|James V. Adams|
Mr. Adams served as President of Chaminade College Preparatory from 1996 to 2014 and has worked in Catholic education for 42 years. Prior to his joining Chaminade, he served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Sacramento.
He is a native of the San Fernando Valley and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and California State University, Northridge. He also holds a masters degree from the University of San Francisco in Education Administration. He has served on the adjunct faculty of the Education Leadership program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and is a part-time consultant with Meitler Consultants, Inc., an educational planning firm located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Over his 18-year tenure as President, Jim Adams guided Chaminade College Preparatory through a period of unprecedented growth, and maintained a strong foundation for Catholic education. Under his leadership, both campuses have benefited from the addition of new, state-of-the-art buildings and two capital campaigns.
Mr. Adams led Chaminade after the economic downturn of 2008; a period during which Chaminade maintained a balanced budget, launched a One-to-One Student Tablet PC Program, instituted a program that furthered diversity and global education by bring international students from China to study at Chaminade. He also tripled Chaminade’s financial aid budget He has always demonstrated a commitment to financial aid. From 1996 to 2014, Chaminade has increased its financial aid budget from $84,157 to $2.9 million. His vision has furthered the school’s mission to form academically capable and morally aware young people to be outstanding contributors to the future.
In 2010, Mr. Adams was named by San Fernando Valley Business Journal as Best Not-for-Profit Executive. In 2012, he received the Catholic Secondary Education Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his distinguished service to Catholic education.
Mr. Adams is active in the community and served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley, Advisory Council for Community Bank, Sacramento Blood Bank, the Heart Research Foundation, and Catholic Charities. He currently serves as a board member for the Floating Doctors who provide medical services to under-served indigenous populations in Central America. Mr. Adams’ interests lie in the areas of skiing, hiking, biking, reading, theater, music, sports, fitness and classic cars.
|Patrick F. Bassett|
Patrick (Pat) Bassett co-founded Heads Up Educational Consulting in 2013, a consulting firm that provides strategic, operational, governance, and programmatic guidance and consultation to educational enterprises.
He began in 1970 as a teacher in an independent school, then subsequently becoming the head of two independent schools, followed by assuming the role of president of ISACS, a regional association of independent schools, on his professional path that ultimately led in August 2001 to appointment as the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. NAIS, a membership organization for approximately 2000 independent (private) schools and associations of schools in the U.S. and abroad, is the “national voice for independent schools and the center for advocacy for independent K-12 college-prep education, research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders. He retired from NAIS in June of 2013, and became co-founder and senior consultant of Heads Up Educational Consulting. In that role, he continues to lead workshops, give keynote address, facilitate strategic planning and executive searches, and train boards, school leaders, and faculty on what constitute great schools, great teachers, and great leaders.
Bassett began his career in independent schools in 1970 as an English teacher, lacrosse coach, and dorm parent at Woodberry Forest School (VA), an all-boys boarding school. In 1980, he became headmaster of an all-girls school, Stuart Hall (VA), where he remained until 1989, when he was appointed head of school at Pomfret School (CT). From 1993-2001, Bassett was the president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). He was also an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University during his tenure at NAIS.
Bassett has served on the board as a trustee of NAIS (1985-1989), The Multicultural Alliance (1994-2000), The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE 1996-2013), The Council for American Private Education (CAPE 2001-2013), the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP, a public/private school consortium, 2012-2014), and his alma mater, Williams College (2010-15). He currently serves on the board of trustees of United Educators (a school and university risk management insurance company), Finalsite (a website & mobile technologies company), Woodberry Forest School (VA), the Benedict Foundation, and Grab the Torch (a non-profit dedicated to inculcating philanthropy in youth).
Professional recognition has included being named a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow in 1986; recipient of the Educational Leadership Award in 2000 by The Klingenstein Center of Teachers College (Columbia University) and global leadership awards from The European Council for International Schools (ECIS), from the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), and from NAIS.
A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Williams College (’70) where he was captain of the lacrosse team, Bassett also holds a master’s degree in film studies from Northwestern University (’73). He and his wife, Barbara, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren living in Boulder, CO.
|Dr. Lawrence Callahan|
Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Callahan brings twenty-three years of experience as Superintendent for the Archdioceses of Baltimore and D.C. to his current position in education and business management. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Education Strategies, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, leadership training, administrator search and selection, school board training, feasibility studies, and school marketing. Prior to his business venture, Larry spent ten years as the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and thirteen years as the Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He also served nine years as the Director of Secondary Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Larry has also served on the Executive Committee of the NCEA Department of Boards and Councils, Executive Committee of the Maryland Catholic Conference, and the Executive Committee of CACE. He is a Member of the State of Maryland Governor’s Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the State of Maryland Physical Fitness Commission. Larry also spent time as a Blue Ribbon Site Visitor for the U.S. Department of Education.
