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Strategic Advisory Committee

The Following K-12 leaders make up the Strategic Advisory Committee for  The primary purpose of the Strategic Advisory Committee is to ensure that  is a powerful leadership resource for superintendents and superintendent-aspirants.  Advisory Committee members propose blog topics, share their leadership experience via interviews and podcasts, and contribute blog posts.  Strategic Advisory Committee members are not accountable for opinions expressed in blog posts.

Gary Amoroso, Executive Director

Minnesota Association of School Administrators

St. Paul, Minnesota

Gary has been Executive Director of MASA since 2011.  Over the course of his educational career, Gary has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of educational services and human resources, and – for 15 years – superintendent.  He served as MASA’s President in 2009-2010 and as an adjunct professor in Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University – Mankato.

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Rosa S. Atkins


Charlottesville City Schools (Virginia)

During Dr. Atkins’ tenure, the Charlottesville City Schools has become one of the top performing school divisions in Virginia, with a graduation completion index of 89 percent.  In 2011, she was named Region V Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) and Superintendent of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In 2013, Virginia State University named her Alumnus of the Year for Professional Education.  She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer and President-Elect of the VASS Board of Directors.

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Ithaca City School District (New York)

Luvelle Brown has served as Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District since January 2011.  Prior to taking the helm in the Ithaca Schools, he served as a school CIO, Executive Director of the Division of School Improvement, and as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  Luvelle was recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20 To Watch” and was a featured speaker at President Obama’s first National Superintendent Summit at the White House.

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Teton County School District #1 (Wyoming)

Gillian took the helm at the Teton County School District on July 2, 2015.  She had previously served as associate superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas, where she oversaw eleven secondary schools.   In addition to her role in the Shawnee Mission Schools, Gillian served as an instructor and designed curricula for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the university of Saint Mary.

Terrance Dougherty, Superintendent

Hancock Central School District

Hancock, New York

Before taking the helm at the Hancock Central School District in 2002, Terry served as a middle school social studies teacher at All Saints Academy in Corning and then proceeded to teach high school Global Studies and American History at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY prior to transitioning to the High School Principal position at Groton Central School in 1998.  He has been an adjunct professor for SUNY Cortland and is on the faculty of the Transition to the Superintendency Program (TSP). He frequently presents for the Superintendent Development Program (SDP), Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents Workshops, and the Association for School Business Officials (ASBO) School Business Official Leadership Academy.


Jeff Dillon, Superintendent

Wilder School District

Wilder, Idaho

Jeff is both Superintendent of Schools and Elementary Principal in the Wilder Schools.  On his watch, the Wilder Schools has been identified as an Apple ConnectED district, which has resulted in a commercial upgrade in technology infrastructure, professional development for all staff, and  iPads for all students.  Jeff chairs the Legislative Priorities Committee of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and is a member of AASA’s Personalized Learning Cohort and the Rural Superintendents Steering Committee.

Talisa Dixon, Superintendent

Columbus City Schools

Columbus, Ohio

Before taking the helm at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools, Talisa served as Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning in the Saginaw Public Schools, as a principal in the Columbus (Ohio) City Schools, and as an assistant principal in the Akron City Schools.  She currently serves on the Cleveland Metro American Heart Association Board of Directors and on the Governing Board and Executive Committee for the Minority Student Achievement Network

Susan Enfield, Superintendent

Highline Public Schools

Burien, Washington

A former high school teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for the Seattle Public Schools before joining Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in the Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), the Portland Public Schools (Oregon) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Jose Espinoza, Superintendent

Socorro Independent School District

El Paso, Texas

Before taking the helm at the Socorro ISD, Jose served as a campus and district administrator in the Houston ISD.  He is one of the first superintendents in the country and the first in Texas to earn National Superintendent Certification through AASA..  Jose led Socorro ISD in earning recognition as a 2016 HEB Excellence in Education Award Finalist, and he was named the 2009 North Region Houston ISD Secondary Principal of the Year and the 2010 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Educator of the Year. 

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Alexandria City Public Schools

Alexandria, Virginia

Gregory Hutchings was named Superintendent of the Shaker Heights Schools in August 2013.  Before coming to Shaker Heights, he was Director of PreK-12 intiatives for the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.  In this capacity, he made instructional decisions for all middle schools and oversaw implementation of new curricula.  Greg also held leadership roles in the public school systems in Manassas, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2009 he was named Tennessee middle school Principal of the year.

Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent

Rockville Public Schools

Rockford, Illinois

Ehren has been at the helm of the Rockford Public Schools for the past seven years.  He  serves on the Northern Illinois University Alumni Board and is a member of the Alignment Rockford Governing Board, the Discovery Center Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. In addition to membership on the Ford NGL Leadership Council and its Superintendents’ Council, Ehren is the vice president of the Board of Directors for the Large Unit District Association, which serves 51 percent of Illinois students.

michael-lubelfeldMichael Lubelfeld, Superintendent

Deerfield Public School District 109

Deerfield, Illinois

Michael Lubelfeld has served as a public school superintendent in suburban Chicago, Illinois since 2010. On July 1, 2013, he was appointed superintendent of the Deerfield Schools. His 25-year educational career has included serving as an assistant superintendent, a principal, and middle school teacher. Mike is the co-moderator of the Twitter chat  #suptchat with Nick Polyak, and he and Polyak co-authored the book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Rowman-Littlefield Publishers).

