The following Board Members have been elected to the board for the 2018 school year. There are five elected officials for this organization. Each member of the board will abide by the bylaws set by the organization.
Christene Chadwick Moss
Christene Chadwick Moss has served on the Fort Worth ISD Board for 24 years. She was the first female African American board president and has served as vice-president and secretary. Moss is a registered nurse consultant. She is a graduate of Fort Worth Public Schools and holds a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. Moss taught at Tarrant County College where she served as an adjunct professor.
Moss is a Master School Board Trustee of Leadership TASB. She is active in the National and Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members, Co-chair of the Education committee for the African American Leadership Institute, Fellow of the Center for Reform of School Systems, Greater Fort Worth Area of Negro Business and Professional Women, and a member of Leadership Fort Worth. Moss served on the steering committee of Council of Urban Boards of Education.
Region 11, Position B, three-year term, 2014 – 2017
Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Houston ISD
Rhonda Skillern-Jones is a wife and mother of five children: three girls and two boys, including twins. She is a native Houstonian who has earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University. As a volunteer social worker at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Skillern-Jones assists families with seniors and youth to overcome economic obstacles to their wellbeing. She and her family enjoy their 13-year membership at the church. Skillern-Jones has a strong faith in God and cites her parents as her heroes and role models. She served HISD in a volunteer capacity for 25 years before joining the school board. She has a passion for education and children, and believes that all children deserve an equitable and quality education for a fair start in achieving their maximum potential.
Ms. Skillern-Jones was first elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2011, and is currently serving her second consecutive term. She has held several leadership positions on the board, including assistant secretary, secretary, first vice president, and president. She also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors, and is Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the National School Boards Association's Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE). She also sits on the National Black Caucus of School Boards. Her other memberships include Delta Sigma Theta, Top Ladies of Distinction, and NAACP.
Dr. Lew Blackburn, Dallas ISD
Dr. Lew Blackburn was elected to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in June 2001, having served in every leadership role, including President, Vice President, Secretary and various committee chairs. He has served as a TASB Director. He is a Master Trustee, through Leadership TASB.
Dr. Blackburn is a career educator, beginning with the Dallas ISD as an instrumental music teacher. He has earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Blackburn currently serves as Chief Special Projects Officer with Texans Can Academies, one of the largest Texas charter school operators for with more than 5,000 high school students. He has served school districts as Principal, Executive Director of Human Resources, Chief Business Officer, and adjunct professor of educational administration.
Bobby Blount is an engineer currently serving as a project leader and mid-level manager for The MITRE Corporation in San Antonio. He manages engineers and projects finding solutions to the Department of Defense’s cyber and security challenges. He also leads engineering teams identifying Information Technology solutions for city and federal governments. Bobby has received national, state, and local awards and recognitions for his community support efforts and initiatives. He currently serves as Chair or President of the following boards: Bexar County School Boards Coalition, Northside ISD Board of Trustees, Lone Star Investment Pool Board of Directors, San Antonio Area African American Community Fund Steering Committee, Board of Directors Dragons Soccer Club. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors or Steering Committees for Department of Energy National and Regional Science Bowl Steering Committee, Texas Solar Race Car Event, The MITRE Corporation Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee, John Jay Science and Engineering Advisory Committee. Bobby also serves on the Northside Education Foundation Grants Committee.
Josie Smith-Wright, Gonzales ISD
Assistant Secretary – Treasurer
Josie Smith-Wright was elected to the Gonzales ISD School Board in 2002 and has served as the President and currently the Secretary. She attended Texas A&I, Texas College and Durham Business College, and is currently employed at the Texas Place. She is the proud parent of Shannon, a UNT graduate, and Kelvin who attended Navarro Jr. College. She has a daughter-in-law Victoria and is a proud "GG" to MaLayiah and Kezza. She is a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and serve as the Church Clerk and choir director.
She is a member of TASB Legislative Advisory Counsel and served as a LAC representative, a LTASB graduate and Master Trustee. As a member of the TCBSBM, she has served as the Central Regional VP, Secretary, President - Elect and 2011-2012 TCBSB President, Casino Night and Educational Summit Chair. She currently serves on the Gonzales Appraisal District Board of Directors, Victoria College Gonzales Board of Directors and Gonzales Education Foundation Board.
Immediate Past President
Ann Williams is a decisive leader and advocate for education throughout the State of Texas. She servers as a Board Trustee Member of Alief Independent School District and was first elected in 2007. As a public servant, she is a member of several local and national educational organizations. Over the last ten years she has diligently worked on legislative committees; increasing opportunities for students to become more prepared with college and career options.
Having over 20 years of experience, Ann Williams is recognized in the Information Technology industry for her leadership working in diverse environments. Graduating at the top of her class in
both her Bachelors in IT and Masters in Business Administration programs, she has been employed by Fortune 10 corporations, government agencies, as well as partnerships in small business
Ms. Williams was re-elected to Alief ISD in 2011 and un-opposed for 2015, deciding that do more than talk-the-talk (as school board member), Ann has added another branch to her role in education; she is completing her 3rd year as public school 8th grade CTE teacher for Spring I.S.D.
The Regional Vice Presidents shall be elected by the membership from their respective regions at the Annual Meeting. The five Regional Vice Presidents shall serve as chief elected officers of their respective regions and shall be responsible for facilitating regional workshops.
