Board of Trustees
Headwaters School is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, and is run by a Board of Trustees. The trustees serve without compensation, and are professionals in the community who are committed to the Headwaters Mission.
Our trustees believe that the growth and expansion of Headwaters School is what is needed to revolutionize education. One step at a time, Headwaters School Board of Trustees is committed to expanding the school and sharing this unique method with other public and private schools.
All board members may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Heather Vickers, Chairwoman
- Jay Valanju, Vice Chairman
- Tracy Asamoah, Secretary
- Gary Pharr, Treasurer
Tracy Asamoah, MD is the mother of two energetic little girls who are students at Headwaters’s elementary campus. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist currently in private practice. She graduated medical school from the University of California, San Francisco in 1999 and completed her psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship training at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She was appointed as Chief Resident during her child psychiatry fellowship training. Since completing her training, she has practiced in an inpatient hospital, residential treatment centers, and outpatient clinics. She has been on faculty with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque and she is currently an Assistant Professor with the Texas A & M School of Medicine. She was named by Austin Monthly as one of Austin’s “Best Doctors 2013.”
In her free moments, Tracy enjoys exploring with her daughters, reading, jogging, and eating her way through Austin’s restaurants with her husband, Kwame. They have fallen in love with Austin since moving here seven years ago and are excited to be a part of the Headwaters community.
Allene Evans is the University of Texas System Senior Associate General Counsel & Managing Attorney – Health Law Section of the Office of General Counsel, where she specializes in medical malpractice litigation and medical disciplinary defense. She has more than 35 years of litigation experience in both private practice and government service with an emphasis on complex litigation, discovery management, problem solving, dispute resolution, bridge building and advocacy. She is AV®Preeminent rated in Health Law, Health Care Liability and Litigation. Allene and her husband, Tom Herod, and daughter, Lizzie, were one of our earliest families at the Headwaters Springs Campus (then Primavera Montessori).
Graham Frey is a founder and Director of Schenley Learning. He has been involved in education his entire career, serving as a head of school for two different independent schools. Graham is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He has spent the majority of his career working in entrepreneurial education opportunities, including serving as Chancellor for Kaplan Virtual Education. Along the way, Graham has consulted with various leading programs, such as IMG Academy and The University of Miami (FL). He developed many international education programs, most recently in Suzhou, China and Shanghai, China. Graham has two boys and spends his free time exploring with them.
Julia Cuba Lewis is the Executive Director of Girls Empowerment Network (GEN). Before GEN, Julia worked for eight years at the Girl Scouts of Central Texas running various outreach programs that served at-risk girls. Prior to that, she worked in Chicago at several grassroots women’s agencies on equal employment opportunities, international women’s issues, mentor programs and emergency rape counseling. She is the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards, including Austin Under 40. She is past Secretary and currently serves as Chair for the second time of the Austin Commission for Women, and is a graduate of Leadership Austin and Leadership Texas.
Will Moncrieff is a Fire Specialist for the Austin Fire Department at Station 4. He has a 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, both at Headwaters, and he is married to his high school sweetheart, Bradford. Together they started a recycling company in 2003 called Trusty Pickup Recycling, which picks up recyclables from offices around town. He also began a house renovation company in 2015 called New Truss Homes. Will and his family enjoy spending time at their ranch in Driftwood.
Gary Pharr is a Partner at Bounds Chatelain and Pharr, PC, a full service accounting firm providing tax, audit and accounting services. He received his BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and his CPA in 1976. Gary has been in public practice with his firm for more than 30 years serving a wide variety of clientele with significant emphasis in the areas of technology, medicine, and real estate. Gary is the father to Luke, a Headwaters graduate from the class of 2011, who now attends UT-Austin majoring in Physics and Plan II. He also has a daughter, Paige, and wife, Dianna, who are both recent graduates of UT-Austin.
