Board of Trustees

The purpose of the Fort Worth Country Day Board of Trustees is to define and guard the School’s purpose, mission statement, philosophy and core values (defining statements). It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that these statements are appropriate and significant to the School community and to monitor the success of the School in fulfilling them.

To achieve these goals, the Board focuses on long-range and strategic issues. An individual Trustee does not become involved in specific management, personnel or curricular issues. Instead, the Board as a whole is responsible for matters, including:

• The overriding policies, philosophies and strategic plans of the School
• The financial stability and the financial future of the School
• The preservation and growth of capital assets and endowments
• The selection, support and evaluation of the head of School

The Head of School implements the policies of the Board and serves as the chief administrative officer of the School. The Board of Trustees and the Head of School work together to ensure the success and future of Fort Worth Country Day.

List of 26 items.

  • Randy Eisenman '93, President

    Randy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Satori Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm founded upon the principles of conscious capitalism. Prior to launching Satori Capital, Randy spent 10 years at Q Investments, where he served as a Partner and also founded and led Handango to capitalize on the emerging mobile applications market. Based on his role at Handango, Randy was named Ernst & Young’s 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year. Before Q Investments, Randy was a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co. in the firm’s principal investment area. A graduate of the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, Randy is actively involved in the Young Presidents Organization, where he recently served as the North America Co-Chair of its Sustainable Business Network and Co-Chair of its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Cook Children’s Health Foundation, still serving on its Investment Committee, and the TCU Entrepreneurial Program Advisory Board. Randy is the father of two Falcons.
  • Elyse Stoltz Dickerson ’93, Vice President

    Elyse is CEO and Co-Founder of Eosera, Inc., a biotech company committed to developing products that address underserved medical needs in the ear care category. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and women in business. Elyse has been given many industry awards, including, 2019 Fort Worthian to Watch, 2018 Top Business Award, 2018 Rising Star Award by CVS Health, 2018 Women in Business Award, 2017 Tech Impact Award and 2016 Women in Technology Award. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts, Elyse also holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Elyse is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and currently serves on the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business Health Care MBA Advisory Board. She also serves on the FWCD Finance Committee as well as the Building and Grounds Committee. Elyse and her husband, C.D. (’94), are the parents of two current Falcons.
  • Chris Rooker, Vice President, Advancement Committee Chair

    Chris is a Managing Director, Chief Operations Officer and Board Member of Higginbotham, an independent insurance and financial services firm headquartered in Fort Worth. He holds a BBA from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and believes in investing himself in the community. Chris and his wife, Laura, chaired the FWCD Fund in 2016-17 and served on the Falcon Club Board. Chris also has served on the boards for the Presbyterian Night Shelter and the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center, chairing numerous fundraising events for these nonprofits. He currently serves on the boards of the Higginbotham Community Fund and The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever. Chris is active in his church and is a volunteer basketball coach. He and Laura are the parents of two Falcon alumni and one current Falcon.
  • Russ Fleischer, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Russ is a three-time software industry CEO and a General Partner at Battery Ventures, focused on new investment opportunities in the enterprise-software sector. His leadership roles have included board and top executive positions for both public and private companies. Serving primarily in the software sector, he has worked with Adams Golf, Alogent, Callaway Golf, CheckFree, Concurrent Real-Time, D&B Software, Data Innovations, Enviance, Healthvision Software, HighJump, HomeCareHomeBase, InConcert, InterWorld, Learnosity, Plixer, RogueWave, Sales Technologies, TriSyn Group, Vero Software and Xerox. Russ earned a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also is a board member for Michael E. Nozik Foundation in Rochester, New York, which is dedicated to sending deserving children to Camp Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes of western New York. Russ and his wife, Liz (Stapp) ’84, have twins who graduated from FWCD in 2020.
  • Mary Hallman Smith ’03, Secretary

    Mary is an appellate lawyer on break from the practice of law. She is a Fort Worth native and an FWCD Original, having attended FWCD from kindergarten through grade 12. Mary earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a JD with Honors from The University of Texas School of Law. Mary and her husband Dwayne, a family lawyer, have three children, the older two are current Falcons. Since 2011, Mary has served on FWCD’s Alumni Council in a variety of roles, including Secretary, Advancement Chair and President. In addition to supporting FWCD, Mary and Dwayne serve on the Boards of CASA of Tarrant County, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Performing Arts Fort Worth.
  • Laura Bird

