Our Board

OneStar Foundation Board (OSF): The OneStar Foundation Board, appointed by the Governor, oversees the mission and vision of OneStar to improve the lives of Texans. It also provides administrative and support services to the National Service Commission, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with OneStar and managed by the OneStar National Service Commission Board (see below).

OneStar National Service Commission Board (OSNSC): The National Service Commission Board, whose officers are appointed by the Governor, promotes volunteerism in Texas and oversees the administration of the AmeriCorps programs for the state as prescribed and authorized by the National Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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Megan Aghazadian TEA Designee (OSNSC)

Daphne Brookins, Forest Hill (OSNSC)

Bonnie Brown, Raymondville (Vice Chair, OSF)

Maria Hernandez Ferrier, San Antonio (OSF)

Charmelle Garrett, Richland Chambers Lake (OSNSC)

George Green, New Braunfels (OSF)

Elexis Grimes, Cedar Park (OSF)

Ronnie Hagerty, Houston (Chairman, OSNSC)

Lonnie Hsia, Round Rock (OSNSC)

Annette Gracy Juba, Austin (Vice Chair, OSNSC)

Mary Grace Landrum, Houston (OSNSC)

Lillian Lucero, Austin (OSNSC)

Benjamin A. Montañez, San Antonio (Secretary, OSF)

Mike Morath, Austin (OSNSC)

Brad Namdar, Dallas (OSF)

Michael Parker, Weatherford (OSF)

Shelley Rayburn, Fort Worth (OSF)

Girien Salazar, Houston (OSNSC)

Gene Seaman, Corpus Christi (OSNSC)

James Senegal, Conroe (OSNSC and OSF)

Lori Stevens, Royse City (OSNSC)

Corey Tabor, Manor (OSNSC)

Kate Williamson, Midland (OSNSC)

Robert G. Wright, II, Dallas (Chairman, OSF)

Board Bios

Megan AghazadianMegan Aghazadian

Megan Aghazadian (TEA Designee), Deputy Commissioner of Operations at the Texas Education Agency, is responsible for leading the agency’s cross-divisional strategic planning process and coordinating efforts to ensure performance goals and milestones are reached in an effort to improve student outcomes statewide. She also oversees the TEA divisions of Communications, Governmental Relations, Rulemaking, and Human Resources, and leads TEA’s work with the 20 Regional Education Service Centers across the state. Aghazadian began her career in education as a middle school Language Arts teacher in the Bronx through Teach For America. As a result of her successful work in the classroom, student reading skills improved by an average of two grade levels. Immediately prior to joining TEA, Aghazadian led the development of college partnerships and organization wide strategic planning at the KIPP Foundation, which supports the national KIPP charter school network through educator recruitment and training, professional development and teaching resources, and supporting overall school quality. Before her time at KIPP, Aghazadian held strategy and policy roles at TNTP, DC Public Schools, and DC Public Education Fund. Aghazadian earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and a Master in the Art and Science of Teaching from Pace University in New York. She also holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.

Daphne BrookinsDaphne Brookins

Daphne Brookins of Forest Hill is the youth administrator for Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, where she develops resources, oversees and creates job training opportunities for youth between the ages of 16-24. Recently, she was elected to serve as a School Board Trustee for Fort Worth ISD and serves on the District Advisory Commission Fort Worth ISD. She is a board member of the YMCA and advisory board member of Expand Your Horizons and TexPrep at Texas Wesleyan University. She is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, former president of the Texas Wesleyan University’ Alumni Association. Additionally, she is a former City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Forest Hill. Brookins received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University.

Bonnie BrownBonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown of Raymondville is co-owner of three small businesses. Previously, she served as a high school teacher for 30 years. She is currently on the board of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce and serves as secretary of the Harlingen Concert Association Board. Additionally, she is a board member of Communities Against Substance Abuse and has served on several non-profit boards including La Posada Providencia, HOPE board and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Brown received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Education from Pan American University.