Bryan Luizzi, Superintendent

New Canaan Public Schools


Before being appointed Superintendent of the New Canaan Public Schools in 2014, Bryan served as principal of New Canaan High School.  Prior to joining the New Canaan system, he served as an English teacher and manager of technology operations for the Newtown Public Schools and as principal of Brookfield High School in the Brookfield Public School District.  In 2007, the Connecticut Association of Schools named Bryan Outstanding First Year High School Principal.


Khalid Mumin


Reading School District (Pennsylvania)

Before taking the helm at the Reading School District, Khalid served as Superintendent of the Caroline County Public Schools (Maryland) and Director of Secondary Education in the Centennial School District in Pennsylvania.  His 20-year career in public education has also included serving as a middle school principal and assistant principal, dean of students, and classroom teacher.

Steve Murley, Superintendent

Iowa City Community School District

Iowa City, Iowa

Prior to taking the helm in the Iowa City Community School District in 2010, Steve held various positions in the Wausau School District (WI), the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WI), and the Neenah Joint School District (WI).   He has also been active as a graduate school faculty member, having taught at the University of Iowa in the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department and at the University of Wisconsin – Superior in the College of Education.

Gina Patterson, Executive Director

Virginia School Boards Association

Charlottesville, Virginia

Before taking the helm at VSBA, Gina served as Deputy and Assistant Executive Director and Director of Membership Services.  On her watch at VSBA, task forces have been launched to address schools in challenging environments, virtual learning and workforce readiness. Gina has served as Chair of the National Association of Superintendent Searchers (NASS)

dr. polyakNick Polyak, Superintendent

Leyden Community High School District #212

Franklin Park, Illinois

Nick began his educational career as a high school math teacher in Lincoln-Way High School District #212, where he served as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Director of Instruction and Staff Development.  He was Superintendent of Illinois Valley Central School District for four years before taking the helm at Leyden Community High School District #212.  Past president of two chambers of commerce, Nick also served for four years as a school board member in Manhattan School District 114.

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Executive Director

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education

Robert Rader became the Executive Director of CABE in 1996, having held a variety of executive positions in the New York State School Boards Association for 15 years.  One of the primary authors of NSBA’s “Leadership For State School Boards Associations,” Bob is Past Chairman of the NSBA’s Liaison Committee, which represents all state association executive directors in working with NSBA.  In 2008, Bob received the Executive of the Year Award from the Connecticut Society of Association Executives.

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Shenendehowa Central School District

Clifton Park, New York

Oliver served as superintendent of the Mohonasen Central School District in New York before taking the helm at the Shenendehowa Central School District.  Named New York Superintendent of the Year in 2013, he has been actively involved in various professional associations and community-related groups, serving on the National Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators and on the Board of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System.

David Schuler, Superintendent

Township High School District 214

Arlington Heights, Illinois

Since David Schuler took the helm of the second largest high school district in Illinois, District 214 students have earned more than 600 career certifications in such areas as computer programming, manufacturing, and healthcare.  While serving as President of AASA during 2015-16, he launched Redefining Ready!, a national campaign introducing multiple research-based metrics demonstrating post-secondary readiness.  Dave currently serves as Head Teacher of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy.

Mort Sherman

Associate Executive Director

American Association of School Administrators

Before joining AASA, Mort served as Superintendent of the Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Schools, the South Orangetown Central School District (New York) and the Alexandria City (Virginia) Public Schools.    He has chaired a New Jersey state committee on teacher leadership and has been a member of the National Superintendents Roundtable, Public Schools for Tomorrow, the Minority Student Achievement Network, and Suburban Schools Superintendents.  Mort received the 2012  American School Board Journal First-place Magna Award and served as a university fellow at Lehigh University.

Amy Sichel, Superintendent

Abington School District

Abington, PA


Prior to becoming Superintendent, Amy served in a number of positions in the Abington School District, including Assistant Superintendent and Director of Pupil Services. She served as President of both AASA and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and is Lead Superintendent Educator for curriculum and professional development  for AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program.

Aaron Spence, Superintendent

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Prior to taking the helm at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Aaron served as superintendent of the Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina and as Chief High School Officer in the Houston(Texas) Independent School District.   He began his educational career in Virginia as a French and photojournalism teacher, and before leaving Virginia served as an assistant principal and principal in the Henrico County Public Schools and as chief academic officer and director of curriculum and instruction for the Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Chris Wigent, Executive Director

Michigan Association of School Administrators

Lansing, Michigan

Before joining MASA as Executive Director in 2015, Chris served as superintendent of a number of public school districts, including the Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, the Calhoun Intermediate School District, and Olivet Community Schools. Prior posts over the course of his 30-plus years in public education include high school principal and assistant principal and classroom teacher, and he has served on numerous community boards.

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