Outstanding Women in Public Education Selected to Participate in 2019 AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – May 16, 2019 – Twenty women superintendents and successful women leaders from the corporate and nonprofit communities have been selected to participate in the 2019 AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium.

Established in 2016 by AASA, The School Superintendents Association as part of the Women in School Leadership Initiative, the Consortium is designed to bring together successful women leaders to identify and address barriers females face when aspiring to top leadership positions in K-12 education.

“For years, AASA has worked diligently to support women working to climb career ladders and seeking to excel in education administration,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “A key vehicle driving this change in public education is our National Women’s Leadership Consortium. Congratulations to the outstanding women leaders who comprise this year’s cohort.” 

AASA has partnered with Horace Mann on the Women’s Leadership Consortium since 2018, providing opportunities for more women leaders to participate.

“Horace Mann is proud to join AASA as we recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements women are making in public education,” said Marita Zuraitis, president and chief executive officer, Horace Mann. “A quality education is paramount in shaping the dreams and aspirations of the more than 50 million children who are learning and growing in our public schools. We applaud the female educators participating in the 2019 AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium.”

The members of the 2019 National Women’s Leadership Consortium include:

  • Selena A. Bowe, principal, Esformes Hebrew Academy, Osmond Beach, Fla.
  • Heather Cordie, superintendent, Sherwood School District, Sherwood, Ore.
  • Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent, Park Hill School District, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Melissa J. Gomez, vice president of education partnerships, Sphero, Ft. Mill, S.C.
  • Corrina Guardipee-Hall, superintendent, Browning School District 9, Browning, Mont.
  • Mary Henderson, associate superintendent, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, Elmhurst, Ill.
  • Paget Hetherington, vice president of marketing, Gaggle, Medford, Mass.
  • Lisa Hoffman, assistant superintendent, Quakertown Community School District, Quakertown, Pa.
  • Karin Holtz, general manager, National Excellence in School Leadership Institute, Germantown, Md.
  • Tabia Nicole Jones, president, chief executive officer, St. Joseph Academy, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Andrea M. Kane, superintendent, Queen Anne’s County Public School District, Centreville, Md.
  • Jodi A. Mezzanotte, assistant superintendent, Westbrook School District, Westbrook, Maine
  • Diana L. Mitchell, superintendent, Dorchester County School District, Cambridge, Md.
  • Alexis Morgan, assistant superintendent, Cambridge Public School District, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Eileen Murphy, chief executive officer, ThinkCERCA, Chicago, Ill.
  • Patricia E. Neudecker, past president, AASA, Oconomowoc, Wis.
  • Katrise Perera, superintendent, Gresham-Barlow Joint School District 10, Gresham, Ore.
  • Kelly Ruwe, regional executive, northwest region, Horace Mann, Springfield, Ill.
  • Kristi Sandvik, superintendent, Buckeye Elementary School District 33, Buckeye, Ariz.
  • Megan Shafer, senior director of policy, Lower Merion School District, Ardmore, Pa.

For more details on the National Women’s Leadership Consortium and other resources that are being made available to the K-12 education community as part of the Women in School Leadership Initiative, visit the AASA Website.


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.

About Horace Mann
Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE: HMN)) is the largest financial services company focused on providing America’s educators and school employees with insurance and retirement solutions. Founded by educators for educators in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. For more information about the company, visit horacemann.com.