Maria Hernandez FerrierDr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier of San Antonio is a trustee of Hallmark University and was appointed to the Commission for National and Community Service. She has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Education, executive director of Federal Programs for Southwest ISD, president and CEO of Texas A&M University – San Antonio and as the director of Mexico Relations for the Texas A&M University System. She is chair of the Plaza Club of San Antonio, board member of Yes Our Kids Can, and member of Center for Hispanic and Jewish Relations and the Association for Mature Citizens. Her past involvement includes serving as commissioner of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and as a member of KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rotary International, and San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. Ferrier received a Bachelor of Arts in speech and a Master of Education in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

Charmelle GarrettCharmelle Garrett

Charmelle Garrett is the retired Victoria City Manager and has relocated to Richland Chambers Lake near Corsicana. She is a member of the Texas City Manager’s Association and the International City/County Management Association, former member of Victoria alliance, and board member of Victoria County Senior Citizens. Garrett received a Bachelor of Science in business from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana in 1982.  She was hired by the City of Victoria as Human Resources Director in 1990; was then promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2006 and assumed the City Manager role in 2011. Prior to working for the City, Ms. Garrett held positions in the private sector. She is active with the Texas City Manager’s Association (TCMA) previously serving on the board and committees. Garrett served as the co-chair of a 2012 Leadership Task Force to determine strategies to deal with the impending shortage of City Managers. She is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program at Texas State and ICMA’s Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. Garrett holds the credentialed manager certification from International City/County Management Association. Ms. Garrett was previously involved with local community events and boards. While residing in Victoria, she was active in her local church, John Wesley United Methodist Church, serving as chair for the Staff/Parish Relations Committee.

George GreenGeorge Green

George Green of New Braunfels is an adjunct professor with Alamo Community College District and a former New Braunfels City Councilman. He is a lifetime member of Guadalupe Valley Peace Officers Association, member of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and works with the New Braunfels Thanksgiving Dinner Program.  Previously, he volunteered with the San Antonio Rotary Club, Comminutes in Schools, and East Texas Food Bank. Green received an Associates of Arts in animal Science from Blinn College, a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Nebraska. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army.

Elexis GrimesElexis Grimes

Elexis Grimes of Cedar Park is the managing director of the Texas division of WEXCO International and serves as a School Board Member of Leander ISD. She is a former member of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality and served on the steering and financial committees for Leander ISD. Currently, she volunteers with the Reveal Resource Center and previously with CARES. Grimes received a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico State University.

Ronnie HagertyRonnie Hagerty

Ronnie Hagerty, Ph.D. of Houston is assistant vice president of community relations and talent management for the United Way of Greater Houston. She is an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and former lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She serves as a board member for The Rose, and as an advisory committee member for the Houston Arts Alliance, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Career Gear, and University of Houston Downtown Master’s in Nonprofit Management program. She is a member of the PowerTools for Nonprofits Advisory Board and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She was previously a member of Renewing our Communities Advisory Committee and the American Diabetes Association. Hagerty received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Saint Mary’s College – Notre Dame, Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, and Doctor of Philosophy in leadership and change from Antioch University.

Lonnie HsiaLonnie Hsia

Lonnie Hsia of Round Rock is a project manager at Applied Materials. He is a member of Project Management Institute and Agile Austin. He is a volunteer with CASA of Williamson County, Asian Family Support Services of Austin, and Refugee Services of Texas and a former volunteer with the SAFE Alliance. Hsia received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Annette Gracy JubaAnnette Gracy Juba

Annette Juba of Austin is the deputy director for AGE of Central Texas, a regional non-profit organization serving older adults and their family caregivers. She is former co-chair of the Aging Services Council and a University Field Affiliate in The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Juba received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in social work from The University of Texas at Austin.

Mary Grace LandrumMary Grace Landrum

Mary Grace Landrum of Houston is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Landrum & Associates, and she recently retired as the Executive Director of the West Houston Leadership Institute. She is a member of the American Leadership Forum-Houston, Leadership Houston and the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as both the vice president and secretary of the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees. Landrum received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education from Franciscan University and a Master of Education from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Lillian LuceroLillian Lucero

Lillian Lucero of Austin is a student at Loyola University Chicago pursing a degree in International Business. She is a volunteer for Capital Area Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and WINGS Program, Inc. In recent years, she has held internships with the Texas Senate and the Miracle Foundation. Lucero is also involved in a variety of service and student organizations at Loyola, including Inside Government and the Pre-Law Society.

Benjamin MontañezBenjamin A. Montañez

Benjamin A. Montañez of San Antonio is a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, and public company reporting and corporate governance matters. Previously, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, and served in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he is a board member of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation. Montañez received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, a Master of Letters in International Business from the University of St. Andrews, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mike MorathMike Morath

Mike Morath of Austin is the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, he was appointed by Governor Abbott in 2016. He is a former board member of the Texas Association of School Boards and Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees. Morath received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from George Washington University.

