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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.

G Amoroso 2016Gary 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.


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.


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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Shaker Heights Schools (Ohio)

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.

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).


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.

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)

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Ponca City Public Schools (Oklahoma)

Before becoming Superintendent of the Ponca City Public Schools, David served as Superintendent of the Blackwell Public Schools.  During his 38 years in public education, he was also an assistant superintendent, athletic director, basketball coach and classroom teacher. David is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of School Administrators, and he served as President of the Oklahoma Commission on Educational Leadership.

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 od 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.

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Northwest Independent School District (Texas)

Karen Rue was named Superintendent of the Northwest Independent School District in July 2005.  Prior to taking the helm at Northwest ISD, Karen served as Superintendent of the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District and Executive Director of the Katy Independent School District – both in Texas.  She was recently named the Region XI Superintendent of the Year and was selected as one of the nation’s top 50 Innovators in education by the Center for Digital Education.

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.

Sherman picture webreadyMort 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.

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Sand Springs Public Schools (Oklahoma)

Lloyd Snow, who has served as superintendent of four Oklahoma districts over the past 37 years, currently heads the Sand Springs Public Schools.  A member of the 1994 Class of Leadership Oklahoma, Lloyd was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year, 1996-1997.  His long career in public education goes back to 1973, when he became a teacher in the Western Heights Public Schools on the southwest side of Oklahoma City.

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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.

Devin Vodicka, Superintendent

Vista Unified School District

Vista, California

Prior to taking the helm at Vista USD, Devin served as a classroom teacher, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and chief business officer.  He was recognized as the California Superintendent of the Year by AASA and 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the California Association of School Administrators.  An Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow, Devin was one of only 30 superintendent from around the country who participated in the Superintendents’ Technical Working Group in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

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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Doug Eadie

President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, Inc., Doug Eadie assists superintendents in building rock-solid partnerships with their school boards.
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