Each year at the Annual Conference, outstanding admission professionals are recognized by the organization for their leadership, commitment and contributions. The winners of the Bretnall, Gourley and Hull Maynard Presidential awards are listed chronologically.
The Bretnall Award, named for distinguished educator and first association program director William Bretnall, is given each year to a leader and educator who has made significant contributions to the field of admission.
Director of Middle and Upper School Admission and Director of Financial Aid
The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY)
Sheila began as the Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions and Director of Financial Aid at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn (NY) in 2011. Prior to moving to a New York City day school, Sheila was the Director of Admission and Financial Aid for six years at The Dublin School in Dublin (NH), a boarding and day school. Learn more about Sheila.
The Gourley Award, named for former Director of Admission and Assistant Headmaster of the Asheville School Everett Gourley, is given each year to the educator whose interest in students and concern for colleagues is an inspiration to those who serve in admission.
Director of Enrollment Management
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences (CA)
Eric is currently serving as the first director of enrollment management at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences (CA). A musician by training, Eric began his career at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Eric then moved to Lakeside School (WA), where he served as the lead outreach coordinator during Lakeside's ambitious Mission Focus strategic plan that greatly diversified the school while also increasing the academic qualifications of the applicant pool. Learn more about Eric.
Developed by the Admission Leadership Council and a sub-committee of EMA’s Board of Trustees, the Rising Star awards honor educators with 10 or fewer years of experience who have distinguished themselves and/or their schools in the field of enrollment management.
Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
Friends Select (PA)
Prior to his appointment at Friends Select, Rohan spent time at George School (PA) as director of admission, where he is also an alum. He spent five years at St. Mark’s School (MA) holding several titles including assistant director of admission, associate director of admission, acting director of community & equity affairs, and associate director of admission & financial aid. Before St. Mark's, he served as an admission, global service & scholarship, and multicultural affairs fellow at The Taft School (CT). Learn more about Rohan.
The Hull Maynard Presidential Award is given, when warranted, in recognition of a professional who has given extraordinarily to the Association. Hull Maynard was the Director of Admission at Loomis School in Connecticut. In the 1950s, he was one of the founding fathers and first Executive Secretary of this fledgling organization.