Gail Suitor and Laurie Reider Lewis contribute their time, energy, and experience to help make the NAIS Families First Program a successful one.
Gail and her husband John spent five years as first family of Long Trail School (Vermont). She and John, not to be confused with John's father who is head at Aspen Country Day School (Colorado), have three girls ages 18, 12, and eight years old. The 18-year-old attends the Wentworth Institute of Technology, majoring in biomedical engineering, the two younger girls attend the local elementary school. Before Long Trail School, Gail and John spent 16 years at Foxcroft School (Virginia). Gail was hired at Foxcroft as director of publications. After earning her master's degree in special education for adolescents with learning disabilities, she became director of the Learning Center for Humanities. She currently writes children's books and serves as chair of a local nonprofit board while raising her three girls.
Laurie Reider Lewis
Laurie is a licensed psychologist who provides psychotherapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families through her private practice in Stevensville, MD. She is married to John Lewis, who is headmaster of The Gunston School (Maryland), and is the mother of two young daughters. Prior to earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, Laurie completed a master's degree in education with a concentration in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career, she worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and school counselor at the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore. Consultation and outreach work with schools is an integral part of her clinical practice, and she is currently the consulting psychologist for The Country School (Maryland) and Radcliffe Creek School (Maryland).