Our experienced consultants and field services representatives understand the client's needs and concerns. Executive Search Services is led by Butch Felkner, who has three decades of experience in public education, including six as a superintendent.

The search consultant is the client's partner. He or she makes recommendations at every step in the superintendent search process, and the client makes the final decisions. Meet our consultants, and you'll begin to understand what our expertise can bring to your search.

ESS staff/search consultants

Butch Felkner

Butch FelknerJoined Executive Search Services as director in 2007 and is a member of the National Association of Superintendent Searchers (NASS). He has seven years’ experience as a superintendent in Huntington ISD and served Texas public schools for 24 years in other capacities in Huntington, Mineral Wells, Pflugerville, and Waco area ISDs.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Nazarene University in 1975 and his Master of Education from Texas Woman’s University in 1984.

Marian Strauss

Marian StraussJoined TASB in 2011 as a field services representative and transferred to Executive Search Services in 2013. She worked for 34 years in public education, including 21 years as superintendent in Somerville, River Road, Wimberley, and Pine Tree ISDs. Strauss is a former executive board member of the Texas Association of Midsize Schools and has served on the Texas Education Agency’s Commissioner’s Cabinet.

Strauss has Bachelor’s and Masterdegrees from Texas State University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University.

Austin Schein

Austin ScheinJoined TASB in 2023 as a program coordinator. He previously worked with a number of humanitarian non-profit organizations, such as the International Rescue Commitee and Refugee Services of Texas, where he served under-resourced communities and indiviuals in need of economic, social, and educational assistance.

Austin earned his Bachelor degree in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara,  and received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Field services consultants

Jack Damron William Smith
Rick Howard Craig Stockstill
Joe Dan Lee

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Email or call 512-467-3690 to start working with our team today!