Governance & Oversight
The Fund is strengthened by its 19-member Board of Trustees, which provides leadership and direction to ensure exceptional service and value to the more than 1,000 Fund members in Texas.
Those appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees are Fund members — typically school board members, superintendents, or administrators. The board is tasked with meeting quarterly and is responsible for policymaking, strategic planning, and carrying out the Fund’s mission to provide comprehensive risk solutions to Texas public schools.
Appointments to the Board of Trustees are made by the Board with the goal of providing representative and experienced leadership from across the state. Under Fund bylaws, board member terms are for three years with a cap of no more than five full terms.
Ted Beard was elected to the Longview ISD board in 1998 and has served in various capacities, including assistant secretary, secretary, vice president, and president. He is also the 2021-22 president of the Texas Association of School Boards.
Beard is a retired sergeant major from the United States Army and a combat veteran of Desert Shield/Storm and Iraqi Freedom. After leaving the army, he served as a technical expert and an equal employment opportunity counselor for the Social Security Administration.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Letourneau University and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership TASB. Beard is also a past president and current member of Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members.
About Jo Ann
Member since 2008
Jo Ann Bludau has been serving as the superintendent of Halletsville ISD since 2007 and brings nearly 30 years of experience to her role, having previously served as superintendent of Sweet Home ISD, as well as an educator and administrator in Austin ISD.
She earned her bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University, followed by her master's at The University of Texas at Austin, and later received her doctorate in education administration from Texas A&M.
In addition to serving Hallettsville ISD as superintendent, Bludau is a member of the Hallettsville Rotary Club. She is also an active member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is serving her third term on the UIL Legislative Council.
Member since 2013
Wes Eversole has more than 30 years of experience in public school finance, having worked since 1991 at Lake Dallas ISD, where he has managed all aspects of district finances and operations.
Eversole is a member of the Association of School Business Officials, the Texas Association of School Business Officials, the Texas Association of School Boards, the Texas Association of Federally Impacted Schools, and the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas, where he also serves as president. He has also served as board member and president of the DFW TASBO Affiliate Board of Directors. He is a Certified Texas School Business Official.
Eversole currently serves as treasurer of the Texas Association of Federally Impacted Schools, on TASBO’s Governmental Relations Committee, and on TASBO’s Coordinating Task Force. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Dan Troxell is the executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). He has more than 30 years of experience as a public school leader and was named the TASB Superintendent of the Year in 2008.
Troxell began his career in public education in 1987 as a middle school social studies teacher at Round Rock ISD. He quickly moved on to administrative roles, serving as assistant principal and grade-level principal at Round Rock ISD, principal at Allen ISD, principal and assistant superintendent at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and superintendent at both Kerrville ISD and Leander ISD.
Holding a doctorate in education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, Troxell has taught university-level courses as an adjunct professor and authored several journal articles, including an article on multicultural competencies and one on board president-superintendent collaboration.
At TASB, Troxell is responsible for advancing the association’s mission of promoting educational excellence for Texas schoolchildren through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts.
Member since 2022
Brown earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Wayland Baptist University. He is active in his community as a leader in his church and as a member of the Lions Club. He has also been a member and regional leader in the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
Member since 2017
A native of Odessa, Steve Brown dedicated 35 years to Ector County ISD (ECISD) as a teacher and administrator. After retiring from the district in 2011, he decided to continue serving ECISD by running for the Board of Trustees. He assumed office in 2013 and has been on the board ever since.
Brown is a Leadership TASB graduate and a master trustee. He was actively involved in education and community organizations, including the United Way of Odessa, West Texas Educators Credit Union, Texas Association of Secondary Principals, Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin Head Start, and Medical Center Hospital Advisory Board. He also serves on the TASB Board of Directors for Region 18.
He received his doctorate in education administration, Master of Education in guidance and counseling, and a bachelor’s in political science from Texas Tech University. He also earned a Master of Education in education administration from Sul Ross State University.
Member since 2017
Scott Campbell has served as superintendent of East Chambers ISD in Winnie, Texas, since 1997. After graduating from East Chambers High School in 1979, Scott earned his bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in school administration from Lamar University.
He serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Education First Federal Credit Union and on the advisory committee of Ascender Computer Cooperative. His wife, Gena, is an elementary school librarian, and their daughter, Carson, is a theatre teacher and director.
Member since 2022
Michael Carrales has served as chief financial officer (CFO) for Somerset ISD since 2016. Prior to joining Somerset, he served as CFO for Kerrville ISD and Brownfield ISD. He is an active member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials and holds the association’s Registered Texas School Business Administrator certification.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Carrales was honorably discharged and began his career in the private sector with John Deere in Raleigh, N.C. After returning to Texas, Michael joined the education sector as a finance consultant with TECS/Skyward before concentrating his resources in district finance management. Carrales earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M Kingsville and his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas Permian Basin. He is a graduate of Freer High School in Freer, Texas.
Carrales believes in the importance of community involvement. He has served on multiple boards, including St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the Dietert Center, and Families & Literacy, Inc.
Member since 2015
Marcelo Cavazos has served Arlington ISD as superintendent since 2012, but his connection to the district dates to 1999, when he joined as the associate superintendent for instruction. He went on to serve as the interim deputy superintendent and deputy superintendent before being named to the top job nearly a decade ago.
Cavazos has previously served as a lecturer for The University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and a doctorate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Cavazos is very active in his community and has a rich history in education, starting as an English teacher at Mission Consolidated ISD in 1990.
Member since 2019
Bridget Chustz-Morrison’s career in education includes more than a decade at Fort Bend ISD, where she currently serves as the director of Risk Management.
A former diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Barbados in public affairs, Chustz-Morrison served as president of the American Embassy Employees Association for two years. Prior to living overseas, she worked for Entergy and Gulf States Utilities, where she served several years as a steward for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. She began a career in school business upon her return to the U.S. in 2009.
Chustz-Morrison is a member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), where she serves as chair of the Safety and Risk Management Committee and Mentor. She is the immediate past president of TASBO Gulf Coast Regional Affiliate. She volunteers for various functions in her church community and supports local efforts to address and combat domestic violence.
She attended Louisiana State University and acquired a bachelor’s degree and master's degree from Columbia College.
Member since 2019
Sylvia De La Garza was elected to the Plainview ISD Board of Trustees in May of 2008 and represents Precinct 7. She previously served as board president and secretary. She is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a master's degree in counseling, and she has a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University.
De La Garza works at Central Plains Center as the Coordinator of Adult and Children Mental Health and Supervisor of the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team. She is passionate about her job and enjoys working closely with Plainview ISD and several other surrounding school districts to help students who are dealing with mental health challenges.
De La Garza also serves on the board of directors of Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center, a community support organization that meets the needs of local women and men facing unplanned pregnancy decisions.
Member since 2007
Larry Hawthorne has served on the Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees for more than 30 years in multiple capacities, including vice president, advocacy member, and in his current role as president. He is a member of the 2007 Leadership TASB class and a previous TASB Employee Benefits Joint Account (EBJA) Trustee. He has served as a TASB delegate for more than 20 years, representing Hubbard ISD at the TASA/TASB Delegate Assembly.
Hawthorne retired from ExxonMobil in 2017 with 43 years of service and is currently a Senior Specialist Emergency Response for Energy Transfer in his continued 49th year of service. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University in 1994, followed by his master’s in 1997. He serves his community as a member of the Wheatley Recreation Center Advisory Board, president of the C.M. Blanks Civic Club, and member of St Paul AME church, where he serves as Steward Pro Temp and Finance Chair.
Member since 2014
Anthony Hill began serving on the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees in May 2007 and has held various officer positions, including president.
Hill currently serves as director on the North Texas Area Association of School Boards, where he has held various officer roles, including president. He has shared his expertise on several district-level committees, including the District Educational Improvement Council, Student Health Advisory Council, Long-Range Technology and Planning, District Safety and Security Design, and Career and Technical Education Advisory. Hill has also served on the Coppell Education Foundation as a director and as a member of the Super Star Program (character recognition) and Robotics Camp Committees.
For more than a decade, Hill has worked as a director at Mobility Credit Union in Irving, where he currently serves as vice-chairman after serving the last four years as chair. He is also a former board member of Metrocrest Services in Carrollton and acts as a liaison to Coppell ISD, as a member of the Finance Committee, and chair of the Technology Committee.
