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    The following is a roster of some of the consultants who participate in SchoolMatch FairCompare Analyses. Team members are selected for a particular project with regard to experience in similar districts, knowledge of functions which need to be performed in the analysis and specialized expertise.

  • Donna Maria Alvarado, M.A. , former CEO of Quest International, a multi-national educational publisher with sales in 30 countries, is the former director of ACTION, the US government's volunteer agency. She was recognized by first lady Hillary Clinton and VISTA magazine as one of nine Hispanic women in Fortune 500 corporate board governance and has received the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University. Ms. Alvarado is founder and Managing Director of Aguila International, and serves as Chair of the Board of the Central Ohio Technical College and is Board President of the Par Excellence school. She holds BA and MA degrees from The Ohio State University and completed coursework in business at The Wharton School.

  • Larry Anderson, CPA, is former Coopers & Lybrand Partner in charge of the Moscow, Russia, office. He served C&L for 33 years, 23 years as a Partner. He also is former European Director of Neoprobe Corporation and Past-President & CEO of medical device manufacturer, Paraspinal. He is a founding Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Russia; Salvation Army, Columbus; and Kiwanis Foundation, Columbus. He previously served on the Board of Directors of The Learning Juncture, a visionary career education program designed to provide secondary school students with opportunities to interact with mentors in professions of interest. He serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University where he received his degree in Accounting. He has done advanced graduate work at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

  •  Dr. Karen S. Angello, Educational Consultant and former superintendent of three school districts in Massachusetts, South Carolina and New Hampshire. She previously served in administrative positions managing staff development, strategic planning, research, evaluation, migrant education and special education in Colorado and Montana. She served as a member of the Harvard University Superintendents' Roundtable, the Third Annual Congress for Exemplary Superintendents and the Board of the National Effective Schools Institute. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Dr. William L. Bainbridge, currently serves as President and CEO of SchoolMatch, and as a Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton. He is the former superintendent of three school districts in Ohio and Virginia, and former Assistant to the Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was named Educator of the Year by the Ohio PTA and has served as educational consultant to over 400 corporations and hundreds of school systems. The Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners is a Diplomate of the National Academy for School Executives. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, CBS radio and over 400 national and local television and radio programs. He earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, and completed post-doctoral studies at Columbia University.

  • Dr. Shirli M. Billings, Senior Executive Consultant at SchoolMatch. She previously served as superintendent of three school systems in Ohio, Minnesota and New Jersey, Director of Secondary Schools for the Cleveland (OH) Public School District, Dean at Ohio's Central State University College of Education, and Vice President for Human Resource Development with Honeywell, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and business administration at The Ohio State University.

  • Dr. Anthony F. Bisciglia, is Editor and Publisher of The Effective School Report, a monthly educational publication dedicated to the improvement of education through the implementation of the effective school correlates. He previously served as superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District #1, the fifth largest school district in the State of Wisconsin.

  • Dr. Richard A. Boyd, is the former chairman of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, former executive committee member of the Council of Chief State School Officers, American Association of School Administrators and Education Commission of the States. He is past-president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and served as State Superintendent of Education for the state of Mississippi. He was Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in Cleveland (OH), Lakewood (OH), and Warren (OH). He is former Executive Director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Akron.

  • Dr. Suzanne Burkholder, Educational Consultant, is a Past President of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, Past President of The Ohio State University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the Columbus Mortar Board Alumni. She is a former administrator in the Mayfield City and Southwestern City School Districts in Ohio. She has served as Interim Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Personnel and Field Experience Supervisor. Dr. Burkholder also was an adjunct professor in the College of Education at The Ohio State University, where she earned her Ph.D. and received the Alumni "Award of Distinction."

  • Dr. Mel D. Coleman, Program Professor in Educational Leadership for Nova Southeastern University, is former Superintendent of the Mansfield (OH) Public Schools, Deputy Superintendent of the Palm Beach County (FL) Public Schools and Deputy Superintendent of the Columbus (OH) Public Schools. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Austin Independent School District (TX). He holds a doctorate from Columbia University in educational administration.

  • Dr. Rosie N. Doughty, Assistant Director, Ohio Department of Education and former superintendent of two school districts in Missouri and Ohio. The former head of the Cleveland Area Scholarship and Escrow Program earned her doctorate at The Ohio State University.

