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Board of Trustees

Officers and Executive Committee

Mr. G. Archer Frierson II, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Shreveport, Louisiana
Trustee since 2010

Archer Frierson is a member manager of Frierson Brothers, LLC of Shreveport, Louisiana. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he serves on the board of the Washington Society of that school as well as on the boards of Centenary College, the LSU Tiger Athletic and Health Sciences Center Foundations, and on the Military Affairs Council at Barksdale Air Force Base. A lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, he has been a deacon, elder, and church school teacher for both adults and youth. He most recently served on Austin Seminary’s Capital Campaign Planning Committee, and his father, Clarence Frierson, was a member of the Austin Seminary board for two decades.Dr. Walter Harris Jr

Dr. Walter Harris Jr., Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
New Orleans, Louisiana
Trustee since 2016
Walter Harris, a member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, was provost and vice president for academic affairs of Loyola University until his retirement in 2008. After a year-long sabbatical he returned to teach in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. His career in education administration spans more than forty years, at the University of North Carolina System, Arizona State University, and Knoxville College in Tennessee. A noted musician and performer, his college and civic choirs have performed internationally. His daughter, Ayana, and son-in-law, Aaron, are both Austin Seminary graduates.

Mr. James Allison, Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2014
Jim Allison is retired from ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas, after working in the oil and gas industry for more than thirty years in strategic planning and risk management. Jim graduated from Princeton University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He has served New Covenant Presbytery on the Permanent Judicial Committee and was a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly (2012). Jim is a ruling elder at Pines Presbyterian Church, Houston, where he has taught an adult Sunday school class for two decades and plays trombone in the Pines Orchestra.

Mr. B.W. "Sonny" Payne, Treasurer; Chair, Finance & Administration Committee
Kerrville, Texas
Trustee since 2006
Sonny Payne is a retired risk and insurance management consultant. He has served on the advisory board and as a service provider for the Direct Business Assistance Program of the Houston Economic Development Council. He served on the budget committee and in the moderator’s cabinet for the Presbytery of New Covenant, and as a director of Presbyterian Outreach to Patients at the Texas Medical Center, and the Brazos Presbyterian Homes, Inc., both in Houston. He has served as a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, Texas.

The Reverend Katherine Bywaters Cummings (MDiv’05), Chair, Trustee Committee
Bentonville, Arkansas
Trustee since 2013
Katie Cummings became pastor, head of staff of First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2015. She previously served as Associate Pastor at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church and Grace Presbyterian Church, both in Houston. In New Covenant Presbytery, she served on General Council and the Committee on Examinations. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II honors program and Austin Seminary, she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Austin Seminary.

The Honorable David Peeples, Academic Affairs Committee
San Antonio, Texas

Trustee since 2010
David Peeples is a member of First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, where he has served eight terms as a ruling elder and taught all levels of Sunday school.After graduating from Austin College and the University of Texas School of Law, he practiced law in Houston and San Antonio and eventually served twenty-three years on the trial and appellate courts in San Antonio. Now semi-retired, he administers the 22-county Fourth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas and occasionally fills in for trial courts around the state.

Mr. Jackson Farrow Jr., Chair, Investment Committee
Little Rock, Arkansas
Trustee since 2011
Jackson Farrow is general counsel and managing director at Stephens Capital Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Stephens Inc. Farrow is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Arkansas, where he earned both his masters of science in accounting and his law degree. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and serves as the Seminary’s representative to the Texas Presbyterian Foundation.

Mr. John S. Hartman, Chair, Audit Committee
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2012
John Hartman is vice chair of the Austin Seminary’s “Weaving Promise and Practice into Ministry” Campaign Steering Committee. Now retired, he was a chemical engineer and co-founder of Lubrication Systems Company. His wife. Judye, has also been a trustee. Long-time members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston where they lead a Bible study discipleship class and serve in other leadership capacities, John is now a member of New Covenant Presbtery.

