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Meet your 2013-2014 CGA Board Members

October 18, 2013

CGA’s mission is  to “support gifted children, their parents and educators, in Coppell and beyond. And no one understands this more than the individuals who volunteer on the CGA Board- they put in hours of work behind the scenes, to increase awareness, provide information, support the educators and champion the cause of gifted education for our children.

A new school year means it is time to introduce our 2013-2014 CGA board; please join us in welcoming all our new (and returning) CGA board members

Co-President– Amanda O’Neal-Brummitt 

Amanda is the Chief Operating Officer for Metropolitan Anesthesia Consultants. She is also founder and owner of The Brummitt Group, a boutique healthcare consulting firm. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a Master of Health Administration. Amanda is married with two daughters. She enjoys running, gardening, snow skiing, playing softball, and is an avid USC football fan. She also volunteers her time for philanthropic efforts and gifted education.

Co-President- Jeff Jordan

Jeff has worked in Information Technology in Financial Services for the past 25 years, since graduating from college with a BS in Computer Engineering from Oklahoma City University.  He has served the CGA previously in roles as the CMSN campus representative and Board Secretary.   He has resided in Coppell for 13 years, and has served on the Board of Directors of the TCE PTO, Coppell YMCA, Dallas Ultimate Association, and Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas.  Jeff is  married to Lisa; they have a daughter who is enrolled in the 9th grade at CHS.

1st Vice-President/Programs: Speaker Series Chair – Roya Tompkins

Looking forward to serving another year on the CGA board.  Roya is an active volunteer parent in CISD schools as well as in her community.  She is married with two sons, a 9th grader at CHS and a 5th grader at Denton Creek.  She is self-employed and works part-time providing consulting and contract services to several different healthcare providers.  She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Science. In her free time she enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her family.

1st Vice-President/Programs: Student Enrichment Chair – Tawnia Wise 

Tawnia is the Director of Development at Volunteers of America Texas. She is a certified fundraising executive with over 11 years of fundraising experience. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Denver and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma. Tawnia lives in Carrollton with her two children, ages 6 and 8. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends

Treasurer – Jeanne Wray

Jeanne is the owner of Jeanne P. Wray, CPA, providing income tax consulting and preparation services.  She holds a Master of Taxation and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Jeanne is married with two children, a son, who is a freshman at CHS, and a daughter, who is a junior at CHS.  She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  She also volunteers her time for her local church and for the Coppell High School band.

Secretary – Lynn Houm

Lynn has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, a Masters from University of Houston and a Culinary Degree.  After working on the Houston Ship Channel for many years she is now a stay at home mom with a 4th grader at Town Center and a 2nd Grader in the dual language program at Denton Creek.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and watching sports.

Membership/ 2nd Vice-President and Fundraising Chair – Aanchal Prakash

Aanchal is a PTO Board Member and active volunteer at her daughters’ school/school district. She opted to be a stay-at-home mom after a successful career in financial project management and consulting services, and earned her MBA in Finance from India. Aanchal moved to the Dallas area in 2005, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She also spends her time doing philanthropic activities, is a budding financial planner, and likes to travel.

Competitions, Past President – Elizabeth Chappell

Elizabeth is the former President of CGA and coordinates our annual creative writing competition.  She received the TEA Heroes for Children award in 2011 for her advocacy efforts with gifted/twice exceptional children.  Elizabeth is married with two boys.  She is an attorney, mediator, and volunteer who is dedicated to providing a voice to those in need.

Newsletter – Zarin Pathan

Zarin left a career in advertising media planning, to stay home with her children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and a Masters in Business Administration. She loves to travel and experience different cultures and ways of life; she grew up in India, and has also lived in Kenya, NY, Chicago, and Dubai. Zarin enjoys reading, writing, new technology, and volunteering her time at the schools.

Publicity/Historian – Dalia Steer

Dalia is new to CGA this year. She is married and a mother of two. Her oldest is in first grade at Bluebonnet Elementary in Flower Mound. Dalia is a Project Manager for the Brummitt Group. In her spare time, which is very little, she enjoys family time and tackling DIY projects.

Webmaster – Lian Loop

After serving as CGA Co-President from 2008-2010, Lian continues to stay involved in CGA in other board member roles.  She is an active parent volunteer in Coppell ISD schools and with other non-profit organizations in the area.  Lian is married and has two sons who attend Coppell HS.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University.

MOSAIC Chair  and Legislative – Tracy Fisher

CGA Founder and past president. Parent of two gifted Coppell graduates who attended Town Center Elementary, CMSN, CHS and Victory Place. Tracy also serves as a CISD school board member and as a parent representative serving on TAGT Board of directors and chairman of TAGT Parent Division.

Library – Bethany Henze

Bethany has four children in CISD; three at Pinkerton Elementary and one at Coppell Middle School West. A stay-at-home Mom, she is extremely busy volunteering at both schools, church and with multiple community groups. Along with CGA and both school PTOs, Bethany sits on the board of the Coppell Community Chorale as well as the Coppell Arts Council.  She enjoys singing, reading, spending time with her kids and loves a fall Sunday afternoon spent watching football.

Scholarship Committee Chair – Michelle Bauer

This is Michelle’s fifth year with CGA, and her fourth year as a board member.  She has been married 23 years to a surgeon and keeps busy with two children in college out-of-state, and two at CMSN. Her MBA kept her busy working in the healthcare field and now she utilizes it to advocate for her gifted children’s education.   She loves yoga, tennis, cooking, hiking, and travel.

School Board Liason – Thom Hulme

Thom is a mortgage originator and sales manager for Interlinc Mortgage Services. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a BA in Psychology. Thom is married to Kelly with one daughter, Marin and two sons, Christopher and Stephen. He enjoys gardening, sports, and sings with the Arts District Chorale of Dallas. He also volunteers his time for philanthropic efforts as a board member on the Coppell YMCA Board, Navigating Recovery and Arts District Chorale of Dallas.

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