Richard A. Martin, Ph.D., Executive Director
Rich Martin’s 40-year career in education includes serving as an English, Humanities, and Theater teacher in public and private high schools, colleges and universities, and for 10 years as a senior administrator in Tennessee independent schools. Since 2008 he has been the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, which is the primary connective resource for more than 60 schools that collectively enroll 37,000 students and employ 3,700 educators. In addition to being the principal coordinator for professional development, conferences, and leadership training for the Association, he also works with its legal counsel and lobbyist to advocate for independent schools with regard to state education laws and policies that impact them.
Jill S. Hall, Assistant Director
Jill is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Tennessee public schools for seven years. Prior to coming onboard with TAIS in 2009, she worked in Vanderbilt University's Development and Alumni Relations Department raising funds for meningitis research. Jill's responsibilities for TAIS are event planning, finances, website, communications and marketing.