2019 Award Winners

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.

William B. Bretnall Award

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.

Jon Deveaux

Head of School
Fairfield Country Day School

Congratulations to Jon Deveaux, Head of School at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Jon is in his first year as Head of School at Fairfield Country Day School, but in his 30-plus years in independent schools (including 25 at Westminster School),  he’s worked in enrollment management, admissions, advising, teaching and coaching. A testament to his mentorship abilities is that six of Jon’s former colleagues have advanced to become Directors of Admission/Enrollment. Jon also previously served as an EMA board member.

Jon was nominated by four people, including Nancy Cleary, Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Loomis Chaffee School, who offered effusive praise. “Jon has spent his career working to better the entire industry. While he did incredible work for Westminster School, he also spent a great deal of time and energy helping to develop and encourage future leaders. Jon values everyone that he comes in contact with; he listens thoughtfully and openly whether discussing a student, an admission policy/practice or his golf swing. You all know more about his work with EMA than I do, but from the outside, Jon is a powerful supporter of EMA and its mission.”

Everett E. Gourley Award

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.

Anne Behnke

Director of Admissions
St. Mark's School

Congratulations to Anne Behnke, Director of Admissions for the St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Anne is in her 16th year with St. Mark’s School and has worked in independent school admissions and enrollment since 1991. She is in her 10th year as an EMA Admission Training Institute faculty member and serves as an Admission Leadership Council mentor. Anne is also the coach of St. Mark’s Varsity girls tennis team and a past recipient of the "Hilton Award" given by the Western Boarding Schools Association for her dedication and leadership in the organization.Anne was nominated by several current and former colleagues, including St. Mark’s Admissions Coordinator Laurie Kalapinski, who sang her praises. “Anne would be the optimal person to win this award. Based on the description, she embodies all of it. She is a true and tenured professional, well known in the Admission world. She is both passionate and compassionate at what she does both for applicant and applicant families as well as all of our current families. She also goes totally beyond her job description as an Admission Director. She is very involved in the lives of our students. Anyone who knows Anne, knows she is funny, kind, and very good at what she does.”

Rising Star Awards

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.

Kemi Nonez

Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Durham Academy

Congratulations to Kemi Nonez, Associate Director of Enrollment Management for Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

Over 10 years, Kemi has helped streamline financial aid and lead the charge in promoting diversity at her own school and in the greater community. Kemi was a founding member of EMA’s People of Color Committee.  Durham’s Director of Enrollment Management, Victoria Muradi, says, “Our work has changed considerably since Kemi started in the enrollment management office. Kemi began as office manager, was promoted to admissions counselor, and is now associate director. Her tours of each division are thorough, her tone thoughtful, and her follow-up consistent. She is always willing to put in the extra time to ensure that families leave with a favorable impression of Durham Academy.”

Doug Moon

Assistant Director of Admissions
Lakeside School

Congratulations to Doug Moon, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington.

Doug has emerged as a true leader who cares deeply about his students, families, and colleagues, while fostering a sense of community among fellow admissions leaders in the region through his work with the Puget Sound Independent Schools Consortium. Polly Fredlund, Director of Enrollment Management and Communications at The Bush School, says, “Doug is an eager young professional, and is respected by his admissions colleagues in the Puget Sound. He is dedicated to the work, and is earnest, hardworking, empathetic, and, most importantly, kind. Doug started his work in admissions through Lakeside's LEEP program and believes in the power of access and ability of independent schools to not only change the trajectory of a student’s life, but an entire family. Doug is without a doubt a rising star in the admissions profession.”

Past Award Winners

William B. Bretnall Award

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.

  • 1982 John Eidam
  • 1983 Sanford Roeser
  • 1984 Joshua L. Miner
  • 1985 John C. Boyden
  • 1986 Paul Sanderson
  • 1987 John Q.A. Doolittle
  • 1988 Georgia K. Irvin
  • 1989 Thomas E. Wilcox
  • 1990 John C. Esty
  • 1991 Wanda C. Hill
  • 1992 William Oates
  • 1993 Fontaine Y. Draper
  • 1994 Frederick H. Wandelt, III
  • 1995 Donald Saluta
  • 1996 Maud Chang
  • 1997 Frank Stephenson
  • 1998 Judith S. Beams
  • 1999 Mary Louise Leipheimer
  • 2000 Don Smith
  • 2002 Lanier Watson
  • 2003 Neville Lake
  • 2004 Stephen Blanchard
  • 2005 Faith Howland
  • 2006 Rochelle M. Dorfler
  • 2007 Steve Ruzicka
  • 2008 A. Randol “Randie” Benedict
  • 2009 Francis M. Ryan
  • 2010 Tom Sheppard
  • 2011 Christine H. Baker
  • 2012 Lynne Palmer
  • 2013 Diane Dunning
  • 2014 Ray Diffley
  • 2015 Tommy Adams
  • 2016 Peter Gilbert
  • 2017 MacGregor Robinson 
  • 2018 Dennis Facciolo

Everett E. Gourley Award

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.

  • 1991 Everett E. Gourley
  • 1992 Charles W. Sikoryak
  • 1993 Allan and Janet Hilton
  • 1994 Eleanor Macneale Elkinton
  • 1995 John Harrington
  • 1996 Virginia M. DeVeer
  • 1997 Barbara Priscus
  • 1998 Steven C. White
  • 1999 Robert G. Bullard, Jr.
  • 2000 Paul R. Mahoney
  • 2002 Monique DeVane
  • 2003 Ronald Sobel
  • 2004 Lilia N. Carey
  • 2005 Mary Will Thomas
  • 2006 Leo G. Marshall
  • 2007 Catherine Washburn
  • 2008 Claude Anderson
  • 2009 Melanie Williams
  • 2010 Peter Bordonaro
  • 2011 Marjorie Mitchell
  • 2012 Sandra Timmons
  • 2013 Christopher R. Tompkins
  • 2014 Betsy Hata
  • 2015 Reveta Bowers
  • 2016 Kathy Mitchell O'Neal
  • 2017 Camille Bertram 
  • 2018 David Baker

Hull Maynard Presidential Award

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.

  • 1997 Gardner Dunnan
  • 1999 Alice Jackson
  • 2003 Edward Young
  • 2009 Thomas Southworth