Director of Athletics
Head Coach, Varsity Field Hockey
Traci Davis was named GFS Athletic Director in July 2005. She has been an outstanding member of this department since 1998. Traci was the Varsity Lacrosse Coach from 1999-2005 and she has coached the Varsity Field Hockey Team since 2000. The hockey team has been the IAAM A-Conference Division Champions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. They have won the IAAM Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Prior to coming to Garrison Forest, Traci taught and coached at St. Paul's School for Girls and Roland Park Country School. Traci received a B.S. from Ursinus College and a M.S.W. from the University of Maryland. Her extensive athletic resume includes: being a member of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse team for 10 years; an All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse at Ursinus College; a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame; and a member of the field hockey team at the U.S. Field Hockey Olympic Festival in both 1981 and 1982.
Assistant Athletic Director
Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse
Prior to joining Garrison Forest School in 2012, Emily Franke was the Girls Program Director for the Sentry Lacrosse Club in Dallas, Texas. While in Texas, Ms. Franke also coached Junior Varsity and Varsity Lacrosse for Highland Park High School and conducted daily private lessons and monthly skill clinics for female youth players.
Head of Sports Medicine
Emily attended Towson High School in Baltimore, where she was a three-sport all-varsity athlete (Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse). She continued her studies and lacrosse career at Vanderbilt University from 2007-2011. At Vanderbilt, Emily majored in Human Organizational Development- Health & Human Services. She made Dean’s List in 2009, SEC Academic Honor roll 2009, 2010 and 2011, and was declared Vanderbilt University’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2011. At Garrison Forest Emily assists with all Athletic Department responsibilities and coaches Varsity Lacrosse.
Before coming to GFS in 1999, Barbara Doy, a certified Athletic Trainer, worked at Union Memorial Hospital, Old Dominion University, and Salisbury State. In addition to working one-on-one with student athletes, she mentors the GFS student trainers. She and husband David live on campus with their four children and are part of the School's residential faculty.
Director of External Programs and Campus Use
Melissa Gomes joined Garrison Forest School in 2012 after she graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management from Towson University in 2011. At Towson, Ms. Gomes was a member of the women’s soccer team for four years, where she was a captain for her senior year. Currently, she is working to finish her Master’s in Business Administration from Towson University. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, running, traveling and reading.
Physical Education Staff
Leigh McDonald Hall '81
Physical Education Teacher
Coach, Varsity Field Hockey
A 1981 graduate of Garrison Forest, Leigh McDonald Hall earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. A stellar athlete (and artist and vocalist) while at GFS, she also played field hockey and lacrosse in college during which her teams won three All-Ivy League Championships. She was elected to the All-Ivy League Lacrosse Team for four years and the All Ivy League Field Hockey Team her senior year. After a career in nursing, Leigh began coaching at GFS in 1996. She has coached girls from Lower School to Upper School in both field hockey and lacrosse. Leigh has also been involved with inner city girls’ lacrosse in Baltimore City since 2001 and ran the Pacas’ Lacrosse Program for elementary and middle school girls for seven years--the only inner-city girls’ lacrosse program in Baltimore. Leigh was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U. S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005, the same year she received the U. S. Lacrosse Regions Council Commitment Award. In 2003, she received the Nancy Grasmick Excellence for Minority Achievement Chair Award in 2003.
Coach, Varsity Tennis and Varsity Badminton
Coach, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Lacrosse
Karen Mallonee has taught Middle School physical education and has coached at Garrison Forest School since 1978. Mallonee has coached Field Hockey, Basketball, Soccer and Lacrosse in the Upper School and/or Middle School. A former standout athlete at The Park School and Towson State College (now Towson University), Mallonee was elected to the Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000. For 29 years, she directed the Metro Summer Lacrosse League, which she and husband Stephen "Lucky" Mallonee founded in 1980.
Chair, Physical Education Department
Kim Marlor has taught and coached at GFS since 1986 and has served as president of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM), the GFS league. Under her leadership, our Tennis teams have won four Varsity and five Junior Varsity League Championships, 10 individual and eight team championships, and have had 24 players named All-Stars by the IAAM and by The Baltimore Sun. In Badminton, Kim's teams have won five team and five individual championships and have had 19 players named All-Stars. She has been a faculty member in our residential program since 1988. Kim was named Garrison Forest's Distinguished Teacher in 2004.
Physical Education Teacher
Coach, Junior Varsity Field Hockey and Middle School Lacrosse
Athletics Outreach Coordinator
Suzanne Rossi teaches Physical Education in the Lower Division and coaches Junior Varsity field hockey and Middle School lacrosse. Prior to joining GFS in 2005, Suzanne, a mother of four, was a stay-at-home mom. During this time she coached lacrosse in the Lower School at St. Paul's and is currently the Commissioner of Cockeysville Field Hockey. Suzanne also has worked as the Director of Admissions at both the Institute of Notre Dame and Maryvale.
Physical Education Teacher
Coach, Middle School Soccer
Laura Cline joined Garrison Forest in 2011 and teaches Physical Education for the Lower Division. Ms. Cline works with students from Threes through First Grade. She also coaches Middle School soccer for GFS. Ms. Cline received a M.S. from McDaniel College in Education with a specialization in P-12 Physical Education. Before joining the GFS faculty, she was a personal trainer at Brick Bodies Health Club for five years and a member and captain of McDaniel's women's soccer team.
For bios on our Riding and Polo staff and coaches, see the Riding