AASA Announces New Leadership

For Immediate Release


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)
Alexandria, Va. – (July 11, 2017) – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced its new executive committee and governing board members for 2017-18.

Founded in 1865 and headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AASA serves as the premier organization for our nation’s school superintendents serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States.
The 21-member executive committee, elected by AASA’s governing board, represents each region of the country. The committee meets quarterly and conducts the ongoing business of the organization. The new executive committee members include:

  • David Cox, superintendent, Allegany County Public Schools, Cumberland, Md.
  • Paul W. Imhoff, superintendent, Upper Arlington Schools, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • Janet H. Mason, superintendent, Rutherford County Schools, Forest City, N.C.
  • Candace Singh, superintendent, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Fallbrook, Calif.
  • Tom Turrell, superintendent, Byers School District 32J, Byers, Colo. (re-elected to a three-year term)
  • Ron Whitmoyer, superintendent, East Helena Public Schools, East Helena, Mont.

Membership on the AASA Governing Board is based upon the number of eligible voting members in each state affiliate, which is guaranteed at least two representatives on the board. The new 2017-18 Governing Board members include:
Region 1

  • Martin Kobza, superintendent, Sheridan County School District 1, Ranchester, Wyo.
  • Patrick Mayer, superintendent, Wrangell Public Schools, Wrangell, Alaska
  • Wendy Moore, superintendent, Genesee Joint School District 282, Genesee, Idaho
  • Jule Walker, superintendent, Plevna School District 55, Plevna, Mont.
  • Heidi Sipe, superintendent, Umatilla School District 6R, Umatilla, Ore.
  • Anthony Smith, superintendent, Riverview School District 407, Duvall, Wash.

Region 2

  • Paul S. Anderson, superintendent, Lake Hamilton School District 5, Pearcy, Ark.
  • Lexi Cunningham, superintendent, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • LaTonya Goffney, superintendent, Lufkin Independent School District, Lufkin, Texas
  • James Largent, superintendent, Granbury Independent School District, Granbury, Texas
  • Sean Rickert, superintendent, Pima Unified School District 6, Pima, Ariz.
  • Max Tanner, superintendent, Oologah-Talala School District 4, Oologah, Okla.

Region 3

  • Kristine Gilmore, superintendent, D.C. Everest Area School District, Weston, Wis.
  • Deborah Kerr, School District of Brown Deer, Brown Deer, Wis.
  • Eric Runez, superintendent, DeForest Area School District, DeForest Wis.  
  • Scott Thielman, superintendent, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools, Buffalo, Minn.

Region 4

  • Mike Borgfjord, superintendent, Seine River School Division, Lorette, Manitoba, Canada
  • Jeffrey Thake, superintendent, Amboy Community Unit School District 272, Amboy, Ill.
  • Nicholas Brake, superintendent, Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro, Ky.

Region 5

  • John Aitken, superintendent, Collierville Schools, Collierville, Tenn.
  • Patrick Miller, superintendent, Greene County Schools, Snow Hill, N.C.
  • David Sovine, Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester, Va.

Region 6

  • Theresa Alban, superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, Md.
  • Jay Burkhart, superintendent, East Pennsboro Area School District, Enola, Pa. 
  • Matt Burrows, superintendent, Appoquinimink School District, Odessa, Del.
  • Lee Ann Wentzel, superintendent, Ridley School District, Folsom, Pa.

Region 7

  • Shari Camhi, superintendent, Baldwin Union Free School District, Baldwin, N.Y.
  • Ana Riley, superintendent, Portsmouth School Department, Portsmouth, R.I.
  • David Younce, superintendent, Mill River Unified Union School District, North Clarendon, Vt.

Click here to view the AASA regional map.
Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Dysart Unified School District 89 in Surprise, Ariz. and Chris Gaines, superintendent of the Mehlville School District in St. Louis, Mo., were sworn in as AASA president and president-elect, respectfully. The installation ceremony was held in conjunction with AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.