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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.

Ms. Elizabeth Christian, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2007

Elizabeth Christian, a fourth-generation Austinite and journalism graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, has a 40-year career in public relations and media. In addition to running an award-winning PR firm, which serves such clients as United Way for Greater Austin, St. David’s HealthCare, Google and Google Fiber, Texas Mutual Insurance, SouthWest Water Co., and others, she is active in the community. She serves as president of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is on the board of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is very involved in the Austin Area Research Organization and is on the board of trustees of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

The Honorable David Peeples, Secretary
; Vice Chair, 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. 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.

Mr. Jackson Farrow Jr., Vice 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. They belong to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston where they lead a Bible study discipleship class and serve in other leadership capacities.

The Reverend James Lee (MDiv’00), Chair, Trustee Committee
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2010

A 2000 graduate of Austin Seminary, James Lee is pastor of New Covenant Fellowship of Austin, a multicultural Presbyterian new church development. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Texas where he played football for the Longhorns (1986-91). He worked in the Texas Attorney Generals’ Office, for Austin Seminary, as field staff for the General Assembly Office of Multicultural Ministries, and he currently serves on the African Council for the Synod of the Sun and on the board of Mo-Ranch.

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 worships and serves 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 ministry for Mission Presbytery. She also serves on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry of Mission Presbytery, The Presbyterian Youth Workers Association Core Team, the Montreat Conference Center Board, the Board of El Instituto, and the General Assembly Nominating Committee. She is an elder and youth sponsor at First Presbyterian Church, McAllen, Texas.

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. Elizabeth Currie Williams, Chair, Investment Committee

Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 1997; 2007

Liz Williams retired in 2008 having served as CFO, then treasurer, of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for nineteen years. She has earned degrees from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and the University of Virginia and has done graduate study at Yale University and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Business School. She has served as director on corporate boards including Chaparral Steel Company, Texas Industries Inc., and Sterling Bancshares, and is active in community and church service organizations including The Hockaday School, the Summerlee Foundation, and NorthPark Presbyterian Church where she is an elder. Elected the first woman to chair Austin Seminary’s Board of Trustees in 2002, she is the daughter, granddaughter, sister and sister-in-law of Austin Seminary graduates.


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.

The Reverend Dr. Whitney Bodman, Faculty Representative
Austin, Texas

Whitney Bodman joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2002 and is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Religion. A 1977 MDiv graduate of Duke Divinity School, Bodman pastored United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts for twelve years before returning to graduate school, receiving a ThD from Harvard Divinity School in 2004. Active in various interfaith dialogue, he is currently the president of Texas Impact and serves on the board of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy. He is active in Interfaith Action (iAct) and Austin Interfaith and is a member of the National Council of Churches Local and Regional Ecumenical Network and the NCC Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian Dialogues. He is also the Islam editor of the Religious Studies Review.

 

Board Members

Mr. James Allison
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2014

Jim Allison has recently 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. Allison 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). Allison 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.

The Reverend Dr. Janice Bryant (MDiv’00, DMin’10)
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2014 

Janice Bryant served as Minister of Christian Education at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin, Texas from 2004 to 2013. 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 at 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 Joseph J. Clifford
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2007

Joe Clifford is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas. Previously he was pastor of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and pastor of Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, both in Georgia. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University, the MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the DMin in preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary. He also serves on the boards of Austin College and Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The Reverend Katherine Bywaters Cummings (MDiv’05)
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 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.

The Reverend Jesús “Jesse” González (MDiv’92)
McAllen, Texas
Trustee since 2015

Jesse González became stated supply of First Presbyterian Church in McAllen,  Texas, in July 2014. 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, for thirteen years. 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Reverend Karl Brian Travis
Ft. Worth, Texas
Trustee since 2008

Karl Travis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to that he served Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan, and congregations in Roswell, New Mexico, and Clermiston, Scotland. He is a frequent preacher and retreat speaker, has chaired the denomination’s Special Offerings Review Task Force and numerous presbytery and synod committees. He graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio and was awarded an Honours BD from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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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