Kevin Brown, President
Alamo Heights ISD
Dr. Brown came to Alamo Heights ISD in July 2000 and has served as superintendent since July 2008. Previous to being named superintendent, he was the director of personnel and public information for the district.
Dr. Brown began his career teaching at Southwest High School in San Antonio. He then moved to McNeil High School in Round Rock, and later served as an assistant principal in New Braunfels ISD and as an elementary principal before coming to AHISD. Dr. Brown also has taught graduate courses at Texas State University as an adjunct professor.
He earned his undergraduate degree in government with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s in education administration from Texas State University and his doctorate in education administration from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Brown serves as President of the Texas School Coalition; member of the Commissioner’s Cabinet; Executive Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA); Executive Board of the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools; and is a member of the Alamo Heights Rotary Club. He is married to his college sweetheart from his days in the UT Band, Page Brown, and they have two children, Hannah and Molly, who attend Alamo Heights schools.
Karen Rue, Vice President
Karen Rue, Ed.D. joined Northwest ISD in July 2005 as superintendent of Schools.
In addition to the Texas School Coalition, she also serves on the executive committees for the Fast Growth Schools Coalition and Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-urban Schools, as well as a director of the 35W Coalition and on the Board of the Northwest Communities Partnership.
Rue is on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators and serves as the chair of the Communication and Technology Committee. Recently, she was elected vice president for the South Central States for Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA).
Prior to joining Northwest ISD, Rue served as superintendent of Tuloso-Midway and as executive director in Katy ISD.
Rue has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master’s from Lamar University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. All three degrees are in education.
Scott Marshall, Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Marshall has been with Sundown ISD since 1997. He served as the elementary principal for 16 years where his campus was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012. Scott started his current position as school superintendent in July of 2013.
A native of Idaho, Scott was raised by parents who were lifelong educators. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Lubbock Christian University and his Masters Degree from Texas Tech. Scott spent six years teaching at the elementary level in Lubbock ISD, as well as two years teaching at the university level at Lubbock Christian University.
Scott is married to Elise who teaches English Language Arts in Sundown Middle School, and they have two sons. Kyler is attending LCU, and Kaden, who is in middle school.
Dr. Paul Cruz is currently the interim superintendent for the Austin Independent School District. In his prior role of chief schools officer, he supervised four associate superintendents for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, and more than 120 campus principals/directors. Previously, Dr. Cruz served as the AISD associate superintendent for middle schools and as the assistant superintendent for educational services.
With over 28 years of experience working in education, he has served as a teacher, campus administrator and central office administrator in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and south Texas. Dr. Cruz was also a superintendent of schools in the Laredo ISD. He served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Cruz also has taught a graduate-level course in curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Cruz received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from UT-Austin, and a Master of Science degree in educational administration from Corpus Christi State University.
Dr. Cruz and his wife, Diana, a former teacher, have been married for more than 24 years and have four children.
Dee Hartt, Board Member
Dr. Hartt earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Lamar University, and later received his Doctorate in Education at the University of Houston.
Dr. Hartt currently serves his community as a member of the Texas School Coalition and Texas Association of Community Schools Executive Committee. He also is a member of many Tatum community organizations such as its Lion’s Club, Education Foundation, Economic Development Board, United Way and serves as Pastor Parish Relations board chair of the United Methodist Church.
Hartt and his wife Angie have two children, Harrison and Haley, who are both university students.
Tom Leonard, Board Member
Dr. Tom Leonard was hired as the superintendent of the Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas in April 2014.
Prior to that, Dr. Leonard served as superintendent in the Barrington 220 School District in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois for seven years. From 2001 to 2007, he was principal of the nationally recognized Barrington High School. He also served as assistant superintendent for Secondary Education from 2003 until being named superintendent.
Before joining Barrington 220, Dr. Leonard was an administrator at several respected high schools in the Chicago area. His collaborative working relationship with school boards is grounded in personal experience as a member of the Roundout School District (72) Board of Education in Lake Forest, Illinois, from 1995 to 2004.
His doctorate is in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago. He holds a master’s degree in secondary education and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northern Illinois University of DeKalb, Illinois.
Kyle Lynch came to Canadian ISD in 1992 and has served as Superintendent since 2010. In his 20 years at Canadian, he has served as basketball coach, head football coach, athletic director, government/economics teacher and the Canadian Middle School Principal.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Lubbock Christian College in 1986 and received his Master of Education degree from West Texas A&M University in 1999. Originally from Phillips, Texas, Mr. Lynch is the son of long time school administrator Joel Lynch. Before coming to Canadian, Mr. Lynch began his career teaching at Sanford-Fritch ISD for five years.
