Meet the Team
Director of Development
As an alumna of Thayer, Melissa rejoined Thayer in the summer of 2014. Following Thayer she attended the University of Vermont where she earned a BA in Psychology. She came to Thayer with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit development. Her previous roles include Director of Development for Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Director of Major Gifts for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Director of Major Gifts for Horizons for Homeless Children and Director of Major Gifts for Walker. In that time Melissa worked on capital campaigns that resulted in the building of the state-of-the-art new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, a new headquarters for Horizons for Homeless Children in Roxbury and a campus expansion at Walker. Prior to working in development, Melissa worked as a counselor for homeless and runaway teens at Bridge Over Troubled Waters and also sold residential real estate in Boston. The youngest of four sisters who all graduated from Thayer – Whitney Presutti ’85, Kelley Tuthill ’88 and Tracey Buckeridge ’90 – Melissa often says she grew up here. She spent many of the afternoons of her youth on the fields or in the gymnasiums watching her sisters compete in sports until she was able to enter as a sixth grader. Happy to be back, Melissa currently resides in Hingham with her husband and three children.
Director of Annual Giving
Neeta joined Thayer’s Development Office in the summer of 2016. She holds a B.S. in Business Management from Bentley University. She began her career in fundraising at Boston Children’s Hospital sixteen years ago, while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Since then she has built comprehensive annual giving programs, streamlined fundraising operations, secured major gifts and managed large-scale events for organizations including Perkins School for the Blind, MGH Institute of Health Professionals, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and Hearth, Inc.Neeta resides on the South Shore with her daughter.
Chrissy is a lifelong resident of the South Shore, and a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Hingham. Chrissy earned a BA in Art History from Fairfield University. During her senior year, Chrissy held an internship at Christie’s in New York City in the events department. Following graduation, Chrissy moved back to Massachusetts to begin her career in development at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Chrissy worked at the MFA for more than ten years in event and stewardship roles. In that time Chrissy worked on the Building the New MFA capital campaign that resulted in the historic gallery expansion of the Museum’s Art of the Americas collection. Most recently, Chrissy served as Manager, Donor Relations for Boston Children’s Hospital Trust.Chrissy and her husband, Steve, and their two sons reside in Milton.
Assistant Director of Major Gifts and Alumni Relations
Matt graduated from Thayer in 1992 and served as Thayer’s Athletic Director from 2004 to 2015 before joining the Development Office team. In his role as Assistant Director of Major Gifts and Alumni Relations, Matt is excited to connect with new alumni and those that he has become acquainted with throughout the previous fifteen years that he had worked at Thayer. Matt has also assumed many coaching roles at Thayer at various levels with girls and boys hockey and baseball. Previous to Thayer, Matt taught 9th grade English, was a dorm parent, and coached various teams at Vermont Academy from 1997 to 2001. Matt graduated with a BA in English and a minor in Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. He also enjoyed a successful baseball career at UNH where he was a captain of the team his senior year, earning such honors as the 1997 America East Academic Honor Roll. Matt is the oldest of three brothers who also graduated from Thayer – Chris McGuirk ’93, and Michael McGuirk ’97, and he resides in Norwell with his wife and two boys. Matt’s hobbies include skiing, fishing, and playing music.
Young Alumni Leadership Giving Officer
Brad is the most recent addition to Thayer’s Alumni House, joining the team in January 2017. Brad graduated from Thayer in 2011 where he was the captain of the Varsity Hockey and Baseball programs as well as the recipient of the Thomas J. Berry III Leadership Award.
Brad went on to attend Providence College, where he earned a B.S. in Finance in 2015. He played an integral part in starting the Providence College Club Hockey Program, in which he was named Team Captain and Club President.
Throughout the years, Brad has always held strong ties to the Academy, as he is the oldest of three brothers (Ryan '14 and Kyle '16). He now resides in South Boston where he will continue to coach hockey and baseball.
A 1993 Thayer alum, Lesley joined the Development Office in the fall of 2017 as a part-time Administrative Assistant. Lesley graduated from Union College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Prior to returning to Thayer, Lesley worked as a travel manager at a Boston based investment management firm. Lesley and her husband, Josh (also a 1993 grad), and their three boys live in Norwell, including Jack '23 who is currently a student at Thayer.
Associate Director of Development
Rachael joined Thayer's Development Office in 1998. Since then she has held almost every position including Development Associate, Director of Annual Giving, and is currently the Associate Director of Development. In this role, Rachael helped lead the office to the successful completion of the $30 million Building on the Mission Campaign which included significant capital improvements, adding considerably to the Academy's endowment, and increased support for our annual operating budget through the growth of the General's Council.Prior to arriving back at her alma mater, Rachael was the Director of Training and a Regional Operations Manager for a multi –store retail organization. After both she and her husband, Michael '79, graduated from Thayer, Rachael attended Bates College and graduated with a B.S. in Geology. Rachael is currently an Easton resident and is very proud of her three children Kristen '07, Michael '11, and Angela '12.Rachael is passionate about all things Thayer and loves supporting strategic efforts to grow academic, athletic and arts programs at Thayer.