Meet the Admission Team
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you might have about the admission process or about Cheshire Academy. We would love to introduce you to all that the Academy has to offer.
Sara Lynn Leavenworth
Director of Admission
Ms. Leavenworth earned a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She comes to Cheshire Academy with over 20 years of experience working in independent schools, most recently as Director of Admissions at The Gunnery. She lives in Middlebury, CT with her two sons, Hayden and Justin. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and the outdoors.
Jeffrey Allen Sr.
Admission Associate & Girls Basketball Head Coach
Mr. Allen is both the Girl’s Head Basketball Coach at Cheshire Academy and an Admission Officer. Before his time here, he worked as an Executive Recruiter for The Sinon Group. Mr. Allen is a graduate of St. John’s University. He resides in Madison, CT with his wife, Linda and their three children, Jeffrey, Justin and Audrey. Jeffrey is a graduate of Cheshire Academy and Justin and Audrey are current students so they are big believers in the power of a Cheshire Academy education. When not at work, Mr. Allen is a lover of golf and travel.
Admission Associate for International Recruitment
Ms. D’Angelo is a graduate of Boston College where she majored in Economics and minored in Spanish. Before joining the Cheshire Academy Admission team, she was self-employed for 10 years. Ms. D’Angelo lives in Farmington, CT with her long-time partner, Mark and their dog Bernie. She loves international travel and floral design.
Associate Director of Financial Aid/Athletics Liaison
Mr. Ferraro is a 1971 graduate of Cheshire Academy’s Post-Graduate Program and went on to earn his BSBA degree from Nichols College. He brings 35+ years of sales and sales management experience to his role as Associate Director of Financial Aid and Football Coach at Cheshire Academy. He and his wife Rosanne (CA Class of 1974) live in Cheshire, CT where they enjoy spending time with their three children and three grandchildren. Mr. Ferraro also loves coaching, spectator sports of all kinds and cooking.
Ms. Jordan began her time at Cheshire Academy in College Counseling and now serves as an Admission Assistant. She earned a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Allegheny College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She resides in nearby Meriden, CT and loves reading, the arts, and science fiction (she’s seen every episode of Dr. Who!).
Admission Associate for Athletic Recruitment
Dan Mehleisen arrived at Cheshire Academy in 2018 and is currently serving as an Admission Associate for Athletic Recruitment. A 2004 graduate of Union College, Dan received a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a four-year member and captain of the football and baseball teams. Upon graduating from Union, Dan spent two years on the trading floor at Deutsche Bank before serving as an assistant football coach at Susquehanna University, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Trinity College. After ten years as a college football coach, Dan transitioned to prep school in 2017 when he accepted a job as a History teacher at Avon Old Farms School for Boys. In addition to his role in the Admission Office, Dan serves as an assistant football coach and dorm parent, while living in Markin Hall with his wife Kaity, who teaches Spanish, and son Nolan.
Mrs. Weed was an enthusiastic Cheshire Academy parent for 3 years before joining the team here as an Admission Assistant. She holds a BS from the University of Hartford and a Master’s in Education from Sacred Heart University. A lifelong resident of Cheshire, CT, Heidi enjoys photography and spending time with her husband, Mike and her three children, Sam (Class of 2018), Brandt (a current CA student) and Eli.
Mr. Worthington is from Rochester, NY, and is a 2014 graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Media and Society. Following graduation, Devin accepted an internship at his alma mater, serving as an Admission Counselor. Though he hails originally from Upstate, NY, he lives here at Cheshire Academy with his daughter, Jordin. Devin also serves as a dorm parent and Assistant Football Coach. He joined the Cheshire Academy staff in 2015.