Board Bios

William Glasgow, 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.

Lori Fey, Secretary
President, Ed-Fi Alliance
Lori Fey manages the rapid growth and adoption of the Ed-Fi data standard for states, school districts and vendors across the US.  Prior to leading Ed-Fi Alliance, Lori served as portfolio director for policy initiatives at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and was responsible for the foundation’s policy initiatives focused on institutionalizing data-driven instruction in the U.S. public education system. Before joining the foundation in 2003, she worked extensively in the nonprofit and public sectors, including the use of effective use of data and technology in insurance regulation. Lori holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Texas. She is a founding board member of the Texas Charter Schools Association.

*Ms. Fey has recused herself from all board actions related to pending litigation and the filed petition and current case.

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.

Jason Bernal
YES Prep Public Schools
Jason Bernal was named the President of YES Prep Public Schools in May 2011 and CEO in August 2013—he was the first successor to founder Chris Barbic. Jason began his career in December 1997 as a teacher at the original YES Prep campus several months before the organization received its state charter. At the time, YES Prep consisted of a parking lot with eleven temporary buildings and twenty-four dedicated teachers unwavering in their belief that a quality education could open the doors to college for any student regardless of their socio-economic status.

Over the past 15 years, Jason has led the organization as a Teacher, School Director, Head of Schools, and Vice President of Operations. Today, as the President of YES Prep, Jason exudes the same passion and “no excuses” attitude that he has carried with him since the beginning. Jason works closely with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees to set the strategic direction for YES Prep as well as manage daily operations.

Under Jason’s leadership, the organization has grown to 13 campuses, 700 employees, and 7,000 students. In 2012, YES Prep won the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and was named the “most outstanding” charter management organization in the country. In addition, multiple YES Prep campuses have been named EPIC award winners, Blue Ribbon schools, and ranked in the 100 top public high schools in the country by US News and World Report.

Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Montana State University – Billings and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Jason and his wife, Beth, have one daughter, Maya and a son, Cole. In his spare time, Jason enjoys CrossFit and participating in marathons and triathlons.

Albert Black
On Target Supplies and Logistics
Albert Black is the President & CEO of On-Target Supplies & Logistics-a regional logistics and supply chain management organization. Albert is a career long advocate of public education with 18 consecutive years on college or university boards. During this time of public service, he was appointed by former education commissioner Dr. Shirley Neely to oversee one of the most troubled school districts in Texas school history. Currently, Black’s on his 3rd term as a Regent at Baylor University. Black also serves on the Boards of St. Louis University, the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) as well as Baylor Healthcare System where he's the current Board Chairman. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree and the Cox School of Business at SMU with a Master of Business Administration degree. Read Mr. Black’s complete resume or contact Mr. Black.

Yvette East
Houston Heights Learning Academy
Yvette East is the Superintendent/Principal of the Houston Heights Learning Academy. Houston Heights Learning Academy was established in 1998. Coming from the Houston Independent School District, she brought with her experience from teaching in district charter schools that provided a rigorous mission driven framework for success. She joined Houston Heights Learning Academy in 2002 which serves a 99 percent economically disadvantaged population. Under her leadership, the district has changed from being rated under the alternative to standard accountability; as well as growing from an unacceptable district to and an exemplary one. She has developed key support services that focus on continuous improvement, strategic reform, and school accountability. Yvette received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. She has presented and shared best practices in several educational conferences. Additionally, Yvette has served as the Annual Chairperson for the Texas Charter School Conference from 2009-2012.

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.

Jennifer Goodman
Odyssey Academy
Jennifer S. Goodman has served Odyssey Academy as its Superintendent and Principal since February 2005. Mrs. Goodman is responsible for all accountability, compliance, day to day operations, hiring, staff development, academic oversight, and instructional leadership. She is active in the community through Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and her church.  She also helps chair the TCSA Annual Charter School Conference.

