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1111 W. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78703
Tel: (512) 414-2413
Fax: (512) 414-1486
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Austin ISD Board of Trustees
(from left) Edmund T. Gordon, District 1; Ann Teich, District 3; Amber Elenz, District 5; Julie Cowan, SECRETARY, District 4; Kendall Pace, PRESIDENT, At Large 9; Paul Saldaña, VICE-PRESIDENT, District 6; Cindy Anderson, At Large 8; Yasmin Wagner, District 7; Jayme Mathias, District 2
|Kendall Pace, At-Large Position 9, President|
Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
Kendall Pace was elected to the AISD Board of Trustees in December 2014 and was elected President by her fellow trustees in January 2016. She grew up in Houston, where she graduated from Lee High School. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. She is married to Charlie Pace and is the mother of three boys in AISD schools.
Kendall Pace has more than 20 years of experience in business operations, financial and strategic planning, investment management and program impact services in the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms. Pace was a director in treasury at Dell Inc. and the director of Grant Operations and the U.S. Health Portfolio at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Currently, she and her husband own Smart Flour Foods, a local gluten-free company.
Kendall Pace is an active member in the community. She has volunteered with AISD and served on the Campus Advisory Councils at Casis Elementary School and Kealing Middle School, on the District Advisory Council and was a part of the 2012–13 UpClose class. She was also Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Creative Action, a local nonprofit that serves AISD schools. She is a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Education and Talent Development Council.
|Paul Saldaña, District 6, Vice President|
Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2610
CELL: (512) 771-7284
Paul has spent more than 20 years in local municipal government and public policy and previously served as the Chief of Staff for Mayor Gus Garcia. He is currently the President and Principal of Saldaña Public Relations.
Paul is a firm believer in giving back to the community through volunteer work, service on various boards and being actively involved in issues that enhance and affect the quality of life for all citizens of Austin. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Austin Geriatrics RBJ Senior Housing Center. In 2013, he was elected to the National Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and is a Co-Founder of Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA), a local Hispanic think tank group.
He previously served as Tri-Chair for the Austin ISD Community on Neighborhoods & Schools, Tri-Chair for the Superintendent’s Task Force on Strategic Plan Review, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board of Directors for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Legislation for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC).
In 2007, Saldaña was among 35 national Hispanic executives selected to participate in the inaugural National Hispanic Executive Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He also attended St. Edwards University and Austin Community College and is an AISD graduate of Lanier High School.
Trustee Saldaña serves on these Board Committees: Board Operations, Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Joint Subcommittees, and Regional Affordability Committee
Julie Cowan, District 4, Secretary
Julie Cowan was elected to the AISD Board of Trustees in November 2014 and was elected Secretary by her fellow trustees in January 2016. Raised in Houston, she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and then attended Southern Methodist University, earning a BA in Political Science, BFA in Public Relations and a Secondary Teaching Certificate (Government & Journalism). She is married to Dr. Robert K. Cowan Jr., and is the proud mother of three AISD District 4 graduates.
Professionally, Julie has served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives and as a physician and community relations specialist at multiple Texas hospitals. She most recently worked as a School Improvement Facilitator at Anderson High School, centering that work on promoting community engagement and enriching students’ career exploration.
Julie has been an active member of the Austin community since returning in 1995. In addition to serving as PTA president at Doss Elementary School, Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School and on their Campus Advisory Councils, Julie has been the president of the Travis County Medical Alliance, a co-chair of the St. David’s Foundation Alliance and a Vice President of the Austin Council of PTAs.
Over the last decade, Julie served on many districtwide committees, including the 2008 inaugural class of AISD UpClose, the 2008 Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee, the 2007 and 2008 Budget Task Forces (Tri-chair in 2008), the 2009 ELA AP/IB Text Book Adoption Committee and the 2008 Middle School Strategic Plan Task Force.
Trustee Cowan serves on these AISD Board Committees: Board Operations, Intergovernmental Relations, and School Health Advisory Council. She is also a 2016-17 member of the Texas Association of School Boards' Legislative Advisory Council (LAC) representing Region 13 and Vice President of the Central Texas School Board Association (CTSBA).
Dr. Edmund T. Gordon was elected to the Austin Board of Trustees in December 2014. He is a longtime Austin resident. Dr. Gordon’s education includes a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Miami and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Stanford University. His wife is a bilingual special education teacher and both of his children attended District 1 schools.
Dr. Edmund T. Gordon is chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and Associate Professor African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology of the African Diaspora at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Edmund T. Gordon has been involved with the community. He served as a PTA member and for two stints as PTA President in his children’s elementary schools. He was the co-chair of the Austin-AISD African-American Quality of Life Education Task Force and participated in the AISD African-American Community Advisory Committee for Educational Excellence.
Trustee Gordon serves on these Board Committees: Policy and Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Jayme Mathias was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2016. He was elected Secretary by his fellow trustees in November 2012 and January 2015. A product of and firm believer in public education, he spent the first 13 years of his education in public schools before earning two undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees and his doctorate in philosophy.
A 15-year resident of Austin, Dr. Mathias is a certified instructor of secondary foreign languages and taught all levels of high school Spanish—including AP Spanish Language & AP Spanish Literature—before going on to teach at the graduate and doctoral levels. He led a local high school community, as well as Austin's largest Spanish-speaking faith community. Dr. Mathias presently serves as pastor of Holy Family American Catholic Church in South Austin.
Dr. Mathias' passion for education spurred him to co-found three learning centers in East Austin, including La FUENTE Learning Center, which has hosted the District's DELTA program since 2003. Previously active in various neighborhood associations and on numerous boards, he presently serves on such boards as the Blackland Community Development Corporation, The New Journalism Project, The Child-Friendly Faith Project, the St. John XXIII Theological Institute, and TEXTESOL.
