Our Leadership

Our Board of Directors is committed to being good stewards of the funds collected by the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation and help the Uvalde community move forward through the construction of a new elementary school.

Headshot image of Charles Clines, Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation Board President, Charles Butt Foundation
Charles Clines

Board President
Charles Butt Foundation

Since 2016, Charlie has served as the Chief Financial Officer in the Office of Charles Butt, where he coordinates financial and investment planning on behalf of Charles and acts as the financial liaison between Charles and his philanthropic activities.

Previously, he was a partner in the Houston office of RSM, LLP (formerly Margolis Phipps & Wright). In this role, he directed the delivery of the firm’s financial and tax planning services to its high net worth clients. Charlie began his career with the Houston office of KPMG, rising to partner before joining Margolis Phipps & Wright.

Charlie also serves on The Holdsworth Center Board of Directors, and as Chief Financial Officer for Raise Your Hand Texas. Charlie is also a member of the Boards of the San Antonio Zoological Society and Capital Creek Partners.

He is a longtime advisor to Charles Butt and has been involved with the Foundation since its inception.

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Dr. Brian Woods

Board Vice President
Former Northside ISD Superintendent

Dr. Brian T. Woods, a longtime Northside ISD educator, became Superintendent in July 2012. He began his career in Northside in 1992 as a social studies teacher and has also worked as an Assistant Principal, Vice Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Woods has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

He is past President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is a member of the Go Public Steering Committee, the Board of P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as President of the Texas School Alliance. Dr. Woods and his wife Meredith have a son who is a graduate of NISD schools.

Headshot image of Beverly Powell, Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation Board Secretary, Former Texas State Senator District 10
Beverly Powell

Board Secretary
Former Texas State Senator, District 10

Beverly Powell is a fourth generation Texan, a determined advocate for public education, and a successful real estate professional and small business owner.

A graduate of Texas public schools and the daughter of a respected public school teacher, Beverly is committed to quality educational opportunities for all Texans. As a Senator and a former school board president, Beverly is a respected leader on education issues. During her first session, Beverly worked across party lines to pass historic school finance reform, increase teacher pay, and reform Texas’ controversial standardized testing system.

As a non-traditional student and working single mother, Beverly went back to college at 39, graduating from her parent’s alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, with a BS in Psychology and an MBA. Her commitment and belief in the power of higher education earned Beverly a position on the school’s Board of Trustees. In the Senate, she worked to promote higher education and career training. Beverly passed the Texas WORKS program to provide on-the-job training opportunities for students enrolled in Texas universities.

The daughter of a highly decorated World War II veteran and the granddaughter of a Gold Star Family, Beverly’s legislative priorities are influenced by her life experience. She led efforts to preserve the Operation Welcome Home Program for returning service members and authored legislation to streamline loan funds for military communities.

Powell and her husband Charlie are involved in civic organizations throughout Tarrant County and are active in their church. The Powells are parents to three sons and have seven grandchildren.

Mickey Gerdes

Board Treasurer
Southwest Underwriting Counsel & Uvalde High School Class of 1994

Mickey is a 1994 graduate of Uvalde High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University. Mickey is an eigth generation Texas, born and raised in Uvalde, and a father to his three children that attend UCISD schools. Mickey maintained a successful law firm in Uvalde from 2006 until 2018 and is currently the Southwest Underwriting Counsel for Agents National Title Insurance Company. Mickey served on the Uvalde CISD school board for two 4-year terms and currently serves as the steering committee chairperson for the Uvalde Together We Rise Fund, a fund that was created to receive and distribute financial assistance to those directly affected by the Robb Elementary tragedy.
Rodney Ellis

Board Member
Harris County Commissioner

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis was born and raised in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood.

The proud son of a yardman and a maid, Ellis attended Texas public schools from grade school through law school. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University, a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law.

As Commissioner of Harris County Precinct One, Ellis has played a critical role on the Court by securing misdemeanor bail reform, flood equity guidelines, stronger worker protections and economic opportunity provisions, funding for indigent defense and COVID-19 recovery funding, including direct relief for residents, small businesses, emergency rental assistance, shelters for those experiencing homelessness, as well as other innovative programs, including providing computers to low-income students, among other achievements.

