvard University and UCLA, Dr. Thurber has served as a psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy since 1999. He and his wife, Simonida (an analytical chemist and musician who grew up in Belgrade, Serbia), are the proud parents of two boys—Danilo, b. 2002, and Sava, b. 2004. They live in New Hampshire, in the northeast United States.
Hannah MariottiBeacon Coaching and Consulting, LLC
Hannah Mariotti, MA, is a veteran educator and has worked in mental health for over 20 years. She has held positions in schools, hospitals, health services, and private practice, and has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools serving students from K-12. Her areas of expertise include: applied neuroscience, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, social/emotional learning, mindfulness, growth mindset, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She also teaches at two local colleges and volunteers with the Granite State Crisis Intervention Team.
Jackie O'RourkeEducational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA
A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.
James GreenwoodDean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Reserve Academy OH
Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He currently serves on Kenyon’s alumni board. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University. This spring he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.
Michael ShaverDirector, International Programs, TABS
Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.
Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.
Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.
Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.