Wednesday, January 13, 2016

IASB announces staff changes

Alan Molby
James Helton
IASB has made three recent additions to its staff, adding two part-time consultants in the Executive Searches Department, and a full-time administrative assistant in the Field Services Department.

Former school district superintendents Alan Molby and James Helton have joined IASB as part-time consultants for Executive Searches.

Molby, a former superintendent at Hillside SD 93, and Helton, a former superintendent at Waterloo CUSD 5, will work out of the Lombard office.


Helton comes to IASB after a 34-year career as an educator, serving as the superintendent in Waterloo for eight years before retiring in 2014. He also served as a principal in that same district for three years, and had been a coach, teacher, and assistant principal in four other school districts.

Molby has also had a long, distinguished career in education, starting as a teacher and coach in Iowa in 1977, and then serving as a teacher and an assistant superintendent in Illinois, beginning in 1982. He then was a principal at Hillside from 1996 to 2002 before taking the reins as district superintendent.

As part-time search consultants, both Helton and Molby will be assisting school districts while managing various aspects of IASB executive searches.

Debra Muhlena
In addition, the field services department hired Debra (Debbie) Muhlena as an administrative assistant in Lombard. She is assigned in supporting Field Services Director Perry Hill.  Muhlena had been employed by Willowbrook High School for nine years, performing a variety of duties as student supervisor and financial secretary.

In other staff-related news, several IASB staff members have recently announced their intention to retire during this calendar year:

Executive Searches Director Donna Johnson will step down on June 30. She has been with the IASB since 2001. Before joining that department, Johnson was a field services director for the South Cook, West Cook, and Three Rivers divisions. The other retirements are in IASB Policy Services. Policy Consultant Nancy Bohl will retire on Sep. 30. She has been with the Association since 2005. Policy Director Anna Lovern will retire on Dec. 31, 2016. She has been with the Association since 1996.

Anna Lovern
Donna Johnson
Nancy Bohl

“We thank each of these individuals for their dedication and service to the Association,” said IASB’s Deputy Executive Director, Ben Schwarm.

Angie Powell
IASB also announced a change involving staff member Angie Powell, who will be promoted to policy consultant from an assistant policy consultant position, effective January 1, 2016. Powell joined IASB in July 2008 and has been employed in the Policy Department since September 2012.

“Powell has done a terrific job managing and supporting various aspects of our school board policy and administrative procedures customized manual development and maintenance services, and we’re glad she is ready to step in as a policy consultant,” said Schwarm.