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2019-20 Executive Board Nominees

President-Elect Candidate – Dr. Cathy Donovan

Dr. Cathy Donovan currently serves as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Staffing for Olathe Public Schools in Olathe, Kansas. Olathe is the second-largest school district in Kansas. TheDistrict has 36 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and five high schools. Olathe has over 30,000 students and over 5,000 employees. Cathy has served as a school human resources administrator for 20 years and has completed 35 years in education. Prior to her experience as a human resources administrator, Cathy was an elementary principal and elementary classroom teacher.

Cathy holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas. She also has a Master’s in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s in elementary education.

Cathy has been an active member of AASPA for 20 years. She has served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, the Membership Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2007 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Cathy served on the AASPA Executive Board as Secretary from 2010-2016. She was the recipient of the Herb Salinger Personnel Administrator of the Year Award in October 2014. In addition to AASPA, Cathy has been a member of KASPA. She assisted with the development and implementation of KASPA, served as the KASPA secretary, president-elect and president. Cathy has also been an active member of Metro Personnel/MOASPA which is a group of school human resource administrators in the metropolitan Kansas City area and Missouri Valley which is a group of school human resource administrators in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. She has assisted with the planning and organization of a mini professional development conference for the Missouri Valley Organization. Cathy has presented on a variety of Human Resource topics throughout her career. In addition to her involvement in professional organizations, Cathy has been an active member of a Rotary Club which is involved in international, national and local service projects.


President-Elect Candidate – Dr. Kerry Parker

Dr. Kerry Parker, was recently named Superintendent of New Milford Public Schools in New Milford, Connecticut. Since 2011 she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Clovis Municipal School District in Clovis, New Mexico. Prior to her position in Human Resources, she served as a high school administrator in Connecticut and Colorado for 14 years. She was also a teacher for 14 years in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.

Parker has been actively involved with the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. She currently serves on the AASPA Executive Board as the Region 4 Representative for Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. She has served as the Board Liaison to the Membership, Scholarship, and Constitution and Bylaws Committees. Prior to joining the AASPA Executive Board, Parker served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.

Kerry holds a Bachelor’s from Eastern New Mexico University; a Master’s from the University of Phoenix, Denver; and a Doctorate from the University of Hartford. She has been recognized as the Connecticut State Board of Education Assistant Principal of the Year, received the Connecticut State Board of Education Achievement Award, the Colorado High School Press Association Distinguished Yearbook Advisor Award and was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Parker has served as an adjunct professor for area colleges and universities. Additionally, she has conducted workshops for the following organizations: AASPA, International Skyward iCon Conference, National Conference for State Directors of Technical High Schools, New Mexico School Law Conference, New Mexico Association of School Business Officials, Connecticut Technical High School System, Colorado Association of School Executives, Colorado Language Arts Society, Colorado Association of Middle Level Educators and area boards of education. Further, Parker serves as a Peer-Reviewer for the International Journal of Leadership in Education and has contributed to the AASPA newsletter.


Secretary Candidate – Dr. Kim Chambers

The current AASPA secretary running for a second term, Dr. Kimberly Chambers is in her 18th year as a chief educational human resources administrator. Currently the Director of Human Resources at Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, IL, she has worked in this role for four years. The cradle of the Professional Learning Community movement, Stevenson has been nationally recognized for its impressive student and staff achievements. For the eleven years prior to her move to Stevenson, Kim served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and then the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, Illinois.

As noted, Kim is actively involved in the American Association of School Personnel Administrators currently serving as the Secretary. She has previously served as the Recognitions Committee, Legislative & Governmental Relations Committee and Nominations Committee chairpersons. Kim was the Co-Chair of the AASPA 2012 Annual Conference in Chicago. A founding member of the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators (IASPA), Kim is the current Nominations Chairperson. Serving on the board continuously since the organization’s inception, Kim’s work included roles as President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary and Member-at-Large. Very comfortable with the duties of a Secretary on an elected board, she served as IASPA’s Recording Secretary for seven years. In October 2018, Kim was honored with the Herb Salinger Personnel Administrator of the Year award from AASPA.

Kim holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from DePauw University, a Master of Science in Human Services Counseling from National-Louis University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and a Doctorate of Education from Aurora University. Kim also earned her Certified Human Resources Specialist certification from Michigan State University and a Business Mastery Certificate from Northern Illinois University. In addition to Illinois licensure from the Illinois State Board of Education, she holds a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPD) license from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Kim is a member of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Kim has presented at national and state conferences – including the AASPA Annual Conference and AASPA Boot Camp – and has been asked to assist in the redesign of the Human Resources curriculum as part of Aurora University’s Doctor of Education and Superintendent endorsement program. Kim is also very actively involved in her local human resources group and she has been asked to mentor several administrators new to the human resources role.


