Meet the Admission Staff

Nina Freeman Hanlon, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Nina came to Greenwich Academy in 2011 as a fifth grade history teacher and rowing coach. She then became Assistant Head of Middle School, taught seventh grade English, and served on the Middle School Admission Committee. Nina also launched and ran GA’s i2 STEM Camp for two summers.

Nina is a graduate of Brown University where she rowed and won two NCAA championships.  At Brown she majored in Africana Studies and later focused her attention on acting. After Brown, Nina taught one year at her alma mater, Noble and Greenough School, as a ninth grade English and drama teacher.  After Nobles, Nina went on to the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco where she received her MFA in acting. After several years working professionally in commercials, on television, and on the stage, she returned to the classroom where her passion for education has continued to grow and evolve. She is a mother of 3-year-old twins, Dylan and Simone, and her husband, Ron, works at Rye Country Day School. 

Melissa Cassis, Associate Director of Admission

Melissa Cassis joined Greenwich Academy in the summer of 2010. Prior to GA she was Assistant Director of Admission at the Dexter & Southfield Schools in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she developed a passion for education. Melissa’s desire to transition into the classroom drew her to Greenwich Academy where she began as a teacher and advisor in the Middle School.

Since 2011, Melissa has worked in the Admission Office, managing middle school admission as the Assistant Director. Her role expanded to Groups III and IV in 2016 when she was promoted to Associate Director of Admission. Additionally, Melissa served as an advisor and taught middle school computer science and digital design for six years.

Melissa holds a B.A. in International Studies from Middlebury College. An avid sports enthusiast and former student-athlete, she has enjoyed volunteer coaching and competing in soccer and basketball leagues in her free time.

Ann Tillman, Senior Admission Associate

Ann Tillman has been a member of the admission office since 1990. During the last 25 years, she has managed the day-to-day routine of the office as well as administered individual and group assessments for our youngest applicants.

Ann received a B.F.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Ohio Wesleyan University. The Tillman family has been a part of the GA and Brunswick community for more than 30 years. Eric, Ann’s husband, is a member of the Brunswick faculty. 

Tatiana Palylyk Andersen, Admission Associate/Data Analyst
Tatiana joined the admission team at Greenwich Academy in the summer of 2016. Prior to this, Tatiana worked as the Assistant Director at two preschools in NYC, as well as serving as the Assistant to the Principal and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, at a Nursery through 8th grade independent school in NYC's Greenwich Village.

Tatiana is an NYU graduate with a BS in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, and is certified to teach children from birth through second grade. While studying at NYU, Tatiana taught preschool and kindergarten classes in the NYC public school system. She is fluent in the Ukrainian language and has traveled to Ukraine to provide aid to orphans with disabilities. Tatiana grew up in Ridgefield, CT, where she was a varsity swimmer and lacrosse player. Tatiana resides in Tuckahoe, NY with her husband Timothy.

Tara Fetzer, Admission Associate

Tara Fetzer joined the admission team in the fall 2016. Tara earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University at Albany. She then went on to receive a Master of Social Work from New York University and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to beginning her work at Greenwich Academy, Tara spent several years in the mental health field, working as the Admissions Coordinator and Day Treatment Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Connecticut, a treatment program for young women struggling with eating disorders. In addition, Tara has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice working with children, adolescents, and families.

Tara joined GA in 2014 as the Lower School Counselor, a role she will continue in while working on the admission team. Tara currently lives in Greenwich with her husband, and two sons. 
Theresa Hall, Admission Associate

Theresa Hall joined Greenwich Academy in 2003 and teaches preschool at the Cowan Center.  Theresa has a BFA in Drama/Dance from the University of Montana.  She earned a post graduate Certificate of Education for ages 3–12 from the Roehampton Institute of Education in 1994, and in 2014 completed a MAT in Early Childhood Education at Manhattanville College.

At the Cowan Center Theresa is responsible for developing and implementing curriculum and teaches creative movement to the preschool children.  Theresa has also taught elementary and middle school art as part of the GATE summer program since 2008.

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