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Drawing on our consultants' extensive experience in the education sector, Storbeck Search formed strong partnerships with independent schools and mission-driven schools from the start.

Today, Nishant Mehta heads our Independent Schools practice, and in addition to conducting executive-level searches, he offers consulting on strategy and DEI, as well as leadership and governance coaching and training for school clients. 

Why choose Storbeck Search for independent school search?

Because we take a comprehensive yet flexible approach to every search and successfully complete 100+ searches each year, we have the experience and know-how to customize your search to fit your school's needs. 

  • Expertise

    SSA’s team approach assures a breadth and depth of expertise working to find and actively recruit leadership candidates. In addition to your dedicated search team, the full expertise of the firm’s partners and associates is ready to be tapped for your search.
  • Customization

    Each school’s search is unique, and Storbeck Search designs a search process that meets the needs of your school and your search. We take the time to understand your school well and to develop strategies that will produce the best candidate pool and search outcomes for your school. 
  • Research

    We have dedicated research staff who continually mine data, study trends, and update our in-house database to ensure a relevant and talented pool of educational leaders.
  • Integrity and Confidentiality

    Integrity is central to everything we do. This includes being willing to turn down another search if it presents the possibility of significant pool overlap with a search we are already conducting. We have robust policies and processes in place to ensure confidentiality to the extent desired by the institution and by potential candidates alike – an important factor for all involved.
  • Proactive Recruitment

    Some of the most qualified and desirable candidates are not actively seeking new positions. Advertising is a limited tool; instead, we actively research and recruit candidates who will be a good fit for your school’s needs and help advance your school's inclusion and equity goals. Notably, we have the capacity to reach across all sectors, including higher education, K-12 education, the nonprofit world and the private sector, to find strong traditional and non-traditional candidates for your search. 
  • Logistical Skill

    Because we are first and foremost experts in search, we run an exceptionally smooth process, handling potential hurdles with a deftness and aplomb that earn the notice of clients and candidates alike.
  • Breadth of Perspective

    Storbeck Search enjoys an outstanding reputation as a search firm focused in the education sector. We truly understand this sector and the student populations it serves – from three-year-olds to college seniors, from continuing ed students to doctoral fellows. 

As a proud Supporter of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), we look forward to meeting you at the next NAIS Annual Conference and NAIS People of Color Conference. 

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Nishant Mehta


Over a career spanning two decades, Nishant has worked on behalf of K-12 schools of all types on issues of leadership, culture, strategy and change management, and equity and justice.

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Sherry Coleman, EdD


Sherry brings extensive experience in public and private education at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, having held positions as an administrator, teacher, and adjunct professor.

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Ruth Shoemaker Wood, PhD


Ruth Shoemaker Wood brings scholarly training and hands-on experience to her understanding of the higher education landscape. Prior to entering the executive search sector, she served as Assistant Dean of Students at New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Before her role in the Dean’s Office at NYU, Ruth worked as a consultant to educational institutions experiencing organizational change and strategic planning challenges.

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Shelly Weiss Storbeck

Managing Partner

Shelly has one of the most widely recognized names in the field, having recruited senior leaders for America's most prestigious colleges and universities. She has led Storbeck Search as an independent firm since 2007.

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Lisa Solinsky

Senior Associate

Lisa brings to Storbeck Search extensive experience in the education and nonprofit sectors and a commitment to connecting individuals with mission-driven organizations. She has successfully managed searches for independent schools, colleges, universities and nonprofits for positions including head of school, chancellor, president, provost, and CEO, as well as senior leaders focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Staci Williams Seeley

Managing Associate

Staci Williams Seeley was born into a family of educators, and she has gained expansive experience in the field across more than 25 years. College counselor, nonprofit executive director, development director, middle and high school teacher, college mentor, and trustee are among the many roles she has held at independent schools and colleges.

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Matthew Marsallo

Managing Associate

Matthew has spent his entire career in education, holding various administrative positions at both the secondary school and university level.

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