Meet the Team

Katherine A. Gonzalez

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management
Phone: (440) 423-2952

Kathy Gonzalez joined the Hawken community in 2018 after serving 13 years as the Director of Enrollment Management at University Prep in Seattle, WA. She has worked in independent schools for more than 25 years and was drawn to Hawken for its innovation in education and commitment to building each student’s character and intellect. Kathy is a founder of the Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS) admission consortium and Seattle’s annual Independent School Fair for People of Color. For seven years Kathy served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Call to Action, a national think tank and advisory council on diversity in independent schools. In addition, she chaired the NAIS People of Color Conference in Seattle, WA in 2006. The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) named Kathy the 2016 recipient of the Everett E. Gourley Award, given to an educator whose interest in students and concern for colleagues is an inspiration to those who serve in admission.
Currently, Kathy serves on the board of trustees for the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) in New York City, now in her third term. She also serves as a mentor for Leadership for Enrollment and Admission Professionals (LEAP), a co-sponsored program by the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP) and Vanderbilt University.  
A Seattle native and proud mother of three adult children, Ayana (28), Coryn (26) and Elijah (22), Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and cooking, gardening and listening to live music with her husband Margarito.

Brad Large

Associate Director of Enrollment Management;
Director of Flexible Tuition

Phone: (440) 423-2986

Brad Large joined the Hawken community in 2019 after serving several years as the Dean of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Wayland Academy in Wisconsin. He has worked in independent schools for more than 10 years and is excited about the innovative spirit and the intentionality of educational programming found at Hawken. Throughout his career, he has served on several school accreditation teams, community nonprofit boards ensuring that each community is served with the highest standards, and has presented at several national conferences. His work at Hawken goes beyond tuition assistance as he works to ensure the entire Hawken experience is accessible and inclusive. Outside of work he enjoys spending time traveling and attending local sporting events with his wife, Adrienne, and son, Hank.

Upper School, Grades 9-12, Gates Mills Campus

Maggie Jackson

Director of Admission, Upper School
Phone: (440) 423-2139
Maggie joined Hawken in 2018 from a position abroad, where she served as Dean of Teaching and Learning at an international school. Prior to her work abroad, Maggie worked in college admissions in the Midwest for nearly a decade and received her Master’s Degree in Education. The third generation of women in her family to believe and work in Progressive Education, Maggie was drawn to Hawken for its history of whole-child education, its dedication to character development, and its promise to value and grow students who go out into the world and do good things. When not at Hawken, Maggie works on projects with her husband, a professional fine art photographer, and spends time with her son.  

Laura Lewis

Assistant Director of Admission, Upper School;
Marketing Liaison

Phone: (440) 423-2952

Laura joined Hawken in 1998. She brings her knowledge of Hawken history and her work in marketing and communications to the Admission Office as she helps families through the admission process. She is also a Certified Admission and Enrollment Management Professional as designated by the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals. Laura is the mother of two Hawken graduates who attended Hawken Lower, Middle and Upper School. She has a BA in Music from the University of Virginia, and in her spare time produces traditional music events for the Northeast Ohio community. 

Laurie Mandell

Admission Coordinator, Upper School
Phone: (440) 423-2955

Laurie joined the Upper School admission team in July 2022 after serving as the engagement associate at a local temple where she was the first point of contact for families. Laurie brings with her a wealth of previous experience in independent school admission and marketing/sales.  Originally from New York, she has lived in Cleveland since 1996. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working out and traveling. Laurie has two sons, Jared and Chase, and lives in Solon with her husband Adam and very clingy Cavapoo Georgia.

The Mastery School of Hawken, Grades 9-12, University Circle Campus

Sarah Kozlowski

Director of Admission, The Mastery School of Hawken 
Phone: (440) 423-8801

Sarah Kozlowski joined the Hawken community in 2015 as the Lower School performing arts teacher and transitioned to the Mastery School of Hawken in 2021. As an educator with more than a decade of teaching experience, Sarah is passionate about helping students of all ages kindle the spark of curiosity. Hawken’s commitment to character development and real-world learning are of utmost importance to Sarah as Hawken prepares young people to take on the challenges of our world. Sarah earned a Master of Music Education in 2018 and when not at Hawken, she enjoys sailing, cooking, and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Max Schubert

Director of Communications and Outreach, The Mastery School of Hawken 
Phone: (440) 423-8801

Max joined the Hawken community in 2021. He brings with him experience in educational psychology and alternative education models, specifically Montessori education. Max was drawn to Hawken’s commitment to creating individualized learning opportunities that are rooted in a pedagogy of place. A Cleveland native, he spends his free time gardening, writing and or finding adventures in the great outdoors. 

Dan Usaj

Associate Director of Sports and Fitness and Admission Counselor, The Mastery School of Hawken
Phone: (440) 423-8801

Dan Usaj joined the Hawken community in 2018 as Associate Athletic Director and Program Director of Boys Lacrosse then transitioned to the Mastery School of Hawken in 2022. Prior to Hawken he was the Associate Boarding School Director of Admissions at Shady Side Academy (PA).  Dan resides in Lyndhurst with his wife, Jelena, and his two children, Luka and Nora. He is an avid movie enthusiast, loves to cook and runs his North East Ohio Lacrosse company (NEOLAX) in his down time.
Dan earned his BA in Speech and Theater from St. Lawrence University, while playing and captaining the men's lacrosse team. He received a MS in Interscholastic Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

Lower & Middle Schools, Toddler - Grade 8, Lyndhurst Campus

Dave Hilborn

Director of Admission, Lower & Middle Schools
Phone: (440) 423-2027

Dave Hilborn joined the Hawken community in 2019 after 10 years in admissions and enrollment at Notre Dame College. During his time there he had numerous roles but most recently was the Associate Dean of Enrollment. Dave was part of an admissions office that brought in the largest freshmen class in the school’s 90-year history. He was also a student at Notre Dame College where he was part of the inaugural class of males in 2001. Prior to that NDC was an all-women’s college. Dave also was part of the first men’s basketball team where he scored the first point in the history of the program. Dave was born, raised and still currently resides in Northeast Ohio with his wife, Kelly, and children Davey, Cal and Ginny. He enjoys running through mountains, attending concerts, rooting in all Cleveland sports and spending time with family.

Hayley Rivchun

Assistant Director of Admissions, Lower and Middle Schools
Phone: (440) 423-2074

Hayley Rivchun joined the Hawken community and admission team in December 2016 and served as the Admission Coordinator at the Upper School for six years. Before coming to Hawken she owned a local pizza franchise with her husband, and worked as a camp and children’s programming director at a community center in the Cleveland area.  Hayley earned her M.Ed in School Counseling from John Carroll University in 2011.  When not at Hawken, Hayley spends her time with her husband Ari and their two daughters, Charlie and River.  

Jane Anagnostos

Admission Coordinator, Lower & Middle Schools
Phone: (440) 423-2950

Jane Anagnostos joined the Hawken admission team in October 2019 from Notre Dame College where she worked in admissions for six years.  She and her husband Peter are parents of two Hawken graduates, Emily 2011 and Kate 2013.  While her children attended Hawken she enjoyed serving as treasurer of the Parents' Association and volunteering in the Lyndhurst library. As empty nesters, she and Peter enjoy exploring Cleveland and its neighborhoods and travelling. She is happy to be back at Hawken.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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