Faculty

Joe Coto

Joe Coto

Senior Search Consultant

Joe Coto began his career as a Social Studies teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. He later became Superintendent of the Oakland Public Schools in 1984. In 1988, he was recruited to serve as Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, and served in that position for the next 14 years. The Association of California School Administrators named him the 2003 Superintendent of the Year.
Debra Gomez

Debra Gomez

Senior Search Consultant

Debra Gomez recently served as the Executive Director of the Centers of Educational Innovation with University Public Schools, an Arizona State University affiliate. Prior to this position, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Tempe Elementary School District for six years. Debra was then appointed as the Interim Superintendent of the Tempe Elementary District for the 2004-2005 school year.
Anne Halsey

Anne Halsey

Mentor

Anne Halsey served for six years on the senior staff of a national literary organization where she directed an award-winning, multi-million dollar media project. Much of her professional experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors has been focused on supporting educational initiatives across multiple platforms. A vocal advocate for public schools, Halsey currently serves as Vice President of the San Marcos CISD school board.
Jodi Huff

Jodi Huff

Mentor

Jodi Huff provided leadership and support to the students, teachers, and administrators in the Clark County School District for over 25 years.  In her most recent role as the Director of Literacy, Technology, and Talent Development Department she provided ongoing leadership development, management, and implementation of the Performance Zone Instructional Coach (127 coaches) and Digital Coach (45 coaches) initiative. She also organized, facilitated, and led the District’s Response to Instruction Collaborative. She currently works with the Sierra Nevada College as an Adjunct Professor.
Terri Janison

Terri Janison

Senior Search Consultant

A child advocate for over 30 years, Mrs. Janison has worked in the private and public sectors on behalf of children. She served on the Clark County School Board of Trustees for five years where she participated in two superintendent searches, leading the effort on the second one while serving as President of the board. Janison also led the search for the Nevada Superintendent of Education while working for Governor Brian Sandoval. Janison is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BA in advertising.
Dr. Phil Jepson

Dr. Phil Jepson

Senior Search Consultant

Dr. Jepson has served in executive central office positions with Henrico and Isle of Wight Counties. Most recently, Dr. Jepson supported the reorganization of the Isle of Wight Schools Central Office. Dr. Jepson currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Old Dominion University Educational Leadership Graduate Program.
Dr. Jose Leyba

Dr. Jose Leyba

Senior Search Consultant

Dr. Jose Leyba worked more than four decades in the public school, higher education, and consultation markets. He has served in various leadership roles from teacher, administrator and CEO in public school and higher education. Dr. Leyba retired from Maricopa Community College District in 2001.
Dr. Paul Miller

Dr. Paul Miller

Mentor

Dr. Miller has more than 16 years in the Urban Public Education system; specializing in school redesign and reform, creating effective change for schools through collaborative missions, visions, and teamwork. Dr. Miller has written two books called “Cyberbullying: Breaking the Cycle of Conflict” and “We Need to Do Better: Changing the Mindset of Children through Community, Family, and Education”.
Dr. Stan Paz

Dr. Stan Paz

Executive Coach

Dr. Stan Paz serves as the executive director of TALAS since 2016. He is the founding president of the Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). He also served as the superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District and El Paso Independent School District. Dr. Paz is a former president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, and was honored in 1994 as the Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Dr. Katrise Perera

Dr. Katrise Perera

Mentor

Dr. Katrise Perera served as superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools from 2011 to 2015. She was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.
David Thomas

David Thomas

Senior Search Consultant

David Thomas has been a successful Principal and Superintendent for over 30 years. David was recruited to become CEO of the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). He led the Upper Canada District School Board for 12 years. The large school district included 4 regional education centres, over 100 elementary schools, 23 high schools and 10 adult education centers. In his tenure at the District he created a nationally recognized International School. David guided the UCDSB to establish the first 5-year and 10-year educational contract with a First Nations education authority.

Rod Townsend

Rod Townsend

Mentor & Senior Search Consultant

Rod Townsend currently serves Decatur Independent School District as the Superintendent of Schools which serves approximately 3,000 students outside of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mr. Townsend has been actively involved with the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) along with other superintendents to transform Texas Education through the “Future Ready Superintendent Leadership Institute”.
Dr. Guy Sconzo

Dr. Guy Sconzo

Senior Search Consultant

Dr. Guy Sconzo served the as Superintendent of Humble ISD for the past 15 years before retiring. Dr. Sconzo’s 43-year career in education began in New York as a teacher, then principal. He has served as a superintendent for 26 years in Ohio, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. He was named a finalist for TASB Superintendent of the Year and was the 2007 TASA nominee for National Superintendent of the Year.