April 13, 2017 EAST BURKE, VT – Today, the Burke Mountain Academy Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Jory Macomber effective June 30, 2017 and voted to appoint Steve Berlack as interim Head of School upon Macomber’s departure. Steve Berlack will reprise his role as Interim Head, a position he previously held among other significant roles, during his 19-‐year tenure with BMA. Simultaneously, BMA’s Board of Trustees identified a strong leadership team to support Steve Berlack’s management of all academic, athletic and community programming during the transition period.
Jory cited personal reasons for his resignation and emphasized that, “I will remain an active member of the BMA family and will be engaged throughout the transition process to support the school I love and where in addition to serving as Head, I served over 20 years as a trustee, attended as a student and visited often as a parent and loyal alum.” Jory and his wife Martha plan to return to Park City, Utah where they lived prior to joining BMA.
Willy Booker, BMA Board of Trustees Chair said, “It is with sincere regret we accepted Jory’s resignation. Jory made substantial contributions to BMA as Head of School. He managed the successful completion of the newly dedicated Ronnie Berlack Center (“RBC”), attained official designation for BMA as a US Ski Team Development Site and High Performance Center and launched Burke Racing, LLC – a collaborative partnership with Burke Mountain to create an alpine training center for regional ski racing development at Burke, among other achievements.”
Steve Berlack, a 19-year BMA veteran is proud to serve as BMA’s leadership team head and brings a wealth of experience to the position. A former successful tech entrepreneur and business owner, Steve also served as a trustee and treasurer for BMA. Steve is a Level 400 coach with Europa Cup and World Cup coaching experience and was named 2015 USSA Coach of the Year. In his most recent role as BMA’s men’s U16 coach, Steve focused on the challenges facing adolescent athletic development in the U.S. Berlack stated, “I am honored and excited to continue the positive momentum Jory created. Change is always difficult but it also creates opportunities to test and implement new approaches to produce scholar-athletes capable of elite level athletic and academic achievement.”
Assisting Steve Berlack on the leadership team to deliver BMA’s strategic emphasis on academics, athletics and community will be: current Academic Director Jon Rice; Tory Amorello will continue as Admissions Director; Bradley Wall, who returns to BMA this year as Athletic Program Director; and 21 year BMA staff veteran Darrell Gray, current High Performance Director, who will take lead responsibility for Community and Student Life during the transition period.
“The board is confident that Steve Berlack and his leadership team will not only deliver continuity to BMA’s student-athletes and staff on campus, but also capitalize on the new US Ski Team partnership and other recent exciting initiatives to drive Burke Mountain Academy’s continuous pursuit of excellence during the transition period and into the future,” said Willy Booker.