Meet our 2020 Leadership Team

Alex Myers, Leader

English Faculty, Phillips Exeter Academy

Alex Myers ‘96 is a writer, teacher, and advocate for transgender rights.  Raised as a girl in Paris, Maine, Alex went to Phillips Exeter Academy, where he came out as transgender and returned for his senior year as a boy. Subsequent to Exeter, Alex earned his bachelor’s at Harvard, where he worked to change the university’s non-discrimination clause to include gender identity. Starting in his college years, Alex has spoken and led workshops with a wide variety of audiences, from training help-line operators to guest lecturing in college courses, to addressing elementary school classes on the topic of transgender identity. In addition to teaching, Alex writes fiction and nonfiction. His debut novel, Revolutionary, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015; it tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Samson, who in 1782 ran away from home, disguised herself as a man, and fought in the Revolutionary War. His essays have appeared in a number of journals, including Good Housekeeping, Salon, and NewsWeek. He has also been featured on PBS  NewsHour. Alex holds master’s degrees from Brown and Georgetown and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He currently teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he lives with his wife and two cats.

John Daves, Leader

Dean of Faculty, The Pennington School, Pennington, NJ

Dr. John Patrick Cansler Daves is the Dean of Faculty at The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ.  Prior to his current position as the Dean of Faculty at The Pennington School, Dr. Daves spent several years at Phillips Exeter Academy. While he was at Exeter, Dr. Daves developed the vision for The Exeter Diversity Institute and taught in the English department for six years. Dr. Daves came to Exeter after receiving his doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he won a teaching assistant award in the American Studies Department; and Dickinson College, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department. Dr. Daves also earned a Masters of Arts and Teaching degree in English Literature from Colgate University and a continuing education certificate from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Courtney Marshall, Leader

English Faculty, Phillips Exeter Academy

Courtney is a scholar and activist working in the fields of African-American literature, Black feminist thought, and carceral studies.  She earned her doctorate in English and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from UCLA and after researching Black women and the prison-industrial complex, she now studies Black feminist cultures of wellness and the racialized history of physical fitness from enslavement to the age of (Michelle) Obama.  Since 2015, she has led Wrong Is Not My Name: Black Feminist Fitness and Jump At The Sun Fitness, initiatives that bring community-accountable fitness programs to underserved populations.

Reverend Heidi Carrington Heath, Leader

Interim School Minister, Phillips Exeter Academy

The Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath is a preacher, teacher, chaplain, writer, and activist.  Heidi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and Psychology from William Smith College. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale University, and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling in addition to her MDiv. Heidi is a leader and former professional organizer in the LGBTQ+ communities.  Her other passions include: examining whiteness, and empowering women and girls. Queer, feminist, and liberation theologies are central to Heidi's grounding in all of her work.  She currently serves as Interim School Minister at Phillips Exeter Academy, where she makes her home with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath, and their two cats Atticus and Windsor.