Brad NamdarBrad Namdar

Brad Namdar of Dallas is president of Namdar Décor,The House of Namdar, and PRSB LLC. Namdar is an Official Partner with the Texas Secretary of State – Texas Businesses Against Trafficking (TBAT) initiative, as well as, currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Committee, representing Small Businesses across the country. Brad has vast experience in international trade and commerce, product and brand development, marketing, and has experience in developing both non-profit and for-profit business entities. Additionally, Brad is a current member of the Global Chamber – Dallas, International Commerce Commission, North Dallas, West Dallas, Greater Dallas, and Richardson Chambers of Commerce. Namdar is also a member of non-profit organizations such as, Rotary International, Altrusa International – Downtown Dallas, the World Affairs Council-DFW, New Friends New Life, TVF, Hispanic Star, Young Texans Against Cancer, and was a delegate to the United Nations (Dec. 2019) at the We Are All Human Summit. Namdar received Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, a Mediation License, and an Executive Coaching Certification from Southern Methodist University 

Michael ParkerMichael Parker

Michael Parker of Weatherford is managing partner of Parker LLP, a regional transportation and insurance litigation law firm. He currently holds the rank of Major in the Texas State Guard, and previously served with distinction in the California State Military Reserves. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and its Ethics Committee, Access to Justice Committee, and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces and the International Association of Special Investigation Units and a lifetime member of the State Guard Association of the United States and the National Guard Association of Texas. He is chair of the State Guard Association of the United States – JAG Training Academy. Parker received a Bachelor of Science from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Whittier Law School.

Shelley RayburnShelley Rayburn

Shelley Rayburn of Fort Worth works with Rayburn Realty. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counseling, a former volunteer with Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center, and former member of the School Board of Aubrey Independent School District. Rayburn received a Bachelor of Science in Human Service and Counseling from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master of Arts in Human Service: Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University.

Girien SalazarGirien Salazar

Girien Salazar of Houston is executive director of the faith and education coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a minister at El Tabernaculo Church. He volunteers as a board member for the Latin American Heritage Society, and previously as president of the City of Houston Super Neighborhood 34 and board member for San Antonio Parks and Recreation. Salazar received a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministry and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy Reserves.

Gene SeamanGene Seaman

Gene Seaman of Corpus Christi is owner of Seaman Financial, and is a real estate developer in the Coastal Bend area and former State Representative, where he served as vice chair on the Calendars and Insurance committees. Additionally, he is a former guberantorial appointte to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents and a former member of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board. He is a member of the Ingleside Rotary and immediate past president of Corpus Christ Symphony. Seaman earned a Charted Life Underwriter degree, a Masters in Financial Services, and a Masters in Management from The American College. He served in the Marchant Marines, and went to Officer Candidate School and Flight School to become an Army Liaison pilot. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army at the rank of Captain.

James SenegalJames Senegal

James Senegal of Spring is the Director of Professional Development with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the Texas Police Association. Senegal received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

Lori StevensLori Stevens

Lori Stevens of Royse City is the CEO and Founder of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, an organization that raises and trains service dogs for disabled veterans. She has over 30 years of professional dog training experience and is an active member and evaluator for Assistance Dogs International, the only accreditation organization for service dogs worldwide. She is also a member of the International Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Stevens graduated from North Garland High School and the Animal Behavior University in San Diego and earned certifications from Karen Pryor Academy and as a professional trainer.

Corey TaborCorey Tabor

Corey Tabor of Manor is the Founder and President of III (Triple I) Coaching. He also serves as the Development Director for Family Restoration Coalition and The Man in Me. He serves as a Business Counselor with BiG Austin. Tabor received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and Masters of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary.

Kate WilliamsonKate Williamson

Kate Williamson of Midland is owner and president of Basin Hill Group, LLC. She is chairman of the the High Sky Children’s Ranch Board and vice chair of Advocacy for the Midland Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Midland and a graduate of Leadership Midland. Williamson received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Texas Tech University.

Robert WrightRobert "Bob" Wright II

Robert G. “Bob” Wright, II is founding member and lead corporate and finance attorney of Wright Connatser PLLC. He is a senior lecturer on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Dallas. Previously, he built and managed two computer game companies – ION Storm and Edge of Reality. He has served as a member of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee and as member of the Camp Fire USA Board of Trustees.  Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Allegheny College and a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University.