A Team Built With Strong Fiscal, HR, and Facility Backgrounds
Eric Hall established Eric Hall & Associates (EH&A) in 2006 after an accomplished career in California school districts. Our team of associates has 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 and Founder
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.
Eric established Eric Hall & Associates (EH&A) in 2006 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 38 years, reside in San Marcos and Reno and are the proud parents of three grown daughters and four grandchildren.
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 & plan approvals
- Environmental agency applications & approvals
- Long Range Facility Master Plan development & coordination
- State funding maximization in a variety of facility program areas
- Redevelopment agency agreement negotiations & fund allocations
- Taxpayer organization endorsements for bond elections
- Capacity studies & demographic analysis/review/application
Khary Knowles, Vice President of Client Solutions
Khary has over 26 years of experience in the education and A/E/C industries. He previously served in varied positions from high school teacher to Executive Director of Facilities Planning & Development for San Marcos Unified School District (CA). His primary value of aligning innovative projects, processes, and teams stems from h is distinct leadership background. As a senior-level executive experienced in directing a regional office of a national firm, Khary has extensive experience in educational and business practices while orchestrating successful multi-million-dollar programs and practices. His diverse experience as client, educator, designer, program manager, planner, contractor, board member, parent volunteer, and community representative allows him to understand the perspective of “everyone at the table,” adding innovative solutions and value to every problem-solving opportunity.
Claire D. Cote, Executive Assistant
Claire brings with her many years of experience as an Administrative Associate and Office Manager in many settings, including financial, publishing, and medical services.
Claire’s primary responsibilities include contract administration and office management. She analyzes 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.
Fiscal Practice Group
Craig McAlpin, Director of Client Services
Craig McAlpin has more than 14 years of experience in education & operations. He previously served as the CBO of Banning USD managing 8 district departments & a budget of $72 million. During his leadership with Banning USD, he facilitated a Budget Stabilization Plan with shareholders & oversaw a multimillion-dollar districtwide Facility Upgrade Program. He has served as a district member for the Citizens Oversight Committee for multiple districts & has been a key member for district negotiation teams.
Craig completed budgets for both large & small districts and has direct knowledge of reporting requirements & deadlines for both fiscal & facility departments. He knows the demands that are put on staff daily & the importance of continual training & professional development opportunities to help them succeed.
Lisa Hayes, Associate (Data Management)
Lisa Hayes 31 years of experience in K-12 education information systems, Federal/California state reporting, data governance, training, and public speaking. She previously served as an implementation specialist for the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team/California School Information Services helping districts, county offices, and charter schools with data management and reporting.
Robyn Adams, Associate
Robyn Adams has served in education finance and administration for more than 32 years. She has served in the role of Business Manager, Director, and Chief Business Official. She previously served as the Director of Fiscal Services in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District where she managed over $140 million in various funds. She also served as the Chief Business Official for the Del Mar Union School District and Business Manager in the Jamul School District.
Robyn is known for her organizational skills, technical expertise, and experience in all areas of school district finance, budget, and accounting. She is skilled in developing business processes and rules which provide strong internal controls for efficient and effective financial management. Robyn’s areas of expertise include budget analysis, development, and management, interim reporting and multi-year analysis and projections, year-end close, risk management, state school building projects and reporting, and bond project oversight committee reporting. Robyn is a long-time member of CASBO and served on the San Diego-Imperial County Board of Directors for several years where she earned her CBO certification.
Tina M. Daigneault, Associate
Tina has over 30 years of experience in school business and finance. Starting her career as an accountant, to fiscal services director, to Chief Business Official roles, her experience has encapsulated all areas of school business. She has served in small, medium, and large school districts, in addition to the Riverside County Office of Education.
Tina has experience overseeing the construction of a state-of-the-art elementary school, developing, and implementing a large facilities master plan, converting multiple districts to a new financial system and understanding and managing all areas of school business services. For over 10 years she has provided fiscal oversight to twenty-three school districts while at the Riverside County Office of Education, ensuring fiscal compliance and solvency.
