Robert Broudo, Prides Crossing
President and Headmaster
Immediately following his graduation from Bates College where he met Landmark’s founding Headmaster Charles Drake, Bob joined the Landmark staff as a teacher/tutor. During the years since (excepting graduate school and serving a three-year stint as Director of the Walworth Barbour American and International School in Israel) he successively became an academic and residential supervisor, department head, and developed and directed both Landmark’s Outreach Program and Landmark’s Preparatory School Program. Bob served for several years as the campus director before he was elected Headmaster in 1990.
He has served on numerous boards and committees, including those for Learning Disabilities Association of America, Brookwood School, Waring School, Glen Urquhart School, Danversbank, the Anti-Defamation League, and Peabody Essex Museum. Bob holds a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Bates College and a M.Ed. in educational administration from Boston University Graduate School of Education. Bob enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, relaxing with family, reading and entertaining friends.
Dan Ahearn, Hamilton
Assistant Headmaster, Director of Outreach, Teacher, Coach
Dan has a B.A. from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Education from Tufts University, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. In addition to serving as Assistant Head of School and Director of the Landmark Outreach Program, he teaches language arts, social studies, and the Student Advocates class. He also coaches soccer and tennis at Landmark High School. Finally, Dan coordinates Landmark’s licensure and approvals with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and he handles miscellaneous legal issues for the school. He enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and running in his spare time.
Deborah Blanchard, Hamilton
Academic Dean, Landmark Elementary/Middle School (EMS)
Deborah Blanchard is the Academic Dean at Landmark’s Elementary/Middle School campus in Manchester, MA. Her main responsibilities include staff development, scheduling, and curriculum oversight. A graduate of Wheaton College and Lesley University, Debby has been involved with Landmark School since 1977. Her roles have included tutor, classroom teacher, department head, and case manager. Debby directed the Elementary/Middle School Summer Program for seven years, and she coordinated the Landmark Outreach Summer Professional Development Program for ten years. A North Shore native, Debby and her husband have lived in the area for nearly 35 years where they raised their two children. When not at work, Debby enjoys sewing, smocking, and hosting cookouts at the lake.
Mark. Brislin, Hamilton
Vice President for Financial Affairs and Business Manager
Mark Brislin came to Landmark in 1978 to serve as the Business Manager. In 1988 he left Landmark after receiving his law degree and was employed by Advacare, Inc. and Chaulk Ambulance Services, Inc. He was named to his current position at Landmark in 1994 when Chaulk Ambulance Services was sold. Mr. Brislin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Suffolk University. He has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant and a licensed attorney. Mark has served on the board of the Beverly YMCA, on the Advisory Board of Ready, Willing, Enable, and he is currently Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Beverly. Mark and his wife Pam, a Landmark teacher, have lived in Hamilton for over 30 years where they have raised their four children. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and other outdoor activities.
Robert Kahn, Danvers
Head of Landmark Elementary/Middle School (EMS)
Robert Kahn joined Landmark after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in Anthropology in 1974. Rob has been a tutor, teacher, department head, case manager, and Dean of Students at Landmark’s Elementary/Middle School. Rob has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons College. He met his wife Mary at Landmark in the ’70s, and the couple moved to Nova Scotia in 1978 where they lived for five years. Rob was founding Headmaster of Landmark East, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities in Wolfville, NS, based on Dr. Charles Drake’s teaching methods. He became Head of Landmark Elementary/Middle School in 1986. Rob enjoys spending time with family, theater and music, travel, literature, hiking, and cooking.
Christopher Murphy, Gloucester
Head of Landmark High School, Teacher
Chris joined the Landmark staff in 1977 and has held a variety of positions including tutor, academic case manager, and Academic Dean. Since 1990, Chris has been the Head of the Landmark High School. Chris’s work experience includes curriculum evaluation and design, teacher training, consulting to public and private schools, and counseling families and students transitioning from High School. He presents frequently at seminars and workshops and has been an adjunct lecturer in Special Education for Simmons College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Fitchburg State University, a Master of Arts degree from Assumption College, and has taken doctoral courses in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Chris met his wife Kate at Landmark when they both worked at the Elementary campus. They have lived in Gloucester for 26 years with their three children.
Carolyn Orsini Nelson, Groveland
Director of Institutional Advancement
Carolyn Orsini Nelson came to Landmark in 2002 to serve as the Director of Admission. Before coming to Landmark, Carolyn was a teacher of both general and special education and served as a special education administrator. She also worked in school systems in the northeast as a consultant and teacher trainer. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Northeastern University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College in Boston, where she teachers courses in the area of assessment. Carolyn is an outdoor enthusiast and spends much of her free time camping, hiking, kayaking, and gardening.
David Seiter, Hamilton
Director of Facilities
Dave Seiter is a licensed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor with many years of experience in the construction trades. Soon after graduating from Eastern Baptist College, he came to Landmark in 1973 as a teacher and academic supervisor before taking on the position of Administrative Director, managing renovation and construction of many of the early Landmark buildings. He left Landmark in 1984 to assume positions in business management and sales, all directly related to the construction trades. He returned to Landmark in 2000 as Director of Facilities to manage that department as well as renovations and new construction. At this time, Dave enrolled in a Facilities Management Program at Northeastern University. Dave is an avid gardener, enjoys hiking, cycling, and visiting his three children and two granddaughters every chance he gets.
Kirk Swanson, Hamilton
Dean of Students, Elementary/Middle School (EMS)
Kirk Swanson has been Dean of Students at the Landmark Elementary/Middle School since 1985. Kirk is a graduate of Ithaca College and has his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons College. Kirk joined the Landmark faculty in 1981 and taught Physical Education at the High School before becoming PE Department Head at the EMS in 1983. As Dean of Students, Kirk oversees student life on campus, dealing with discipline, after school programs, faculty housing, building issues, and security. Kirk has lived in Hamilton with his wife and two daughters for the last 15 years. When not at Landmark, he enjoys watching his daughters perform in concerts and plays, following sports, and walking his dogs.
Susan Tomases, Hamilton
Director of Marketing and Communications
Susan Tomases graduated with a BS from Boston University in Mass Communications in 1987. Having worked at Lehman Millet Advertising, The Boston Children’s Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology Review Magazine, and Dockers Europe (Levi Strauss) has provided a range of experience in writing, marketing, public relations, and events management in both the non and for profit sectors. Susan assumed the role of Director of Marketing and Communications at Landmark School in the fall of 2009. She currently devotes much of her personal time as a volunteer for various local organizations. In her free time, Susan enjoys gardening, yoga, travel, and hanging out with her two sons and husband.
Henry Willette, Salem
Academic Dean, Landmark High School
Henry Willette is the Academic Dean at Landmark’s High School campus and has served in this role since 1993. As Academic Dean, he oversees curriculum, teacher supervision, and student academic programs. Before coming to Landmark, Henry worked at the White Mountain School in Littleton, New Hampshire, for five years where he developed an academic support program as well as serving as Academic Dean. He also worked at St. Andrews School in Barrington, Rhode Island, for fifteen years where he taught, was a dorm parent, directed the middle school, and served as Assistant Headmaster. Henry attended the University of Rhode Island as an undergraduate in history and received his Master’s Degree from Simmons College in Boston.