Admission Staff

Our Admission Staff looks forward to meeting you and answering your questions about The Governor's Academy. We are committed to getting to know each and every student who expresses an interest in our school. And we want you to get to know us - by visiting, asking questions, reading about us and looking at our website. Everyone on our staff is here because we like working with adolescents and their families. We understand the challenges and joys that face students and families during the teenage years, and we want to help make the decision about secondary school a productive and satisfying experience.

Michael J. Kinnealey , Director of Admission, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Middlebury College 1986, BA
Harvard University 1991 EdM
Appointed 2009

"It is a pleasure to work at a school that balances so well the rigor of a challenging academic curriculum with a focus on the needs of individual students. I am struck that my first impression as I walked on campus remains the most lasting one; this is a school where smiles and laughter are plentiful even as we work hard to become the best students and citizens that we can."

Chris BlondinAssociate Director of Admission
Bates College 2007, BA
Appointed July 2013

"I have always been drawn to our school’s motto, “Not for self but for others.” Through powerful relationships, our students and faculty look out for one another. We challenge ourselves to be our best and support each other when we struggle. I feel so proud to represent such a special community where the culture is about care, dedication and hard work."

Larry Cockrell, Associate Director of Admission
Norwich University ’90 BS
Appointed July 2014

“The Governor’s Academy strong academic reputation and storied history has always been a place that has intrigued me and that I greatly admire. Now that I work here, I am even more impressed as I have seen first-hand the quality of its students, faculty and facilities.  Everybody is very welcoming and authentic; there is a genuine warmth, a deep pride in the school and an exceptionally supportive community for every type of student.”

Ann DiFrancesco, P'10, '16 Admission Office Assistant
Boston University 1987, BS
Appointed August 2010

"My sons graduated from The Governor’s Academy in 2010 and 2016. I first became a member of the Govs community as a parent volunteer. I saw my son make long-lasting friends and he had mentors in the dorm and in the classroom. Having worked here for five years, I have had the chance to see my other son and his friends mature and grow in a community where academics, athletics, and the arts are an integral part of their school experience."

Stacey Griffin P’16, P’20 Assistant Director of Admission
Wellesley College 1991 BA
MIT Sloan School of Management 1995 MBA
Appointed 2017 

"The Governor’s difference was palpable right from my first experience on campus; the atmosphere created by students and faculty that so clearly were happy to be here was both welcoming and memorable. Through my years as a Governor’s parent, I’ve been impressed by both the incredible supports and opportunities provided for every student, whether it be a science internship, international travel, writing workshops or general math assistance. As a volunteer in Admissions, I loved meeting with visiting families and being able to share with them what I believe to be an outstanding campus in this special corner of New England. I continue to be moved by the dedicated faculty and the remarkable students whose achievements often astound me, and I look forward to meeting more future Governor’s families."

Samantha J. Howson, Assistant Director of Admission
Franklin & Marshall College 1997, AB
Appointed 1997

"When I first started working at The Governor's Academy just out of college, I was struck by how friendly and welcoming the students were. They seemed to go out of their way to welcome me as a new faculty member. Year after year, I see our students reach out to new students and faculty alike, welcoming them into the family. Our students are also wildly talented in so many areas of school life. There is an energy around campus whether it's a great science experiment, an athletic competition, or the winter musical, our students are committed to doing their best. Now, I am able to see Governor's from a different vantage point, as my step-son is in his junior year. He has truly made lifelong friendships and his teachers have pushed him. It's been a wonderful experience to see how this community has shaped him into the young man he has become. Our strength as a school is looking at students as individuals and expanding their interests while allowing them to pursue their passions."

Raymond Long '96, Associate Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid
Dartmouth College 2000, BA
Appointed September 2005

“I feel fortunate to be living out my dream of working at The Governor’s Academy. When I graduated in 1996, I hoped to come back and teach some day. I was lucky enough to join the Math Department and taught in the classroom for 5 years. I enjoy my position in Admissions as it allows me to travel to talk about the Academy and all of our great programs."

Tracey MacCormack '81, P'13, '16 Assistant to the Director of Admission
Lake Forest College 1985, BA
Appointed July 2003

"As an alumna and the mother of two graduates, I have an emotional attachment to The Governor’s Academy. It is this very connection and the abiding loyalty I feel to the school that offers me a unique perspective; allowing me to speak with potential candidates and their families from the heart about how, and why, it continues to remain an important part of my life today."


Please contact us with any questions you may have 
Phone: 978.499.3120
Fax: 978.462.1278
E-mail: Admissions or click on individual name listed above
Address: Admission Office, The Governor's Academy, 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922
We look forward to hearing from you! 


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