Pam Gilles, Associate
Pam Gilles has over 35 years of service in school finance including both school district and county office of education experience. She joined the EH&A team in 2019 after retiring from the San Diego COE holding multiple positions in the business services division serving both internal and external clients. She is a mentor to many small school districts providing hands-on support. She holds a BS in Accounting and has held several positions at the local and state level with CASBO.
As the Executive Director of Internal Business for the SDCOE, Pam managed over $600 million in budgets of various funds. Her responsibilities included budget development and monitoring, multi-year projections, position control, accounting/financial reporting, accounts receivable, payroll (internal and external), purchasing, accounts payable, special education, and year-end reporting.
Rick Holash, Associate
Rick Holash has served in public school business administration for the past 18 years. Rick has served in the role of Chief Business Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Business and Administrative Services, Director of Fiscal Service and has also served as the Chairman for Business Officials for AROP/C.
Prior to joining school business administration Rick was a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California working for various small to medium size CPA firms including serving as a partner and a manager.
Janie Rowland, Associate
Janie worked over 33 years with the Fontana Unified School District – the last 15 she was the Director of Purchasing, Warehouse, Printing, and Mail. Her responsibilities included reviewing all contracts for legal accuracy. She is very familiar with the bidding process for construction projects and enjoys project management. She hopes to refine her skills in leadership training. She worked for the Arkansas State Department of Education when Bill Clinton was the Governor.
Janie has been involved with the City of Fontana as a Parks & Community Services Commissioner for 11 years, has served on the Planning Commission and in 2012 she was voted the City of Fontana Community Hero. She was event leader for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 18 years. Janie holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Kathryn Perkins, Associate
Kathryn Perkins has served in education finance and administration for more than 31 years. She has served in the roles of Chief Business Official and Director for Charter Oak Unified School District, where she managed $50 million in General Funds and campaigned for successful voter supported facilities bond $47 million, District improvements included Aquatic Center, and Elementary Learning Media Centers, worked through process to sell 9+ acres of district property. She has also served as Fiscal Services Manager, at Covina Valley Unified School District, where she managed over $120 million COP and Multiple Bond funds.
Kathy is known for her organizational skills, technical expertise, and experience in all areas of school district finance, budget, and accounting. She has successfully built and managed district business and works collaboratively toward a common goal.
Michael Taylor, Associate
Michael Taylor has enjoyed 16 years of working in four different CA school districts. These districts had enrollments ranging from 12,000 – 22,000 students. Michael served as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for both Escondido Union SD and San Marcos Unified SD. He is proud to have served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Michael earned a BA in Economics/German from Northwestern University in Illinois, a MS in Finance from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and a certificate of school business management from the University of Southern California.
Facilities Practice Group
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.
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.
Tina also brings experience from the Telecom Industry as a Site Acquisition Specialist and is knowledgeable in CEQA, DTSC, CDE, OPSC and DSA processes and prerequisites.
Caroline J. Brown, Associate
Caroline J. Brown has experience as an Executive Director for Capital Programs and Technology with 40 years of experience in education. Her expertise in Technology includes both instructional and administrative programs. Caroline is skilled in facilities, demographics, planning, project management, and construction. As a manager she coordinated site acquisitions, project designs, demographics reporting, and projections as well as overall project management.
She is familiar with new construction and modernization projects, electrical and mechanical design, school capacity, contracts, RFQ/RFP and bid processes, lease-lease-back, and other delivery methods. Caroline promotes practical green/sustainable building design.
Joe Aceto, Associate
Joe Aceto has 25 years of strong and diverse maintenance experience. Roughly 20 of those years in progressively higher management positions as Administrator of Operations, Coordinator of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation, Director of M&O, and Maintenance Supervisor.
His background includes all aspects of public-school maintenance and construction, including the development of work schedules, public works contracts and bidding, bid documents, scope summaries, inventory control and purchasing; development of job specifications, DIR regulations, negotiation support, vendor relations, and much more.
