Administrative Team

Admin Team 2016-2017

Robert McArdle
Executive Director 
brings over 40 years of experience in special education to Gifford. He was the Executive Director at Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services in Stoneham Public Schools, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services in Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, Special Education Administrator in Woburn Public Schools, and Past President of the Massachusetts Administrators of Special Education (ASE). 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
The focus at the Gifford School is on students all day every day.

Wil Fredian, Principal/Assistant Director
has been with the Gifford School for 16 years, starting out as an Assistant Teacher, quickly becoming a science Teacher in the High School, and then moving into an administrative role. Wil has been the Assistant Principal in all three schools, and the Principal since 2012. He recently also took on the role of Assistant Director. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford? 
My biggest pleasure is seeing the growth that our students can experience. With the right supports in life and a willingness to accept those supports, any kid can make exceptional progress. 

Kevin McKenna, Educational Director 
has been with Gifford since 1997 and has held many positions from Assistant Teacher to Teacher, Head Teacher, and Principal. His current role is Educational Director.

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
What I love about Gifford is that it's a place where we really see students thrive. The individualized academics, the social skills training, and the safe and supportive community we provide all help students find a way to be successful.

Ann Fry, Admissions Director 
has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. She joined Gifford in 2005 as the High School Social Worker, and became our Admissions Director in 2007. Ann collaborates with our public school districts when they refer students to Gifford. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
Helping kids get what they need to feel successful. Kids are very resilient and can make great progress with a supportive community. 

Peter Rosenmeier, Clinical Director 
has been working with kids since he was in high school as a peer mentor at Camp Triumph. From there he spent many years in outdoor education and experiential counseling, residential treatment, and as a Peace Corps volunteer working with street kids in Namibia from 1992-1995. Peter received his MSW from Smith College in 1998 and joined Gifford in 2003.

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
Gifford is a community that cares about everyone who walks through the door. The ability to work as a cohesive, multidisciplinary team that includes students, staff, families, and outside professional is our greatest strength. 

Ashley Dean, Special Education Coordinator
 joined Gifford in 2007 as an Assistant Teacher in the Lower School. She quickly progressed to Teacher and then Head Teacher. In 2016, Ashley moved into the role of Special Education Coordinator.

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
Gifford is truly dedicated to helping kids work to achieve their full potential. The Gifford community supports not only the growth and development of students, but also of staff and families as well. The highly skilled and enthusiastic staff make it a place where learning happens in special ways every day.








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