Head of School Search Committee

The Search Committee is a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees whose members offer a diverse set of experiences and points of views comprised of parents, faculty, staff and alumni. Their collective participation will help ensure that our search yields a Head of School who emulates the vision and mission of Collegiate. All members of the Search Committee will be involved in managing the ongoing search process, meeting candidates and ultimately making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. We are grateful to these members of our community for agreeing to serve in this important role.


Tomarra Adams

Tomarra Adams is chair of the Board of Trustee’s Education Committee, the Parents Association’s Vice-President for Lower School and member of the Strategic Plan Diversity Committee. She is a grade representative for the Second Century Campaign, co-leader of the 4th grade class’ Girl Scout Troop and serves on other student event planning committees.

Tomarra has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Pan-African Studies, a MSSW and Ph.D. in Social Work all from the University of Louisville, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a tenured professor at the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies where she serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She also provides individual and couples therapy through the Wayne Corporation.


Lisa Tate Austin ’87

Lisa Tate Austin ‘87 was part of the first coed graduating class, is the daughter of Ellen Spalding ‘50 and parent of Alexis ‘15 and Tate ‘17, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has served on the Alumni Board, the Booster Club and coached the Varsity Girls tennis team. As a trustee, Lisa has served on the Education, Advancement, Marketing and the Second Century Campaign Committees.

Lisa graduated from Denison University with B.A. in Economics and enjoyed careers in sales and marketing, personal training and interior design. As a civic volunteer, Lisa has also been involved with the JB Speed Art Museum and the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle.

Emily Conn

Emily Reynolds Conn is a Collegiate Science 8 Instructor, Dean of Student Life for Middle School Students, 8th Grade Advisor as well as a current parent of a Junior Kindergarten student and 2nd grader. She is also a member of Collegiate’s Academic Affairs Committee, Strategic Plan Character Committee, Digital Literacy and Responsibility Committee, Research Committee and the Middle School Admissions Committee.

Emily holds an M.A.T in Secondary Earth Science and Middle School Science from the University of Louisville, and a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College. She is also leading a group of 26 Collegiate students to the Galapagos Islands in June 2018.


Brian D. Cook ’94

Brian D. Cook ‘94 is President of the Board of Trustees and a parent of a 2nd grader and 6th grader. He currently sits on all of the Board’s Standing Committees and Task Forces and has served on the previous Head of School search committee. Brian, who attended Collegiate from grades K-12, has also served as the President of Collegiate’s Alumni Association. He is married to Robyn Cook, also an alumna of Collegiate.

Brian earned his law degree at Emory University School of Law and a Masters in Theological Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He attended Centre College as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A. in Religion. He currently practices law as a founding partner of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC in Louisville.


Joyce Pavia Hanson

Joyce Pavia Hanson is co-chair of the Search Committee, a Trustee and parent of an 11th grader. She has served as chair of the Welcoming Committee for New Families, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee for the Strategic Plan and is a member of Collegiate’s Second Century Campaign Committee.

Joyce earned an M.S. in Digital Communications from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a B.A. in Mass Communications from St. Bonaventure University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the SU graduate program and is the owner of Hanson Marketing Communications.


Augusta Brown Holland ’94A

Augusta Brown Holland is co-chair of the Search Committee, an Associate Alumna from the class of ‘94, a Trustee and parent of two 2nd graders and a 5th grader. She has served on the Building Task Force for the new building project as well as the Interior Design Committee. She was the co-chair of the Financial Sustainability Subcommittee for the Strategic Plan and is a member of Collegiate’s Second Century Campaign Committee.

Augusta holds a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She is a real estate developer and is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of Brown-Forman Corporation.


Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin has served as a Collegiate Lower School Science teacher since 1985 and is a parent of a 2002 Collegiate graduate. She is a member of the school’s Academic Affairs committee and has served on the faculty senate, the school’s diversity committee, two previous Head of School searches as well as several administrative searches. She also was on the first faculty exchange team to visit Collegiate’s partner school, St.Jude’s of Tanzania.

Melissa earned her M.A. in Education from Indiana University and a B.S. in Education from Purdue University. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer and taught in the inner city of Indianapolis before coming to Collegiate.


Jim McGuire

Jim McGuire is the Assistant Head of School for Student Services and Director of College Counseling. He has held a variety of roles in education over the past 19-plus years. Jim has served as a teacher-therapist for students with emotional and learning differences, a college admissions representative, school counselor, university instructor, teaching faculty, college counselor and administrator. Additionally, he worked outside of education for two years as a financial advisor and licensed securities and investment representative. Regardless of his role, Jim is passionate about helping and supporting the growth and education of all. His family is all-in at Collegiate. His wife, Bridget, serves as the Lower School counselor, and he has two children, Ella ’24 and Cole ’27.

Jim earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hanover College and an M.S. in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University.


Ernie Patterson

Ernie Patterson is a former Trustee and a parent of a 7th grader. He also served on the Second Century Task Force.

Ernie earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, an M.A. from St. John’s College and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has served as the Director of Family Shareholder Relations at Brown-Forman since he and his family relocated to Louisville in 2009. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Ernie had a 15 year career as a teacher and school administrator, culminating with a nine year tenure as Head of School at Telluride Mountain School, in Telluride, CO.


Victor Swaminathan

Victor Swami is currently the CEO of Areva Pharmaceuticals. His vision of a global pharmaceutical company specializing in injectable drug therapy will serve the company well as he focuses on strategic manufacturing and product relationships. He has founded two healthcare companies in the span of 10 years, married to Irene Kang Swami a pharmacist, practicing patent attorney, parent of four boys: a Kindergartner, a 3rd grader, and three-year-old twins.

Victor earned a B.S in Economics, Chemistry and Pharmacy and also serves on the Chair Advisory Board/Business Administration at Murray State University.


Connie Thomas

Connie Thomas is a Board of Trustee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, President of the Parent Association and a parent of a 9th grader. She has enjoyed her involvement at Collegiate as a room parent, grade rep and PA treasurer and helped the Advancement Office by writing grant proposals.

Connie holds an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in BioChemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to coming to Louisville 5 1/2 years ago, she was a Director of Strategic Planning/Business Development for hospitals in California and Philadelphia, and a Director of Advancement for St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX.