Our Team

A Team Built With Strong Fiscal and Facility Backgrounds

Eric Hall established Eric Hall & Associates in 2006 after an accomplished career in California school districts. Our team of associates have strong fiscal and facility backgrounds in California school districts and county offices of education. We understand internal district dynamics and the challenges facing districts today. If you are seeking personalized service, insight, leadership, and a passion for excellence, look no further.

Eric Hall, President

Eric worked in public schools for 32 years, initially starting his career in Human Resources for the San Diego USD and worked for 27 years for the San Dieguito UHSD as Directors of Personnel and Administrative Services and Chief Business Official and Associate Superintendent, Business Services.

In 2006, Eric established Eric Hall & Associates to help other Districts and provide personalized support services in school facility planning, funding and construction and budget, fiscal and human resources areas.As the Associate Superintendent, Eric led the efforts at the San Dieguito UHSD in planning, design and construction of over $500M in facilities necessary to accommodate over 400% increase in enrollment. Identified as a leader in promoting joint use facilities, Eric worked closely with C.A.S.H. in the development of the State’s initial joint use program and facilitated the design and construction of several joint use facilities in his district. Eric served as Chair and Vice Chair of C.A.S.H. and was actively involved in the State School Facility program including SB 50 and Propositions 47, 55 and 1A.

Eric served as founding facility in the CASH School Facilities Leadership Academy from 2006 to 2016. Eric has served on the SAB Implementation Committee and as Vice Chair for the Californians for Schools. With over 40 years of extensive background in school districts, Eric enjoys teaching, training and mentoring Facility Executives and Chief Business Officials. Eric and Laurie have been married for 37 years, reside in San Marcos and Truckee and are the proud parents of three grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Laurie Brandes-Hall, Partner

Laurie has spent a career in Marketing, Research, Planning, and Forecasting with major companies e.g. Wickes Companies, McGraw Hill, and Taylor Made Adidas Golf.  As co-owner, she brings her significant business background to the company supporting her husband Eric Hall and the associate team with countless roles including strategic planning, financial reporting, and contracts and business planning.

Barry Dragon, Vice President

Formerly the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Escondido Union High School District, Barry also has expertise in managing the Information Technology functions. He has demonstrated a strong background in managing financial operations and developing financial structures for large construction projects and facility rehabilitation.

In addition to his role as both a CBO and Financial Officer, Barry has extensive experience in the areas of leadership training. He was an adjunct professor at San Diego State University to administrative credential candidates in Educational Leadership. As a facilitator for Franklin Covey’s many programs in leadership, including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle Centered Leadership, he has conducted workshops for over 1,500 school district leaders. Barry earned his B.S. from Northern Illinois University with a comprehensive major in accountancy.

Bob Nicholson, Vice President

Bob worked as the Director of K-12 Education for JCJ Architecture in San Diego and as the Senior Director of Facility Planning Services for the San Diego County Office of Education. Bob brings added value to school districts with his knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
• Developer fee reports
• Community meeting facilitation
• State Agency site and plan approvals
• Environmental agency applications and approvals
• Long Range Facility Master Plan development and coordination
• State funding maximization in a variety of facility program areas
• Redevelopment agency agreement negotiations and funding allocations
• Taxpayer organization endorsements for capital improvement bond elections
• Classroom capacity studies and demographic analysis review and application

Claire D. Cote, Associate

Claire brings with her many years of experience as an Administrative Associate and Office Manager in many settings, including financial, publishing and medical services. She also devoted a portion of her career in the educational sector with the MAAC child development program responsible for opening new day care centers in the San Diego area.

Claire’s primary responsibilities include contract administration and office management. Claire analyses contracts for legal accuracy as well as compiling and maintaining various internal reports for the organization. Claire is responsible for ensuring that the company complies with all the necessary insurance requirements and has responsibility for assisting in the management of various projects. She holds a degree in Anthropology/Art History from the University of New Hampshire at Durham.

Julie Romero,

Julie Romero has extensive administrative and office management experience, working in business, medical and publishing fields. Julie provides administrative and editorial support to the entire EH&A team.More

She is involved in EH&A’s marketing efforts through her efforts in publishing both our monthly newsletter and our special reports to clients. She is also an integral part of enhancing our web presence especially in the area of social media. She assists in maintaining calendars for many of our Associates as well as being responsible for accounts receivable services. Julie is also an award-winning author having published two historically-based novels.

Dr. Jeffrey Felix, Associate

Jeff has been an educator for over 30 years, serving 19 years as a superintendent in San Diego County. Dr. Felix was named Superintendent of the Year twice by the Association of California School Administrators. The Classroom of the Future Foundation named him the 2016 Innovative Superintendent.

He began his educational career as a teacher for Escondido Union School District. Eight years later he became the superintendent/principal of San Pasqual USD in 1997. He was selected as the superintendent of the Bonsall USD in 2006 and then chosen two years later to lead Coronado Unified as superintendent. He retired from the superintendent position in July 2016.

