People_FosterI.V. Foster Jr.
The new superintendent in Duluth, Minn., is I.V. Foster Jr., a member of AASA since 2002. He spent the previous five years in the same post at Prairie-Hills School District 144 in Markham, Ill. Earlier, Foster served for five years as assistant superintendent for secondary education and human resources in Rock Island, Ill., and as principal of Carl Sandburg Intermediate School in Freeport, Ill. He also has worked as assistant principal in Oak Park, Ill., and as dean of students in Aurora, Ill. Foster earned an Ed.D. in education administration and leadership from Northern Illinois University.
People_KrizicLynn S. Krizic
Lynn Krizic, an AASA member since 2006, is the new superintendent of the Portsmouth, R.I., schools. She enters with a decade of experience as superintendent, most recently of Elmhurst, Ill., Community Unit School District 205 and Channahon, Ill., School District 17. Krizic spent 10 years in Burbank, Ill., as assistant superintendent for student services after working in speech/language pathology for 13 years. Krizic holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
People_MeldeSantaAnaThelma Meléndez de Santa Ana
Following a two-year stint as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education with the U.S. Department of Education, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana has returned to California as superintendent of the 56,000-student Santa Ana Unified School District. Previously, Meléndez held various posts, including superintendent and chief academic officer, in Pomona, Calif., culminating in her honor as California Superintendent of the Year in 2008. A member of the AASA Executive Committee, she joined the association in 2006. Meléndez earned a Ph.D. from University of Southern California.
People_MocciaJosephine P. Moccia
The South Whidbey School District in Langley, Wash., has a new superintendent in Josephine Moccia. She joins them after five years serving as superintendent of the 1,550-student district in Averill Park, N.Y. Since 1987, Moccia has held various titles in the latter district, including school psychologist, director of special education and deputy superintendent. She is the author of “The Influence of Multi-Sensory, Multi-Component Reading Intervention Strategies with Middle School Poor Readers.” An AASA member since 2006, Moccia earned her Ed.D. in educational administration from Seton Hall University.
People_ParamoDeena M. Paramo
Following four years as assistant superintendent of instruction at Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska, Deena Paramo has been promoted to the top post. Paramo has worked in the 17,000-student district for nearly two decades, beginning as a middle school teacher in 1993. She served in sundry administrative posts at both middle and elementary schools. A five-year member of AASA, Paramo holds a doctorate in learning assessment and system perform-ance from the University of Oregon.
People_RobersonStewart D. Roberson
After 16 years as superintendent of the Hanover County, Va., Public Schools, Stewart Roberson has been chosen as board chair and president/chief executive officer of Moseley Architects. The firm, with headquarters in Richmond, Va., provides architectural and engineering services. Prior to Hanover County, Roberson spent four years as superintendent in Falls Church, Va., and earlier served as assistant superintendent in Fredericksburg, Va. An AASA member since 1988, he holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia. Roberson was honored as the 2000 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.



John Asplund, from superintendent, Lake Bluff, Ill., to superintendent, Farmington, Ill.

Jean-Claude Brizard, from superintendent, Rochester, N.Y., to superintendent, Chicago, Ill.

David Cash, from superintendent, Clovis, Calif., to superintendent, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Mark Doan, from superintendent, Farmington, Ill., to superintendent, Effingham, Ill., Community Schools

Jerry Guess, from superintendent, Camden -Fairview School District, Camden, Ark., to superintendent, Pulaski County Special School District, Little Rock, Ark.

Ralph Hicks, from superintendent, Spencer-East Brookfield School District, Spencer, Mass., to superintendent, Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District, Ashburnham, Mass.

Bruce A. Kimpston, from assistant superintendent of organizational development and learning to associate superintendent, Ankeny, Iowa

Edward Kliszus, from superintendent, Hackensack, N.J. to superintendent, Port Chester, N.Y.

Todd Nichols, from superintendent, Bucyrus, Ohio, to superintendent, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Kevin Singer, from superintendent, Topeka, Kan., to executive director, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Lewisburg, Pa.


Philip Meara, superintendent, Lawrence Township, N.J.

Terry Noble, superintendent, Mehlville, Mo.

Shelly Riedel, superintendent, Donegal School District, Mount Joy, Pa.

Cheryl Simone, superintendent, Washington Township, N.J.

Paul Swanstrom, superintendent, Joliet Township High School District, Joliet, Ill.

Phyllis Wilson, superintendent, Joliet, Ill.


Shelley Berman, superintendent, Eugene, Ore., received 2011 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education from Character Education Partnership

David D. Thompson, superintendent, Stewartville, Minn., named 2011 National Association of Educational Office Professionals Administrator of the Year


Ken Laughran, 85, retired superintendent, Rockton, Ill., May 31

Daniel M. McConnell, 85, retired superintendent, Saginaw, Mich.,
Aug. 9

John A. Murphy, 76, retired superintendent, Prince George’s County, Md., Aug. 9

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