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.
Director of Development
Jennifer joined NYA in 2017 as the Director of Development. She came to NYA from Bates where she was the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement and charged with leading the launch of the College’s $300 million fundraising campaign. Immediately prior to her ten years at Bates, Jennifer served as Director of Development for United Way of Androscoggin County and before that as the Associate Director of Communications at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.
Jennifer holds a B.A. in English and Media Communications from Assumption College where she was a member of the women’s tennis team and the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Jennifer is a Maine native who currently lives on Sebago Lake with her husband and three sons. She enjoys skiing, boating, hiking and travel.
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.