Rev. Peter Gunn Cheney

consultant, EXECUTIVE COACH

The Rev. Peter Gunn Cheney graduated from The Gunnery School in Washington, CT; from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with a BA in Economic and Business Administration; from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA with a Masters of Divinity; was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1975; and was the recipient in 2003 of an honorary doctorate from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He also received graduate certification in pastoral counseling with an emphasis on adolescent development from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA, and is a clinical member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He has extensive training and experience in mediation and conflict resolution.

Peter has been in the fields of education and ministry for 42 years. Now living again in Tucson, he serves as an Associate Priest at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael’s and All Angels and as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Michael’s School in the role of Past-President.  For the last 15 years Peter has worked as Priest/Chaplain at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a summer parish in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Peter also consults with Episcopal and other private schools throughout the United States on matters of mission, governance and leadership transition, and has conducted/facilitated sixteen head-of-school searches, including one at St. Michael’s here in Tucson in 2012.  During the 2007–2008 school year he worked as the Interim Head of School and Search Coordinator at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Peter served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, headquartered in New York City, from June of 1998 until July of 2007. The Association is a membership services organization that supports over 1,000 Episcopal schools and their leaders throughout the United States and the Caribbean.  The membership of NAES currently stands at 450 schools, many of which are parish-based like St. Michael’s in Tucson. Through its publications, conferences and a formal consulting service, NAES assists school heads, rectors, chaplains and trustees with numerous challenges and issues: Episcopal identity and religious life, church/school relations and governance, preparation for leadership transition and for heads/chaplains searches, starting or expanding an Episcopal school, trustee/vestry workshops and retreats, board orientation and self-evaluation, misconduct prevention training, conflict resolution, bylaw review and revision, strategic planning, etc. 

Previous to his work with NAES, Peter served for over five years as Senior Associate Priest and Director of Development at St. Philip’s In The Hills Parish, a 2,000-member congregation in Tucson.  While there, he helped coordinate a long-term planning process and capital campaign that resulted in the expansion of a community pre-school and the development of a children’s ministry and music center for the congregation. Earlier, he worked for ten years at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire in a variety of roles, but principally as Chaplain and School Counselor, and as Director of Admissions; and from 2006-2015 as a Trustee at St. Paul’s and chaired the Board’s Trustees and Governance Committee. Peter has also served on the Board of Trustees of Imago Dei Episcopal Middle School in Tucson, and on the boards of three other Episcopal schools.

Throughout his career, Peter has been active in Episcopal dioceses in leadership development and the selection and training of candidates for ordination. Referring to his experience as a student in the early 1960’s at The Gunnery School, Peter writes: “I have been profoundly influenced in every part of my life and work with students and adults, by my ancestor Frederick W. Gunn, the 19th century abolitionist who founded The Gunnery.  His spirit of faith, open inquiry and concern for the freedom and welfare of others has shaped my sense of vocation and understanding of leadership.”

Dave Davies

consultant, EXECUTIVE COACH

In his forty-two years in independent schools, Dave has served as a Head of School, Interim Head of School, Assistant Head, and Head of Upper School. In addition, he has taught, coached, served as a dorm parent, directed a college guidance office, and held numerous other administrative roles. Dave has held leadership positions in Episcopal, Methodist, and non-religiously affiliated institutions.

For twenty-seven years, Dave and his family lived on campus at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.  A physics and biology teacher and wrestling coach, he also held numerous administrative positions.  At Wyoming Seminary, Dave created and led the Teaching Intern Program, hiring three or four recent college graduates each year and helping them to launch their careers in independent school teaching.

In 2003, Dave accepted the challenge of starting the Upper School at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, TX. Beginning with fifty students and five full-time faculty, Dave led the growth of the division to almost 400 students and 30 faculty in six years.  In his last two years, as Assistant Head, Dave was responsible for the operation of two campuses and 1200 students.

Dave became Headmaster of Deerfield-Windsor School, a Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade day school in Albany, GA in 2009.  He led a successful capital campaign, began an endowment for faculty professional development, led the building of a health and fitness center, and reorganized and refocused the academic program. 

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Dave served as Interim Head of School at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Silicon Valley, CA.  A Prekindergarten through eighth grade day school, Saint Andrew’s enrolls more than 300 students.

Dave has served on numerous boards including Preston Hollow Presbyterian School and the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools (now PAIS).  He was also a member of the Vestry and Rector Search Committee at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany, GA. Dave has chaired accreditation teams in four different states and has served on twenty visiting committees.

