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).

Click on Board Member name to view their biography.


Kirk Beckert, Richardson (OSNSC)

Kara Belew (OSNSC)

Sonal Bhuchar, Sugar Land (OSNSC)

Daphne Brookins, Forest Hill (OSNSC)

Bonnie Brown, Raymondville (OSF)

Michael "Mike" Burke, Austin (OSNSC)

Bruce Esterline, Dallas (OSF)

Anna Maria Farias, San Antonio (OSF)

Ronnie Hagerty, Houston (Chairman, OSNSC)

Annette Gracy Juba, Austin (OSNSC)

Amber Rose Kilgore, Austin (OSNSC)

Helen Knaggs, Austin (OSF)

Mary Grace Landrum, Houston (OSNSC)

Alison Meador, Austin (OSF)

Benjamin A. Montañez, San Antonio (OSF)

Mike Morath, Austin (OSNSC)

Roger O'Dell, El Paso (OSNSC)

James Senegal, Conroe (OSNSC and OSF)

Randel "Randy" H. Skinner, Dallas (Secretary, OSF)

Kathryn Timmerman, Austin (OSNSC)

Kate Williamson, Midland (OSNSC)

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


Biographies

Kirk Beckert of Richardson is chief marketing officer of Texans Can Academies. He is a board member of the Texas Association of Business and Vision Regeneration, and a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Beckert received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a teaching certificate from the Texas A&M University Graduate School of Education, and attended the University of North Texas for graduate studies.

Kara Belew of Austin serves on the OneStar National Service Commission board as the official representative of the Texas Commissioner of Education (TEA), Mike Morath.

As Deputy Commissioner of Finance at the Texas Education Agency, Kara Belew is responsible for overseeing three key TEA divisions: the Permanent School Fund; School Finance; and Agency Finance.

Prior to joining TEA, Belew served as Statewide Budget Director for Gov. Greg Abbott. In that capacity, she helped to pass and fund the Governor’s education legislative initiatives including the Pre-kindergarten Grant Program, Teacher Reading and Math Academies, and Reading Excellence Teams.

Belew was also part of Gov. Rick Perry’s administration as an education policy and budget advisor. She was promoted to Team Leader and Senior Education Advisor for public education policy. As part of the education team, Belew helped to pass and implement legislation to ensure college and career-readiness standards for the state’s public education system. Her work also focused on school finance and economic development issues. She was appointed to the Education Commission of the States and served on the board of the Texas High School Project (now known as Educate Texas), which created STEM and early college high schools statewide. Belew also worked as Gov. Perry’s Director of Fiscal Accountability, where she routinely negotiated with the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies on behalf of Texas. She implemented procedures to evaluate statewide fiscal operations, tax and budget concerns.

In addition to her work in two gubernatorial administrations, Belew worked at the Office of the Attorney General as Senior Counsel. In this leadership position, she helped prepare the agency’s Legislative Appropriation Request and assisted with major litigation efforts.

A graduate with honors from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Accounting and Political Science, Belew worked for five years at Price water house Coopers, L.L.P., as a Senior Associate on major public accounts. She became a C.P.A. in 2000 and then attended the University of TexasSchool of Law where she graduated with honors. Following law school, she completed a two-year law clerkship with the Supreme Court of Texas.

In her commitment to community service, Belew has served as chair of A Community for Education (ACE), a non-profit serving 2,000 students a year and dedicated to ensuring Texas students are reading by third grade. She is also active in Texas Heritage Songwriters and the Women’s Symphony League. She and her husband have two young daughters.

Sonal Bhuchar of Sugar Land is a self-employed physical therapist at Therapeutic Concepts and office manager at Sugar Land Med-Ped Clinic. She currently serves in leadership positions as a board member for Child Advocates of Fort Bend, chairman for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, board member for Fort Bend Cares and board member for the City of Sugar Land PARCS. Bhuchar has formerly served as a board of trustee and board president for the Fort Bend Independent School District. She has been actively involved with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, ACCESS Health, Sugar Land Cultural Arts, Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and is a graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce leadership class of 2014. Bhuchar earned her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Bombay University in India.

Daphne Brookins of Forest Hill is a Human Services Specialist for the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners and is the coordinator a youth leadership academy for youth ages 13-18 called Rising Stars. She is a board member of the Young Women's Leadership Academy,Expanding Your Horizons(STEM program for middle school girls), the Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, Director's Circle of Girl's Inc., Tarrant County Challenge, and Southeast Fort Worth Dropout Coalition. She is also a former forum leader and former spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, former Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman for the City of Forest Hill, and a past member of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Tarrant County CHIP Coalition, and Fort Worth Sister Cities Young Professional Advisory Council. Brookins received a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University where she served as President of the Alumni Association.

