NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
I grew up in Dallas and attended Baylor University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After college I moved to Istanbul, Turkey. While there, I led the marketing team for Global Involvement through Education. My role involved assisting Turkish students in coming to the USA for higher education. I was also responsible for establishing cultural exchanges with Turkish and American students. I attended graduate school at Southeastern University, where I met and married my wife and graduated with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Masters of Divinity before returning once again to Turkey to operate our gourmet coffee roasting business and start our family. After eight years, we returned to Texas, settling in Dripping Springs. I am currently the lead pastor of a church in southwest Austin.
We love our community and we have loved serving it and our church. Our son is in fourth grade at Dripping Springs Elementary and our daughter is in the sixth grade at Dripping Springs Middle School. I enjoy coaching football, basketball, and baseball for DSYSA and have served as the chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) since 2018. I love working with and supporting the DSISD administration and staff!
Some of my most influential mentors and role models were coaches and teachers. I can still vividly remember their heart for my education and for maturing me in my character and growing my leadership skills. Their positive influence & support has impacted me greatly and their fingerprints are still all over me. It has inspired me and ignited within me a desire to give back and impact Dripping Springs in the same way. My desire is to serve, to be a blessing to others and to positively impact our community’s children in their education while helping them grow in character and leadership.
We need to be fiscally responsible making wise financial decisions as our district grows not allowing our spending to outpace growth, keeping our taxes at a place where residents can afford to live in our district. One of our top priorities must be keeping our students safe while on campus. We must support and take care of our teachers providing opportunities for personal growth. We must be proactive looking forward toward improvements that will make our district stronger. I believe in public service, not public serve-us. I am not a politician, but I have been asked to run by many trusted friends who are concerned about the current direction of our district. I humbly ask you to join me and support me.