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L.J. Mitchell


L.J. Mitchell
Director of Development

L.J. joined Calhoun's Development and Alumni Relations team in 2018. He brings experience from four previous independent schools as well as his 10+ years of teaching and mentoring advancement colleagues in his work with Independent School Management. Before finding his way to development, L.J. earned an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater, a JD from Suffolk University and a BA in political science from College of the Holy Cross.

Outside of Calhoun, L.J. loves theater, which he believes is one of the greatest things about living in NYC. He has seen Hamilton 11 times: three times at the Public Theater, six on Broadway, one in San Francisco and one in London. L.J.'s most memorable school experience was being one of 10 U.S. undergraduates admitted to the London School of Economics to study pre-law. | 212-497-6588

Mary McCarty


Mary McCarty
Director of the calhoun Annual Fund

Mary has been a part of the Development and Alumni Relations team at Calhoun since 2016. She is also a Middle School Volleyball Coach. Mary studied drama and politics at NYU. Prior to Calhoun, she helped develop Generation Citizen, an organization that empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens through an action civics curriculum.

Mary loves to sing and play guitar, and her most memorable school experience was serving as captain of her high school volleyball team. | 212-497-6579

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Bart Hale '00
Director of Alumni Relations

Bart joined the Development and Alumni Relations office in 2010, but his relationship with the school first began in preschool at age 4; he is a proud member of Calhoun's Class of 2000. Bart attended Colgate University, where he earned a BA in political science and served as student body president.

Bart is an avid sailor, racing competitively around the country, and he has competed in two Sunfish World Championships. If Bart could be a Calhoun student — again — he would love to take part in Chef Bobo's Politics of Food class. | 646-666-6450

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Makeeda Gibbs
Database, Research & Gifts Manager

Makeeda joined the Calhoun community in 2020. Makeeda is a graduate of Tufts University. She comes from Los Angeles where she served as the database manager at Vista Del Mar, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality treatment programs for children with disabilities.

When she’s not at Calhoun, you can find her creating cocktails and being an amateur chef for her friends and family, fostering kittens, and browsing farmers' markets. | 212-497-6578

Amy keith


Amy Keith
Development Associate

Amy graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in environmental science. Before joining Calhoun, she worked as a climate justice activist in San Francisco, working to recruit middle and high schoolers for leadership roles within the climate justice movement. She's very passionate about supporting future generations on their journey to become engaged, passionate, and thoughtful global stewards. She relocated to Brooklyn to be closer to family and is enjoying exploring her new city and experiencing seasons. | 212-497-6581