2019 SAIS Annual Conference
 
Deborah Ausburn
Partner
Taylor English Duma LLP

Debbie Ausburn has worked with private schools and youth organizations for more than 30 years. She graduated with a degree in education, and worked as a teacher, social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and civil litigation attorney. She has volunteered with and defended youth-serving organizations throughout the United States in matters ranging from minor injuries to sexual abuse. She assists with internal investigations and advises clients about child protection policies.
 
Palmer Ball
Executive Director
PAIS

Palmer Ball formed Palmer Ball Consulting, LLC, in 2016, as she embarked on a new career as a consultant specializing in project work for independent school financial operations. In addition to her consulting work, she was an adjunct faculty member of the independent school finance graduate class at the Klingenstein Institute at Columbia University in New York City. Before starting her consulting career, Ball served as business manager at Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina for 21 years. Prior to that, she was vice president for business and finance at Converse College, her alma mater, for four years, following three years in the development office. Ball was the recipient of NBOA’s prestigious Ken White Award in 2015, served two terms on the NBOA Board of Directors, and was elected to the Association of Business Officers of Independent Schools (ABOIS) in 2008. Ball earned her bachelor’s in biology from Converse College and an M.B.A. in accounting from the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.
 
Scott Barron
Chief Reinvention Officer
School Growth

Scott Barron is the founder and chief reinvention officer of School Growth, an Atlanta-based education strategy company. Scott’s business success springs from a passion for education, technology, and entrepreneurship. Following advanced technology research at Princeton University, he started an early Internet services company that was later merged and acquired by larger tech businesses. With an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University, he spent 14 years as a school chief administrator, working with boards, faculty, parents, donors, and community stakeholders, to create a culture of collaboration, data analysis, and innovation. He is the author of The Yabwi Tree which encourages an entrepreneurial mindset for those ages 8 to 88.
 
Tammy Barron
President
School Growth

Tammy Barron has a multifaceted background that reflects her broad range of expertise. Following her studies in chemical engineering and journalism, she completed an interdisciplinary degree program and began her career in education. She has a distinct passion for learning, teaching, and improving. After serving as a teacher at multiple levels for ten years, Barron took on the challenge of building the brand and enrollment for a large private school. She developed the processes for growth, built a high performing team, coordinated marketing plans, refined the brand, and achieved the multimillion dollar revenue goals every year. Operational excellence and data intelligence are the two primary contributions Barron makes to the School Growth team. She is uniquely talented at defining and executing optimal workflows, anticipating the needs of clients, giving direction and feedback, and extracting key decision points from the databases that School Growth is constantly building and curating.
 
Kay Betts
President & Founder
Bettstrategic Group

Kay Betts founded Bettstrategic Group in 2010 as an affordable response to questions and challenges that arose during her years as a head of school. Kay's career has been defined by excellent independent schools. She most recently served as an interim head of school at Athens Academy in Athens, GA. She also served as head of school for The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, academic dean at Marist School in Atlanta, GA, and as a teacher and department chair at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, TN. Her current practice is national in scope, focusing on board and administrative leadership, strategic thinking and metrics development, and demographic studies. She holds a master's degree in educational leadership from Bank Street College in New York.
 
Suzanne Bogdan
Managing Partner
Fisher Phillips

Suzanne Bogdan is the managing partner in the Fisher Phillips’ Fort Lauderdale office. Bogdan is also the chair of the firm's Education Practice Group, representing hundreds of private educational institutions nationwide in employee, student, and board issues. She is a frequent presenter to educational associations on all aspects of employment law and risk management in the employment context and also works with many accrediting agencies and school associations.
 
Michelle Bostian
Head of Counseling
Greensboro Day School

Michelle Bostian, leadership coach and consultant, has deep experience in advocacy, counseling, leadership development, program development, and professional coaching. She is the head of counseling and dean of student affairs at Greensboro Day School. Bostian is an active volunteer, serving as the president of the board of directors for Mental Health Greensboro and is a founding member of a national nonprofit concerned with the quality of character/SEL education in North America, Heart of Character. She has a master's in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a licensed clinical social worker, International Coaching Federation certified coach, and board certified coach.
 