The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson, Jr. Chair, Institutional Advancement Committee
Waco, Texas
Trustee since 2009
Lyndon Olson is an active member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 1998-2001 and before that as the President and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings. He is a former member of the Texas State House of Representatives serving from 1973-1978. A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Olson lives in Waco, Texas, and is an elder at First Presbyterian Church, Waco.

Mr. Jeffrey Kyle Richard, Chair, Long-range Planning; Chair, Student Life Committee
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2008

Educated at Texas Christian University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Jeffrey Richard also completed coursework in public policy studies during an invitation-only program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He also attended Harvard Divinity School. Richard is an associate minister and gospel organist at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Austin. He is serving a second six-year term as Vice Chair of the Board of the multi-county Austin Community College District.

The Reverend Lana Russell, Vice Chair, Institutional Advancement Committee
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2013

Lana Russell is owner and member manager of LER Resources, Ltd., a family partnership with mineral and land assets in several states, but primarily in the Permian Basin. She studied at Austin Seminary before receiving Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. Lana served churches in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, West Trenton and Toms River, New Jersey, and Darien, Connecticut.  She also served as director for alumni/ae and church relations for Austin Seminary. She is a member of Mission Presbytery and is parish associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin.

Ms. Lita Simpson, Vice Chair, Student Life Committee
McAllen, Texas
Trustee since 2011

Lita Simpson is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for Mission Presbytery. She is an elder and youth sponsor at First Presbyterian Church, McAllen, Texas. She has served in many capacities in the presbytery and in the wider church, including: directing youth conferences at Mo Ranch and Montreat, serving on one the Triennium Planning Teams where she has served  for 11 conferences in various capacities, serving on the Montreat Board of Directors, and serving a six-year term on the General Assembly Nominating Committee and two terms on the presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry. She was recently elected to serve on the Educator Certification Committee class of 2020.

Mr. Carlton Wilde Jr.,  Vice-Chair, Finance and Administration Committee
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2011

Carlton Wilde is a partner at Crady, Jewett & McCulley LLP in Houston, Texas. He practices general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, shareholder suits, employment law, trade secrets litigation, commercial landlord-tenant law, and legal malpractice defense. He attended the College of William and Mary and received a degree in economics from The University of Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston College of Law, where he was the senior associate editor of the Houston Law Review. A former clerk of session, he is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Houston.

Ms. Anne Vickery Stevenson, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee
Sugar Land, Texas
Trustee since 2008
Anne Stevenson has served as a community advocate in health and women’s issues since 1981. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Houston and briefly taught elementary school. Stevenson has held director positions at both Tradition Bank and Texas Coastal Bank since 1995. She served as a member of the board and also president of Fort Bend County Family Health Center and has served as a Bible study leader at The Women’s Home in Houston, Texas, since 1997. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Houston for thirty-four years and currently attends Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Her father, Edward D. Vickery, served on the Seminary’s Board of Trustees for eighteen years, seven of those as board chair.

 

Board Members

The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2016
Margaret Aymer joined the Austin Seminary faculty to teach New Testament in 2015 having previously taught at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Harvard University and Union Theological Seminary, her most recent books include James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God and Islanders, Islands, and the Bible: Ruminations. She has served on the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations since 2010, moderating the panel which writes the Bible Exegesis Ordination Examination for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).s

The Reverend Dr. Janice Bryant (MDiv’00, DMin’10)
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2014
Janice Bryant serves as associate minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. In 2002 she became the first Baptist female to be ordained in Austin. Janice is involved in leadership, communication, and educational outreach at her church and has been involved in spirituality counseling at an Austin residential substance abuse facility. She came to ministry from a 20-year career in education as a teacher specializing in Gifted Child Education and as a public school administrator. Janice earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Jackson State University and the University of Southern Mississippi and both her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Austin Seminary.

