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.
Office & Admissions Liaison
Jonathan V. Cann
Systems Analyst & Manager
B.A., Asian Studies, Bard College.
Independent author and programmer. Interests include art, photography, and gaming.
Elizabeth Dunn Canty
B.A. English & Communications, Boston College; M.A., Education, CUNY Brooklyn College; M.A., School Counseling, New York University. Worked previously as New York City Teaching Fellow & Secondary English teacher at Harry Van Arsdale High School, as Guidance Intern & Health Teacher at BHSEC Manhattan, and as Guidance Counselor & Study Skills Instructor at Bard Early College Academy. Founding staff at BHSEC Queens. Special trainings include: Options College Access training, Suicide Prevention, Respect for All with a special focus on anti LGBTQ-bias, Opportunity Gaps for students of color, Adult Basic Literacy, and Project Adventure Ropes Course.
B.A., Psychology and Education, Muhlenberg College; M.A., School Counseling, Boston College
Jess deCourcy Hinds
A.A., Bard College at Simon’s Rock; B.A., English, Smith College; M.F.A., Fiction, Brooklyn College; M.S.L.I.S, Library Science, Pratt Institute. Publications include School Library Journal, Brain, Child; The New York Times; Newsweek; Ms. Magazine; Seventeen; Teachers & Writers. Awarded a Twining Fellowship for research in Italy (2009). Named one of the Pratt Institute’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” for library leadership and nonfiction writing (2012). Fiction Fellow at Pen Parentis (2015). Awards include second place in the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (2017).
BA, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.
Angel brings over 18 years of College Counseling and Guidance experience from the New York City school system and private sector. Professional interest include providing mentoring and counseling to underrepresented students in areas where access to secondary educational opportunities may not be readily available.
Learning Commons Director
B.A., Music, Comparative Literature minor, Hamilton College.
Served as the George Watson’s Teaching Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland. Taught lessons in English, Philosophy, and Music, as well as Special Education. Teaching Assistant at the Henry Viscardi School, a K-12 school for children with physical disabilities. Worked five summers at the Double H Ranch, a summer camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Interests include storytelling, stand up comedy, essay writing, and disability advocacy.
Director of Admissions
A.A., Bard High School Early College; B.A. Psychology, Bard College; M.S. candidate, Urban Affairs, Hunter College.
Trustee Leader Scholar at Bard College and founder of the Young Rhinebeck Youth Program: Life, Learning, and Language, 2005. Worked in admissions at BHSEC for more than ten years, first as Admissions Coordinator, then as Smart Scholars Outreach Coordinator. Olga has a long-standing commitment to outreach into the NYC public schools and particularly in recruiting students to BHSEC who come from disadvantaged academic and economic backgrounds. Research/interests include urban public education, program evaluation, early college initiatives and community activism.
Laboratory Technician Biology
B.A., Biology, Bard College; M.A., Social Studies, Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia; M.A., Microbiology, Columbia University.
Director of Bard DNA
Special Education Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs
Director of College Transfer Office
B.A., Religious Studies, Grinnell College; M.A. Applied Theatre, CUNY School of Professional Studies; M.S.Ed. Candidate, School Counseling at Alfred University. A BHSECQ staff member since 2010, Lenni is also a co-facilitator of the TransGeneratational Theatre Project, a multigenerational theatre group for trans and gender non-conforming people. Their interests include college access for undocumented and DACA students, racial justice, supporting trans and gnc students, LGBTQIA issues, music, scuba diving, and mindfulness.