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)

Kirk Beckert, Richardson (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)

Roger O'Dell, El Paso (OSNSC)

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.

Kirk BeckertKirk Beckert

Kirk Beckert of Richardson is retired and is formerly the chief marketing officer at Texans Can Academies. Prior to that, he worked for Summit Consolidated Group and served as a teacher and coach at Richardson Independent School District. He has served in leadership positions as a board member of the Texas Association of Business and member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Beckert received a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from Cornell University. He also completed graduate studies at the University of North Texas and holds a Region 10 alternative certification in special education.

Daphne BrookinsDaphne Brookins

Daphne Brookins of Forest Hill, serves as 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.  Brookins, a former Human Services and Special Projects Specialist with the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department, specializes in education and social services.  She has launched local initiatives and programs for youth and adults that serve all of Tarrant County and that have become nationally recognized and mimicked statewide. She is a former City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Forest Hill and Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities Commissioner.  Daphne serves on several boards throughout Tarrant County as well including the District Advisory Commission for Fort Worth ISD, Amon Carter, Jr. YMCA and a former VP of the Young Women's Leadership Academy. Ms. Brookins, former Adjunct from Tarrant County College and TCU,  earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University where she served as President of the Alumni Association.

Bonnie BrownBonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown of Raymondville is co-owner of three small businesses with her husband Mark. Previously, she served as a high school teacher for 30 years. She is currently president of the Harlingen Concert Association Board, president of her P.E.O. Chapter, on board of the Children's Bereavement Center in Harlingen, former president of Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, as well as a board member for the Pt. Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.  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. 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 is the Founding President and President Emeritus of Texas A&M University- San Antonio and has also served as the A&M System’s Director for Mexico Relations.

Prior to her career with the A&M University System, Ferrier held a number of national education appointments including the Department of Education’s Director of Bilingual Education & Minority Language Affairs under President George H Bush.

She has over 40 years’ experience in education and has initiated numerous highly effective school programs including one of the first in-school mentoring programs in Texas and the first elementary chapter of Students Against Driving Drunk. In 1991 President George H Bush designated, the successful Kelly AFB-SWISD mentoring program, a program that she co-created, as the 242nd Point of Light for the nation and in 1992, he appointed her to the Commission for National and Community Service.

In 1995 she founded City Year San Antonio and in 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Ferrier Department of Education, Assistant Deputy Secretary of English Language Acquisition, where she served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Education on all matters pertaining to limited-English proficient students, and Hispanics in general. In 2007 she created and directed the Southwest ISD Education Foundation in San Antonio.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Hallmark University, Yes Our Kids Can, Luminarias, The Plaza Club and the Secure Student’s initiative.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration for Texas A&M University-College Station.

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.  Ms. 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.  Ms. 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, Communities in Schools BOD, and East Texas Food Bank BOD. 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 worked on an Executive Master of Business Administration (IC) Degree at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Airborne Infantry.

Elexis GrimesElexis Grimes

Elexis Grimes has lived in Cedar Park for the past 9 years with her husband, Lyle, and two sons. Elexis is a newly elected Board Trustee for Leander ISD.

Elexis graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. Before moving to Austin, Elexis taught classes in the Travel and Tourism department at El Paso Community College.

In 2017, Elexis completed the Financial Leadership LISD program and served on the Leander ISD 2017 Bond Advisory Steering Committee. Currently, she volunteers with Reveal Resource Center, and other political organizations. Elexis was a CARES team for 5 years, volunteered with her church’s marriage ministry, and helped fundraise for the Gold Star Monument built in Cedar Park at the Veteran’s Memorial Park

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 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.

Lillian LuceroLillian Lucero

Lillian Lucero of Austin is a rising sophomore at Loyola University Chicago studying international business with a focus in pre-law studies. At Loyola, Lucero is involved in a number of different organizations including the advisory board for the student-lead Community Service Outreach Program as well as the bipartisan political group Inside Government. Lucero has volunteered with many different groups in Texas including The Miracle Foundation, Capital Area Food Bank and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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 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.

Brad NamdarBrad Namdar

Brad Namdar of Dallas is president of Namdar Décor &The House of Namdar. He is a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Global Chamber – Dallas, International Commerce Commission, North Dallas, West Dallas, and Richardson Chambers of Commerce. Additionally, he is involved with Rotary International, Altrusa International – Downtown Dallas, the World Affairs Council, New Friends New Life, and Young Texans Against Cancer, and was a delegate at the United Nations for 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. 

Roger O'DellRoger O'Dell

Roger O’Dell of El Paso is the executive director of Model Cities-El Paso and MRE/Higher Ground Hosting. 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. He 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 and Hospice of El Paso, co-founder of El Paso’s East Side Civic Association, 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 received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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 currently works with husband and daughter at Rayburn Realty and practices faith-based counseling. She received a BS of Human Service: Counseling from Metropolitan University Denver CO and a MA of Human Service: Marriage and Family Counseling, Liberty University. She has served for many years in varying roles at different churches; Women’s Ministry, ESL Classes, Education, Preschool Director, Counselor, Teacher, Bible Study Leader and VBS Leader. Shelley’s lead several women’s ministry conference in the Philippines as well as participated in a three mission trips to Israel where she worked with home churches. Shelley is currently a Deputy President for Region VI (Senate Districts 9, 10 & 12) in the Texas Federation of Republican Women and President of Metroplex Republican Women. Shelley was nominated and attended a Women Leaders’ Summit, Washington, D.C. 1996. Shelley is a member of the American Counseling Assoc (ACA) and American Assoc. Christian Counselors (ACCA). She volunteered with Gladney Center for Adoption, PTA’s, Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center, Aubrey FFA, Faith and Action Food Pantry and served on the Aubrey Independent School Board. Shelley is the TFRW Woman of Distinction for the month of April 2019. John and Shelley will be celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary in August. They have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

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 was previously appointed to serve as a regent to the Texas State Technical College System and as a member of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board. He is a member of the Ingleside Rotary and immediate past president of Corpus Christ Symphony. He earned a Charted Life Underwriter degree, a Masters in Financial Services, and a Masters in Management from The American College. Seaman served in the Merchant 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 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. 

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. Starting Patriot PAWS was fulfillment of a dream to help disabled veterans. Lori has dedicated the last 15 years to serve those who have served.

Corey TaborCorey Tabor

Corey Tabor of Manor is founder and pastor at Full Life Community Church and Austin LifeGuard program director with Austin LifeCare. He is vice president of development for Manor Schoolhouse Foundation, secretary of the Texas Alliance for Life Board, and member of the Embrace Initiative and the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Tabor received a Bachelor of Science in communication studies from The University of Texas at Austin and Masters of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Transformational Leadership Program at Baake Graduate University. 


Kate WilliamsonKate Williamson

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 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.