Mercersburg Celebrates New Appointments

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Top row (L-R): Rick Hendrickson, Lauren Hoffman, Paul Sipes, Karla Bingaman.
Middle row: Liam Chatterton, Shelley Swope, Coleman Weibley, Peter Kallin.
Bottom row: Melody Batson, Meqmeqka Zeshera, Sarah Firestone. 

With the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, Mercersburg Academy announces seven new appointments for existing faculty and staff and welcomes four new staff members to the Academy community. 

Rick Hendrickson, who has served the Academy as director of athletics since 2008, steps into the role of interim dean of experiential programs where he will oversee Mercersburg programs outside of the academic day. He and his wife Amy, who is the assistant controller in the school’s Business Office, live on campus and are the parents of three Mercersburg alumni, Jennifer ’03, Rachael ’06, and Gabriel ’19.

With Hendrickson’s transition, Lauren Hoffman and Paul Sipes move from staff positions within the athletics department to faculty as they become associate directors of athletics. Each joined the Academy community in 2016. Hoffman is also the head softball coach and lives in Fowle Hall with her fiancé Matt Jacobs, Mercersburg’s assistant director of summer and external programs and head varsity baseball coach. Sipes serves as the head coach for girls’ varsity basketball, and he and his wife Jen, one of Mercersburg’s school counselors, are the parents of two children, including Finn ’22. Learn more about Hoffman and Sipes in our new faculty story.

Karla Bingaman transitions from her role as the administrative coordinator for the College Counseling Office, where she worked for almost 19 years, to her new position as human resources coordinator. She lives in nearby Chambersburg with her husband and son. 

Liam Chatterton, who joined the Academy’s Admission Office in 2017, moves into the role of director of financial aid and institutional data and strategy. He and his wife Kathleen, who works in the school’s Business Office, live in Fowle Hall on campus with their two children.

Shelley Swope joins the Admission Office as the visit coordinator. Swope also serves as the dormitory dean in South Cottage where she lives with her husband Zach, who is an associate director of admission and financial aid. 

Coleman Weibley is now Mercersburg’s assistant dean of students in addition to his role as an assistant swim coach. Weibley previously served as the director of Mercersburg’s summer and extended programs. He and wife, Bailey Blake Weibley ’11, live with their daughter on campus in Tippetts Hall.

With Weibley’s departure from Summer Programs, the Academy welcomes new staff member Peter Kallin as the director of summer and external programs and head varsity boys’ soccer coach. Kallin was most recently the director of recreation and partnerships at the Alexandria Soccer Association in Virginia, and he was director of programs at Vienna Youth Soccer. Learn more about both Weibley and Kallin.

Melody Batson joins the business office as controller and director of finance. Prior to coming to Mercersburg, Batson was the comptroller for more than 13 years at Saint James School in nearby Hagerstown, MD. She is an inactive CPA and has extensive experience in finance and accounting, having held positions at PepsiCo in Somers, NY, and Johns Hopkins University, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s in business administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She lives in nearby Hagerstown, MD, with her husband and son. 

Meqmeqka Zeshera joins Mercersburg as the administrative coordinator in college counseling. She comes to the Academy from the Central Fulton School District, and before that, she worked for a non-profit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She has served diverse communities around the world in various capacities, including teaching, research, and journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University and lives in Fulton County with her three children.

Sarah Firestone ’13 is working this year in a support role for academics, athletics, and student life. A Mercersburg native and Academy alumnus, Firestone graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, advertising, and public relations and a minor in psychology, criminology, and communications. She was an All-Big Ten track & field athlete and a second-team All-American in javelin, and competed in the event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

To get to know all of Mercersburg’s employees, please visit the faculty and staff directory.