Head of School Search

After years of outstanding leadership, Andy Davies will be concluding her service as Head of School at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. The search for The Healdsburg School’s next Head of School is being led by Board Members Laura Kirk Lee and Jason Cunningham, in partnership with RG175, and with input from THS parents, employees, and alumni. We invite the greater community to learn more about the Head of School search process and check back often to stay up-to-date as the search progresses.

About the Search

Update: September 1, 2023

We are excited about progress in our search for the next THS Head of School and happy to share that the school is generating remarkable interest from a robust candidate pool of experienced administrators. We are also grateful for the leadership of our search consultants Debbie Reed and Tony Featherston, of RG 175, who have created a thoughtful process for the initial candidate recruitment and evaluation. Many of you have expressed interest in the recruitment process and we would like to provide an update on our work, announce committee members, and communicate next steps.

Discovery and Recruitment

Tony and Debbie (RG175), Laura Kirk Lee and Jason Cunningham (Search Committee Co-Chairs), and Ian Marquis (THS Board Chair) met regularly during the spring and summer, working together to create a position statement with an authentic overview of the role and opportunity at THS, and connecting with interested candidates from around the world. This process has now concluded with over 35 applications.

Board Search Committee:

Jason Cunningham, James Driscoll, Gabriel Froymovich, Laura Kirk Lee, Catalina Marin, Ian Marquis, Sandi Passalacqua

 THS Faculty/Staff Panel:

Karla Becerra, Tanya Bruno, Kiley Clark, Justin Herrguth, Myra Leslie, Connie Schlotthauer, Jami Trinidad, Jessie Weinman

Next steps:

Initial Candidate Review, mid-August – early October:

  • Board Search Committee receives coaching and bias mitigation training.
  • Completed candidate files are sent to the Search Committee for review individually.
  • Board Search Committee meets with Tony and Debbie to select six to eight semifinal candidates.
  • Semifinal candidates interviewed by Search Committee in person (or via zoom if required)
  • Three or four candidates are chosen as finalists.

Finalist Evaluation, late October – mid-November:

  • Three or four finalist candidates will each visit THS for a day and a half. Finalist visits are tentatively scheduled for October 26-28, November 1-3, November 6-8, and November 13-15.
  • Through a series of individual conferences, small group meetings, and larger group settings, parents, faculty, staff, and students will all have an opportunity to engage with each finalist. 
  • Additionally, the finalists will meet with our THS Faculty/Staff Panel who will develop a set of questions with Tony and Debbie to be asked of all the candidates. The panel will write a consensus document summarizing each candidate’s strengths and challenges.
  • After each finalist visit, surveys will be sent to all stakeholders for community feedback.

Decision, late November – early December

  • Once all the finalists have been on campus, the Search Committee comes to a decision based on all information, including multiple interviews, consultant interview reports, background and reference checks, faculty input, and community input.
  • The Search Committee makes a recommendation for the next Head to the Board for its vote.
  • Offer extended to final candidates and announcement to the community.

We appreciate your trust and patience with this important process and are thrilled to move forward together to a bright future at THS!


Laura Kirk Lee – Search Committee Co-Chair

Jason Cunningham – Search Committee Co-Chair

Ian Marquis – THS Board President

Search Consultants

The search for the next Head of The Healdsburg School will be conducted in partnership with RG175, an industry-leading consulting firm that specializes in searches for independent school leadership. They are committed to highly personalized leadership and governance consulting to schools, based on the values of integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, and flexibility. THS will be assisted by two experienced educators and consultants, Tony Featherston and Deborah Reed.