Team Members

Lyle Kirtman

CEO & Senior Management Consultant

Lyle Kirtman has been a management consultant for more than 35 years, specializing in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational development, high performance team development, conflict resolution, and executive coaching

Karen Rue


Rue’s educational career spans 40 years. Currently serving the superintendents of Texas as TASA Superintendent in Residence, Dr. Rue provides support for superintendents engaged in leading future focused school systems.

Wendy York


After graduating from Texas A&M University, Wendy taught middle school students in Texas and continued upon relocating to California.

Jeff Ikler


Jeff Ikler is currently the Director of Quetico Leadership Coaching and Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping school and business leaders develop sustained changes in their leadership and management practices.

Beth Saunders

Operations Manager

Beth Saunders has worked with FMS since 2011 and has become an integral member of the FMS team. She is the main point of contact for all clients and consultants.

Robin Coursen


Robin brings over 30 years of experience to our team in facilitation and collaborative process with federal, state, local and tribal stakeholders.

Nancy Padilla


Dr. Nancy Padilla has been passionate about teaching and learning for more than three decades working collaboratively with thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, and dozens of administrators.

William Garr

Senior Consultant

William Garr CHE has been a visionary leader and consultant combining strong financial skills with knowledgeable strategic program and leadership development. He is a creative problem solver who has an ability to build consensus with disparate groups both as a CEO, and as a management consultant.

John Pierce

Senior Consultant

Mr. Pierce has always considered himself an agent for organizational change and school improvement. His interest and continuing training has been directed at the development of a strong conceptual understanding of systems thinking and strategic planning to advance public education.

Debon Lewis


Debon Lewis is the founder and CEO of Transformative Growth Partners, an educational consulting firm. He is an educational leader and social entrepreneur. He has over twelve years’ experience in managing projects, training, and teaching students and educators. He has been an award winning Middle School Teacher, Academic Dean, Founding and Turnaround Principal, Principal in Residence as well as a Leadership Fellow.

Craig Hardimon


Craig brings over 35 years of educational leadership experience, fostering inclusive school cultures and cultivating respectful community relationships. During his career, Craig has served as a special educator, an assistant principal, a principal, and a human resources director supporting students, educators, and families in both urban and suburban settings.