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Bonnie Brown of Raymondville is co-owner of three small businesses with her husband Mark. Previously, she served as a high school teacher for Raymondville and Lyford Independent School Districts for 30 years, teaching business, English, and journalism courses and serving as district public relations director for six years. Brown is currently immediate past president of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, incoming president of the Harlingen Concert Association Board, board member of Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA), and serves on the Chirps for Charity board in Houston.  Recently chosen to represent Raymondville at the 2017 Hidalgo County Borderfest Walk of Fame, she has served two 4-year terms on the Raymondville Chamber Board and one term on the Pt. Mansfield Chamber of Commerce board, as well as other civic and volunteer activities. Brown previously served as Willacy County GOP Chair for 16 years (until 2016) and served on the board and as Chair for Texas Star Oaks Fund, Inc., a grant-disseminating organization. Brown has served on several non-profit boards including La Posada Providencia, the HOPE board and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She has served for many years on her church board and volunteered for over 15 years in prison ministry. Brown graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Business Administration. She received her Master of Education degree from Pan American University.

Michael Burke of Austin is an attorney.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Young Lawyers Association and a former member of the St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice.  Michael holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Texas State University and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.  

Bruce Esterline of Dallas has had a 35-year career in the government and nonprofit sectors. In 1992, he was elected Vice President of the Grants department at the Meadows Foundation. Prior to that, he served as a Program Specialist in the Meadows Foundation's Grants department. Esterline holds a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University and a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Anna Maria Farias of San Antonio has had a 25-year career in the government and nonprofit sectors. In 2000, she was inducted into the Texas Women Hall of Fame for her Leadership and named a Yellow Rose of Texas. Farias has been active in the boards of several nonprofits, including Little League, Lions Club, and the Women’s Shelter. She is also a member of the Board of Regents at Texas Woman's University located in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.  Farias has degrees from Boston University and Temple Law School. Farias is also a fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ronnie Hagerty of Houston is assistant vice president of community relations and talent management for the United Way of Greater Houston. She is a lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Hagerty serves in leadership positions as a board member for Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, board member for ESCAPE Family Resource Center, chair-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Houston Chapter and 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 earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Saint Mary's College/Notre Dame, master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston, and doctoral degree in leadership and change from Antioch University. 

Annette Gracy Juba of Austin is a social worker and deputy director of programs for AGE of Central Texas. Prior to that, she served as a social worker in several nursing homes including Westminster Manor Health Care Center. Juba is currently a member of Aging Services Council of Central Texas and volunteers her time for the Alzheimer's Association. She also serves on the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease. Juba earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amber Rose Kilgore of Austin is a Resident Programs Assistant at Brookdale in Westlake Hills. Since receiving her B.F.A in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2015, she has performed with Dance Waterloo, an Austin based dance company, and is a member of their creative team.

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Helen Knaggs of Austin is owner of Knaggs and Associates, and former director of external affairs for Verizon Communications and the Verizon Foundation. She is vice chair of the Senate Hispanic Research Council, a member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, and a board member of the Our Lady Guadalupe Church Finance Committee. She is past chair and past corporate partner representative of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, past chair of the Our Lady Guadalupe Church Pastoral Council, and a former board member of the Governor's Commission for Women under Governor Bill Clements. She is also a volunteer for Saint Louise House, the Our Lady Guadalupe Food Bank and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.  Knaggs received a bachelor's degree from Angelo State University.

Mary Grace Landrum of Houston is a corporate consultant and former adjunct professor for the University of Houston School of Technology. She is past president of the American Society for Training and Development of Houston, a former Spring Branch ISD Trustee and past chair of the West Houston P-16 Council. Mary Grace facilitates the West Houston Leadership Institute and is a graduate of Leadership Houston and the American Leadership Forum-Houston. She currently serves on the boards of One Voice Texas, Our Public School, and the Spring Branch Education Foundation. Landrum received a bachelor's degree from Franciscan University and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas, Austin.

Alison Lawther Meador of Austin has spent the last fifteen years in Special Event Planning and Fundraising for both nonprofit entities and political campaigns.  A graduate of the University of Alabama, Alison and her husband, Jeff, have raised their family in Austin, Texas.

Alison is a member of the Helping Hand Society and The Texas Conference for Women Advisory Board.  A past member of the Junior League of Austin, she has also served as Ways and Means Chairman of The Elizabeth Ann Seton Board, Hospice Austin Board of Directors, and the Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors.  

Alison has her own company, Alison Meador & Associates, specializing in fundraising, development and special events.  She was previously employed as a Fund Development Specialist for House of Friends, and prior to that was Director of External Relations for the Austin based HeartGift Foundation.  

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Benjamin A. Montañez of San Antonio is a corporate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright. Previously, he served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United Nations, and Washington, D.C. He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, and the Harvard Club of San Antonio. Montañez is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, and an interviewer with the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program. Montañez received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a master’s degree in international business from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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 Mike Morath was appointed Texas Commissioner of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott and began serving on Jan. 4, 2016. As Commissioner, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for approximately five million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools.

Commissioner Morath previously served on the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) board of trustees. In his more than four years on the board, the district saw two bond ratings upgrades, a $200 million increase in fund balance and major improvements in auditing. But his focus was on academic improvements, and it showed in the results.  By his final year, DISD had seen a 13 percentage point rise in kindergarten readiness, a nine percentage point gain in fourth grade math proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an 11 percentage point increase in graduation rates, and minority student performance on Advanced Placement tests that outpaced all large urban districts in the country.