 Prior to her joining Odyssey Academy, Mrs. Goodman worked as an Education Consultant from 2001 – 2005. As an education consultant she provided professional development for smaller learning communities, assisted with master schedule development for schools within schools concept, and worked on aligning out of state assessments to TEKS. From 1999 – 2000, she served as the Assistant Principal at Alvin High School in Alvin ISD, Texas. The following year, she served Alvin ISD as the Associate Principal at AHS. Prior to her education management experience, Mrs. Goodman worked as a Teacher at Creekside Intermediate School in Clear Creek ISD from 1994 – 1999. Although the majority of her tenure in CCISD was spent in the math department, she specifically taught algebra, pre-algebra, MS math, reading, physical education and coached tennis and cheerleading.

 Mrs. Goodman earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Math minor from Texas A&M University.  She is a TEA certified teacher, administrator, and superintendent with almost 20 years of experience in education.

Virginia Lannen, Member Council Chair
Genesis Schools (Pegasus Charter)

Don Mills
Meadowland Charter School
Mr. Donald L. Mills has been in education for 23 year.  He has served in a variety of independent school districts, charter schools and private schools. Having been a single foster parent, Mr. Mills has a deep appreciation for charter schools. He also has an array of experiences in the school system including classroom teacher, coordinating teacher, curriculum coordinator, director, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent as well as an adjunct faculty member. Mr. Mills is currently the superintendent of MeadowLand Charter School in Boerne, Texas. He has deep passions regarding special education, school reform/culture, leadership, and school board training. 

His academic background is as diverse as his experience. He holds degrees in biblical studies (A.A.), psychology (B.S. and (M.S.), business management (B.S.), special education (B.S.) and educational leadership (M.A.). The variety of these degrees have provided him with the skills needed to assist in the reorganization of low performing schools to turn them around to be institutions of high performance that are student centered and focus on outcome based results that promote both student learning and master teacher development.  He is currently completing a doctorate in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction in an Ed. D. program. HIs research is entitled: Teacher Autonomy and the Effects it has on School Culture. He believes in being a lifelong learner and models that behavior with his current faculty and staff.

Dr. Rod Paige
Former Secretary of Education
Paige began working with students early in his career as a teacher and a coach. He then served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University (TSU). In this position, Paige worked to ensure that future educators would receive the training and expertise necessary to succeed in the classroom. He also established the university's Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management in urban school systems.

Elected in 1989, Paige was sworn in as a trustee and an officer of the Board of Education of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in January 1990, in which capacities he served until 1994. In 1994, Paige left TSU to become superintendent of HISD, the nation's seventh largest school district. Inside Houston Magazine named Paige one of "Houston's 25 most powerful people" in guiding the city's growth and prosperity. In 2001, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

During his tenure as Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 to 2005, Paige was a fierce and innovative champion of education reform who led the way in setting new standards of achievement for all students in our education system. He spearheaded the implementation of the historic No Child Left Behind Act, with its goal of reinvigorating America's education system.

Tom Torkelson
IDEA Public Schools
Upon graduating from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) with a degree in economics in 1997, Tom joined Teach For America and taught fourth grade in Donna, Texas for three years, after which he successfully launched the IDEA Academy in 2000, serving as the first board president and founding principal. At 24 years of age, Tom was then Texas’ youngest-ever charter school founder. Since 2000, Tom has led the replication efforts of the original school, and system-wide there are now over 13,000 students enrolled in the 28 schools that comprise IDEA Public Schools, with two more schools set to open in the fall of 2013.

The mission of IDEA Public Schools is to prepare students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship. Currently, over 93% of graduates are on college campuses across the nation, where they continue to receive support and guidance from IDEA.

In 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked IDEA College Preparatory Donna as the 13th best high school and second best charter high school in the nation.  Also in 2009, IDEA Public Schools was the first-ever charter organization to be named the best school system in the state of Texas (H-E-B Excellence in Education Award).

In 2009, Tom was featured in Time magazine as Wendy Kopp’s pick for the 100 most influential global citizens. Tom is the recipient of the prestigious Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership (2009), University of Michigan Ross Business School’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2010), the Freddy Fender Humanitarian Award (2008), and served as Chairman of the 2007 National Charter Schools Conference. Tom is often called upon to provide expert testimony to state and local officials on issues of education policy and school choice.  

An avid runner and frequent Ironman triathlon competitor, Tom and his wife, Dr. Nina Lee Torkelson (RGV ’00) make their home in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas with their three young children, Lincoln, Liam, and Gwendolyn.