We are pleased to join The Western Association of Schools and Colleges to announce the selection of Beth Forrest as Director of Information Technology. Beth’s experience within the University level of higher education leading people in projects, systems analysis, development of University best practices, and her skilled leadership in information services and technology are solid foundations that will well serve WASC.
We are pleased to join The Headington Institute to announce the selection of Bob Pettit as Executive Vice President. Bob’s experience within higher education, fostering governance and ethics management, as well as his language and multicultural abilities made him a natural choice for Headington’s mission in caring for humanitarian aid workers and emergency first responders worldwide.
We are pleased to join The Creekside School to announce the selection of Megan Tolway as Head of School. Megan has rapidly risen in leadership from special education classroom teacher to Program Director of a 72 student tuition-free charter school. Megan holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, along with several licenses and certifications including Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
We are pleased to join The Teen Project to announce the selection of Bert Paras as Chief Operations Officer. Bert has 19 years of community leadership experience, including 13 years leadership experience serving the homeless, including families with children and teens. Bert has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare at Northridge, CA and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from American Military University.
We are pleased to join NAPCA to announce the selection of Tina Draughon as Chief Financial Officer. Tina Draughon is a third generation Japanese-American, is local, and grew up with the values mirrored in the NAPCA Mission. She has 24 years of increasingly responsible leadership in accounting, finance, and non-profit with significant audit and Federal Grant experience. She has earned a BS in Accounting from City College of Seattle and an MBA from the University of Seattle.
We are pleased to join Hume Lake Christian Camps to announce the selection of John Boal as Chief Development Officer. John has more than 20 years as a senior leader, including school system superintendent, vice president of advancement, lobbyist, organizational policy writer/administrator, and strategic planner. He earned his Doctor of Science, Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University and his Master of Divinity from Masters Seminary.
Ardent Search Company contacted hundreds of film festivals, museums, art centers, universities and other nonprofit organizations before presenting a handful of highly qualified candidates. Amanda Graves was selected by SBIFF as their Director of Education because of her desire to share her passion for film and the use of film as an educational tool to inspire the community and the students accompanied by her experience in all areas of film programming and production.
Ardent joins BGEA in welcoming Bill Musik as its VP of Human Resources. Bill is a senior human resources professional with 28 years’ experience in leading and developing human capital for consumer products, automotive aftermarket and original equipment manufacturers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. The opportunity to work with the BGEA ministry fulfills Bill’s desire to serve God more. One of his peers describes him as “a tireless performer who brings keen insights, strong communication skills and a quick sense of humor to every challenge he faces.”
Ardent partnered with Seeba to find a local candidate who fit the organization’s mission, culture and unique requirements for their niche market.”
Ardent completes fourth search for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. PanCan is one of the most innovative, trailblazing, relentless and highly respected organizations in the non-profit sector and they’re rewriting the book on how to fight a deadly disease. Ardent has had the privilege of serving PanCan in four searches: Director, Patient Services, Director, Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement, Director, Digital Marketing and Sr. Director, Scientific and Medical Affairs.
After an extensive national search (over 2800 contacts) and interview process, Ardent joins The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) in announcing Dr. Brian Kennerly as their new Executive Director. Kennerly has been in boarding, day, Christian, and secular schools as a teacher, adviser, coach, principal, department leader, head of school, and parent. He has a Doctor of Education and Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University. CESA serves Christian schools through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development.
Ardent Search Company partnered with San Luis Obispo Museum of Art to find Jeff Al-Mashat as their Director of Capital Campaigns & Development Director, contacting hundreds of museums, art centers and other nonprofit organizations before focusing on a handful of highly qualified candidates. Jeff has had a productive career over the past two decades in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and management with National Coalition on Organ & Tissue Donations and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.
Ardent is pleased to join Doheny Eye Institute (DEI) to announce the selection of Jared Sandoval as their new Director, Facilities Management. Ardent Search Company partnered with DEI by contacting hundreds of large medical facility management personnel, placing multiple local ads and interviewing 29 people. Jared, interim DEI Director of Facilities, proved to be the best fit for the position having served DEI since 2000.
Ardent assisted is placing Linda Peterson as the Director of Research and John Hausaman as the Director of Substantive Change and Committee Relations for Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. Peterson has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley plus twenty-five years of varied legal, consulting, policy analysis, social-service, program management, and research experience, as well as years of service in the higher education sector. Hausaman has a Master’s in Public Services Management and more than eleven years’ service to the Higher Learning Commission—a Regional Accreditor (Program Manager—Education and Training, Public Information Officer) as well as serving in Research and Assessment at the university level.