Our Team

Dedicated to organizational and professional growth.

Dr. Charles Kyte | Principal Partner

Dr. Charles Kyte is currently an education consultant providing workshops for administrators, conducting searches for superintendents and advising companies that interact with educators. An accomplished presenter, Dr. Kyte has spoken before numerous education groups, church and retreat groups, college classes, and service clubs. As Executive Director of MASA, he was frequently quoted in the media and has been considered to be a leading spokesperson on behalf of public education.

Dr. Greg Vandal | Principal Partner

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Dr. Greg Vandal has spent four decades serving students and schools. Greg is currently an education consultant specializing in long range and project planning for school districts and human services organizations. Greg led the Minnesota Task Force commissioned by the professional administrator organizations in 2011 that created “The Evaluation of Minnesota School Principals.” He also served as a member of the Minnesota Department of Education Working Group that produced “Measuring Principal Performance in Minnesota.” Greg has helped school districts develop and implement research-based, evidence-driven systems of performance evaluation. He is a frequent speaker and conference presenter on evaluation systems and other education-related topics.

Bruce Watkins, Associate

Phone: 320-290-1632

Bruce Watkins has over 35 years of experience in public administration. Bruce is currently a management consultant for schools, cities, counties and watershed districts. As the former Superintendent of the St. Cloud Area Schools, Bruce is familiar with the organizational psychology and community dynamics of both large and small districts. Bruce is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at the local universities, speaking in a wide variety of classes, but always with a focus on how to maximize human potential and how to enhance any organization’s effectiveness. Having supervised thousands of teachers, nearly a hundred principals, and working with dozens of board members and elected officials during his career, Bruce’s understanding of the challenges and dilemmas that today’s public officials face can provide tremendous insight for individuals in administrative positions, governing boards and commissions.

Mike Spanier, Associate

Mike Spanier has served as an educational leader for over 40 years. A majority of his career was in Central Minnesota as Principal, Director of Learning Services and Superintendent in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. He has led during times of significant growth, which included a variety of building and facilities projects. Mike has been a consultant for districts of various sizes with expertise in organizational programming and culture, conflict resolution and mediation, administrative coaching and professional development. Mike is noted for identifying and hiring high-quality individuals at all levels. He has also supported and mentored several principals and superintendents through coaching, mentorship and professional development.

Dave Marlette, Associate

Phone: 605-690-6840

Dave Marlette has spent 45 years as an educator, serving as a teacher, curriculum director, coach and school superintendent. His career spans both South Dakota and Minnesota as he moved from small to mid sized school districts. Along the way he was elected to two terms on the South Dakota State School Board and served on many state level boards and committees. He is known as a collaborator that brings boards, staffs and communities together.

Eric Bartleson, Associate

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Phone: 507-429-5233

Eric Bartleson has been involved in education since 1967, beginning as a math and English teacher in northeast Minneapolis. Since then he has held positions as teacher, principal, education services cooperative director, and superintendent of schools in small and large school districts.

He retired from full time work in 2004 and since then Eric has held positions as the Executive Director of a math and science partnership, interim superintendent in two schools, part-time faculty for an online university, and most recently adjunct faculty at a private university.

Eric Bartleson has collegiate degrees from Waldorf College, Iowa, three degrees from Minnesota State University and he earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Educational Administration. He was also selected as a participant in the Bush Educational Fellowship Program.

He is known by his colleagues as a thoughtful and innovative education leader.


Business Associates

Pam Raden, Johnson Group Marketing

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Phone: 320-654-0500

As an active owner for over 20 years, Pam leads client strategy and public relation efforts. She is an elected official on the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board, working closely with the technology and curriculum committees. Pam successfully led a volunteer group of engaged citizens in passing a levy and bond referendum for Independent School District 748 and she has served client school districts with their own levy information efforts. Pam has been involved with successfully marketing many political campaigns. Pam brings with her an unmatched knowledge of building brands, developing strategy, creating successful campaigns, and writing marketing plans that generate desired results. Pam is an active volunteer and executive board member in such organizations as the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sartell-St.Stephen Education Foundation, and the CentraCare Foundation Board.

PageCrafter

Phone: 952-457-4746

At PageCrafter, we specialize in building attractive, modern websites for small and medium-sized businesses. We specialize in working with and developing WordPress websites to offer the power of a full-featured CMS to our clients. Our experience base includes work with over 200 clients in such areas as: website design, custom website development, responsive design, mobile optimization & development, website maintenance, website hosting, search engine optimization, and WordPress support & troubleshooting.