2016 Leadership Development Institute
Allen Broyles
Assistant Head / Middle School Principal
The Howard School

Allen Broyles is the assistant head of The Howard School, a K-12 school for students with language-based learning differences. With 24 years of experience at all levels of independent school education, he has held positions in teaching and administration, and has directed programs in technology, music, math, and outdoor education. Allen serves on the national board of directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and has presented and consulted on the topics of brain research, math, and differentiation at regional and international conferences and schools, as well as for SAIS. He holds a B.A. in music and French from Emory University and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Georgia State University.
Christie Holman
Chief Financial Officer
The Walker School

Christie has served as chief financial officer at The Walker School in Marietta, GA, since 2009 where she is responsible for budgeting and accounting, human resources, risk management, facilities, and technology. During her tenure at Walker, Christie has served on several SAIS accreditation teams. Prior to her service at Walker, Christie served as director of finance at The Schenck School in Atlanta for six years. She began her career at one of Atlanta’s largest local CPA firms, Bennett Thrasher P.C. where she worked in the firm’s audit practice. Christie has a B.B.A. in accounting from Clayton College & State University and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.
Damian Kavanagh
Vice President, Accreditation & Membership

Damian joined the SAIS staff in July 2010. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in Latin literature from the University of Georgia and an Ed.S. from Kennesaw State University. After 15 years at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta teaching, coaching, running a variety of profit center programs, and serving in administrative capacities, he served as head of Cambridge Academy in South Carolina. He was a founding board member of the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA) where he was both treasurer and president. He has the distinction of having been named both a Georgia lacrosse coach of the year and a Georgia lacrosse official of the year. He has been inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame, the state U.S. Lacrosse Chapter. He is a regular volunteer reader in numerous classrooms in the Atlanta area, a barbecue enthusiast, and an ice cream fanatic.
Lowrie McCown
Associate Head of School
King's Ridge Christian School

Lowrie McCown has vast experience leading non-profit organizations with operations in over 150 countries. His success has been characterized by his ability to transform organizations and take them to the next level through strong leadership and partnerships, program development, and strategic marketing. He has proven track record as a global problem-solver, and efficient manager. He is known as an empowering leader, team builder, and trusted mentor. Lowrie has served as associate head at King’s Ridge Christian School since 2010. He actively models what it looks like to be a self-directed learner, self-aware leader, and self-confident servant.
Linda McNay
Our Fundraising Search

Author of Fundraising for Schools: 8 Keys to Success Every Head of School Should Know, and Fundraising for Museums: 8 Keys to Success Every Museum Leader Should Know, a regular speaker and presenter at workshops and conferences, Linda Wise McNay is an independent fundraising consultant with Our Fundraising Search in Atlanta.

Linda has just completed her 10th year of consulting and has served more than 100 clients. Linda’s nonprofit background includes work with both higher and secondary education, the arts and many faith-based, human service organizations. Her experience extends to capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving, membership and development search.
Kirk Walker

Dr. Kirk Walker currently serves as president of SAIS. He is a graduate of McCallie School, was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. He has taught at the middle, high school, and college levels. He served as a supervisor of instruction (Ft. Campbell, KY) and as head of Bright School (Chattanooga, TN), Ensworth School (Nashville, TN), and McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN). Most recently he served as interim president of the Webb School of Knoxville. He has served as board chair of TAIS and SAIS.
Kristin Watts
Director of Admissions
Trinity School of Atlanta

Kristin has worked in the admissions field for 21 years, most recently as director of admissions for Trinity School, an elementary school that serves three-year-olds through 6th graders in Atlanta. Previously, she served as director of enrollment management at University Lake School (WI) and senior assistant director of admissions at Wabash College (IN). She holds a B.A. in Spanish literature from The Catholic University of America and an M.A. in human resource development from Siena Heights University. Kristin is former chair of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools’ admission group and has served on several SAIS accreditation teams.