.Nameplate February 2013 Issue 
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People Watch

Myra Forrest Myra G. Forrest
Myra Forrest has been named the new executive director of Foundation for Pottstown Education, Pottstown, Pa. An AASA member since 2005, Forrest worked in Pottstown schools for more than 20 years, beginning as a kindergarten teacher and culminating with a four-year term as superintendent of the city’s Owen J. Roberts School District. Earlier, she held sundry administrative titles, including director of curriculum and assistant superintendent. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Widener University in Chester, Pa.
 Eileen HowleyEileen Howley
The LEARN Regional Education Service Center in Old Lyme, Conn., welcomed Eileen Howley as the new executive director. Howley joins the organization from the superintendency in West Hartford, Conn., where she served since 2009. She previously worked in the central office in Farmington, Conn., for eight years, first as assistant superintendent and most recently as interim superintendent. She also spent time in the Connecticut State Department of Education. An AASA member since 2002, Howley earned her Ed.D. from the University of Hartford.
 Deborah Hunter-HarvillDeborah Hunter-Harvill
The new superintendent of the Buena Vista Schools in Saginaw, Mich., is Deborah Hunter-Harvill. This marks her second superintendency following two years leading the Westwood Heights School District in Flint, Mich. She formerly was a central-office administrator and principal in the Detroit Public Schools. Hunter-Harvill is a past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. An AASA member since 2007, she earned her Ed.D. in educational administration from Wayne State University in Detroit. She also has served as a consultant for AASA.
 Al MijaresAl Mijares 
The new superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, Calif., is Al Mijares. The appointment marks Mijares’ third superintendency in the state, following previous assignments in the top posts of Bakersfield and Coachella Valley. Most recently, Mijares served six years as vice president of the 12-state Western Regional Office of the College Board. The son of an immigrant from Chihuahua, Mexico, Mijares earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He joined AASA in 1997.
Susan ScherzSusan Scherz
Susan Scherz, who joined the AASA membership ranks in 2002, has been named superintendent in Hansen, Idaho. Scherz returns to the central office after six years as an assistant professor, most recently at the University of Wyoming’s College of Education. She has served in the top berth in various Arizona school districts for nearly two decades and as interim superintendent in Nome, Alaska, for a six-month stint. Scherz received her doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Nina ZettyNina Zetty
The 3,600-student Gateway School District in Monroeville, Pa., has a new superintendent in Nina Zetty. She comes to the district after working for six years in Peters Township, Pa., most recently as superintendent since 2008 and as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Zetty is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. An AASA member since 2008, she earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction and computer education from West Virginia University.



Nancy Allen-Mastro, from assistant superintendent, Bloomington, Minn., to superintendent, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools, Mendota Heights, Minn.

Dianne Anderson, from superintendent, Howard-Winneshiek School District, Cresco, Iowa, to superintendent, East Marshall School District, Gilman, Iowa

Patricia Charles, from superintendent, Westbrook, Conn., to superintendent, Middletown, Conn.

Matthew Curtis, from assistant superintendent, Glastonbury, Conn., to superintendent, Simsbury, Conn.

Jerry Jennex, from superintendent, Capac, Mich., to superintendent, Globe, Ariz.

Tom Korst, from assistant superintendent, Havre, Mont., to superintendent, Hamilton, Mont.

J. Francis Manning, from superintendent, Solvay, N.Y., to superintendent, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse, N.Y.

Jeffry Mathieu, from principal, Bacon Academy, Colchester, Conn., to superintendent, Colchester, Conn.

Brent O’Daniell, from superintendent, Nashville, Ill., Grade School District 49 to superintendent, Virginia, Ill.

Joseph Onofrio, from superintendent, Old Saybrook, Conn., to superintendent, Salem, Conn.

Steve Smolek, from superintendent, Mauston, Wis., to superintendent, Antigo, Wis.

Linda Brian,
superintendent, Hanover-Horton School District, Horton, Mich.

Jessica F. Cohen, superintendent, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse, N.Y.

Richard Heflich, superintendent, Oakland, N.J.

Thomas Pandiscio, superintendent, Wachusett Regional School District, Jefferson, Mass.

Ralph A. Cain,
65, retired superintendent, Etowah County, Ala., Nov. 5

Dennis Geissler, 58, superintendent, Osseo-Fairchild School District, Osseo, Wis., Nov. 28

Carroll F. Johnson, 99, retired superintendent, White Plains, N.Y., Oct. 1

Maria Goodloe Johnson, 55, former superintendent, Seattle, Wash., Dec. 5

H. DeWayne Whittington, 81, retired superintendent, Somerset County, Md., Nov. 20

Charles R. Young, 83, retired superintendent, Glencoe, Ill., Nov. 25

Michael Zapantis, 62, retired superintendent, Ashburnham-Westminster School District, Ashburn, Mass., Nov. 20

News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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