Leadership Team


Nancy Alach, Early Childhood Principal

Nancy Alach has been the Principal of Early Childhood at PHA since the summer of 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Wheelock College and a Masters Degree in School Administration from Cambridge College. Prior to coming to PHA, she was the Assistant Principal at the Cambridge Friends School. She worked at CFS for over 20 years, where she was also the Director of the After-School Program, the Director of the Intern Program, and the Director of Anti-Bias Education. Ms. Alach has also taught pre-school, first grade, third and fourth grade, as well as PK-5th grade after school. Ms. Alach is an avid reader who also enjoys knitting. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family, most of whom live in the greater Boston area.

Angela F. Allen, Ph.D., Head of School/CEO

Dr. Angela Allen became the Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy in 2015. Dr. Allen has 25 years of experience in education that spans from Kindergarten through college. She started her career as a math teacher in Atlanta, GA and has since worked at Shady Hill School, the Boston Public Schools, and most recently the Brookline Public Schools where she served the past ten years as the K-8 Math Curriculum Coordinator and then as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Dr. Allen attended the University of Georgia (BBA) and Emory University (M.ED), and also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University.

Tamara Blake-Canty, Middle School Principal

Dr. Tamara Blake-Canty is an experienced school leader who comes to PHA with an accomplished career spanning over twenty years. In her most recent role as Principal of the William E. Russell School in Boston – which she led to a Level 1 school designation – Dr. Blake-Canty oversaw the instructional, operational, and school culture leadership for all faculty and students in grades K-5. Prior to this role, Dr. Blake-Canty taught elementary and middle school. Dr. Blake-Canty is a life-long learner, holding a BA from Emmanuel College, an MEd from Wheelock College, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts.

Anja Bresler, Director of Development and External Relations

Anja Bresler joined Prospect Hill Academy in 2003 (when it was still the Somerville Charter School) as Director of Development and External Relations. She enjoys working with a team of dedicated and passionate educators and community members and is proud of PHA’s many accomplishments. Prior to working at PHA, she was a marketing communications manager and marketing consultant in the software industry. She obtained a BA from the University of California at San Diego, an MA in art history from Boston University, and an MBA also from Boston University.

David E. Brown, Upper Elementary Principal

David E. Brown is a visionary instructional leader who comes to PHA with over 20 years of experience. David began his career as a teacher, and has spent the past several years as the Principal of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Randolph. He has held previous administrative roles including Assistant Principal positions at the Higginson-Lewis School (a K-8 school in BPS) and at the Harbor School (a Boston Pilot School). David holds a BA from Eastern Nazarene College and an MEd from Cambridge College; he is currently completing his EdD from the University of Massachusetts, focusing his dissertation research on the education of black male students.

Christine Douglas, High School Principal

Christine Douglas has worked at Prospect Hill Academy since 2000, first as a Spanish Teacher, then Spanish Coordinator, Upper School Assistant Principal, and Principal of the Collegiate Institute. She is passionate about supporting students’ social emotional growth as well as providing equity and access through education. She is inspired by the tenets in PHA’s mission and excited to work with PHA’s oldest students and think differently about what preparing each student for success in college can look like in our unique model. Chris earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Union College, an EdM in School Leadership at Harvard University and her Massachusetts Principal License through the Principal Residency Network at Northeastern University.


Sarah Ferguson, Director of Human Capital & Talent Management

Sarah Ferguson joined the Prospect Hill team in 2014 as our Human Capital Director. In this capacity, she oversees employee relations, recruitment, retention, and other human resource initiatives. She is honored to have the opportunity to support the amazing educators at PHA, and to see the impact our faculty have on students every day. Prior to this role, she worked as Assistant Director of Recruitment for Mastery Charter Schools, ran an internship program for high school students, and taught 7th grade humanities. She earned her BA at Tufts University and her MEd at the University of Pennsylvania.


Michael O'Donnell, Chief Financial Officer

Michael O’Donnell joined Prospect Hill as the CFO to put business experience in banking, manufacturing, travel, and consulting to work in a public educational setting. He earned a BA degree at Trinity College, an MA at Georgetown University, and an MBA at Boston University. During his time outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his family particularly doing activities that involve being outdoors or on the road. Mike recently commented that “While I could never have predicted that my early interest in teaching or later experience in business would have brought me to Prospect Hill Academy, I can think of no place I’d rather be than working at a successful school where students learn, teachers thrive, and the business office supports the school’s mission.”

Jorge Vega, Director of Instructional & Information Technology

Mr. Jorge Vega’s vast background in teaching coupled with his extensive network knowledge make him uniquely qualified to support PHA’s diverse instructional and information technology needs. With nearly 20 years of experience in education, most recently as Director of Technology for The Park School, Jorge has developed a breadth of skills that enable him to handle everything from major network upgrades to curriculum development with faculty. Jorge is also an accomplished writer and released his first major graphic novel, Gunplay, in 2008, receiving critical acclaim. The story is now being developed for television by Fox 21. Jorge holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MEd from Framingham State University.