Consultant Bios

Bob Fricker

Bob is the practice leader for the Domestic Head of School Practice at Carney, Sandoe & Associates. During his 13 years as a consultant, he has worked on more than 110 head of school searches with schools ranging in size from 70 students to over 1,800. Throughout his practice, Bob has been particularly attentive to the role of school culture and organizational dynamics inherent in leadership transitions.  

Previous Experience
Bob's previous experience includes serving as a head of school, senior administrator, and teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, he served as the chief development officer for a boarding school, a K-12 day school, a research university, and an art college. Bob has chaired the boards of the Middlesex County Coalition Against Racism and the Center for Responsive Schools, the parent organization of Responsive Classroom. He has also served on the boards of two independent schools and is currently a member of the board of the YueCheng Education in Beijing, the parent organization of Beijing City International School.

Education & Interests
Bob has completed the coursework for an Ed.D. in organizational leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and has earned an M.T.S. degree at Boston University and a B.A. in philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College. He and his wife, Charlotte Rea, a former CS&A consultant and former school head, live in Hamden, CT.

Amanda Riegel

In just a few short years, Amanda has notably enhanced the impact of Carney Sandoe's search work, demonstrating great versatility in the types and geographic range of her client schools. In addition to her search work, Amanda leads the firm’s Leadership Transition Practice. Her interest in this work stems in part from her own experience as a search and transition chair. With a firm belief that successful transitions involve a blend of intentional yet responsive planning specific to the needs of each situation, Amanda helps schools recognize aspects of their culture that are critical for a new head of school to understand. She has presented on the topic of transition at various conferences and symposiums.

Previous Experience
Amanda began her independent school career teaching elementary school and coaching at Friends Academy (MA), where she later became the assistant director of development. She worked in development at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School (MA) and in admissions at both The Wheeler School (RI) and the Gordon School (RI) before serving as the founding chair of Girls on the Run Rhode Island from 2010-2015.

Education & Interests
Amanda graduated from Tower Hill School (DE), where her father was the head of school, from The College of William and Mary magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology, and from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education.

Amanda currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Gordon School where she recently guided a head of school search as search and transition chair. She lives in Providence, RI.