Joanne Brown
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Pace Academy

Joanne Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in psychology. She also has a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia having practiced law in metro Atlanta as a civil litigator for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the director of diversity & inclusion at Pace Academy located in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that role, Brown spent several years doing admissions work as associate director of admissions for middle and upper school at Pace and as the director of admissions at Heritage Preparatory School, also located in Atlanta.
 
Allen Broyles
Assistant Head
The Children's School

Allen Broyles is the assistant head of school at The Children’s School in Atlanta. With 26 years of experience in independent school education, he has held positions that include administration at the lower, middle, and school-wide levels, teaching positions at the lower, middle, and upper school levels, director of technology initiatives, music and math instruction, and outdoor education. Over the last three years, Broyles has overseen the reframing of the middle grades program into a community facing, justice oriented experience for adolescents that focuses on engagement, empathy, and equity. He holds an M.Ed. in educational leadership with an undergraduate degree in music and French.
 
Peggy Campbell-Rush
Head of Lower School
The Bolles School

Peggy Campbell-Rush is the head of lower school at The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida. Campbell-Rush has taught primary grades and has been an administrator for more than 42 years in both the United States and England. She has sailed around the world twice studying global education. Campbell-Rush has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow and two-time National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist, USA Today All-American Teacher Team award, two-time New Jersey Teacher of the Year finalist, and named Wal-Mart Teacher of Year twice. She was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the US Government, helping schools around the world with education projects. She is the author of seven professional books and is currently working on her eighth book about executive functioning.
 
Donna Caudell
Assistant Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Truett McConnell University

Donna Caudell serves TMU as an assistant professor of psychology and behavioral sciences. An alumna of Bob Jones University, she began her career teaching high school and middle school. Upon completion of her master’s degree in guidance and counseling at the University of Georgia, Caudell embarked on a 24-year career as a professional school counselor. Her specialist and doctorate degrees were earned at Liberty University. Caudell's teaching interests include human development, general psychological ideologies, and the amalgamation of Christian principles and psychology. Her primary research interests are in the fields of education and adolescence. 
 
Josh Clark
Head of School
The Schenck School

Following five years as head of school at the Bodine School in Memphis, TN, Josh Clark began serving as head of school for The Schenck School in Atlanta in 2016. Clark currently serves on the board of SAIS and the International Dyslexia Association. He is also an expert contributor for Made By Dyslexia. Clark holds a bachelor's in secondary education from Indiana University and a master's in American literature from Sewanee, The University of the South.
 
Mike Cobb
Head of School
All Saints Episcopal School

Mike Cobb is an international speaker and consultant in school design, change leadership, pedagogical ponderings, innovative practices, and frugal campus development. Mike has served schools as a teacher, coach, division head, admissions director, and head of school for over 25 years. Mike is a 2009 Vanderbilt University Peabody Fellow, holds an M.Ed. from Cambridge College, and additional degrees from the University of North Texas. With a passion for student engagement and authentic learning, he currently serves as the head of All Saints Episcopal School, a 3K-12 school of 650 in Tyler, TX. The school has received national recognition for innovative learning and leadership with Mike at the helm. All Saints has created renowned, innovative learning spaces and progressive programs that emphasize authentic learning and student agency. The design and implementation of ground-breaking spaces like the Collaboratory, Center for Innovation, Learning Farm, STEM Zone, Outdoor Learning Center, Science Explorium, and more demonstrate the very best of active learning.
 
Susan Davis
Professional Development Director
ATLIS

Susan Davis has been harnessing technology to hack education at universities and at independent schools for more than three decades. Following her MFA from George Mason University in creative writing, she earned a certificate in educational technology leadership from Goucher College.  Davis has married learning to technological innovations ever since, blogging for Getting Smart and presenting at conferences, serving as an online teacher, social media consultant, and virtual coach, and providing independent consulting on how to support best practices for innovative classrooms with constantly evolving digital tools. Now at ATLIS, Davis has turned her attentions to creating best-practice professional development programs, including expanding ATLIS webinar series, designing digital courses, and developing face-to-face offerings to meet the evolving technology needs of educators and leaders in independent schools.
 