After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1991 and gaining experience in the business world, Ray landed at Choate Rosemary Hall. At Choate he had a distinguished 23-year career, all in admission. His travels across the country and abroad as an admission representative has given him a depth of perspective on education that he cherishes. He also served in multiple roles on campus including coaching, dorm advising and several committees. He spent the last 16 years as Financial Aid Director & Director of Admission. In Spring 2016 he was honored to win Choate’s Johannes Van Straalen award for distinguished teaching, given by the Choate student council.
In 2004, Ray completed his Master’s degree at Wesleyan University, where he furthered his knowledge in applicant assessment through his study of psychology and assessment tools, including Dr. Robert Sternberg’s “Successful Intelligence.” Along the way, he gained national recognition for his work in assessment and innovative practices giving presentations around the country as well as internationally. In 2014 he was honored with SSATB’s Bretnall award for significant contributions to the admission field.
Mr. Diffley has served as Chair of SSATB’s Think Tank on the Future of Assessment and Co-Chair of the development of the Character Skills Assessment while implementing unique assessments in the Choate admission process that sought to go beyond GPA and test scores. Ray’s admission passions led him to a seat on the Board of Trustees of AISAP where he pursued raising the bar on all aspects of the role of an admission professional. In July 2016, Ray formalized his role with AISAP and now serves as Director of AISAP’s Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership.
|William G. Fluharty|
William G. (Willy) Fluharty is the founder and Director of the Nexus Center for Global Studies at Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since it’s inception in 2004, Cape Henry students have visited over 40 countries with 260 participants in 2014. Fluharty received a bachelors degree in International Relations at Lehigh University and a masters in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After creating Hi-Ho Silver, a sterling silver jewelry manufacturer with 20 stores in the UK and USA along with wholesale distribution in 38 states, Fluharty directed the corporation for 13 years before moving into education. As one of the four founding members of the GEBG and the first Director, Fluharty has been involved in moving the national global education agenda forward. He has also been History Department Head since 2005 and serves as the Director Emeritus of the Global Education Benchmark Group.
|Dr. Debra Farar|
Dr. Debra Farar is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the California State University System, the largest and most diverse university system in the country. She was appointed in 1999 by Governor Gray Davis and reappointed in 2006 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She served as Chair of the Board from 2002-2004 and Vice Chair from 2000-2002.
Dr Farar was a Senior Advisor on Education Policy in the office of then Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis of California. She continues to provide services as an educational consultant and is often a featured speaker and panelist at national and state education and business conferences.
Some of her past professional appointments include board membership on; the advisory board of the House of Taylor Jewelry, owned and operated by the late Elizabeth Taylor; The Association of Governing Boards (AGB), a national association that supports the boards of directors for foundations and universities; funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), a grant providing unit of the US Department of Education, appointed by the US Secretary of Education; The California Student Aid Commission, California’s guarantor agency for college grants and scholarships, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Dr. Farar earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Master of Arts Degree in Education from California State University, Northridge as well as a doctoral degree in Education from Pepperdine. She has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in higher education and for her community and public service.
Mick Horwitz is a Co-Founder of both the Sierra Canyon Day Camp and the Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA. He currently serves as a Board Member for Sierra Canyon School.
Since 2011 Marc has served as Executive Director, MISBO. Prior to accepting this position, Marc spent four years as a Senior Director with the National Business Officers Association (NBOA). Marc managed the live and web-based programs at NBOA as well as consulting for dozens of independent schools on matters of finance, operations, governance, technology, and more. Marc founded Independent School Solutions to provide consulting services to independent and international schools. Prior to joining NBOA, Marc spent six years as the Business Manager at Alexander Dawson School (ADS) in Lafayette, Colorado.
Over the past 10 years, Marc has presented and facilitated workshops for well over 100 state, regional, national, and international school association events.
Before entering the Independent School world Marc spent three years as Director of Operations and Finance at Sounds True, a Spoken Word Audio Publishing company and three years in a similar position at Community Food Share, Boulder County’s Food Bank. Much of his career had been in the food service industry, owning and operating a number of very successful restaurants in Boulder and Denver, as well as providing executive direction for a natural foods grocery store.
