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.

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  • Laura Bonnell Alexander '88, 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. They have two students attending Fort Worth Country Day.

  • Randy Eisenman '93, Vice President

    Randy is Managing Partner of Satori Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm founded upon the principles of conscious capitalism. Prior to founding 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 Entrepreneur of the Year for 2004. Prior to 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 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. Randy 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. He is the father of two Falcons.
  • Russell Fleischer, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Russ is a three-time software industry CEO and currently 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, the lengthy list includes 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. Russell 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 at FWCD.  
  • Malathi Rav, Secretary

    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 serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Kupferle Health. She also volunteers with Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County. Malathi’s professional career included working as an International Tax Consultant for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche. She also worked at Thompson Reuters, where, as a Lead Systems Business Analyst, she reviewed the international tax modules of their tax software products.

  • Gantt Bumstead, Member at Large

    Gantt is a Partner at Jess Hall’s Serendipity, LLC. JHS produces a line of seasonings and hot sauces sold in supermarkets and quick service restaurants under the Jess Hall’s Serendipity brand name and packages spices, grains and liquid condiments for the food industry. Prior to JHS, Gantt worked for United Supermarkets, LLC, from 1991-2013, serving as President from 1999-2005 and as Co-President with his brother from 2005 until the company was acquired by Cerberus Capital in 2013. As President, he led more than 10,000 employees and directed the operation of 51 supermarkets; 27 fuel centers; 24 convenience stores; R.C. Taylor and Llano Logistics; and Praters, a food manufacturing business. In addition to serving as a Trustee at FWCD, Gantt serves on the Boards of Directors of Gill Children’s Services, Inc. and The Cliburn. He is a member Cook Children’s Medical Center’s Seventh Avenue, the Modern Art Museum’s Director’s Council and the Fort Worth Chapter of YPO Gold. He earned a BA in European History from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from Texas Tech University. Gantt and his wife, Robin, have four children who attend FWCD. 
  • William Butler ’96

    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.
  • Brent Clum

    Brent is CFO of MorningStar Partners, an entity he helped found following the $41 billion merger of ExxonMobil and XTO Energy, where he served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He currently serves on FWCD’s Finance Committee, which he has served on since 2007. He also is on the Investment Committee of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and on the boards of Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Casa Manana. Brent is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of Rangers Baseball Express. He and his wife, Karla, are the parents of two FWCD alumni.
  • Brian Crumley ’92, Trustee and Leadership Committee Chair

    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 and STAR Program, which provides educational access to underprivileged local students. Brian graduated with a BAb in Political Economics from Princeton University and earned an MBA from Stanford University. Brian and his wife, Tyler, a FWCD Junior Kindergarten Assistant, have four children enrolled at FWCD.
     
  • Elyse Stoltz Dickerson ’93

    Elyse is CEO and Co-Founder of Eosera, Inc., a biotech company committed to developing products that address underserved medical needs. Elyse spent 13 years at Alcon, where she was a Global Director, managing brands around the world with revenue of more than $1.7 billion annually. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and women in business. Among her numerous industry honors are the 2016 Women in Technology Award and 2018 Women in Business Award from The Dallas Business Journal. She also was named a 2017 D CEO. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts, Elyse also holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Elyse currently serves on the Texas Christian University (TCU) Healthcare Advisory Board.  She has served on both the FWCD Finance Committee and Building and Grounds Committee. Elyse and her husband, C.D. ’94, are the parents of two current Falcons.
  • Gynna Harlin, Member at Large

    Gynna has been an active FWCD parent since 1993. She was 2012-13 FWCD Parent Faculty Association President and served on the School’s Advancement Committee and the Trustee and Leadership Committee. She was a co-founding member of the Falcon Club, implementing an organizational change from the former PFA booster club to its current structure. She and her husband, Billy Bob, served as Falcon Club co-chairs for the organization’s first two years and were honored with the FWCD “Old Sport” Award in 2006. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Gynna is Past President of the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate Board, and she chaired the Komen Race for the Cure in 2009 and 2010. She was the 2003 Mayfest Chair and served on the boards of the Junior League of Fort Worth, Kupferle Health Board, Streams and Valleys, and The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. Gynna and Billy Bob own and operate veterinary clinics in Tarrant and Johnson counties. They have three sons who are all FWCD graduates.
  • Dr. Barbara Brown Herman

    Texas Christian University, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service in recognition of numerous initiatives and contributions, including creating Frog Camp and the TCU Leadership Center. She has degrees in English, psychology and education and has done post-doctoral work at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Pacific University Institute for Intercultural Communication. Barbara has been an active volunteer in the Fort Worth community since moving here in 1973 and has held leadership roles in organizations serving the arts, human services, education and health care. She previously was an Upper School English substitute teacher at FWCD, and she served on FWCD’s Board of Trustees from 1997-2003. She was a member of the Financial Aid Committee (1997-2002), the Trustee Committee (2001-03) and the Education Committee (1999-2000). Barbara and her husband, Morty, are parents of two FWCD alumni.
     
