From the Head of Schools

Senior Administration

Dr. Theresa Smith, Assistant Head of Schools

Dr. Theresa Smith earned her doctorate in history from the University of California, San Diego and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  As the assistant head of schools, she oversees the educational life of Webb students, insuring the Schools’ academic, residential and co-curricular programs work together to achieve Webb’s mission. Theresa joined Webb in 2011 as the director of academic affairs.  In that role, she worked with faculty to reimagine our curriculum, including the development of an integrated humanities program, advanced studies offerings and partnerships with faculty at Los Angeles area colleges, and cultural and scientific institutions.  Theresa also remains in the classroom, having taught history, English, humanities, and Spanish at Webb.  Previously, Theresa held faculty positions at Oakwood School in North Hollywood and Claremont McKenna College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Clark Library at UCLA.  Theresa is the author of The Emerging Female Citizen: Gender and Enlightenment in Spain (UC Press, 2006). She resides on campus with her husband John, her son Joseph, and her elusive cat Sherman.

Dutch Barhydt, Director of Institutional Advancement

Dutch joined Webb in July 2016. As Webb's chief advancement officer, Dutch oversees Webb's advancement and fundraising programs, including The Webb Fund, Leadership and Planned Giving, and outreach programs, including Alumni Relations and Parent Programs. In addition, Webb's Advancement Office works "hand in hand" with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. Prior to joining Webb, Dutch served as director of development at The Salisbury School in Connecticut from 2008-2016 and as director of alumni relations and director of leadership giving at Trinity College in Hartford, CT from 2001-2008. Dutch earned his master's degree in public policy from Trinity College, his bachelor's degree in English from Trinity College, studied in Hong Kong in the Yale-China International Asian Studies Programme and in the U.K. in the English-speaking Union Scholars Programme. Dutch and his wife, Hilary, a humanities teacher at Webb, reside on campus.
Dr. Jamila Everett, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Dr. Jamila Everett joined the Webb Admission Office after 17 years in admission leadership roles at Pitzer College, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication and master's degree in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. Jamila earned her doctorate in education at UCLA. Her program focused on research and leadership principles to improve practices throughout the K-16 educational continuum. Jamila's dissertation: “Recruiting Women to Engineering Programs: College Admission Leaders’ Perceptions of Promising Practices and Strategies,” has served as a model for best practices for STEM recruitment initiatives. She lives on campus and enjoys being part of an engaged community.

Dr. Don Lofgren, Director, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

Don holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science from the University of Montana. Don has been at Webb for over twenty years where he has led the Alf Museum to national prominence through full accreditation under the demanding standards of the American Alliance of Museums. He has authored numerous papers, advanced the museum’s reputation as a repository of significant scientific research, and has overseen the renovation of the Hall of Footprints, and this summer, the Hall of Life.

Hector Martinez, Dean of College Guidance

Hector earned his master's degree in education from the Claremont Graduate University and his bachelor's degree from Pitzer College. This is his 20th year at The Webb Schools, with 30 years of professional experience in the field of education and college admissions. Prior to his time at Webb he was the college counselor and taught at The Buckley School in Los Angeles. He also served as a senior admissions officer for The Claremont Colleges for eight years. Hector is an active member of several national professional organizations, including recently serving as co-chairman of the National College Board Forum. He is also a founding member of the board of trustees for ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools) and has served as an executive member of the Guidance and Admissions Council for The College Board. Considered one of America's most respected and knowledgeable college counselors, Hector is frequently featured and quoted in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal where he was selected as one of the top 40 college counselors in the U.S.
Janet Peddy, Director of Finance, Planning, and Operations

Janet holds a Master of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College and a Masters of Business Administration from University of California, Davis with a dual emphasis in finance and accounting. Her directed study (i.e. thesis) was in strategic planning. Before coming to Webb in 1999, she served for 13 years at Sacramento Country Day School in a number of positions including business manager, director of finance and operations, and assistant head of finance. As director of finance, planning and operations, she directs the schools' and museum's financial planning, accounting and human resources practices, investment management, operations, technology, campus master planning and oversees the implementation of capital projects. Janet has also served for six years on the board of NBOA, as trustee, officer and chaired both the program and governance committees.

Joe Woodward, Director of Strategic Communications

Joe holds an Master of Fine Arts in English from Brooklyn College and an Master of Arts in education from the Claremont Graduate University. With more than 18 years of leadership at Webb and 25 years in advancement, he currently oversees strategic communications. Previous to Webb, he held positions at Brooklyn College, Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University. Joe is a four-time finalist and two-time winner of a Los Angeles Press Club Award. His non-fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, Poets & Writers, and The Huffington Post. His fiction has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, Southern Indiana Review,Passages North, Zone 3 and elsewhere. His most recent book is Alive Inside the Wreck: A Biography of Nathanael West O/R Books, New York.

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