Laura Jo Hawk ’83 named vice president of institutional advancement

Laura Jo (Marcinkoski ’83) Hawk joins the Hoban leadership team as vice president of institutional advancement as of July 7. Hawk will lead the advancement office and all development and fundraising efforts, including endowment growth, the Hoban Fund, capital campaigns and Extravaganza. She will also oversee marketing, branding and communications.

Hawk is a veteran nonprofit fundraising professional with nearly two decades of experience leading the philanthropic efforts of several major northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations, including Coleman Professional Services, the Akron General Foundation, the Mercy Medical Center Development Foundation, and the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation. She comes to Hoban from Coleman Professional Services, where she has served as Chief Officer of Resource Development and Marketing. At Coleman, she led the fundraising and communications strategies to drive business referrals, recruit employees and volunteers and helped raise more than $7 million in private philanthropic and government funding.

Hawk holds a master’s degree in Business Management from Walsh University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, and has achieved certification in fundraising management from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. Shw is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Ohio chapter, a cabinet member for Leave a Legacy Summit, Portage and Medina counties, a past board member of the Ohio Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and a graduate of Leadership Stark County’s 22nd Signature Class.

A native of Uniontown, Ohio, Hawk Jo is one of six Marcinkoski siblings to have graduated from Hoban.  Her father, the late Paul R. Marcinkoski, served on the Hoban board and helped steward much of the recent campus building efforts. Hawk looks forward to continuing her family’s legacy and service to Hoban in this new role. 

“I feel I’ve been preparing for this opportunity for my entire life," Hawk said. "I look forward to using my experiences as a nonprofit fundraising executive to help others discover the joy of philanthropic giving while furthering the mission of Hoban.”

Hawk and her husband Tony live in Portage Lakes. Their son, Austin, is a 2016 graduate of Hoban. She has been a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales since 1992.

"As we welcome Laura Jo, I want to again express my gratitude to Michael Del Medico ’73 for serving the Hoban community for nearly 10 years," President Tom Curry said. "During his tenure, he helped bring to fruition a building expansion that included the construction of the Didado Family Health and Fitness Center and renovations to the athletic complex, the Maynard Family Center for Spiritual Formation, including Holy Cross Chapel and Moreau Ministry Center, the Holy Cross Room, the McCool Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Studies, and the Asente and Scala Families Innovation Center. He has also been instrumental in planning and fundraising for the upcoming construction of the CREATE Studios and golf training facility. We are grateful for his hard work and love for his alma mater."