Carl Sherman, Jr., DeSoto ISD
North (ESC Regions 9, 10, 11, 14)
Carl Sherman, Jr. has lived in DeSoto, Texas with his wife Veronica for five years. Together they have two children, Carl III and Danielle. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University and is now pursuing his MBA. Mr. Sherman currently owns a small business which provides janitorial and restoration services for commercial and residential clients. He is also a member of the Oak Gardens Church in Dallas where he serves as a Deacon. As an avid proponent of educating young minds, he has spent time in the classroom teaching at the DeSoto Freshman Campus and substituting at various DeSoto schools. Mr. Sherman grew up in DeSoto and has worked within the community throughout his life including coaching basketball teams in the 'DYBA' and a select summer team. Mr. Sherman will work diligently with DeSoto students, teachers and administration to ensure that DeSoto students are academically prepared to be successful in college and beyond.
Dawn Jordan-Wells, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
North (ESC Regions 9, 10, 11, 14)
Dawn Jordan-Wells was elected to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD School Board in 2013 and has served as Vice President and Secretary. She was their first African American School Board member and is currently serving her second consecutive term. Jordan-Wells graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and is currently employed by American Airlines in Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband Larry are the proud parents of Jasmin, who attends Texas State University, and Jaden, who attends LD Bell High School. She also has a stepson, LaVarius, who lives in Chicago and who has made her a proud Nana of one year old, Lennox. Jordan-Wells is a member of St John Church in Southlake, Texas as well as a member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a retired Major (O-4) of the Texas Air National Guard. Jordan-Wells is a 2014 Leadership TASB graduate and Master Trustee.
James Fuller, Midland ISD
West (ESC Regions 16, 17, 18, 19)
Mr. James E. Fuller (USMC, Honorably Discharged) was born in San Angelo, Texas. He taught social studies and English as well as served as the department chair of English in Lubbock ISD schools. He is currently employed at Midland College as the Special Advisor, P-16 Initiative and the Director of the Midland College Teaching and Learning Professional Development Center. In addition, Mr. Fuller works with the UIL Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition. He was elected to the Midland ISD Board in 1988, where he has attended all Texas Association of School Boards sponsored summer institutes since being elected to the board.
Mr. Fuller has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including Commended Recognition as a member of the Midland ISD Region 18 Board-Superintendent Leadership Team, commendation from the State Board of Education, Master School Board Trustee Certification (1998) and TASB ISD Level 1 Certification (1999), and an Honorary Life Membership from the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. In addition, he was a member of the MISD Region 18 Honor Board-2003 which was a state finalist. He is married to Robbyne Hocker Fuller; they have one son, a granddaughter and a great grandson.
Larry "Doc" Hawthorne, Corsicana ISD
Central (ESC Regions 12, 13, 15, 20)
Larry "Doc" Hawthorne is a 1972 Graduate of Hubbard High School. Larry has worked through several positions over the 43 years and retired from ExxonMobil Jan 31, 2017, Larry is currently employed by Energy Transfer as a Senior Specialist Emergency Response located in Corsicana, Texas. Doc Hawthorne earned his Associate Degree from Navarro College. In 1994, Doc earned a BA Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University, and later a Master Degree in 1997. Doc also attained a Mediation Certification from DBU in 1999 along with a Baylor School of Law and McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center Certificate for Divorce Mediation. Doc has served as a Hubbard Board of Trustee from for the past 27 years 1990 to 2017 as presently serves as Board President. Larry Doc Hawthorne also is a 2007 Master Trustee. Larry also serves as President of the C. M. Blanks Civic Club, and Ruth Field Civic Club and Hubbard Recreation Center Advisor. Larry also presently serves as a Board of Trustee for the Texas Association of School Board Risk Management Fund Board in Austin, Texas since 2007 to present and serves as Chair for Membership Services, and also serves on the Nomination Committee. Larry has been names Man of the Year by the Hubbard Chamber in 1990, Citizen of the Year 2005, and inducted into the Chamber Hall of Fame in 2013.
Lovie M. Whyte, Teague ISD
Central (ESC Regions 12, 13, 15, 20)
Lovie M. Whyte is the Vice President of the Teague ISD Board and has been a member since election in 1985. Her passion for children and her community is reflected in her Charter Member status for the Child Protective Service Board, Teague Young Farmers Association, and Lord’s Storehouse Board as its Secretary.
While working for the City of Teague for 14 years, she was recognized as Employee of the Month, Citizen of the Year, and was awarded the prestigious Boyd Cup.
Lovie M. Whyte also holds memberships in the Pleasant Hill MB Church as part of its leadership, Booker T. Washington/J. A. Brooks National Alumni Association as Assistant Treasurer, Freestone County E.E. Wheat NAACP as a Lifetime Member, and Freestone County Retired Teachers Association as an Associate Member.
Chris A. Bell, Spring ISD
South (ESC Regions 1, 2, 3, 4)
Chris A. Bell is a sixth generation Texan who was elected to the Spring ISD Board of Trustees in November 2013 and re-elected in 2016. Prior to his election, he had served on over 15 school and district committees including the Spring Education Foundation Board of Directors. In 2013, Mr. Bell was recognized by a local chamber of commerce for his many volunteer efforts within the district. He is the proud parent of two college students. He currently works in higher education with the University of Houston-Downtown.
Wanda Adams, Houston ISD
South (ESC Regions 1, 2, 3, 4)
Wanda Adams was elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2013 after serving the limit of three two-year terms as Houston City Councilmember for District D. In addition to representing HISD District X, Adams also servers as Board of Education President. Her long career in public service includes work for the Houston Housing Authority, Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, and the Mayor's Assistance Office. She recently served on the NCAA Final Four Sustainability Committee and the Super Bowl LI Sustainability Committee. Ms. Adams is also the first African-American woman to be appointed to the server on the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors. She is passionate about women's issues such as breast cancer awareness and domestic violence, raising thousands of dollars for both causes. Among her awards are having a community park and community door named in her honor; being featured in Houston Woman magazine's Top 50 Women in Houston; and being named the Houston Area Association of Young Children's Elected Official of the Year.