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Our Mission & Leadership

OUR MISSION

Hutchison is dedicated to academic excellence and to the parallel development of mind, body, and spirit as it educates young women for success in college and for lives of integrity and responsible citizenship.

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  • Board of Trustees

The Hutchison Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. In partnership with the Head of School, the board sets the vision and strategy for the school and ensures sound financial management and proper stewardship of resources.

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  • Megan Wellford Grinder ’91, Chair

    Megan Wellford Grinder ’91 holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude from the school of visual arts and art history. Mrs. Grinder previously worked as a development consultant at Coxe Currey & Associates in Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Memphis to pursue a career as a professional artist. The concentration of her work is portraiture in oil, but she also works in watercolor, pastel, and acrylic. She has studied painting with a number of nationally recognized artists, including Nancy Cheairs ’74, Daniel Greene, and Shane Neal. Mrs. Grinder has been a class agent for the Hutchison Class of 1991 for 24 years, is a past president of the Hutchison Alumnae Association, and is a recent sustainer of the Junior League of Memphis. She and her husband, Brett, are the parents of Anne ’19 and Edward.
  • Edward J. Dobbs, Vice Chair

    Edward J. Dobbs serves as president of Dobbs Management Service. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia. A graduate of MUS, Edward serves on the MUS Alumni Board, as well as the MIFA Board and the Memphis Tomorrow Board, the Church Health Center Board, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the Baptist Hospital Community Advisory Board. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Andrew, Ella ’24, and Lila ‘26. In memory of his mother, the late Yvonne Spragins Dobbs ’55, Mr. Dobbs has endowed a fund that enables the School to attract and retain exceptional faculty and provide additional professional development opportunities.
  • William R. Tayloe, Treasurer

    William R. Tayloe is the president of Financial Federal Bank. He is also a member of its board of directors. An active Mid-South volunteer, Mr. Tayloe currently serves on the board of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. and has served as a member of Memphis University School’s alumni executive board, Presbyterian Day School’s alumni board, and a trustee of Saint John’s Episcopal Church endowment fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Kimberly have three children, two sons Byars and William and a daughter Juliet ’23.
  • Ragan Crawford Magness ’88, Secretary

    Ragan Crawford Magness ’88 is an active volunteer in the Mid-South community. She currently works as an Interior Designer at Greg Baudoin Interior Design and serves on the board of the Memphis Botanic Garden. She graduated from Vanderbilt University where she studied political science and art history. She and her husband, Lon, are the proud parents of Natalie ’16, Meredith ’18, and Mac.
  • Emily Bryce Bowie ’00

    Emily Bryce Bowie ’00 is an owner and communications consultant for Bryce Corporation, a locally owned and operated manufacturing business. She previously served the company as an account manager until 2011. Mrs. Bowie holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she currently is a member of the regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. She and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of Virginia ’28, Dorothy ’30, Thomas, and Bryce.
  • Jenny Werner Carter ’89

    Jenny Werner Carter ’89, a native Memphian, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Memphis. She also spent a semester abroad studying at the University College of Swansea in Wales, United Kingdom. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, her career in corporate communications was focused in the advertisement and web development industries and most recently at FedEx, where she specialized in internal communications. Mrs. Carter’s community involvement includes serving on the board of New Memphis and volunteering with Church Health, Books from Birth, and Presbyterian Day School. She and her husband, Rob, are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the proud parents of five children.
  • Allison Cates

    Allison Cates is an active member of the Memphis community, serving on the boards of the Briggs Foundation and The Children’s Foundation of Memphis, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Her past board involvement includes The Bodine School and serving as president of the board of trustees at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Mrs. Cates and her family are members of Calvary Episcopal Church where she previously served as senior warden on the vestry. She and her husband, Andy, are parents to Frances ’21 and Stephen.
  • Dr. Reginald W. Coopwood

