Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tom Castro, Chair

El Dorado Capital

Tom is an experienced businessman having run a media company, oilfield service company, and managed private equity. He has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. but equally important, Tom has devoted countless hours to organizations educating America's children, and serves on the Board of Yes Prep Public Schools in Houston, the National Board of Teach for America, and Spellman College in Atlanta. He has formerly served as a board member for the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C., and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago. Tom resides in Houston with his wife, Jacqueline, a native of Bogotá, Columbia, and their two teenage children.

William Glasgow, Vice Chair

Prime Management

For over 20 years Mr. Glasgow has been involved with the Prime Management group of companies, acting as President for its operating and investment entities for the past 10 years. Mr. Glasgow has a broad operating and investment background, including experience in education, telecommunications, cable TV, and as a partner in several venture capital funds. Mr. Glasgow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in 1981 and received his MBA from the University of Texas in 1985.

Soner Tarim, Treasurer

Harmony Public Schools

Dr. Tarim serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Harmony Public Schools. Dr. Tarim received his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Engineering and master’s degree in Aquatic Science from Ataturk University, Turkey, and his doctorate in aquatic ecology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Tarim is one of the founding members of Harmony Public Schools, and has served in his current role since 2000. He is a certified Texas School Board Member Trainer and serves as a Board member for the Texas Region-IV Education Service Center. Dr. Tarim is a professional biologist and ecologist, and has taught courses in biology, ecology, management and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. He has also organized numerous symposiums and science projects for colleges and high schools.

Recy Benjamin Dunn

Yes Prep Public Schools

Recy is the Vice President of Operations & Growth for YES Prep Public Schools. In this role, he leads system-wide operations, district partnerships and growth strategy. Recy formerly served as the Senior Executive Director for Cities at New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders. He managed and supported all city executive directors across 8 program sites nationally. Recy filled numerous roles at school districts, including the New York City Department of Education where he was the Executive Director of the Charter Schools Office, leading a team responsible for coordinating a portfolio of 136 charter schools. Recy also served as Executive Director of Early Childhood at the NYCDOE, managing early childhood initiatives citywide with a focus on Universal Pre-kindergarten. Previously, he worked at Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland and before that completed The Broad Residency in Urban Education while at the District of Columbia Public Schools. Prior to his education experience, Recy worked in the public and private sector in several organizations. Recy has an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he completed his School District Leadership certification program at Bank Street College of Education.

Paul Sadler

Attorney at Law

Paul Sadler served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991-2003, serving on both the House Public Education Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance Committee. In 1995, he was given the responsibility of chairing the House committee that re-wrote and passed the new Education Code, which expanded the Charter School program in Texas and remains the primary legislation for Charter Schools. Following this legislation, Sadler guided the passage of an education package that provided teacher pay raises, critical need programs such as new prekindergarten and kindergarten grant programs, and the ninth grade initiative targeting students at risk of drop out. During the 77th Legislative Session, Sadler helped develop a plan to provide, for the first time in the history of the State of Texas, health insurance for public school employees.

Sadler has received numerous awards for his legislative work. He was singled out by Texas Monthly during each of his legislative terms, being named to the Ten Best List in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. He was recognized by the Dallas Morning News during each of this legislative sessions naming him as one of three “Outstanding Legislators” in 1995 and one of “Six Stellar” legislators in 1997. He has been honored by all of the education groups including each of the teachers’ organizations, the Texas Association of School Boards, Elementary and Secondary Principals Association and the Equity Center. Sadler was honored, along with Senator Ratliff, with the “John Connally Excellence in Education Award” presented by the Just for Kids Foundation.

Mike Feinberg


Dr. Mike Feinberg is Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and Executive Vice Chair of KIPP Houston, which includes 21 public charter schools: 10 middle schools, 8 primary schools, and three high schools. To date, 90% of the KIPPsters who have left the KIPP Houston middle schools have gone on to college. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a Masters of Education from National-Louis University in 2005. In 2010, Yale University awarded Mike an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. After graduating from Penn, Dr. Feinberg joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas. In 1994, he co-founded KIPP with Dave Levin and established KIPP Academy Houston a year later. In 2000, he co-founded the KIPP Foundation to help take KIPP to scale. Today, KIPP is a network of 125 high-performing public schools around the nation serving nearly 40,000 children. In 2004, Dr. Feinberg was named an Ashoka Fellow, awarded to leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society. In 2005, Mike was the commencement speaker for the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. Also in 2005, he led the effort to start a public K-8 school in Houston for Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans. The school, NOW College Prep (New Orleans West), opened in 10 days. In 2006, Drs. Feinberg and Levin were awarded The Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education, and the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen. In 2008, Mike and Dave were named to the list of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and received the Presidential Citizens Medal in the Oval Office of the White House. In 2009, they were the recipients of the Charles Bronfman Prize as well as the Manhattan Institute’s William E. Simon prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship. And in 2011, they were awarded the Guardian of the Human Spirit award by the Holocaust Museum Houston given to dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others and to better humankind. Dr. Feinberg and Dr. Levin’s efforts became the story told by Washington Post reporter, Jay Mathews, in his book “Work hard. Be nice.” KIPP has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, and in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, and more. Mike is married to Colleen Dippel, and they have two children: Gus, and Abadit, who they adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.

