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Meet the Admission Team


Gino Riffle
Gino Riffle, Director of Admission
(518) 302 5114

A 1996 graduate of the University of Vermont, Gino has been a successful coach, school administrator, and athletic director since becoming an educator in 1998.  In his nine years as Head Boys' Coach at Kimball Union Academy, he recruited and mentored 18 Division I players, four of whom were NHL draft picks. Two of his teams won the NEPSAC Small School Championship. From KUA he returned to his high school alma mater, Rice Memorial in Burlington as Associate Principal for Student Life and Athletic Director. He currently serves as Northwood's  Director of Admissions.  Gino lives in Jay, NY with his wife Leigh and daughter Anastasia.

Carrie Wardlaw
Carrie Wardlaw, Senior Associate Director of Admission

Carrie Grady Wardlaw was born and raised in Lake Placid. She is 1988 graduate of the ski racing academy Mountain House School and earned her B.A. in Education at Plattsburgh State University. Mrs. Wardlaw is three-time Ironman finisher and a competitive water-skier. This is her second time as part of the Northwood School faculty and staff. From 1997-2005, she was a history teacher, ski and conditioning coach, advisor and dorm parent. After spending seven years and having three children in Park City, Mrs. Wardlaw and her husband Tait, decided to move back to Lake Placid to be closer to family and she began working at Northwood School again in the fall of 2013 as part of the Admission Team. Mrs. Wardlaw was appointed Senior Associate Director of Admission in 2020 and in addition to her responsibilities in the Admission Office, Mrs. Wardlaw is also a teacher in the Humanities Department. 

Mrs. Wardlaw and Tait live in Lake Placid with their children, Wyatt, Teegan and Luke.

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller, Director of Financial Aid; Math Department; Coach Boys' Varsity Hockey
(518) 302 5134

Born and raised in the Boston area, Jeff attended Reading Memorial High School before embarking on a post graduate year at Phillips Andover Academy.   Jeff went on to attend Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman and assistant captain of the ice hockey team. Jeff graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in History.

After playing professional hockey in Europe, Jeff pursued a career in finance where he worked for JPMorgan, FBR Capital Markets, and Guggenheim Partners. Jeff also coached hockey as the assistant coach for Reading High School and as a head coach in the New England Fall Prep School League. Jeff joined Northwood faculty in 2018 and assumed the Director of Financial Aid responsibilities in 2020. In addition to his work in the Admission Office, Mr. Miller is a teacher in the Humanities Department and coaches the Boys' Varsity Hockey team

Elenor Mandigo
Elenor Mandigo, Assistant to the Director of Admission/Office Manager
518 523 3382

Born in Puerto Rico, as a military dependent, Elenor grew up enjoying the travel that is part of a military family’s life. She graduated from high school in Germany and attended OLVA in Plattsburgh, NY.

Elenor's work experience is as varied as her outside interests, from having owned a children's clothing store while her children were young, to working in accounting and also selling real estate part time. Elenor joined Northwood School in 2001 and has been part of the Admission Office since then. Three of Elenor's children attended Northwood School, Jerica Young '05, Fergie Young '09 and Richele Young. Elenor lives in the scenic town of Jay, NY with her son, Jaron.