Dana Edwards
CMO & Partner
SimpsonScarborough
 
Tim Fish
Chief Innovation Officer
NAIS

Tim Fish is the chief innovation officer at NAIS. Before joining NAIS in 2016, Tim was the associate head of McDonogh School. In his role at NAIS, Tim is leading the strategy lab team in an effort to support strategic progress. This team develops deep partnerships with member schools to co-create tools and frameworks that build capacity for the design and implementation of demand-side innovation. Tim also oversees data, application development, and information technology. He was also the founding president/CEO of FolioCollaborative, a global nonprofit community of more than 175 schools focused on building a flexible faculty/staff development process that is grounded in strong relationships and meaningful conversations. Tim is also the co-author of the book Leadership and Technology at Independent Schools. He started his career as a 4th-grade teacher and has served as a founder, board member, and consultant for a variety of education and technology-related schools, organizations, and companies. He is currently serving on the boards of Viewpoint School, the Enrollment Management Association, and One Schoolhouse as well as chairing FolioCollaborative's board.
 
Oman Frame
Coordinator of Inclusion & Equity
The Paideia School

Oman Frame has 24 years of experience in teaching and diversity leadership. Frame has conducted workshops at the NAIS People of Color conference, the National Middle School Association Conference, and SAIS. He creates curriculum that helps students understand the effects of oppression on underserved communities and inspires commitment to social justice. Frame is currently the coordinator of equity and inclusion at the Paideia School. He also teaches intro to sociology in the high school. In the junior high, he co-developed a highly successful race, class, and gender curriculum template for junior high students. Frame is also active in coordinating Race Day, an annual full-day program that gives voice to the unique experiences of students of color at independent schools, and Gender Day, a day of focus on the struggle for gender equity. Recently, Frame co-authored Let's Get Real: Exploring Race, Class and Gender in the Classroom, a text that gives life and direction to curriculum rooted in social justice.
 
Jill Goodman
Owner & Founder
Jill Goodman Consulting

Jill Goodman is an executive mentor and strategist with a diverse range of skills across the nonprofit and educational sectors. With over 20 years of experience in developing high-level strategy, executing and growing core programs to forward the mission of numerous independent schools and organizations, Goodman's intense listening skills have helped her develop a reputation for providing exceptional, solution-oriented results. She has a 360-degree understanding of the nonprofit world – she has served as an administrator, staff member, grant maker, trustee, and volunteer.
 
Melissa Grand
Of Counsel
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Melissa Grand has extensive experience representing independent schools and other educational institutions in all aspects of education law. As founder and co-chair of McGlinchey Stafford's Education Law Practice Group, Grand has significant experience defending educational institutions in a variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts. She is well-versed in ethics laws and advises her education clients on open meetings laws and board policies, best practices, handbooks, and manuals. Her experience also extends to special education and discipline issues. Grand advises her school clients in a variety of complex contract negotiations and real estate transactions, as well as issues including student handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, student privacy, discipline, student/technology issues, student records, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
 
Courtney Haindel
Customer Relationship Manager
FACTS Management

Courtney Haindel is a career educator, with 17 years of experience in faith based schools. She began her career as an English teacher at a Catholic grammar school, then moved into administration first as a high school assistant principal, then as director of marketing and enrollment at two large FACTS schools in Louisiana. She holds her bachelor's in English, M.Ed. in educational administration and is a certified admissions and enrollment professional (CAEP). At FACTS since June of 2018, Courtney primarily stewards SIS diocesan partnerships and client relationships on the Western side of the United States. Her passion is keeping up with best practices in school marketing and enrollment management in order to keep faith based schools vibrant and sustainable. 
 
Mark Hale
Executive Coach & Consultant

Mark Hale has over 43 years of experience in independent school education. He was a head of school for 37 years, working in K-6, P-8, and P-12 schools as well as a faith-based school. Hale has served on the board of several organizations, including SAIS, and currently serves as president of NCAIS. He has expertise in admission, advancement, curriculum, leadership development, and leadership coaching. Hale also has experience in leading DEI initiatives, financial operations, building construction and renovation, and working with boards of trustees.
 
Lorraine Harbour
Regional Sales Director
SchoolAdmin

Lorraine Harbour is the sales director covering the Southeast United States for SchoolAdmin. Harbour has spent over 20 years working with private and public schools helping them transform the teaching and learning experience through the use of front of the classroom interactive educational technology and next-generation lesson delivery software. Her latest focus is helping private and independent schools reach more candidates, build stronger relationships with parents and meet their enrollment goals. 
 
