C.E.S. Executive Searches Team
Tom Jokubaitis, Lead Consultant
Tom Jokubaitis has held the position of interim superintendent in seven school districts including Weston, Newtown, Torrington, and Region #12. Prior to his interim positions, Mr. Jokubaitis was the superintendent of the Wolcott school district from 1982-1999. He served as director of elementary program development in Stamford, principal at Academy Elementary School in Madison, and as a teacher in Prospect. Since 1999, he has consulted for various Connecticut districts. He has developed more than 18 assessments on space and school building renovations and upgrades, and has facilitated district research and served as district strategic planning consultant.
Dr. James Ritchie, Lead Consultant
Dr. James Ritchie was the dean of the School of Education and Human Resources at the University of Bridgeport from 1998-2008. Prior to that, he served as interim executive director at C.E.S. following 13 years as superintendent of Plainville community schools. Dr. Ritchie was director of finance and administration in Regional School District #5 from 1982-1984 and principal of Amity Regional Senior High School from 1975-1982. He holds an Ed.D. in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Ritchie was Connecticut’s Superintendent of the Year in 1997.
Mark Winzler, Lead Consultant
Mark L. Winzler retired in 2009 after serving as Superintendent of Bolton Public Schools. Since his retirement, Mr. Winzler has taken on interim superintendencies in nine different Connecticut public school districts. Prior to his time in Bolton, Winzler served as assistant superintendent in two other districts and was principal of E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield for more than a decade. He was also an instructor at Sacred Heart University in the Sixth Year Program in Educational Leadership.