Amalia Cudeiro-Nelsen

Amalia Cudeiro-Nelsen
After an eight-year run as senior partner and co-founder of Boston-based Targeted Leadership Consulting, Amalia Cudeiro-Nelsen has moved into the superintendency of Bellevue, Wash., School District 405. She previously worked as deputy superintendent in Boston and served principalships in Santa Monica, Calif., and Baldwin Park, Calif. An adjunct faculty member at Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program for the past five years, Cudeiro-Nelsen has been an AASA member since 2005. She earned an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard.

Jim Hawkins

Jim R. Hawkins

Following four years as superintendent of the Killeen, Texas, Independent Schools, Jim Hawkins assumed the top position in Dalton, Ga. Hawkins previously was the superintendent in DeSoto, Texas, for seven years. He also served as assistant superintendent of business services for seven years in Killeen. Hawkins was honored as the Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association of Journalism Educators in 2002. Hawkins, an 11-year AASA member, earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of North Texas.

Terry Holliday

Terry K. Holliday

An AASA member since 1998, Terry Holliday has been named state commissioner of education in Kentucky. Holliday served for seven years as superintendent of the Iredell-Statesville Schools in Statesville, N.C. He was state superintendent of the year in North Carolina in 2009, and his school district won a prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008. He earlier was superintendent in Transylvania County, N.C. Holliday served as a blogger at recent AASA national conferences. He has a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina.

Robert Mengerink

Robert A. Mengerink

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has a new superintendent in Robert Mengerink, an AASA member since 1986. He had worked as superintendent of the 7,400-student Kettering City Schools near Dayton, Ohio. Mengerink previously held posts as superintendent, associate superintendent for business, and elementary education director in the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools in the Buckeye State. Named Ohio Superintendent of the Year in 2008, he carries a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Akron.

Debra Bruner
has filled many roles as an educator, none nearly as coveted as a part-time job she’s held for the past quarter-century as an employee of her beloved hometown Philadelphia Phillies. Bruner, superintendent in Somersdale, N.J., since 1999 and an AASA member for 18 years, is a guest services rep, meaning she handles fan complaints, reunites lost kids with their parents and helps those with disabilities — and does so at all 81 home games at Citizens Bank Park (and, last fall, at Philadelphia’s World Series games). She earlier spent four years as an usherette with the Phillies’ “Hot Pants Patrol,” a post she gave up at age 30 with a daytime job promotion. “I knew I couldn’t be running around the stadium wearing go-go boots as the principal of a school!”

Debra Bruner



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

Dean Casello, from superintendent, Union Area School District, New Castle, Pa., to superintendent, Deer Lakes School District, Russellton, Pa.

David E. Cash, from superintendent, Claremont, Calif., to superintendent, Clovis, Calif.

Randy Ewing, from assistant superintendent, Lytle, Texas, to superintendent, Runge, Texas

Glen Gelbrich, from deputy superintendent, Salem, Ore., to superintendent, Juneau, Alaska

Edward Heatley, from superintendent, Chino, Calif., to superintendent, Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, Ga.

William J. Hull, from assistant superintendent, Montville Schools, Oakdale, Conn., to superintendent, Putnam, Conn.

Delma Josephson, from assistant superintendent, Narragansett Regional School District, Marlborough, Mass., to superintendent, Worcester Catholic Diocese
Schools, Worcester, Mass.

Henry Shaffer, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Cecil County Public Schools, Elkton, Md.

Daniel T. White, from superintendent, Perry, N.Y., to superintendent, Monroe 1 BOCES, Fairport, N.Y.

Joe Zydowsky, from superintendent/principal, Cassville, Wis., to superintendent, Cadott, Wis.

Carl Bonuso, superintendent, Wantagh, N.Y.

Guy Habeck, superintendent, Cadott, Wis.

John A. Kriekard, superintendent, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Phoenix, Ariz.

Jacqueline Lesney, superintendent, Shippensburg, Pa.

Susan Makosy, superintendent, Central Cambria School District, Ebensburg, Pa

Timothy R. Jenney, superintendent, Sugar Land, Texas, given 2009 Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award, National School Public Relations Association

Brian A. Beeler, 59, superintendent, Acton, Maine, April 25

Leonard Britton, 78, retired superintendent, Dade County, Fla., and Los Angeles, Aug. 9

Vernon N. Newsom, 61, retired superintendent, Mansfield, Texas, July 22

Deborah S. Stewart, 57, superintendent, Sullivan, Maine, March 25