Ellice Hawkins
Director of Multicultural Programs & Services
The Lovett School

Ellice Hawkins has been the director of multicultural programs and services at The Lovett School since 2005. Hawkins teaches Lovett Life Lesson (LLL) on diversity in the middle school, chairs the Diversity Action Committee (DAC), works with student groups around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is the administrative liaison for the Lovett International Alliance (LIA). Prior to joining Lovett, she worked in the Office of Student Activities at Morehouse College for ten years. Hawkins received her degree from Fordham University in finance and marketing.
 
Phil Higginson
Associate Head for Philanthropy
Ravenscroft School

Phil Higginson is the associate head of school for philanthropy at Ravenscroft School where he has led multi-million dollar capital campaigns and developed a comprehensive advancement program. He previously headed development programs at Norwood School and St. Albans. Higginson started his career at Washington International School. His 32 years of work with independent schools include time as teacher, coach, administrator, and fund raiser. 
 
Brandi Hoyos
Director of Multicultural Innovation & Diverse Networks
The Mount Vernon School

Brandi Hoyos currently serves as the director of multicultural innovation and diverse networks at Mount Vernon. She supports the school community by working directly with leadership to ensure a more equitable and inclusive culture, curriculum, programming, and policies. Externally, Hoyos consults on behalf of the MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation) team, serves on admissions and hiring committees, builds and deepens relationships with external experts, nonprofits, and organizations through networking and formal partnerships, and represents the school as a trustee on the Leadership Sandy Springs Board of Trustees. Most recently, she served as the multicultural admission outreach coordinator, new faculty orientation coordinator, lower school multicultural coordinator, and lower school Spanish teacher at The Lovett School. Prior to her time there, Brandi was the diversity coordinator and Spanish lead at Trinity School. She received her bachelor's degree in the arts from the University of Georgia and has her master's in education from Lesley University.
 
Brett Jacobsen
Head of School
The Mount Vernon School

Brett Jacobsen is completing his 11th year as the head of school for The Mount Vernon School in Sandy Springs. Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period, Jacobsen launched the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, a studio hub for designing, hosting, sharing, and consulting. He previously served on the boards of Leadership+Design, Sandy Springs Foundation of Trustees, and Consilience. Currently, Jacobsen serves on the SAIS board. Frequently, he shares his journey of innovation and entrepreneurial impact by hosting a leadership podcast and speaking at national and international conferences. He was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 2017 Most Admired CEO’s in the education category and is also a proud member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2013.
 
Teresa Jenkins
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
St. Mary's Episcopal School

Teresa Jenkins is the diversity and inclusion coordinator at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, TN. She received her bachelor's degree from Spelman College, master's from the University of Chicago, and M.A.T. and ABD-Ed.D. from the University of Memphis. Teresa is a doctoral candidate in education leadership at the University of Memphis, where her research focuses on single-gender education, independent schools, and the generational effect slavery has had on the education of black children.
 
Jana Kane
Regional Vice President
FACTS Management

Jana Kane has spent over 20 years helping school business offices streamline their processes so that time can be freed up to do other education related activities. For over seven of those years, Kane has been the regional vice president for FACTS Management serving Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She loves working with schools to help gain efficiencies with tuition related matters.
 
Grace Lee
Partner
Venable

Grace Lee focuses her practice on employment law, risk management, and other compliance and regulatory matters that impact independent schools and nonprofit organizations. She previously served as vice president, legal affairs with the National Business Officers Association. At NBOA, Lee developed and taught online courses, was a frequent contributor to NetAssets Magazine, and co-authored the book Culture Meets Compliance: The NBOA Guide to Assessing Human Resources at Independent Schools. Lee received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
 
Christina Lewellen
Executive Director
ATLIS

Christina Lewellen is a seasoned association executive who has served industries ranging from window manufacturers to court reporters to proposal writers. She brings a data-driven framework to business planning and strategy, having earned her M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. She was named the executive director of ATLIS in 2019 and serves in a variety of ways as an advocate for independent schools and their leadership teams.
 