  • George R. Fichter, M.A., Consultant for Special Education Services at SchoolMatch, also consultant in private practice, Gifted Programs and Policies, former Director of Programs for Gifted and Talented, Ohio Department of Education, Past-Chairman, National Coalition for the Advancement of Gifted Education. He holds a master's degree from Kent State University.

  • Allan L. Forsythe, M.A., M.B.A., Vice President for Private SchoolMatch, has more than 25 years experience in private schools. After a five year term as teacher and head of the American School for Boys in Talas-Kayseri, Turkey, Mr. Forsythe served as a teacher and administrator at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., assistant head and headmaster of the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA and headmaster of the Marburn Academy in Columbus, Ohio. The latter two schools were specialized schools for learning disabled children. He is a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Science, the American College of Forensic Examiners and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering, an M.S. in physical chemistry from Case-Western University, and his M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

  • William A.Guy, has over thirty years experience in public-sector financial management. The former Chief Financial Officer for the Columbus (OH) Public Schools also served as Deputy Treasurer for the State of Ohio, treasurer for the Lockland (OH) City schools and Assistant Treasurer for the Cincinnati (OH) Public Schools and has served as President of the Central Ohio chapter of the Association of Government Accountants and President of the Ohio School Employees Retirement System Board of Directors. Mr. Guy holds the Certified Financial Government Manager Credential awarded by the Association of Government Accountants.

  • Cameron M. Harris, MEd, Assistant State Superintendent for Assessment and Reporting, and former Division Chief for Information Systems, Virginia Department of Education, and former Executive Director in the Hampton (VA) City Schools. She has served in administrative positions managing program evaluation, curriculum development and supervision, and special education in both urban and rural settings. She is currently developing and managing all Virginia statewide assessments, including the new Standards of Learning tests which serve as the foundation of Virginia's educational reform efforts and the state's School Performance Report Card. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and supervision from the College of William and Mary and completed advanced graduate courses at institutions including UCLA and VPI.

  • Gene T. Harris, currently serves as Superintendent of Columbus, Ohio, Public School District. She is former Chief Instructional Program Officer for the State of Ohio Department of Education. She has served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as Principal in two high schools in Columbus. She earned her Ph.D. at Ohio University.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Holtzapple, is the Senior Evaluator with the Cincinnati (OH) Public Schools where she evaluates school reform efforts, curricular initiatives and school-based programs. Previously she was Evaluation Manager with the Arizona Office of the Auditor General where she oversaw the evaluation of statewide education, social and health programs. During her tenure with the Auditor’s Office she earned the Auditor General’s award for technical excellence and recognition for outstanding methodology from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society. Dr. Holtzapple began her career in 1980 with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Pittsburgh (PA) , where she conducted program evaluations and coordinated its long range and strategic planning efforts at the regional and school system levels. Dr. Holtzapple received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers College and earned a Masters Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Martin M. Kane is Past President of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award from the American Association of School Administrators / National Academy for School Executives and currently serves as Director of the Educational Administration Program at Ursuline College. He was formerly principal of three secondary schools. He is a member of the Kent State University Athletic Hall of Fame and a member of the National Advisory Board for the Association of Student Councils. He is a doctoral candidate at Kent State University.

  • Dr. Richard P. Koeppe, past president of the Colorado Association of School Executives, has 22 years experience in superintendency positions including the chief executive roles in both the Denver (CO) and Cherry Creek (CO) Public Schools. He also has served on the board of the Kent-Denver School, a private college preparatory school. He served as Professor in Educational Administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. The past-president of the Denver (CO) Rotary Club holds his Ph.D. in testing and guidance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Dr. Sherry A. Lahr, Associate Professor of Education at Ashland University, former superintendent and administrator in four school districts, former regional director for curriculum technology integration for a major national curriculum software developer, and the first and only female president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. In 1998, she was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Columbus, where she serves as Scholarship Committee Chair. Dr. Lahr earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

  • Dr. Frederic K. Lawrence, Senior Consultant for Psychological and Special Education Services at SchoolMatch, American College of Forensic Examiners qualified expert in psychology and education litigation issues, former director of Pupil Services and Special Education in the Grandview Heights (OH) City Schools and former NDEA Fellow in school psychology. He holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

  • Dr. Stephen F. Loebs, Past-President of the Upper Arlington (OH) Board of Education, Chairman of the Division of Health Services Management & Policy and Associate Dean of the School of Public Health at The Ohio State University. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, is an active Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. He is the National Consultant on Health Services Administration for the Office of Surgeon General, United States Air Force. He earned his doctorate in Medical Care Organization from the University of Michigan.

