Maryland School for the Deaf

Innivee Strategies Selected to Lead Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent Search


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Board of Trustees announced its selection of Innivee Strategies to support its search for the next leader for its school. The Innivee Strategies, Inc. search team will be comprised of Co-Consultants Shane Feldman, Principal Owner and CEO of Innivee Strategies, and Dr. Onudeah Nicolarakis.

In September 2020 the MSD Board of Trustees initiated its search process to appoint a transformative leader to serve as the next superintendent of its school. Throughout the search process, the MSD Board has pledged to provide stakeholders with opportunities to engage in this important work. Please continue to check the Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent Search webpage for updates at The nationwide search process will seek a highly qualified and inspiring leader to bring the school toward the compelling MSD mission and vision.

Krista Leitch Walker and Akilah English, the MSD Search Co-Chairs, said “We are pleased to share that the MSD Board of Trustees has engaged Innivee Strategies, Inc, to assist in MSD’s search for its 11th superintendent. Selected through a competitive process, Innivee Strategies brings their extensive experience in consulting on executive searches for other schools and programs for the deaf. Innivee Strategies will actively recruit a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates and will provide guidance to the co-chairs and the members of the search committee at each stage of the process. We are excited that this important milestone has been achieved and look forward to the work ahead with the search committee and Innivee Strategies in identifying a highly qualified, visionary, and transformational superintendent of MSD.”

“We want to express our gratitude to the Maryland School for the Deaf Board for entrusting us with the responsibility of supporting its superintendent search process as the executive search consultants,” said Shane Feldman, CEO of Innivee Strategies. “MSD is widely respected throughout the Deaf and hard of hearing community as a leader in bilingual education using American Sign Language and English. Dr. Onudeah Nicolarakis and I look forward to working with the MSD Search Co-Chairs, Akilah English and Krista Leitch Walker on a search process that upholds the school’s commitment to continuing its proud legacy and reputation.”

Dr. Onudeah Nicolarakis said, “I look forward to engaging the MSD community in developing its leadership profile for the next Superintendent through their responses to the surveys and focus groups. The outcome of the community survey and focus group will be a description of the leadership profile for the new Superintendent hire.”

Please watch for updates about the Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent search at the following website:

Contact Innivee Strategies at [email protected] with inquiries related to the position.

About Maryland School for the Deaf
Founded in 1868, Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a state-funded educational institution serving deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to 21 years. MSD serves and supports over 450 students and their families at two campuses: Frederick, established in 1868, and Columbia, established in 1973. The MSD strives to provide an equitable and exemplary education for all students in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment, ensuring that students achieve personal excellence and responsible lifelong learners. The mission of MSD is to provide American Sign Language (ASL) and English language models for early acquisition and to provide linguistically enriched ASL and English environments for the attainment of fluency of both languages. The Board of Trustees of the Maryland School for the Deaf is the policy-making body responsible for the governance and strategic operations of the school and oversees the work of the superintendent.

About Innivee Strategies
Innivee Strategies provides the systemic framework for your organization to build a strong strategic direction toward its desired vision. We engage your leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change.

Our services include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive and Leadership Development, Program Appraisal, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit our website at to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.