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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. See the bylaws at this link, and our Trustee Committees here.

All board members may be reached by emailing board@headwaters.org.

Read Board Updates here

Board Officers:

  • Heather Vickers, Chairwoman
  • Jay Valanju, Vice Chairman
  • Jim Rudden, Secretary
  • Graham Frey, Treasurer

Board Members:

 Cheray Ashwill graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in art history and a minor in French. She previously worked at Dell Computer before joining the faculty at Trinity Episcopal School. Cheray served in Trinity’s admissions office for 11 years before beginning her current role there as High School Placement Director. One of her greatest joys is working with students and parents to find the best fit for the next chapter of their lives. In addition to serving on our Board, she also serves on the board of The Sustainable Food Center, and is a member of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Cheray’s son, Liam, is a Headwaters alumnus, and was part of our first IB graduating class in 2016.

Jerry Aubin is CEO of BountyJobs, a venture-backed company that provides software used by employers to manage and collaborate with their outside recruiting agencies. Prior to BountyJobs, he was the lead product manager for the launch of the eBay Motors Local Market. Jerry has worked his entire career in the technology industry with previous experience at companies ranging from small startups to bluechip management consultants. Jerry is married to Kerry Joyce and they have been part of the Headwaters community for 8 years with two boys, Parker and Wesley, who started out at the Springs Campus and are now both loving their middle school experience on the River Campus.

alleneevans 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).

IMG_7203Graham 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.

 Aaron Levy is a conscious land developer and green home builder here in Austin. His company, Townbridge Homes, is known for their smart, efficient, quality construction and planning. He has been leaving his mark on this city for almost a decade, creating everything from custom homes to thoughtfully planned, energy efficient communities. Aaron and his wife, Mandy, are parents to three young boys–one on the Springs Campus, one on the Creek Campus, and one tiny, smily, future Headwaters Hawk! Aaron strives to find the time for daily meditation, yoga, gardening, and caring for their seven chickens.

JuliaJulia 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.

IMG_2074Will Moncrieff is a Fire Specialist for the Austin Fire Department at Station 4. He has a daughter and a son 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.

 

 

smallenhanced 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.

JayValanjuJay 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.

thumb_I_0044_1024Heather 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 Elementary and the other in the Middle School. 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.

brianY.jpgBrian 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.”

Board Updates

 

Trustee Committees

We have organized into committees designed to address our strategic needs and staffed with the appropriately skilled Trustees:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Development Committee: This group will oversee and guide development efforts to support the strategic plan & facilities needs.
  5. Marketing & Enrollment Management: This committee will focus on the continuation of our rebranding work, monitoring the marketplace, and communicating with the Headwaters community.