Grant Lichtman
Chief Provocateur
The Future of K-12 Education

Grant Lichtman is an internationally-recognized thought leader on the transformation of K-12 education. He works with school teams to develop a comfort and capacity for change in a rapidly changing world. For almost 15 years, Lichtman was a trustee and senior administrator at one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Since 2012, he has visited more than 125 schools and districts, published three books, written numerous articles, and worked with thousands of school and community stakeholders to develop unique and powerful visions and strategies for transforming education away from the Industrial Age and towards future-focused models of deeper learning.
 
Sarah Loyola
Director of Educational Technology
Ravenscroft School

Sarah Loyola, Ravenscroft’s director of educational technology, draws on her extensive experience as a classroom teacher as well as her doctoral coursework in educational technology at the University of Florida. Working with faculty and their students in Pre-K through 12th grade, Loyola focuses on how technology can be incorporated into the curriculum as well as how curriculum delivery, through updated lesson planning and innovative ideas, can improve teaching and learning.
 
Nicole Martin
Executive Director of Learning & Innovation
The Mount Vernon School

Nicole Martin serves as the executive director of learning and innovation at The Mount Vernon School, where she has led faculty, students, and staff for the past 10 years. She focuses on the best ways to transfer innovative learning practices and key curricular decisions from vision to reality in preschool through grade 12, including implementing competency-based learning, expeditionary learning, instructional rounds, authentic assessment practices, and the school’s research and design professional learning model. Before Mount Vernon, Martin was a reading specialist at Mount Pisgah Christian School, taught at The Schenck School, and was a founding faculty member of the Atlanta Girls’ School. 
 
Pam Mason-Norsworthy
Communications Consultant

Pam's Mason-Norsworthy is a communications consultant. Her experience is broad, having worked as a journalist at CNN, a strategic consultant with a top-tier boutique marketing and communications firm, and as communications director for two independent schools. She received her degree in rhetoric and communications from the University of Virginia.
 
Marsha Maxwell
Head of Technology & Innovation
Atlanta International School

Marsha Maxwell is a neuroscientist, teacher, and technology specialist. For the past 20 years, Maxwell has been involved in developing deployment strategies for web-based technologies for educational clients in both the K-12 and corporate environments. Her work has been used in projects for institutions as varied as NASA and Sony. Maxwell’s focus has been transforming neuropsychological findings into practical applications. She creates innovative environments and applications that harness the power of new technology and neuroscience to enhance a teacher's reach and better engage students and foster a culture of innovation in an organization. Her areas of interest include data science, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and space exploration targeted in the education sector. She has been a featured speaker for various educational summits and workshops for Microsoft, Apple, and Google for her insights in education technology, innovation leadership, strategic analysis, and diversity and inclusion in technology. Maxwell holds a master’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the California Institute of Technology.
 
Matthew Miraglia
President
CLPS Consultancy Group

Matthew Miraglia is president of CLPS Consultancy Group, an emergency management and security firm that specializes in school safety. Prior to starting CLPS, he served in the United States Marine Corps and was a police detective/school resource officer in charge of emergency management in Scarsdale, NY. Miraglia also served as an intelligence officer on the New York State Counter Terrorism Task Force before retiring from active police service in 2011. He is a nationally recognized scholar of homeland security and has numerous publications in that concentration. Miraglia holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice, master’s in organizational leadership, M.B.A. in management, post-master’s certificate in national security, and doctor of education in executive leadership.
 
Jenna Murphy
Admission Counselor & Director of Financial Aid
Woodward Academy

Jenna Murphy is an admission counselor and the director of financial aid at Woodward Academy in Atlanta. Prior to joining Woodward in 2014, she spent several years in collegiate admissions and as a marketing account executive for an Atlanta-based consulting firm. These combined experiences have given Murphy unique insight into the mindset of educational consumers. Over time, she has developed strategies to keep such consumers engaged throughout the admissions funnel. Today she has set her sights on studying educational preferences and consumer behaviors of prospective millennial parents. As a millennial herself, Murphy innately understands much of what drives her peers and aims to help others navigate the changing independent school landscape as it relates to generational preferences and technological advances.
 