    Reginald W. Coopwood, MD, is the president and CEO of Regional One Health. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College and served as the Chief Medical Officer at Nashville General Hospital. Dr. Coopwood was named Chief Executive Officer at Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority in 2005, a position he held until joining Regional One Health in March 2010. Dr. Coopwood’s work at Regional One Health is complemented by his commitment to the health and well-being of the individuals in our community. He possesses unique expertise in progressive healthcare management including extensive experience working with government stakeholders and health industry leaders. He serves as a board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. He is an alumnus of Leadership Memphis. Dr. Coopwood also serves on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors. He has earned numerous honors for his work in healthcare over the years, including Inside Memphis Business’ CEO of the Year in 2014; and the Memphis Business Journal’s Health Care Hero in Administrative Excellence in 2011; the Tennessee Hospital Association’s CEO Meritorious Service Award in 2011; and the Diversity Champion Award in 2013 and the President’s Award in 2016. Dr. Coopwood is married to Erica Coopwood, and the couple have five children, including Riley ’23 and Becca ’27.
  • Chris Crosby

    Chris Crosby is vice president at Dobbs Management Services, where he has worked since 2005. He focuses on deal origination, working to source potential acquisition targets, and oversees several Dobbs-owned companies as the lead director. Mr. Crosby is a native Memphian who attended Memphis University School. He graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and received his MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Dobbs Management Services, Mr. Crosby gained a combination of investment banking, strategy consulting, and operations experience. He worked in the M&A group at Lehman Brothers, as a Principal at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm, and as a Vice President at Thomas & Betts and Mueller Industries. He is married to Caroline Johnson Crosby ’91 and they have two girls, Kate ’27and Campbell ’28, who represent the third generation from Caroline’s family to attend Hutchison.
  • Will Deupree III

    Will Deupree III is a Managing Director and former branch manager of the Memphis Ridgeway branch of Raymond James & Associates. He has achieved the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst, a joint program between the Investment Management Consultant Associate and Wharton Business School. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. Active in his community, Mr. Deupree has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the National Civil Rights Museum and Partners in Public Education. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Deupree Family Foundation and is a board member of Commercial Bank and Holding Company. He and his wife, Angie, have a daughter, Jordan ’24, and a son, Reese.
  • Jason Higginbotham

    Jason Higginbotham is a native Memphian who attended Memphis University School (MUS). He earned a bachelor of science in finance from The University of Alabama and a master of business administration from The University of Memphis. He is married to Eleanor Catmur Higginbotham, Hutchison class of 1993, and they have a daughter Dottie ’27 who represents the fourth generation of Eleanor’s family to attend Hutchison. Mr. Higginbotham has worked at Ozark Motor Lines since 2001 and is the chief financial officer and a member of its Board of Directors. He is the incoming Chairman of the Tennessee Trucking Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association. He recently completed a term on the Board of Directors of Carnival Memphis.
  • Betsy Horn

    Betsy Horn is originally from Greeneville, Tennessee, and has lived in Memphis since graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor in Science degree. Since 2005, she has worked as a Senior Managing Director and Principal with Green Square Wealth Management, a multi-family office servicing over 120 families, institutions, and endowments across the United States. Mrs. Horn focuses her efforts on business development and attempts to create peace of mind for her clients by creating customized services and strategies tailored to each relationship’s unique needs. She and her husband, Darrell, are also owners of single strategy product and distribution firms, Principal Street Partners and Skypoint Capital Partners. Outside of their investment businesses, they own a background checking business, Active Tracks, and a local restaurant group, TOPS Bar-B-Q and Burgers. Prior to joining GSWM in 2005, Mrs. Horn worked with FTN Financial, the capital markets division of First Horizon Corporation, where she served institutional fixed income clients and worked on the integration of FTN’s acquisition of Spear, Leads and Kellogg. Prior to beginning her career in finance, she worked as a Registered Nurse within the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Germantown after earning her Bachelor in Science degree. Mrs. Horn and her husband have four children together. One daughter, Ellen ’14, is an alumna of Hutchison and they have two daughters currently at Hutchison, Kennon ’26 and Julia ’38. Their son, Walker graduated from Memphis University School in 2017.
  • Dr. Shari Jefferies