Secretary Candidate – Dr. Amy Dillon 

Dr. Amy Dillon, is in her 15th year as a human resources administrator and currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Valley Schools has 35 schools serving over 22,000 students in the suburbs of Kansas City. Prior to her work in human resources, Amy served as a high school teacher, district content area specialist and building administrator. She holds a Bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Kansas, a Master’s in educational leadership from Wichita State University and a Doctoral in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Kansas.

Amy is actively involved in the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) and has been a member since 2006. She currently serves as Chair of the Recognition Committee. She has also served on the Membership Committee, Time and Place Committee and Ad Hoc Certification Task Force Committee. She is also a member of the Missouri Association of School Personnel Administrators – Kansas City and the Kansas Association of School Personnel Administrators.

Amy regularly presents at national and state conferences including AASPA Annual Conferences, AASPA Human Capital Leadership Conference and the Missouri Valley School Personnel Administrators Conference on various topics such as branding and marketing, recruiting and university partnerships. She has also conducted webinars and written articles for AASPA publications. Amy has been instrumental in developing and growing the Missouri Valley School Personnel Administrators Conference held each December and has hosted and presented at the monthly/quarterly MOASPA-KC lunch and learns. She also serves as an adjunct professor for Baker University teaching human resources in the educational setting to aspiring school administrators.


Secretary Candidate – Dr. Linda Kaiser

Dr. Linda Kaiser, is the Director of Human Resource Services at Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri. Park Hill currently serves 12,000 students with approximately 1,800 staff.

Kaiser has been actively involved in the field of education for over 25 years, serving at both the university and school district levels. In her current role, she has developed numerous training and professional development opportunities to support staff so they have the services, resources and information vital to their success. Previously, she worked at the University of Missouri – Columbiaas an instructor, director of career services and education consultant.

Kaiser has been a member of the Missouri Association of School Personnel Administrators since 1996 and has served in multiple roles including Board Member, President-Elect, President, Past President and regional coordinator. She presents at numerous conferences, including AASPA, on topics related to leadership development, supervision training, and mental health resources. She has been active at the state and national levels serving on research boards and committees related to teacher certification, teacher supply and demand, and teacher preparation.

Kaiser holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Truman State University and Columbia College, as well as a Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia.


Region 1 Representative – Jennifer Duvall

Jennifer Duvall is the Human Resources Director for the Corvallis School District in Corvallis, Oregon. Jennifer is actively involved with the District’s equity work and one of her proudest accomplishments is providing leadership in the development of the district’s Grow Your Own Bilingual Teacher Program. Prior to her current role, Jennifer served as an Assistant Director at Oregon State University and in support roles for Albany School District and Linn Benton Lincoln Education Services District. She has been with the Corvallis School District for 16 years.

Jennifer was recognized and honored with the Corvallis School
District’s Golden Apple Stellar Service Award in 2011. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Oregon State University. She has also completed the administrative licensure program at University of Oregon. She earned her national human resources certification, pHCLE, in July 2016.

Jennifer has served on the Oregon School Personnel Association (OSPA) Board for 11 years participating as the president, vice president and currently as the secretary/treasurer. She has presented at both the state and national level including AASPA, OSPA and Frontline Education conferences on a variety of topics ranging from strategic staffing to next generation recruitment strategies. Jennifer also serves on several committees including a rules advisory committee for the state licensing agency, Teacher Standards Practice Commission and the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group.


Region 1 Representative – Tony Howard

Tony Howard is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Richland School District #400 in Southeastern Washington State. tony has been the sole HR administrator for RSD since 2011, and prior to that, was a middle school principal, high school principal, high school assistant principal and high school math teacher. Overall, he has spent 25 years in Washington public education advocating for students and staff.

Tony’s primary duties include leading the collective bargaining process for seven distinct union groups, acting as the district’s personnel officer for all proactive and corrective actions, serving as a mediator for various employee disputes, leading the recruitment and selection processes for staff and acting as the Superintendent’s designate in a variety of venues.

Tony holds a Washington State Superintendent Credential from Washington State University, a Master’s in Mathematics Education from Central Washington University and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education from Western Washington University. In addition, he has participated in a number of trainings and programs targeted to human resources leaders, including multiple sessions with the Harvard Negotiation Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Tony is also a successful trainer and speaker in the region on matters related to HR leadership and function. Specifically, he has presented on teacher evaluation, negotiation leadership, teacher non-renewal processes, investigation training and contractual compliance. He has presented at the state affiliate level (WSPA) on several occasions as well as in other regional forums.


