Amy Allen

Director of Institutional Advancement/Academic Dean and Communications Director

802.422.5671, ext. 260

Amy Allen's first connection with Killington Mountain School was in her role as an English teacher from 2001-2004. After time off to raise two children, she is happy to be back in an administrative role at KMS.

Amy has taught at Castleton University, at her high school alma mater, Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, and also at the university level in the People's Republic of China. She also worked in Development and in Distance Learning Education for Liberty Science Center, in Jersey City, NJ, a non-profit, interactive science museum.

Amy hold's a Bachelor's Degree from Skidmore College (English Literature, focus Creative Writing) and a M.Phil (ABD in Ph.D. program) from Drew University (English Literature). She is thrilled to be back working with KMS in a job that couples her love of writing with her interest in academics and athletics. Amy is an avid runner, competing in many local races, and also enjoys skiing, cycling, soccer, and swimming. Amy lives in Rutland Town, VT with her two children and two dogs.

Rhonda Benoit

Executive Chef

802.422.5671 ext. 209

Rhonda has been working in a professional kitchen for 20 years. She started working in a kitchen when she was 13 as a dishwasher/prep cook and slowly worked her way through the ranks. While in high school she also attended River Valley Technical School and graduated top at the top of her class (Culinarian of the Year). Rhonda then went on to attend Southern New Hampshire University and received a Associate's Degree in Applied Science, continuing on for two more years of Food and Beverage Management.

After graduating college, Rhonda returned to Vermont and worked at the Birch Ridge Inn for several years before moving to Newport, RI and working for the #1 catering company in New England, providing the food for weddings and functions varying in size from 10-30,000 people.

She moved on to be the Sous Chef at the Coast Guard House in Narragansett, RI for a several years before returning home to VT to be closer to her family. She has been at KMS for five years, and heads up the Nutrition program at the school, at times collaborating with the Nutritionist and the Executive Chef at the Olympic Training Camp in Lake Placid, NY.

Chris Bianchi

Director of Technology

802.422.5671 x251

Chris is an alumnus of the Killington Mountain School. Chris moved back to Killington over 20 years ago after receiving his Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Vermont.  Chris started his career in Engineering Research developing software and systems in the field of contaminated site characterization and clean up.  Before coming to KMS, Chris had worked for California based Enounce Incorporated where he worked on all aspects of the software life cycle from development and testing to sales and support and was responsible for management of all tech infrastructure and website assets.

Susan Clarke

School Nurse

802.422.5671 ext. 235

Susan is originally from Pennsylvania and is now enjoying the mountains and her new friends in Vermont. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Villanova University and a BSN from Holy Family University.

Susan is married to Chris Clarke and has three sons Ian, Dustin, Austin. She is an enthusiastic skier, equestrian, cyclist, and also enjoys being involved with community volunteer groups, scouting and Rotary.

April Hayden

Director of Academics

802.422.5671 ext. 212


April graduated from Bates College with a BA in English and received her MEd from Castleton. She has held positions in higher education for many years, including seven years as a Financial Aid Counselor and Instructor at CCV and, most recently, as Circulation and Reserve Supervisor at Dartmouth College's Baker-Berry Library.

Her daughter, Mazie, is a ski cross athlete and attends KMS full-time. April enjoys mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing, skiing... She lives in Pittsfield with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.

Chuck Hughes

KSC/KMS Competitions Program, Director KMS Events Manager

802.422.5671 ext. 274

Chuck started coaching in 1975 for the Pico Ski Club and attended the first USSA Coaches Academy in 1980. Since then he has taught and coached for Killington Resort, Pico Ski Club, Burke Mountain Academy, Winter Park, the Ontario Ski Team, the Southern Ontario Ski Team, and KMS. Chuck took the first group of KMS athletes to train in Europe. He is a certified USSA Coach, Alpine Official and a FIS Technical Delegate (TD) for Alpine (speed certified and examiner). He has been a TD for events at the World Cup, Canadian National’s, NorAm Cup, FIS UNI’s, EISA Championships, NCAA Championships, South American Cup , USCSA Regional Championships, and at all levels of USSA racing.

Chuck is currently a FIS TD and Nationally ranked certified Alpine Official. Chuck is a USSA Alpine Level 300 certified coach.

Chuck has served as a member of many boards including VARA (past president and current board member), Eastern Alpine Officials Committee (chairperson), and VARA Alpine Official (chairman). He is currently a member of the USSA Sport Committee, the USSA TD Working Group, Eastern ACC Committee, and the US FIS TD Working Group.

Chuck was the recipient of the Burckett/Dodge Award for Outstanding Officiating in the Eastern Region and the VARA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Chuck’s wife, Betty, was the director of academics and headmaster at KMS for 16 years, and has been a coach in the KSC/KMS program for over 20 years.

Chucks three children all grew up in the KSC and attended KMS. They all competed in Alpine Racing and achieved many accomplishments from; MID VT Champions, Vermont State Champions, VARA TEAM, JO Champions, EASTERN Ski Team Members, USST Members, JR World Championship Team Members, NCAA Champs, NCAA All-Americans, World University Games Participants, and US Ski Team Members and graduates of UNIV of Vermont, Middlebury College and the UNIV of Colorado.

Paddy Martin

Building and Grounds Director

802.422.5671 ext. 224


Paddy comes to KMS from Spring Lake Ranch.

Tao Smith

Head of School

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Tao's concern for students' success academically and athletically is unparalleled and exemplifies the mission of Killington Mountain School. In 2001, Tao left a faculty position at Gould Academy to take up running the Killington Mountain School; he has been singularly devoted to the success and growth of the school ever since.

Tao grew up racing at Suicide Six before attending Gould Academy and then the University of Vermont, where he was on two national championship teams (1992 and 1994). He is the current president of VARA—the Vermont Alpine Racing Association—and a member of the USSA Eastern Alpine Competition Committee.

In his free time Tao enjoys riding his bike, fishing and playing in the Vermont hills and on the coastal beaches of Long Island with his wife, Dawn, and their six children.