  • Dr. James C. Manley, Superintendent of the Pine-Richland (PA) School District, former Superintendent of the Northgate (PA) School District, former Assistant Superintendent in the Northgate School District, and former Coordinator of Pupil Services in the North Allegheny School District (PA). In 1998, he served as Superintendent of Record for nine school districts on the north side of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh Public Schools, when that group initiated Audits of Educational Effectiveness for its collective 76,131 students. Dr. Manley was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and has made presentations to the American Association of School Administrators and over 30 school systems throughout the country. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pittsburgh. · Robert L. Manley, CPA, served as the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Related Services for Polk County, Florida, Schools for 35 years. Concurrently, for more than 20 years, he taught business and accounting courses at Polk Community College, and he maintains a private CPA practice. Mr. Manley is Past President of the Florida School Finance Officers' Association, Florida Association of School Business Officials, and the Polk Association of School Administrators. He is also Past Chair of the Florida School Finance Council. Mr. Manley earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Florida.

  • William R. Mason, Jr. M.Ed., Vice President for Consulting Services at SchoolMatch, American College of Forensic Examiners qualified expert in school litigation issues, former assistant superintendents of the Newark (OH) City Schools, principal, teacher, and two-time President of the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators. He holds a Master's Degree in educational leadership from Kent State University and continues to serve as an NCAA basketball and Lacrosse official.

  • Dr. Louis A. Mazzoli, Superintendent, Ohio State School for the Blind, former Executive Director, Special Education and Special Community Projects, Columbus Ohio Public Schools, former State Commissioner, Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Past-Chairman of the Coalition for the Education of Handicapped Children. He earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, President, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is former Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is former Dean of the College of Education and Professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He previously served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arkansas and also was Director of the Arkansas Academy for Leadership Training and School Based Management. Dr. McDavis is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo.

  • Dr. Gail F. McKinzie has been Superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville IL, since 1995. District 204 is one of the fastest growing school systems in the nation. Dr. McKinzie is former Superintendent and senior administrator in several school districts in Missouri and Iowa; lecturer in curriculum and instruction at the University of Missouri and Iowa State University; and consultant to Phi Delta Kappa. Among her considerable honors are the Iowa Excellence in Administration Award and Missouri PTA Life Award. Dr. McKinzie serves as a Director on the boards of Rush Copley Hospital, Naperville YMCA, and Knox Retirement Village, in addition to her work with Aurora and Naperville Chambers of Commerce, Rotary International and a host of professional organizations. Dr. McKinzie earned her PhD from Iowa State University and completed post-doctoral work in Educational Administration at the University of Missouri.

  • Dr. Bruce E. Mousa served as Chief Business Officer for the Worthington (OH) City Schools for many years, where he also served as Director of Business Services and Administrative Specialist for Personnel. He chaired the Ohio Public Schools Committee for the All-Ohio Safety Congress and was educational consultant to LINC Resource on the Market Linkage Project in Special Education. The former Treasurer of the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators was named Administrator of the year by the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators, and holds Certification in Strategic Planning from the AASA National Academy for School Executives. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from The Ohio State University. 

  • Dr. George E. Pawlas is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida. He previously served in administrative and teaching capacities in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina. Dr. Pawlas has written extensively on issues regarding building level school leadership and school communications. His Ph.D. is from the University of South Carolina. 

  • Dr. C. Daniel Raisch, Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Dayton and former superintendent of two school districts, former president of the Dayton Area Superintendents Association and Western Ohio Superintendent and Principal Roundtable, former chair of several evaluation teams for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from Miami (OH) University.