Region 3 Representative – Kevin Walton
Kevin Walton is a Human Resources Specialist & Minority Teacher Recruiting Coordinator for the Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) in North Haven, Connecticut. As an HR Specialist, Kevin provides on-going training to the staff in the areas of sexual harassment, protection & advocacy, child abuse & neglect and manages the agency’s summer school program. Kevin is the Co-Chair of ACES Diversity Committee and a member of the Central Safety Committee and works collaboratively with community partners on ACES related projects.

As the Minority Teacher Recruiting Coordinator, Kevin is responsible for implementing programs and activities that support ACES’ mission to recruit and retain a diverse educator workforce. Two annual programs that epitomize this work include the ACES Careers in Education Recruitment Fair, which matches certified educators with employment opportunities and the Future Educators Symposium, which brings male, high school students of color together for a day of programs and activities designed to introduce them to the education profession.

Kevin has attended every AASPA Conference since becoming a member 10 years ago and has served on several committees including Membership, Legislative & Governmental and currently as the Co-Chair of the Minority Caucus. Additionally, Kevin has presented at several AASPA Conferences, AASPA Webinars and the AASPA Personnel Administrator Bootcamp.


Region 3 Representative – Susan “Ze” Anderson-Brown

Susan “Zé” Anderson-Brown, pHCLE is the Director of Human Resources for the Burlington School District in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington School District is the largest single-town school district in the state of Vermont, serving nearly 4,000 students, Pre-K to grade 12, across 10 campuses.

Ze is actively involved in AASPA and currently serves on the AASPA Membership Committee. In addition, she is a founding member of the Vermont School Human Resources Professionals, Inc., the Vermont affiliate of AASPA. She has served on the board of VSHRP since its inception in 2016, including two terms as the President.

Ze holds a Bachelor’s from Champlain College of Burlington, VT plus a Master’s from Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY. During her career, she has held the positions as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources and as a Global Human Resources Business Partner. Ze regularly attends the national conference and presents at the monthly and annual state conferences. She has participated in the AASPA State Leadership Retreat. She has also served as a School Human Resources Consultant and mentors to both new and seasoned human resources professional in the educational setting.


Region 4 Representative – Kevin Hryciw
Dr. Kevin Hryciw is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services for Arcadia Unified School District in Arcadia, California overseeing Human Resources, Special Education and Health Services. He has served in education for 20+ years in Washington, Oregon and California in a range of past positions including instructional assistant, teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of personnel.

Kevin is passionate about school district human resource services and believes the work of AASPA is vital to connecting HR administrators and staff from across the US. In addition to the networking, he feels that the training and resources provided by AASPA are vital to the growth and success of its members. Kevin has been an active member of AASPA for several years and currently serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee. In past years he has served as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and has served as a general member of both the Legislative and Membership Committees. Furthermore, he has presented at the AASPA Bootcamp and is currently enrolled in the blended cohort of the Human Capital Leaders in Education Certification Program.

In addition to his work in AASPA, Kevin is active in his statewide association teaching for the ACSA Personnel Academy which provides training to new and aspiring HR administrators. He is also an active member of the East San Gabriel Valley Administrators’ Association, which provides networking and resources to HR administrators in Los Angeles County.

Kevin has a passion for fostering healthy culture. He states, “conflict exists in all organizations, but it’s how one chooses to deal with the conflict that sets the healthy organizations apart from the others.” After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, Kevin went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and completed his Doctorate in Education in May 2017 as a proud member of the University of Southern California Trojan family.


Region 4 Representative – David Robertson

David Robertson is the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Twin Rivers Unified in Sacramento, California. Twin Rivers is an urban school district with 52 schools. David is primarily responsible for the staffing, recruitment and retention of all employees. David and his department strive to understand and be sensitive to the welfare, needs and aspirations of the hundreds of individuals who comprise the work force in Twin Rivers. David and his department are guided by the desire to enhance the educational goals and objectives established for the students served by the school district.

David’s career path in education included many stops in Wyoming, Colorado, Beijing and now in California as a kindergarten – third grade teacher, vice principal and principal along the way. He has now been working in the amazing world of human resources for over 12 years.

David is a long-standing member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). He is currently the Past President of the Human Resources Council and AASPA California Liaison. David was president of the HR Council for three years and was previously Co-Chair of their two large professional development conferences (Personnel Academy and Negotiations Symposium). In addition, David co-authored an article in EdSource in 2016 on the teacher shortage.

David has presented statewide and at AASPA on recruitment strategies, in addition to other topics at ACSA events. The HR Council is also very active in legislative issues in California working directly with ACSA staff and testifying at assembly hearings at the state capital. David is currently the AASPA Legislative Committee Chair.