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Founders

Leslie & Scott Milder

Leslie & Scott Milder

The Milders founded Friends of Texas Public Schools in 2004 with a commitment to educating Texans about the strengths and achievements of Texas public schools...and there are plenty! Scott has invested the last 20+ years in the educational architecture industry and is the K-12 Market Leader at VLK Architects where he leads the firm’s education advocacy efforts.

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Board of Directors

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Shelby McIntosh

President

Shelby is Senior Vice President of K12 Sales at Scholarus Learning, a portfolio of education companies united in their belief that education has the power to transform lives and committed to harnessing their collective solutions to help cultivate and sustain that transformation.

 

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Dalane Bouillion

Dalane Bouillion

Vice President

Dalane is Chief Development Officer at VLK Architects where she works to bridge experiences in education to the school design process as a thought leader and partner for clients.

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David Webb

Secretary

David has 19 years combined experience in public education as a high school teacher, educational account executive, state partnership director, and most recently a Regional Sales Director for Age of Learning. He is passionate about helping districts find the right solutions to achieve desired outcomes for students. Through Age of Learning he can help bring effective digital education programs to young learners.  

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Charlie Davis

Charlie Davis

Past President

Charlie is an Energy Solutions Business Development Manager with Schneider Electric. Schneider Electric's purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all.

 

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Leslie Milder

Co-Founder, Board Member

Leslie is a co-founder of Friends of Texas Public Schools, professional educator, and partner in a consulting firm called Common Sense Communications. She provides professional training for educators in the area of strengthening public confidence in the awesome work they do through our public schools.

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John Costilla

Board Member

John is the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Capstone and founder of JoCo Launch. He currently helps customers work to solve the literacy gap while embracing a servant leadership philosophy that focuses on breaking down barriers to allow teams to perform at their best and expand their capabilities. 

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Dan Carter

Dan Carter

Board Member

Dan is the Director of Education Partnerships with Lightspeed, A Learning Company. Dan works with companies in the education space to bring school districts together to help every student hear every word.

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Blake Powell

Blake Powell

Board Member

Blake is the managing partner of Powell Law Group, serving hundreds of school districts in Texas. The firm handles a broad range of general school law and litigation issues. 

 

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John Blackburn

John Blackburn

Board Member

John is a Managing Director at Live Oak Public Finance where he specializes in the financing needs of public school districts by conducting and successfully passing bond elections and bond sales.

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Odell Taylor

Odell Taylor

Board Member

Odell serves as the Intervention Segment Director for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, helping school districts secure math and literacy intervention solutions to help students achieve their best possible academic outcomes.

 

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Charles Wimett

Board Member

Charles works with product development, support, and sales at OnDataSuite. Through OnDataSuite, he helps offer products that allow users more refined choices of data options.

 

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Ron Jones

Ron Jones

Board Member

Ron Jones is an advocate for public education, having served as Trustee for the Dripping Springs ISD, the Dripping Springs Education Foundation Board, a volunteer for Burke Foundation, and on the advisory board for KDRP (Sun Radio).  He has been involved in business development in the education technology sector for the past 20 years.

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Jenn Allen

Board Member

A lifelong Texas resident, Jennifer has spent more than two decades of her career dedicated to working in education, both as a teacher and in K-12 sales. She currently serves as an independent consultant working with start-ups to help develop business plans and build brand awareness. Jenn also works at the legislative level and successfully filed two bills during the 86th session and passed one bill during the 87th session.

 

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Tina Shanks

Board Member

Tina is the Regional Sales Manager in Texas for Raptor Technologies, a integrated company that provides school safety software that enables schools to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from any emergency. She started out as a classroom teacher and then transitioned into Ed Tech sales 20 years ago, continuing her passion for education outside of the classroom.

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Jason Osborne

Board Member

Jason Osborne serves as the Chief Business Officer for the scientific and educational virtual reality company, syGlass. Prior to syGlass, he served over six years as the Chief Innovation Officer at Ector County ISD in Odessa, Texas. In both capacities, he spearheaded innovative educational experiences for students and teachers through STEM methodology, research, and engaging authentic investigations.

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Staff

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Leigh Anne Pearson

Executive Director

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Faith Davenport

Marketing & Operations Assistant

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