Meet the Office

Meet the IMS Admissions Office

Heather Eckert- Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management, Director of Admissions

Heather Eckert joined the IMS community in the summer of 2016 with past independent school experience that includes serving as a faculty member at The Hotchkiss School, Blair Academy, and the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) in Italy.

A graduate of Loomis Chaffee, Heather earned a B.A. in history from Williams College and an M.S.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Following Williams, Heather taught 6th grade mathematics and science and 8th grade mathematics and English at AOSR and then resided in New York City and Boston for six years, holding positions in public relations and communications, corporate strategic planning and marketing, portfolio management, and accounting. 

Returning to the field of education in 2006, Heather served as the Director of Financial Aid and Associate Dean of Admission at Blair Academy for eight years where she was also a dorm head, the head girls’ track coach, and a class academic dean for four years. Most recently, Heather was the Director of Admission Operations at The Hotchkiss School. In addition to her admission work at Hotchkiss, Heather’s responsibilities included running a dormitory of 74 girls, coaching the hurdlers on the track team, and serving as a faculty advisor.

Charles Brown – Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid

In the fall of 2018, Charles returned to the IMS Admissions Office after a five year hiatus. Previously at IMS, Charles served as Dean of Faculty, English teacher, three sport coach, dorm parent in Upper Doolittle and Stockton, and the Associate Director of Admissions.

After leaving IMS in 2008, Charles taught middle school English and history and was Director of the Men’s Mentoring Program at The Children’s Storefront in Harlem, NY. After his time in Harlem, Charles served as the Associate Director of Admission at Westtown School in West Chester, PA. Most recently, Charles spent four years teaching middle school humanities at The Kildonan School in neighboring Amenia, NY. He received a M.S. Ed. in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Charles, his wife Lisa, and their three daughters Gates ’29, Charley ’32, and Barrett ’33 live in Salisbury.

In addition to his role in admissions, Charles also serves as the Director of Financial Aid, 7th Grade Class Dean, and is a JV hockey and lacrosse coach.

Sam Decock – Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Marketing

Sam joined the IMS community in 2010 and serves as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Marketing. Sam graduated from Wesleyan University in 2010 with a B.A. in Classical Civilizations. In his past roles at IMS, he has taught Latin, coached hockey and soccer, and worked as a dorm parent. He lives in West Hall with his wife Tracy, his son Tyler, daughter Annie, and their dogs.

Ruth Collier – Admissions Associate, Travel Coordinator

Ruth joined the admissions team at IMS in 2001. In addition to her work in the admissions office, she is also the Travel Coordinator for the Residential Life Department. When not in the office, Ruth enjoys hiking with her dog, playing tennis, reading, and traveling.