Meet Our Team

Richard Keeling

Principal and Senior Executive Consultant

Richard P. Keeling, M.D., leads Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)—a comprehensive higher education consulting practice. K&A’s mission is improving outcomes in higher education by creating change for learning.

Eric Engstrom

President and Executive Consultant

Eric L. Engstrom, M.P.H., President and Executive Consultant, joined Dr. Keeling in 1989 to form K&A. As the Company’s President, he has primary responsibility for organizational leadership and management

Kyle Hutchison

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Kyle Hutchison, the longest serving employee of K&A, joined the company in 2000 and has been, since 2007, Chief of Staff; in 2010, he assumed additional responsibilities as Senior Vice President.

Jan Walbert

Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search

Dr. Jan Walbert serves as Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search—a role in which she is responsible for strategy, management, implementation, and quality assurance for K&A

Alex Vasquez

Vice President, Consulting Services and Senior Consultant

Alex Vasquez joins K&A in October 2017 after more than 20 years in various positions in higher education. He brings to our Senior Executive team direct experience with community-building, improving student

Jeff Ewing

Senior Consultant for Executive Search

Jeff Ewing joined K&A in 2016 with over 20 years of experience working for and with institutions of higher education. He brings the perspective of an experienced student affairs professional

Hazel Scott

Senior Consultant

Dr. Scott retired as Vice President for Student Services at Georgia State University in 2006 to join K&A. She also served as the senior student affairs officer at both Occidental College and California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo.

Jennifer Dickson

Consultant and Director, Research

Dr. Dickson joined K&A in 2008 after an academic career in public health research. As Consultant and Director of Research, she manages the Company’s academic writing projects, which include journal articles

Eric Narburgh

Consultant and Project Director

Eric Narburgh joined K&A in March 2015 as a Consultant and Project Director, in which role he is responsible for leading client projects, from writing proposals to managing client relationships and ensuring

Jared Leigh

Consultant and Project Director

Jared joined Keeling & Associates in 2019 as a Consultant/Project Director. In this role, he is responsible for leading client projects

Marrlee Burgess

Consultant and Project Director

Marrlee Burgess is a higher education leader with over 25 years of experience in the areas of student affairs, academic affairs, and enrollment management.

Gordon Winsor

Consultant and Director, Executive Search

Gordon Winsor is Consultant and Director of Executive Search; he has managed over forty searches in the past three years, including those for senior officers in Student Affairs and/or Enrollment Management

David Mistretta

Director of Organizational Development

David joined K&A in September, 2018 as Director of Organizational Development. As an advisor to the principals, he will focus on internal operations strategy and external engagement with the K&A brand.

Alex Emmanuele

Director of Innovation
Alex, a recent graduate of Hampshire College, first joined K&A in 2014 as an undergraduate intern, and then worked with us as a fellow while completing his Division III project—a documentary on the infusion of empathy in education through

Daniel Miller

Executive Coordinator

Mr. Miller joined K&A in September, 2015 as Executive Coordinator. Daniel works closely with the project directors to sequence and manage the flow of project activities and materials, coordinates activities and events on Dr. Keeling’s calendar

Bruce Douglas

Project Associate & Travel Coordinator

Bruce Douglas joined K&A in April 2016 as Project Associate & Travel Coordinator. In his role, Bruce supports company-wide initiatives, manages travel logistics, and assists the project teams with their client work.

Lisa DeStephanis

Executive Search Associate

Lisa DeStephanis joined K&A in April 2016 as Executive Search Associate. Lisa’s strong organizational skills, research ability and strengths in assessing systems assists the Executive Search team with processing and organizing clients

Brendon Stevens

Information Systems Coordinator

Brendon Stevens joined K&A in October, 2015 as our Information Systems Coordinator. Brendon manages K&A’s technology infrastructure—our server, website, communications tools, and document management system, as well as developing and deploying technology software.

Cooper D. Airedale

Vice President for Canine Relations 2006-2018

For almost a decade, Cooper D. Airedale has served the corporate headquarters of K&A with loyalty and distinction. Whether offering opportunities for a calming interlude of petting or announcing the need for playtime with an unmistakable bark

Tali D. Airedale

Junior Associate for Canine Relations

Taliesin “Tali” D. Airedale, our newest employee, joined K&A on December 1, 2018 after nearly 8 weeks in preparation at Airedale University. Taliesin, a Welsh name for poets and prophets, will be primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships

Project Consultants

Margaret Spear

Senior Consultant

Margaret “Peg” Spear, M.D., Senior Consultant, Health Programs has served as the Senior Director of University Health Services at Penn State for the last 18 years. Her long experience in college health and role as a surveyor

Gage Paine

Senior Consultant

Gage E. Paine, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, has 30+ years of experience and leadership in higher education and student affairs. She is a celebrated professional whose wisdom and perspective

Michael Smyer

Senior Consultant

Michael “Mick” Smyer, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, joins K&A after serving in various teaching and administrative roles throughout higher education for more than 40 years. Most recently, he served as Provost

Michael R. Stevenson

Senior Consultant

Michael R. Stevenson, Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, has served higher education for nearly forty years in a progression of faculty and administrative roles