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Leadership

ASSIST Leadership—International Headquarters

Robert A. Stanley, Jr. | President

In January 2000, the ASSIST Board of Directors appointed Robert A. Stanley, Jr., as the third president of ASSIST. Mr. Stanley served in American independent schools for 13 years and has previous experience in the corporate world. He manages the staffs of the affiliate offices around the world and is responsible for the daily operations of the organization. Mr. Stanley is a graduate of Suffield Academy, Brown University and Yale University Divinity School.

Martin Milne | Vice President

Martin Milne has primary responsibility for stewarding current member schools, for vetting prospective member schools, and for liaising with host families and with current Scholars and their families. Mr. Milne held positions in domestic and international independent schools, as a history teacher and as dean of students, prior to joining ASSIST in 2009. He is a graduate of Eaglebrook School, Deerfield Academy, St. Lawrence University and the State University of New York at Albany.

Ashley Gosnell | Director of Development

Ashley Gosnell was introduced to ASSIST during her years at St. Andrew’s School (DE), where she had the opportunity “to see, firsthand, the contribution ASSIST Scholars made to the life of the school.”  Ashley received her BA from Vanderbilt University (TN) and an MA from Stanford University in International Comparative Education. Her work experience includes being a teacher (a year in China teaching Oral English Language), an admissions officer with a scholarship program for underprivileged students (Student/Partner Alliance, NJ), and most notably a successful fundraiser (Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in D.C.; Asia Society of Northern California; Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey). Ashley served as Director of Secondary Placement at Due West Education in Beijing, where she created a new secondary school placement business for the organization.

Cathleen H. Presnick | Office Manager

After eight years in the corporate world, Cathy Presnick worked part-time and raised her two children. She joined the ASSIST team in 2004. Ms. Presnick is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA from the University of New Haven.

Kristen F. Sullivan | Program Coordinator

Kristen Sullivan joined ASSIST in 2000. Ms. Sullivan coordinates the student Orientation and meetings of the Board of Directors, as well as student recruitement, application protocols, and the international travel of ASSIST interview teams.. She is a graduate of Suffield Academy, and received a B.A. in Amercian Studies from Franklin and Marshall College, and an M.A. in Social Science from SUNY Binghamton.

Debra M. Viets | Business Manager

After five years in the corporate world, Ms. Viets joined the ASSIST team as Business Manager in 2003. Her responsibilities include financial record keeping, banking, bill paying, managing employee salary/benefits, and coordinating ASSIST's annual audit. Debbie is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where she received a B.S. in Accounting.

Anne Stanley | Director of School and Family Relations

Anne was Vice President of ASSIST from 2000 - 2009. In her new role as Director of School and Family Relations, she is working closely with the ASSIST team to introduce prospective schools to membership, to steward current school relationships, and to travel overseas to interview prospective students. Prior to her initial tenure with ASSIST, Anne spent eight years in the independent school world in both admissions and college counseling. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Jean Sutton | School Liaison and Host Family Coordinator

Jean joined the ASSIST team in 2005. Her responsibilites include managing all aspects of ASSIST's host family program, and communicating with ASSIST Representatives throughout the year regarding Scholars' progress.

Marie Rosema | Technology Coordinator

Marie is the newest member on the ASSIST staff.  She is multi-talented, and we feel fortunate to be able to tap her talents.  Marie has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master's in Marketing Management.  She recently spent four years in the South Pacific, which gave her time to explore Asia.  Not only will Marie be a technical asset to ASSIST with her social media and design capabilities, she will also bring with her the knowledge and the sensitivities she has received by stepping inside other cultures (Japan, China, Thailand to name a few). A very warm welcome, Marie!

Meg Moulton | Staff Associate, Marketing & Communications Consultant

Meg Moulton joined the ASSIST staff in 2010 as Vice President for Advancement and later as Vice President for Marketing and Communications.  In her current associate position, she works on communications and research-related projects and also represents ASSIST at conferences and events abroad.  Meg has a long history of serving independent schools and organizations.  She was a founding Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools and has served on a number of , including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Association of Boarding schools (TABS).  She is a graduate of Wheaton College (MA) and has studied at Oxford and in Harvard's Executive Education Program. 

Regional Office

The leadership of ASSIST is also broadly shared among its Board of Directors, who travel to visit current students and member schools, to vet prospective member schools, to interview prospective candidates overseas, and to volunteer at Orientation.

Kenneth I. Lindfors | President Emeritus

A colleague of Paul Sanderson, ASSIST’s founder, Ken Lindfors has known ASSIST students since 1969. While at Suffield Academy for 26 years, he was a teacher, administrator and headmaster. From 1987 to 2000 he served as President of ASSIST. He is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon, Oberlin College and Harvard University.

Betsy Lindfors | Vice President Emerita

Betsy Lindfors worked in admissions at Suffield Academy from 1973 to 1987, and then from 1987 to 2000 served as Vice President of ASSIST. Prior to working at Suffield Academy, she taught at Northfield Mount Hermon and was an active volunteer in the Suffield community. Betsy is a graduate of Skidmore College, and with Ken is the parent of two daughters.

Our Founder

Paul G. Sanderson, Jr.

Paul Sanderson was a visionary American educator and a longtime believer in international education and global citizenship, Paul founded ASSIST in 1969 during a sabbatical year as Director of Admissions of Suffield Academy (CT). He remained ASSIST’s leading force from 1969-1978. Paul served Suffield Academy for 26 years and ASSIST for 11 of those years.  He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College.

 
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