KAPS Board of Trustees
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The 2018-19 elections are complete. Denise Jackson and Robin Lowe will be joining the board starting with the October meeting and Erika Koenig and Gary Woolfolk will be continuing on. The student representative election was held Friday and Ingram Gray will be our Student Member as outlined in the current Bylaws.
New Board Members
I currently hold the position of executive director of We Believe Women Inc. , I have served on the EmilyAnn board for 4 years. I have 15 years experience as a high school teacher and 20 + as an entrepreneur and corporate executive. I believe that there are better ways to educate high school students and I have experienced the positive impact KAPS had on some of my previous students who moved there from WHS.
30 years as a middle school educator and principal. Retired as the principal for Kealing MS in Austin ISD in 2016. Experienced educator in rural, suburban, urban, and charter schools. I spent the last two years in Longmont Colorado as the Executive Principal of a PreK -8th grade public charter school (Flagstaff Academy Charter). I am happy to submit my resume for review. I have recently retired, yet my passion for children and their education is still strong! I am new to the community and would love to find a place where I can give back utilizing the strengths I gained over my 30 years in the field of education.
Ingram is a Junior at KAPS who has been heavily involved in the PTSO and student governance. He has been elected by his student body to represent their interests in board meeting. Though Ingram is not a voting member,(in Texas, one must be at least 21 to be able to vote on a board) we anticipate great things from him in his new position.
Current Board Members
Heather Carter, President (Retiring)
Heather Carter is a local artist, activist, and parent. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve the board at KAPS for the second time. Her first term on the board was in 2006 when she was able to work with Yana Bland, the founder of KAPS. Knowing Yana’s vision and passion for the school, it has been a pleasure for Heather to see how the school has grown in just 10 years. She looks forward to the next decade at KAPS and being involved in laying the groundwork for the future. The academic, creative and social culture at KAPS is what makes it such a draw for students as well as parents. Heather’s goal is to help the school capitalize on what makes it different, help it to gain recognition as well as support and help it GROW.
In 2007 she co-founded The Bountiful Sprout, an online grocery for local goods that is revolutionizing the way we buy, sell, grow and distribute food. The Bountiful Sprout is now recognized as a national food hub by the USDA and serves Austin, Wimberley and Fredericksburg.
Heather’s latest art installation, “Lifeboats,” is an example of her efforts to focus her work and her life in the same direction. Forming communities and gathering materials, she is finding her place among neighbors and friends, helping to grow a sustainable future for her family and at the same time using her art and Bountiful Sprout as her platform to do so. Her work is permanently displayed in lobbies, libraries and restaurants all over Texas including our very own Leaning Pear in Wimberley.
Kenn Peters, Vice president
Kenn Peters holds a BS in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi and an MA in Educational Administration from Concordia University. He has more than 18 years of experience guiding students in an educational environment. He has worked with a diverse group of people in a teacher shortage area. He is creative and innovative in administering programs and services. Kenn is committed to consensus building and a team approach to management and has an ability to maintain a sense of humor, professionalism, and calm in high-pressure situations. Prior to joining Austin Achieve, Kenn was the Principal at the Katherine Anne Porter School for 3 years. Together with his colleagues, he researched, organized and launched the school's Peer Jury and Restorative Justice programs. Kenn is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Bolivia 95-97), speaks Spanish and enjoys traveling, exercising and hanging with his family.
Ronnie Pinkerton, Treasurer
I am a 30-plus year technology professional working for organizations like IBM and CA as well as a variety of smaller software organizations. Most recently, I have been working with medium to large organizations helping them to transform and organize around agility, sharpening their abilities to inspect and adapt to a rapidly changing business world. I have been involved with various charitable organizations in a variety of positions. I am currently active in our church, specifically organizing and running our audio and video systems. I have a passion to assist KAPS in becoming the best school possible and continue on its mission!
Profession and affiliations:
I am currently a Solutions Architect with Rally, a CA Company. I am currently a member of the Scrum Alliance, Scaled Agile Organization, PMI, and Barton Creek Ranch Property Owners Association and active supporter of KAPS, Goodwill, Rally Cares, Global Giving, and Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church. Prior affiliations have included Boy Scouts of America, National Management Association, IEEE, and church committees.
Gary Woolfolk, Secretary
Gary practiced law in Dallas for over 20 years. He specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Law and represented large to medium sized public and private corporations. After leaving the practice of law, Gary became a consultant for various businesses, helping them through day-to-day management decisions, critical contraction issues, as well as expansion decisions. He brings a varied legal and business background to the Board of Trustees to help KAPS realize its full growth potential while maintaining its family like experience for the students. Gary retired to Wimberley in January 2017. He is an avid woodworker, creating tables, casework, chairs and other items for family members and friends in his workshop at his home.
Victor comes to the KAPS board with nearly 30 years of experience in photography, graphics production and technology orchestration. He is passionate about creative thinking and expression, design and melding old with new technology. Originally from Texas, he grew up exploring the outdoors, tinkering in workshops, darkrooms and print shops. He worked as a photographer under 3 Texas governors, spent 10 years in NY enduring the Advertising rat-race, ultimately returning to Austin to get back to cicaidas and better tacos. Victor operates a design and digital fabrication shop, while continuing his pursuit in photography. He lives in South Austin with his wife and 2 amazing daughters, one of whom is at her first year at KAPS.
Erika Koenig is not only an educator, but also owns and manages the HippoCampus Learning Center. She has three degrees from the University of St. Thomas: BA, BBA, and MEd. Her marketing degree allowed her to travel the country for business, her Spanish degree helped her to appreciate other cultures, and her education degree allows her to help students achieve their potential. She was born and raised in Texas, but has traveled to thirty-six states, two continents, and seventeen countries. She believes that each region of the world has its beauty and each person has a story to share.