A graduate of Wilkes University with a BS in biology and MS in Education, Dave earned a second Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

His wife, Gina, is a private school early childhood teacher.  They have two sons, one of whom is on the faculty at Episcopal High School in Virginia.

James Byer

Consultant, EXECUTIVE COACH

As one of The Education Group Executive Coaches, Dr. Byer represents three pillars of our program - Education, Character and Leadership.

Currently a resident of both Florida and New Jersey, Dr. Byer’s professional resume reflects his integration into and relationships with multiple independent schools in both states, having served not only in a full spectrum of private school positions, but as a guidance and educational consultant, founding school member and undergraduate professor.  Beginning his career with the private secondary Hun School of Princeton, New Jersey in 1966, as a teacher, coach, director of student activities and later Dean of Students, he concurrently earned his MA in Guidance and Counseling from Rider College of Trenton, New Jersey. Moving in 1972 to Pine Crest School of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, an independent non-sectarian college-preparatory school, he became Director of Guidance and Testing until his appointment as Principal of the Upper and Middle Schools of Pine Crest, noted as a “Blue Ribbon School” by the United States Department of Education. In 1988 he served as Regional Director for Motivational Systems, a New Jersey-based provider of educational training programs. Next, he served as Headmaster of The University School of Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Florida, a fully accredited independent college preparatory school located on the NSU campus (commonly known as the NSU University School or U-School). Its motto “the classroom is our cornerstone” resonated with Dr. Byer as he co-taught an undergraduate course at NSU as well as earning his degree of Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in Administration (1978) and (Ed.D) in Educational Administration (1993). In 1994 he returned to the Hun School of Princeton, where he served as Headmaster for sixteen years. In 2010-2011 he worked as an Educational Consultant and Founding Team Member for the Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida. Opened in just one year, Oxbridge Academy is a private co-educational college preparatory school, geared toward academically gifted students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and whose motto is “For a Lifetime”. From July 2016 to June 2017, Dr. Byer served as Interim Headmaster, Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, Florida, an independent day and boarding school founded by the Episcopal School Foundation in 1961. 

The lengthy list of Jim’s professional and personal associations emphasize his life-long dedication to education and leadership. His academic honors and professional recognition demonstrate the degree of his professional character while personal athletic awards, achievements and recognition round out a stellar educational career.  

 

James Jay Secor, III

consultant, EXECUTIVE COACH 

As one of The Education Group Executive Coaches, Jay is known not only for his outstanding career in Episcopal schools, but for his visionary achievements, dynamism and drive as Founding Headmaster of two independent Episcopal-affiliated schools. Ethos, pathos and logos are TEG coaching cornerstones of communication in which Jay excels, as well as imparting a triad of academic excellence, spiritual growth and personal integrity to his students and faculty. 

Jay received his BA from Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his M.Ed from James Madison University. Early in his career Jay taught and then served as Dean of Students at the Purnell School, Pottersville, New York.  In 1980 he became the Assistant Headmaster of St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, Louisiana. The mission of the Preschool, Lower School and Middle School is to educate children - embodying perseverance, integrity, compassion and respect, values that foster lifelong learning and respect, involving the administration, parents, teachers and children in the educational process. In 1982, Jay became Assistant Headmaster at the Community School, St. Louis, Missouri. “Connect with Community” fosters student’s intellectual, emotional and creative growth and encourages their development as leaders of the next generation. In 1986, Jay became the Founding Headmaster of the Hunter McGuire School in Verona, Virginia, the K-5 Lower School of Stuart Hall, and was Headmaster for thirteen years. Touchstones of the school’s mission became integrity, enrichment and character - the school actively embraces diversity and fosters unity - part of Jay’s mission for Hunter McGuire, an Episcopal-affiliated independent school.  In 1999, Jay was called to become the Founding Headmaster of the Episcopal School of Knoxville, Tennessee and served as Headmaster through 2015.  A private, co-educational school for Pre-K through 8th grade, Jay founded ESK on an Episcopal identity - that the school is comprehensive and inclusive - values reason as a way to true understanding - has concern for the wellbeing of society - and that an Episcopal school is founded on love. He feels the mission of ESK is to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, enriching students’ intellectual, physical, cultural and spiritual growth so that they may realize their potential as children of God and citizens of the world.

Jay has been affiliated as member and chair of many organizations, including Virginia Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Episcopal Schools, Tennessee Association of Episcopal Schools, member of Rotary Club and several times Board Member,  Member Chatham Hall Board of Trustees, Chair and member of various Evaluation “Visiting” Committees, United Way, Development Committee for Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Strategic Advancement Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee, Endowment Board of Trustees, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo, Ohio.  