Steve Ravel is Partner in Charge of the Austin office of the Kelly Hart & Hallman law firm. His trial experience includes a number of high technology matters and cases testing the limits of governmental power. He has represented a number of nonprofits at critical junctures in their development. He served as General Counsel to Texas State Treasurer Ann Richards. Steve prefers to spend most of his spare time with his family—wife, Suzanne, Headwaters Junior Ben, and Ben’s twin sister, Rachel. But, he does occasionally slip away to exercise his privileges as an instrument rated pilot, endorsed to fly technically advanced air craft.
Jim Rudden is the father of three (including two current Headwaters students) and a 25-year software industry executive. He is the Chief Marketing Officer at Spredfast, a social media management software company that works with the biggest brands and media companies in the world. Prior to Spredfast, Jim was an executive at Austin-based companies Lombardi Software (acquired by IBM), BetweenMarkets (acquired by Innovis) and Trilogy Software. Jim and his wife, Wanda Kay, enjoy being outdoors swimming, climbing, biking and snowboarding–with their children whenever their children are willing.
Jay Valanju brings over a decade of entrepreneurial experience in financial services, social media, and telecommunications. He is the Founder of Buzz Points, an Austin-based financial services company. Prior to founding Buzz Points, he was a Partner at Steinwasser, Inc., a technology and business consulting firm with offices in Texas and Germany. Jay was a founder of Fusion Mobile, a wireless Mobile Virtual Network Operator with operations in regional retailers. Prior to Fusion, he was a Director of Business Development at Pluck Corporation, a social media company which was later purchased by Demand Media. At Pluck, he managed programs with eBay and traditional printed media properties. Jay was a co-founder of FundsXpress, a financial services software company acquired by First Data Corporation.
Jay has a B.A. in Physics from The University of California at Berkeley and holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin where he focused on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization. Jay and his wife Sara have a son, Gavin, who, like Jay, is a native Austinite.
Heather Vickers manages software product initiatives for CA Technologies. She has held high-level management positions in financial services and technology companies. From overseeing multi-million-dollar product implementations to developing professional services practices, she has more than 18 years of experience managing cross-functional teams. She is the mother of two daughters who attend Headwaters; one in Primary and the other in the Upper Elementary Program. An active volunteer at the school, Heather currently serves as the Treasurer of the Parent Volunteer Community (PVC). Prior to Headwaters, Heather volunteered at Magellan International School establishing a toolkit for volunteer management while also assisting the school in implementing successful fundraising strategies. In her free time, Heather and her family are enjoying overseeing the construction of their new home in Westlake and spending time at their ranch in Fredericksburg. They can often be found wakesurfing on Lake Austin.
Brian Yager is the Head of School at Keystone School, a PreK- 12 independent school in San Antonio. Brian has been an educator for 23 years, serving as a math and economics teacher before moving into administrative roles. He grew up in Santa Barbara, California; attended Stanford University, where he majored in Economics and Applied Earth Sciences; and returned to the high school where he was student and worked there until 2007. From 2007-2010, Brian was Head of the Upper School at The Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho. Brian has three children, and his oldest son, William, is a student in the Turing Scholars program at the University of Texas. According to Brian, he joined the Board of Trustees because “Headwaters has a mission and vision that I can embrace as a person and an educator. A strength I bring to the Board is an understanding of how independent schools work and the factors that make them thrive.”
We have organized into committees designed to address our strategic needs and staffed with the appropriately skilled Trustees:
- Executive Committee: Our intention is to work closely with the community and communicate in a regular cadence. Beginning with our first coffee chats on December 9 & 14, we will continue to offer multiple events like this throughout the school year for connecting with the community.
- Committee on Trustees: This committee focuses on Trustee recruitment — ensuring diversified skills, experience, and expertise as needed by the school. This committee also supports and evaluates the Head of School.
- Facilities & Finance Committee: We have combined these two committees because facilities are tightly related to finances. This group will work toward fulfilling strategic priorities around facilities. This committee will also work closely with the Development Committee.
- Development Committee: This group will oversee and guide development efforts to support the strategic plan & facilities needs.
Enrollment Management & Marketing: This committee will focus on the continuation of our rebranding work, monitoring the marketplace, and communicating with the Headwaters community.