2019 Board/Head Retreat
Jack Creeden

Jack Creeden has over 20 years of school leadership experience. He was head of school at multiple independent schools and served as the president of School Year Abroad, leading schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Before embarking upon his career in independent schools, he held administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has also been a leader in the independent school community, mentoring aspiring heads, conducting governance workshops, and serving as chair of the Board of Trustees for NAIS. Dr. Creeden holds a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross, as well as a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Amada Torres
Vice President of Studies, Insights, and Research

Amada Torres is vice president of studies, insights, and research at NAIS. She attended the Universidad del Pacifico, and received a M.S. in business economics from the University of Essex.
Debra Wilson

Debra joined the SAIS staff in July 2019. She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she has presented to school leaders around the country and abroad, including at many SAIS events. SAIS school leaders may also know her from phone calls and emails she’s fielded from member schools facing particular legal or governance issues. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook, and loves to be outdoors in the low country of South Carolina.