    Laura has more than 40 years of experience in the development and construction industry, including retail, residential, education, public facilities, nonprofit, high-rise and tenant improvement construction. In her early work, Laura gained hands-on field knowledge as she worked to complete her formal education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction (Construction Science) from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Her primary career focus has been on creating interdisciplinary teams to plan and build aesthetically significant and purposeful environments that support the health, wellness and lifestyle of their occupants. Three of the projects she has been a part of are AIA award winners. Laura has worked for general contractors J.W. Bateson and Linbeck Construction; multiple developers, including Lincoln Property Company; and has volunteered for nonprofits during building campaigns. Most recently, Laura has completed Frost Tower Fort Worth, a 25-story building located in downtown. Laura and her husband, Greg, are the parents of two Falcon alumni: Colin ’05 and Stephanie Bird Baker ’08. While her children were in school, she was a member of the Building and Grounds Committee (2000-15), served as FWCD PFA President (2002-03) and was a member of the Board of Trustees (2005-11).
  • Laura Bonnell Alexander '88, Member at Large, Immediate Past President

    Laura is a Managing Director at Hilltop Securities, specializing in public finance. She serves as the Municipal Advisor to various cities, counties, school districts, universities and other nonprofits. An alumna and former Math Teacher at Fort Worth Country Day, Laura earned an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University, as well as a BA in Mathematics from the University of Richmond. She has served on the Finance Committee since 2001 and previously served on the FWCD Board from 2004-10. Laura and her husband, Jeff, served as co-chairs of Fort Worth Country Day’s Then.Now.Forever. funding initiative. Laura is the parent of a Class of 2020 FWCD graduate.
  • John Brookman ’80

    John Brookman ’80 is an attorney-mediator who specializes in the resolution of civil litigation disputes. In his role as outside General Counsel to multiple international corporations, John has represented his clients on every continent around the globe—save Antarctica. John continues to represent select individual and corporate clients in the courtroom and the boardroom, but now deploys his trial experience and risk management expertise on the settlement of other lawyers’ cases—as a distinguished neutral in the alternative dispute resolution process of mediation. John is a former board chair of Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County. John earned a JD from South Texas College of Law and a BA in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He has volunteered at FWCD since 1998 at events in all academic divisions and served in such roles as Alumni Council President and Falcon Club Co-President with his wife, Bari Buckner Brookman ’83. The Brookmans are the proud parents of Katherine ’13, Alexandra ’16, John Thomas ’18, Case Holden Quattro ’18 and Henry ’22
  • Ricky Brown

    Ricky is the inaugural Principal at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Performing Arts. Working in the Fort Worth ISD since 2000, Ricky enjoys the journey of influencing and impacting children’s lives in positive ways. He graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Business Administration, Marketing. After 10 years of teaching and coaching, he furthered his educational career earning an MEd in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ricky has been directly involved in opening two new academies in Fort Worth ISD: Young Men’s Leadership Academy, which was a nationally recognized school, and I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual Performing Arts. He also was responsible for rebranding and turning around Jacquet Middle School. Ricky and his wife, Kena, have served on the Falcon Club for the past two years. They have one son enrolled at FWCD.
  • William Butler ’96, Member at Large

    William is a Founding Partner and Chief Financial Officer of privately held Brazos Midstream. He currently serves on FWCD’s Finance Committee and has served on other boards, including the  Center for Transforming Lives Foundation and University Christian Church. Prior to Brazos, William served as Chief Financial Officer for Athlon Energy and previously held roles with Stephens, Inc. and XTO Energy, Inc. He earned a BS in Commerce from Washington and Lee University with special attainments in business administration and history. William and his wife, Anjie (Landreth) ’94, are the parents of two FWCD Falcons.
  • Brian Crumley ’92, Member at Large

    Brian is Managing Partner/Co-Founder of Vortus Investments in Fort Worth, a private equity partnership focused on energy investments. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Cook Children’s Health Care System and STAR Sponsorship Program, which provides educational access to underprivileged local students. Brian graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Political Economics and earned an MBA from Stanford University. Brian and his wife, Tyler, a FWCD Junior Kindergarten Assistant, have four children enrolled at FWCD.
  • Hugo Del Pozzo