Nerissa Pospychala, Associate
Nerissa Pospychala has dedicated the last seven years of her career to the improvement of facilities in Public Education. Prior to joining EH&A, Nerissa served as the Interim Director of MOT for Banning Unified School District.
From 2015 to 2021, she served as the Director of Maintenance for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. There she maintained over 160 school buildings with an average facility age of 42 years while also establishing, monitoring, and managing departmental budgets in excess of $45M.
Human Resources Practice Group
Rick Labib-Wood, Associate
Rick Labib-Wood (M.P.H., Health Care Administration), brings 40 years of public sector HR experience at federal, state, county, and school district levels.
Rick served as Director of Classified Personnel in the San Dieguito UHSD from 1993-2014. Previously, he supervised the classification & compensation program for California’s Riverside County, and had worked for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Personnel Services in classification and compensation, administrative services, and legislative analysis from 1974-1986. He served 29 years on active and reserve duty in personnel administration for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Rick is also an adjunct faculty member at National University, San Diego, where he lectures regularly in the University’s M.A. – H.R.M. degree program. Rick’s consulting includes projects at Sonoma COE, Ukiah USD, Walnut Valley USD, and Birmingham Community Charter High School.
Jan Brannen, Associate
Jan Brannen, (M.A., Management), brings 30 years of HR experience in California Schools: at South Bay Union SD, at Sweetwater UHSD, and at Grossmont UHSD where she retired as Director of Human Resources.
Jan consults in classification and compensation studies, most recently with Alpine USD and Walnut Valley USD. She has extensive experience with mentoring, coaching, employee performance evaluation systems, grievance resolution, due-process compliant discipline, and classified contract negotiations.
Elaine Alexandres, Associate
Elaine Alexandres has more than 35 years of experience in public school education. Most of her experience has been in the field of Human Resources as she served as the Assistant Superintendent, Human Relations in Vista Unified School District, and in Coachella Valley Unified School District. In addition, Elaine was the Coordinator and Principal on assignment in the Human Resources Department of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Elaine has also been a principal, assistant Principal, and an Elementary School Teacher. In her leadership positions, Elaine has ensured the effective utilization and maximum development of the district’s workforce.
Ross Hessler, MSI, Associate
Ross Hessler has more than 30 years of experience in human resources in the education field. He has been serving as an Associate with EH&A, consulting in school districts throughout California. Prior to joining EH&A, he was a Human Resources Director for many years and an analyst before that, at both large (Los Angeles USD) and small districts. He has worked on a variety of classification and compensation consulting projects, in coordination with the agency’s human resources department.
Ross contributes as a team member to support districts in accomplishing their mission in a variety of ways, considering cost effectiveness, time considerations, and resources. Working collaboratively to ensure long term relationships with stakeholders is a key interest in performing high-quality, thorough, detail-oriented work.
Angela Bishop, Associate
Angela Bishop possesses over 30 years of human resource management experience in large merit and non-merit school districts, as well as county offices of education. Angela’s areas of expertise include recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, employee relations, employee engagement and performance management, and reasonable accommodation.
Angela successfully held the following positions: Director of Classified Personnel at Cajon Valley Union SD, Employment Services Supervisor for the SDCOE, and Human Resources Analyst for San Diego Unified SD. Most recently, Angela held interim director assignments with Poway Unified SD, San Mateo COE, and San Lorenzo Unified. Additionally, she was awarded the Honorary Life Member designation for her past leadership and support of the CA School Personnel Commissioners Association and was an active member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, San Diego Chapter.
Angela possesses a BS in Public Administration, enjoys creating marketing and branding strategies to enhance public sector recruitment efforts, and has a deep personal and professional passion for supporting personnel management systems that are based on positive relationships, collaboration, equity, and fairness.
During the fall of the 2018 school year, the Director of Fiscal Services for a medium sized district in Southern California informed the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services that the district’s unduplicated pupil percentage (UPP) had decreased by 5%, and that the corresponding loss in revenue would be about $4