• Jonathan ’74 and Susan Olesky

    Newark Academy is truly a family affair for the Oleskys: Jon Olesky graduated from Newark Academy in 1974, and he and Susan sent their four children—Samuel ’03, Eva ’05, Lynn ’08, and Benjamin ’10—to NA as well. Jon dove into his role as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2001 and led as Chair of the Board of Trustees from July 2009 to June 2015. In addition, Jon and Susan also served for 11 years as head coaches of the boys’ and girls’ cross country and track teams, making them active and beloved members of the campus community year-round.

    With an intimate knowledge of where Newark Academy has been and where it is going, Jon and Susan are excited by the opportunities Rise & Flourish will afford students and faculty. In the early days of the campaign, they were among the first to offer their generous support by making a leadership gift and volunteering for the Campaign Executive Committee. Both Jon and Susan are honored to be a part of this ambitious effort to secure the future of Newark Academy. “We have all had a part in helping to give this historic and storied school the best reputation it has enjoyed in its history,” Jon notes. “It is a responsibility that we all carry—to keep a great school great.”