  • Robert A. Sampieri, Senior Executive Consultant for SchoolMatch, is the former Director of K-12 Education at the Management Consulting Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) where he directed, managed and provided consultant services to the K-12 Education sector. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago (IL) Public School District, Deputy Superintendent of the Pasadena (CA) Unified School District, Associate Superintedent of the Compton (CA) Unified School District and Director of Educational and Management Services for the Los Angeles (CA) Unified School District. With more than 35 years of executive level experience in the management and administration of medium and larger urban school systems, he has provided consulting services and directed several comprehensive management and financial reviews for school districts such as the New York City Public Schools, Philadelphia (PA) City Schools, Houston (TX) Independent School District, as well as many other medium sized school districts across the nation. Mr. Sampieri received his M.A. in Educational Management and Administration from the California State University at Northridge.

  • Dr. I. Thomas Sheppard, Management Consultant in the fields of education, organizational development and management education. He has served as an executive with a Fortune 100 corporation, a U.S. Army Airborne officer, a senior member of the U.S. intelligence community and a professor at the University of Texas in El Paso. He publishes regularly in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, the American Management Association's Management Review, Supervisory Management and Management World. 

  • Dr. James D. Stock, Senior Executive Consultant with SchoolMatch, is a former superintendent of the Lebanon (OH) City Schools, assistant superintendent in the Princeton and Mariemont (OH) City Schools, as well as the deputy superintendent for the Montgomery (OH) Board of MR/DD. He has served on the undergraduate and graduate faculties at Miami University. He has participated in a number of North Central Association school district evaluations, and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami (OH) University. 

  • Dr. Steven M. Sundre currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SchoolMatch and as a Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton. He is a former Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration, Washington, D.C., where he currently serves as the elected public member of the Board. He has been a Kellogg Fellow and former graduate faculty member, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of Support for Talented Students, a non-profit organization assisting low-income children with special gifts and talents. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and organizational behavior at The Ohio State University, where he received the Thomas Holy Award in educational research.

  • Dr. M. Donald Thomas, Chairman of the SchoolMatch Advisory Board, former Superintendent of Schools in Salt Lake City, Utah, previously educational accountability advisor to the governors of South Carolina, Tennessee, and South Dakota. He has achieved national recognition as a school administrator, education reformer, researcher, author and speaker. The Horace Mann League honored him as "Educator of the Year" 1997. Thomas earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois.

  • Dr. Donald R. Thompson, Past President of the American Association of School Administrators, previous Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County (OH), and current Executive Director of the Montgomery County (OH) Scholarship Program. He is a former regional president of an educational publishing firm and received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

  • Dr. Thomas S. Tocco, is Superintendent of the 79,000 student Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas. Fort Worth is the seventh fastest growing school system in the nation with an extremely diverse population. While in 1994, the FWISD was projected under the Texas Education Agency system to have 74 low-performing schools, under Tocco's leadership FWISD now has 32 schools rated exemplary or recognized and only two that receive less than an acceptable performance rating. Tocco previously served as superintendent of the 70,000 student Cobb County School system in Georgia and the St. Charles Parish School System in Louisiana. He has been twice selected by Executive Educator Magazine as among the 100 best school executives in the nation. In 2002, the American Association of School Administrators named him superintendent of the year in Texas. Both Fort Worth and St. Charles Parish have participated in the Audit of Educational Effectiveness. After graduating with honors in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Florida, the Miami native received a fellowship from the Gainesville campus, where he completed his doctorate.

  • Dr. Franklin B. Walter is Vice President for Public Finance Services at A.G. Edwards and Superintendent of Residence in the Department of Educational Leadership at The Ohio State University. His 13 years of service as Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state record. He previously served as Deputy and Assistant State School Superintendent and superintendent of two Ohio school districts. He is past-president of the Council of Chief State School Officers of the United States and a past board member of the American Association of School Administrators. He has an unparalleled list of awards for his service to public education and holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

  • Dr. Sharon Yates, Director of the South Regional (OH) Professional Development Center, which facilitates professional development for 4500 educators in 150 school buildings enrolling over 51,000 students, and professor in education at the Ohio University Southern Campus. She holds a doctorate from West Virginia University in administration and reading education.

  • Dorothy A. Zerger, M.A., Special Education Consultant at SchoolMatch, former teacher and special education administrator, Newark (OH) City Schools, past member of Executive Committee and present Governing Board Member of Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities. She is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award from The Ohio State University College of Education Alumni Society and the Professionally Recognized Special Educator Certificate for Special Education Teaching and Special Education Administration for the Council for Exceptional Children.

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