Lucy Nazro

COnsultant, executive coacH

Lucy Collins Nazro has spent her life as an educator and administrator.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the first woman graduate of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest and a recipient of two honorary doctorates from the Berkley Divinity School at Yale and the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.

She began her tenure as Head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in 1980.  During her 32 years as Head she grew St. Andrew’s from a small 1-6 elementary school to a nationally renowned 1st-12th grade Episcopal School, creating a Middle School and Upper School with more than 900 students combined. 

She helped expand St. Andrew’s into two campuses on more than 100 acres and raised over $60 million dollars in capital funds.  A long term board member of the National Association of Episcopal School and other regional professional and non-profit organizations, Mrs. Nazro brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Education Group.

Kay Dougherty

Consultant, EXECUTIVE COACH 

Kay Dougherty retired in 2012, after completing forty-six years of teaching and service in public and independent (both boarding and day) schools. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a BA in mathematics and of the University of Virginia with a Master of Education degree. Her last three teaching and administrative positions have been at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, where she taught mathematics and was the Assistant Director of Admission from 1983 to 1989; North Cross School in Roanoke, VA, where she taught mathematics from 1989 to 1993; and finally at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, where for nineteen years she was the Associate Director of Admission. At both North Cross and at The Hill, her husband, David, was the Headmaster. 

 

David Dougherty

DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE COACHING PROGRAM

With his retirement in 2012, David Dougherty completed 44 years of service in independent schools, and now looks forward to serving the next generation of school leaders as an executive coach.

In 19 years, 1993-2012, as headmaster of The Hill School (9-PG, boarding/day) in Pennsylvania, he was responsible for the successful co-education of that 165-year-old institution, while also introducing an Honor Code; overseeing construction of a new academic building, dormitory, and a field house and hockey rink; and heading an $84.5M capital campaign. Previously, during his four years at North Cross School (PK-12 co-ed, day) in Virginia, David was responsible for leading the first-ever strategic and facilities plan initiatives there. He was prepared for the responsibilities of school leadership in his twenty-one years of service as a teacher and chairman of the English Department, assistant headmaster, varsity baseball coach, and dorm head at his alma mater, Episcopal High School (9-12, boarding) in Alexandria, VA. Also, from 1977 to 1987, he served as a trustee of Chatham Hall, a girls’ boarding school in Virginia.

After graduating from EHS, David earned degrees in English from Washington & Lee (AB); Georgetown (MA); and the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College at Lincoln College, Oxford.

His work in boarding, day, single-sex, and co-educational schools as teacher, administrator, and trustee offers him a distinctive perspective on life in an independent school.

 

Allison Lorimer

DIRECTOR OF PLACEMENT, SEARCH Consultant

Allison has been affiliated with The Education Group since 1994. Her beginnings at the firm encompassed teacher recruitment and placement.  Years of contact with school administrators have kept Allison in tune with the needs of independent schools and the people who work in them.  Since 2001, Allison has led the firm as Director of Placement working with schools across the nation in their hiring needs.  As a natural extension of her contact with aspiring and sitting school administrators, Allison also leads retained searches for Heads of School, mid-level administrators, and master teachers.  

A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Allison has worked in both the business world and independent schools.  Although her original career was in the area of corporate marketing, her interest in music and the arts led her into teaching.  Allison has been board president of Preston Hollow Presbyterian School, held leadership positions in conferences, committees and other boards.  Personally, Allison is a Presbyterian elder, Musikgarten professional, and church musician.

 

 

John Cooper

EXECUTIVE COACH, SEARCH Consultant

As a former college dean and professor, a think tank president, and an independent school headmaster, John brings a broad view to the challenges of managing and leading independent schools. Most recently, he served as Headmaster of TMI--The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, during which time he also served on the Board of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. Prior to TMI, Dr. Cooper served as Head of School at Elgin Academy in Chicago and as Headmaster at Wichita Collegiate School in Kansas. 

Dr. Cooper has served on the Boards of both the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. As President of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools he represented the interests of approximately 50 schools in the Wisconsin-Illinois-Indiana region surrounding Chicago.  As President of the Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools (a state affiliate of the Council for American Private Education), he represented the interests of more than 1,100 schools and 250,000 students in private, parochial, and home schools in Illinois.

