E. Ann Bailey

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Office: 850-337-1477

Cell: 850-830-5169

Ann Bailey has 30 years of experience working in higher education and brings her extensive knowledge of leadership roles to serve Greenwood Asher & Associates as a senior executive search consultant. Ann’s search expertise varies from presidential to academic dean roles and within the areas of student affairs, enrollment management, and advancement.

She has a background in multiple areas including enrollment management, admissions, student recruitment, occupancy management, university health services and auxiliary services from previously serving as chief housing officer and interim assistant vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University. Ann is a past president and lifetime member of Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and has published in student affairs and housing journals.

She received a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in higher education administration from Florida State University, and a B.S. in counseling and guidance from the University of Montevallo. During her free time, Ann enjoys spending time in the gym, reading, traveling with friends and family, and watching sports.

Shelley Sullivan Feather

Senior Executive Search Consultant & Practice Leader for Library and Information Science

Cell: 850-687-5132

Shelley Sullivan Feather brings her background in library science to her work at GA&A as the library science practice leader and senior executive search consultant. She has assisted numerous multi-institutional and multi-state library consortia with searches for chief library positions.

Her leadership in library searches builds on her previous career working in public library systems. She served as assistant director, head of acquisitions as well as head of media and technology. She chaired the selection committee of a state-wide library information system currently in use in Florida's specialized state libraries. She has participated in the planning, construction and opening of two state-of-the-art library buildings.

Shelley holds a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Kentucky and an M.L.S. degree from the University of Alabama.

Marion Frenche

Associate Vice President of Executive Search and Practice Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office: 301-292-6615

Cell: 850-974-8696

Marion Frenche has worked in executive search since 1998 and has managed searches with three international executive search firms. She joined GA&A as its first team member when the firm was founded by Dr. Jan Greenwood and Dr. Betty Turner Asher in 2004. In her executive search career, Marion has completed over 500 searches for executives in higher education, K-12, health care, academic medicine, and information technology. These positions have been in public and private higher education institutions and system offices, K-12 schools and systems, academic health and health care organizations, and nonprofits. She also has considerable search experience serving mission-driven organizations such as associations and foundations and in higher education board development. Marion is recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as a 2021 “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Influencer – US and Canada”. This distinction recognizes 50 professionals in the workforce solutions ecosystem throughout North America for their commitment to move the diversity mission forward.

In addition to her role as associate vice president of executive search, Marion serves as practice leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this role, she spearheads GA&A's service to minority and first-generation serving institutions and organizations. She is proud of the high number of diversity officers that she has placed in a range of colleges and universities across the country and the number of historically black colleges and universities for which she has provided executive search placements.

Her prior experience is in property management of executive share office suites and in managed care with a national HMO. She conducted educational presentations, workshops, and seminars on managed care and established and maintained contractual relationships with hospitals and physicians in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

She has presented at national conferences and professional meetings on the search process, with particular emphasis on the nature of the search process for minority candidates. Marion works to enhance the search process and firm responsibilities, including developing consultants, researchers, administrative assistants and referencing specialists. She contributes to new client engagement, business development, and building relationships with clients.

Marion holds a SHRM-CP (certified professional) certification in human resources.

Ashley Hice

Executive Search, Project Manager & Talent Development Specialist

Office: 850-337-1473

Cell: 850-687-5068

Ashley Hice uses her broad knowledge and experience within higher education and executive search to serve GA&A in a multifaceted role as an executive search consultant, project manager and talent development specialist. She possesses the skillset to effectively communicate to vast audiences, prioritize tight timelines, and deliver a favorable outcome on all searches assigned. Previously she worked for the vice chancellor of institutional advancement as the executive communications specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. Ashley received a B.S. in business administration with a focus on advertising & public relations from Youngstown State University.

Julie Holley

Associate Vice President of Executive Search and Practice Leader for Research Institutions

Cell: 850-687-5104

Julie Holley has been an integral member of the Greenwood Asher & Associates team positioning herself well for the role of associate vice president of executive search. She has successfully completed hundreds of searches for GA&A, putting a particular emphasis on identifying and recruiting world-class leaders for presidential searches. In her work as a search consultant and practice leader, she has conducted searches in the full range of higher education organizations, but particularly focuses on searches at AAU and high extensive research and doctoral institutions. She has a track record of recruiting leaders into positions at the cabinet level, including presidents, provosts, and deans.

Julie also specializes in searches for positions relating to her legal background, including law dean and general counsel positions and other legal-related positions in higher education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Baltimore.