  • 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 a 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 Falcons. 
  • Todd Kelly '81, Building and Grounds Chair

    A 1981 FWCD graduate, Todd is Partner at the Jones Day law firm. His legal practice is devoted to health law regulatory and related transactional and business matters. His experience includes acquisition and divestiture, joint venture and contractual affiliation work in the for-profit and tax-exempt sectors. Todd is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association (Health Law Section) and the State Bar of Texas (Health and Business Law Sections). He previously served as Alumni Association President in 2000-01 and has three older brothers and many cousins who are Country Day graduates. Todd and his wife, Mary Kathryn, are the parents of three 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 twins at FWCD. A dedicated alumnus, Josh has served on the Alumni Council, serving two terms as President. A current member of FWCD’s Building and Grounds Committee, Josh also has served on the Advancement Committee, was a member of the Then, Now, Forever. fundraising initiative, and has co-chaired Breakthrough Fort Worth’s Fancy Meal with his wife. Together, Holly and Josh 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. 
  • Liza Lee

    Liza recently served as the Interim Head of School at The Hockaday School in Dallas. Prior to serving as Interim Head, Liza served as the Headmistress at The Hockaday School from 1990-2004. From 2004-05, after her retirement as Headmistress, she served as Executive Director at The Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a nonprofit agency supporting single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond. In the subsequent years before assuming the Interim Head position at The Hockaday School, she served as Interim Head of School at independent schools in Austin and Charleston, South Carolina, and was Head of School at Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio, from 2009-2014. Liza serves on the boards of The Lamplighter School (Dallas) and the KERA Board of Directors. She graduated with a BA from Mount Holyoke College and earned an MA from Columbia University. Liza is married to William M. Lee, MD, Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern. Together, they have three children.
     
  • Scotty MacLean

    Scotty is the Lead Attorney/Owner of MacLean Law Firm, P.C. Prior to forming his own firm, he served from 1993-2011 as Attorney/Partner of Jose, Henry, Brantley, MacLean & Alvarado, LLP. Scotty’s civic and professional activities include memberships in the Texas Bar Association and American Association of Justice. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly magazine and Best Lawyer(s) in Fort Worth by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Scotty previously served on the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and as Second Vice President on the board of River Crest Country Club. At FWCD, Scotty served on the Grading Committee in 2013-14 and the Advancement Committee. He and his wife, Pepper, co-chaired the FWCD Fund in 2010-11. The couple are the parents of two Falcon alumni
  • Michelle Marlow

    Michelle grew up in Shiner and made her way to Fort Worth to become a TCU 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 sounds 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 has served in many roles at FWCD, most recently as the FWCD Fund Chair; as a member of the Advancement Committee; and, together with her husband, Scott, as Falcon Club Presidents. She currently sits on the Texas Ballet Theater Board, the Cliburn Board, Jewel Charity Board 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 an FWCD alumnus and three 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 on the Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes Board Fort Worth Chapter and Kupferle Health Board. She also served on the Curriculum Development Committee for the brand new medical school opening in Fort Worth, a collaboration between TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, and serves on the faculty.  She is the mother of two Falcons and enjoys being involved with the School as a member of the Advancement Committee.
  • Bonnie Petsche

    Bonnie is Vice President of Petsche Commercial Properties. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at Cook Children’s Medical Center, where she serves on its Health Care System and Health Foundation Boards and as Chairman of the Home Health Board of Trustees. She was a founding Board Member of the Fort Worth/Arlington chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As an FWCD Board Member, Bonnie serves on the Advancement Committee. She has served multiple terms on the FWCD Parent Faculty Association Board and on special committees. Bonnie and her husband, Alan, are the parents of three FWCD alumni and one current Falcon
  • Chris Rooker