    Shari Sistrunk Jefferies, M.D., is a native of Ruston, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and her medical degree from Louisiana State University. Dr. Jefferies completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. She received her board certifications in General Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She ran a private practice in Houston, Texas, from 2001-2011 and served as Adjunct Clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. After a move to Cincinnati, Ohio, she served as Director of Child Psychiatry services at Hiawatha Behavioral Health in Michigan until 2020 and eventually became the Medical Director for three counties. She served as an adjunct clinical physician at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Jefferies has served on numerous advisory boards including Shire Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Forest Pharmaceuticals, and Ironshore Pharmaceuticals. Her community involvement includes being a sustainer of the Junior League of Houston, sustainer of Kindervelt #50 of Cincinnati, Board member of the Indian Hill Church Nursery School, leadership board of Villages of Indian Hill School PTO, member of Cor Vitae for the American Heart Association and Women Go Red, hostess for the Ronald McDonald House Annual Fundraiser and the Starfire Foundation for disabled adults as well as  teaching first grade boys and eighth grade girls Sunday School classes for years. She was featured in Venue Magazine’s “Changing Cincinnati” as well as InStyle magazine in Houston, Texas. She has been the keynote speaker on numerous topics involving mental health. Since moving to Memphis, Dr. Jefferies has been involved in Hutchison and Holy Rosary Catholic School activities. She has hosted many events throughout the years in her family’s home to support her children’s schools, church, and many efforts benefitting cardiac and mental health issues. She and her husband, Dr. John Jefferies, are parents to John Parker and Caroline ’29, who attends Hutchison.
  • Hardin Barton Kimmel ’92

    Hardin Barton Kimmel ’92 serves as the compliance officer for the Cranial & Spine Technologies business at Medtronic where for the past nine years she has focused on cultivating a culture of ethics and compliance. Prior to moving into medical device compliance, Ms. Kimmel served as in-house labor and employment counsel for the ServiceMaster Company and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law. A native Memphian, she attended Hutchison from kindergarten through graduation. She serves as a board member of the Memphis Tigers YMCA Swim Team. Ms. Kimmel has two children, Coleman, who attends Memphis University School (MUS), and Garner ’29, who attends Hutchison.
  • Veazey Gully Krausnick ’78

    Veazey Gully Krausnick is a native of Memphis and attended Hutchison for 12 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi. She is currently serving her second term on the Vestry of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Veazey is a past President of the Memphis Garden Club and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Memphis. She has served as a Board Member of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and The Trezevant Manor. Veazey and her husband, Collie, have two children, Carl Krausnick and Elizabeth Malmo ’06, who also attended Hutchison and has a daughter, Rivers Malmo ’35, in the Early Childhood program at Hutchison.
  • Andrew R. McCarroll

    Andrew R. McCarroll serves as general counsel for Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. After graduating from Memphis University School, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt and later earned a Master of Arts and Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. Mr. McCarroll serves on the boards of Memphis University School, The Pyramid Peak Foundation, and The Poplar Foundation, and also volunteers for a number of organizations whose programming works to empower the community. He is the proud father of two daughters, including Izzie '25.
  • Michelle Nelson Miller ’84

    Michelle Nelson Miller ’84 serves as senior vice president of finance for FedEx Express, the largest FedEx operating company and the world’s largest express transportation company. Mrs. Miller holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stanford University. She is active in the Memphis community through the outreach of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where she is a ruling elder, as a member of the FedEx United Way Leadership Board, and served as co-chair of the 2012 Leadership Roundtable for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She also serves on the board of the Economic Club of Memphis. She is married to Eric and has a daughter, Natalie Rodriguez-Nelson ’14, and a son, Matthew.
  • Richard C. Moore, Jr.