Marc currently serves as a Trustee for The Watershed School and is a member of the Finance Committee and Chairs the Head’s Compensation Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a MBA (Organizational Development) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
|Dr. Kevin Mattingly|
Dr. Kevin Mattingly has been a science teacher, administrator, coach and dorm head for 35 years in day and boarding schools. Most recently he was dean of faculty and then director of teaching, learning & educational partnerships at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Over the years he has helped start a school (Milton Academy’s Mountain School), been a consultant to systemic school reform initiatives and worked with over thirty schools on curriculum design, teaching strategies and professional development programs. He has been involved with a variety of summer academic programs for students including the New Jersey Scholars, Vermont Governor’s Institute on Science and Technology, Hotchkiss Summer Portals and a number of summer enrichment programs for public school students from New York City, Philadelphia and Trenton (NJ). He also has a background in experiential education and has led students and faculty on trips around the world. Mattingly was a lead teacher in the Klingenstein Center’s Summer Institute for 17 years and has taught in their year-long and summer master’s leadership programs for the past ten years. Beginning in the fall of 2015 he will be the director of the co-curriculum for the Riverdale School (NYC). Mattingly holds a Ph.D. in zoology and a B.A. in biological sciences from Indiana University.
Susan Morrissey has served as a school administrator in independent schools in New England and California for over twenty years, including ten as Assistant Head and Head of School. In addition to her school experience, Susan worked as Senior Director of Academic Support for the Cambridge Institute of International Education, where she built and managed a multi-million dollar academic program in 107 schools across the continental U.S. primarily for Chinese, secondary school students.
|Dr. Charles O’Malley|
Dr. Charles (Chuck) O’Malley is an independent education consultant specializing in private education public policy-related issues. He was a founder and executive director of the National Council for Private School Accreditation. Chuck served as Executive Assistant for Private Education to three U.S. Secretaries of Education (Ted Bell, Bill Bennett, and Lauro Cavazos). He also served as Coordinator of Private Education Services for the Florida Department of Education, Coordinator of Education for the Florida Catholic Conference, and Assistant Superintendent for Governmental Programs for the Archdiocese of Miami. Chuck has also been a contributing editor with the Center for Research in Private Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium.
Chuck holds a Doctorate in Postsecondary Education Leadership from Florida State University.
Brad’s career in independent schools spans more than 40 years. After five years as a classroom teacher in the Classics Department, he spent 13 years in the admission office at Northfield Mount Hermon School as Assistant Director and Financial Aid Officer. At the time, NMH enrolled 1000 boarding students and 125 day students in grades 9 – 12. Brad then spent 13 years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Saint Andrew’s School, a day and boarding school in Boca Raton, Florida. During his tenure, the School grew from 600 students in grades 6 through 12 to a school of nearly 1100 students in grades K – 12. Most recently he was Associate Head of School and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid for 11 years at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, a PK – 12 day and boarding school of 1700 students on four campuses. In 2015, he formed Admission Management LLC.
Brad is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). He also was a founding Steering Committee member of the Southeastern Association of Boarding Schools. Additionally, he was Chair of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Financial Aid Services Committee. Brad has made presentations at numerous conferences including: NAIS, Secondary School Admission Test Board, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Educational Records Bureau, AISAP, Mid South Business Officers Association, and the Florida Independent Schools Business Officers Association.
Howard Wang is a Co-Founder of both the Sierra Canyon Day Camp and the Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA. Howard has also served as the Accreditation Chairperson of the National Independent Private Schools Association, Chair of Dean’s Advisory Committee at California State University, and Lead Site Visitor for the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Program. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Sierra Canyon School.
|Dr. Marc Winger|
Dr. Marc Winger served as an elementary school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in three southern California public school districts. He was appointed superintendent of the Newhall School District in July 1997 and he retired from Newhall in 2015, after 18 years as superintendent.
Newhall’s ten diverse elementary schools, half with large numbers of English Language Learners and students living in poverty, consistently received high rankings for achievement and state and federal recognition for excellence. During his tenure as Newhall’s superintendent three schools received national Blue Ribbon School recognition and all ten schools received California Distinguished School status (most received this honor at least twice during his tenure). Four schools received Title I Academic Achievement Award recognition under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and nine schools were named to the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Foundation’s “Honor Roll” of top achieving schools. Newhall’s California Academic Performance Index (API) was perpetually the highest in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Los Angeles County.
Marc served on the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Superintendency Council for six years, and was a five-year board member for the School Employers Association of California (SEAC). In 2015 Winger received ACSA’s Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award, the statewide organization’s highest honor. Active in his community, Marc has received numerous awards in recognition for his service. He currently serves on the board of the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center, a community mental health agency.
Winger graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA degree in history, received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Since his retirement Winger has served as Superintendent in Residence with Capitol Advisors, Sacramento’s premier consulting firm, and he has served as an interim superintendent.