Dana Nelson-Isaacs
Founder & Principal
DNI Consulting

Dana Nelson-Isaacs has twenty years of experience working within and between all levels of administration and faculty, parents, students, board members, and other community stakeholders regarding a range of topics including enrollment management, communication, marketing, and parent and student satisfaction. In addition to on-the-ground experience working within schools in various admission and marketing roles at four different institutions, Nelson-Isaacs is an expert in market research, enrollment feasibility studies and strategic enrollment management projects. Additionally, she has led projects as a consultant in areas including parent satisfaction, admission office efficiencies, staff coaching, curriculum planning, and exit interviewing. Nelson-Isaacs currently serves as the coordinator of the Bay Area Directors of Admission consortium, consisting of approximately 110 schools. Nelson-Isaacs holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology. 
 
Judy Osborne
Upper School Equity & Inclusion Facilitator
The Westminster Schools

Judy Osborne is the upper school equity and inclusion facilitator for The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of New Jersey and former journalist, she has extensive experience in youth advocacy, faculty and administrator equity training, resolution, programming, and curriculum development. She especially enjoys using documentary film as a tool for engaging students and faculty on topics of identity development, culture, and race relations.
 
Caryn Pass
Partner
Venable

Caryn Pass has a nationwide practice advising independent schools in virtually every type of legal matter. Caryn's philosophy is that effective legal counsel must be consistent with a school's culture. Accordingly, she immerses herself in her clients's operations, missions, and environments. Caryn takes a proactive approach when assisting schools. By identifying problems before they arise and assisting with the creation of a sound foundation, she places schools in the best possible position to respond to legal challenges. Her goal is to craft practical solutions that comply with the law, while integrating the school's culture, goals, and practical limitations.
 
Kathy Pearson
President
Enterprise Learning Solutions

Dr. Kathy Pearson is a strategist, systems thinking expert, and authority in decision making. She is president and founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries. Kathy is an adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has served as an adjunct associate professor in the operations and information management department at The Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. An award-winning educator, Kathy is heavily involved in executive education at The Wharton School, Duke CE, and the Institute for Management Studies, teaching on a variety of topics such as complex decision making, strategic agility, the enterprise mindset, stakeholder management, operational excellence, and strategic execution. As learning integrator for many programs, she is responsible for the design of the academic curriculum, the integration of the material, and the overall educational quality of the program. Kathy currently serves on the board of Summer Search Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that works with disadvantaged youth to prepare them for college and beyond. She received her bachelor’s in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her master’s in decision sciences from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. in industrial engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.
 
Shelly Peters
Principal
CRANE | Atlanta

As the strategic and organizational leader of CRANE, Shelly Peters fosters empowering relationships. In addition to Peter's longevity and agility across a number of roles at CRANE since 2007, her nonprofit education consulting and corporate management experience provide her with a broad context for understanding clients’s challenges. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and educational studies from Emory University and studied learning and organizational change at Northwestern University.
 
Ben Rein
Senior Director of Outreach & Partnerships
Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC)

Prior to joining the MTC, Ben Rein spent 25 years as an independent school teacher and administrator. His independent school journey has taken him from a history teaching internship at the Culver Academies through teaching stints at Saddle River Day School and the Haverford School in Philadelphia. Rein spent 14 years at Haverford, moving from the classroom to administration, before leaving to become upper school head at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. Rein left Richmond to assume the duties of head of school at the University School in Cleveland, OH, before moving to pursue the work with the MTC. Rein earned his bachelor's in American studies from Amherst College and an M.Ed. in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower School
The Mount Vernon School

Shelley Searcy has served as the head of lower school at The Mount Vernon School in Atlanta, Georgia for the past nine years. She is passionate about designing the lower school experience to support the school’s mission of being a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact with a vision to design a better world. Under her leadership, the lower school is committed to implementing best practices in neuroscience, inquiry-based learning, design thinking, and expeditionary learning. Before moving to Atlanta, Shelley was a teacher at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN and Charleston Day School in Charleston, SC. Outside the walls of Mount Vernon, Shelley has presented at NAIS and ERB Annual Conferences, Traverse Conference in Boulder, multiple Harvard’s Project Zero conferences, and co-facilitated the SAIS lower school heads round table.
 
Warren Sepkowitz
Head of Middle School
Charlotte Country Day School

Warren Sepkowitz joined Charlotte Country Day as head of middle school in 2010. Previously, he served as middle school director and assistant head of school at Redwood Day School in Oakland, California, head of school at Woodlawn School in Davidson, North Carolina, and worked at Providence Day School from 1994-2005 as director of studies and later as director of professional development and director of upper school. He received his undergraduate degree in liberal studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master's in liberal studies from Duke University. 
 
