Meet the Team

Kathy Mitchell O’Neal

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

Kathy Mitchell O'Neal
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 20 years and was drawn to Hawken for its innovation in education and commitment to building character and intellect. Kathy is a founder of the Puget Sound Independent Schools admission consortium and Seattle’s annual Independent School Fair for People of Color, now in its 11th year. 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. Currently, she serves on the board of trustees for the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) in New York City and the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). A Seattle native and a proud mother of three children, Ayana (23), Coryn (21) and Elijah (17), Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking and listening to live music.

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.  

Emma Harding

Assistant Director of Admission, Upper School
Phone: (440) 423-2955

Emma Harding joined the Hawken community in 2021 after working in college admissions in Ohio. Prior to that, Emma earned her Master of Education where she gained experience in student affairs, academic and career development, and DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice). With a passion for using education as a vehicle for growth, Emma was drawn to Hawken’s purpose of developing character and the emphasis on fair play. A native to northeast Ohio, she spends her free time traveling the world with her partner, hiking national parks, and reading books.

Laura Lewis

Admission Counselor, Upper School;
Marketing Liaison

Phone: (440) 423-2952

Laura Lewis 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 the mother of two Hawken graduates who attended Hawken Lower, Middle and Upper School. Laura has a BA in Music from the University of Virginia, and in her spare time produces traditional music events for the Northeast Ohio community.

Hayley Rivchun

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

Hayley Rivchun joined the Hawken community and admission team in December 2016 after owning a local pizza franchise with her husband.  Prior to that, Hayley 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.  

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

Rasa Drane

Director of Admission, The Mastery School of Hawken
Phone:  (440) 423-2039

Rasa Drane joined the Hawken community in 2019 from Penn State University where she served as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Outreach in Undergraduate Admissions. Rasa is excited to return to her Cleveland roots to build the founding classes of the Mastery School of Hawken. Rasa earned a Masters in Higher Education from Penn State University with an emphasis in Institutional Research and continues to research the Black STEM Crisis and underrepresented minority student college attainment and success. As a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Rasa is committed to her continued development as an education advocate like her alma mater’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

Sarah Kozlowski

Admission Counselor and Coordinator, The Mastery School of Hawken 
Phone: (440) 423-8801

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.

Emma Ferek

Assistant Director of Admission, Lower & Middle Schools
Phone: (440) 423-2950

Emma Ferek joined the Hawken community in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles in her tenure at Hawken. Emma taught Early Childhood and Lower School grades for 10 years before joining the Lower School Administration team. She worked to hone and strengthen Learning and Teaching for grades Preschool through Five. Emma is passionate about nurturing each child’s individual motivation and natural curiosity by fostering an engaging, progressive school environment. Emma remains invested in the school community by facilitating student affinity groups and working to welcome and orient new student and faculty members to Hawken. A first-generation immigrant to the U.S., Emma is proud to call Cleveland her home. She enjoys spending time with her family and soaking up the culture surrounding Cleveland.

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

Lower & 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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