Leadership Support for TASA Members
TASA members may call on our team of Executive Superintendents — highly regarded former superintendents who are experts on public school leadership. They are your “go-to” on matters related to public school leadership, career pathways, and the transformation of Texas public education.
These executive superintendents serve as an extension of the TASA staff and are on hand to support TASA members in a variety of ways, with an emphasis on helping new superintendents navigate the role. As seasoned administrators, these superintendents are able to listen and provide support based on their own experiences.
TASA Executive Superintendents
Regions 1 & 19
Art Cavazos, who retired as superintendent of Harlingen CISD in 2021, is a well-regarded former superintendent with a long list of awards and accomplishments, including being recognized as Region 1 Superintendent of the Year in 2017. In 2016 Gov. Greg Abbott selected him to serve a five-year term on the State Board for Educator Certification. He was also appointed to the Legislative Council of the University Interscholastic League. Read more about Art.
Regions 2 & 4
Alton Frailey is a well-known and highly regarded superintendent in Texas and across the nation. He has not only served as TASA president, but also as president of AASA, the School Superintendents Association. He was a founding member of the Public Education Visioning Institute and co-author of the TASA visioning document. He retired in 2016, after 33 years in education. Read more about Alton.
Regions 3 & 6
Thomas Randle retired from his position as superintendent of Lamar CISD in 2021. He is a former TASA president (2007-08) with a long list of accomplishments and awards. In 2017, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators named a statewide award in his honor. He is also a co-author of the TASA visioning document.
Mary Ann Whiteker
Regions 5 & 7
Mary Ann Whiteker is a strong advocate for a reduction in the emphasis on standardized testing and a supporter of digital learning and local accountability. She served as a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Steering Committee and TASA School Transformation Design Team, and more. In 2015, Mary Ann was the Texas Superintendent of the Year and TASA’s nominee for National Superintendent of the Year. Read more about Mary Ann.
Regions 8 & 9
Amy Jacobs, the former superintendent of Coahoma ISD and CEO/executive director of Hill Country Educational Leadership, previously served TASA as a study group chair for Region 18, and she was an active participant in TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN), participating on the FRSLN Design Team. Amy also chaired TASA’s School Boards Awards Committee the school year after the Coahoma ISD Board of Trustees was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Texas School Board. Read more about Amy.
Regions 10 & 11
Karen Rue is a leader on the local, state, and national levels in creating transformation in education, with a focus on preparing future-ready students, encouraging innovation and creativity, and developing more meaningful assessment and accountability measures. Karen served as TASA president in 2015-16 and was a founding member of the Public Education Visioning Institute and co-chaired the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. Read more about Karen.
Regions 12 & 15
Kelli Moulton, retired as Galveston ISD superintendent in 2021, now lives near Corsicana, Texas. Moulton was in the first group of the Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN), has made presentations at various TASA conferences over the years, and has gone the extra mile to advocate for public education in Texas. Read more about Kelli.
Regions 13 & 14
A pioneer among Texas school leaders, Stephanie Arterbury served as Sheldon ISD’s first female superintendent — a position she held for the final 10 years of her 30-year career with the district. Stephanie takes her job supporting TASA members seriously, encouraging you to call her day or night when you need to talk through a new program or just need to vent. Read more Stephanie.
Regions 16 & 17
Larry Coffman served as superintendent of Borger ISD for 17 years before his retirement. His main goal in his role with TASA is to share the benefits of the organization with new superintendents, to assist them in any way he can, and provide information on how TASA can make their jobs easier. Read more about Larry
Regions 18 & 20
Sherri Bays, who retired as superintendent of Floresville ISD in 2021, has served TASA as a study group chair for Region 20, been part of TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN), and was appointed to serve on TASA’s Higher Education Committee. Sherri has worked closely in the past with the Go Public, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting the great things happening in traditional public schools. Read more about Sherri.