• Jeff and Amy Kaplan

    From the moment their daughter, Lauren ’09, enrolled in 2005, Jeff and Amy Kaplan have been “all in” for Newark Academy. Through eight years and two children (son Michael graduated in 2013), their relationship with the Academy has grown from merely interested to fully committed. Amy started by volunteering at the bookstore and at admission open house sessions, ultimately taking a leadership role as a parent liaison with the Office of Admission. Jeff first became a “sports dad” and then a trustee and now chairman of Rise & Flourish, NA’s most ambitious fundraising campaign ever, putting to work his experience at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and Appaloosa Management LLC. The couple’s commitment is evidenced by their generous leadership of $500,000 to Rise & Flourish, designating 70 percent for capital improvements and 30 percent to the NA Endowment. “We’re both passionate about NA and excited about its future,” Jeff says.