Ms. Claudia Carroll
Tyler, Texas
Trustee since 2011
Claudia Carroll is a member at First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, having served as deacon and ruling elder. She serves on the boards of PATH  (People Attempting to Help), an agency in Tyler serving those in need, and the Tyler Museum of Art. She sings with the Tyler Civic Chorale and the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. She is also a free-lance flutist.

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Christian Currie
Shreveport, Louisiana
Trustee since 2015
Chris Currie has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, since 2013. He served Calypso Presbyterian Church in North Carolina before earning his PhD in systematic theology at the University of Edinburgh, during which he served as a chaplain at Edinburgh Prison. He serves on the editorial board of the Scottish Parliamentary Review and is active in the Karl Barth Society of North America and Pines Presbytery.

The Reverend Consuelo Donahue (MDiv’96)
San Antonio, Texas
Trustee since 2010
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Consuelo Donahue is a 1996 graduate of Austin Seminary. Her ministry has been primarily in the area of hospice chaplaincy and she also served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church  and chaplain for Goodwill Industries in San Antonio. She serves as a member of the Stewardship Committee for the Synod of the Sun.

Dr. Beth Blanton Flowers
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2015
Beth Flowers is in private practice in psychiatry and is also an associate professor at the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Houston, Texas. She is an elder at St. Philip Presbyterian Church where she has also served as a deacon, a church school teacher, youth advisor, and as a member of numerous committees. Her community involvement includes Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services and The Gathering Place. Beth previously served nine years as an Austin Seminary Trustee from 2004-2013.

Mr. Stephen Giles
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2016
Stephen Giles is executive producer for UnRestricted Access and America Up Close, and has worked as an advertising, sales, and marketing executive with multiple Fortune 1000 companies. He is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

The Reverend Jesús “Jesse” González (MDiv’92)
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2015
Jesse González is the new interim pastor for New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin. He was formerly stated supply of First Presbyterian Church in McAllen, Texas. Previously he was organizing pastor to two Hispanic new church developments: Misión Presbiteriana Hispana in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Comunidad Presbiteriana Hispana in Springdale, Arkansas. A native of Mexico, Jesse is a 1992 graduate of Austin Seminary.

The Reverend Ann Herlin (MDiv’01)
Alexandria, Virginia
Trustee since 2014
Ann Herlin has been associate pastor of The Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia, since her graduation from Austin Seminary. She serves on the Church Development Committee of National Capital Presbytery. A graduate of Yale University and Austin Seminary, she was recipient of the Seminary’s prestigious Stitt Fellowship and attended a six-week clergy study program at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem in 2009. She is the daughter of Bruce Herlin, an Austin Seminary Trustee for more than thirty years.

The Reverend Rhashell Hunter
Louisville, Kentucky
Trustee since 2013

Rhashell Hunter is director of Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC(USA). She has served as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan, and as associate pastor for Worship, Music & the Arts at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She received the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and the Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary where she earned several awards. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Trinity University and a bachelor of arts in drama and journalism from the University of Houston.

The Reverend Keatan King
Trustee since 2016
Keaton King is associate pastor at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. She was a member of the Visions Taskforce of New Covenant Presbytery and formerly served as director of young adult ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas. She graduated from Austin College with a bachelor of arts in cultural anthropology and Spanish and received her Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is the daughter of Austin Seminary alumnus and former board member Carter King.

Mr. Steve LeBlanc
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2015
Steve LeBlanc is the founding partner of CapRidge Partners, a real estate operating company in Austin. Previously he managed $45 billion real estate and private equity portfolio for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. He is a trustee and governor of the Urban and Land Institute and is the advisory director of the Real Estate and Finance Council and professor at the McCombs School of Business at UT where he led the creation of the Real Estate Certificate Program for undergraduate students.