    Richard C. Moore, Jr. is chairman of Lehman-Roberts Company. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as a trustee from 1981-84, 1985-88, and 1989-92. From 1995-97, he served as board chair. Mr. Moore has also served on the board at Memphis University School and Presbyterian Day School. He and his wife, Carey ’64, are both active members of The House, an inner city ministry with the Neighborhood Christian Center and Young Life. He is a deacon and elder at Second Presbyterian Church. The Moores have four daughters, Catherine Moore Nelson ’89, Emily Moore Bragorgos ’91, Grace Moore Halliday ’94, and Maddi Moore Baucum ’07, and a son, Richard, III. They have 11 grandchildren, five of whom are Hutchison girls.
  • Sequoia Taylor ’04

    Sequoia Taylor ’04 is managing partner of a secondary advisory firm in San Francisco called Spry Ventures. She has over a decade of experience as a finance professional and an operator at various tech startups. She started her career in investment banking having spent time at UBS Investment Bank and later at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James. In her time in Silicon Valley, she has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence for an early-stage venture fund and an early employee at a Software as a Service (SaaS) company backed by Y-combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and NEA. Prior to this experience, Ms. Taylor worked as interim Chief of Staff to the CEO of a leading advertising technology startup. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Economics from Wellesley College.
  • Todd Watson

    Todd Watson is Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Relocation & Companies. After graduating from Memphis University School in 1992, he earned bachelor degrees in Finance and Organizational Behavior & Business Policy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Currently, he is attending Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Mr. Watson serves on numerous business and charitable boards and volunteers in various roles within the community. He has been an active member at Hope Church for more than 20 years and recently served on the Admin Committee. He and his wife Stacey have two daughters at Hutchison, Ella ’20 and Liza ’23.
  • Craig L. Weiss

    Craig L. Weiss is a co-founder and partner of Tower Ventures, which provides infrastructure solutions for the wireless industry, where he manages the sales and leasing department. He owns Central Defense Security, the largest physical security provider in the Mid-South, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for Central Defense Staffing, which provides staffing solutions for the logistics industry in the region. Mr. Weiss is a native of Memphis and attended Christian Brothers High School. He earned a Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Mr. Weiss is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Paragon Bank, a Memphis-based Community Bank, with $500 million in assets. In addition, Mr. Weiss is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He is on the Executive Committee & Board of Directors for the United Way of the Mid-South as Chairman of the Catalyst Fund Committee. He also sits on the Board of Directors of The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the Board of Visitors at the University of Memphis. He serves on the International Boards for BBYO and the JCC Association. Mr. Weiss is a past President/Chairman of the Memphis Jewish Community Center Board of Directors and a past Vice Chair of Jewish Community Partners. He and his wife Cathy have three children, Isaac, Ari, and Ava ’22, a junior at Hutchison.
  • McLean T. Wilson

    McLean T. Wilson is a principal of Kemmons Wilson Companies, as well as President of Valor Hospitality Partners, and Chief Investment Officer of Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners. Before joining the family business, McLean began his career as a commercial broker for Spaulding and Slye Colliers international in Washington, D.C. He earned his MBA at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. Mr. Wilson’s professional board involvement includes Valor Hospitality Partners, Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners, and Billy Reid. He is also a former board member of the Intercontinental Hotel Groups Owner’s Association and was previously a chairman of the Revenue Performance Committee and Holiday Inn Committee (IAHI). He serves as President of CORRE, LLC and as a trusted advisor at Eikon ministries. Mr. Wilson is also on the board at The Collegiate School of Memphis and Crosstown Arts, where he co-led the re-development efforts of Crosstown Concourse. He and his wife, Libby, have five children, including a set of quadruplets.
  • Julie Aaron Wunderlich

    Julie Aaron Wunderlich has worked as an interior designer and lead project manager for Driscoll Design and Decoration for the past 10 years. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy and earned a Bachelor’s in public relations from the University of Alabama. Before pursuing a career in interior design, Mrs. Wunderlich received her Series 7 General Securities License and worked as a registered sales assistant at Smith Barney-Robinson Humphrey for five years. An active member of the Memphis community, she has served organizations such as The LeBonheur Club, Books from Birth, The Dixon Art Gallery, and St. Vincent De Paul Community Kitchen. Mrs. Wunderlich and her husband, Philip, are members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. They both enjoyed serving as the Hutchison Fund co-chairs for the 2021-2022 year. They have three children, Philip, Libby, and Kate ’23. 
  • Paul A. Young

    Paul A. Young serves as the president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC). Established in 1977, the DMC drives Downtown’s role as the economic, cultural, and governmental core of the city and county. Prior to joining the commission, he was the director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community development (HCD), which is responsible for coordinating community and economic development projects throughout the City. Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of City & Regional Planning and Master of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Jamila Smith-Young, have two children, Zoë ’29 and Paxton.