Lauren Sikes
Founder & CEO
DesignEd

Lauren Sikes is the founder and CEO of DesignEd, which revitalizes culture and leadership in schools and organizations. She started her career with Teach For America and taught for thirteen years in public and private schools in New York City and Nashville, TN. Sikes' experience as an educator and teacher-leader informs DesignEd’s work in designing intentional culture to best engage, develop, and retain teachers.
 
Herb Soles
Consultant
ISM

Herb Soles previously served as head of school for development at Norfolk Academy, VA, where he helped close a $40 million capital campaign. Additionally, he directed an advancement program that raised more than $31 million at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL, and helped complete a campaign for $65 million to be used for endowment and campus improvement at Norfolk Academy. In his current role with ISM, Soles consults in the areas of major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, and staff development. He is instrumental in ISM’s week-long Advancement Academy and leads ISM’s Summer Institute workshop on capital campaigns. Soles has received national awards for alumni participation, publication improvement, and fundraising management, and has presented at 21 national education conferences, including CASE, NAIS, and NAES.
 
Janet Street
Director of Outplacement
The Schenck School

Janet Street serves as the director of outplacement at The Schenck School. She has been educating dyslexic students for 19 years and is a fellow-in-training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Street received her M.Ed. in school counseling from Georgia State University and M.Ed. in independent school leadership from Mercer University.
 
Laura Tierney
Founder & CEO
The Social Institute

Laura Tierney is the founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high character ways. During her 10-year career in social media, she has built strategies and campaigns for leading brands including ESPN, Samsung, Coca Cola, Travelocity, Oakley, Disney, and Duke Men’s Basketball. In 2018, Tierney received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40-under-40 award. She currently serves on Duke University’s Learning Innovation Advisory Council, helping Duke imagine the future of learning on-campus and online. Tierney was a student-athlete at Duke University and earned a bachelor’s in sociology, journalism, and media studies.
 
Amada Torres
Vice President of Studies, Insights, & Research
NAIS

Amada Torres is vice president of studies, insights, and research at NAIS. She attended the Universidad del Pacifico, and received a master’s in business economics from the University of Essex.
 
Connie White
Director of Learning Design & Innovation
Woodward Academy

Connie White serves as the director of learning design and innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. She is a former high school physics, chemistry, and math teacher who specializes in start-up innovation initiatives, strategic planning, technology integration, brain-based strategies, professional development, coaching, and curriculum design. White has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars throughout the country and internationally. She is the president of AATE, writes the Education column for Southern Distinction magazine, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is the program director of the ATLIS Institute for Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors and leads Woodward Academy’s efforts in the areas of professional development, curriculum, and innovation. White was also the recipient of the 2016 ISTE ISEN Outstanding Educator Award.
 
Keith White
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Keith White is the director of multicultural affairs at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. He is a graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in child development. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Once his fellowship ended, he pursued a master's degree in college student personnel at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, White returned to IRT as coordinator of the associate program and admissions for Phillips Academy. Four years later, he returned to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for A Better Chance as their program coordinator for the southeast region and associate director of admissions/director of community outreach at HIES. In his initial role at HIES, he established diversity norms for the campus community, assisted with increasing diversity programs and the breadth of student applications, administered the SSAT, and oversaw the partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 
 
Roderick White
Director, Office of Diversity & Community Life
University School of Nashville

Roderick White serves as the director of the Office of Diversity and Community Life-University School of Nashville. He received his bachelor's degree in management and human relations from Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University. White also received his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law.
 
Nikki Williams
Admissions Project Manager
Charlotte Latin School

Nikki Williams is the admissions project manager at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the admissions office, she is responsible for admissions events, coordination of marketing materials and Charlotte Latin’s online admissions management software, SchoolAdmin. Prior to her current role, she was the director of technology at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as well as a college lacrosse coach at Agnes Scott College. She started her career as director of social activities at The Hotchkiss School where she is an alumna. Along with her role in the admissions office, Williams is also the director of the girls’ lacrosse and field hockey programs at Charlotte Latin School.