Dr. J. Sloan Leonard
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2016
Sloan Leonard is a pathologist and co-founder of DPA Laboratories. He is general partner with JSL Investments LTD and co-founder and director of Pegasus Bank in Dallas. A member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, he served on the HPPC Foundation (2003-10), as director of the investment committee for the Texas Presbyterian Foundation (2009-2014), and as chairman of the steering committee for Wee Kirk Presbyterian Church in Linville, North Carolina (2007-2012). He currently serves on the boards of Hydrotex Holdings Inc. and the Center for Non-Profit Management in Dallas.

Ms. Sue B. McCoy
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2015
Sue McCoy was a staff therapist at the Pastoral Counseling Center in Dallas for twenty years before transitioning to coordinator of marketing and event planning for the next fifteen; she retired in 2014. She holds degrees from the University of Texas and the University of North Texas. She is a ruling elder, having served at NorthPark Presbyterian Church and Highland Park Presbyterian Church, both in Dallas. She has served on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for Grace Presbytery and on the Board of Directors of the Pastoral Counseling Center, and was recently elected to the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Foundation Board. Her late husband, John, was a trustee emeritus at Austin Seminary.

The Reverend Matthew Miller (MDiv’03)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Trustee since 2015
Matthew Miller became pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, in 2013; he previously served churches in Sioux City, Iowa, and Pulaski, Tennessee. A graduate of The University of Colorado and Austin Seminary, he was a Commissioner to the 220th General Assembly and serves on the Committee on Preparation for the Presbytery of Santa Fe. He has been engaged with his communities through his participating in Albuquerque Religious and Clergy United, a multi-faith coalition aligned to speak out in response to officer-involved shooting deaths in Albuquerque, and on the boards of Hearts with Haiti and Siouxland CARES.

The Reverend Mark Ramsey
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2016
Mark Ramsey is senior pastor at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin. He serves on the Committee on Ministry for Mission Presbytery. He is associate editor for the Journal of Preachers and has served as an adjunct instructor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and on the Macedonian Ministry faculty.

Mr. Conrad  M. Rocha
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Trustee since 2015
Conrad Rocha is executive director of Law Access New Mexico, a not-forprofit law firm providing free civil legal services to New Mexico’s poor. He is also the Stated Clerk / Executive of the Synod of the Southwest. Deeply involved in the PC(USA),  he was vice president at the Menaul School and served on the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions, the General Assembly Council,  the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, Westminster Gardens Retirement Center (California), the Presbytery of Santa Fe, and has served on the Platform Team of the 211th through 221st General Assemblies . He is a also member of the System Planning Work Group for the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission of the State of New Mexico.

The Reverend Matthew E. Ruffner
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2016
Matthew Ruffner is senior pastor at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously he was associate pastor for mission at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and director of Sunday night youth programs. Ruffner has served as a consultant for the Cousins Family Foundation, working with the Cousins Fellowship Program for Seminaries. He has also worked as an admissions associate at Columbia Seminary.

Ms. Martha Crawley Tracey
Denver, Colorado
Trustee since 2015
Martha Tracey is vice president of Crawley Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crawley Petroleum, which she launched in 1995. Educated at Williams College and the Yale School of Management, she previously worked at Random House Publishing and in Dresdner Bank, both in New York. She serves as president of the Montview Foundation, an independent support organization for Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver, and she serves on the board of Opera Colorado. She is the daughter of former trustee James Crawley.

Mr. Michael G. Wright
Dallas, Texas

Trustee since 2015
Michael Wright is president of Medical Cities, Inc., which manages and leases Medical City Dallas, a 1.7 million-square-foot, 668-bed hospital and medical office complex in north Dallas. He is also a partner, overseeing the operations, of Business Jet Center and Business Jet Access which have grown to become the largest FBO and charter/management companies based at Dallas Love Field. He serves on the Board of Texas Christian University, Austin College, and Presbyterian Communities and Services. He has been an active member of  Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church since 1969.


Trustees Emeriti

Stephen A. Matthews
, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Max R. Sherman
, Austin, Texas
Louis H. Zbinden Jr., 
San Antonio, Texas



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