Dr. Margaret (Sissy) Wade


Dr. Wade has invested over three decades in the world of education. In the classroom as a teacher and as head of school for two independent schools in Nashville, Tennessee, her work and leadership have influenced and inspired many over the years. Following her retirement from the school setting, Sissy became a principal of Walker, Wade and Associates, a mission based, not-for-profit consulting firm. In December 2014, Dr. Wade was named the Executive Director of The Heads Network, which promotes active collaboration and professional growth for independent school heads and leaders committed to the education of girls and the advancement of women’s leadership.

Sissy earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Frank live in Nashville. They enjoy spending time with their family. They have two sons,  Jay and Will, along with Will's wife, Lauren, and her granddaughter Caroline. Sissy enjoys exercise, gardening, and watching anything sports.

our Board

of Trustees


Travis Brownley, Chair (2021)

Marin Academy

San Rafael, CA 


Anthony Sgro, Secretary (2020)

The Asheville School

Asheville, NC


Autumn Graves, Treasurer (2020)

Girls Preparatory School



Joan Hill. VP Area IV, Member at Large (2021)

The Lamplighter School

Dallas, TX


Vice Presidents

Alex Curtis, VP Area I (2021)

Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford, CT


Darryl Ford. VP Area II (2022)

William Penn Charter School

Philadelphia, PA


Penny Bach Evins, VP Area III (2021)

Collegiate School

Richmond, VA


Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise. VP

Area V (2022)

Helios School

Half Moon Bay, CA


Members at Large

Joan Hill, Member At Large (2021)

Lamplighter School

Dallas, TX 


Jennifer Ciccarelli (2022)

Columbus School for Girls

Columbus, Ohio


Landis Green (2021)

Wildwood School

Los Angeles, CA


Ann Klotz (2020)

Laurel School

Shaker Heights, OH


Ereni Malfa (2022)

St. Paul's School for Girls

Brooklandville, MD


Jill Muti (2022)

Ashley Hall

Charleston, SC


Mark J. Stanek, (2021)

Shady Hill School

Cambridge, MA


Kim Wargo (2024)

The Lab School 

Washington, D. C.


Ex Officio

Margaret 'Sissy' Wade, Executive Director

Nashville, TN


From the

board Chair

Welcome to The Heads Network website!


We are delighted to have you traverse the pages of our website and share The Heads Network’s inspiring mission, “Advancing Girls and Women’s Leadership in Independent Schools!” Our mission has the ability to transform our schools and communities by striving to maximize our schools’ educational experiences and encourage and promote leadership amongst our peers and colleagues.  


This website is designed to invite your immediate participation, share our mission, reflect on our history and governance, communicate exciting upcoming events and encourage the utilization of The Heads Network (THN) and our website as an ongoing resource for our member schools.


Our members aspire to ensure each person in our school communities finds his/her own unique voice and makes a positive difference in educational institutions and beyond. We specifically work to maximize women’s leadership through seminars, conferences, ongoing resources and collegial support.


Thank you for visiting our site – and we hope you return many times to get involved in and celebrate the process of preparing, investing in, inspiring and advancing women’s leadership in independent schools!

"The Heads Network is a thought leader in the movement

to promote the value of female leadership in education." 

~ Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise

Sea Crest School

Half Moon Bay, CA


Margaret “Sissy” Wade

Executive Director, The Heads Network



(615) 533-6022

102 Wentworth Avenue

Nashville TN, 37215

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