Before entering the world of independent schools, John served as research assistant to U.S. Ambassador Michael Novak, as a professor of philosophy and religion and academic dean of Bridgewater College (VA), and as president of a public policy think tank, the James Madison Institute (FL). John earned a B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University as well as a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

 

Alex Whelehan

Director of East Coast Recruitment, SEARCH CONSULTANT

Alex Whelehan is a graduate both The Town School and of The Dalton School in New York City and of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Alex Majored in English at Kenyon and continued her studies at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education in the field of English Education.  Alex has nearly twenty years of experience as a school administrator for both Admissions and Development.  

Alex returned to her home town upon graduating from Kenyon.  She began her admissions career at The Browning School in New York City where she was working as an assistant kindergarten teacher and as a cross country coach.  The Admissions Director thought Alex would enjoy the admissions office so she pulled Alex in to help with student assessments.  Following her time at Browning, Alex served as Associate Director of Admissions at The Town School, as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Dwight School, and Director of Admissions, Financial  Aid, and Marketing  at The Rodeph Sholom School.  

When Alex and her family moved from New York City to her husband's home town on Long Island she found herself at Buckley Country Day School where she was Director of Development for seven years.  Later, Alex returned to admissions at East Woods School, her husband's alma mater, as Director of Admissions and Marketing. 

Alex served on the Board of The Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and on the board of The Association of Teachers in Independent Schools (ATIS).  Alex currently sits on the Board of the Cold Spring Harbor Educational Foundation.  

Alex and her family live in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.  In her free time Alex enjoys playing tennis, running, cooking, reading, and walking her sweet dog. Alex completed the New York City Marathon in 2015 and she hopes to run it again soon.

 

Bob Kirkpatrick

EXECUTIVE COACH, SEARCH consultant

The Education Group welcomes Bob Kirkpatrick. Bob is a seasoned leader in the independent school world and a welcome addition to our consulting team.

Over his 42-year career, Bob has served in a number of roles, most recently as head of school for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Previous to his nine years at St. Stephen’s, he led Fox Chapel Country Day School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for seven years.

While leading these schools, Bob found time to serve in a number of volunteer roles. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools and served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, the Fox Chapel (PA) Area Land Trust and the vestry of Fox Chapel Episcopal Church. While in Austin, he was active within the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and served on the executive committee of the Southwest Preparatory Conference. In 2013, he was elected to membership in the Country Day School Headmasters Association, an honorary organization for independent school heads. 

Prior to relocating to Texas, Bob spent 33 years living and working in Pittsburgh. For 26 of the 33, he served in many capacities at Shady Side Academy, a K-12, coeducational, boarding-day school of just under 1,000 students. Roles there included acting head of the lower school, director of admission (K-12), history department chair, teacher, coach and dorm parent.  While working at Shady Side, Bob was also awarded a teaching fellowship in history at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Bob now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, having moved there in June 2016 upon his retirement from St. Stephen’s. He currently serves as a trustee at the Rio Grande School, an ISAS-accredited independent elementary school in Santa Fe.  Bob received his BA in history from Kenyon College and an MAT from Colgate University. 

For 22 years, Bob was a volunteer firefighter and officer with the Fox Chapel (PA) Volunteer Fire Department.  His wife Sue has been an independent school teacher and administrator for 40 years and is currently Director of Accreditation Services for the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.  In his free time, Bob enjoys cycling, flyfishing, golf, reading, travel and playing the bagpipes.

 

Dorothy Hutcheson

East Coast Search CONSULTANT, EXECUTIVE COACH

Dorothy Hutcheson is the Head of School Emerita of the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan, where she served as head for 20 years. Since leaving Nightingale in 2012, she has maintained her connection to elementary and secondary education by consulting to schools on board governance and strategic planning, and by mentoring new heads of school. Dorothy earned her master of divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in 2015 and was the interim chaplain at the Trinity-Pawling School. She was the founding head of The Greene School, a new pre-K through 4th grade independent school in West Palm Beach, Florida that opened in September, 2016.

A highly regarded leader in independent education, Dorothy has served on numerous educational boards, including the National Association of Independent Schools (where she chaired the governance committee), the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Commission on Accreditation. She has also been a trustee of several NYC independent schools and is the past president of many heads’ organizations, including NYSAIS, the Head Mistresses Association of the East, the New York City Guild of Independent Schools, and the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association. She continues to serve as a trustee of George Jackson Academy in New York City, a grade 4-8 independent school for academically talented boys from underserved communities, and of St. Paul’s School, an Episcopal boarding school in New Hampshire.

