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Inspiring Hearts, Engaging Minds
Board of Directors of Holy Trinity Episcopal School
 
Executive Committee
 
Erica Johnston, President
Erica is proud to wear many hats, however, she gets the greatest joy and blessing from her role as wife of twelve years to Duane, and mom to her amazing children, Emma (9) and Mason (6). Professionally, Erica coordinates the marketing efforts and community involvement for the Chick-fil-A they own. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Radio and Television from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a graduate of several community leadership programs including: Leadership Lake Houston (Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce); and Leadership North Houston (Lone Star College). Erica serves on the boards of many organizations including: The Lake Houston Family YMCA; Kingwood Medical Center; she is the Chairman of Leadercast Lake Houston (an area leadership conference); and is an active volunteer at their church, Second Baptist Church Kingwood.  In addition, she is an Education Ambassador for Bright Pink, a non-profit organization focused on educating young women ages 18-45 about breast and ovarian health. Erica spends her “off time” watching and cheering on her children on the soccer field and the swimming pool, taking family bike rides, and catching a Zumba class or two. She joined the Holy Trinity Episcopal Board in 2015 but has been involved as a parent for 6 years and community partner for 8 years. 
 
Jayson Link, Treasurer
Jayson Link has served as trustee for HTES since 2011 and served as the Treasurer for the board. Currently, he is the Senior Vice President of Sales for the AGI Group taking care of the commercial activities of both the Heavy Steel Plate Processing and Rolling and Forming Plate Divisions. In that role he directs sales, marketing, budgeting, profitable, purchasing, and strategic planning for both business units. He has a deep understand of steel plate, and the manufacturing processed used to process it for end users. The markets he impacts are oil and gas, military, heavy machinery builders, and tool and die. With almost 30 years of steel related experience with his major focus on steel plate alloy and carbon products. 
Mr. Link studied at Daytona Beach State Collage and Youngstown State for various business accounting, marketing, chemistry, and metallurgical classes. He attends at North Houston Baptist Church, in Humble Texas where he teaches Sunday School to preschool children.  His interests are in history with a strong focus on WWI and WWII and alternate history studies. He has also sold and traded Golden Age to Modern Age Collectable Comic Books since high school which has led to a lifetime love of all things Science Fiction. He married Dawn Elaine Lauth in 1995, and they have three young boys Xavier, Grayson, and Thayn. The currently resides in Humble, TX.
Janet Garza, Secretary
Janet Guggemos Garza joined the Holy Trinity board in 2016, but she has had children at Holy Trinity since 2009.  Janet Garza is an attorney, practicing with the law firm Schirrmeister, Diaz-Arrastia, Brem in downtown Houston.  Janet’s practice focuses on business litigation.  Janet graduated from Yale Law School in 2001 and UCLA in 1997.  Janet has four children—Sofia (13), Bella (9), Christian (7), and Helena (2).  Her husband, Chris Garza, and she met in law school and they have been married for almost fifteen years.  Chris and Janet live in Fall Creek and attend Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood.
Board Members
 
Jeannie Whitney, Member
Jeannie Whitney was elected to the board in 2016, and she is a native Texan.  She has lived in Kingwood for 12 years, and is married to her husband, Terry, and has two children, Graham, 12, and Allison, 7.  She has been a member at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church since 2004 and enjoys reading, gardening, and working on crafts. She is a graduate from Florida State University, with a degree in Communications.  She was a Human Resources director for over 10 years in various industries ranging from IT companies to property management.  In 2005, she received the award of Human Resources Director of the Year from the Houston Apartment Association.  While she enjoyed human resources, she decided to pursue her lifelong desire to become a teacher later that same year.  Jeannie began teaching elementary education in 2005, and she continued to teach full time until 2013.  She is ESL and GT certified, was co-sponsor of the after school running club, wrote grants for her school, and served on the Autism and Campus Improvement Plan Committees.  She now works part time as a guest teacher in Humble ISD.  Jeannie is looking forward to contributing to the Holy Trinity Episcopal School board by bringing a diverse background to the group with her combination of human resources and educational experience.
 
