Professor Karen Starr, PhD is the Inaugural Chair, School Leadership and Development in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia. Prior to commencing her professorship in 2006, Karen Starr was a school Principal for 15 years in South Australia and Victoria, and she was Chief Writer of South Australia’s Curriculum, Standards and Accountability Framework (SACSA). Karen currently serves as an international advisor on the Board of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO Intl) and is a member of its Global Issues and Editorial Committees.
Leading school business: Past, present and future
President ASBO International (Association of School Business Officials)
Tom Wohlleber has served as a school business official since 1985 in the states of Wisconsin and Arizona. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Tom has been an ASBO International member for over 30 years. He has served as an ASBO International Director from 2013 to 2017. He currently serves the association as its President.
Wohlleber has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with majors in Business Administration and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in School Business Management.
Tom is a past president of both the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) and Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA). He has received WASBO’s two highest honors, the Wallace E. Zastrow Award and Wisconsin School Business Official of the Year. In 2010, he was awarded the Distinguished Professional Eagle Award from ASBO International. Wohlleber was honored by WSSCA as the 2014 Wisconsin School Safety Coordinator of the Year.
Tom serves as a faculty member with the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research for their Certified School Risk Manager program. He has served on the faculty at Edgewood College and UW-Whitewater in their Educational Administration graduate programs.
"An Overview of the Educational System in the United States from a School Business Management Perspective” and “How ASBO International Supports School Business Officials”.
Secretary for Education
Iona Holsted was appointed as Secretary for Education on 5 December 2016.
Prior to this, Iona was the Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Review Office. She was appointed to this role in July 2014.
Between 2007 and 2014 Iona held 4 senior management roles at the Ministry of Social Development, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive, Students, Seniors and Integrity Services. In this role she was responsible for services to seniors (superannuation payments), Studylink, and the integrity of the benefit system. Iona also spent 6 years as a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission.
She started her career as a primary school teacher in Auckland, later becoming an advocate and researcher for the Public Service Association and then as General Manager of a community controlled primary health care organisation.
Iona has completed an executive leadership programme at the INSEAD Business School, and studied strategic leadership at Oxford University.
She has been a mentor with the New Zealand Institute of Management since 2007, a Member of the Executive Leadership Learning Network and has served on Barnardos and YMCA Greater Wellington Boards.
Iona has a Higher Diploma of Teaching from Victoria University of Wellington and trained as a teacher at Waikato College of Teacher Education.
Geoff started teaching in 1975 after being involved in the construction industry. After a number of years he was promoted to AP at Wellington East Girls' College which he held for 3 years and then Deputy Principal at Tawa College for 17 years. While there he was seconded to the Ministry of Education to assist with the Novopay implementation. After leaving Tawa College, he worked as a 'deckie' on a fishing charter vessel before joining the Ministry of Education in Nelson and then returned to Wellington to manage the Community Ministries for the Salvation Army in Porirua. Geoff is now a tutor in Foundation Education at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. He has retired 3 times but states "I'm not very good at it"!