Executive board of Directors
Meet the IMA Executive Board of Directors
Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke, President
President term: 2018-2020
Board term: 2016-2020
Dr. Phenis-Bourke serves on public and private nonprofit boards, including hospital, community foundations, and private adult and youth special services. Her expertise is in strategic planning, nonprofit board governance with policy making, and protocols, which she applies to her private consulting contracts. She also specializes in sustainability plans and regulatory compliance. Dr. Phenis-Bourke is a certified national principal mentor, facilitator, and a True Colors trainer/facilitator. Her organizational leadership has been recognized by local school districts, the Indiana department of education, the federal department of education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Leadership America. Nancy enjoys adventure and leisure travel, global culinary experiences, home gardening, golfing, reading mysteries, sport biking, designing jewelry, and networking. She is married and has four adult children living in four states. Dr. Phenis-Bourke resides in the Midwest and in Southeast.
Pendleton, Indiana, USA
Dr. Brenda Marina, President-Elect
President-Elect term: 2018-2020
Board term: 2017-2021
Brenda L. H. Marina, Ph.D., a retired higher education leadership educator. She has been a board member for since 2013 and a general member since 2004. Dr. Marina is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education and has served as a moderator for the Research and Mentoring strand for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council E-Conference. Her scholarship explores women in leadership, mentoring for leadership, multicultural competence in higher education, and global education issues from a womanist perspective. She is the author and co-author of several publications related to her scholarship. Her published books include Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education and Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academe: A Cultured Critique.
Akron, Ohio, USA
Dr. Linda Searby, Secretary-Treasurer
Board term: 2016 – 2020
Dr. Linda Searby is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, where she teaches courses in Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Supervision, Action Research, School Change, and Mentoring. She is an associate editor for Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning journal, member of the editorial review board for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and reviewer for several journals in educational leadership. Dr. Searby has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on the development of a mentoring mindset in the protégé and is a mentoring coach and trainer. She is co-editor of Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development and co-editor International Handbook of Mentoring (both forthcoming). Dr. Searby is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University (B.A.), Eastern Illinois University (M.S.), and Illinois State University (Ph.D.). Along with her husband, Dr. Mark Searby, she is the co-owner of Peacewood Consulting, a leadership development and mentoring resources consulting business.
Auburn, Alabama, USA.