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  • Leadership Team

Great schools are distinguished by exceptional teamwork and collaboration across the organization. Our faculty and staff are led by a dynamic group of individuals known as our Leadership Team under the guidance of the Head of School.

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  • Dr. Kristen Ring, President & Head of School

    Dr. Kristen Ring serves as Head of School, Hutchison’s seventh head of school since its founding in 1902. To this role, Dr. Ring brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and leader. She currently serves on the boards of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and  the English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange. 

    Prior to becoming head of school, Dr. Ring served as a senior administrator, teacher, and coach in private, independent schools in both Alabama and North Carolina. She began her career as an English teacher and in 2006 earned the distinguished Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary classroom instruction.

    Dr. Ring holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts from Wake Forest University, where she played Division 1 Field Hockey as an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) scholar athlete. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from High Point University.
  • Catherine Chubb, Assistant Head of School

    Catherine Chubb is the Assistant Head of School. In this position, she is responsible for all school operations, including facilities, maintenance, and security, as well as employee relations. She previously served as Hutchison’s Athletics Director since 2000 and created a strong athletic program with a wide variety of athletic opportunities and an extraordinary student-athlete experience. Mrs. Chubb holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education and a Master of Science in Leadership and Administration from the University of Memphis.
  • Dr. Alyssa Villarreal, Academic Dean

    Alyssa Villarreal is our Academic Dean. She oversees the school's academic program and furthers the integration of the curricula across all four divisions. Dr. Villarreal has 20 years’ experience with the Shelby County Schools, most recently as school redesign manager. She also served for many years as the leader of the world languages division. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and Spanish from the University of Memphis, a Master of Arts in education and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University, and a Doctorate of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. 
  • Elizabeth Jordan ’86, Early Childhood Head

    Elizabeth Jordan, a 1986 Hutchison graduate, serves as Early Childhood Head, a role to which she brings more than 16 years of experience as an administrator, junior kindergarten and 2-year-old teacher. She has held various leadership roles with the National Association for the Education of Young Children at both the state and local level. She currently is serving on the Advisory Council for the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis.
  • Katharine Kent ’95, Lower School Head

    Katharine Kent, a 1995 Hutchison graduate, serves as the Lower School Head. She previously served as a second-grade teacher in lower school. She has over 19 years of teaching experience, nine of those at Hutchison. Previous to Hutchison, she taught at St. George’s Independent School and Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in mathematics and French, and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Mississippi. She also spent a semester at the American Institute for Foreign Study in Paris, France.
  • Trey Wilson, Middle School Head

    Trey Wilson is the Middle School Head. He previously served as the Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at Hutchison. Prior to joining Hutchison, he was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and the chair of the history department. Additionally, he worked as Laurel’s dean of learning beyond the classroom. Previously, Mr. Wilson worked as a humanities/history teacher at Asheville School in North Carolina. He participated in Klingenstein Center Field Work at the United Nations International School in New York, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Adrienne Forgette, Upper School Head

    Adrienne Forgette serves as Upper School Head. Most recently, she served as the upper school principal at Nardin Academy in Buffalo, NY. She has over a decade of upper school teaching experience, including as media arts director and college counselor at Darlington School in Rome, GA, English teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional high school in Massachusetts, and English and journalism teacher at Northern High School in Owings, MD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and educational studies from Colgate University and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Tonya Faulkner, Director of Student Inclusion & Belonging

    Tonya Faulkner is the Director of Student Inclusion and Belonging. In her role, she builds community among students across divisions, amplifies student voices in matters related to inclusion, and partners with faculty and division leadership to craft experiences that build cultural competency. Prior to assuming this role, Mrs. Faulkner was the Hutchison Serves Director, designing, implementing, and facilitating service-learning opportunities that are linked to classroom units of study across all grades. A seasoned educator with more than 20 years of instructional leadership experience, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee, Martin, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of Memphis.
  • Tracey Zerwig Ford, Community Engagement & Arts Director

    Tracey Zerwig Ford serves as both the Community Engagement and Arts Director. Before joining Hutchison, Ms. Ford served as the Artistic Director of the Arts Memphis Center for Arts Education. She has commissioned works from all major arts groups in the Memphis area, trained artists of all disciplines, and visited classrooms through Lincoln Center’s prestigious Aesthetic Education Institute. Ms. Ford has performed professionally in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University.
  • Nick Simpson, Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship

    Nick Simpson is the Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. He previously served as the middle school head and as a teacher in the upper school arts department at Hutchison. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre from the University of Reading, a Master of Education from London Metropolitan University, and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Memphis. Mr. Simpson began his teaching at the Holy Cross Girls School in England, where he served as assistant director of senior studies and taught high school courses in film theory, basic filmmaking, acting, media analysis, and English literature. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media and film at the University of Memphis.
  • Caroline Schaefer ’08, Athletics Director

    Caroline Schaefer, Hutchison class of 2008, is the Athletics Director responsible for all of Hutchison’s athletic program offerings. Previously she was Hutchison’s Assistant Athletics Director for Student Athlete Experience where she communicated with student-athletes to ensure the best possible Hutchison experience. She also has served as a basketball and lacrosse coach and created and curated content for the @hutchisonsting account on Instagram. Previous to her work at Hutchison, Coach Schaefer worked for the University of Tennessee’s athletics department. As a Hutchison student, she played seven sports and received All-American and All State honors in lacrosse and All-Region honors in multiple sports. She earned her Bachelors in Health and Human Sciences, Child and Family Studies, and a Masters in Sports Management, both from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
  • Melissa Baker, Chief Financial Officer

    Melissa Baker is the Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she leads the business office and ensures the efficient and effective management of the school’s financial resources. She previously served as the chief financial officer for Walnut Grove Capital Partners, an investment manager for a public and private equity fund. Prior to that position, she worked as an audit senior for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, serving a variety of large public clients and private companies as a certified public accountant. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a collateral in international business. She also earned a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Memphis. She and her husband, Josh, have three children, Mary Lawrence, Mac, and John.
  • Lori Guy, Director of Strategy

    Lori Guy serves as the Director of Strategy and is a trusted advisor and thought partner to the Head of School. In her role she helps organize and align strategic priorities, oversee school-wide initiatives and projects, and facilitate cross-departmental collaborations and decision making. She brings to Hutchison 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit experience in strategic communications, leadership development, and organizational culture. Ms. Guy holds a dual degree in Broadcast-Journalism and Classics as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a member of the Tennessee bar.
  • Max Maddock, Director of Communications

    Max Maddock started at Hutchison in 2015 in the communications department and serves as the school's primary storyteller. He interviews and writes profiles of the school's accomplished alumnae. After revamping the alumnae magazine and monitoring the school's brand, he now serves as the Director of Communications. In his role, he is responsible for the school’s overall communications initiatives, including the school’s website, social media, print publications, branding standards, and various constituent communications. Previous to Hutchison, Mr. Maddock was senior copywriter at Trinity Wall Street, a historic Episcopal Church in New York City. He also worked at the global branding agency Landor Associates and started his career as an assistant editor at Skiing magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Memphis and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School.
  • Laura Shy, Enrollment Management Director

    Laura Shy is the Enrollment Management Director after having previously served as a major gifts officer in the school’s development office. An active member of the Mid-South nonprofit community, Mrs. Shy has held major gifts officer roles with Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the Dixon Gallery & Gardens and the American Diabetes Association. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Journalism.

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