David Dunn, Executive Director
The Executive Director of TCSA is David Dunn. David most recently served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Mr. Dunn's experience includes service as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Associate Executive Director and chief lobbyist of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), and 15 years in education and fiscal policy analysis for the state of Texas.
Executive Assistant to Executive Director
As the Executive Assistant, Maria-Theresa Sigua manages all affairs concerning the Executive Director. She also juggles a multitude of responsibilities associated with operations, coordinates all member council meetings, and serves as one of the project managers for the annual statewide charter school conference. Maria began her work with charter schools at the Charter School Policy Institute where she assisted in promoting The Next Step Campaign, the campaign that would eventually lead to the inception of the TCSA. Prior to joining TCSA, Maria spent several years in the venture capital and investment banking industries and co-owned and operated a small business. Maria holds a degree in Business Management from St. Edwards University and is a current Candidate for Doctor of Jurisprudence at St. Mary’s School of Law.
Vice President of Quality Services
As Vice President of Quality Services, Chris is responsible for all of the resources and programs the Association offers to help schools be more efficient and effective, including the trademark Quality Portal. In his previous role with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Mr. Busse was instrumental in defining the foundation’s strategic focus on performance management. His signature grants and initiatives included defining common indicators, planning and execution of performance management tools, and developing breakthrough intervention effectiveness tools. Mr. Busse graduated with honors from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
Kevin Coleman, Director of Financial Operations
As Director of Financial Operations, Kevin Coleman provides TCSA with financial, business and administrative supports needed to achieve the operational and financial objectives of the Association. Kevin is an experienced manager who has a focus on operational and fiscal excellence for nonprofits. He has leadership experience in healthcare organizations in Oregon, Washington and Texas and has significant accomplishments in administrative, financial, strategic planning, stakeholder relations and community activities. Kevin has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelors degree in Business from Fullerton State University.
Lindsey Gordon, Director of Legal and Policy Services
Prior to joining TCSA as the Director of Legal and Policy Services, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety of non-profit organizations, including charter schools and charter-related organizations. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsey practiced law in the corporate group at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City. Lindsey was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow at Brooklyn Law School and holds a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Lindsey is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and New York.
Laura Kelly, Director of Quality
As the Director of Quality, Laura Kelly oversees the Quality Framework tools used by TCSA’s member schools to increase educational and operational performance. Previously, Laura led the charter school quality, educational productivity, and organizational effectiveness efforts for the Institute for Public School Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin (IPSI). Ms. Kelly spearheaded the Institute’s conversion from a bureaucratic, paper-laden department into a telecommuting, paperless, learning organization. Formerly in the private sector, she has worked in education reform for the last seven years and specializes in organizational effectiveness and school quality. Ms. Kelly graduated with highest honors from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration.
Brian Levy, Director of School Support Services
Brian brings a wealth of operational, entrepreneurial, sales, and management experience to TCSA. As National Loan Origination Manager at Chase, he improved loan processing operational efficiency from two days to two minutes. As Director of Sales for CIT Group, Brian was instrumental in building a cohesive network between higher education institutions and high school counselors to the benefit of students and their families. Brian will apply this experience to helping individual members and developing services for our collective membership.
Nadia Luna, Office Manager
Nadia Luna joins TCSA as Receptionist and Office Manager, bringing with her over 5 years of administrative and legal assistance experience. Prior to joining TCSA, she worked as executive assistant/paralegal at a workers’ compensation law firm, but was drawn back into education, having previously served as a School Success Intern for Breakthrough! Austin during her undergraduate career at the University of Texas. There she helped create first-generation college students and looks to expand her educational experience into the charter schools movement.
Toni Templeton, Quality Initiatives Data Analyst
Toni provides TCSA with vast experience in education, having been a teacher, assistant principal, and instructional specialist. Most recently, Toni worked as the Annual Yearly Progress Specialist at Austin CAN! Academy and played a critical role in the school's rapid improvement. In this role, Toni disaggregated school results and helped teachers and administrators utilize this real-time information for the benefit of their students. In her work with TCSA, Toni will bring this experience to our members across the state, as well as analyzing and communicating charter results to our external stakeholders. Toni holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
Erin Tholen, Member Services Associate
Erin is proud to join the Texas Charter Schools Association as the Member Services Associate. Erin started her career in the non-profit sector working for a large community-based non-profit agency in California. There, she worked with families, schools, local government and local foundations to implement a ground-breaking results-based accountability structure for schools in Santa Barbara County. In addition to her experience collaborating with organizations across multiple sectors, she has a Bachelor of Art in Communication and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. In her role at TCSA, she is responsible for coordinating membership for charter schools, sponsors and supporters of Texas charter schools.
TCSA's Regional Trainers will deliver programs locally to strengthen critical areas of charter school performance. We have selected these four amazing trainers who have a demonstrated and proven skill set for presenting customized training solutions to address charter school needs and improve the leadership and staff within our members' charter organizations.