Bard High School Early College Manhattan


Our staff are highly-qualified professionals who are dedicated to promoting student success. Our staff come from a range of professional backgrounds in the public and private sectors.

Administrative Staff

Adrian Agredo
Bard Early College Academy (BECA) Coordinator
M.A.T., Bennington College; B.A. Bennington College. Teacher, Bard Early College Academy, Middle School Humanities, 2008-present; Teacher/Student Teacher, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt; Student Teacher, The Beacon School, New York, NY. Specializes in curricular development, mediation, and inter-disciplinary design. Interests include poetry, painting, and running.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2044

Siska Brutsaert
Associate Dean of Studies, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Cornell University; M.S., Kyoto University; Ph.D., Columbia University-Integrated Program in Cellular Molecular Biophysics; Post-doctoral Fellow, Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Research interests include molecular immunology, signal transduction mechanisms, and epigenetic control of gene regulation.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4072

Leah Gesoff
Guidance Counselor and College Transfer Office Advisor, BHSEC Manhattan
Ed.M and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. Certified K-9 Teacher. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Phi Betta Kappa National Honors Society. Teach for America Corps member 2002-2005, First Grade Teacher. Special interests include snowboarding, speaking Spanish, culture and traveling.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3221

Sara Haberman
Assistant Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Gettysburg College; M.A., L.C.S.W., New York University; M.S.Ed., Pace University. Former counselor at Stuyvesant and Chelsea High Schools, New York City.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4221

William H. Hinrichs
Associate Dean of Studies, BHSEC Manhattan 
A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., Yale University. Has taught at St. Mark's School, the Taft School, Yale University and BHSEC Queens. Publications include The Invention of the Sequel: Expanding Prose Fiction in Early Modern Spain (2011). Teaching and research interests include literature and culture of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, flash fiction, and concepts of authorship and authorial property.

Peter Kolbe
Technology Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2072

Michael Lerner
Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., New York University. Has taught at Barnard College, NYU; New School University; and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Awards include Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association. Publications include Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City (2007). Teaching and research interests include 20th-century United States society and politics, American reform movements, popular culture, and U.S.-Pacific relations.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2282

Tina Moreno
Finance & Administration Manager, BHSEC Queens and Manhattan
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4074

Martha J. Olson
Dean of Administration, BHSEC Program; Dean of Education Initiatives, Bard College
B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., New York University School of Law; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University. Practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton; Office of the New York State Attorney General; Lankler, Siffert & Wohl; The Campaign for Fiscal Equity; Law clerk to Thomas Fairchild, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Bruce Selya, United States District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island. Taught global studies at FLAGS High School, New York City. Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. Past president, Citizens Committee for the Children of New York, Inc.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4073

Camille Sawick
Assistant Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Brooklyn College; M.S., Queens College; Sixth-Year Certificate in administration and supervision, College of Staten Island. Assistant Principal Administration, New York City Public High Schools, 1995-present. Reading specialist; taught special education high school students for 12 years; taught high school English for 10 years.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2232

Elizabeth Stemmer
Assistant Registrar and Attendance Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., American Studies, Bard College; A.A., Bard High School Early College. Assistant Registrar and Attendance Coordinator at Bard High School Early College, 2007-present. Interests include music, fiction, food, travel (particularly to Spain and Latin America), and the study of culture and society.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2221

Carol Turitz
Parent Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2281

Meghann Walk
Librarian, Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., C.A.S. candidate, University of Illinois; M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College. Held librarian position at Harvard Countway Library of Medicine Archives; and the University of Illinois. Research interests include philosophies of education; and library pedagogy.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052