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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.

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. 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.

Mark Hottowe retired as superintendent of the Battle Ground School District. Previously, he was superintendent in Ocean Beach, after serving in the Kelso School District as a building and district office administrator. He is currently on the ESD 112 board of directors.

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. 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.

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.