A veteran of admissions and a CIP employee for over 10 years, Maggi Sanderson is an Enrollment Specialist working at the National Admissions Office in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in English from Smith College and has been involved in admissions and marketing for special needs/therapeutic programs for nearly 25 years.
While at the Austen Riggs Center, she assisted Eric M. Plakun, M.D. in his research and subsequent contributions to the DSM-III in defining diagnostic criteria for narcissistic, borderline, and schizotypical personality disorders and schizophrenia.
For eight years she served as Director of Admissions at The DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she also supervised family casework, coordinated interdepartmental IEP development and implementation, pursued funding options for students, and served as an advocate for students and families. In addition to maintaining a consistently high level of enrollment at the school, Maggi improved retention through her innovative approach to family casework and more than quadrupled the number of students who received funding through public agencies. Maggi traveled the Eastern corridor extensively as Director of Outreach for The King George School in Sutton, Vermont, and regional representative for referral development for The Brown Schools, Inc.
A staunch proponent of the arts and historic preservation, Maggi has also served as dramaturg and assisted both Managing and Artistic Directors at the Berkshire Theatre Festival (BTF). During her years as dramaturg, such notable plays as Barbara Lebow’s Trains, Mark St. Germain’s Camping With Henry and Tom, and the original musical Brimstone were produced at BTF. Maggi also served as Director of Marketing and Visitor Services at Hancock Shaker Village (HSV), an historic museum in Western Massachusetts celebrating the lifestyle and contributions of the Shakers. While serving as head of marketing at HSV, she focused the spotlight on the museum with features in a wide range of publications, including The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, and Germany’s Volkswagen Magazine.
The joys of her life are her grandchildren and her cat. Maggi enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and the theatre in her spare time, as well as supporting environmental and humanitarian causes.