Texas Parent PAC Leadership
Carolyn Boyle, Chair
Carolyn Boyle of Austin is a long-time advocate for children and neighborhood schools. She was a PTA leader in the Austin Independent School District for 13 years, including serving as President of the Doss Elementary PTA and member of the Executive Committees of the Murchison Middle School PTSA, Anderson High School PTSA, and McCallum High School PTSA. Carolyn also represented parents on Campus Advisory Councils at three schools. During 1997-2005 she was Coordinator of the Coalition for Public Schools, which is comprised of 40 organizations that oppose using public money for private school tuition vouchers. She earned bachelor and master of arts degrees in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Earlier in her career, Carolyn held communications and marketing positions with the Texas Education Agency, state and national education organizations, Brackenridge Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Austin. She is a volunteer with Foundation for the Homeless Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise, member of Alpha Delta Pi alumnae and United Methodist Women, and Sunday school teacher and former Lay Leader at Saint John’s United Methodist Church. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader for 13 years. Carolyn and her husband, Jim, have one daughter.
Darci Hubbard, Vice-Chair
Darci Hubbard is a long-time advocate for public schools. She actively volunteered and chaired activities at her daughter’s Spring Branch ISD elementary, middle, and high schools and was honored for volunteerism with a PTA Life Membership Award. Working in the field of education as a substitute teacher has helped Darci understand the challenges facing public education, as well as the academic needs of students from varied economic backgrounds. She is a founder of Spring Branch Speaks, a grassroots effort to engage Spring Branch ISD residents in legislative advocacy for their community public schools. Darci is past president of the Whispering Oaks Women’s Club and a former member of the Houston Junior Woman’s Club, serving on its Board of Directors, Fundraising Board, and Board of Trustees. She is a past member of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts' Bayou Bend Committee; currently, Darci serves as the Bayou Bend volunteer Education Liaison arranging sponsored field trips for students at economically challenged schools. Darci is a founder and trustee of an endowed scholarship fund for her hometown high school. Professionally, she is a master’s level state licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and co-owner of KDK Seminars. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Darci and her husband, Mark, have one daughter.
Pam Meyercord, Secretary
Pam Meyercord of Dallas is former state President of the Texas PTA and National PTA Board member, as well as a committed civic volunteer. Pam’s PTA leadership began in Dallas ISD schools, where she was PTA president at John J. Pershing Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and later served as Dallas ISD PTA Council President for two terms. In addition, she served on the 2002 Dallas ISD School Bond Election Steering Committee. She holds a bachelor of science in special education from the University of Oklahoma. Pam is a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where she has served as a deacon. She has held leadership positions in Friends of the Dallas Public Library; Northwood Woman's Club; Mental Health America of Greater Dallas; Big Thought; Children’s Arts in Education Fund, Inc.; League of Women Voters of Dallas; Partnership for Arts, Culture and Education; Women’s Council of Dallas County, Texas, Inc. and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board. Her memberships include Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae, Junior League of Dallas, Northwood Republican Women's Club, and League of Women Voters, and she is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. Pam and her husband, David, have three daughters.
Blake Powell, Treasurer
Blake Powell of Austin is a leading advocate for public education and a respected attorney in the field of school law. As President of Friends of Texas Public Schools, he works with business leaders and individuals to better inform Texans about the strengths and successes of our public elementary and secondary schools. He has served on the board of directors of Friends of Texas Public Schools since 2007. In his legal practice, Blake represents clients in all areas of school law, with an emphasis on school construction, business and real estate transactions, and public finance transactions. As an involved public school parent, Blake volunteers at school carnivals, concession stands, and on the football chain crew. He is an active fund-raiser for the Westlake High School Chap Club, an Eanes ISD booster organization that supports all of the school's student athletes and UIL sports. Earlier, he represented parents on a campus improvement committee in Taylor ISD. Blake earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University. Together, he and his wife, Maggie have five children--three daughters and two sons--ranging in age from 5 to 28. Blake and his family are members of Westlake United Methodist Church.
Dinah Miller of Dallas is president of Nymble Inc., a professional staffing services company. She served as a leader on the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs for four years and held elected positions in many school PTAs. In 2003, Dinah began legislative advocacy on behalf of parents, including presenting testimony before the Texas House Committee on Public Education, public speaking, and using social media to share information and calls to action. She was a member of the Junior League of Richardson and a Girl Scout assistant leader and is a longtime member of the Dallas Women’s Investment Network. Dinah was a class member of Leadership Texas 2008, Leadership America 2012, and Leadership International 2013, India. One of her favorite annual volunteer activities is being a walking scorer at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament, the largest charity tournament on the tour. Dinah holds a bachelor of arts degree from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Scott have two children, and they are members of Arapaho United Methodist Church of Richardson.
Dr. Gene Buinger of Frisco is well-known in Texas as an educational leader and advocate for world-class public education. In June 2013, Gene concluded a 45-year career as a public school educator. He is now helping to educate future school administrators as a Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Gene started his career as a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Kansas. Then he became a school superintendent in Odessa, Tulsa, Macon, Georgia, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD in the metroplex. During his 14 years as H-E-B superintendent, the school district received wide recognition for innovative programs, exemplary financial management, and student success. Gene earned a bachelor of arts in history from Fort Hays State College, master of arts in education from the University of Missouri, and Ph.D. in educational administration from Oklahoma State University. During his career, Gene served on the governing boards of United Way of Texas, Texas Business & Education Coalition, and Texas Education Reform Caucus. He was a career-long member of the American Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Administrators, and a PTA Life Member. In addition, Gene was president of the Texas School Alliance, a coalition of school districts that serve more than 75 percent of Texas schoolchildren. He currently is on the board of the Dallas World Affairs Council and chairs its education initiatives. Gene and his wife, Mary Kay, have two children.
Ellen Jones of Euless has served on the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Board of Trustees since 2001, and she is currently board president. She has been a PTA leader for 15 years, including positions as President of the HEB Council of PTAs, Legislative Chair for Area 11, and President of the PTAs at Central Junior High and Wilshire Elementary School. Over the last 15 years Ellen has volunteered with the United Way and Tarrant County Youth Collaboration. Through the United Way, Ellen helped establish a teen leadership program called Teens Networking for Tomorrow. She has made hundreds of presentations throughout the state on the “40 Developmental Assets Philosophy” about raising children to be healthy, responsible, and caring citizens. After completing a bachelor of arts in chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin, Ellen taught junior high school in Austin for two years. She then completed a master of business administration at Texas Tech University and became a real estate banker. In recent years she was a math teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving. An active member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Ellen has served as youth minister and Sunday school teacher. She and her husband, Brad, have two daughters.