Dennis M. Campbell

EXECUTIVE COACH, SEARCH CONSULTANT

Dennis M. Campbell is an educator, theologian, author, and consultant. Dr. Campbell works with non-profit schools and organizations as a consultant advising about governance, management, organization, and planning. He is Vice Chairman of The Duke Endowment, a trustee of the National Humanities Center, a director of the Montpelier Foundation and of The Association of Boarding Schools, of which he is secretary of the board. He is a member of the Headmasters Association.

Most recently he served as Headmaster of Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia from 1997-2015. Before that, he was Dean of the Divinity School and professor of theology at Duke University from 1982 until 1997.

Prior to his appointment as dean, he was professor and college and university administrator. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, from which he holds the A.B. and Ph.D. degrees; and he is a graduate of Yale University Divinity School. A noted speaker and author, Dr. Campbell is widely known for his work in educating for the moral life, ethics, and character formation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Boys School Coalition and the Membership Commission of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. He is a former chair of WHTJ, the Commonwealth Public Television in Virginia and a former director of FHI 360, an international company devoted to medical and bioethical research and service — especially for women's and children's health. Dr. Campbell and his wife, Leesa, are the parents of two children.

Karen Drawz

SEARCH consultant

Karen Drawz is a professional in the field of education with extensive experience in school administration and educational leadership.  She retired from The Hockaday School, a large private all-girls school (PK-12) in Dallas, Texas, in July 2010 after serving in various administrative positions throughout her 34-year tenure.  These positions included:  Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning, Head of Middle School, and Assistant to the Head for Special Projects. Her responsibilities involved leading and overseeing the following:  self- study and accreditation process; curriculum development and reviews; professional development and mentoring programs; recruitment and retention of faculty; administrative search processes; and formal review process.  She also served as staff liaison to the full Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Board Governance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee, a committee that recently completed its 2010-2015 Long Range Plan.

For the last three years, Ms. Drawz has been serving as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, A Mission of Excellence for Catholic Schools, for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Her responsibility has been to assist the Chairperson with the overall process, articulation, and publication of the Plan. Ms. Drawz’s specific focus is on leading the Committee’s examination of academic excellence in the Diocese’s 28 elementary schools and three high schools. Concurrently, Ms. Drawz also chaired the recent Principal Search Committee for Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 2013 and is now chairing the School’s Principal Transition Team.

Ms. Drawz has presented at the National Association of Independent Schools on the curriculum review process. She has also been a panel member on single sex education and education for the future at two of SMU’s Women’s Symposiums. Ms. Drawz is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Diocese of Dallas as well as Hockaday’s 2008 Honorary Alumna Award.

Ms. Drawz is a product of Catholic education, having graduated from a Catholic elementary school and an all-girls Catholic academy in Ohio.  Her previous professional experience was in Catholic schools in the Midwest where she was an elementary teacher for six years prior to becoming principal of a Catholic elementary school in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She received her B.A. in English from the College of Saint Mary of the Springs (currently Ohio Dominican) and her M.S. in Education from Fairfield University. She holds a certificate on Leading and Managing the Independent School of the Future from the Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dick Heath

consultant

Dick Heath joins The Education Group as an experienced consultant on leadership and governance in independent schools. Having served over 40 years as a school administrator and leader, Dick’s background and his areas of expertise will serve him well as a consultant with The Education Group.

After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Dick went on to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching from Colgate University. Over the past 40 years of Dick’s career in education, he has served independent schools as a teacher, coach, administrator and leader. During his 24 years as headmaster of Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dick more than doubled the school’s growth. He implemented capital campaigns, worked closely and effectively with the board on the capital campaigns, and ultimately added $21 million to campus buildings and $5 million to the school’s endowment.

In addition to his exemplary work at Sandia Prep, Dick has served as a NAIS Board Member, as Chair of the NAIS Education Committee and as a representative for the Southwest Associations.  Dick was President of ISAS during their long range planning effort that moved the organization from a “committee of the whole” to committee-based governance. He has served on independent school boards of trustees, worked with numerous schools as chair of accreditation visiting teams, has mentored schools heads, advised board leaders and worked as mediator to help resolve staff issues.

Carolyn Miller

placemenT & Search CONSULTANT

A graduate of Girls' Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Carolyn received her BS degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her MEd from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. With her strong people skills and administrative talents, she has devoted her career energies to enriching the school experience for both students and faculty. As Planning Coordinator at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Bethesda, MD Carolyn was instrumental in its start up activities. 

