University School of Jackson

Faculty & Staff

Don Roe

Don Roe

Head of School

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Becky Baskin

Becky Baskin

Assistant to the Head of School

731-660-2110

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Where do you call home? I am originally from Memphis, TN. How long have you been in business? I have been working in administration or support for over 30 years. What is your favorite part about your job? My favorite part about my job is working and helping people. What is your favorite thing about USJ? My favorite thing about USJ is that it is close to home and it's beautiful grounds. What is a fun fact about yourself? I love Winter and love being out doors. Read More
Jim Hardegree

Jim Hardegree

Associate Head of School, Upper School Dean of Students

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Where do you call home? Atlanta, Georgia How long have you been in education? Forty years What is your favorite part about your job? Working with our students What is your favorite thing about USJ? Community support What is a fun fact about yourself? I was cast as an extra in commercials and movies in high school. Read More
David Suber

David Suber

Upper School Director

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Where do you call home? South Carolina, Pawleys Island and Columbia How long have you been in education? Almost 20 years What is your favorite part about your job? Working with the faculty, students, and parents. What is your favorite thing about USJ? The school spirit! What is a fun fact about yourself? I was Mr February in a calendar. Read More
Kim Rainey

Kim Rainey

Upper School Assistant

731-660-1447

731-664-5046

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Margaret Livingston

Margaret Livingston

Middle School Director

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Where do you call home? Memphis, TN How long have you been in education? I have been in education since 2011 What is your favorite part about your job? I enjoy tackling projects and working with the faculty, students, and parents. What is your favorite thing about USJ? My favorite thing about USJ is the strong, supportive community that is willing to go the extra mile for the betterment of our students. Faculty, staff, and families exude a genuine air of pride and ownership of our school, and it makes USJ unlike any other place. What is a fun fact about... Read More
Hayley Wilkerson

Hayley Wilkerson

Assistant to the Middle School Director

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Louise Dunn

Louise Dunn

Lower School Director

731-668-8401, ext. 102

731-668-6910

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Where do you call home? England How long have you been in education? Over 20 years What is your favorite part about your job? Supporting students to be all that they can be. What is your favorite thing about USJ? The students. What is a fun fact about yourself? I taught people how to scuba dive in the Red Sea for several years. Read More
Holly Stroup

Holly Stroup

Assistant Lower School Director and Early Childhood Coordinator

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Where do you call home? Selmer, TN How long have you been in education? Over 15 years What is your favorite part about your job? Seeing the smiles on the children's faces while they are having fun learning. What is your favorite thing about USJ? USJ is such a family oriented atmosphere. What is a fun fact about yourself? I love doing Kickboxing Classes. Read More
Lisa Cates

Lisa Cates

Lower School Assistant

731-668-8401 ext.107

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been in education? I have been at USJ for over 35 years. Originally was at OHA (Old Hickory Academy) before merger with EDS (Episcopal Day School). What is your favorite part about your job? My favorite part of my job is working with the faculty/staff/students at the Lower School. l love being available to them to help make their day a positive and fun experience. What is your favorite thing about USJ? My favorite thing is the family and community atmosphere we have continued to obtain... Read More
Sylvia Bell

Sylvia Bell

Lower School Receptionist

731-668-8401

731-668-6910

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been a receptionist? Over 35 years What is your favorite part about your job? Love working with the parents and students What is your favorite thing about USJ? Students are ready for college when they complete USJ. What is a fun fact about yourself? I have a wicked sense of humor. Read More
Joey Stoner

Joey Stoner

Chief Financial Officer

731-300-3589

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Where do you call home? Collierville, TN How long have you been in finance? Over 10 years in education finance and admin. What is your favorite part about your job? Being an education finance and admin. "change agent" What is your favorite thing about USJ? Being a witness to the hundreds of students who are our future. What is a fun fact about yourself? I enjoy all types of card games. Read More
Lori Howell

Lori Howell

College Advising Assistant

731-664-0812 ext. 153

731-664-5046

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San Pearson

San Pearson

Front Desk Receptionist

731-664-0812

731-664-5046

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Cathy Garrett

Cathy Garrett

Assistant Director of Development, Director of Alumni Relations

731-664-0812 ext. 123

731-300-3687

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Where do you call home? Jackson has been home since 1990. How long have you been in development/alumni relations? I was a marketing executive in the newspaper industry for 29 years. Began working in the development/alumni office at USJ in 2016. What is your favorite part about development and alumni relations? Working with our entire USJ community! What is your favorite thing about USJ? Commitment to excellence! What is a fun fact about yourself? My husband, Charlie, and I are parents of two USJ alumni, Anna ('13) and Alex ('16) who both attended from PreK through graduation. Read More
Carol Ryan

