CEO Search Update

The CEO Search Committee and the Confluence Board of Directors has selected three finalists for the role of chief executive officer. The search committee was established in September to identify potential candidates for a permanent CEO. Finalists will be interviewed by panels of staff, parents and students on October 17 and October 19. The finalists are: Candice Carter-Oliver has served in the roles of chief academic officer, assistant superintendent of schools and assistant superintendent of support services with Normandy Schools Collaborative in St. Louis. Carter-Oliver is an adjunct assistant professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis, and has experience as an elementary principal, learning coach and classroom teacher in Riverview Gardens, Saint Louis Public and Normandy districts, and she’s attended professional development at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Carter-Oliver earned a master’s degree, educational specialist and doctoral degree from UMSL and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Ramon Dourado has experience as a chief executive officer and chief operating officer with Halstrom Academy/Futures in Education, Inc., a network of private schools in grades 6-12 in California. He is a former senior vice president of a tutoring services provider in New York that served low-income students, and has worked in operations and development roles with Edison Schools, Inc., a charter school management company. He has been an investor in charter schools, and has served on the board of directors for several charter schools. Dourado earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Clarion University. Steven Gast is an area superintendent with Responsive Education Solutions, and is responsible for 50 schools in both Texas and Arkansas. He is a former superintendent of Nome Public Schools in Nome, Alaska, and served as director of human resources and special programs in the same district. He has 17 years of experience as a principal and 11 years as a classroom teacher. Gast earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University.
In winter 2016, the board hired an interim CEO, Dr. Peter Kachris. This summer, Kachris asked the board to begin looking for a permanent CEO to replace him before January 1, 2017. He’ll work with the new CEO for a smooth transition in leadership.