Yasmin Bhatia

Uplift Education

Yasmin joined Uplift Education in 2009 after having been a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, for 9 years. Yasmin brings her experience in helping clients develop and execute strategies and building organizational capacity to Uplift during this critical period of growth for the organization. While at McKinsey, Yasmin served the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the City of Dallas, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation in addition to her corporate clients.

Yasmin is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable, the International Women’s Forum, and the Dallas Assembly. She serves on the SMU Tate Series Board of Directors and the Leadership Council for the Perot Museum. In 2011, she was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list which recognizes young executives making a difference in the community and their organizations. She was a Class of 2014 Fellow in the Broad Superintendents Academy and a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Yasmin holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Honors from the University of Texas in Austin and a MBA from Stanford University. She and her husband reside in Dallas with their daughter Isabel and sons Ian and Mason.

Alfredo Segura Jr., Board Secretary

New Frontiers Charter School

Alfredo Segura Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for New Frontiers Charter School district serving more than 700 students south of downtown San Antonio. Under his leadership, the district continues to grow and recently opened an Early College High School in partnership with Palo Alto College.

The eldest son of migrant workers who spoke mostly Spanish, Mr. Segura recognizes the importance of education as the foundation for achieving the American dream. He brings the first-generation perspective to policy and legislative discussions across Texas.

Mr. Segura currently serves as Board Secretary to the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). He is a former board member of the Educational Service Center, Region 20; the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League; the Texas Charter Schools Association and the Association of Charter Educators. He is a Certified Provider for board and administration trainer by the Texas Education Agency and a member of the Southside San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Baumgartner

Rise Academy

Richard Baumgartner is the Founder and Director of Rise Academy, a charter school located in Lubbock, TX that began operations in September 1999. A few years after graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1984 with a B.A. in political science, Baumgartner began his career in education as a teacher trainee with renowned educator Marva Collins at her school in Chicago. Baumgartner taught for several years under Collins and gained valuable experience in instructional delivery, curriculum design, and multi-grade strategies.

Drawing from his educational experience in Chicago, Baumgartner returned to his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1995 where he and his then-wife worked to create Northside Preparatory School. The school opened in September 1996 as the city’s first charter school in the low-income, minority community of Kalamazoo. Despite early evidence of academic success under his leadership, Baumgartner was separated in 1997 from the very school which he created due to persistent board conflict.

In early 1998 Baumgartner began the efforts to establish Rise Academy in Lubbock. Since the academy began evaluation under the Texas rating system, Rise has been rated “Exemplary” or a school of “Distinction” numerous times and has expanded to include grades pre-k through 8th. Currently Rise Academy enrolls about 265 students.

Baumgartner has served as a Small Schools representative from the Membership Council of TCSA and has been active on the advocacy committee with TCSA on behalf of Texas charter schools.

Kathleen Zimmermann

NYOS Charter School

Kathleen Zimmermann became the Executive Director of NYOS Charter School in 2009. Before joining NYOS, Kathleen spent many years in education, operations, and financial management roles. Kathleen holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

John Armbrust

Austin Achieve Public Schools

John has spent a decade serving as teacher and school-site and central office administrator, in both traditional public and charter schools. In South-Central Los Angeles, he served as director for Teacher Effectiveness for the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF), a network of high-performing charter schools. John’s responsibility was to administer a $60 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation measuring teacher effectiveness and performance. While at ICEF, he was a Strategic Data Project Fellow through Harvard University. John began his education career in Atlanta through Teach For America, which helps ensure low-income youth receive quality education. He recently founded Crossbow Educational Consulting, which supports districts and states as they implement improved teacher evaluation processes.

Lori Fey

Outside Insight, LLC

Lori Fey has been pursuing her passion for data-driven excellence in public and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. She has been a champion and driving force for data and technology as key improvement tools from her early days as director of the Early Warning System for the Texas Department of Insurance to her long tenure in results-oriented philanthropy with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Lori was instrumental in launching several significant initiatives for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, including the formation of Texas Charter Schools Association in 2008. She served as the founding secretary for the board of directors and led the search for the founding executive director, David Dunn. Her consistent focus on quality supported the funding and development of TCSA’s breakthrough Quality Framework.

Her work at the foundation culminated in the development and launch of the Ed-Fi Alliance, an organization providing backbone education technology tools to improve instruction and advocacy for data standards and system interoperability. Under her leadership, the Alliance drove adoption of the Ed-Fi Data Standard to include 26 states representing 50+% of the nation’s 49.5 million public education students and 3.5 million teachers.

Currently, Lori’s work focuses on assisting organizations with improvement and expansion efforts through her consulting practice, Outside Insight. She continues to serve on the selection committee for Dell Scholars - a college completion and scholarship program for low income, high potential students - and to mentor and support the next generation of Texans – her grandchildren.

Lori lives in Austin with her husband of 35 years, Francis, and can often be found on the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake or in the airport, departing for or returning from adventures to far-flung places like Antarctica and Uganda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.