Meet the Admissions Team
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.
Middle School Administrative Assistant, Admissions Associate
Liz began working at Thayer in 2013 as a part-time admission associate and an assistant coach for the girls' varsity ice hockey and lacrosse teams.Liz grew up just north of Boston, attended Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and earned a BA in psychology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She was a four-year member and captain of Trinity’s varsity lacrosse team and loves sharing her lacrosse expertise as a coach for Thayer’s girls varsity team. Liz is delighted to be a part of Thayer’s close-knit community.
After being a Thayer parent for six years, Maureen Driscoll P ‘21, ‘23, ‘25 joined the Admissions Office in the fall of 2018 as an admissions associate. She graduated from Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Hartwick College before obtaining her MSW from the Boston College School of Social Work. She is currently a licensed clinical social worker and has experience working with children and families in both school and clinical settings. Maureen’s children are current Academy students, and she has volunteered at both the Middle School and Upper School. She and her husband live in the Boston area with their four children.
Admissions 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.
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. She has been a freshman advisor, has served on the Disciplinary Committee, oversees the Middle School tour guide program, and currently is the faculty advisor for the Perfect Pals Club. Jess currently lives in Milton with her husband and three boys. 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.
Associate Director of Admissions, Upper School Assistant Dean of Students, Project RISE
Brandon joined the Admissions Office in the fall of 2017 as an Associate Director of Admissions. Prior to his work in Admissions, he served as the second Thayer Academy Teaching Fellow, working in the Upper School History Department. After completing that fellowship program, he taught for four years in Thayer’s Middle School as a history teacher. An alumnus from the Class of 2004, Brandon made many contributions in academics, arts, and athletics during his student years at Thayer. He was a solid student who served as captain of the varsity basketball team in his senior year; he ran the 100m and high-jumped for the varsity track team; and he sang in Thayer’s first jazz combo to include vocalists. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His other roles include Upper School Assistant Dean of Students and Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach. Brandon enjoys working with youth and being a part of the Thayer’s welcoming community. His commitment to student success is total as he realizes the pivotal role great teaching and positive mentorship had on his own life and development.
Associate Director of Admissions and Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach
Ben joins Thayer as the Associate Director of Admissions and the Head Boys Lacrosse Coach. He comes to Thayer from Baltimore, MD where he worked in Admissions at his alma mater, Loyola Blakefield. Ben holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia, where he won an NCAA Championship in 2006 and captained the lacrosse team in 2007 & 2008. He played 8 seasons of professional lacrosse while he worked on his career in education and coaching. In 2015, Ben won the USA Today National High School Coach of the Year, and he now works as the Offensive Coordinator for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He enjoys inspiring and helping young people achieve their potential. Ben recently moved to the Boston-area with his wife, Binny, and his daughter, Madeleine.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Director of International Student Enrollment
Jenn is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Director of International Student Enrollment. She oversees all diversity initiatives across divisions and also manages the international student program. Jenn is the faculty advisor for Thayer's diversity club, OMEGA, and leads the Senior Project trip to China. She also coached the girls hockey team for 4 years. Previously, she was an admissions associate at The Steppingstone Foundation, a national diversity trainer at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, taught in the Boston Public Schools and was an AmeriCorps volunteer. Jenn attended the Loomis Chaffee School and the University of Vermont, where she played for the women's ice hockey team. For the last ten years at Thayer, she has been committed to helping young people from all backgrounds in their journey for educational success.
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.