Before serving as a County Commissioner, Ellis was elected to Houston City Council and served three terms before being elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. For 26 years, he represented Texas’ 13th state senate district and he passed over 700 pieces of legislation. On November 8, 2016, Ellis was elected county commissioner and sworn into office on January 1, 2017.

Cal Lambert

Board Member
UCISD School Board President

Master Chief Cal Lambert joined the United States Navy in 1967 and served on various ships and stations from the Vietnam War to the Gulf War. His awards included the Combat Action Ribbon and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and his leadership assignments included Senior Enlisted Leader and Advisor to the Admiral. Near the end of his military career, Master Chief earned his Bachelor of Science degree by attending Southern Illinois University on nights and weekends. Master Chief retired from the Navy after 26 years of service and was hired by Uvalde CISD in 1999 as a Navy Junior ROTC instructor. During his tenure at Uvalde High School, Master Chief was recognized as the Region 20 Teacher of the Year, one of three finalists for the Texas Teacher of the Year, received the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education, and the students in his unit were recognized year after year by the Navy as a “Navy Achievement Unit.” Upon retirement in 2018, Master Chief served on the El Progreso Memorial Library Board, was elected to the Uvalde CISD school board in 2020, and currently serves as the UCISD School Board President. Master Chief’s grandchildren are both Uvalde Early College High School graduates, where his wife Rachel retired as the assistant principal.

Amanda Hughes Pickering

Board Member
Director Friedkin Foundation Uvalde High School Class of 1997

Amanda is a 1997 graduate of Uvalde High School, attended Robb Elementary, and is a proud product of the Uvalde community. Amanda is the Director of The Friedkin Foundation, where she works on corporate philanthropic efforts for the consortium of family-owned businesses, supports family giving initiatives and manages a portfolio of philanthropic endeavors in the areas of conservation, aviation, opportunity and workforce readiness. Amanda is also a director for The Texas Lyceum and serves on a regional selection committee for The Coolidge Scholarship. Previously, Amanda worked for Angelo, Gordon & Co., a New York-based asset management firm, and The George W. Bush Presidential Center, where she led corporate and foundation partnership efforts nationwide. She began her career working for the U.S. House of Representatives, served in various roles during the Bush Administration, and worked in government relations for The University of Texas System. Amanda holds a B.B.A. degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Headshot image of Tim Miller Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation Executive Director
Tim Miller

Executive Director
Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation

Tim serves dual roles as the Executive Director of the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation and the Director of Leadership Development at the Charles Butt Foundation. Tim served as the Superintendent in Residence for the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation for three years before moving over to the Charles Butt Foundation as the Director of Leadership Development. As the Superintendent in Residence, Tim supported Raise Your Hand’s programming, research, and advocacy efforts with a concerted focus on Raising Texas Teachers, a $50 million program initiative that includes a scholarship program and partnerships with Texas universities to improve teacher preparation across the state.

As the Director of Leadership Development, one of Tim’s main responsibilities is supporting Raising School Leaders, a program that invests approximately $1 million annually in leadership development training to address student achievement and equity issues statewide.

Before joining the team, Tim worked as the Director of Educator Preparation and Program Accountability at the Texas Education Agency. He started his career as a special education teacher in San Antonio ISD and Judson ISD before leading the Educational Technology Department of North East ISD. Tim also served as a middle school principal in North East ISD and the assistant superintendent and superintendent in Cleburne ISD.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from Trinity University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes for Concordia University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Tim and his wife Christine live in Georgetown and are the proud parents of Samantha, a student at Trinity University, and Zachary, a student at Texas A&M University.

Ashley Chohlis

Board Member
UCISD Superintendent

Ashley Chohlis is a seasoned professional with 28 years of experience in the field of education. Currently serving as the superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, a rural district, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M-Kingsville. In 2014, she completed the superintendent certification program at the University of Texas at Tyler, further enhancing her qualifications. Known for her dedication and mentorship in the education sector, Ashley is a respected figure who is committed to supporting and guiding individuals in the field. Her involvement in The Holdsworth Center has equipped her with a solid foundation in leadership programs, emphasizing the importance of team building and prioritizing the needs of students above all else. Alongside her husband Shaon, with whom she has shared 19 years of marriage, Ashley is the proud parent of four children who have all benefited from the advantages of public education. Her personal experiences as a parent further inform her professional endeavors, driving her passion for creating positive educational experiences for all students.

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