Maggie Mayes

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Cell: 850-869-9993

Maggie Mayes works in collaboration with clients and candidates to support a personalized and transparent search process in her role as senior executive search consultant. Maggie possesses deep knowledge of higher education and exceptional research skills in finding uniquely qualified candidates for executive leadership roles.

Before joining Greenwood Asher & Associates, Maggie taught at Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. Through her ten years of teaching experience, Maggie has built strong networks and valuable context that supports success in her role as an executive search consultant.

Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. Currently, as a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at Central Michigan University, Maggie is ABD. Her dissertation topic, News Media Literacy and Civically Engaged College Students, combines her passions for higher education and media.

Lauren McCaghren

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Cell: 850-797-0246

Lauren McCaghren brings fourteen years of experience in higher education to her work as a senior executive search consultant for G/A&A. Prior to joining G/A&A, Lauren served in advancement roles at University of Mobile, Samford University, Catholic University of America and George Washington University. Lauren has a broad background in advancement, including work with alumni relations, annual giving, stewardship and volunteer management. She has also served in roles outside advancement, including serving as an adjunct faculty member and alumni director in a law school. Lauren uses her broad experience and connections in higher education to identify uniquely qualified individuals and ensure successful search closures within a range of leadership levels. She is passionate about exceeding client expectations and putting in place exceptional candidates to lead institutions forward. Lauren earned a B.A. in journalism/mass communications from Samford University and an M.A. in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.

Denice Perdue

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Office: 850-650-2277

Cell: 404-796-4196

Denice Perdue brings a wealth of higher education experience to her role as senior executive search consultant after spending sixteen years at the University of West Georgia.

Prior to joining GA&A, she served as the executive assistant to the vice president for business & finance gaining valuable insight into the roles of academic leadership and building strong professional connections. Denice also worked in University Advancement and served as coordinator of donor relations and assistant director of alumni engagement. In these advancement roles, she developed and executed programing that reached over 7000 alumni and donors. Perdue capitalized on her ability to build relationships to increase alumni, donor, and community engagement that supported university strategic goals.

Denice received her B.A. in English with a focus on technical writing and completed graduate coursework in rhetoric and composition from Southern Illinois University.

Narcisa Polonio

Senior Executive Search Consultant for Community College Practice

Cell: 202-276-1983

Narcisa A. Polonio is recognized as one of the leading authorities on community college governance, executive searches, and presidential leadership. She has facilitated over 400 board retreats and hundreds of executive searches including presidential searches. Joining G/A&A as executive team leader for community college practice, Narcisa provides leadership and guidance in the community college sector, universities with two year-campuses, technical colleges, urban colleges and universities, and Hispanic Service Institutions. She was one of the few Latina women to become a college president both in the public and independent sector. For approximately 18 years, Narcisa served as the executive vice president for education, research & board leadership services at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). For many years she provided leadership for the ACCT's annual leadership Congress, publications, research projects and leadership services including Retreat Service; Interim President Service; the Governance Leadership Institute; and the Governance Institute for Student Success. Prior to her role with ACCT, Narcisa served as the chief operating officer for Replication and Program Strategies, Inc. (RPS) in Philadelphia, PA, and president of Harcum College (PA) and Hudson County Community College (NJ). Other previous positions include director of the Office of Community Colleges, New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Narcisa served for seven years as a faculty member for the Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. Narcisa has an extensive list of publications and speaks throughout the country on issues related to governance, leadership, women in higher education, and diversity. Narcisa attended Foothill Community College, CA and holds a B.A. in history from San Jose State University (CA), an M.A. from Stanford University (CA) and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kyle Pybus-Jerome

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Office: 850-650-2277

Cell: 850-869-9991

As a senior executive search consultant with Greenwood Asher & Associates, Kyle Pybus-Jerome brings extensive knowledge of higher education rooted in her previous work in college and university administration. In her current role as senior executive search consultant, she is responsible for outreach to potential candidates, presenting candidates for review to search committees, supporting the interview process, referencing finalists, and ensuring clients achieve successful search closure.

Before GA&A, she was the ombudsperson and special assistant to the vice president for Central Michigan University’s (CMU) Global Campus and served as the board appointments coordinator for CMU’s Center for Charter Schools. Kyle has 15 years of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the ceremonies and events coordinator in the Office of the President at Central Michigan University. In this role, Kyle was responsible for planning, directing and implementing all events led by the Office of the President. Additionally, she assisted with special projects including supporting executive level searches for Central Michigan University.

Kyle received her B.S. in community development from Central Michigan University.