Development and Alumni Relations Staff
Head of School
Ben Jackson became Head of School at NYA in 2015, and he also heads up the Development and Alumni Relations Office. Ben has 25 years of experience in independent schools as an English and history teacher, baseball and basketball coach, mock trial coach, dorm parent, board member, parent, and administrator. Prior to joining NYA, Mr. Jackson served for 10 years as Head of School at Evergreen Country Day School. Ben earned his BS in Political Science from Hobart College, MA in American History from Providence College, and a M.Ed. in Leadership from Regis University. Ben previously served on the faculty at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI; Friends Academy in North Dartmouth, MA; and St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI.
Randall Wade Thomas
Annual Giving Officer
Randall Wade Thomas joined NYA in 2014 as the Annual Giving Officer, with her primary responsibilities leading The Academy Fund and staffing events that support stewardship and cultivation throughout the NYA community. Randall has more than 20 years experience raising money for various non-profit organizations including Maine Maritime Museum and Freeport Historical Society, where she served as the executive director for 11 years. Randall earned her BS in Social Studies education from Plymouth State College, followed by a career teaching, coaching skiing and whitewater canoeing, and as a dorm parent, both at the Marvelwood School in Cornwall, CT, and Dean of Students at the Madeira School in McLean, VA.
Tara Johnson joined the Development Office staff in 1992. Her primary responsibilities have included development database management, gift and pledge processing and providing operational and administrative support to the Development team for all fundraising efforts and special events. Prior to coming to NYA, Tara worked in Development at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont where she also provided ESL support to international students and helped to host many international level ski races. A native of Canada, Tara earned her BA in Business Administration from Bishop’s University in Quebec. She, her husband Doug, and their children Emily and Sam (NYA ’17) live in Freeport.
Caroline Anson ’08
Development & Alumni Relations Assistant
Caroline Anson ’08 joined the Development office in 2016 as the Development and Alumni Relations Assistant. Her primary responsibilities include engaging NYA alumni, organizing alumni events and assisting and supporting development functions. After graduating from NYA in 2008, Caroline earned her BA in Art and Visual Culture from Bates College with a concentration in Education. Caroline also works in the Lower School at NYA as Assistant Teacher in the Toddler classroom.