Currently, Mr. Lynch is a member of TASA; serves on the Executive Committee of the Regional Advisory Council for Region 16; Executive Committee of the Panhandle P-16 chapter; and Texas Association of Community Schools UIL Committee.
Richard Matkin, Board Member
Richard Matkin joined the Plano ISD family of employees in 2001 as the associate superintendent for business services, managing a budget of approximately half a billion dollars. The experiences that prepared him for the rigors of the district, which serves 55,000 students and feels the full impact of a complicated public school finance system, included similar roles in Duncanville, White Settlement, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Desoto and Red Oak ISDs.
Mr. Matkin was a classroom teacher for eight years before choosing the administrative path. Although he is considered a career educator, Mr. Matkin credits much of his business acumen and financial creativity to his private industry experience as controller and CPA, which supplemented his education career.
His thirty-six years of experience have yielded him the reputation as a school finance authority and relationships with young professionals as a mentor. Plano ISD voters have shown their confidence in Mr. Matkin’s financial stewardship over the past decade by approving all bond referendums placed on the ballot for consideration.
Mr. Matkin is a graduate of Austin College with both bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a certified teacher of math, history, health and physical education.
Mike Motheral, Ex-Offico Member
Executive Director, Small Rural School Finance Coalition
Mike Motheral was born, raised, and educated in Texas. After graduating from Kress High School, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University in 1976. He taught math and coached in Ralls for three years before moving to Sundown as a teacher/coach. Earning his Master’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1982, he was the athletic director at Sundown for several years before beginning his seven year stint as principal at the elementary and then high school. In 1995, Mike was named the superintendent of schools at Sundown ISD and served in that role until his retirement in 2013, when he was appointed as Executive Director of the Small Rural School Finance Coalition.
He continues to be very active in organizations including Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Community Schools, Texas School Coalition, and the University Interscholastic League Executive Committee.
Mike has been married to Marijohn for thirty seven years and has three children and four grandchildren.
Larry Nichols, Board Member
Larry Nichols has served as the Superintendent of the Galveston Independent School District since September 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Nichols served as the Superintendent of Schools in Calhoun County ISD for ten years. His experience also includes serving as Superintendent in Caldwell ISD and Thorndale ISD.
His educational philosophy is founded on positive, enthusiastic relationships built on respect between students and educators while maintaining safety in schools. He also believes principals need both authority and responsibility to lead the campus.
Mr. Nichols earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Texas A&M University. In addition to his role with the Texas School Coalition, Mr. Nichols has also served on the executive boards of the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of Community Schools.
He has been married to Dana Nichols since 1978 and has two college-aged children, Caitlin, 22, and Christie, 19.
Dawson Orr, Board Member
Highland Park ISD
Dr. Dawson Orr is superintendent of Highland Park ISD, a position he has held since January 2009.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and social studies, a master’s degree in administration and planning and an additional master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He earned a doctorate in the cooperative superintendency program from the University of Texas.
Dr. Orr began his career in Columbus, Georgia, serving as an assistant principal at two different schools in the same district. He was an elementary principal and teacher at the American School of Laguna Verde in Veracruz, Mexico, later becoming superintendent. Dr. Orr also served as a project manager in the cooperative superintendency program at the University of Texas. He then was assistant superintendent for secondary instruction in Pampa ISD, where he later became superintendent. After 15 years in Pampa, he was named superintendent of Wichita Falls ISD, becoming superintendent of Highland Park ISD in 2009.
Dr. Orr has served as president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, chairperson of TASA’s legislative committee, and president of the Texas Leadership Center Board. He continues to serve as a member of TASA’s legislative committee.
Dr. Orr’s wife, Carol, is a retired junior high English teacher and they have two daughters.
Wayne Rotan, Board Member
Glen Rose ISD
G. Wayne Rotan has served as superintendent of Glen Rose since January 2006. Prior to serving as superintendent of GRISD, he was superintendent at Barbers Hill ISD.
Wayne began his career in education as a teacher/coach at Odessa High School. He then moved to Forsan ISD where he served as Assistant High School Principal, High School Principal and Superintendent.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and his Master of Education from Sul Ross State University.
Currently, he serves on the Texas School Coalition Board, Executive Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Region VII Music Committee, President of Glen Rose Optimist Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Paluxy Valley Children’s Advocacy Center.