    Hugo is co-founder of Bravo Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Fort Worth, where, since 2000, he has directed investments into companies that are impacted by the U.S. Hispanic demographic growth. Before Bravo, Hugo worked at Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance practice in Mexico City, securing financing for investment projects and mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and Mexico. He also is co-founder of Pinea, a winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain, and Savor Restaurant Group, a developer of Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in North Texas and Houston. Hugo holds an MBA from ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) with studies at The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and is a graduate of ITESM - Tec. De Monterrey (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey) with a BBA in Accounting and Finance in Mexico. He is fluent in English and Spanish. A member of FWCD’s Finance Committee since 2016, Hugo has served on the board of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and recently finished a six-year term on the Shady Oaks Country Club Board of Governors. Hugo and his wife, Tanya, have one Falcon alumnus and two children enrolled at  FWCD.
  • Dak Hatfield, Building and Grounds Committee Chair

    Dak is President of Hatfield Advisors and Partner of Half Acre Management in Fort Worth. The two companies specialize in commercial real estate brokerage, investment, strategy, development, and project and property management. A former Building and Grounds Committee member and now Chair of that committee, Dak serves on the Board of the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council; Development Committee Member for Near Southside, Inc.; Advisory Committee Member for the Fort Worth Housing Authority; and Board Member of University Little League. Dak earned an undergraduate degree in finance/real estate from Texas Christian University, obtained his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2009 and achieved his Project Management Professional designation in 2012. Dak and his wife, Robyn, have two children enrolled at FWCD.
  • Elizabeth Murphy Jones ’88

    Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Fort Worth. She has worked with children, adolescents and their families as a therapist for more than 20 years in agency, hospital and private practice settings. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Elizabeth earned both a BS and an MEd there. She went on to earn her PhD from the University of North Texas. Elizabeth was a member of the Board of Directors at The WARM Place and the University Christian Church Weekday School, serving as Board President at both organizations. At FWCD, Elizabeth has been an active member of the Parent Faculty Association and has served in various volunteer roles as a parent. Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two Falcon Alumni.
  • J. Bryan King

    A Chartered Financial Analyst, Bryan is a Principal of Luther King Capital Management (LKCM), and has acted as an Investment Manager responsible for micro and small-capitalization public and private investments since 1993. In 2000, Bryan founded and became the Managing Partner of LKCM Capital Group, the entity responsible for launching and overseeing the alternative investment strategies offered by LKCM. In 2011, he founded LKCM Headwater, a middle market buy-out firm he manages for LKCM Capital Group’s control private equity investment activities. Bryan serves as Chair of the Board of Directors or Managing Partner of several businesses. He also has served as a board member, investor, and active advisor to numerous public and private companies as well as civic boards. A graduate of Princeton University with a BA in American History, Bryan earned a Ranch Management degree from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. His twin daughters are current Falcons.
  • Josh Korman '92

    Josh is a real estate consultant and owner of KOR Group, a real estate appraisal and consulting firm that focuses on litigation matters and expert testimony. He is a Fort Worth Country Day “Original,” having attended the School from kindergarten through grade 12. Josh graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. He and his wife, Holly, have three students at  FWCD. A dedicated alumnus, Josh is a current member of FWCD’s Building and Grounds Committee, has served on the Alumni Council as a two-term President, and was a member of the Advancement Committee and the Then.Now.Forever. fundraising initiative. Josh and Holly co-chaired Breakthrough Fort Worth’s Fancy Meal and were Falcon Club Presidents for the 2017-18 school year. Beyond FWCD, Josh and Holly support Jewel Charity, MD Anderson and The University of Texas, and Josh is active in various professional associations.
  • Michelle Marlow

