Executive Committee Members

2017 - 2018

Constance Rupert Collins is a native of Gary, Indiana.  She received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Therapy and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Speech Pathology from Indiana University.

Bill Decker is the Chief Administrator at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, and was selected to serve in that position in the spring of 2013. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Muscatine, Harlan, and Mount Ayr, IA. He was a teacher in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Sioux City, Iowa, and served in building level administration in Sioux City, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Dr. Charles Dedrick is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (THE COUNCIL), since July 1, 2016. THE COUNCIL is a professional and advocacy organization that provides services to its more than 800 educational leaders in New York State. Prior to taking the helm at THE COUNCIL, he served as District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES, Superintendent of Schools at Cohoes City School District, and Superintendent of the Green Island Union Free School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught Social Studies. 

Dr. Flores was named Superintendent of Schools of Round Rock Independent School District in October 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District from July 2008 to September 2013, where he increased graduation rates and student achievement. In addition, the district passed a $98.6 million bond referendum in May 2010. Dr. Flores has also served the students of Dallas ISD, first as the Area VI Superintendent then Deputy Superintendent and finally Chief of Staff.

Linda Madsen is in her eighth year as superintendent of Forest Lake Area Schools. Forest Lake Area Schools has 12 schools with 6,500 students enrolled. Prior to the superintendency, she served as the director of teaching and learning for eight years. As a teacher, she started with the district in 1981 teaching at the junior high level for 16 years, working as a teacher on special assignments with the mentor program that supports new teachers and in the curriculum for four years.

Dr. John Marschhausen has been the Superintendent of the Hilliard City School District in suburban Columbus, Ohio since 2013.  Prior to serving the Hilliard Community, Dr. Marschhausen served as Superintendent of the Loveland City Schools (2010-2013) and the East Knox Local School District (2005-2010).  As an educational leader, Dr. Marschhausen is committed to personalizing education for each student, facilitating a culture of growth, and supporting continued innovation in instructional practices.

Dr. Aaron Milner has worked as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Superintendent in the State of Alabama. Dr. Milner received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1995 from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Troy State University in 2000. In 2006 he attained a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Auburn University.  In 2009 Dr. Milner completed the University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy.

Dr. Timothy Purnell will serve as the Executive Director of the American Montessori Society beginning on August 1, 2017.  Prior to AMS, Dr. Purnell served as the Superintendent of Somerville Schools and on the NJ State Board of Examiners for six years, superintendent of Harding Township for three years, and as as a principal, vice principal, and science teacher.  Dr. Purnell also serves as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Centenary University, and Georgian Court University.  

Rick Stout has served in the role of Superintendent for the past seven years and is currently in his third year with Onslow County Schools in Jacksonville, NC. The Onslow County School System currently serves over 26,000 students, approximately 40% of who are children of military families. Onslow County is a growing community that has seen tremendous growth over the past 20 years.

Quynh Trueblood currently serves as the Superintendent of Kohler School District near Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.  Ms. Trueblood’s professional work focuses on attaining high student achievement and cultivating learning environments in the pursuit of excellence and innovation in education.  A few achievements include recognition as a National Blue Ribbon district, Top 100 Music Education Community in the nation, and Wisconsin’s #1 Report Card for public school districts.