Faculty and Staff Directory
Ben Dowling has been at Christ School since 2005, and one of the things he enjoys most is coaching the Quiz Bowl team. Mr. Dowling is the History Department Chair and teaches the freshman World History course Empires & Encounters.
In addition to sponsoring several clubs, Mr. Dowling initiated the Journeymen program in 2015. It is an after school activity that passes on Mr. Dowling’s personal interests in woodworking and shop skills to Christ School students. Mr. Dowling earned a B.A. in American Studies from Montreat College, along with a History department award. Before entering into education, Mr. Dowling was part of an internship program with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
B.A., Manufacturing Engineering, NHTI
Beth Duhaime came to Christ School in 2015 and is a member of the Mathematics Department, where she teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra. She also teaches Publication and Design, where she guides students in the creation of the Angelus, the school yearbook.
Beth graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a B.S. in Business; she earned her B.A. in Manufacturing Engineering from NH Technical Institute in 1997. Mrs. Duhaime’s pastimes include walking the family dog, Bella, kayaking small lakes and ponds, boating at nearby Lake James, traveling the world, and designing and sewing handbags from recycled animal feed bags.
Prior to coming to Christ School, Mrs. Duhaime taught at three schools in New Hampshire: Bishop Brady, Bow, and Brewster Academy.
M.S., Information Systems Management, Northeastern University
Marcel Duhaime spent a decade in the U.S. Coast Guard, service that laid the groundwork for his educational career. Mr. Duhaime came to Christ School in 2015 with more than two decades of teaching experience. He is a science and math instructor and works with the Outdoor Program.
Mr. Duhaime was a four-year baseball and football player for the Coast Guard Academy. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1986 before going on to get his M.S. in Information Systems Management from Northeastern University in 1993. Prior to coming to Christ School, Mr. Duhaime taught at Bow High School and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire
Mr. Duhaime’s interests outside of school are reading, hiking, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. His wife Beth is also part of the Christ School faculty. Their son, Sawyer, graduated from Christ School in 2018.
Director of Advancement Betsy Ellis is no stranger to Christ School. She previously worked in our Advancement office from 2002 to 2004 to assist with fundraising for the renovation to St. Joseph’s Chapel. In 2004, Ellis became Director of Advancement at Evergreen Charter School in Asheville. After the birth of her son Ben, Ellis joined Pisgah Legal Services, where she worked for 11 years. Her job grew to Director of Philanthropy, managing a talented team, 1,600 donors and increasing the Annual Campaign from $200,000 to over $1.4 million a year. Ellis was ready for a new challenge, and the opportunity to return to Christ School came at the right time.
Ellis, her husband James, an attorney in Black Mountain, N.C., and their three sons moved into Van Every House over the summer. When she's not working, Ellis loves to travel, cook, and entertain. She also enjoys spending time at their family place on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
School: (828) 684-6232 ext. 152
Christ School is a family affair for Cissy Elmer.
She is now in her 12th year, and as Bookstore Manager handles all purchasing for the school. Mrs. Elmer’s husband, Danny, is Director of Human Resources and Facilities. Two of their sons, Ben ’09 and Sam ’13, attended Christ School from the eighth through 12th grade.
Mrs. Elmer received her A.A. degree in Arts from St. Mary’s College in 1980.
In her spare time, Mrs. Elmer enjoys beekeeping, hiking, spending time with her family, and checking out Asheville’s ever-growing culinary scene.
School: (828) 684-6232 ext. 116
As the Director of Human Resources and Facilities, Danny Elmer manages the employee personnel files, the company health and benefits packages, as well as the progress of all new construction. He's been busy lately with Stolz Hall, the new dining facility (completed, 2016), the renovation of ’30 House (completed, 2017), and the new Athletic Complex (projected finish January 2018). With the help of his maintenance and grounds crews, Mr. Elmer keeps every Christ School building – academic, residential, athletics – in working order and ensures the grounds are well-manicured. It’s no wonder that on the weekend you might not find him on campus, but out on the local rivers casting flies for hours and enjoying the peace and quiet.
Being in the wilderness is Mr. Elmer’s great passion, and when he finds the time, he shares that passion with Christ School students, either taking a group fishing or to the skeet-shooting range. These trips keep Mr. Elmer connected to the community, and the love the boys have for him was acknowledged in 2016, when they dedicated the Angelus, Christ School’s yearbook, to him. You can see his effect on his sons, too. Sam ’13, a fanatical fly-fisherman himself, works for Vanguard Financial. Ben ’09 is a professional fly-fishing guide in Cashiers, NC and recently shared his expertise with his old man on a fly-fishing trip to Patagonia.
Mr. Elmer graduated from N.C. State in 1985 with a double major in Business Management and Economics. After managing the financial operations for businesses in Asheville and Raleigh, Mr. Elmer worked as the Director of Finance for an all-boys summer camp in Flat Rock, NC. He joined Christ School in 2007, and what’s kept him here is “Hands down, the people – great faculty and staff, great kids!” Cissy Elmer, his wife of thirty years (and counting), manages the Student Center and bookstore.
School: (828) 684-6232 ext. 123
M.A.T., English, Western Carolina University
Always ready for her next adventure, Tina Evans is excited to be a Greenie and pilot the Learning Resources Department.
Mrs. Evans brings a wealth of teaching and administrative experience to Christ School. Early in her career, Mrs. Evans served as the admissions director of Carolina Day School’s Key School, in addition to teaching students with learning differences at the school. From there, she moved overseas to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to teach English and direct a writing center at an International Baccalaureate school. Most recently, she was a founding teacher of Buncombe County’s first public STEM high school, Nesbitt Discovery Academy. During her tenure there, she was chosen as the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Included in Mrs. Evans’s impressive skills is a thorough understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach to language.
Along with her husband, Bill, and their children, Zachary and Mariah, Mrs. Evans enjoys exploring new places, hiking, gardening, and learning how to play the didgeridoo.
M.S.E., Montana State University
Thom Flinders has been a boarding school teacher, coach, dorm parent, and advisor for the last thirteen years at Holderness School (NH). Mr. Flinders was the founding faculty for the Engineering Principles/STEM Class & Robotics Club, and he also served as the Director of Outdoor Education, each year leading 11-day winter Outback Excursions, a major component of Holderness’s leadership curriculum. No stranger to the wilderness, Mr. Flinders taught math in Alaska from 1999-2004, and before that, he commanded a wildland firefighter team in Utah.
Mr. Flinders received his Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Utah in 1999, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. While teaching at Holderness, Mr. Flinders earned a Master of Science Education from Montana State University in 2009. At Christ School, Mr. Flinders will be the head of Young House – joined by his wife, Jill, and their two boys, Holten, who is off to college, and Cannon – and Thom will teach AP Environmental Science and Algebra II.
After a decade and a half in finance, Mike Gardiner has found his calling in admissions, serving as Associate Director.
Mr. Gardiner comes to Christ School from Virginia Episcopal School, where he was an admissions officer, served in the junior/senior dorm, and coached boys lacrosse. Before his career in education, he worked for 15 years in finance, with 10 of them in New York City. Mr. Gardiner grew up in New York and went to boarding school at St. George’s School in Newport, RI. He is a 1996 graduate of Lehigh University, where he majored in finance and history.
Mr. Gardiner lives on campus with his daughter, Maddie, and their black lab, Lily.