Board of Directors
On July 26, 2020, the Uplift Board of Directors released a letter to Uplift families outlining its commitment to improve and increase its efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion for our organization, staff and scholars. Read the full letter.
Uplift Education has a board of appointed community leaders and volunteers that help guide the direction and future of the network as a whole.
Board meetings are open to the public. Click any of the Quick Links for more information.
Community Forum Rules and Procedures:
- Speakers will have three (3) minutes speak.
- Only those persons who registered to speak per the rules on the posted agenda may address the Board.
- Speakers will be called in the order they registered to speak.
- Only the person who registered to speak, may address the Board. There will be no substitution of speakers.
- Groups consisting of two or more persons shall appoint on person to address the Board.
- The Community Forum is not a Q&A session with the Board; rather, speakers will have three (3) minutes to provide commentary to the Board.
The Board appreciates respectful, courteous, and professional behavior from speakers and other attendees. It is a violation of law to breach the peace during Uplift Education board meetings. Attendees breaching the peace will be warned, asked to leave the meeting or district property, or cited or arrested by police, as well as prohibited, at the discretion of the Uplift Board or Uplift Administration, from attending future Uplift Board meetings.
Board of Directors 2021-22
Richard Frapart* Chairman of the Board
Chief Financial Officer, Stratford Land
Cullum Clark* Vice-Chairman of the Board
Director of the Bush Institute, Economic Growth Initiative
Cristina Barbosa Community Volunteer and Executive Director of the Michael Young Family Foundation Roslyn Barker Executive Chief of Staff, Toyota North America John Beckert* Chair- Development Committee, Strategic Planning
Operating Partner, Highlander Partners, L.P.
Michielle Benson Executive Director, The Arts for Minority Youth Kevin Bryant General Counsel, Crow Holdings W. Carey Carter Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche George Conant Partner, Tortilis Partners Adam Cox Partner, Bain & Company Cathleen Crews Director, Matter Family Office Dawn Davidson* Chair- Governance Committee, Strategic Planning
Vice President & Creative Director, Alpha Business Images, LLC
Pilar Davies Community Volunteer Tony Dona Partner and Co-Founder, Thackeray Partners Ossa Fisher President and Chief Operating Officer, iStation Ricky Garcia Senior Program Manager, Schwab Community Services & Charles Schwab Foundation Rusty Jaggers Community Volunteer Cameron Johnson* Chair- Real Estate Committee
Andre McEwing* Chair- Uplift Fort Worth Advisory Board
Supplier Diversity Manager, Tarrant County College
Elena McFann President, Medicare, Government Business Division, Anthem, Inc. Melissa McNeil Community Volunteer John McPherson* Chair - Strategic Planning Committee, Finance
Vice Chairman, Forterra, Inc.
Lael Melville* Chair - School Engagement Committee
CEO, The Melville Family Foundation
Harold Montgomery Managing Director, Wirex USA, Inc. Ryan Moss Executive Vice President & CFO, Lucid Energy Group Michael Stack* Chair- Finance Committee
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, Genus Holdings, LLC
James Stanton* Chair- Advocacy Committee
Partner, Stanton LLP
Ed Tauriac* Chair - Audit Committee
Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche
Christine VanDeVelde Author, Journalist and Speaker
*denotes executive committee