    Chris is a Managing Director, COO and Board Member of Higginbotham, an independent insurance and financial services firm headquartered in Fort Worth. He has 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, and has chaired numerous fundraising events for these nonprofits. He currently serves on the boards of the Higginbotham Community Fund and the Greatest Gift Catalog. Chris is active in his church and is a volunteer coach for numerous sports teams. He and Laura are the parents of two Falcon alumni and one current Falcon.
  • Mary Hallman Smith ’03

    Mary is a non-practicing lawyer who recently took inactive status with the State Bar of Texas following seven years in private practice as a civil appellate specialist. A Fort Worth native, Mary is an FWCD Original, having attended the School from kindergarten through grade 12. Mary earned a BA from the University of Southern California and a JD with Honors from The University of Texas School of Law. Mary met her husband Dwayne, a family lawyer, during law school, and they have three young children. 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 the Multicultural Alliance.
  • 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, the Multicultural Alliance and Cristo Rey Fort Worth; 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 an FWCD alumnus and a current Falcon.
     
     
  • Rachel Werner

    Rachel currently is 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 Board for several years. She has been a member of the Nominating Committee and has been a Room Representative for kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades. 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 then 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 numerous 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 two daughters attending FWCD.
  • Ex Officio Members - Non Voting

    Rob Semple ’95, Alumni Association President
    Heather Senter, PFA President
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School

Board Committees for 2017-18

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  • Advancement Committee

    Quintin Cassady, ChairBoardVoting
       
    Gantt BumsteadBoardVoting
    Kenneth HuffmanBoardVoting
    Liza LeeBoardVoting
    Scotty MacLeanBoardVoting
    Michelle MarlowBoardVoting
    Bonnie PetscheBoardVoting
    Chris RookerBoardVoting
    Rachel WarnerBoardVoting
       
    Rob Semple, Alumni PresidentEx Officio BoardVoting
    Lori Bruce, PFA PresidentEx Officio BoardVoting
       
    Anne CarvalhoNon-BoardVoting
    Monika MathurNon-BoardVoting
    Blaine SmithNon-BoardVoting
       
    Pam and Jamie Packer, Annual Fund ChairsAdvisoryNon-voting
    Robert Colby '03, Alumni Advancement RepresentativeAdvisoryNon-voting
    Holly and Josh Korman, Falcon Club PresidentsAdvisoryNon-voting
    Pam Darrow, CAST RepresentativeAdvisoryNon-voting
       
    Laura Alexander, Board PresidentBoard Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of SchoolHead of SchoolNon-voting
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice PresidentBoard Non-voting
  • Building and Grounds Committee

    Todd Kelly, ChairBoardVoting
       
    Russ FleischerBoardVoting
    Barbara HermanBoardVoting
    Josh KormanBoardVoting
    Stuart McDonaldBoardVoting
    Robert SturnsBoardVoting
    Malathi RaviBoardVoting
       
    Laura Alexander, Board PresidentBoard Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of SchoolHead of SchoolNon-voting
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice PresidentBoard Non-voting
       
    Elyse DickersonNon-BoardVoting
    Dak HatfieldNon-BoardVoting
    Whit KellyNon-BoardVoting
    Dana QuisenberryNon-BoardVoting
  • Finance Committee

    Dwight Horton, ChairBoardVoting
       
    Brent ClumBoardVoting
    Brian CrumleyBoardVoting
    Russ FleischerBoardVoting
    Kenneth HuffmanBoardVoting
    Jane NoberBoardVoting
    Malathi RaviBoardVoting
       
    Laura Alexander, Board PresidentBoard Non-voting
    Eric Lombardi, Head of SchoolHead of SchoolNon-voting
    Randy Eisenman, Board Vice PresidentBoard Non-voting
       
    William ButlerNon-BoardVoting
    Hugo Del PozzoNon-BoardVoting
    Tracy McGehee, PFA TreasurerNon-BoardVoting
    Richard PayneNon-BoardVoting
    Ryan SenterNon-BoardVoting
  • Trustee and Leadership Committee

    Gynna Harlin, ChairBoardVoting
       
    Laura AlexanderBoardVoting
    Brian CrumleyBoardVoting
    Chris RookerBoardVoting
    Rachel WernerBoardVoting
    Martha WilliamsBoardVoting
       
    Eric LombardiHead of SchoolNon-voting
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-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.

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  • Website Accessibility Statement

    Fort Worth Country Day is committed to understanding and respecting differences. To further support that initiative, FWCD is focused on making the information on our website accessible to all students, parents, and other members of the community. Achieving our goal of making the FWCD website fully accessible requires auditing numerous sections and correcting elements with minimal disruption for daily users.

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