Jan 2023 Town Hall
EDIJ - Practical Governance Steps that Boards of Directors Can Engage in to Make an Appropriate Difference

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST
Via Zoom

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Welcome and Introduction

Is Your Board Recognizing the Challenge of Leading in EDIJ Matters?
  • Is your Board compelled to address this local and worldwide challenge through appropriate policy and action?
  • What kind of dialogue has your Board had regarding leading in this area?
A Practical Framework for Board Approach, Values, Vision, and Action
  • Eight critical Board actions to comprehensively address EDIJ Board leadership
  • Key Questions and Discussion

Karen Fryday-Field
Senior Consultant
Meridian Edge Leadership & Governance Consulting

A Governance Level Diversity and Equity Policy Example - Explored

The Board Chair and Superintendent of the Sun Prairie Area School District share their policy and vision:

  • An extension of our shared vision
  • What triggered the creation of the policy?
  • How did the Board create its policy?
    • What challenges emerged?
  • What impact has this policy had so far?
    • Is any further impact anticipated?
  • Considerations for any further development of the policy. 

Steve Schroeder, Board Chair
Brad Saron, Superintendent
Sun Prairie Area School District

A Governance Level Diversity Policy Example Shared
  • What triggered the creation of the policy?
  • How did the Board create its policy?
    • What challenges emerged?
  • What impact has this policy had so far?
    • Is any further impact anticipated?
  • Considerations for any further development of the policy. 
Kathryn Lebby, President & CEO
Association for Play Therapy Inc.
Question and Discussion Session
  • Key speaker comments and Town Hall participant questions and discussion
Facilitators: Steve Schroeder and Brad Saron


 Karen Fryday-Field




Steve Schroeder, Board President, Sun Prairie Area School District

Steve Schroeder has served on the Sun Prairie Area School District Board of Education since 2012 with five years as vice president and six years as president. In this role, Steve has assisted the district with its move to a form of Policy Governance, passing three referenda totaling more than $250M, developing a new strategic framework, and ensuring a focus on equity and meeting the needs of every child.

Steve Schroeder serves as the Director of Administration at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).  In this role, Steve oversees all internal operations for AWSA as well as strategic planning and continuous improvement initiatives.  He also develops and facilitates leadership trainings for school leadership around the state.

Steve has a true passion for working with others through servant leadership, collaboration, and shared vision. He received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.

He and his wife Erin, a high school math teacher, are the proud parents of two girls.  In his free time, Steve enjoys yard work, reading, skiing, and being a dad.


Brad Saron, Superintendent, Sun Prairie Area School District

Dr. Bradford Saron proudly serves as the superintendent of the Sun Prairie Area School District. Over the last eight years of service in SPASD, the school district has established and cascaded two full strategic plans, passed more than $250 million dollars in capital referenda, opened up a new comprehensive high school, and become a leader in instructional delivery processes. Currently, in his 16th total year as the superintendent, he has served in both rural and suburban settings. Personally, Brad has been married for 23 years and has four very involved children. 

Kathryn Lebby, CAE, CMP, President & CEO, Association for Play Therapy

Kathy Lebby has served in the role of CEO for the Association for Play Therapy (APT) since April 2014. APT is a national professional society established in 1982 to promote the field of play therapy, a mental health modality that is developmentally appropriate for children. During her tenure as CEO, APT has seen significant growth in membership, member retention, and credentialed play therapists. With a current focus on School Counselors, APT is working to meet the needs of those child therapists on the front lines.

Kathy received a B.S. in Finance from Fresno State University and an M.S. in Organizational Behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has been married for 25 years to Paul, a Clinical Neuropsychologist, and together they enjoy skiing, camping, and spending time with their two bichons (Chanel and Fendi). 

Karen Fryday-Field, Senior Consultant, Meridian Edge Consulting

Karen Fryday-Field is the Senior Partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting in London, Ontario.   Karen’s leadership consulting practice is focused on assisting for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and companies with building governance excellence and positive impact, developing successful business and market position strategies, building measurement/metrics systems to assess organizational effectiveness, engaging organization careholders, and building people, character, capacity, commitment, and energy.

Karen is also an international speaker and in October 2021, Karen was inducted into the London and District Business Hall of Fame, recognizing her outstanding contributions and ethics in business.

Karen is also dedicated to serving in her local community in order to build community capacity and success. She has served as the Chair and Past Chair, of the Board for the United Way of London and Middlesex and has served on several other Boards and committees, including the Brescia University College $10M LEAD WITH US Campaign Cabinet and is a past Chair of Brescia’s Board of Trustees.  Karen also serves at the part-time CEO of GOVERN for IMPACT, an international advocacy, research, and education for-impact organization based out of the United States.