University School of Jackson

Faculty & Staff

Stuart Hirstein

Stuart Hirstein

Head of School

731-664-0812, ext. 120

731-664-5046

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Stuart Hirstein officially became a part of USJ on July 1, 2013. He is an experienced educator who spent the last seven years working at an independent school in Hawaii.  Since 2005, Hirstein has been associate headmaster at Island Pacific Academy, an independent, pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school with 650 students in Kapolei, Hawaii. He served as the institution’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, was responsible for the school’s day-to-day operations, and was chief mediator for employee and parent issues. He also served as the school’s academic department chair and was responsible for recruiting faculty and... Read More
Melissa Zerfoss

Melissa Zerfoss

Assistant to the Board of Trustees and Director of Summer Programs

731-664-0812 ext. 146

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
Jim Hardegree

Jim Hardegree

Dean of Students, Football Defensive Coordinator

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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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Don Roe

Don Roe

Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

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Becky Baskin

Becky Baskin

Middle School Assistant and Assistant to the Head and Associate Head of School

731-660-2110

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Becky Baskin, Middle School Secretary, graduated from ECS and attended the University of Memphis. Becky and her family are from Germantown, Tennessee and moved to Jackson in 1997. Read More
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? Almost 5 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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Susan Bond

Susan Bond

Accounts Payable

731.664.0812

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Lori Howell

Lori Howell

College Advising Assistant

731-664-0812 ext. 153

731-664-5046

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Jack Peel

Jack Peel

Facilities Director, US Baseball Coach

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Jack Peel, facilities director, is the varsity baseball coach. In his first year of coaching at USJ, the baseball team won a state championship. Peel, the former University of Memphis baseball standout, most recently served as the Director of Football Operations at Arkansas State University. At ASU, he helped guide the football team to the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championship and to the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl. In addition to his work with the ASU football program, Peel has coached on the collegiate level for 12 years including stops at the University of Memphis, Lyon College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Lambuth University. While... Read More
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

731-664-5046

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Cathy moved to Jackson in 1990 to accept the position of Market Development Director with The Jackson Sun, where she worked for 25 years. She and her husband, Charlie, have two children, Anna and Alex, both of whom are USJ graduates. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism with a public relations concentration. Cathy is a graduate of Leadership Jackson and has served on the Leadership Jackson Board of Directors. She was the recipient of the Harbert Alexander Award for Servant Leadership in 2004. She also served on the... Read More
Carol Ryan

Carol Ryan

Director of College Advising

731-664-0812 ext. 152

731-664-5046

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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
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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Christy Glenn

Christy Glenn

Jones Academic Center Director

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Kyle Hopper

Kyle Hopper

Technology

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