Dr. Felix earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California San Diego. His research on social networking represents the first study on the use of blogging as an instructional practice and was widely published. He has also served as an advisor for Bill Gates’ company bgC3.

Melinda Pure, Associate

Melinda has 24 years’ school district experience in Facilities, Capital/Operational Budgeting, and Contract Administration. She has served several large K-12 and elementary districts.

As the Facilities Director/Assistant Director, overseeing successful planning, development, design, and construction efforts for large capital programs.

Chris Schmidt, Associate

Along with the USC School Business Management Certificate, Chris brings 12 years of private-sector business management experience to the team. His focus has been on the oversight of people, systemic business process, and the use of technology in organizations.

Chris is an expert with the practical use of in-depth analytics, personalized project management, and the unique optimization of critical operations, policy, and procedure.
Chris has seamlessly made the transition into the world of K-12 school business and facility management. He has parlayed his experience and training into developer negotiations, OPSC audits, school bond planning, district enrollment projections, budget development for new school planning, and eligibility studies for School Facility Program grants.
In his free time, Chris enjoys supporting his wife who trains show horses, assisting his ten-year old in solving Rubik’s Cube puzzles, and helping his eight-year old build masterpiece Lego creations.

Tina Cullors, Associate

Tina Cullors has worked in K-12 Public Education for 24 years bringing to the team a broad background of knowledge in educational facilities planning, funding and construction, Facility Needs Analysis, District Master Plans, Performance Monitoring and Complete Project Management.

Also, bringing experience from the Telecom Industry as a Site Acquisition Specialist. Knowledgeable in CEQA, DTSC, CDE, OPSC and DSA processes and prerequisites.

Carlos Martinez, Associate

Carlos has recently worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plan in support of capital improvement projects. As a Design Supervisor, he managed the efforts of electrical and mechanical designers/engineers.

Tasked with providing construction drawing packages. He also ensured that all construction drawings were in conformance with procedures and regulations.
Carlos is also experienced in:
• Extensive experience in facilities management
• Industrial engineering support
• Supervising facility engineering departments with mechanical, electrical, industrial, architectural
and CAD designers
• Has over 15 years of experience as an industrial engineer.
• Skilled in time studies, process improvements, ergonomic analysis, capacity models, space
Plans, plant layouts and lean manufacturing.

Gail Crotty, Associate

Gail Crotty has worked in public education in California for over 36 years as a teacher, Program Specialist in curriculum and instruction, general education site administrator, Director of Special Education, and Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Director.

Gail has provided extensive support to other professionals through facilitation of professional development academies for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and instructing courses for credentialing programs. She currently coaches new administrators through the ACSA/NTC credential program. Gail has experience in the legal, fiscal and programmatic implications of meeting the needs of students with disabilities in a comprehensive setting. Gail has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Asuza Pacific University.

Dr. Carol Bartz, Associate

Dr. Carol Bartz worked in public schools in Illinois and California for over 39 years. She has been a LSH Specialist, Resource Specialist, Program Specialist, Diagnostician, Director of Pupil Services, and Principal of an inner city elementary school. She retired as the Senior Director of the North Inland Special Education Region (SELPA) in San Diego County.

While serving as the SELPA Director, she coordinated the development of the Communication Severity Scales (CSS), which is used by LSH specialists throughout California. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Correction, a Master of Science in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration. Dr. Bartz has presented staff development workshops at universities, as well as at national, state, and local professional conferences. Her book, The Special Ed Administrator’s Personal Trainer for Strengthening Leadership, Relationship, and Management Skills, is available through LRP publications. In her retirement, she is working with school districts on program development and special education finance.

David Randolph, Associate

David has thirty years of experience in construction, producing award-winning residential projects, green buildings, affordable housing, and successful school capital programs. While serving as the Associate Bond Program Manager for the Eastside Union High School District,More

David helped with the planning and implementation of a capital program valued at over half a billion dollars. David`s services include:
• Capital Program Launch
• Project Prioritization
• Campus Allocations-Equity & Buy-In
• Program and Project Budgeting
• Risk Management (Waste Avoidance-Claims Reduction)
• Contractor Pre-Qualification Programs
• Contract Development & Review
• Architect Master Agreements
• Contractor “Front Ends”
• Work Authorizations (AR, CM, IOR)
• Sustainable Design Review
• Waterproofing Details
• Durability
• Ease of Maintenance
• District Standards Development & Design Implementation
• Constructability Review
• Project Delivery Options
• Board & CBOC Support
• Program Metrics Development
• Proposition 39 Performance Audits
• Regulatory Compliance (CEQA, SWPPP, Title IX, AB 300)
• Legal Support (Waste Recovery)
• Payment Application Audits
• Field Work Forensics

Pam Fees, Associate

An active CASBO member with employment in K-12, CC and COE environments, Pamela Fees remains committed to mentoring others as a consultant. She shares her knowledge and experience based on close interactions with school districts, governmental agencies, and decision makers.