Following St. Andrew's, she was appointed Director of Activities and Facilities at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. In 1984, she joined St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Sewanee, TN as Director of Admissions. In 1990, when Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA embarked on its plan for coeducation, Carolyn was called upon to coordinate and implement the transition of girls into the school. She served as Assistant Head for Student Life in Episcopal for 7 years. In 2002, Carolyn was named Vice-President of The Education Group where, until 2008, she handled mid-level search activities for independent schools nationally. Prior to joining The Education Group, she was Executive Vice-President of Independent Educational Services (IES) from 1997-2002. She is re-joining The Education Group as an administrative placement coordinator for independent schools.

Gloria Snyder

Senior SEARCH Consultant

Gloria joined The Education Group in 2009 after she left as Head of Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, Texas, where she had served since 1980. Under her leadership, she has guided its growth from an elementary school to a comprehensive school encompassing grades PK–12. She has served with distinction as a member (1982–2001), secretary (1989–1991) and president (1991–1996) of the Executive Board of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and on the SAES Standards Committee (1985–1999). A member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, she is a former chair and secretary of the Diocesan Commission on Episcopal Schools in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Nationally, she was a member of the 1997–1998 NAES Executive Director Search Committee.

Mrs. Snyder graduated, cum laude, from the University of Texas with a bachelor of arts degree in education and history and subsequently received a master of liberal arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She began her career in education as a teacher in Houston and then Austin, Texas. Before joining Parish, Gloria was a teacher and social studies department chair at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas.

In addition to her Episcopal school work, Mrs. Snyder has been a member of the Standards Committee and chair of the Diversity Committee of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Services Council of the Richardson Independent School District and is a past president of that board.

Mary E. Kesler

former President, Co-Founder

In 1988, Mary and several colleagues founded The Education Group, an independent school search, placement, and consulting firm. Under Mary’s leadership, The Education Group developed a number of leading edge projects to address issues of concern within independent schools, such as a leadership initiative to identify and mentor prospective school heads and the McMurry Fellowship, which focused on diversity enrichment for faculties.

Mary is a past trustee of The College Board. During her tenure, she was involved in the publication of one of the Board’s major educational statements titled “What students Need to Know and Be Able to do,” a study which has shaped the College Board’s work in development of the Pre- AP programs in middle schools. She is a past member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and served as the first President of the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors. In addition to her work with these major educational associations, Mary has been an advisor and trustee for several independent schools.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) and her Masters from Northwestern University. Other previous work includes serving as Director of Admissions/Assistant Dean at Foxcroft School; Assistant Head, Director of Residence, and Director of College Counseling at The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX; and Headmistress of The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA.

Brooke Dudley

Past President, Co-Founder

Founding partner and former president of The Education Group, Brooke Dudley boasts more than 40 years of experience in educational leadership. In his work as an educational consultant, Brooke has served thousands of clients around the country and internationally as they map their educational plans and enrollments in our schools. He has also established an extensive network of heads of schools, admissions directors, and other administrators that serve him well as he leads search and placement projects for TEG.

Throughout his career, Brooke has worked in a variety of independent school settings. He has served as Director of Admissions at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, TX, and as Alumni Director at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. For seven years Brooke was Executive Director of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. In addition to having been a member of the Advisory Board of the Winston School in San Antonio, he has been a trustee of St. Luke’s Episcopal School, also in San Antonio. Brooke has served as president of the boards of the Austin Evaluation Center and All Saints Day School in Austin, Texas. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of the San Antonio Art Institute.

An active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Brooke is the former chair of the Board of IECA and the founding chair of its foundation. In addition, Brooke was a partner in the Peninsula Group, a management consulting firm for independent schools.

Katherine Stuart

President

Hired to the team at The Education Group in 2006 by co-founder and long-term president Mary E. Kesler, Katherine is deeply immersed in the mission and vision of the firm. Having served first as Director of East Coast Placement and then as Director of Placement for The Education Group, Katherine knows firsthand the shifting needs of schools and understands the values and processes that TEG brings to the educational landscape.

Katherine is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and continued her education at Sweet Briar College where she majored in English and Creative Writing. After Sweet Briar, Katherine served as a Director of Activities, Dorm Parent, and Admissions Assistant at Chatham Hall. She has also served as a board president for an independent preschool and worked at another placement firm as a counselor. With her insider knowledge of independent schools—as a student, faculty member, administrator, board member, and parent—Katherine is uniquely positioned to lead a firm that specializes in thoughtful counsel regarding search, placement and executive coaching needs for independent schools nationwide.