The Committee is comprised of fourteen (14) community members and two (2) school board members. One co-chair will be elected by the Committee from the Committee membership. One co-chair is a current school board member, appointed by the Board. The Committee community members were selected through an application process and will serve a minimum term of three years.
Seven members from the community were chosen by the Board of Trustees, and seven members plus two alternates were selected by the Superintendent based on their application. Alternates are non-voting members, but are encouraged to attend all meetings. The Committee membership is comprised of community members with relevant expertise in fields such as finance, construction, project management, technology, and education. The Committee members were also selected to represent the district geographically. In selecting this committee, there was a goal of balancing relevant skills and broad community representation.
The following individuals applied for the Committee and were selected based on experience, background and geographic location. Two alternatives were also selected.
David Caviness is a certified financial planner™practitioner, father of three, and a husband to a nationally recognized educator. As a successful small business owner with over 16 years as a financial advisor, his education and experience includes an understanding of budgeting, forecasting, and interpreting financial reports and data.
Mary Duran brings a wealth of experience in the field of education. She was a classroom teacher and counselor for over 25 years. She has been a resident of Coppell and recently graduated from the District’s iLead leadership program. Using her leadership skills, Mary’s goal is to have better facilities to help our children reach their greatest potential.
Manibala Jonnalagadda is an eCommerce product leader with over 20 years of experience in information technology. Manibala holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a parent of a junior at CHS, has been a resident of Coppell for the past 11 years and an active member of the community, serving on the Asbury Manor HOA board, as well as in the CHS band boosters fundraising committee. Manibala believes in working together and aligning different perspectives for betterment of the communities that he serves.
Robert Key was publicly elected to the Coppell Independent School District Board of Trustees (four times) and was its Vice President for several many years. This service allowed him to be a part of building nine new schools and the renovation of several others campuses. Robert’s time on the Board also allowed him to be a part of successful local bond elections and their subsequent ratings in New York.
Sunil Konda is currently Vice President of a Dallas based revenue cycle and analytics company. He is responsible for strategy and delivery of their products. Sunil’s goal is to make sure we invest in areas where there is a maximum potential and believes some of his experience will be useful in this role. Sunil has a Master’s degree in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Rajesh Pillamari’s greatest strength is delivering innovative technology projects on time and within the budget constraints. Rajesh led and managed delivery of several IT projects which includes several tens of millions of dollars with up to 50 team members spanning across the globe. He advises corporate executives while delivering and managing the key initiatives for fortune 500 companies.
Manish Sethi owned a software and business consulting firm for 13+ years and has overall 18+ years of experience in the IT industry, as well as experience in residential and commercial real estate as a developer and investor. Manish has Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and MBA from SMU.
Kaylea Schultz is a former classroom teacher and campus administrator. She has been a resident of Coppell for the past 15 years. She has children at Mockingbird, CMS East and CHS and has been an active member of each school’s Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO). Kaylea has served on various District committees including the Facilities and Bond Committees.
James Shay and his wife Dana are eleven-year Coppell residents with three children (two graduates from New Tech High @ Coppell, and a junior currently at NTH@C). James has been in the field of Construction Risk Management for the past 21 years, currently working for ACIG in Richardson, TX as the Vice President of Risk Management Services.
Jian Shi immigrated to the United States in 2001 from China and currently works as a software engineer at a scientific instruments company. He had the privilege to be Vice Principal and Principal of Santa Barbara Chinese School in 2009 and 2010. Jian places education as a top priority. His goal of joining the committee is to monitor the projects’ prioritization, progress and result of the various Bond’s projects.
Steven Solka has been working in the construction management industry in North Texas for over 15 years. He has experience with several large school districts in the area, working on their Bond Programs as a consultant and also as an ISD employee. He has been a Coppell resident since 1993.
Rosie Stevens managed departments for 17 years and held titles such as Vice President of Operations, Site Manager, Process Manager, and Customer Service Manager. Rosie also has 10 years of project management experience and two of her projects included a corporate relocation and the implementation of a company-wide systems platform.
David Tiffin has 40-years of experience in Texas public school district finance/administration and legislative relations having served as an Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance and CFO of Richardson ISD for 27 years and is a bond underwriter serving K-12 school districts and community colleges. David has also represented Texas public schools providing expert testimony before legislative committees and has co-drafted and helped shepherd several pieces of legislation through passage into law. David earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from The University of North Texas and currently holds Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licensure as a Municipal Securities Representative (Series 52), a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63), and a General Securities Representative (Series 7).
Ashley Wallace is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is currently working as an IT Audit Manager for a public company. Prior to this role, she was an IT consultant with a focus on security. Ashley is new to Coppell, having moved here almost a year ago. Her background in finance and technology will be an asset to this committee.Mark Kelly currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Dynamic Systems, Inc., overseeing the Dallas, Fort Worth and Phoenix offices. He has been an employee of DSI for its entire 28 years in business. Mark graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1983, and began his mechanical contracting career with the core group of DSI founders as part of the Houston-based Emde Company. He has lived in Coppell for almost twenty years.