Advisors to the Board

Barbara M. Fienman, Ph.D. – Higher Education Consultant and Senior Advisor to the Board

Dr. Fienman is a student affairs professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. During her career, she has held full time positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Suffolk University (Massachusetts), Wentworth Institute of Technology (Massachusetts) and Mt. Ida College (Massachusetts), in the offices of residence life, student activities, and student affairs administration.  Since 1995, Dr. Fienman has served in interim positions for colleges and universities that are seeking temporary assistance either due to a failed search or a mid-year vacancy. Dr. Fienman has served as an interim dean of students, registrar, dean of enrollment management, director of a career center, regional admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, director of student conduct, director of residence life, and director of international student services. Dr. Fienman received her bachelor’s in American history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an EdM from Boston University, and a PhD from Boston College. She is involved in a number of professional associations, including  NASPA, ASCA, ACPA, and NAFSA, and is a frequent presenter on student discipline, legal issues, and professional development. Dr. Fienman has taught in the master’s degree programs at Salem State College (Massachusetts) and at Northeastern University (Massachusetts) as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Administration of Higher Education graduate programs at Suffolk University (Massachusetts).

Katherine Johnson Schneider – Senior Advisor to the Board

Kate Johnson Schneider received her BA in psychology and education from Dartmouth College and her MS Ed in higher education counseling from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. She has a wide variety of professional experience in higher education and the private sector and is a founding partner of Spelman Johnson. Her primary responsibilities include technology strategy as well as ongoing support to the Spelman Johnson network.

Peter W. Rosenberg – Senior Search Associate Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the Board

Peter’s career in higher education spanned 25 years, during which time he worked at institutions across the country: Washington State University, Colorado State University, James Madison University, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University. In addition to his on-campus responsibilities, Peter served in a variety of elected leadership positions including service on the Executive Board of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, as President of the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers, and on the faculty of the National Housing Training Institute. He taught as a clinical affiliated faculty member in Western Washington University’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education graduate program, consulted with institutions/associations undergoing strategic development, and was a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences.

Peter has presented in workshops and leadership programs in a variety of settings including NASPA’s national conference, ACUHO-I’s annual conference, the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Leadership Forums, the NASPA V/VI Mid-Level Training Institute (for student affairs leaders aspiring to be vice presidents or in other senior leadership roles), The Placement Exchange, Western Washington’s Teaching-Learning Academy, and for higher education graduate programs including LSU, Colorado State, and Virginia Tech.

Peter received his B.S. in psychology and English from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and his M.Ed. in student personnel administration from Colorado State University. His current responsibilities encompass search management, client and candidate relations, and new business development.