Board of Directors

Dr. Mark Friedman [ Resume ]Dr. Mark Friedman
President, BWP & Associates, Ltd.
Retired Superintendent, Libertyville Elementary School District 70, Libertyville, Illinois; and 2009 Illinois Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Mark Friedman has been a partner with BWP since the company’s inception. Prior to that, he was a partner and President of the Bickert Group. In addition, he served as the Superintendent of the Libertyville, Illinois schools for 17 years, was Assistant Superintendent in Lincolnwood, Illinois and a Principal/Director of Instruction in Itasca, Illinois. He was named 2009 Superintendent of the Year for the State of Illinois, and was twice named Superintendent of the Year for Lake County, Illinois. He has consulted with school districts across the United States.

Dr. Friedman received a B.S. from Arizona State University, a Masters in Public Administration from Roosevelt University and a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University.




Dr. Ronald Barnes [ Resume ]Dr. Ronald Barnes
Retired Executive Director, Indiana School Executive Leadership Academy, and Professor of Leadership & Policy Studies, Indiana University; Retired Superintendent, High School District 230, Orland Park, Illinois

Ronald Barnes has served as a school administrator and university professor for over 40 years. He retired from Consolidated High School District 230, suburban Chicago in 1994 after serving as superintendent for fourteen years. Prior to District 230 he served in various leadership positions in both large and small school systems. After retiring as Superintendent, he joined the Education Leadership faculty at Indiana University where he directed the Indiana School Executive Leadership Academy. He joined the emeritus faculty ranks in 2008. He has been an executive search consultant for over 20 years.

Dr. Barnes received his B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Northern Iowa and his Ed.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Dr. Houston Conley [ Resume ]Dr. Houston Conley
Retired Professor of Education, Virginia Tech University; and
Former Deputy Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio

Dr. Conley has been Deputy Superintendent of Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio; Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.; Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Growth and Development; principal and classroom teacher, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has been an adjunct professor at Peabody-Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama and the University of Tehran. He is a retired full professor of education from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Conley has served as an educational leader and board member in a wide variety of settings which include urban, suburban, metropolitan, multicultural and international systems.

Dr. Conley received his B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University and his M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Debra A. Hill [ Resume ]
Retired Superintendent, West Northfield School District 31, Northbrook, Illinois;
President-Elect, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Debra Hill has served as a school administrator for over a decade. She retired from West Northfield School District 31, suburban Chicago in 2007 after serving as superintendent for seven years. She is the current President-Elect for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Dr. Hill received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her Ph.D. from Loyola University - Chicago.


Dr. Nolan Estes
Former Associate U.S. Commissioner of Education (Johnson Administration); and
Former Superintendent, Dallas Public Schools, Dallas, Texas


Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried [ Resume ]Mr. George McShan
Retired Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards; and has conducted or assisted with approximately 70 school superintendent searches

Dr. Anne Noland [ Resume ]
Retired Superintendent, Forest Ridge School District 142, Oak Forest, Illinois; and Principal Mentor, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, Illinois

Anne Noland, who has been an associate with BWP since 2005, joined the firm's Board in 2013. Her educational career spans 44 years and includes 20 years as a district level administrator. She was Superintendent of Schools in Forest Ridge School District 142 in Oak Forest, Illinois, before retiring and working with DuPage County Regional Office of Education and BWP & Associates. She holds an Ed.D. in School Executive Leadership from the University of Illinois.



Dr. Philip Ehrhardt [ Resume ]
Superintendent, Benjamin School District 25; Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, Concordia University, Aurora University 

 Dr. Philip Ehrhardt has served as a teacher and administrator in education for over 40 years.  He is currently the superintendent of Benjamin School District 25 located in suburban Chicago.  Since 1981, he has served in district administrative leadership roles in suburban and urban settings.  He has been an adjunct professor at Indiana University, Concordia University, and Aurora University.

Dr. Ehrhardt received a B.S. and M.S. in School Administration from Indiana State University and Doctorate from Indiana University.