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.
Sherilyn Fox is a 20 year Coppell resident with a B.S. in Accounting from UNT. She has worked in the chemical, telecom, and inventory logistics industries as a staff accountant, senior accountant, and reporting analyst with emphasis on executive reporting. She is currently a stay at home mom for her elementary age child well as serving at the PTO treasurer.
Freddie Guerra has over 25 years’ experience as a consultant to both the public and private sectors, in addition to diverse experience with large municipalities and various national and local engineering and environmental consulting firms. He has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations as well as serving as Commissioner for the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Guerra’s experience includes land use, planning and zoning, facility condition, needs assessment and long-range capital planning. He and his wife, who is a local business owner, have 2 students in CISD schools.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.
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).Subbu Venkat brings more than 20 years of progressive experience in Operational Transformation across cross-functional value streams as a Lean Sensei and Six Sigma Black Belt Consultant. Mr. Venkat graduated with a MS from Clemson and MBA from Penn State and is currently working as a lean Six Sigma Specialist at UT Southwestern in Dallas. . He and his family moved to Coppell in 2017 with one child attending the 3rd grade at Lakeside Elementary.
James W. Walker is a Member of the Cole Schotz P.C. law firm in the Dallas office and is engaged in a commercial litigation practice. Mr. Walker has previously served two terms as President of the CISD Education Foundation, and as President of the Coppell Economic Development Foundation, a member of the Coppell Economic Development Committee, and the 2009 CISD Bond Committee. Additionally, he helped to found and co-chairs the Coppell Beast Feast charitable event. Mr. Walker and his wife Cherie moved to Coppell in 1998. Their daughters, Mary Beth and Margaret, attended CISD schools.
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.
Bob Krenek has 15+ years of commercial real estate debt experience, along with some exposure to construction/renovation finance facilities and bond financing. He has held series 7 and 63 (securities) licenses and has extensive experience with underwriting, due diligence and loan asset management. He and his wife Deb have three children in CISD.