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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. 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. Tom Rockefeller is the Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Leadership Associates. He is the retired superintendent of the Mead School District and previously served as superintendent of the Pullman School District. He also is a past faculty member in WSU's Superintendent Certification Program, and has mentored numerous new superintendents in the state and region.

Laurel Browning is the former superintendent of the Burlington-Edison School District with 35 years experience in Washington education. Her professional experience ranges from work as an assistant superintendent, director, principal and elementary teacher. Laurel has been extremely active in community and civic development as well as establishing herself as a leader in professional administrator organizations and training.

Sergio Hernandez retired as superintendent of the Freeman School District after 45 years in education. His experience has taken him across the United States and he has worked in K-16 settings. Currently he is Executive Director of the Washington Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and also serves as a trustee for Walla Walla Community College.

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.

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.

Dr. Pam Veltri is the former superintendent of the Medical Lake School District. and she is currently a faculty member in Eastern Washington University's Educational Leadership program.

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.