    Michelle grew up in Shiner and made her way to Fort Worth to become a Texas Christian University Horned Frog. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she worked as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in private practice. She recently published a series of hard-to-pronounce sound books for children with speech impairments. Michelle remains connected to TCU, serving two terms on the National Alumni Board, is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Davies School of Communication Disorders and Health Sciences, and is serving a second term on the Advisory Board to the Chancellor. Michelle is a leader at FWCD, having served as the FWCD Fund Chair; as a member of the Advancement Committee; and, together with her husband, Scott, as Falcon Club Presidents. She currently is the President of Jewel Charity (2020-22) and sits on the Texas Ballet Theater Board, the Cliburn Board, Jewel Charity Board (as President Elect) and Advisory Board to Rivertree Academy. Michelle is a past Trustee at Cook Children’s Medical Center and Past President of the Junior League of Fort Worth. Michelle is married to Scott Marlow, MD, an Anesthesiologist who specializes in cardiac anesthesia. They are the parents of two FWCD alumni and two current Falcons.
  • Monika Mathur, MD

    Monika is a Primary Care Physician, who serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance in Fort Worth. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Toronto and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Since moving to Fort Worth in 2013, Monika completed the Leadership Fort Worth program and has been an involved community member with service as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes Fort Worth Chapter, member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, as well as serving on the Curriculum Development and Admissions Committees for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. She is the mother of two Falcons and enjoys being involved with the School as a member of the Advancement Committee.
  • David Minor

    David is President of Minor and Associates, an investment and business-consulting firm. He is a lifelong business owner and entrepreneur-educator, and is the father of two Falcon alumni. David was the Founding Director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University. In his last year at the university, the program was named the model undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized David as a National Top 10 Entrepreneurship Center Director, and, upon leaving TCU, he was granted the title Founder Emeritus. In 2016, he was inducted into the Fort Worth Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. David, has been involved on a variety of business and nonprofit boards through the years, including serving as Chairman of the Greater Fort Worth Boys and Girls Clubs, the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, and the local chapter of the World Presidents Organization.
  • Malathi Ravi

    Malathi is an attorney at the Blum Firm, where she practices estate planning and probate law.  Originally from Athens, Alabama, Malathi graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and the Emory University School of Law. She moved to Texas after marrying her husband, Dr. Avinash Vallurupalli. The couple have two daughters currently attending FWCD. Malathi has been an active FWCD volunteer, serving in numerous roles within the Parent Faculty Association. She has been a member of FWCD’s Finance Committee since 2015 and has served as an FWCD Parent Ambassador Leader for the Admission Office since 2016. Outside of FWCD, Malathi has served on the board of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and is a member of the National Charity League with her daughters. Malathi’s professional career included working as an International Tax Consultant for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche. She also worked at Thomson Reuters, where, as a Lead Systems Business Analyst, she reviewed the international tax modules of their tax software products.
  • Merianne Roth

    Merianne is a strategic communications and marketing leader with corporate experience in consumer retail with brands ranging from Pier 1 Imports to Oakley, as well as the hospitality, health care and nonprofit sectors. A longtime resident of Fort Worth, Merianne is involved in community and professional organizations, including executive committee board service for Presbyterian Night Shelter. She is a Leadership Fort Worth graduate and serves on the Session of First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth. Merianne and her husband, Steve, are parents of two Falcons and have been active volunteers at FWCD.

    Merianne currently serves as associate vice chancellor of communications at Texas Christian University. Her experience in strategic communications and marketing comes from a broad range of leadership positions primarily in corporate environments, as well as healthcare, hospitality and higher education sectors. A long time resident of Fort Worth, Merianne is involved in community and professional organizations; she is a Leadership Fort Worth graduate and serves on the Session of First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth. Merianne and Steve Roth are parents of two Falcons, Truman (US 9th) and Grady (MS 6th) and have been active volunteers at FWCD.
  • Rob Semple ’95

    Rob is a Principal at Panther FW Investments, a real estate private equity firm. He has 20+ years of experience managing public and private investments with a primary focus in the real estate and technology industries. He currently serves as President of Westside Little League, and he and his wife, Katie, are Chairs of the FWCD Fund. Rob has been a member of the FWCD Alumni Council since 2011, holding several positions on the Council, including Secretary, Nominations Chair, and President (2017-2019). He has also been a member of the FWCD Advancement Committee since 2017. Rob earned his BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his CFA designation in 2005. Rob and Katie have two sons enrolled at FWCD.
  • Blaine Smith ’80

