Meet the Team

Gates Mills

Heather Willis Daly

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management
Phone: (440) 423-2992
Bio: Heather joined the Hawken community in 2008. She was drawn to Hawken’s exceptional academics and strong culture of innovation and educational leadership. Heather enjoys being part of a school community where students can be comfortable being who they are, find opportunities to pursue their interests and develop leadership in and out of the classroom. Before coming to Hawken, Heather worked for thirteen years in admissions, financial assistance and residential life at Santa Catalina School, a girls’ boarding and day school in Monterey, CA. Her husband Brendan is chair of Hawken’s Upper School science department, and they have a son and two daughters who are current Hawken students.

Susan Newman

Associate Director of Admission and Financial Assistance
Phone: (440) 423-2986
Bio: Susan Newman joined the Hawken community in 2006, having previously taught and coached at independent schools in Ohio and Connecticut. Her early experience as an AmeriCorps volunteer and working with the Upward Bound program at Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) influenced her interest in providing financial accessibility to education for all families. When not in the admission office, Susan can often be found cheering on the Hawks at various athletic events or volunteering as a puppy raiser with Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Holly Scott

Associate Director of Admission, Upper School
Phone: (440) 423-2987
Bio: A former Hawken kindergarten teacher and director of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools, Holly Scott has had the pleasure to work with Middle and Upper School admissions teams at Hawken since 2005. When not touring and welcoming new Hawks, she enjoys reading, biking, cooking, travel, gardening and time with family and friends.

Bryce Woodson

Admission Officer; Head Lacrosse Coach
Phone: (440) 423-2135 
Bio: New to the Admission Office, Bryce Woodson oversees student tour guides and assists prospective Upper School families throughout the admission process. Originally from Virginia, Bryce is a proud Buckeye and 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University. Outside of the admission office Bryce serves as the head Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse coach at Hawken. In his leisure time, Bryce enjoys cooking, attending sporting and live music events and spending quality time with family and friends.

Laura Lewis

Admission Officer & Marketing Liaison
Phone: (440) 423-2952
Bio: Laura Lewis has worked at Hawken since 1998. She brings her knowledge of Hawken School and background in marketing and communications to the Admission Office as she helps families through the admission process. She is the mother of two Hawken students. In her spare time, she plays fiddle with her Appalachian string band “Mr. Haney” and also enjoys producing folk music events.

Hayley Rivchun

Admission Assistant
Phone: (440) 423-2955
Bio: Hayley Rivchun joined the Hawken community and admission team in December 2016.  She was previously the children’s programming and camp director at a local community center.  Hayley spends her free time with her husband, daughter, family and friends, and loves country concerts, exercising, being out in nature, eating good food, Cleveland sporting events and shopping!


Karen Doyle

Associate Director of Admission, Lower & Middle Schools
Phone: (440) 423-2027
Bio: Karen entered the humanities classroom at Hawken in 2008 and taught in both the Lower and Middle School. After a 15 year teaching career that included two other independent schools, Karen moved to the Admission Office in 2012. Here she enjoys sharing the Hawken story with prospective families and using her lens as an educator to articulate not only the academic excellence of Hawken but also the strength of its community and the opportunities for students to find and be their “better selves.” Karen’s husband Jim is Hawken’s athletic director, and she has a son and daughter at Hawken. The Doyle family enjoys attending Hawken events, cooking, gardening and summers at the Jersey Shore.

Brooke Marcy

Assistance Director of Admission, Early Childhood; Assistant Director of Community Partnerships & Service Learning
Phone: (440) 423-4446
Bio: Brooke joined the faculty of Hawken School in 2005 after teaching in Massachusetts, where she received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Having grown up in the Cleveland area, she was eager to return and was thrilled to be offered a teaching position in Hawken’s preschool, where she has taught for 11 years until recently joining the Admissions Team. Early Childhood is truly Brooke’s passion as she feels that it embodies the art of teaching, and she is grateful to be able to continue supporting the Early Childhood Program in her new capacity. When not at Hawken School, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family.

Joy Desmond

Assistant to the Director of Lower & Middle School Admission
Phone: (440) 423-2950
Bio: Joy Desmond is the admission assistant for Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus, where she helps facilitate the application process, admission events and school tours. She has held positions in marketing, advertising and public relations in various industries including publishing and technology. She joined the Lyndhurst admission team in 2014.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, preschool through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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