Our Admissions Staff are some of the first people you will meet here at The Frederick Gunn School. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals who are here to welcome you, make you feel at home, introduce you to our school, and most importantly, learn more about you and what you can bring to our community.
Phone Number: 860-350-0116
Dan Allen has joined The Frederick Gunn School as Assistant Director of Admissions and Head Coach, Girls Varsity Ice Hockey. A native of Brookfield and graduate of Immaculate High School and Proctor Academy, Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Connecticut State University, where he played hockey and baseball. Prior to joining FGS, he lived in Saxtons River, Vermont, and worked as a history teacher and Head Ice Hockey Coach at Vermont Academy. He was also the academy’s Head Coach for Varsity Boys Golf and Assistant Coach for Varsity Boys Soccer. Dan served as Director of Danbury Arena Hockey and Assistant Coach for the NCAA Division II hockey team at St. Michael’s College. He was a camp coach for the New York Rangers and Elite Hockey as well as a USA Hockey instructor and evaluator in Vermont. When he is not coaching hockey, he enjoys playing golf, watching movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Dan lives on campus with his partner, Emily Walsh.
Phone Number: 860-350-0149
Caralyn Dea is Director of International Recruitment and Associate Director of Admissions at The Frederick Gunn School. Caralyn works closely with educational consultants and prospective students and families, leading the school’s global student recruitment strategy. She stewards international students from their initial inquiry through enrollment, and helps to ensure that they are thriving at the school.
A dual citizen of the United States and Australia, Caralyn served as Director of International Education and Boarding at Toorak College in Melbourne, Victoria. She helped to increase Toorak’s international admissions and retention rate, improve the experience of each international student, and increase the average ATAR of international students. As a result of her efforts, Caralyn was named one of the Top 50 Educators in Australia, and was a three-time finalist for the Australian Education Awards. A key content expert for the Australian media, she was a featured speaker for the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA), and wrote articles for ABSA’s “Lights Out.” Caralyn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Sydney and a graduate diploma in teaching and learning from Charles Darwin University. A former teacher, she was named the Northern Territory Teacher of the Year in 2013.
A native of Clinton, New York, Craig was a defenseman on the Wesleyan Hockey team for four years and after graduation served as the Assistant Men's Hockey coach at Williams College for one season. Craig currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions and College Counseling, the Head Coach for Boys Varsity Hockey and is an Administrator of the day. Craig and his wife, Jenn, their three daughters, twins Avery and Maggie, and Brooklyn live in the Cottage.
Phone Number: 860-350-0193
Rachel Hedden joined The Frederick Gunn School in September 2021 as Assistant Director of Admissions and Head Coach, Girls Varsity Lacrosse. A native of Burlington, Connecticut, Hedden attended Central Connecticut State University as a communications major and graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s degree in history and dual minors in general education and sociology. She played NCAA Division I lacrosse at CCSU, and was captain of Hartwick’s Empire 8 (E8) Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Team. She also served as a student ambassador in Hartwick’s Admissions Office and was a peer mentor in the Center for Student Success. Most recently she was a member of the events and promotions team for iHeartMedia and worked as a student teacher at Oneonta High School. To the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, Hedden brings five years of experience as a youth girls lacrosse coach at the club level and for Connecticut youth programs in Burlington and Avon. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, watching her siblings play lacrosse, playing music and spending time around a campfire with friends.
Gregory Swenson has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Drew University, where he also played soccer and lacrosse and worked in undergraduate admissions. He studied for three weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia, known for its “white nights,” as part of a history and culture program at Drew. Prior to joining The Frederick Gunn School he coached middle school lacrosse and was a supervisor at an elementary school camp. He is teaching economics and coaching three varsity sports: boys soccer, baseball and boys lacrosse. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and watching cooking shows.
Kristen Lanesey joined The Frederick Gunn School Admissions Team in 2012. A native of Thomaston, Connecticut, and a graduate of Thomaston High School. Prior to joining FGS, Kristen worked in an accounts payable/receivable position for many years at a construction company and from there moved on to a manager position at a bakery. Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to live music, hiking, spending time outdoors and helping people. She also enjoys traveling and Vermont is a favorite destination. She and her husband, Joe, live locally with their two children, Hunter and Scarlett, their cat, Dylan, and their Golden Retriever, Luna.
Jackie grew up in Oakville, Connecticut, and graduated from Watertown High School, where she played volleyball and softball. This is her fourth year with The Frederick Gunn School. She and her husband, Paul, live in Oakville and have three adult children, Rachel, Matthew and Sara. Jackie homeschooled both of her daughters through high school and is continuing her own education by taking classes at the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Hartford. She is very active in her parish, Prince of Peace Parish in Woodbury/Bethlehem.
Jamie is often the first person prospective students and their families meet when they arrive at The Frederick Gunn School. A native of Naugatuck, Connecticut, and a graduate of Naugatuck High School, she previously worked as a medical assistant for Jeffrey Alter, M.D., a dermatologist in Waterbury. Jamie lives in Waterbury with her husband, Mark Zambero ’99, and his daughter, Hailie, and enjoys hiking and spending time with her rescue dog, Penny, and a rescue cat, Kitty.