Friday, August 30, 2019

Four join IASB staff

Patricia Sullivan-Viniard
Patricia Sullivan-Viniard, Ed.D., has joined IASB as a consultant with the Executive Searches department.

Sullivan-Viniard recently retired as superintendent of LaGrange Highlands SD 106 following a career in education that spanned 37 years. Beginning as a teacher, she taught elementary education, high school special education, and junior and senior high English language arts. She then moved into administration. While serving as principal of an elementary school, the school received numerous honors, including the National Blue Ribbon School and Illinois Spotlight School awards. She also served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for many years, before moving into the superintendency.

Lori Grant
She received her undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from Quincy University and a Master’s Degree in English from Western Illinois University. She earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Western, which included conducting research regarding gifted education practices that promote or hinder equity. Her research received the Robert F. Hall Dissertation Award for excellence in dissertation research, and she was selected to present her research at the American Education Research Association’s conference. She has presented on various topics at Title I conferences, the IASA/IASB/IASBO Joint Conference, and for many school districts. She also served for several years on ISBE’s Consolidated Committee of Practitioners.

Nakia Hall
As a member of IASB‘s Executive Search team, Sullivan-Viniard assists school districts in recruiting and selecting a superintendent or other key administrator. The department, led by Thomas Leahy, offers expertise and processes to help school boards determine their next superintendent or other administrator. This includes conducting a needs assessment, collecting candidate information, screening and interviewing candidates, and maintaining contact with educational agents.

IASB has welcomed two new individuals to the staff, both working in the Lombard office as Field Services Directors.

Lori Grant was a teacher, music department chair, and instructional coach before transitioning to the private sector. Most recently Grant was a Divisional Trainer for Gordon Food Service. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

Nakia Hall, Ed.D., also joins the IASB team after a career in education. Hall was an elementary school teacher, adult learning English as a Second Language instructor, writing lab coordinator, and adjunct professor. She was recently owner and CEO of Executive Order Leadership Development Firm. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and Master of Arts and Doctor in Education degrees from Olivet Nazarene University. She also is finishing up 10 years as a
Isaac Warren
board member for Crete-Monee CUSD 201U.

Field Services Directors are the primary staff contacts responsible for assuring that member district needs are met by the Association.

Isaac Warren has joined the Communications and Production Services department as assistant director of digital communication, bringing the Association his expertise in graphic design and layout, video recording and editing, 3D rendering of graphics, social media, and writing and editing.
Warren is a 2019 graduate of Greenville University with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media. Prior to that he earned an associate’s degree in Journalism from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. His undergraduate work included serving as news editor of The Lamp student newspaper at LLCC and The Vista, Greenville’s student magazine.

Also at Greenville, Warren worked with Greenville SMART to create 3D renders of floor plans for a building undergoing renovation. In 2017, he interned at the Sangamon County Farm Bureau. He was a videographer, video editor, and camp counselor for Kanakuk Kamps in the summer of 2018.

The assistant director of digital communication is a new title at IASB. Warren replaces Gary Adkins, who has worked for 32 years in IASB’s Communications department.  As director of editorial services, editor of the Illinois School Board News Blog and its predecessor, the Newsbulletin, and contributor to numerous other projects, Adkins retires on August 31 having written and edited millions of words for IASB.