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Meet the Admission Office

Welcome to the Academy’s Admission Office! We are pleased to learn of your interest in WMA. We understand that looking at new schools can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking process. We hope to make the process as comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or to schedule a visit. We look forward to sharing all of the benefits of a WMA experience with you. 


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Admission Office

Shenkman House - Admission

451 Main Street • Wilbraham, MA 01095 • 800.616.3659 (US only)

413.596.9107 • admission@WMA.us

Chris Sparks

Director of Admission

Chris Sparks, a member of the WMA Class of 1995, is Director of Admission and coaches Boys' Varsity Basketball. Chris played Varsity Football and Varsity Basketball as a student at the Academy and played on the Men’s Varsity basketball team at the University of Southern Maine.

Since graduating from Southern Maine, he has built his profession around basketball. He served as assistant men’s coach at the University of New England, Brown University, and Central Connecticut State University before his appointment at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He was also the director of the Eastern Invitational summer basketball camp in New Jersey in 2004 and 2005.

Since joining WMA in August 2008, Chris has held the positions of Academic Services, Assistant Director of Admission, and Director of Admission, which he has held since June 2011.

Chris resides on campus in Wallace Blake with his wife Leah, son Keenan, and daughters Cuyler & Ruby. 

Carlee D'Amato

Associate Director of Admission

Born and raised in the Wilbraham area, Carlee D'Amato attended Minnechaug Regional High School, graduating in 2002. While in high school, she had the opportunity to study abroad at the SABIS International School in Bath, England which kindled her passion for international travel and the broad variables of education. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Bridgewater State College where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and again studied abroad at Manchester Metropolitan University in Crewe, England.  Since 2007 she has worked in Admission and Financial Aid departments for various area colleges before bringing her wealth of experience to WMA. Ms. D'Amato's cheerful personality, and her innate ability to understand the needs of today's prospective students serve her well in her role as Associate Director of Admission.

Ms. D'Amato is currently working on her Masters in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Enrollment Management.


Michael Thompson

Assistant Director of Admission

Mike Thompson completed 30 years in the public school system, retiring from Ludlow High School. He previously worked for 10 years at the Academy as Director of College Counseling and was the Head Coach of Girls’ Varsity Basketball. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College and also holds graduate degrees from Westfield State University and Springfield College. In his second tour of duty at WMA, Mike serves as Assistant Director of Admission.

JonRobert Bagley

Assistant Director of Admission

Originally from Connecticut, JonRobert (JR) began working at WMA in March 2012. He graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a bachelor's degree. In addition to his position in the Admission office, JR is a dorm parent, Gold Key Advisor and Assistant Baseball Coach.

Jeanine Little

Middle School Admission Counselor

Jeanine works in the Admission Office to assist in the recruitment and admission of students to the WMA Middle School. She began her association with Wilbraham & Monson Academy in 2005 as a parent when her two oldest children entered the middle school. Her son Austin graduated from the Academy in 2012 and is currently attending the University of Chicago. Her daughter, Heather '13, and son, David '16 are enjoying the upper school.

Jeanine majored in business at the University of Connecticut and subsequently worked at MassMutual in commerical real estate finance. While a student, she was actively involved with admissions as a tour guide and as a summer orientation leader for incoming students. She was selected as a resident assistant her junior and senior year, and served one semester as head resident.

Kate Gaw

Director of Financial Aid and Bursar

Kate Gaw

Loretta Fograshy

Administrative Assistant

Loretta has been with the Academy for five years, joining the Admission Office in 2010. She wears many hats in the Admission Office from coordinating admission events to creating VISA applications and keeping tabs on the Admission Office travel schedule, she is a key player in the comings and goings in the office. Mrs. Fograshy serves as the primary SEVIS representative on campus, creating and monitoring the VISA information and travel documents for our international students from enrollment through graduation.

She is a graduate of Bay Path College where she majored in Business and Travel Administration.

Elyse Dunbar

Administrative Assistant

Elyse Dunbar graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Marketing.  She worked in Boston, Mass. as an Advertising Supervisor for several years prior to moving to Wilbraham, Mass.  While in advertising, Elyse worked on a variety of industries including, education, automotive and financial.  

Upon her arrival at Wilbraham, Elyse reconnected with her childhood passion for horses by becoming a horseback-riding instructor. She began riding when she was nine years old and competed nationally on Fairfield University’s Equestrian Team.  Elyse combined her love for horses and expertise in marketing and for several years was a consultant at W. F. Young, Inc. in East Longmeadow, Mass. 

As Elyse has always valued her high school (Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, Conn.) and collegiate experiences, she was eager to leverage her professional experience within the field of education. She worked at Academy Hill School in Springfield, Mass. as the Office Manager and Marketing and Communications Manager, prior to becoming part of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Admission Team. Elyse is excited to build relationships with WMA students and families.  

Elyse lives in Wilbraham, Mass. with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs.

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