meet the Admission team
There's a world of good at St. John's. We can't wait to show you!
Choosing the right school is a big decision. The best way to know if St. John's is a good fit for your son is to visit. Spend a day on campus. Sit in on classes. Go to a game. We think you'll like what you see. Learn how to get started on your admission process. We can't wait to meet you!
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management
B.S. Psychology, Roanoke College; M.A. School Counseling, Manhattan College
Contact Gianna Voccola by email or phone at 978.774.1050 x 370
What are you passionate about? Volunteerism; I spend every Sunday morning volunteering at the Northeast Animal Shelter, which is where we adopted our dog, Holly, last year.
If you could describe St. John's in one word, what would it be? Character.
Beach, city, or mountain? Mountain.
If you could join a club at St. John's, which would it be? It would almost certainly be the Maker's Club! I wish I was more of a do-it-yourself-er, so diving into a hands-on project like restoring an old piece of furniture would be right up my alley.
Favorite place on campus? The lawn outside of the A.E. Studzinski Library. There is a tree there that turns the most beautiful shades of red, orange, and gold during the fall. It's awe-inspiring!
Favorite food in the dining hall? The freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! YUM.
Favorite Prep tradition? Commencement. Although it is only my first year at the Prep, I am already eagerly awaiting the moment where I can watch the class of 2023 (the first group of incoming freshmen I worked with) cross the stage at graduation.
Associate Director of Admission
B.A. Economics, Colby College; M.S. Sports Leadership, Northeastern University; M.Ed., Bridgewater State University
Contact Greg Osborne by email or phone at 978-774-1050 ext. 308
What are you passionate about? Boston sports, especially the Bruins and Patriots. So passionate that I would prefer to watch games in silence, something I'm trying to work on with my four-year old son.
If you could describe St. John’s in one word, what would it be? Brotherhood.
That moment you said, “THIS is what St. John’s is all about.” As you enter Xavier Hall, there’s a rug with the Xaverian seal on it, and there’s an unwritten rule that no one steps on that seal. As the bell rang, a new ninth grader was quickly trying to find his next classroom and didn’t know the unwritten rules regarding the rug. As he got closer and closer, an upperclassman noticed what was about to happen and quickly put his arm around the freshman's shoulders and pulled him to the side to make sure he didn't step on the seal. That brotherhood and concept that students look out for each other were on display at that moment and that brotherhood is what St. John's is all about.
What do you love most about coming to work every day? I love knowing that each day I'm going to have the opportunity to start or build a relationship. Whether it’s with a prospective family, a colleague, or a current student, I consider myself lucky that I'm able to interact with so many unique individuals who all impact me in different ways.
If you could join a club at St. John’s, which would it be? The Rotten Tomatoes Club...I tend to enjoy movies that most people find unwatchable.
Favorite Prep tradition? During orientation, our freshman class receives a Prep T-shirt with their graduation year on the back, which they wear at different events throughout high school. It is fitting how the T-shirt is always big on them at first and they eventually grow into it both literally and figuratively throughout their time at St. John's.
What else should people know about St. John’s? Each St. John's Prep student gets to create their own path. Every student's Prep experience varies depending on what they choose to get involved in, which is one of the best perks of being at a big school. I love that we are made up of all different types of students who do things at a high level.
Assistant Director of Admission
B.A. Communications with a concentration in advertising, Pepperdine University
Contact Alison Barnes by email or phone at 978-774-1050 ext. 372
What do you love about working in admission? I enjoy discovering what students are passionate about and showing them how that, and many other as-yet undiscovered interests, can be a part of their lives here at St. John's. I love getting to know families during the admission process, the excitement of the acceptance and enrollment process, and ultimately watching all the new things the students become involved in over the years and the young men they become.
That moment you said, “THIS is what St. John’s is all about.” I have that moment fairly regularly to this day. I remember when I first started, the one thing that surprised me the most was hearing stories about student-athletes being involved in a musical, or a student being a violinist and on the robotics team. I continue to see evidence that St. John's is a place where you can truly be yourself and explore new interests without having to worry about what people will think. You will be loved and accepted. To me, inclusivity is what St. John's is all about, and I see it all the time in a variety of ways.
Funniest moment(s) at St. John’s? They happen during my interviews with Middle School applicants, which can sometimes feel like the show "Kids Say the Darndest Things." One applicant told me that his teacher brought in a "reallllly old Britney Spears CD in a thing called a boombox." Another told me I wouldn't know the song he was referring to because it is a "current song." I didn't realize I was already so old! Those memories still make me laugh.
What are you passionate about? Animals. I wish I could save and keep them all!
Favorite place on campus? Looking up at the Administration Building. It is such a beautiful building with incredible architecture, and I am proud to call it my office.
Favorite Prep tradition? I love when all of the new students walk in to the applause of every student and faculty/staff member on campus at the Opening Day Prayer Service. I get misty-eyed every time.
Assistant Director of Admission
B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Contact Mike Kelley '09 by email or phone at 978-774-1050 ext. 371
If you could describe St. John’s in one word, what would it be? Kinship.
What do you love about coming to work every day? Simply, the people are good. My colleagues, the administration, the students, everyone is here for a common purpose: to be their best selves and do what is best for our students. This passion and sense of kinship are supremely evident in our community, and I could not be more proud to be a member of it.
What were you involved in at St. John’s as a student? Philosophy Club, Greek and Latin Club, Investment Club, Anime Club, and Chess Club. I was also a member of the National Honor Society, the Ultimate Disc team, and participated in retreats through Campus Ministry.
What are you passionate about? Dungeons & Dragons, travel, equity and access, and living a life of hope, resilience, and authenticity.
Favorite Prep tradition? I tell everyone this, but our Alma Mater is so good.
What did you love about being a student here? I was really able to become who I wanted to be. St. John's allowed me the space and support to recast my insecure middle school self into a young man of confidence and compassion, someone who is a good friend and willing to stand up for what is right, even when it’s hard.
B.A. Psychology, Merrimack College; A.S. in Occupational Therapy
Contact Joan Spencer P'13 '17 by email or phone at 978-624-1301
What do you love most about coming to work every day? I live in Beverly with my husband and two sons, all three of whom are St. John's alumni. I joined the Admission Office as an admission assistant four years ago—and absolutely love it! When my oldest son was applying to St. John’s, the kindness that was shown to our family by the Director of Admission at the time sealed the deal. What you see is what you get! There is an overwhelming sense of caring here.
If you could describe St. John’s in one word, what would it be? Home.
What’s your funniest St. John’s memory: I was a cheerleader at St. John's back in the day!
Where is your favorite spot on campus? I love the Chapel, especially when the sun is shining through the stained-glass windows. Truly beautiful.
Favorite Prep tradition? Homecoming is a wonderful weekend. It brings so many folks back to campus to reconnect with each other.
Favorite thing to get in Memorial Dining Hall: It’s all great, but I love the homemade potato chips!
What do you love about being a Prep parent? I saw my boys become men here. Throughout my eight years as a parent, we always felt that sending our boys here was a partnership we entered into with the Prep. Our family values aligned with the mission of St. John’s, which was reinforced daily. I always knew my boys were supported and cared for by their teachers and the administration. My sons formed life long friendships here and they continue to stay connected to their former teachers.