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.

  • 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 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 member of the Board of Trustees of Cook Children’s Health Foundation, serving on its Investment Committee, and the TCU Entrepreneurial Program Advisory Board. He is the father of two Falcons.
  • Dwight Horton ’75, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Previously with Alcon Laboratories, Dwight held various executive roles, including Vice President of Finance for the Europe/Middle East/Africa Operations, U.S. Operations, Business Development, Global Strategic Initiatives and Global Operations at Alcon’s U.S. headquarters in Fort Worth from 1983 to 2011. Since retiring from Alcon, he has been active in the community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards. A graduate of FWCD’s Class of 1975, Dwight earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Dwight is married to Joni Thompson Horton, and they are the parents of three Falcon alumni.
     
  • Jane C. Nober, Secretary

    Jane has been involved with nonprofits and foundations for almost two decades. She has advised charitable organizations on all aspects of governance, administration and grantmaking and is the author of numerous publications. She also serves on the board of Gill Children’s Services. Jane was Treasurer of the Fort Worth Country Day Parent Faculty Association in 2011-12. She and her husband, Roger, are the parents of two FWCD alumni and one current Falcon.
     
  • David Ekstrom '75, Immediate Past President

    David manages a private business with interests in real estate and oil and gas. He attended FWCD as a first-grader in the fall of 1963, when the School opened. He served as Board President from 2015-17, has served on the and Investment Committee, was on the Alumni Council for six years, and is a Past President of the FWCD Alumni Association. As a Trustee, he served on the Executive Committee as Vice-President, Treasurer and as the Finance Committee Chair. David spent most of his career in the development of professional education materials primarily related to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. He is a past Board Member of the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth and has lectured at CFA education programs in the U.S., Europe and Africa. He and his wife, Karen, have five children, three of whom are FWCD alumni.
     
  • Quintin Cassady, Advancement Committee Chair

    Quintin is Vice President and General Counsel for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. He has served at Galderma, the Fort Worth-based operations of Nestle Skin Health, for the past 17 years. An Oklahoma native, he received both a BA and JD from the University of Oklahoma. Quintin is married to Jill Cassady, and they are the parents of an FWCD alumnus and a current Falcon. Quintin has long been involved at FWCD in a number of capacities, including serving as Co-Chair of the 2012-13 FWCD Fund with Jill, member of the Advancement Committee for the three years before serving as Chair in 2016-17 and member of the Major Gifts Committee for the Then.Now.Forever funding initiative.
     
  • Gynna Harlin, Trustee and Leadership Chair

    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, which she will chair this year. 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.
  • 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 an 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 parents to a current student at FWCD and two Falcon alumni.
  • Gantt Bumstead, Member at Large

    Gantt is a Partner and the Vice President of Business Development 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. 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. Gantt serves on the Board of Directors of Gill Children’s Services, Inc., and is a member of Seventh Avenue, a volunteer organization supporting Cook Children’s Medical Center, and the Fort Worth Chapter of WPO. 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.
  • Stuart D. McDonald, Member at Large

    Stuart is a physician in private practice with Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants, P.A. At FWCD, he serves on the Executive Committee and the Advancement Committee. He is the Chief of Staff at Kindred Hospital Fort Worth, and previously served on the boards of Texas Medical Liability Trust and the Baylor Health Care System. Outside of his profession, Stuart serves on the board of Brite Divinity School and on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of two Falcon alumni. Together, Stuart and Margaret served as Chairs of the FWCD Fund in 2009-10 and were Falcon Club Presidents in 2012-13.
     
  • Brian Crumley

    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 the STAR Sponsorship Program, which provides educational access to underprivileged local students. At FWCD, he has previously served on the Head of School Search, Finance, and the Major and Leadership Gifts Committees. Brian graduated with a BA in Political Economics from Princeton University and earned an MBA from Stanford University. A Falcon alumnus from the Class of 1992, Brian and his wife, Tyler, have four children enrolled at FWCD.
     
  • 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 an FWCD alumnus and a current Falcon.
  • Russell Fleischer

    Russ is a three-time software industry CEO and currently a General Partner at Battery Ventures, focused on new investment opportunities in 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, CheckFree, Concurrent Real-Time, D&B Software, Data Innovations, Enviance, Healthvision Software, HighJump, HomeCareHomeBase, InConcert, InterWorld, 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 is a Board Member for Cook Children’s Medical Center and the 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.  
     
  • Dr. Barbara Brown Herman

    Barbara is Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Development at 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.
     
  • Kenneth J. Huffman

    Retired from Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Ken was Vice President, Investor Relations, from 1991-2006. A long-standing and active member on Texas Christian University’s Board of Trustees, he serves on the Athletic, Development, and Building and Grounds Committees, as well as on the Executive Committees of The Campaign for TCU and The Campaign for Scholarship Initiative. Ken is a founding member of the Addison & Clark Society and a member of the Chancellor’s Council. A former member of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he served on a variety of the school’s board committees and chaired the Finance Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Paoli Hospital Foundation in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and served on three of the foundation’s board committees, as well as chaired the Finance and Audit Committee. He earned a BBA in Accounting from TCU and a JD from South Texas College of Law. Ken has three children, four grandchildren and is the great uncle of an FWCD student. Ken’s wife, Jeanie, has two children who are alumni and a grandson who is a current Falcon.
     
  • 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. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. Josh and his wife Holly, have twins at FWCD. A dedicated alumnus, Josh has served on the Alumni Council since 2009 and served two terms as Alumni Council President. He also is on the Advancement Committee and Building and Grounds Committee, was a member of the Then, Now, Forever. fundraising initiative, and has co-chaired Breakthrough Fort Worth’s Fancy Meal with his wife. Holly and Josh are 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 Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Justice and Tolerance. 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 parents to one Falcon alumnus and one current Falcon.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Malathi Ravi

    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 and Rivertree Academy. 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.
     
  • 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. Active in his church, Chris serves as a coach for numerous sports teams. He and Laura have a Falcon alumnus and two current students at 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 of 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 newly formed Parent Ambassador Leaders team in the Admission Office at FWCD; on the FWCD Fund Committee; and has been active with the Parent Faculty Association Board for several years, serving as Carnival Chair and Lower School Member at Large. 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 and her husband, Eric, have two daughters attending FWCD.
  • Martha Schutts Williams ’70

    Martha founded Williams Trew Real Estate Services in 2000. She specializes in the relocation of corporate executives and has become one of the top 1 percent of realtors nationally. A native of Fort Worth and a graduate of FWCD and The University of Texas at Austin, Martha is actively engaged in and connected with the Fort Worth community. She currently serves on the boards of the Fort Worth Zoo, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas and the Van Cliburn Foundation. A founding member of the Fort Worth Professional Women’s Organization, she served as its first President. She also has previously served as President of the Junior League of Fort Worth. Martha has been married to J.R. Williams for more than 35 years and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
     
  • Ex Officio Members - Non Voting

    Lori Bruce, PFA President
    Rob Semple ’95, Alumni Association President
    Eric Lombardi, Head of School
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
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.