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For assistance in selecting a consultant, contact:

  • Louis Birchbauer, Search Services & Organizational Services Director (lbirchbauer@wasb.org, 414-218-2805) OR
  • Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel
    (bforbes@wasb.org, 608-512-1707).

Lou Birchbauer photoLouis Birchbauer, Ph.D. – Director of Search Services & Organizational Services, Governance Consultant

lbirchbauer@wasb.org, 414.218.2805

Specializes in working with districts politically, economically, or facilities-challenged and which need to reestablish leadership or school board governance creditability.

Louis has dedicated 35 years to working with Wisconsin public school districts. He has a strong educational background, including a Ph.D. from the UW-Madison, which complements his experience. Dr. Birchbauer served as superintendent for nearly 30 consecutive years in the districts of Cambria-Friesland, Mosinee, Germantown, and Greenfield.

Al Brown photoAl Brown, Ed.D. – Search Services, Organizational Services & Governance Consultant

abrown@wasb.org, 715.577.0913

Specializes in school board governance and organizational strategies to improve school district performance.

Al has served Wisconsin school districts and students for more than 35 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He earned his doctorate degree from Bethel University in Minnesota. Governance, leadership, collaboration and school district reorganization are subjects of current interest. Currently, he also serves as an education consultant for CESA #11 in the area of Educator Effectiveness and educator professional evaluation.grey text to take up space grey text to take up space grey text to take up space 

Louise Blankenheim PhotoLouise Blankenheim, Ed.D. – Search Services & Organizational Services Consultant

lblankenheim@wasb.org, 920.286.1864

Specializes in developing superintendent and school board relationships, leadership coaching, strategic planning, effective decision-making and conflict resolution strategies, as well as curriculum development and instructional programming to maximize district accountability and student achievement.

Louise earned a doctorate degree in Leadership, Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Marian College in Fond du Lac. Louise has demonstrated 34 years of effective leadership in a variety of teaching and administrative experiences both in urban and rural districts. She has practice in facilitating school board and superintendent teams through current challenging issues such as a school closing, declining enrollment, referendums and budget reductions. Louise believes that success begins at the top and by maximizing resources both internally and externally through strategic planning and systems thinking, school boards can create the learning organization desired by the communities they serve.

Roger Foegen PhotoRoger Foegen, M.S. Educational Administration – Search Services & Organizational Services Consultant

rfoegen@wasb.org, 608.790.5836

Specializes in school board/administrator leadership, community engagement and evaluation of school climate, facility upgrades, food service, and transportation needs.

Roger has served Wisconsin school districts for 40 years. Mr. Foegen earned both his master’s degree in educational administration and his Sixth Year Degree in educational leadership from Winona State University. Mr. Foegen serves as an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and is currently the Superintendent Practicum/ Capstone Coordinator in the field of educational administration.

Guy Leavitt photoGuy Leavitt, Ed.S. – Search Services, Organizational Services & Governance Consultant

gleavitt@wasb.org, 608.864.0631

Specializes in school board and administrator leadership and relationships, facility maintenance and upgrades and effective district fiscal management.

Guy has dedicated over 36 years to school districts in Wisconsin serving as a classroom teacher, 7-12 principal, superintendent and CESA administrator.  He earned his master’s degree and 6th year certification at Winona State University.  He is trained in the DPI model of teacher and principal observation.  Mr. Leavitt is an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and currently teaches a graduate course for aspiring superintendents.

Roger Price, M.S. Educational Administration, M.S. Business Management – Organizational Services Consultant

rprice@wasb.org, 608.212.0990

Specializes in operational effectiveness/efficiencies and all facets of master planning.

Roger has spent his career of 35 years involved in all aspects of educational operations and business management in K-12 and higher education. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from UW-Madison and his master’s in school business management from UW-Whitewater. He received the Wally Zastron (Life Time Achievement) Award from WASBO. Mr. Price serves as an adjunct professor at UW-Whitewater.

Dennis Richards, Ph.D. – Search Services, Organizational Services & Governance Consultant

drichards@wasb.org, 715.896.3846

Specializes in administrator performance evaluation and effective school district fiscal operations.

Dennis has devoted over 35 years to working with Wisconsin school districts. He taught physical education and health, was an elementary principal, and then served as superintendent in Washington-Caldwell, Albany, and Black River Falls. Dr. Richards received a specialist certificate from the UW-Milwaukee and also a Ph.D. in educational administration from the UW-Madison. In addition, Dennis served as president of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

Rachel Schultz photoRachel Schultz, Ed.S. – Search Services, Organizational Services & Governance Consultant

rschultz@wasb.org, 608.604.1465

Specializes in school board and administrator evaluation and relationships, and data-driven analysis of fiscal operations, transportation, food service and instructional programs to maximize district efficiencies, accountability and performance.

Rachel has been passionate about public education for nearly 40 years. Ms. Schultz taught science prior to pursuing her degrees in administration. She received her undergraduate, masters and educational administration specialist degrees from the UW-Madison where she was a teaching assistant. Then worked for the Richland School District for 29 years where she served as district administrator, business manager, charter school principal, food service director, curriculum coordinator, and district assessment coordinator. She has also worked with initial educators to help them become licensed professional educators.

George Steffen photoGeorge Steffen, Ed.D. – Search Services, Organizational Services & Governance Consultant

gsteffen@wasb.org, 815.353.9441

Specializes in school board and administrator leadership and relationships, long-range planning, and school district collaboration, reorganization, and consolidation.

George has dedicated 44 years to working with IL and WI public school districts. After receiving a degree from National College of Education, he received his master and doctorate degrees from Loyola University in educational administration. Mr. Steffen taught fourth, sixth, and eighth grade prior to pursuing his career as a superintendent. He served as assistant superintendent and then as superintendent for 29 consecutive years at Amboy (IL), Prairie Grove (IL), Trevor and Trevor-Wilmot (WI). He has served as an adjunct professor at Aurora Univ. and Northeastern Illinois Univ. and a guest lecturer at Loyola Univ. in the field of educational administration. In addition, George is trained in the DPI model of teacher and principal observation/evaluation.

Cheryl Stinski photoCheryl Stinski, B.S. Human Services – President and Founder – Alternative Resolutions, Inc., Governance Consultant

cstinski@alternativeresolutions.biz, 920.850.4527

Cheryl Stinski is a highly experienced facilitator, trainer, mediator, and coach who brings more than 20 years of know-how to working with school boards. In addition to building strong leaders through training and coaching, she excels in facilitating productive conversations and collaborative problem-solving that leads to effective, durable solutions. Her work in the school arena includes training school board members, administrators, teachers and students; facilitating referendum planning, community/school problem solving, parent/school board meetings, and IEP meetings; and mediating staff issues and special education cases.

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