Meet the team
Wayne Young, J.D.
Wayne Young joined KASA in 1983, and became executive
director in 1989. He conducts frequent workshops for teachers,
attorneys, and school administrators on legal issues in education such
as student confidentiality issues, sexual harassment, and school
personnel law. Wayne has taught school law at the graduate level for the
University of Louisville and has published numerous articles on
education law, including in the Kentucky Bar Journal, the official
professional publication for Kentucky lawyers. He is also the author of
the school law training module that has been used to train all new
school superintendents in Kentucky for the past 19 years.
Rhonda Caldwell, Ed.D., CAE
In her role as deputy director of KASA, Rhonda sees
firsthand the critical link of a school superintendent to the overall
success of the students and community he or she serves. Throughout her
20+ year career in public education and the nonprofit sector, Rhonda is
known as a visionary leader. She possesses a solid background in
strategic planning, executive business and marketing plans, leading
diverse work teams, recruiting volunteers and hiring team members,
developing talent, systems management, and creating effective training
programs. Rhonda’s commitment to public education is distinguished by
her ability to connect people for effective and sustainable
relationships and positive outcomes.
Owens Saylor serves KASA as Superintendent Search Coordinator following a 37-year career in public education that included 19 years of school and district level administration. Owens’ five-year assignment as Superintendent of the Daviess County Schools provides a unique perspective and experienced skill set to the Superintendent Search process.
As a successful superintendent and current trainer,
mentor and executive coach of new superintendents, Phil has led several
successful superintendent searches for boards of education. In
addition, he’s an experienced member of the National Baldrige Board of
As the former Nelson County Schools superintendent for 14 years, Jan Lantz brings direct experience and knowledge of the critical role the superintendent and school board members play in successfully leading a school district. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Currently Jan helps lead KASA’s Next Generation Leadership Series for Onboarding New Superintendents as a coordinator and a faculty member for individual growth and effectiveness plans.
Erin has many skills to benefit the superintendent
search and selection process. As a 2010 graduate of Murray State
University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, she
has a skill set that supports the work of the KASA team, including
community engagement, communications and marketing. Her experience with
nonprofits and education in general, combined with her high energy, is
of tremendous value to the team.
Jan Lantz, Ed.D.
Boyd Randolph brings a variety of experience to the KASA team. He diagnosed and implemented school improvement as a highly skilled educator and educational recovery leader for the Kentucky Department of Education for three years. After his time with the Department of Education he served as superintendent for Somerset Independent Schools for four years. Boyd currently serves as a professional learning and leadership specialist for KASA working with the Kentucky Leadership Academy as well as other programs.