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Ridgefield Academy/Landmark Preschool is pleased to announce the hiring of Fell Herdeg as the school's new chief financial officer. Fell will begin his employment with the school on December 14. He will be based on the Ridgefield campus, and will be responsible for the financial oversight and management of the school and its three campus facilities, and food services on the Ridgefield campus. He is currently the vice president of finance for a manufacturing company located in Middletown, CT.

Fell is an experienced financial executive, having served as the CFO in several companies prior to assuming his current role four years ago. He holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MBA from Fordham University in New York. Fell has not always been involved in financial management. In fact, for the six years directly following his graduation from Trinity College, he was a bassist, singer, and songwriter for a rock group that performed original music, touring in over 20 states and performing in up to 120 shows per year. Fell is extremely familiar with independent schools, having attended an independent day school for PK to grade 9, as well as an independent boarding school for high school. In addition, his three children attend a range of independent day and boarding schools. Please join me in welcoming Fell Herdeg to our school community.

While we are very excited about welcoming Fell to our community, we are sad to see our current CFO, Briggs Tobin move on in January after working alongside Fell to facilitate a smooth transition. Briggs has been a skilled manager of the school’s resources, a consummate team player, a trusted colleague, and an individual who is always willing to pitch in. In charge of finance, facilities, and food services, Briggs has made multiple, substantial contributions to our school. He will not go far, however, as he is a Ridgefield resident and we will still be able to call on him as needed. We wish Briggs well as he transitions to new pursuits. In particular, he will now have more time to dedicate to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, where he recently became chair of the board of directors. The goal of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing, and health. The Foundation is lucky to have Briggs’s steady hand on the tiller.