Leadership

Board of Directors

Mercathea Hughes
Founding Board Member

Mercathea Hughes of Elgin is a lifelong educator who has more than 13 years experience in special education. Mercathea is a Licensed Specialists in School Psychology and is a certified special education teacher. She has worked in many classroom settings including at traditional ISD schools and at a public charter school. Ms. Hughes earned her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Tarleton State University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Concordia University. Mercathea is currently working toward her PhD in Educational Leadership from Baylor University.

Gwen Martin
Founding Board Member & Chair

Gwen Martin is the proud mother of two daughters. She and her husband Chad have been residents of Cedar Creek since 2007. Gwen is a passionate advocate for school choice and has been working to bring a public charter school to Bastrop County since 2015. Gwen is a member of The Forest at Colorado Crossing HOA Board of Directors and a longtime volunteer for Rodeo Austin. She is a graduate of Baylor University.

Charlie Munson
Member-at-Large

Charlie Munson is a public school teacher, business owner, and agriculturalist in Bastrop County, Texas.  A native of central Texas, he graduated from Texas State, San Marcos in 2006 with a B.S. in Ag Business and has lived in Red Rock since 2010.  Being a father of three, Charlie is passionate about increasing the options for quality public education in the Bastrop area.

Dr. Robert Oliver
Member-at-Large

Dr. Robert Oliver has been in ministry since 1985 and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Bastrop Bible Church. He and his wife, Pace, have seven children and have lived in Bastrop County since 1998. Robert has taught integrated humanities courses in the Austin area since 2007. He has also served as a Chaplain for Bastrop Police Department since 2000. Robert believes that students find their life’s calling best through educational choice in conjunction with support from family, church, and community. He has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas, a ThM and DMin from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Bill Owens
Member-at-Large

Bill Owens earned his M.A. in Special Education from UT Austin and served as a public school teacher and a private music teacher since 1974. Now retired, Bill continues to volunteer his time to teaching music in Bastrop County schools. Bill was a Board Member of the Bastrop Education Foundation from 2009 – 2011 and served as a committee member on the BISD District Improvement Committee in 2019. In partnership with The Children’s Advocacy Center, Bill continues to oversee The Honor Choir, an invitation-only community choir for children with great character and great grades.

Gwendolyn Robinson
Member-at-Large

Gwendolyn Robinson of Del Valle (Bastrop County, Texas) is the proud mother of three; two of which are BISD graduates. Gwen possesses over 19 years of experience in the legal arena and is currently in pursuit of her J.D. from Texas Tech University. She is a strong advocate for children and has volunteered on their behalf in various programs such as Restorative Justice. Gwen also serves as the First Lady at Trinity Tabernacle, Del Valle, Texas.

Priscilla Ruiz
Member-at-Large

Priscilla Ruiz is a native Texan and has lived in Bastrop for seven years with her husband, Danny. They are the parents of two daughters and have two grandchildren. Priscilla is a retired Wealth Specialist of 21 years and has been the full-time Youth Director for Ascension Catholic Church. She is also the Youth Liaison for Bastrop County Cares, a BISD substitute teacher, and a CASA Volunteer Advocate. As recently as Spring of 2020, Priscilla served on the Citizens Advisory Task Force for BISD. As part of this initiative, she was also a member of the political action committee executive team.

Carol Spencer
Treasurer

Carol Spencer is an innovative leader with a broad background in the private sector, public sector, and non-profit world. Prior to moving home to Bastrop, Carol served as a City Councilwoman and Mayor of Denville, New Jersey. She has a long history of serving her community and has served on many boards and in organizational leadership. Carol is a resident of Cedar Creek and is the President and Founder of the Lost Pines Republican Women.

Randan Steinhauser
Member-at-Large

Randan Steinhauser is a nationally-recognized education reform advocate with experience working across the country to support parental choice in education. She is the founder of the Texas School Choice Coalition and serves as the Texas Advisor for EdChoice. Randan is a graduate of The University of South Carolina, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in communication from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband Brendan are the proud parents of three daughters and are in the process of relocating to their family ranch in Rockne.

Parent Council

Parent Council Leadership

Pat Hanson
Parent Council Coordinator

Sommer Novak-Hruska
Communications Coordinator

Kimberly Heath 
Secretary

Malissa Cooper-Munson
Social Media Coordinator

Amanda Ambrosetti
Cedar Creek

Sarah Bingaman
Downtown Bastrop

Heather Carmack
Rockne

Angel Chancellor
Bastrop

Kelli Davis
The Woodlands

Cathi Demaree
Tahitian Village

Nicole Duran 
Cedar Creek

Deborah Esquivel
Tahitian Village

Melissa Esquivel 
Tahitian Village

Katrina McInnes 
Bastrop

Krystal Grimes 
Downtown Bastrop

Matilda Hernandez 
Lake Bastrop

Sarah Jahene
The Colony

Summer McCool
The Colony

Marissa McMillan
Cedar Creek 

Hannah Reyes 
Tahitian Village

Samantha Solorio 
Camp Swift

Kelli Werner 
Riverside Grove 

Advisory Council

Brad Angst
Director – Stifel, Nicolaus & Company 

Rachel Clampffer 
Bastrop Area Realtor

Colleen Dippel
Founder & President – Families Empowered 

Clark Kimble 
Attorney – McCall, Parkhurst & Horton

Shree Medlock 
Vice President of Strategic Engagement – Texas Public Charter Schools Association 

Brendan Steinhauser 
Partner – Steinhauser Strategies

Allen Stewart
Rancher – Bastrop County

Justin Yancy
President – Texas Business Leadership Council 

Tommy Hazelton
Bastrop & Travis County Realtor