Know your positive core | Listen deeply| Engage the whole system | Empower others| Manage internal accountability

Consistent with a strengths-based approach to change, the Center’s team members will be selected to support you based on the fit between your needs and each team member’s skills and experience.

Utilizing the theory and practices of positive organizational scholarship, the Center  offers consultation on a variety of district change agendas. Some examples include:

  • Developing a district framework for change – strategic planning
  • Leadership development throughout the organization
  • Organizational culture change
  • Team development
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Integrated conflict management systems
  • Implementation of evidenced based practices
  • Professional learning and coaching
  • Personal growth projects
  • Organizational structure redesign
  • Designing and implementing learning networks    

Contact Leonard C. Burrello at to discuss Center consultation tailored to your school district and specific change agenda. Center Team members will collaborate with you  to shape a consultation plan that is uniquely designed to fit your context and accelerates the organizational change you are looking to achieve.


Meet the consultants

Executive Director Leonard C. Burrello 
is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of South Florida, and Emeritus Professor at Indiana University. He has consulted in twenty states, over forty school districts and internationally. He has directed over 160 dissertations, authored seven books and over fifty-five articles, and produced twenty-nine training videos as the Executive Director of the Forum on Education. His research interests include district leadership and school capacity building, and inclusive practices including MTSS implementation.  [Click here for full vitae.]

Executive Associate Linda Beitz
earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Indiana University and holds certifications in mediation and applied conflict studies, the science and practice of managing abrasive behaviors, and others. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Boss Whispering Institute. the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is an affiliate member of the Institute for Coaching (IOC). Having served a wide range of clients over the course of her long and accomplished career, Linda provides executive/leadership coaching (to both individuals and teams); coaching services for talented leaders with abrasive behaviors; conflict coaching, dialogue facilitation, and mediation; and leadership effectiveness workshops/training. Linda resides in Chicago, IL and is the proud mother of two young adults. [Click here for full vitae.]
Executive Associate and Blog Editor John Mann
is a practitioner/scholar who has served as assistant principal, principal, director of professional development, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and professor over the last 40 years in Indiana and Florida. Most recently, is the Senior Achin Center Program Director for Leadership Development at the University of South Florida as well as Affiliate Professor.  He is also sustaining director of the Gulf Coast Partnership established in 2012. He has completed his Appreciative Inquiry certification under David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. [Click here for full vitae.]

Senior Associate Jack Lamb
​Jack Lamb has served as executive director of the Hillsborough County Association of School Administrators, adjunct professor and intern supervisor at Nova Southeastern University, and as a teacher and administrator for Hillsborough and Pinellas County Public Schools.​
Consultant Edith Beatty
has been the superintendent of Lamoille North Supervisory Union, Hyde Park, Vermont for the past year and prior to that she served for eleven years as the director of “learning design” or curriculum, instruction, and assessment, PreK-12 in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and Washington West Supervisory Union.  She holds an Ed.D. from Indiana University and completed the Structural Consulting Certification Program, Managerial Moment of Truth-Trainers; Robert and Rosalind Fritz. [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Anthony Rolle
is the Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Educational Policy Reseach & Evaluation College of Education – University of Houston. He is a visiting professor at Jilin Hua Qiao University of Foreign Languages, Board of Directors, National Education Finance Academy. Dr. Rolle is engaged in active policy development, policy and fiscal analysis, policy implementation and evaluation, revenue forecasting, statistical modeling & programming (e.g., LIMDEP, SAS, SPSS), statistical analyses. [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Janice Brown
is a Trustee of The Kalamazoo Promise. Prior, she was executive director of the Promise and Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools. In addition, she has 40+ years of experience working in public education as a teacher, consultant, professor, State administrator, principal and district official. She is involved with local, state and national organizations interested in transforming their communities using education as a major vehicle to do so. [Click here for full vitae.]
Consultant and Social Media Manager Dena Cushenberry
is the former superintendent of Warren Township in Marion County, Indiana. Her previous roles include: teacher and Assistant Director of Special Education in South Bend, as well as Assistant Middle School and Elementary Principal at Liberty Park Elementary School (recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008). She then moved to Central Office, where she served as the Associate and Deputy Superintendent. Recently, her district won a Race to the Top grant ($28.5 million) for the seamless integrated of blended personalized. [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Beth  Everitt
was an Assistant Principal and Principal for 10 years, before being promoted to central administration.  At the district level, she directed the areas of Special Education, Title I, Indian Education and English as a Second Language. She was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction before her appointment as Superintendent for the Albuquerque Public Schools. In addition to her administrative positions, Dr. Everitt was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico for many years. [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Holly Heaviland
has worked at Washtenaw Intermediate School District for over ten years where she has served most recently as Director of Community & School Partnerships.  She has also worked with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators on educational reform projects. Holly has collaborated with national partners to receive an Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant to provide funding for Michigan districts and post secondary institutions to design instructional partnerships. She earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University.   [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Bill Miller
currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators.  He also served as the Superintendent at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District from 1999 to 2010.  His current responsibilities include providing leadership and management to coordinate the efforts of educational service agencies that serve 1.5 million students within Michigan’s system of public schools.  He is responsible for statewide leadership in career and technical education, school administration, educational technology infusion, curriculum and assessment coordination, policy development and staff development. [Click here for full vitae.]

Consultant Lynn Murray
has been an independent consultant with expertise in the areas of instructional leadership, data analysis and systems development, professional and team development, action planning, curriculum, assessment and instruction.  She was a middle and elementary school principal, a director of special education and a co-developer of the Northeast Regional Resource Center covering five states and territories. She was a senior trainer for Robert Fritz, Inc. with the Creating What Matters Program.  [Click here for full vitae.]