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John Allison

John R. Allison
The new superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools in Wichita, Kan., is John Allison, who served in the top post of the 5,500-student Mt. Lebanon School District in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the previous two years. An AASA member since 2008, he earlier worked for five years as deputy superintendent in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Texas, and filled an array of positions in Shawnee Mission, Kan., where he was a social studies teacher, assistant principal and associate superintendent for education services.


Linda Curtis


Linda L. Curtis

The new education chief for the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity’s schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Cuba is Linda Curtis. An AASA member since 2008, she previously was deputy director of DoDEA schools in Europe. Earlier she was superintendent of schools in DoDEA’s Isles and Brussels districts from 2001 to 2006 and an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal and teacher in Germany and Belgium. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership at Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.


Joyce Lutrey


Joyce J. Lutrey

The Department of Defense Education Activity has named Joyce Lutrey the new area superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the department’s schools in the Pacific, which serve the children of military personnel and civilian employees. Lutrey most recently worked as superintendent of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Ariz. Previously she was the superintendent in Fruitport, Mich., and principal of three schools in Michigan. An AASA member since 2003, Lutrey earned her doctorate of educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.


Sue Matheson


Sue A. Matheson
An AASA member since 2003, Sue Matheson has been named to the state board of education in Mississippi, an appointment of Gov. Haley Barbour. Matheson has been serving since 2002 as superintendent of the 1,500-student Pass Christian, Miss., Public School District. A 41-year educator, she earlier worked as a principal and assistant superintendent in Pass Christian. Her state governance post runs until June 2014. Matheson earned her Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from University of Southern Mississippi.


Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana


Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana

After spending three years as superintendent of the 32,000-student Pomona, Calif., Unified School District, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana has joined the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. Meléndez de Santa Ana, a former member of the AASA Governing Board, formerly was Pomona’s chief academic officer. She was named state superintendent of the year in 2008. Meléndez de Santa Ana earned a Ph.D. in language, literacy and learning from the University of Southern California.


Chris Nicastro


Chris L. Nicastro

A 20-year AASA member, Chris (Wright) Nicastro, has been selected as Missouri’s new state education commissioner. Nicastro has served since 2002 as superintendent in Hazelwood, Mo., a St. Louis suburb with 19,000 students. A lifelong Missouri educator, she earlier held the top spot in Riverview Gardens, Mo. The 2009 Missouri Superintendent of the Year, Nicastro is the first woman to hold the state’s top education berth. She received the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award in 2006 from AASA. Nicastro holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from St. Louis University.


APPOINTMENTS
Greg W. Baker, from area director to deputy superintendent, Portland, Ore.

Gary Cohn, from superintendent, Port Angeles, Wash., to superintendent, Everett, Wash.

Rick Doll, from superintendent, Louisburg, Kan., to superintendent, Lawrence, Kan.

Gregory C. Geer, from superintendent, Byron-Bergen Central Schools, Bergen, N.Y., to assistant professor of education leadership, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.

Deborah A. Haab, from superintendent, Altmar-Parish-Williamston Central Schools, Parish, N.Y., to superintendent, Highland, N.Y.

Karen L. List, from assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction to superintendent, West Hartford, Conn.

Heath Morrison, from community superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md., to superintendent, Washoe County School District, Reno, Nev.

Douglas Premo, from principal, Port Leyden and Constableville, N.Y., to superintendent, South Lewis Central Schools, Port Leyden, N.Y.

Marilou Ryder, from superintendent, Central Unified School District, Fresno, Calif., to superintendent, Victor Valley Union High School District, Victorville, Calif.

Dawn Santiago-Marullo, from director of special projects and programs to superintendent, Victor, N.Y.

Ana Tilton, from chief program officer, Texas High School Project, Dallas, Texas, to chief academic officer, Denver, Colo.

RETIREMENTS
Jim Busey, superintendent, Lake Chelan Schools, Chelan, Wash.

Steve Chestnut, superintendent, Moses Lake, Wash.

Allen Fossbender, superintendent, Regional School District 9, Easton, Conn.

Richard R. Rhau, superintendent, Saugerties, N.Y.

John A. Richman, superintendent, Roslyn, N.Y.

Thomas Sherk, superintendent, Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Lebanon, Pa.

Wayne L. Threlkeld, superintendent, Hopatcong, N.J.

DEATHS
Tom Kelly, 64, retired superintendent, North Mason, Wash., May 5

Robert W. Peebles, 83, retired superintendent, Alexandria, Va., June 30

William “Bill” Stevenson, 85, retired superintendent, Shoreline, Wash., and AASA president 1981-82, July 9