Administration & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Lee Thomsen
Head of School

B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University

Faculty & Staff

Tucker Foehl
Assistant Head of School
U.S. History

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., M.Phil. Yale University

Tucker received his bachelor of arts in American Studies and African American Studies from Wesleyan University and his master’s degree and M.Phil in American Studies from Yale University. 

In addition to his extensive administrative experience, Tucker previously taught U.S. History and American Studies at Yale University, the Calhoun School, and the Baltimore School for the Arts.


Christy Vail
Head of Lower School

B.A., California State University San Francisco

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Rommel Loria
Head of Middle School

Rommel Loria

B.A., Georgetown University, M.A., Johns Hopkins University, J.D., University of Maryland School of Law 

Rommel comes to Country Day from the Park School in Baltimore, where he was the Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Rommel received a bachelor of science in Finance from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from John Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Maryland. His success as both a Middle School Language Arts teacher and as an administrator of a PK-12 program makes him an ideal person for the Middle School position.

Rommel and his wife Jessica live in Sacramento with their three children, Leah, Charlie, and Max. 

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Brooke Wells
Head of High School

B.A., Haverford College; M.Ed Michigan State University

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Tara Adams
Learning Specialist

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Western Illinois University

Tara Adams  comes to Country Day from Charles Armstrong School, a Bay area school for students with language-based disabilities. Tara began serving as Country Day’s Learning Specialist during Kelley Brown’s leave in February and will serve on the expanded learning specialist team this school year. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University and is currently finishing her Masters in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Valerie Adelsheim
Assistant to the Head of School

B.S., University of Minnesota

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Emily Allshouse
Director of Marketing and Communications

Emily Allshouse

B.A., Humanities, California State University, Sacramento

Emily Allshouse has worked in the field of communications and marketing for 10+ years. Before coming to Country Day in 2018, she served as communications specialist for the Association of California Water Agencies, and communications and social media specialist for the League of California Cities. She also has previous experience in city and state government, property management, media, and nonprofit entities such as the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

She has a bachelor of science in Humanities from California State University, Sacramento. She was born and raised in Sacramento and now lives in Elk Grove.

Faculty & Staff

Jane Stroup Bauman
Director of College Counseling
High School English

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Georgetown University

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Lonna Bloedau
International Student Coordinator

B.A., California State University Sacramento

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Kelley Brown
Learning Specialist

B.A., Loyola Marymount University; M.A., St. Mary’s College

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Rachelle Doyle
Director of Advancement

B.A. California State University, Sacramento; Certificate, UC Davis

Rachelle Doyle comes to Country Day from the Sacramento Waldorf School, where she served as director of development. Prior to that, she worked in marketing and advertising for 10 years.

She has a bachelor of science in Mass Communications from California State University, Sacramento and a certification in Fundraising and Development from UC Davis.

Faculty & Staff

Shelley Hinson
Director of Technology

B.S., M.S., Ph.D from University of Houston

Shelley Hinson comes to Country Day from The Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in New Jersey, where she served as the assistant technology director. She also has held roles with VIVA Bahrain and University of Houston Optometry. 

She has a bachelor of science in Human Resources, a master of science in Occupational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from University of Houston.

Faculty & Staff

Fred Jaravata
Senior Educational Technology Specialist
High School Computer Science

B.A., M.A., University of San Francisco

Fred earned his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of San Francisco. He has 18 years’ experience working as an educational innovation coordinator at Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.

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Hadley Keefe
Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

B.A., Providence College

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Hadley earned her B.A. in English from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. An experienced admissions professional, Hadley has worked in admissions at day and boarding schools, secondary and primary schools, single-sex and coeducational programs and has coached, taught, advised and spent a year working for an independent school web design and software company.  Before joining Country Day, she also enjoyed a year in the Admissions Office at an international school in the Bay Area.

Hadley is thrilled to lead Country Day’s efforts to bring our unparalleled program to more bright, deserving students and help Country Day reach it’s full potential as she welcomes a diverse array of families to our community.

Hadley lives in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento with her husband James and two daughters Millie (‘30) and Claire (2 y/o.)

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William Petchauer
Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager

B.A., Albion College; MBA, San Jose State University

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Adie Renteria
Learning Specialist

B.A., Princeton University; Masters of Science, Mercy College; Master of Education, Bank Street College of Education

Adie Renteria had a private tutoring practice and worked as a Learning Specialist at Trevor Day School in New York City before moving to Sacramento with her husband and two children in 2018. 

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Pat Reynolds
Life Skills Counselor

B.S., Cleveland State University; M.Ed., Cleveland State University


Sue Ryan
Lower School Librarian

B.A., Cardinal Stritch College; M.S., California State University, Fullerton


Dana Vargo
Associate Director of Admission

B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., University of the Pacific

A native Californian, Dana earned her bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in English Literature from the University of the Pacific. Dana’s career at Country Day began in 1997 when she joined the High School English faculty. Within a few years,  she began assisting Country Day’s admissions efforts, eventually making the leap to her current role as Associate Director of Admission.

Dana lives in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento with her husband Matt and two sons RJ (‘23) and Blaine. Dana feels it’s a privilege to share the Country Day program and community with prospective families.

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Matt Vargo
Athletic Director

B.A., University of the Pacific


Amy Nelson Wells ’98
Director of the Annual Fund
Alumni Coordinator

B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., University of California, Davis