While serving on the DISD board, Commissioner Morath served as chairman of Morath Investments, managing a small portfolio of investments. Prior to that, he served as president and chief operating officer of Minute Menu Systems, a company that provided information systems to help manage a $2.5 billion federal child nutrition program. His company made government more efficient – reducing costs by 13 percent to agencies administering that federal program – improved the quality of nutrition offered, and helped feed roughly one million children a day at the time he sold his interest in it.

Roger O'Dell of El Paso is the executive director of Model Cities-El Paso and Missionary Radio Evangelism which are two El Paso area nonprofit organizations. He also owns PosiTrend Industries which serves as an energy cost containment consulting firm. Previously, he was the manager of credit and collections for El Paso Electric Company. O'Dell is a life member of the El Paso Jaycees and Junior Chamber International JCI Senate. He has previously held leadership positions in the community as co-founder and member of the El Paso Character Council, chairman of the Rio Grande Economics Association, co-founder of El Paso's East Side Civic Association, chairman of Hospice of El Paso, member of El Paso Auto Theft Task Force, alumni member of the U.S. Marshalls Citizen Academy, board member of El Paso Pregnancy Help Center and former chairman of deacons and chairman of trustees of Immanuel Baptist Church. O'Dell earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from the University of Texas at El Paso.

 

James Senegal of Conroe is the Director of Professional Development for the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). Prior to his current role, he served as Captain for City of Magnolia Police Department, Police Officer/SWAT Team Leader for the City of Hempstead Police Department and Police Sergeant for North Forest ISD Police Department. He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, Texas Municipal Police Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and East Central Texas Police Chiefs Association. Senegal graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in December 2015. 

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Randel "Randy" H. Skinner of Dallas is a political, judicial and criminal justice consultant known for his work in high crime, hunger, and impoverished communities. He serves as Executive Director of FEED 3 Inc. and Strategic Justice Initiatives Inc. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University (B.A.) in Brownwood, Texas, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in Ft. Worth, Texas.

He has lectured at major universities and conferences including the National Academy of Forensics. He has also served as a consultant to the Department of Treasury (ATF and Customs), Naval and Air Force Intelligence, and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies involving child trafficking, gang violence, drug trafficking.

He served as the past director of the National Conference on Crimes Against Children in Washington, D.C. working with over 300 of the nations top experts, including notable leaders from the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, U.S. Justice Departments. He has also served as a consultant for Mexican-American relations on Immigration Reform. He most recently served for eight years as Chairman of the City of Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission helping bring strong ethical reform to the city of Dallas.

Skinner led the largest faith movement in Dallas history entitled the Greater Dallas Justice Revival where 1800 homeless citizens were placed in treatment and supportive housing over a three year period. The movement also led to the adoption of failing schools by local churches and businesses. He began working in the 11th poorest zip code in the nation in 2003 (West Dallas) and one of the more violent communities in Dallas leading the buyout of over 325 drug houses. He is a founding member of the U.S. Justice Department West Dallas Weed & Seed program resulting in one of the safest communities of Dallas today, where he also resides. His organization feeds over 100,000 meals a summer to inner city kids, and has created self-sustainable models of hunger relief.

In 2015, Randy Skinner was asked to become part of the Texas delegation of noted leaders from Texas in the political, academic, business, and faith community to represent Texas as a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). Led by the Honorable Gen. Colin Powell as Chairman, the coalition is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

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Kathryn Timmerman of Austin does Business Development for Key Title Group. Timmerman received bachelor degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Georgia, and has been involved with numerous nonprofits including Hospice Austin, Wonders & Worries, Helping Hand Society and she is the former vice president of UNICEF at UGA. Timmerman has lived abroad where she excelled in Spanish and studied the social and economic differences in community organizations with comparisons between the United States and countries including Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

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Kate Williamson of Midland manages her own consulting practice and is associated in that capacity with Hooks Solutions, LLC. Prior to that, she has worked for both United States Congressman Mac Thornberry and Congressman Randy Neugebauer in their federal offices. Williamson is actively involved in her community as a class member of Leadership Midland, board member of High Sky Children's Ranch, sustaining member of Junior League of Midland, Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Midland and associate teaching director of the After School Kids Community Bible Study. She is formerly a member of the Texas State Society of DC and was 2014 fundraising chairman of the March of Dimes Tour De Vine event in Midland. Williamson graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish.

Robert "Bob" Wright II of Dallas 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. Prior to that, Wright served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BakBone Software, Inc.. He has served as the general counsel for SoftBrands, Inc and Skywire Software, LLC, which later sold to Oracle, Inc.. Wright began his career at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., specializing in leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and regulatory law. He is the founder of Social Venture Partners Dallas (SVPD) that seeks to apply venture capital principles to philanthropy to increase effectiveness in North Texas based non-profit organizations. Wright served on the board and as president of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI). He has served as a member of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee, member of the Camp Fire USA Board of Trustees and several local non-profit boards. He is co-author of the book The Little Green Book of Venture Philanthropy. Wright graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Following his undergraduate degree, he obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and law degree from Texas Tech University.