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Who's Who in the Admission Office

Jonathan White P '09,'11, '15, Admission Director - Jon White has served as Director of Admission for 17 years at Thayer. Having attended an independent school, Jon's life has been largely shaped by those early experiences. His two older boys are Thayer graduates, and his daughter is currently a student in the Upper School at Thayer.  Jon enjoys talking with young people interested in Thayer and hearing from them about their experiences, interests, and perspectives.

Having taught English, coached soccer, basketball, and rowing, and lived in a dormitory at two boarding schools before coming to Thayer, Jon enjoys his other Thayer "hats." He is a freshman adviser for eight freshman each year, assisting them in their transition, meeting with them weekly to check in and support their endeavors, and communicating with their parents about their progress.  Jon is also a member of the Camp Bournedale faculty team in the freshman's initial off-campus experience at the beginning of September. In addition, Jon has taught college essay writing seminars to juniors and has coached Middle School intramural tennis in the spring.

Barbara Kenslea, Admission Associate - Barb has been part of the Thayer community for 11 years, most recently as an associate in the Admission Office. She brings a varied background to admissions having been a teacher, coach, and Co-Director of Athletics here at Thayer. Some of her favorite experiences at Thayer have involved coaching, particularly as the coach of the first girls soccer team. Barb enjoys working with prospective students and their families and introducing them to the Thayer community. Barb has a B.S. from Springfield College.

Jessica Leaver '00, Associate Director of Admission - Jess Leaver joined the Admission team in 2008 as the Associate Director of Admissions.  Before working in the Admission Office she worked for two years in the Development /Alumni Office at Thayer. Jess is a class of 2000 alum and attended both the Middle and Upper school.  After Thayer, Jess continued her education at Fairfield University, where she received B.A. and majored in Communications with a minor in English and Journalism. Jess also played Varsity Lacrosse for the Stags and was the captain during her senior year. Along with her roles in Admission, Jess coaches JV soccer, Varsity lacrosse and is a 9th grade advisor. As an alum and now current member of the Thayer community, Jess is extremely passionate about Thayer. She is excited to meet the future faces of Thayer and share her experiences!

Katherine Marsano P '09, '11, Office Manager - Katie’s first role at Thayer was in the capacity of a parent: her eldest son graduated from Thayer in 2009. She embraced the community as a parent volunteer and later joined the Admission Office in 2006. Katie manages the Admission Office, heads the Upper School Tour Guide Program, and supervises the ISEE & SSAT testing. After school, she may be found coaching track and cross country.

Katie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. She loves the outdoor adventures ranging from hiking in the Swiss Alps to whitewater rafting in Alaska. Katie enjoys running, gardening, flower arranging, cooking, and reading. She resides in Hingham.

Jennifer Welch, Associate Director of Admission/Diversity Coordinator - Jenn Welch embarks on her second year as the Associate Director of Admission. Before joining the Thayer Admissions team, Jennifer spent two years as the Admission Associate at The Steppingstone Foundation, working with students and families in the greater Boston area. Previously, Jennifer was a National Trainer at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and an Americorps volunteer. Over the last ten years, she has been committed and passionate about assisting young people, from diverse backgrounds, in their quest for educational success.

A South Shore native, she attended The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT., and the University of Vermont. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, a minor in Sociology, and was a 4-year member of the UVM Women’s Ice Hockey team. Jennifer is excited about the upcoming school year, and looks forward to meeting many new potential students and their families


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