Michael McCullough, Member
Michael S. McCullough was elected to the board in 2017, he is originally from Minnesota. Michael moved to Texas in 2014 after retiring from the Air Force after 21 years of service. He served his time in North Carolina, Utah, New Mexico, and Japan along with various other world locations. Michael finished his education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Columbia Southern University and in 2016 earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. He resides in Humble, TX with his wife Johann of 13 years and their two sons, Trenton-Ira (7) in First Grade and Dylan (5) Kindergarten, both HTES students. His interests are sports, riding motorcycles, and being an avid MN Viking football fan. He has a passion for hockey and played semi-pro as a goalie in Japan. Throughout the years, he became and still remains a hockey official for pro-hockey, collegiate and youth level. He now enjoys watching his two boys take to the ice to play and share their passion of ice hockey.
 
Rick McCauley, Member
 
Dave Hawes, Member
David Hawes is one of our newest board members joining in 2017. Dave was tagged by two of his fellow parishioners from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church as a great candidate. His open, inquisitive nature and strong hands on volunteerism were the draw. Dave credits all success to divine intervention and the human willingness to see things from different perspectives. Most notably, his parents were both university professors in the medical professions. They taught their children the importance of study, questioning, and bravely taking the unknown paths. Like them, he believes education supports creative action and finding one’s path.
 
After creative and comprehensive elementary and secondary education, he took those paths. He has worked on and around the water for over 40 years. His earliest memory of life is being in the YWCA swimming pool with his mother at 3 or 4 months of age. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard. Beginning his career as an apprentice engineer on a lighthouse. Thanks to his eagerness to do the jobs that others declined and to do them well he rose through the ranks culminating with commanding the first Coast Guard Sector Field Office at the former USCG base in Galveston. In 2006, after nearly 34 years, 19 assignments, and 14 promotions he retired to find out what the rest of the world had been doing.
 
He is currently a Senior Marine surveyor with an international Marine Consultancy. His responsibilities run the gamut from supervising the shipboard cargo operations of very valuable and very heavy critical items for chemical plants or power generation stations to a helping a retiree navigate the system to repair a favorite piano that was damaged in shipment. Whether investigating the cause of an engine failure or crawling through tugboat to determine its value & condition, every day he finds himself relying on those skills learned in school.
 
Over the years these various paths led to him community service, volunteer firefighter, church usher and greeter, Garden Gnome, etc. He is an active participant in family activities, supporting his wife, 2 children and 4 grandchildren in the many endeavors. For fun he is an avid outdoorsman, music fan, and incessant reader (no romance novels please).
 
Karen Bush, Member
Karen Bush has been a resident of Kingwood for forty years. She taught briefly in Kingsville, Texas. After her husband transfered to Houston with Exxon and subsequent move to the Kingwood area, she began teaching Language Arts in Humble ISD at Humble Middle School, moved to Kingwood Middle School when it opened in the late seventies, then in 1981 transferred to the newly opened Kingwood High School as an English teacher and in 1982 was appointed English Department Chairman. In 1985, Karen decided to pursue other interests and co-founded Deerbrook Scholastics, an SAT/GRE tutoring business serving the Humble/Kingwood areas. During this time, Karen received Certification in Instructional Design from the UT Health Science Center at the Medical Center. With her teaching background and Instructional Design certification, Karen began contract work as a technical writer with Western Atlas, now a part of Baker Hughes, and was hired full-time in 1995 as Senior Technical Writer for the Research and Development Department.
 
After her husband's death in 2005, Karen retired from Baker Hughes. Since retirement, she has travelled extensively, is an active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal where she serves as a Stephen Minister, is a volunteer for The Gathering at Holy Comforter Lutheran, a monthly respit care for family members caring for Alzheimer and Dementia loved ones. She also enjoys reading, bridge, and other social activities with friends. She has two adult sons. Karen looks forward to working with the Holy Trinity School board during the coming year.
 
Carli Weatherhead, Member
 
 
To contact the Holy Trinity Episcopal Board of Directors, please email htesbod@hteshouston.org.