Group 31


Jim Sirianni, Ph.D.

Jim’s 20 years in higher education working with senior leaders have instilled in him a deep respect for the responsibilities that academic and administrative leaders undertake.


Sharon Tanabe

Sharon has over 30 years of search experience, and she specializes in finding senior leaders for state university systems and private institutions in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.


Julie E. Tea

Julie has served higher education for more than 25 years and is in her 12th year of executive search.


Susan VanGilder

With more than 20 years’ executive search experience, Susan has identified and recruited leaders for a wide variety of institutions in the education and nonprofit sectors, in the United States and abroad.


Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph.D.

Ruth Shoemaker Wood brings scholarly training and hands-on experience to her understanding of the higher education landscape. Prior to joining Storbeck/Pimentel, she served as Assistant Dean of Students at New York University’s College of Arts and Science…


Ethan Dubow

Ethan has successfully identified leaders for senior positions including president, provost, vice president, dean, head of school, and executive director, and he has worked with a wide range of institutions, including independent schools, academic consortia…

Leadership Coach

Carolyn Chan

Carolyn Chan has more than 25 years of experience in leadership coaching, executive search, and talent development. She has led conversations among global decision makers about attracting, developing, and retaining key leadership talent, and she has coached…

Vice President, Search Operations

Lesley Boyd

With more than two decades of executive search experience, Lesley Boyd has conducted more than 200 searches in higher education for presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leadership positions. As Vice President of Search Operations, Lesley leads…

Managing Associate

Matthew Bunting

Since 2011, Matthew has managed numerous searches in a variety of sectors in higher education for multiple positions, including presidents, chancellors, vice presidents, and deans, among others.

Managing Associate

Tammarah Townes

Having completed more than 100 searches in a wide array of industry sectors, Tammarah brings depth and breadth of experience to the Storbeck/Pimentel team.