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People Watch


Daniel D. Cox
Longtime Iowa educator Dan Cox is the new superintendent in Charles City, Iowa. He spent the previous six years in Waterloo, Iowa, serving four as principal of Hoover Middle School and two as assistant principal of East High School. Prior, Cox held the position of secondary principal and activities director for Valley Lutheran Middle and High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He spent nearly 15 years teaching high school Spanish and social studies before moving into administrator roles. A member of AASA since 2013, Cox holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Iowa State University.


Matthew J. Handelman
Matthew Handelman has been promoted from interim to permanent superintendent in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He served since 2010 as associate superintendent, in addition to overseeing elementary education. Previously, Handelman was an elementary principal in Washington state, including nine years at Moran Prairie Elementary School in Spokane, Wash. An elementary and middle school teacher in New York City, Portland, Ore., and Bellevue, Wash., before becoming a principal, he has been a member of AASA for two years.


Kendy K. Hinkel
Kendy Hinkel has been appointed superintendent in Pine Grove, Pa. A member of AASA since 2010, she earlier spent seven years as superintendent in St. Clair, Pa., and two years as assistant superintendent of the Juniata County, Pa., district. Her experience includes directing pupil services and special education in Lebanon, Pa., and an assistant principalship in Harrisburg. An instructional support specialist and art teacher before her move into administration, Hinkel holds an Ed.D. from Immaculata University in suburban Philadelphia.


Lisa B. Karmacharya
The new director of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators is Lisa Karmacharya, an AASA member for the past four years. She most recently served as superintendent in Brookhaven, Miss., for two years. Earlier, in the Hattiesburg, Miss., district, where she spent nine years. Karmacharya was executive director of federal programs, executive director of elementary schools and secondary curriculum coordinator. She earlier worked as a principal and assistant principal in Columbus, Miss. Karmacharya earned an Ed.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Jose L. Parra
The Irving, Texas, Independent School District has welcomed Jose Parra as its new superintendent. An AASA member since 2012, he spent the past six years in Lockhart, Texas, as superintendent. Now in his 26th year as an educator, all in the Lone Star State, Parra has worked as a high school English teacher in Seguin, a district-level administrator in New Braunfels and a campus administrator in Wylie. Before moving to Lockhart, he spent three years as an assistant superintendent in Kerrville. Parra holds a doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University.


Julie A. Vitale
Julie Vitale is the new superintendent of the 3,200-student Romoland School District in Homeland, Calif. She joined the district after three years as assistant superintendent in Monrovia, Calif. Prior, Vitale spent nearly 20 years with the Corona Norco Unified School District in Norco, Calif., including stints as director of student services and coordinator of curriculum and instruction. A member of AASA since 2012, Vitale holds a Ph.D. in urban educational administration from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.



Thomas Butler, from superintendent, Penn-Trafford School District, Harrison City, Pa., to executive director, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, Altoona, Pa.

John Carmello, from assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction to superintendent, Troy, N.Y.

Kris Carroll, from superintendent, Shippensburg, Pa., to director of pupil personnel services, Chambersburg, Pa.

Peter Giarrizzo, from assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel to superintendent, Pelham, N.Y.

Robert Miller, from superintendent, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central Schools, Cherry Valley, N.Y., to superintendent, Herkimer, N.Y.

Frank Daniel Myers, from principal, Oriskany, N.Y., to superintendent, Richfield Springs, N.Y.

Kelley Ransdell, from director of middle school and alternative education, Fayette County, Ky., to superintendent, Anchorage, Ky.

Maria Rianna, from assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, Smithtown, N.Y., to superintendent, Glen Cove, N.Y.

Rebecca Thomas, from elementary school principal to superintendent, Johnson County, Ga.

Brian Uplinger, from superintendent, Pine Grove, Pa., to superintendent, Central Greene School District, Waynesburg, Pa.

Lee Westrum, from superintendent, Benson, Minn., to superintendent, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools, Wadena, Minn.

LeeAnn Zeroth, from assistant executive superintendent to executive director, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, New Oxford, Pa.


Alexander J. Blastos,
73, retired superintendent, SAU 39, Amherst, N.H., Jan. 2

Michael Caston, 65, retired superintendent, Escondido, Calif., Oct. 27

Elaine Espindle, 65, retired superintendent, Dracut, Mass., Dec. 30

Sam Harbin, 85, retired superintendent, Sikeston, Mo., Jan. 1

John W. Magers, 71, retired superintendent, Curlew, Wash., Dec. 15

Rosalind C. Perez, 69, superintendent, Bay Area Charter School District, League City, Texas, Dec. 9

Terrance J. Sheridan, 78, retired superintendent, Lake Mills, Wis., Dec. 28

Robert Stirn, 70, retired superintendent, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Nov. 30

Charles F. Thibodeau, 71, retired superintendent, Lisbon, N.H., Nov. 17


News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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