Jenny Bruell Fisher ‘01 and Jake Fisher to Join BMA’s Development and Coaching Teams

More Familiar Faces Return to BMA for 2018-2019


Jake, Lena and Jenny.

Burke Mountain Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Jenny Bruell Fisher ‘01 and Jake Fisher for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Jenny, who earned a B.A. in History at the University of Vermont, will rejoin BMA’s development team with Director of Development and Communications, Jodi Flanagan. Having acted as BMA’s director of campaign and donor relations from 2010 to 2014, Jenny subsequently worked as Campaign Manager at Proctor Academy for the past four years. Her résumé also includes a three-year stint as Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Vermont from 2007 to 2010.

“Jenny’s professional experiences and intricate knowledge of BMA will be invaluable to advancing key projects we have at BMA,” says Willy Booker ‘96, Head of School. “As we near the academy’s 50th anniversary, we look forward to capitalizing on that excitement by engaging with our community in meaningful initiatives. Jenny will undoubtedly add value to these efforts.”

Jake is also returning to BMA to assume the role of Head Women’s U16 coach following a five-year tenure as the head alpine ski coach at Colby-Sawyer College, a Division 1 program. After completing his B.A. in English and Literature at the University of New Hampshire, Jake worked as an assistant FIS coach at Mount Mansfield for three years followed by five years at BMA as assistant U19 coach and later as head U19 coach from 2008 to 2013.

“We’re delighted to add Jake to our roster of coaches,” expresses Brad Wall ‘97, Athletic Director at BMA. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences working with athletes at the academy to the college levels.”

As part of the BMA community, Jenny and Jake will also assume the role of dorm parents for Wood’s House. They will be joined by their daughter Lena, as well as their baby girl due in June and their dog Gretl.

“I am thrilled to return to the Development Office, bringing with me the experience I’ve gained at Proctor, to help advance the school’s mission, and reconnect with alumni and friends of BMA,” tells Jenny. “Being away for the past five years has brought into focus my appreciation for both BMA and the East Burke community. I look forward to getting to know the Burkies and families of BMA today, jumping-in on  dryland workouts now and then, watching more sunsets over the Willoughby Gap, and making Burke Mountain my home mountain again.”

I’ve enjoyed my time at Colby-Sawyer College, and although it’s bittersweet to end that chapter of my coaching career, I couldn’t be more excited to return to the BMA community and the NEK with my family,” shares Jake. “I’m looking forward to working with the current Burkies, collaborating with the coaching team, and spending more time on the Training Hill next winter.”

BMA alumni will be common sightings as staff members in the coming academic year with the recently announced return to campus of alumni Peter Ireland ‘92 as executive chef and Rebecca Young Ireland ‘96 as English teacher. They will be joining fellow alumni and current BMA staff Willy Booker ‘96 (Head of School), Brad Wall ‘97 (Athletic Program Director), Kraig Sourbeer ’83 (FIS Women’s Coach)  and Ryan Markham ‘00 (Training Venue Manager).

“Having alumni return as staff not only demonstrates the deep bonds our graduates foster with the academy but is also symbolic of their desire to contribute to the experiences of our current students,” adds Booker. “I’m already very eager for the next academic year with a rich and diverse team of highly passionate and engaged staff members from all walks of life.”