Hill holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Wittenberg University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Atlanta University, and a Certificate of E-Commerce Management from the University of Dallas. He is a master trustee from the 2013 Leadership TASB class.
Member since 2019
Walter Jackson has served in public education for nearly 30 years and became the superintendent of La Porte ISD in 2020, becoming the first African American to hold that position in the district’s history. He previously served as the superintendent of Brenham ISD.
Jackson currently serves on the La Porte – Bayshore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Board of Directors, and the UIL Legislative Council Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the La Porte Rotary Club. He was a finalist for the 2019 TASB Superintendent of the Year.
He earned a bachelor’s from Texas Southern University, a master’s from Prairie View A&M University, and a Doctor of Education from Baylor University. He previously taught master’s and doctoral courses for the University of Houston and served as a field advisor and executive leadership coach to graduate students at Rice University.
Member since 2022
Kris Lynn started his public education career in 2001. In addition to overseeing the Montgomery ISD finance, maintenance, transportation, and child nutrition departments, he manages all bond projects for the district.
Lynn, who previously served on the TASB Benefit Cooperative Board, is a member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials. He holds the Registered Texas School Business Administrator certification and serves on the board of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
After playing baseball for two years at Lon Morris Junior College, Lynn earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He and his wife Tiffany, who works as a teacher for Montgomery ISD, enjoy traveling, fishing, and spending time with family.
Member since 2020
Marina Quilantan-Rivera has served on the Lyford CISD Board of Trustees since 2007 and currently holds the position of board vice president. She is a master trustee from the 2010 Leadership TASB class.
Quilantan-Rivera has worked for Justice Gina M. Benavides for the past 35 years and for Justice Jaime E. Tijerina for the past three years. She worked for a private defense firm for 20 years and has spent the past 15 working for the Thirteenth Court of Appeals. She earned a paralegal degree from Texas State Technical College.
Quilantan-Rivera is very active in her community and church. She currently serves as the secretary for the Lower Valley Cotillion Club Executive Board and is the religious education coordinator for Prince of Peace Parish in Lyford.
Member since 2013
Eduardo Ramos was named the chief financial officer at Austin ISD in 2021, having previously served as chief finance and operations officer at Pflugerville ISD.
Ramos brings more than 25 years of school leadership experience to his role, including oversight of various key departments, including finance, treasury, risk management, budget, purchasing, transportation, technology, grounds, custodial, maintenance, and facilities construction. He currently oversees a $1.6 billion operating budget, has testified on behalf of public education at the legislative level, and has overseen one-half billion in bond projects.
Ramos believes in servant leadership and has served on several boards and committees, including the Hutto Family YMCA Board of Directors, the Temple College at Taylor Board of Directors, the Texas Education Administration Legislative Committee on Special Education Funding, the Finance Council for Pflugerville Community Church, and the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Board of Directors. He is also a past president of the Capital Area TASBO affiliate and treasurer of the Hutto Rotary Club.
Ramos graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance. He grew up as a migrant farmworker and is the son of immigrant parents whose dream was to provide a better life for their children in the U.S.
Member since 2019
Velinda Reyes currently serves as president of the San Isidro ISD Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of the Leadership TASB program class of 2017 and a master trustee.
Reyes has also served in various leadership positions within the Region One School Board Association (ROSBA) from 2015-2018. Since 2019, she has worked as the chief administrator for Hidalgo County Precinct 4.
Reyes earned a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas Pan-American. She has worked in higher education in various roles of leadership, management, and programming. She currently serves as the assistant vice president for community programs and operations under the Division of Governmental and Community Relations at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Member since 2018
Rolinda Schmidt has served on the Kerrville ISD Board of Trustees since 1996, holding various officer positions, including president, vice president, and secretary.
Schmidt is actively involved in local youth education programs, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Rotary Club Foreign Exchange Student Program, Head Start, and the Kerrville ISD sixth-grade outdoor education program. In 2014, she was named Families & Literacy’s Champion of Education.
Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in social services from San Jose State University. She is a managing partner in her family-owned and family-operated commercial real estate development and management company.
She is a graduate of the Leadership TASB program and a member of the School Board Advocacy Network.