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Introducing Our Experts


When you contact us regarding a school-related legal matter, we will assign a consultant with expertise in the appropriate area to your case. Their insight into how school systems operate allows our experts to gain valuable information about schools that is not readily available. A list of some of our distinguished experts is below.

Our comparative reports, written opinions and testimony have given attorneys an unexpected and convincing advantage. School quality is a solid tool to use to build a case that determines a child's best interest.

We look forward to helping you use the SchoolMatch advantage in the courtroom.


Karen S. Angello, Ph.D. --Senior Educational Consultant at SchoolMatch and Superintendent of the Allentown (PA) School District. She is the 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.

William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D. --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 has served as a lead consultant in SchoolMatch Audits of Educational Effectiveness in school systems in over 30 states. 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and 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.

Allen R. Bohl, Ph.D. -- is the former Director of Athletics at 3 Division 1 Universities: The University of Kansas, Fresno State University and the University of Toledo. For nearly 25 years, Bohl provided impressive leadership in athletic program administration in higher education. His extensive career began as an Assistant Director of Athletics at The Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bohl was selected into the Vermilion, OH, High School Hall of Fame and in 2006 and was honored as a member of the Erie County, OH, Gallery of Achievers in 2007. He is currently an adjunct professor at Flagler College, serves on the Community in Schools Board for St. Johns County, Florida, The Boys and Girls Club of St. Johns County Board, and is Vice President of The Ohio State University Alumni Association for Northeast Florida.

Richard A. Boyd, Ph.D. --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 currently serves as Director of Education Programs at the Barksdale Reading Institute in Oxford, MS, where he is a Professor at The University of Mississippi. 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 Superintendent of Schools in Lakewood (OH) and Warren (OH) and was then appointed Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in Cleveland (OH). He is former Executive Director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Akron.

Suzanne Burkholder, PH.D. --Senior Executive Consultant at SchoolMatch, 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."

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.S., 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.

Richard P. Koeppe, Ph.D. --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.

Frederic K. Lawrence, Ph.D. --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.

William R. Mason, Jr., M.Ed. --is Vice President for Consulting Services at SchoolMatch and Adjunct Professor in the University of Dayton's School of Education and Allied Professions. Mr. Mason is also an American College of Forensic Examiners qualified expert in school litigation issues, a former assistant superintendent 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. Bruce E. Mousa --Senior Executive Consultant at SchoolMatch, 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. Currently he serves as a project management consultant and training instructor and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from The Ohio State University.

C. Daniel Raisch, Ph.D. --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.

Steven M. Sundre, Ph.D. --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.

Donald R. Thompson, Ph.D. --Past President of the American Association of School Administrators, is the Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County (OH), and previous 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.

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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