People

Brenda Blackburn

Brenda B. Blackburn
The Montgomery County School Board in Christiansburg, Va., has a new superintendent in Brenda Blackburn. She previously served as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the 73,000-student Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Fla., since 2003. In Brevard, the 44th largest school district in the nation, Blackburn also worked as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and area superintendent. Earlier, Blackburn was a teacher and a counselor in public schools in Virginia and North Carolina. She has been a member of AASA since 2004.



Alan Lonoconus

Alan J. Lonoconus
Alan Lonoconus has assumed the superintend-ency of the 4,000-student Great Valley School District in Malvern, Pa. An AASA member since 2007, he previously was superintendent in Shikellamy School District in Sunbury, Pa., for three years. Earlier, Lonoconus worked in Southern Columbia Area School District in Catawissa, Pa., for 26 years, where he filled an array of positions, including technology coordinator, principal and superintendent. Lonoconus began his career as a social studies teacher in Centreville, Md. He holds a doctorate in education from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



Jeffrey Ronneberg

Jeffrey S. Ronneberg
Following six years as assistant superintendent of Spring Lake Park Schools in Spring Lake Park, Minn., Jeffrey Ronneberg has assumed the position of superintendent. Ronneberg also served as elementary principal in Spring Lake Park and dean of students in Bloomington, Minn. He began his career as a teacher in Minneapolis. An AASA member since 2003, Ronneberg is an adjunct instructor in the school of education at Capella University in Minneapolis. He has a doctorate in educational policy and administration from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.



Valeria Silva

Valeria S. Silva
An AASA member since 1999, Valeria Silva recently became the new superintendent of St. Paul, Minn., Public Schools. Silva had served since 2006 as the district’s chief academic officer. She began in St. Paul in 1986 as a teacher in the Spanish immersion program and subsequently served in various posts, including director of the English language learner program. She also spent time as a specialist for standards and accommodations with the Minnesota Department of Education. Silva began as a teacher in Santiago, Chile, and is a 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow.



Collene Van Noord

Collene R.L. Van Noord
After spending two years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Palmyra, Pa., Area School District, Collene Van Noord has been selected as Palmyra’s new superintendent, starting in July. Van Noord has served in Palmyra since 2003, working as Reading Recovery site coordinator and director of curriculum and instruction. Previously, she worked for 15 years in Waverly Community Schools in Lansing, Mich., in various slots, including language arts supervisor and director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. An AASA member since 2008, Van Noord earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Widener University.



Todd White

Todd E. White
The new superintendent of the 18,000-student North Kansas City School District is Todd White, who previously served as superintendent in Harrisonville, Mo., for seven years. Prior to being superintendent, White worked in Harrisonville as social studies teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal and central-office administrator. He serves on boards for the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City and the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce. White, who joined AASA in 1997, received his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri.



APPOINTMENTS
Lydia Begley,
from assistant superintendent for instruction to superintendent, Wantagh, N.Y.

Rosemary T. Bovino, from deputy superintendent to superintendent, Island Park, N.Y.

Thomas Burns, from superintendent, Parishville-Hopkinton Central Schools, Parishville, N.Y., to superintendent, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Canton, N.Y.

Louis R. DeAngelo, from assistant superintendent of human resources to superintendent, East Meadow, N.Y.

Thomas P. Dolan, from superintendent, Franklin Square Elementary School District, Franklin Square, N.Y., to superintendent, Great Neck, N.Y.

Kenneth J. Ellison, from business manager to superintendent, Pavilion, N.Y.

David Glover, from high school principal, Hornell, N.Y., to superintendent, Morristown, N.Y.

Scott Laurence, from assistant superintendent of administrative services, Palo Alto, Calif., to superintendent, San Mateo Union High School District, San Mateo, Calif.

Matthew Malone, from superintendent, Swampscott, Mass., to superintendent, Brockton, Mass.

Neal Miller, from high school principal, East Amherst, N.Y., to superintendent, Medina, N.Y.

Kimberly Moritz, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Randolph, N.Y.

Charles J. Murphy, from superintendent, Sachem, N.Y., to superintendent, Island Trees Union Free Schools, Levittown, N.Y.

Michael Nagler, from deputy superintendent to superintendent, Mineola, N.Y.

Wendy Royer, from director of elementary education, West Shore School District, New Cumberland, Pa., to superintendent, Springfield Township Schools, Oreland, Pa.

Allen L. Steen, from superintendent, Hinton, Iowa, to superintendent, Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye, Ariz.


RETIREMENTS
Hans Dellith,
superintendent, Pawtucket, R.I.

Russell J. Dever, superintendent, Mainland Regional High School District, Linwood, N.J.

William Kaufman, executive director, Riverview Intermediate Unit, Clarion, Pa.

Timothy J. McElheran, superintendent, Victor, N.Y.

Michael L. McKee, superintendent, Stonington, Conn.

Kenneth J. Murphy, superintendent, Yarmouth, Maine

Basan “Buzz” Nembirkow, superintendent, Brockton, Mass.

Carol Saylor, superintendent, Manheim, Pa.

Mark Winzler, superintendent, Manchester, Conn.


News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to: Editor, The School Administrator, 801 N. Quincy St., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22203. Fax: 703-528-2146. E-mail: magazine@aasa.org