The Team

Paul E. Pendleton

Owner/Consultant, Finding Leaders

B.S. - Marietta College

M.S.-University of Akron

Other Education-BGSU, Ashland University,

Ohio State University


In addition to being the owner of Finding Leaders, Paul Pendleton is the Co-Director of Leadership Services at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County. Previously, he has been the superintendent of the Danville Local Schools, Mt. Gilead Exempted Village Schools and Nordonia Hills City Schools. He is also part owner of the Santa Rita Collaborative which assist school districts with community engagement activities.


He has served the education community as a social studies teacher, football coach, athletic director, guidance counselor, assistant middle school principal, high school principal, superintendent and consultant. Mr. Pendleton has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Kent State University, University of Akron, Ashland University and Mt. St. Joseph College. He is the past Executive Director of the Mohican Institute, Executive Director of the Ohio Council for Academic Excellence, chair of the North Coast Quality Collaborative, board member of Ohio’s ASCD and presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Baldwin-Wallace University. He resides in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with his wife Miriam. They have two grown sons, Paul Jr. (career Air Force officer) and Ryan (treasurer at Barberton City Schools).

David Laurenzi

CEO/Consultant, Finding Leaders

B.S. - Mount Union College

M. Ed. - Cleveland State University


In addition to serving as a consultant for Finding Leaders, David Laurenzi is a Director of Leadership Services for the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County. Prior to joining the ESC, Mr. Laurenzi served as Superintendent of the Independence Local School District.


He has served in three school districts in the State of Ohio including 20 years in the Independence School District. The first seven years were spent as high school principal and the last 13 as superintendent. Prior to that time, he spent seven years in the Medina City School District, two years as assistant high school principal and five as principal. Mr. Laurenzi began his career as a biology teacher and guidance counselor in the North Royalton City School District.


Mr. Laurenzi is a past President of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and has served on the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators. He has received advanced leadership training through the Ohio School Leadership Institute and has received the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Exemplary Leadership Award. Mr. Laurenzi has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Northeast Ohio Technology Association as well as on the Board of the Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association.


Mr. Laurenzi resides in North Royalton, Ohio with his wife Rita. They have three grown children, Michael, Matthew, and Jessica.

Additional Consultants Include:

Maynard Bauer


Russ Bennett

Jim Cahoon


Patti Cleary


Steve Farnsworth


Laura Garrett


Jim Harbuck

Charlie Irish


Dave Kircher


Marty Motsco


Corky O’Callaghan


Neil Roseberry


John Thomas


Ed Vittardi

Among the staff of Finding Leaders are authors who have written a number of books about public engagement and leadership. Published by The MASTER Teacher®, these books include:

  • When the Choir Began to Sing: A Story About Awakening the Leader Within Each of Us

  • The Power of Public Engagement: A Beacon of Hope for America’s Schools

  • Putting the Power of Public Engagement to Work for Your Schools and Community

A cumulative administrative experience base of more than 150 years is brought to each search.  Our promise is to aggressively seek out the highest caliber of leaders.

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