Meet the Team

Jonathan White P '09, '11, '15

Jonathan White P '09, '11, '15

Director of Admissions
Jon is Thayer’s Director of Admissions and a Financial Aid Officer, positions he has held for 23 years. After attending an independent day school, and then Harvard University, Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English), and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jon’s academic career has included teaching English, coaching soccer, basketball, and rowing, and living in a dormitory at three New England boarding schools.As a freshman advisor, he works closely with a group of eight freshmen each year, assisting them in their transition, including their freshman orientation at Camp Bournedale; checking in with them daily to support their endeavors; and communicating with their parents about their progress. Jon has also taught seminars for juniors in college essay writing and has coached Middle School tennis in the spring. Jon enjoys talking with young people interested in Thayer and hearing about their experiences, interests, and aspirations. Jon's wife Deb teaches and coaches at an independent elementary school. Their two sons Ben ’09 and Jonathan Traylor ("T") ’11 and their daughter Mollie ’15 are all Thayer Academy graduates.
Elizabeth Bruno

Elizabeth Bruno

Admissions Associate
Barbara Kenslea

Barbara Kenslea

Office Manager
Barb has been part of the Thayer community for 15 years, most recently serving as the admissions office manager. She brings a varied background to admissions, having been a teacher, coach, and co-director of athletics at Thayer, and some of her favorite experiences at Thayer have involved coaching, particularly as the coach of Thayer’s first girls’ soccer team. She enjoys introducing prospective students and their families to the Thayer community. Barb has a B.S. in physical education from Springfield College.
Jess Leaver '00

Jess Leaver '00

Associate Director of Admissions
Jess joined the admissions team in 2008 as an associate director. Before working in the admissions office she worked for two years in Thayer’s alumni & development office. Jess is a class of 2000 alum, having attended both the Middle and Upper Schools. She continued her education at Fairfield University, where she received a B.A. in communications with a minor in English and journalism. Jess played varsity lacrosse for the Fairfield Stags and was the captain in her senior year. She has coached a number of sports during her time at Thayer at both the Middle and Upper School levels, including soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and has also been a freshman advisor and has served on the Disciplinary Committee. Jess currently lives in Milton with her husband and two young boys, Thomas and James. As an alum, and now a staff member in the Thayer community, Jess is passionate about Thayer. She takes great pleasure in meeting future Thayer students and likes to share her experiences with them.
Brandon Odom '04

Brandon Odom '04

Assistant Director of Admissions
Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; Director of International Enrollment

Jenn began working at Thayer in 2010 as the Associate Director of Admissions and Director of International Programs. She oversees international student enrollment, from the application process and host family management, to supporting the international students and their families during their time at Thayer Academy. Jenn works closely with Thayer students as a faculty advisor for the OMEGA diversity club and leads the Senior Project trip to China. She also coached the girls hockey team for 4 years. Prior to arriving at Thayer, Jenn was an admissions associate at The Steppingstone Foundation, working with students and families in the greater Boston area. She has also worked as a national diversity trainer at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and has taught in the Boston Public Schools and as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She attended the Loomis Chaffee School and the University of Vermont, where she played for the UVM women's ice hockey team. Over the last 15 years, she has been committed to helping young people from diverse backgrounds in their quest for educational success.

Anni Zukauskas '94

Anni Zukauskas '94

Associate Director of Admissions
A 1994 Thayer alum, Anni first returned to Thayer in 2000. She taught painting and drawing in Thayer’s Upper School visual arts department from 2000 to 2007, worked as an admissions committee member, and also coached field hockey and lacrosse. After earning her master’s degree in administration from Boston College Anni served as associate director of admissions at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, where she also taught visual arts and coached varsity lacrosse.In 2014 Anni returned to Thayer as associate director of admissions at Thayer Academy, and head varsity girls lacrosse coach. While a student at Thayer, Anni captained the Tigers’ field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams. She attended the University of Rochester, where she double majored in studio art and art history with a minor in education. She captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams at the University of Rochester and still holds a number of school records. Anni is a member of both the Thayer Academy and University of Rochester athletic halls of fame. She lives in the Boston area with her husband Tom and their two young children, Anne Marie and T.J.
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