Since 2012, Dr. Mathias has served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He has been active in the Board's Officers Committee, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Ad Hoc Historically Underutilized Businesses Subcommittee and the Joint Subcommittees with the City of Austin and Travis County. A member of the Leadership TASB Class of 2015, Dr. Mathias has participated in the Texas Institute for School Boards and has twice represented the Austin ISD at the annual delegates assembly of the Texas Association of School Boards. He currently chairs the Board's Calendar Committee.
A champion of LGBTQ issues, Dr. Mathias is married to Luyao Anthony Tang.
Trustee Mathias serves on these Board committees: Policy, Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Texas School Board Association Board of Directors
Ann Teich was elected to the Austin ISD Board of Trustees in 2012 and re-elected in November 2016. She represents District 3 (the Lanier Vertical Team and Riley and Ridgetop Elementaries and the Mueller community). She serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Policy Committee, the Internal Audit Committee, and the Regional Affordability Committee.
Mrs. Teich is a 1970 graduate of Lanier High School, received her BA from Southwestern University, and attended graduate school at the University of Texas-Austin. She was a language arts teacher in AISD for 27 years at Porter Middle School (now the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders) and served as a substitute in Austin middle and high schools for 7 years after retiring from full-time teaching.
Mrs. Teich has been active in the North Austin Civic Association for 12 years, serving as vice president for 3 years, and participates in the North Austin Community School Alliance, the Burnet Middle School Community School Alliance, the Lanier High School Community School Alliance, the Restore Rundberg Revitalization Team, the RRR Team Healthcare Work Group, the RRR Team Housing Affordability Work Group, and Austin Women in Housing. She chairs the Downtown Cluster of Congregations and Social Service Agencies and the board of Foundation for the Homeless. She has served as a mentor to AISD students through the Seedling Foundation for 8 years and as a reading coach through Austin Partners in Education for 5 years. Mrs. Teich is married to Randy Teich (Reagan 1971), and they are the parents of Lilly Teich Whitten (McCallum 2003) and Alex Teich (McCallum 2005).
Trustee Teich serves on these Board Committees: Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, Audit and Regional Affordability Committee
Amber Elenz, District 5
Amber Elenz was elected to the board in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2016. She served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees in 2015. She graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Plan II (Honors Liberal Arts) and from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University with a master’s degree in management.
Ms. Elenz has been an active volunteer in the community since 1996 and within Austin ISD schools since 2000. She was elected president of the Austin Council of PTAs in 2010 and served for two years while also sitting on the AISD District Advisory Council. She is a 2011 graduate of AISD UpClose and previously served as a member of the campus advisory councils and as the PTA president at Bryker Woods Elementary and O. Henry Middle School, which won the PTA of the Year during her tenure.
Ms. Elenz has worked professionally in marketing, finance and broadcast journalism for companies that include Rice University, United Airlines, CNN-Headline News, NBC TV in Waco, NBC Radio in Houston and FOX News in Chicago. She is married to Dr. Douglas Elenz and is the mother of one current Austin High School student and one 2012 Austin High graduate.
Ms. Elenz serves on these Board committees: Policy, Audit, District Advisory Council, Austin Partners in Education and Mobility Transformation Advisory Committee
Yasmin Wagner, District 7
Yasmin Wagner was appointed Sept. 28, 2015, by the Austin ISD Board of Trustees to fill the District 7 vacancy. In November 2016, Ms. Wagner was elected to fill the District 7 unexpired term.
Ms. Wagner and her husband have two children enrolled in the district. As an Austin resident for more than 20 years, Ms. Wagner has been active in her community by advocating for women and families through extensive involvement with nonprofit organizations. Her volunteer efforts with AISD are a natural extension of that community commitment.
Ms. Wagner’s involvement with AISD through serving on the Boundary Advisory Committee and participating in the UpClose program have helped her understand the evolving demographics of our city and the challenging issues of over- and underuse of facilities. Ms. Wagner has served on the Kiker Elementary School and Gorzycki Middle School PTA boards and has represented the schools as a delegate to the Bowie Vertical Team and Austin Council of PTAs.
Ms. Wagner serves on these Board committees: Audit, Board Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Action Network, and Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee
Cindy Anderson, At-Large Position 8
Cindy Anderson was elected to the AISD Board of Trustees in November 2016. She is originally from the Midwest and graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and French, and a minor in Linguistics. She is an 18-year Austin resident and the proud mother of two, a 2015 AISD graduate and a current AISD high school sophomore.
Cindy’s professional experience includes teaching English as a Second Language in Japan and working as a legal assistant in multiple law firms before transitioning to the insurance industry. Cindy spent six years at Allstate Insurance Company, first as a Casualty Claims Adjuster before being promoted to Unit Claim Manager and then to Casualty Process Expert.
She began her volunteer career as a member of the PTA at Lee Elementary School and served as PTA secretary and vice president, and designed and managed the school’s first campus website. As her children transitioned to middle school she served as the Fulmore PTA president and treasurer and on CAC, both as a member and parent co-chair.
Cindy expanded her volunteerism by serving on numerous AISD districtwide committees including: the District Advisory Council, Boundary Advisory Council (member and co-chair), Career & Technology Education Advisory Committee, Budget & Finance Advisory Committee, District Technology Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, House Bill 5, School Health Advisory Council, Parent Support Specialist Work Group, and South Austin Magnet Planning Committee.
She also spent five years on the executive board of the Austin Council of PTA as the fifth vice president of programs, third vice president of scholarships, first vice president and grants chairwoman.