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In preparation for the search, the EPS Board of Trustees spent several months interviewing highly-qualified search consultants, ultimately retaining Carney, Sandoe & Associates to partner with us in the search process.  Carney Sandoe is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in recruiting heads and other senior administrators for independent schools. We are extremely fortunate that we will be represented by Robert Fricker, Karen Whitaker and Chaya Keefe.

Robert Fricker

Practice Leader, Domestic Head of Schools Practice
Bob is the Practice Leader for the Domestic Head of School Practice. During his 10+ years as a consultant, Bob has worked on more than 110 head of school searches with schools ranging in size from 70 students to over 1,800. Throughout his practice, Bob has been particularly attentive to the role of school culture and organizational dynamics inherent in leadership transitions.

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Karen Whitaker

Senior Consultant
Karen is a Search Consultant for the firm’s Head of School, Key Administrator, and Catholic Schools Practices. Since joining the firm, she has worked on a wide range of searches, partnering with domestic, international, Catholic, Jewish, and secular schools to appoint heads of school and key administrators across all divisions. She particularly enjoys getting to know a school’s culture and aspirations and finding the right match for each client.

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Chaya Keefe

Search Consultant
Chaya’s independent school roots run deep. She most recently served as Head of School at Bright Water Waldorf School in Seattle since 2019 where, among other responsibilities, she led the team responding to the ever-evolving needs of running a hybrid program during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also led the evaluation and reorganization of administrative staff and structure to ensure role clarity, establish consistent systems, and increase efficiency.

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