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California’s Premier Executive Search & Leadership Development Firm
Leadership Associates was founded in 1996 to support school boards and other educational organizations in their selection of superintendents and executive leaders. Since that time we have come to understand that the recruitment and selection of high-quality leaders goes hand in hand with services that cultivate and support the leadership development of individual leaders and governance teams.
Leadership Associates is a dedicated team of passionate individuals with exceptional success as superintendents and in other educational leadership roles including oversight and guidance of exemplary educational governance teams.
Our website includes links to the resources you’ll need to engage with us in meeting all your needs related to executive searches and all levels of leadership development. While you’re here, we invite you to explore the links below to learn more about the diversity and strengths of our Leadership Associates team.
Meet Our Team
Executive Leadership Team
Kent L. Bechler, Ph.D.
Dennis M. Smith, Ed.D.
Sally Frazier, Ed.D.
Marc A. Ecker, Ph.D.
Peggy Lynch, Ed.D
Eric D. Andrew, Ed.D.
Blanca Cavazos, Ed.D.
Richard J. Fischer
Jacqueline Horejs, Ed.D.
Rich Thome Chávez
David Verdugo, Ed.D.
James R. (Jim) Brown
Executive Support Team
Sarena Fairrington, Executive Assistant, Search Services
Betty Hall, Administrative Assistant, Leadership Development & Finances
Penny Pyle, Executive Assistant