Geoffrey Sudderth, Head of School
Geoffrey Sudderth was named Head of School for Deerfield-Windsor prior to the 2017-2018 school year. Before assuming this role, he served as Director of Middle and Upper School for three years, and this year completes his fifth year in our school community. His passion for creating a student-centered academic environment where children learn and grow to be flexible, adaptable and resilient are the hallmarks of his collaborative leadership style. Obtaining his BA in English from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and his Masters of Educational Leadership from Columbia University in New York, he has extensive experience in the educational environment. His experience in both the public and private education sectors include Perkerson Elementary School (3rd grade Teacher) through the Teach for America program and at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta for ten years where he served as Upper School English faculty, Coach, Director of Odyssey (a gifted program in collaboration with the Atlanta Public Schools) as well as Grade Chair before moving to Albany in 2014. A self-professed lifelong learner and believer in community, he appreciates how many opportunities exist to volunteer and create impact in the Albany area. Geoffrey is a member of the 2016 Leadership Albany Class, and currently serves on the board of directors for both the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Albany Civil Rights Institute. He is married to Cynthia (Wilson) Sudderth, and he absolutely enjoys every minute of traveling, music and sports.
Janet Guillebeau, Upper School Director
Janet assumed the role as Upper School Director in 2017, but she was well-known in our school community for her extensive teaching career in mathematics. She is a recognized leader in Advanced Placement Math courses, and she and her faculty collectively boast a 84% AP pass rate for AP courses. Before assuming her role as Upper School Director, she served as Academic Dean where she was instrumental in curriculum alignment, scheduling and student life activities. Totally committed to a student centered academic approach, she and her faculty focus on the importance of academic achievement and instilling the concepts of time management, personal and social responsibility, emotional growth, and ultimately, future success for college life. She obtained her BBA and a Masters of Education from The University of Georgia. Married to financial planner, David Guillebeau, (Deerfield alum ‘79), they have two grown daughters, Laura Leigh (Guillebeau) Stoudenmire alum ‘06 and Beverly (Guillebeau) Inman alum ‘11 both of whom are married to DWS alumni (Charlie Stoudenmire ‘05 and John Inman ‘06). She and her husband are also the proud grandparents to “future DWS alum”, Caroline Avery Stoudenmire. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Adrienne Hill, Director of Finance and Operations
Adrienne Hill joined Deerfield-Windsor as Director of Finance and Operations in 2017 having previously served as the school’s Director of Technology for eight years. Adrienne obtained a BBA from the University of Georgia as well as her MBA from Georgia State University. A devoted champion of constant improvement, she works to bring new systems and advancements to Deerfield-Windsor School. Beginning her career as an insurance underwriter, she was also a software implementation consultant. She has successfully managed three family owned businesses since 2010. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys travel, baking and reading. Married to entrepreneur, David Hill, they have one son, Porter, who is currently a junior at Deerfield-Windsor School.
Dr. Kathy Meskell, Lower School DirectorDr. Kathy Meskell has been the Director of the Lower School since 2016-2017 after previously working at Woodward Academy for sixteen years. While at Woodward, Kathy designed and implemented the 1st-3rd Science program at Woodward North, taught second grade, and was the Director of the successful Odyssey of the Mind program. Her last year at Woodward she taught 6th grade in the Transition Program. Prior to working at Woodward, Dr. Meskell was a special education teacher in public schools in Georgia, California, and South Carolina. Kathy graduated with her BS in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders from Furman University. She completed her M. Ed. at Georgia State and her Ph.D. at Mercer University. She is a graduate of Leadership Woodward and Leadership Albany.
Lauren Ray, Director of Advancement
Lauren Ray assumed the role of Director of Advancement in 2017 after serving seven years in healthcare philanthropy as Executive Director of Phoebe Foundation. Previously a Major Gifts Officer and an Events Specialists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, she has 19 years of experience in philanthropic marketing, public relations and fund development. Earning BA Degrees in Journalism and English from The University of Georgia, she is a member of the 2007 Leadership Georgia Class, 2008 Leadership Albany Class and the Charity League of Albany where she volunteers for the Phoebe Oncology Center. She currently serves as a board member for Strive to Thrive, a local poverty initiative to help families navigate out of poverty, as well as the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee which helps showcase and edify great work of local public and independent schools. She cherishes time spent with family and friends and thoroughly enjoys community collaboration, working with children and youth, small group studies at her church, a “great party”, all things sports and UGA. Married to Todd Ray, they are proud parents of current Knights, son, Thomas, ‘23 and daughter, Murphy, ‘24.
Jennifer Ricks, Director of Admissions
Jennifer Ricks is no stranger to Deerfield-Windsor School and a welcomed professional addition as Director of Admissions. A 1987 alum of DWS, she began her duties as Director of Admissions in 2016. She’s also served our school in various capacities as the Lower School office assistant as well as the Assistant to the Head of School. Jennifer earned her B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1998. Putting her business and law degree into practice, she served in the SunTrust Trust Department from 1992-1995 and then in the Trust Department for Regions Bank from 1998-2004. Married to Scott Ricks, she is the proud mother of three children, Maggie (DWS alum 2017 currently attending Auburn University), Frances (current senior at DWS) and son, Tyler (current freshman at DWS). In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, college football and spending time at the beach.