Administration


Ben Lall, Director of Finance

Ebenezer Lall, aka Ben Lall, is an alumnus of Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie. He pursued further studies at St. Francis' College, Lucknow and Lucknow Christian College. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991, and practised for six years in Lucknow as a partner in M/s Mohan & Co., Chartered Accountants. Emigrating to Canada in 1997, he requalified as a Certified General Accountant (CGA). Ben worked in Woodstock for one year (1988-1989) as a dorm parent and Accounting teacher. Married to Sangeeta and with two boys Siddhant & Arpit, Ben now regards Toronto, Canada as home. He joined Woodstock in the Fall semester of 2008.

Abhrajit Bhattacharjee '92, Director of Development

Abhrajit Bhattacharjee is the Director of Development at Woodstock School, one of the world's leading international residential schools, founded in India in 1854.

In his role in school advancement, Abhrajit directs the school's communications, marketing, alumni relations, fund raising and strategic planning efforts. Abhra is an alumnus from the Woodstock Class of 92 and since 1999, Abhra has served nearly four terms as the youngest member of the school's Board of Directors, has been a member of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee, Student Life Committee and has also served as the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee. Abhra also served as the Campaign Director of the ambitious Woodstock 150 Capital Campaign from 2001-2003.

Abhrajit brings to this role more than 10 years of experience in public relations and communications for technology multinationals, as well as a passion and commitment for Woodstock. Most recently Abhra was based in Singapore where he worked for Dell, Inc., and was responsible for global product communications for all of Dell's Consumer and Small & Medium Business products. Prior to that, he spent more than 7 years at EMC Corporation managing their communications across the Asia Pacific & Japan region. Abhrajit attended Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce where he studied Economics (Hons.) for his bachelor's degree. He has also attended executive education modules at Babson College ("Sustaining High Performance", 2008), and at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis ('Strategic Communications for Major Gifts Fund Raising' & 'Managing A Capital Campaign', 2003).

S. Suryanarayan, Director of Human Resources

S Suryanarayan, Surya to friends and colleagues spent his childhood until his graduation in Bhopal where he completed his bachelors in science. After that he spent 2 years working as a plant personnel manager with Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) in Rourkela, Orissa. Then he completed his PGDPM&IR from XLRI, Jamshedpur in 2001. After his post graduation he has worked in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and delhi where he was working last with Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. as Associate Vice President, Human Resources (Northern Region). He is married to Uma and has a young son, Ayush.

Kirsten Bradby '96, Head of Admissions

Kirsten Bradby was a student at Woodstock from kindergarten to eighth grade. She went on to complete her schooling in England. After spending five years working as a lawyer in London, she was ready for a change. She is very much enjoying being back at Woodstock. She loves the beautiful Himalayan setting, and the joy of seeing students from such a wide variety of different backgrounds come together to learn and live and grow in this unique community. She enjoys travel and the opportunity to play the violin in school ensembles.

David Anderson, Head of Senior School

David returns to Woodstock as Head of Senior School after a year's absence. He received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in English and Political Science in 1965. He began his teaching career in 1967 at Midland School in California. Subsequently, he has taught and administered at Ojai Valley School in California, International School Moshi, Tanzania, Africa and Besant Hill School in California. He has taught all levels of English and history, served in various administrative capacities and served as Headmaster of both Ojay Valley and Besant Hill Schools.

Sanjaya Mark, Head of Junior School

Sanjaya Sarah Mark, BA (Hons), BS, CISL. An Indian , Sanjaya has twelve years experience as a school head. Her hobbies include: travelling, visiting wildlife parks, reading, cooking, walking, and meeting old and new friends. She especially enjoys being involved in the nurturing of students and encouraging them to become good learners and responsible citizens.

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Jeff Doerfler, Director of Student Services

Jeff has worked in U.S. schools for the past 22 years as a teacher, counsellor, and coach. During that period he also worked at Camp Thunderbird in Minnesota as a Counsellor, Programme Director and Director. He has a B.S. Degree in Education and M.A Degree in Counselling/Psychology from the University of Kansas. He spent one summer working in orphanages in Russia which led to his desire to work at an international school. Jeff came to Woodstock as a counsellor in July 2009, and was appointed as Director of Student Services from July 2010.

Howard Wilkins, Chaplain

After completing a science and education degree at Monash University, Howard taught in High Schools in Victoria, Australia for eight years. His teaching career was interrupted by National Service during the Vietnam War where he served as a scientific officer in hospitals in Australia and Singapore. On discharge he undertook studies in theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity. He and his wife, Jill left Australia to work in Bangladesh in July 1979. After two years intensive language and cultural studies he taught in a vernacular Bible School for six years followed by four years in mission administration working with the church and government agencies. Howard and Jill and their five children first came to Woodstock in 1991, where he taught mathematics and religious education, and later was appointed as chaplain. Returning to Melbourne in 1998, Howard worked as chaplain at Carey Baptist Grammar School. He returned to Woodstock in July 2010 again as chaplain and RE teacher.

Amy Seefeldt, Academic Dean

Amy Seefeldt (¹93), has a B.Ed from Taylor University. After a year of graduate work in African History, at Emory University, she chose secondary education as her higher calling. She has taught history for twelve years. Amy served five years as History Department Chair at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, overseeing their development of curriculum and working to embed the cultivation of critical thinking at every level in the school, through her membership on the small Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) task force. She helped prepare the school for accreditation, which fortuitously prepared her to work on Woodstock¹s recent accreditation process. She joined the Woodstock faculty in 2008, taking on the role of Academic Dean in January, 2010. Amy looks forward to preserving what¹s best about Woodstock while infusing the academic program with new energy, driven by a vision of education as an organic process aimed at enabling and equipping a young person to stand with confidence and integrity in a world of change.




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