Board Member Bios
Kimberley Davis - email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Becky St. John, selected as Board Secretary for 2012-2013, was elected to the Board in May 2009. She has lived in Grapevine since 2001, serving in various school district and community roles. In GCISD, she has been a member of the District Excellence Committee since 2006, has served on the Budget Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Dove Elementary PTA.
Becky St. John - email email@example.com
Board Vice President (2012-2013)
Within the community, St. John served five years on the Grapevine Planning and Zoning Commission and is the current president of Keep Grapevine Beautiful. She is a member of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce-Women’s Division, a graduate of the Leadership Grapevine program, and an active volunteer in citywide cleanup events and festivals. Prior to moving to Grapevine, she served on the Roanoke Planning and Zoning Commission and the Roanoke City Council.
St. John earned a bachelor degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied history, English and archeology. She worked as an archeologist and park ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Lake Grapevine from 1992 to 2000.
Karen Deakin - email firstname.lastname@example.org#
Karen Deakin was elected to the Board in May 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Business. Deakin has been an active school district and community volunteer in the Grapevine-Colleyville area for 12+ years. She has served on the District Budget Committee for two years, the Council of PTA’s Executive Board as Colleyville Heritage High PTSA President and Arts & Education Chairperson, as an officer of PTA at Colleyville Middle School, and held various PTA positions at O.C. Taylor.
Other involvement has included serving on Colleyville Heritage High School’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Tennis and Athletic booster clubs. She was a member of the National Charity League for xis years, served on the Board of Directors for National Charity League and is currently a Sustainer with National Charity League. She is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for ten years, is on the Executive Committee of Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women's Division and is on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Colleyville Woman's Club and is currently serving on her second year as a member of the Colleyville Woman's Club Youth Recognition Committee.
Karen is a recipient of the PTA Friend of Children Award, PTA Lifetime Member Award, and the Extended Lifetime Member Award.
Karen and her husband, Mic, have a daughter who graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School and is currently a sophomore in college.
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Lisa Pardo first was elected to the Board in May 2004, then re-elected in May 2007 and May 2010. She served as president of the Board for the 2011-2012 school year. She served as vice president of the Board for two consecutive terms, and for 2008-2009. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and worked in the legal field for 12 years prior to becoming a full-time homemaker and volunteer.
Pardo has lived in Northeast Tarrant County for 46 years, with 23 of those years in Colleyville. She has been an active volunteer in both the school district and community. She has served as a PTSA officer and Executive Board member, Athletic Booster Club member, CARE Board member and mentor at CHHS, and volunteers in a variety of capacities at CHHS. She also has served on the Colleyville Middle School PTA Board and at Bransford Elementary as PTA president, vice president, Campus Excellence Committee chairperson, reading tutor and other volunteer roles. She is a recipient of the GCISD Council of PTAs Friend of Children Award, the PTA Lifetime Member Award, the PTA Extended Lifetime Member Award and the Hero of Children Award for District XI, which was awarded by the Texas Department of Education.
Within the community, Pardo's involvement has included membership on the GCISD District Excellence Committee, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Womens Division, Colleyville Heritage Lions Club, National Charity League, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scout leader and youth Sunday school teacher. She also served as a director for the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation for nine years. Additionally, she founded the GCISD Chic Boutique, a no-cost option for students in need of prom or banquet dresses and accessories. Pardo has two children, both of whom graduated from CHHS. Her daughter currently attends Austin College and her son is a student at Johnson University in Tennessee.
Jesse G. Rodríguez was elected to Place 5 on the GCISD Board of Trustees in May 2002 and has been re-elected three times, in May 2005, May 2008 and May 2011. He is a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Master Trustee, secretary on the executive Board and an area Director-at-large for the North Texas Area Association of School Boards (NTAASB). Jesse served as president of the GCISD Board for 2008-2009 and is vice president of the Board for 2010-2011, a position in which he also served for the 2009-2010 school year. He is Board secretary for the 2011-2012 school year.
Rodríguez holds a master’s in School Administration as well as mid-management and superintendent’s certifications, and has worked as a high school teacher, school administrator, owner and director of an area private preschool, and manager of sales for several major publishing, technology and assessment companies. Currently, he is the senior vice president for Grade Results, a provider of online curriculum instruction for K-16.
Rodríguez has lived in the Grapevine-Colleyville area for 22 years, serving with various school district and community organizations. He is a member of TASB’s 2004 Leadership Class, and he currently serves on the district’s Lead 2021 Strategic Planning Committee, is a member of the executive Board for Latinos Unidos of Fort Worth, and was a member of the advisory steering committee for the Research Lab at Tarleton State University. He also has served on the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation Board of Directors, the Glenhope Elementary Campus Excellence Committee, Glenhope PTA Executive Board and as president of the Glenhope Dads Club. Jesse also has served on GCISD’s Budget Review Stakeholder Committee, has been a director of ARTSNET (formally the Arts Council of North East Tarrant County), and a member of the Chambers of Commerce for both Colleyville and Grapevine.
Rodríguez and his wife, Joanne, have two children; one who graduated from Grapevine High School and one who currently attends Grapevine High.
Place 6Board Secretary (2012-2013)
Leon Leal was elected to the Board in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2011. He was selected to serve as Board Secretary for the 2012-2013 school year. He has been a resident of the Grapevine-Colleyville area for 19 years, and has been an active school and community volunteer. He served as secretary of the Board for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
Leal has served on the Board of Trustees for Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine for the past eight years. He has been a member of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Grapevine Youth Wrestling Board, and supports the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation through an endowment. He has attended and been active in his church for the past 16 years.
In GCISD, Leal served as co-chairman of the 2005 Bond Steering Committee. Within the community, he also has served on the Grapevine Youth Baseball Board and as a volunteer with Keep Grapevine Beautiful. He has been selected by Baylor Hospital to lobby in Austin and Washington, D.C., for health care issues. He has coached youth baseball and youth and high school wrestling, and volunteered with area high school wrestlers in Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake. He also has helped solicit athletic and academic scholarships for graduating seniors.
Leal holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Oklahoma. He is a local business owner of Abba Staffing & Consulting, Inc., and Abba Professional, Inc., serves as a consultant for individual business owners, and manages investments in real estate ventures.
He and his wife, Tracy, live in Grapevine and have three sons who attend either Grapevine High School or Grapevine Middle School.
Jorge Rodríguez - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board President (2012-2013)
Jorge Rodríguez, selected as Board President for the 2012-2013 school year, was elected to the Board in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2011. Rodríguez and his wife, Jill, of 15 years have been residents of Grapevine since 1995. They have two children who attend Timberline Elementary School.
Rodríguez has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master in business administration from the University of Dallas. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 16 years at Motorola, Nokia, and currently at the ATX Group. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanics with MBAs. He has been a long-time donor for educational organizations such as the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science.
Rodríguez is active in the Dad’s Club with the Timberline Elementary PTA. He is a member of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and also serves in his neighborhood crime watch program as the coordinator and block captain, roles he has held for more than seven years. As a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he is active on the Community Men’s Club Outreach Committee. He and his wife also have served as a Marriage Sponsor Couple.