Governing Board Information
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VICE CHAIRMAN - Mr. Edward Gutierrez ~ Mr. Guteirrez has enjoyed a twenty-year career in the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry. Mr. Gutierrez is employed as a Permit Manager and Account Manager with Comet Signs, LLC, and used to work with the City of San Antonio in permitting. He is the president of the local neighborhood association near the Northeast Facility. Mr. Gutierrez joined the Governing Board in 2018.
TREASURER - Mr. Bear Goolsby ~ Mr. Goolsby received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University. Mr. Goolsby is both a registered architect and registered accessibility specialist in Texas and is employed as a Principal with Powers Goolsby Architects. Mr. Goolsby has been serving as a board member for the Universal City Industrial Development Corporation since 2012. Additionally, he has been serving as a board member for the Joint-Base San Antonio Restoration Advisory Board since early 2013. Mr. Goolsby joined the Governing Board in 2018.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Dr. Gary Short ~ Dr. Short received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Counselling, Educational Psychology and Learning Theories from Baylor University. He further enhanced his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology and Educational Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Short later obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a concentration in Educational Administration, Bustiness Management, and Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Short has enjoyed a successful forty-plus-year career as an educator in both the public and private school systems in the San Antonio area. Dr. Short was named a Premier Principal in Texas in 1982, received the Outstanding Young Man of San Antonio Award in 1982, named the outstanding professor for the Texas Lutheran University for 2004-2005, and was given the Texas Leadership Award in 2009 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Texas. Dr. Sort joined the Governing Boad in 1998.
PRESIDENT - Mr. James Neal ~ Mr. Neal received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Physical Education from Texas A&M University and his Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Neal served in the United States Army as a Captain and later in the United States Army Reserves over a period of ten years. Mr. Neal is the founder of the Company and has been part of the Charter School since its beginning. Mr. Neal is passionate about serving the educational needs of economically disadvantaged children in the San Antonio area. Mr. Neal has worked as an educator for over 25 years.
VICE PRESIDENT- Ms. Christinn Jean ~ Ms. Jean received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor's University. Ms. Jean spent a decade working for Lutheran Social Servies of the South where she managed every aspect of the organization's operations. Mr. Jean has worked for over 10 years in public education and joined the Company in 2007 when she became Deputy Superintendent. She maintains responsibilities for carrying out the mission and vision of the Charter School. Ms. Jean join the Governing Board in 2018.
MEMBER - Mr. Jeff Dodson ~ Mr. Dodson received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard Payne University. Mr. Dodson is self-employed as an Independent Claims Adjuster. Mr. Dodon joined the Governing Board in 2019.
MEMBER - Ms. Christine Hefel ~ Ms. Hefel received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Our lady of the Lake University. Ms. Hefel owns her own counseling practice, Leon Springs Counseling and Life Coaching. Ms. Hefel is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certifies counselor. Ms. Hefel joined the Governing Board in 2018.
MEMBER - Mr. Dewey Lawhon ~ Mr. Lawhon has enjoyed a successful career as an educator. Mr. Lawhon worked for 29 years in public and private school systems in Texas with 14 of those years as a teacher and 19 as a school administrator. He also worked for the TEA in various capacities. Mr. Lawhon joined the Governing Board in 2020.