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ABOUT NORTHWEST LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATES

Dr. Dennis Ray is president and owner of Northwest Leadership Associates. His primary work is conducting superintendent searches for school districts in the Pacific Northwest and working with school boards and administrative teams to develop peak effectiveness. From 1996 to 2007, he directed Washington State University's Superintendent Certification Program, the largest superintendent preparation program in the country. During his tenure, over 250 educational leaders completed the WSU program.

Dennis' experience also includes service as superintendent of the Northshore School District for four years and the Walla Walla School District for ten years. He was Washington State's Superintendent of the Year in 1987, and the state's nominee for National Superintendent of the Year in 1990.

Dr. Glenys Hill currently directs Washington State University’s award-winning superintendents preparation program. Hill served as superintendent in three Washington School Districts – Lyle, Deer Park, and Kelso. In conjunction with her work at WSU, professor Hill conducts research related to women leaders in education. She also teaches in the International Leadership Program, a partnership with the University of San Francisco and WSU that serves educational administrators in international schools in east Asia.

Dr. James Howard recently retired as director of Washington State University's Field-based Principal Certification Program. Previously, Jim served as superintendent of the Davenport School District for four years and has had extensive experience as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator in the Walla Walla, Central Kitsap and West Valley school districts.

Dr. Bill Jordan is the former superintendent of the Kelso School District and a former Deputy Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. More recently he has served as the interim superintendent of the Prescott and Walla Walla School Districts.

Micheal Lasher is currently superintendent of the Douglas Education Service District in Roseburg, Oregon. He previously served as deputy superintendent of the Intermountain ESD in Pendleton, Oregon and as an administrator at North Idaho College and the University of Idaho. He is also executive director of the Oregon Small Schools Association.

Mr. George Murdock is currently a county commissioner in Umatilla County, Oregon. He previously held superintendent posts at the Douglas ESD in Roseburg, Oregon, the Umatilla-Morrow ESD (Now the Intermountain ESD) in Pendleton, Oregon, and at the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington. In 1997, he was Washington's Superintendent of the Year.

George's experience also includes service as deputy superintendent of schools in Walla Walla, Washington for eleven years. He served as president of the Washington School Personnel Association and as one of six national directors of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. He works with school districts in both Oregon and Washington on superintendent searches and as a consultant in the areas of personnel, community relations, and organizational management.

Lloyd Olson has been conducting superintendent searches for over twenty five years, first for the Washington State School Directors' Association and more recently for Northwest Leadership Associates. He is a former superintendent in the Prescott and Chimacum (WA) school districts. In addition to facilitating superintendent searches, he has also conducted management reviews and personnel investigations for Washington school districts. Last year, Lloyd was named Citizen Volunteer of the Year in his hometown of Cle Elum.

Dr. Roger Rada's superintendent experience spans districts with enrollment from 250 to 11,000 students, and includes districts in both Oregon and Washington. Rada retired from the Oregon City School District in 2011. Subsequently, he held interim positions as superintendent in the Tigard-Tualatin School District and as assistant superintendent at Clackamas ESD. Rada also served as professor of educational administration at Washington State University.

Dr. Wayne Robertson has over forty years of public school teaching and leadership experience, including 23 years as superintendent of three districts ranging in size from 400 to over 20,000 students. In addition to his superintendent search work for Northwest Leadership Associates, Wayne is currently a faculty member in the Education Leadership Department of Western Washington University.

Mark Venn is former superintendent of the Sedro-Woolley School District. He currently serves as faculty member for the Western Washington University superintendent certification program and is on the Board of Directors at Northwest Educational Service District 189.