Carol Ryan

Director of College Advising

731-664-0812 ext. 152

731-664-5046

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been in education? Over 25 years What is your favorite part about college advising? Getting to work with students as they work to become young adults. What is your favorite thing about USJ? Knowing that everyone wants the same thing: student success. What is a fun fact about yourself? My first job out of college was teaching English as Second Language to college students in the Czech Republic. Read More
Shannon Whisenant

Shannon Whisenant

Assistant Director of College Advising

731-664-0812 ext. 154

731-664-5046

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Where do you call home? Clarksville, TN How long have you been an advisor? Over 25 years What is your favorite part about your job? The students, hands down. What is your favorite thing about USJ? The families What is a fun fact about yourself? I was on the crew team in college. Read More
Faith Dixon

Faith Dixon

Director of After School Care & Camp Bruins

731-467-1298

731-668-6910

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Where do you call home? Waxahachie, Texas How long have you been in education? 25 years in childcare - ten years as Director Of After School Programs and Camp Bruins What is your favorite part about your job? Building relationships with the Families in the program! What is your favorite thing about USJ? The feeling of family... and that we all work together for one common goal! It is all about our students and meeting their needs. What is a fun fact about yourself? I lived in the South Pacific for 7 years doing Missions work. Read More
Melissa Zerfoss

Melissa Zerfoss

Director of Summer Programs

731-300-3686

731-664-5046

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Melissa Zerfoss received a bachelor of business administration degree in management from the University of Mississippi. She has worked for many years as a Human Resources Administrator for several Fortune 500 companies, such as Georgia Pacific and Toro. She also has worked in office administration for the City of Olympia, Washington. “My goal in this position is to work hard to build a productive and positive relationship with each student, parent, faculty, and staff member.” She and her husband, Matt, a1990 USJ graduate, have two sons, Nick and Zach. Read More
Laura Moore

Laura Moore

Director of Admissions

731-660-1692

731-668-6910

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Laura Moore has been an educator for over 20 years, and she is in her fifteenth year at USJ. She has taught fourth grade, second grade, and was also the School Counselor at the Lower School. Mrs. Moore has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi and a Master's of Education with a License in School Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University.  Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Baker, have two children. Walker is in tenth grade at USJ,... Read More
Pam Stanfield

Pam Stanfield

Director of Community Outreach

731-668-8401

731-668-6910

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Pamela Stanfield is an award winning designer who has worked in marketing and advertising for over 15 years. She recently joined the University School of Jackson as the Director of Community Outreach. Prior to her time at USJ, Pam spent a decade working with Economic Development clients at Younger Associates in Jackson, TN, where she served as Director of Creative Services. Pam’s background also includes working as a designer in a small design boutique called Combustion for over three years in Memphis, TN. In 2004, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art. Pam is passionate... Read More
Russ Ellis

Russ Ellis

Chief Development Officer

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been in fundraising? Over 20 years What is your favorite part about fundraising? Sharing the vision of USJ that allows the building of relationships (for the long term) with our primary donors: Current Parents What is your favorite thing about USJ? The passion that is evident in the students in all aspects of the education process. What is a fun fact about yourself? I can play multiple musical instruments pretty good: guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, ukulele but none GREAT! Read More
Christy Glenn

Christy Glenn

Jones Academic Center Director

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Where do you call home? Memphis, TN How long have you been in education? Over 20 years What is your favorite part about your job? Learning alongside my students! What is your favorite thing about USJ? I enjoy getting to know the students and their families. What is a fun fact about yourself? I love to snorkel! Read More
Kyle Hopper

Kyle Hopper

Technology

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been in IT/Robotics? Less than 10 years What is your favorite part about Robotics? From resolving an issue to getting that a-ha moment from a student, that is what puts a smile on my face. What is your favorite thing about USJ? The positive environment/ culture is something that is rare in most school which USJ carries. What is a fun fact about yourself? I trained in kickboxing for 2 years at UTM. Read More
Philip Dunn

Philip Dunn

Facilities Director

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Where do you call home? Jackson, TN How long have you been in facilities management? 16 years What is your favorite part about your job? Working with my hands. Takings things that are broken and restoring them back to working condition. What is your favorite thing about USJ? The people that I get to work with. What is a fun fact about yourself? I like playing in the dirt. Read More

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