Board of Directors, Executive Director & Advisory Council

Will Head, President

Will has lived in Cleburne since 1993. Both he and his wife, Cristin, graduated from Cleburne High School in 2000. They have three children. Ryan is a CHS graduate and is serving in the Navy. Anna Jayne and Charlie attend Cleburne schools. Will is Vice President of Lending at Members Credit Union where he has worked since 2003. Excellence in education has always been a priority for him as he comes from a family of teachers. His mother taught in Cleburne for many years and his wife is currently a teacher. His goals are to assist students and teachers by providing educational resources they might not otherwise have access to.

Amber Witte, Secretary

Amber and her husband Mike both grew up in Cleburne and are graduates of Cleburne High School. They have three sons, one is a graduate of Cleburne ISD and currently attends Texas Tech. Their other two sons are students in Cleburne ISD. Their family is active members at First United Methodist Church in Cleburne.

After her graduation from CHS, Amber continued her education and received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University. She is a Branch President for Pinnacle Bank in Cleburne where she has worked for 15 years. Amber has served on many non-profit boards through the years and has a passion for giving back to her community. Amber believes every student deserves access to a top notch education and joined CEF to help CISD students achieve their very best.

Brad Marshall, Treasurer

Brad and his family moved to Cleburne in 2007. He has three daughters. Morgan is a graduate of CHS and Texas Tech University. Maggie is a recent graduate of Cleburne High School and currently attends Stephen F. Austin State University. Marlie is a student at CHS. Brad and his wife DeNay graduated from Texas Tech University. Brad has worked in private business and banking for over 28 years and has been involved in many organizations in both Burleson and Cleburne. He and his family are active members at Cleburne Bible Church where he is currently serving as an Elder.

As an involved parent of three children and education advocate, Brad believes that providing adequate tools to teach along with strong resources for teachers and administration are key to building a successful district.

Eric Bishop, Member

Eric and his family moved to Cleburne in 2013. He and his wife Joni have three children Carter, Harper and Leighton, all whom are students in Cleburne ISD. Eric is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington and has worked in High Tech development and sales for the last 25 years.

He and his family are active members at Cleburne Bible Church where he serves in Men’s Ministry and along with Joni in Marriage Ministry. Eric strongly believes education should be an equitable experience across our campuses giving each student and teacher the opportunity to succeed. He also feels that as we equip our students for success we are equipping our community for success as well.

Vance Castles, Member

Vance and his family moved to Cleburne in March of 1969 when he came here as the owner of a menswear store. Since 1984 he has been an independent insurance agent. Vance and his wife, Camilla, are heavily invested in the Cleburne community through the activities of civic work, Christian organizations and their church. His son and daughter both attended Cleburne High School. Vance is a founder of Cleburne Education Foundation.

Education has always been important to Vance, who graduated from Tarleton State University in 1967. His parents instilled in Vance the idea of becoming a productive citizen in the community. Vance lives by his core value that you need God in your life and an education to achieve the best for your family.

Dr Juanita Reyes, Member

Juanita and her husband, Rudy, have been married for 29 years and are both graduates of Cleburne High School. Their daughter, Vivian, is currently attending elementary school in the district. The family of three are active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cleburne. Juanita is currently a graduate faculty member for the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology at Tarleton State University. Prior to joining Tarleton State, she served 20 years in various roles as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and campus principal at Cleburne ISD.

As a Cleburne ISD alum and educator, she has been positively influenced by so many outstanding elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators in her life; and therefore, would like to give back by participating in this foundation that provides educators with the necessary resources that enable them to continue impacting student’s lives and their future.

Amy Tennison, Member

Amy and her husband, Jason, moved to Cleburne in 2007 and have three kids on three different Cleburne campuses. She has a psychology degree from Baylor University and since 2008 has handled the marketing and accounts payable for her husband’s orthodontic practice. She also has a side business making cake pops.

Amy has served as president of Gerard Elementary PTA, is a past president of Cleburne City Council PTA, and has served on multiple CISD advisory committees over the years. She is passionate about excellence in education for all children and enjoys giving her time to do what she can to help our students and educators be successful

Paige Harris, Executive Director

Paige was hired as executive director in January 2018. She came on board to help CEF grow with her background in nonprofit management and fund raising. She worked at Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties for 21 years, most recently as Director of Donor Relations.

Paige has lived in Cleburne since 1998. She and her husband, Rick, have one son, Carson, who is a graduate of Cleburne High School and is attending Texas Tech. Paige is passionate about public education and helping Cleburne ISD provide the best opportunities possible for its students and our future workforce.

Our Advisory Council

Albert Archer
Luanne Bailey
Shanna Bates
Eric Bishop
Carolyn Cody
Robert Childress
Scott Dudley
Crystal Dudley
Nelle Gentry
Betsy Harty
Allie Hughes
Guy James

Aaron Keen
Kay Kelm
MJ Larrison
Jon Lee
Lori Lyness
Jeff Pakeltis
Stephanie Philips
Jan Pitcock
Juanita Reyes
Mindi Rosser
Debbie Reynolds
Lorna Smith

Susie Sarchet
Dan Taylor
Gloria Tennison
Diann Thorne
Jane Walker
Mary Ann Wheatley
Kay White
Cheri White
Susi Whitworth
Chris Woodall

“ I feel so blessed and thankful for the support the Cleburne Education Foundation and its donors provide to our teachers, students, and schools. ”

Dr. Kyle Heath • Cleburne ISD Superintendent

OUR HISTORY OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Cleburne Education Foundation (CEF) was born out of a committee called the “Friends of Cleburne” which was formed in 2009 to lend a positive voice and financial support to Cleburne ISD. CEF is not a department of the school district, but a private non-profit organization that is a bridge between our community and our schools. CEF’s focus is to raise private dollars to invest in programs in CISD that are not funded through local, state or federal tax dollars.

In March 2011, the CEF Board of Directors was established, and they applied for and received tax exempt charitable status from the IRS. The Foundation awarded its first Innovative Teaching Grants to CISD teachers in 2012 which included help with technology at the two middle schools and construction of a greenhouse at the high school. Since 2012, our funding has grown to include many additional types of awards, and the Foundation has given over $285,000 for programs that are creative and enhance the educational journey for our students.

Quality schools are essential to the strength, growth and improvement of Cleburne. Involving the community in these efforts assures a quality education for our leaders and workforce of tomorrow. By building strong community support for public education in Cleburne, we can help ALL of our students achieve their dreams.

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as there are children in need of education, we will continue to build and nurture the strong community support needed for providing quality education at our public schools. If you are interested in contributing toward providing higher quality education for our future leaders, we would appreciate your assistance.

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