    Blaine is an artist who works in various media. Her works draw upon nature and traditional ethnographic and non-Western cultures and are collected by individuals, hotels and corporations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Yale University. A former FWCD faculty member, Blaine served as the AP Art History teacher from 1992-99. She gives back to her craft, serving on the Executive Committee of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth since 2006, in various roles with the Van Cliburn Foundation since 1990 and on the Houston Museum of Natural Science Anthropology Sub-Committee and Collections Committee since 2010. Blaine is the 2015 recipient of the FWCD Alumni Association’s Falcon Star award and has served as the FWCD Fund fifth-grade team leader and as a member of the School’s Advancement Committee (since 2017). Blaine has a daughter attending FWCD.
  • Robert Sturns

    Robert is Director of Economic Development for the City of Fort Worth. He has held leadership roles in municipal government, commercial real estate and banking operations for more than 20 years. A former Captain of the U.S. Army Reserves, Robert is the Past President of the Greater Fort Worth Area Economic Development Association, current Board Member Cancer Care Services, and an Ex Officio Board Member for Fort Worth South, Inc. and Fort Worth Sister Cities International. Robert and his wife, Cynthia, are the parents of two FWCD alumni.
  • Rachel Werner, Trustee and Leadership Committee, Chair

    Rachel is currently serving on the Parent Ambassador Leaders team in the Admission Office at FWCD and has been active with the FWCD 4-H Club and the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) Board for several years. She has served on the PFA Nominating Committee and as a Room Representative for many grade levels. She attended the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, and graduated from Texas A&M University. Rachel then worked in Washington, D.C., for many years. She held several positions in the White House. She also served as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a Director of Special Projects in a U.S. House of Representatives Leadership Office. Rachel has served on various philanthropic boards and committees since moving to Fort Worth, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Ambassadors Council, the Kupferle Women’s Health Board, Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Presbyterian Night Shelter. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Culver Academies. Rachel and her husband, Eric, have one daughter attending FWCD.
  • Ex Officio Members - Non Voting

    Alexandra Stevens ’85, Alumni Association President
    Pam Packer, PFA President
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School

Board Committees for 2019-20

List of 4 items.

  • Advancement Committee

    Board | Voting
    Chris Rooker, Chair
    Gantt Bumstead
    Michelle Marlow
    Monika Mathur
    David Minor
    Merriane Roth
    Mary Smith

    Ex Officio Board | Non-voting
    Alexandra Stevens, Alum. Assoc President
    Laura Rooker, PFA President

    Non-Board | Voting
    Georgina Condrey
    Hannah Head
    Samantha Pace
    Jamie Packer
    Blaine Smith

    Advisory | Non-voting
    Trish and Mo Sheats, Falcon Club
    Katie and Rob Semple, FWCD Fund
    Pam Darrow, CAST
    Heather and Ryan Senter, Campaign Co-Chairs

    Board | Non-voting
    Laura Alexander, Board President
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice President
    Russell Fleischer, Board Vice President

    Head of School | Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School
  • Building and Grounds Committee

    Board | Voting
    Dak Hatfield, Chair
    Ricky Brown
    Elyse Dickerson
    Todd Kelly
    Bryan King
    Josh Korman
    Rachel Werner

    Non-Board | Voting
    Matt Carter
    Monica de la Garza
    James Hill
    Whit Kelly
    Dana Quisenberry
    Rob Sell

    Board | Non-voting
    Laura Alexander, Board President
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice President
    Russell Fleischer, Board Vice President
    Chris Rooker, Board Vice President
    Head of School | Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School
  • Finance Committee

    Board | Voting
    Russ Fleischer, Chair
    Brian Crumley
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice President
    Bryan King
    David Minor
    Malathi Ravi
    Chris Rooker, Board Vice President

    Non-Board | Voting
    Leslie Daly
    Hugo Del Pozzo
    Macy Hill, PFA Treasurer
    Stephen Luskey
    Richard Payne
    Ryan Senter

    Board | Non-voting
    Laura Alexander, Board President

    Head of School | Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School
  • Trustee and Leadership Committee

    Board | Voting
    Brian Crumley, Chair
    Laura Alexander, Board President
    Gynna Harlin
    Elizabeth Jones
    Robert Sturns
    Rachel Werner

    Head of School | Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.