Essentials of School Business for Non-Business Administrators: Faculty

Course Faculty

James Palmieri

James Palmieri, Ed.D.

James is the Senior Vice President at National Business Officers Association (NBOA). In this role, James serves as a partner to the President and CEO in carrying out strategic initiatives as directed by the NBOA strategic plan, and he supports program and product expansion in partnership with members of the senior staff. Prior to NBOA, James served as Assistant Head of School at Trinity Hall (NJ), an independent all-girls high school, where he began his work as a founding consultant and the school's first employee and had primary responsibility for school finance, facilities, and business operations. Prior to founding Trinity School, James served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and faculty at the Kent Place School (NJ), an N-12 all-girls day school. James' related experience includes service as an adjunct professor for the College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ), where he teaches an online doctoral-level course on leadership management of K-12 schools and systems; as a former Fellow in the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads; and as a current member of the One Schoolhouse Board of Trustees.

Brad Rathgeber

Brad Rathgeber

Brad Rathgeber is the head of school/chief executive officer of One Schoolhouse, a nonprofit consortium of independent schools, which he helped found in 2009. Previously, Rathgeber worked as the director of technology at Holton-Arms School. He has presented at many national and international conferences on online learning, including the Virtual School Symposium and the NAIS Annual Conference, and has been quoted on the topic of online learning by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and PBS.

Jeff Shields

Jeff Shields

Jeff has been NBOA's president and CEO since March 2010. Prior to joining NBOA, he spent almost 10 years at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), serving most recently as senior vice president and chief planning officer. An active member of the American Society of Association Executives, Jeff earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2002 and was selected as an ASAE Fellow in 2008. He currently serves as a trustee for the One Schoolhouse, Inc., and previously served as a trustee for Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.


"The NBOA Course, Budget Meets Mission was an extremely practical way to dig into the financial side of school leadership. The work pushed me to think strategically about the factors involved in budgeting and gave real examples as models. It allowed me to reflect on our practices and think proactively."

Shelly Luke Wille

Shelly Luke Wille

Assistant Head of School, Chadwick School


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