Staff Bios

TDI 2017

We typically have 20-30 staff at TDI Johnson each June, depending on enrollment.  Some staff members have a Masters in Gifted Education or are experienced teachers, some are experts in their fields, some are young adult alumni, and some are alumni who are now old enough to be experts in their fields!  We have an incredibly strong number of returning staff each year.

Emily Bogue

Emily has lived in New York City since graduating from Wellesley College in 2008 with a BA in Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences. In 2012, after more than three years managing cultural programming, communication, and development for Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, she began freelancing as a graphic designer/tutor/spy while honing her improv chops at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. Emily now balances performing with her full-time role as a Quality Engineer at a start-up called Aviary (now owned by Adobe), where she takes beautiful photo-editing apps and tries her best to break them before the general public can.

Lucy Bogue

Lucy Bogue

Lucy earned a Masters in Gifted Education from Johnson State College in 2002, has been co-director of TDI for well over a decade, and started the Leadership Program in 2004.  She is very happy that her two grown children, Emily and Max, have remained very involved in TDI for all that time.  Lucy also works in Colchester with her husband, Dave, at Professional Construction, Inc. as a construction estimator, and with developing some property they own in Alburgh, VT.  She sings as a hospice volunteer with the Noyana Singers for hospice patients.  Lucy is also the Executive Director of the Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education, TDI’s parent organization.


Max Bogue

Max graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 with a BS and MS in Computer Science. His passions include tennis, rock climbing, and video games. He is currently a software engineer for Google in Seattle.


Mina Bozeman

Mina is a college sophomore,  studying English with concentrations of Creative Writing and Journalism, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Grady Farnum Rendino

Grady would very much like to believe he’s still thirteen years old. Since that’s starting to get hard, though, he figured teaching at summer camp was probably the next best option. He enjoys figuring out why people speak and write the way they do, and can usually be found analyzing your grammar in the middle of conversations.

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Galen Fastie

Galen Fastie is a freshman at Middlebury College with an avowedly undeclared major. His interests include theatre, political science, and computer science, leaving him with career path choices of data-analytics-on-political-speeches or waiter. In his spare time, he enjoys overthinking vague text messages and writing poetry under streetlights.

Will Frick

Will Frick is a longtime TDI veteran, and usually teaches the Computer Game Design and Rube Goldberg Machines strands. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he currently works as a software engineer at in Burlington, Vermont.


Connell Gess

Connell expects to reWill Frick is a longtime TDI veteran, and usually teaches the Computer Game Design and Rube Goldberg Machines strands. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he currently works as a software engineer at in Burlington, Vermont.ceive his BA in Creative Disciplines in Technical Theater in Spring 2014, with a main focus in Technical Direction, from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In addition to school, he has been working as a theater set carpenter and sound technician.  He has participated in TDI since 2004, completed the Leadership program. and most recently has been a TDI counselor.


Jameson Hurd

Once a camper himself, Jameson hopes to make the TDI experience as mind-blowingly-awesome as it was for him.  A long time theatre enthusiast, veteran nerd, and now a biology major at UVM, Jameson deeply values the power behind fostering a love for learning.  As a result of his studies, he also likes puzzling on which chemical pathways make him want to embarrass himself in front of large groups of people.


 Nicolas Buonanduci

Nicolas Buonanduci is a third-year student at Boston College. He studies Hispanic Studies, U.S. History, and Faith/Peace/Justice. He has studied and interned at Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) as well as the University College Cork School of Law (Ireland). He has an interest in second-language acquisition, as well as immigration law with a focus on DREAMer children in the United States. Nic came to TDI as a 6th grade camper, and it has been the highlight of his year every since.


Lillian Ilsley-Greene

Lillian Ilsley-Greene Lillian is currently a freshman at the New School in New York, trying to decide on a major that will actually make her money someday. This will be her eighth year at TDI.


Bridget Iverson

Bridget graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a BS in neuroscience. She now works as the Youth and Slam Poetry Coordinator at Young Writers Project, a Burlington-based nonprofit dedicated to building and showcasing youth voice. She loves books, experimental cooking, discussing biology with her housemates Jameson and Grady, and finding the places where science and art intersect.


Ellen Koier

Ellen returns for her 17th year as co-director of TDI. She has run the Gifted and Talented Program at Cambridge Elementary School for the past 30 years and is an active member of the Vermont Council for Gifted Education, where she coordinates an “On the Road” Saturday morning outreach program.


Max Kriff

Max Kriff just graduated from high school and is vastly disappointed that becoming an adult doesn’t just mean icecream for breakfast.  You can call him by his last name if having two people named Max becomes too perplexing.


Sierra Makaris

Sierra loves pretty things and spooky things in equal measure. She writes freelance and never leaves the house without a vintage hat. In 2015, she was part of the inaugural crew for Spookyville Vermont, a children’s Halloween attraction.  2017 marks her fifteenth TDI.


Aidan Mulroy

Aidan Mulroy is a passionate young adult with a love for music. He is also interested in things like sociology, philosophy, and acting. Aidan has been a part of TDI since 2010, and is now a staff member after completing the Leadership Program.

Susan Flint

Susan has been attending TDI for 10 years, and has no intention of stopping now. She’s passionate about a lot of things, including writing, philosophy, TDI!

Cam Tagatac

As a long time camper, Cam has just graduated into full time staff member at TDI. After finishing senior year at Stowe high school he is looking toward a degree at video game design and development.


Megen Perkins

Megen is a first grade teacher at Cambridge  who spends her free time volunteering for Odyssey of the Mind, baking, and running.  After joining the TDI family a few years ago, she looks forward to returning each summer.

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Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson has been involved with TDI as a camper, instructor, and advisor since 1999 (and is now a board member of the Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education).  He currently works, teaches, and researches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is about the closest one can get to still being at TDI, all of the time. Chris earned his B.A. at UMass-Amherst and his S.M. at MIT, and volunteers with a number of organizations that seek to support and develop academic talent and creative expression.


Bill Pinney

Bill first came to TDI as a third grader, not knowing then what an important driving force it would come to be in his life. Now a sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying Bioengineering, Bill still looks forward to TDI each year, and working to make sure it is an amazing experience for the next generation of campers just as it was for him.



Alice Russell

Alice Russell is currently a freshmen at Manhattan College in New York City and she will be continuing her 10th year at TDI. She enjoys writing, reading, dogs, binge-watching scary movies, and art.


Colin Spencer

Colin Spencer loves disco, soccer, cookies, videogames, fresh air, fast cars, good television, art, Bowie, dogs, technology, hiking, foreign films, and Mexican food.  His goal is to learn the art of sound engineering and someday design sound equipment and musical instruments. Colin works for a young cyber-security company here in Vermont, helping protect businesses around the world from hackers.



Carol Story

Carol founded the Talent Development Institute in 1998 as part of her responsibilities as a Professor of Education at Johnson State College.  She also directed the graduate program in the Education of  the Gifted while at the college.  She continues to enjoy TDI in her retirement, serves on the board of the Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education and the Vermont Council for Gifted Education, and consults with families and schools regarding the nature and needs of gifted learners.