John Ritzo, Associate Head Of Advancement

John Ritzo

Associate Head Of Advancement

John Ritzo was raised in Massachusetts and attended the University of New Hampshire where he earned a degree in liberal arts and a teaching certificate. He later pursued his master’s degree in education at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Thornton Academy administration in 2011, Mr. Ritzo devoted over three decades to the academic environment, 25 of which were spent serving as the Headmaster of Carrabassett Valley Academy. His dedication to academic and athletic development made it possible for CVA to add to its reputation and facilities, as well as double in population size. Mr. Ritzo looks forward to utilizing his previous experiences to further advance the prospects and opportunities that Thornton Academy has on the horizon for continued success in the academic world. In his spare time, Mr. Ritzo enjoys skiing, hiking, boating and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Alannah Brown, Administrative Assistant

Alannah Brown

Administrative Assistant

Alannah Brown was raised in Biddeford and studied at the University of Maine. She assists the Development and Admissions offices with a variety of tasks to ensure the utmost efficiency.

Claudia Shiyun Zhao, International Development Associate

Claudia Shiyun Zhao

International Development Associate

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Claudia Shiyun Zhao worked as a book editor for six years after graduating from college with a degree in engineering in Beijing. Afterwards, she moved to Sydney, Australia and lived there for 10 years. In 2011 Ms. Zhao moved to the States and she joined Thornton Academy in 2015. She works in the Development office and engages with TA’s international community.


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