Alpine Program Director
University of New Hampshire - B.S.
Mike returned to SMS in 2007 after spending 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team. He is the former U.S. Ski Team Head Technical Coach where he coached athletes to three World Championship medals in 2005 and to an Olympic Gold Medal in 2006. During his 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team, Mike coached athletes to more than 25 World Cup podiums. Mike’s Olympic coaching experience has included: 1994 Lillihammer; 2002 Salt Lake City; 2006 Torino.
During the 2002 season, Mike and the U.S. Ski Team won the Marc Holder Trophy for Best Overall Team at the World Junior Championship, an award that had never been won by the U.S. Ski Team. Mike won the International Coach of the Year Award in 2006 for his performance during the Olympics in Torino, Italy. Most recently, Mike was awarded the 2017 US Ski & Snowboard Domestic Alpine Coach of the Year award and the 2018 VARA Development Coach of the Year award.
Freestyle Program Director
Castleton State College - M.A.
University of Massachusetts, Boston - B.A.
Deb Newson joined SMS in the spring of 2013 to direct the newly created Freestyle Program. Deb has spent the past 18 years at Killington Mountain School (KMS) in a range of positions in the sport of freestyle, but most recently as assistant head of school. As the SMS freestyle program director and coach, Deb brings years of experience and success in the sport of freestyle to SMS. She was named the USSA Development Coach of the Year in 2010. She has also served as chairperson of USSA Eastern Division Freestyle-Freeskiing since 2002. With accomplished athletes at every level of the sport, including: EQS Bs, ECS As, junior nationals, NorAms, junior worlds, U.S. Nationals, World Cup and the Olympics, SMS is surely to continue its tradition of excellence with the freestyle program.
Cell Phone: 802-770-0002
Director of Admissions
Vermont College - M.A.
Williams College - B.A.
Kate Nolan has been a part of the Stratton Mountain School community since 2001 and has been at the foundation of the school’s development. She began at SMS as a front desk receptionist, registrar, and admissions assistant in 2001 and worked her way up to her current position as Director of Admissions. She initially moved to the Stratton area after graduating from Williams College in 1999. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Williams and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She was also a member of the Williams Varsity swimming team, earning All-American honors for three years. In March of 2007, Kate completed her Master’s of Arts degree in educational psychology. Kate lives in Jamaica, Vt., with her husband, Raschid, and sons, Keghan and Ciaran.
SMS T2 Nordic Coach
Dartmouth College - B.A.
Pat O’Brien is an alumnus of the SMS class of 2006 and Dartmouth graduate and has returned to coach our eight-person SMS T2 Team, which includes five U.S. Ski Team members. Patrick stays busy helping oversee all aspects of the SMS T2 Team.
High Performance Director
University of New Hampshire - B.S.
A 2010 alum, Jay Ogle returned to Stratton Mountain School in 2016 as the High Performance Director. Jay works directly with the athletes as the head strength and conditioning coach, while also working in partnership with US Ski an Snowboard to bring the best possible training, testing, and evaluation procedures to SMS. Jay graduated the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where he was a 4 year member, and senior captain, of the UNH Ski Team. An All-American his senior year, he was also a two-time inductee into the National Collegiate Honors Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, and a three time Academic All-American. While attending UNH Jay also worked as a CF-Level 1 Trainer and Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach at Crossfit Portsmouth, where he trained a broad range of athletes, including many high level high school aged athletes.
US Ski and Snowboard Level 100 Coach
USAW Sports Performance Coach
CF Weightlifting Coach
History & English Teacher
Connecticut College - B.A.
Originally from Manchester, VT, Melissa graduated from Connecticut College in 2016 with a BA in Economics and American Studies. After graduating, Melissa started working at SMS as the Front Desk Manager and School Registrar. Since then she has taught American History I, tutored students in math, worked as a dorm parent and coached swimming. For the 2018-2019 school year, Melissa will be teaching American History I, English 7, History 7 and living on campus.
Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
Work Phone: (802) 856-1106
St. Lawrence University—Economics
St. Lawrence University—Environmental Studies
Kayla Partridge came to Stratton Mountain School in January of 2019, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University. Kayla now resides in Windham, Vermont.
Snowboard Program Director
Ross, an alumnus of the SMS Class of 1997, returned to Stratton with more than a decade of experience competing at the highest levels of world-wide competition. He is one of the most highly profiled figures in the history of the Halfpipe snowboard circuit. As a student at SMS, Powers captured the Gold Medal at the 1996 FIS Snowboarding World Championship in Lienz, Austria. Two years later at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Powers earned a Bronze medal for his performance in the Halfpipe. At the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he led the historic sweep by the US Men’s Snowboarding Team and stood atop the podium as the Gold Medalist.
A Vermont native, Ross and his wife, Marisa, currently live in South Londonderry, Vt., with their two daughters, Victoria and Meredith.