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Latisha Andrews

Founder & Superintendent of The Beta Foundation

Latisha Andrews graduated Summa Cum Laude from Capella University with a Master of Business Administration. She is a passionate leader focused on bringing exceptional education to her community. Once reprimanded for “dreaming too big”, she is on a mission to provide a world-class educational opportunity to all children in pursuit of their dreams. With her heart for the community, she brings over sixteen years of educational leadership experience and volunteer tutoring services to the community’s disadvantaged and at-risk children.

 

In 2010, Latisha successfully launched a private K-6, low-cost tuition school in an economically disadvantaged area of Houston, Texas. Relentlessly focused on the educational needs within the community, she partnered with Responsive Education Solutions in 2013, successfully launching a charter school in an adjacent community.  In its first year of operation, that new campus earned four Distinct Designations: Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps, Top 25% Student Progress, Reading/ELA Academic Achieving, and Math Academic Achievement.

 

On her quest to offer a tuition-free school to her own neighborhood, Latisha opened the first Beta Academy Charter School in the fall of 2015. The school has been recognized with several distinct designations each year and is named on the Texas Honor list.

Meet Our Executive Team

Raquell Sartor

Chief Academic Officer

Martha Smith

Chief Business Officer

Kendra Hampton

Chief of Schools

Helen Abernathy

Executive Director of Research and Development

Meet Our Campus Leaders

Ciara Johnson

Principal (PK-3)

Tracy Cook

Assistant Principal (PK-3)

Maury Jacobs

Principal (4-12)

Alex Benitez

Dean of Scholars (4-12)

Amanda Haygood

Dean of School Culture (2-12)

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Daniel P Neely, CTP

Board President

Daniel is passionate about assisting local businesses, Middle Market Companies, and Public Entities who are focused on growth.  Growth and profitability are the primary keys to a healthy organization and Daniel adds value to his clients by taking time to understand their business and the key components that drive their growth and profitability.  Daniel’s expertise is in defining organizational needs and providing transformational leadership in helping guide organizations through change.

 

A financial services executive with focused tenure in end-to-end Treasury and Liquidity Solutions, Daniel currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Treasury and Liquidity Solutions for Independent Bank N.A. where he leads the Treasury Management business line for the Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Waco markets managing Sales, Technical Sales, Implementations, Public Funds, and Business Unit Financial Reporting.  Daniel has a broad awareness of overall banking industry, financial services, and deep experience with working capital concepts across most major industries.

 

 Receiving his B.B.A. in Management from The Florida Institute of Technology, Daniel also earned a CTP, Certified Treasury Professional, designation from the Associations of Financial Professionals.  As a subject matter expert on cyberfraud, wire fraud, and check fraud, Daniel speaks at a number of financial conferences across the State of Texas, most recently at the County Treasurers' Association of Texas Conference.

 

When he is not working he loves spending time with his wife and 3 children, soon to be 4 children.  Daniel played basketball through college and now enjoys playing in the driveway with his 5 year old and 4 year old sons.  He will officially retire when they can beat him.  Daniel has been involved in coaching youth sports, and has been an active volunteer with a number of charities including Reach out America and Shades of Hope. Daniel has also served on a variety of boards including Beta Academy, Reach out America Advisory Board, and TSYS Advisory Board.

Tim King

Vice President & Treasurer of The Beta Foundation

Timothy Wayne King, an entrepreneur in the oil fitting business since 1981, established Tubular Resources in Sugar Land, Texas, after attending St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. As the president of his own company for over thirty years, Tim has mastered the fiduciary challenges associated with a start-up operation, as well as those encountered during the natural growth and constriction of business opportunities through the years.

 

Tim’s experience with the financial details of business makes him an ideal treasurer for the board of directors. He exercises oversight of annual budget preparation and general financial operations as well as the development of sound financial strategies for continuous growth and expansion.

 

As large as his body of business acumen is Tim’s heart for the under-served and at-risk populations at home and abroad. He is a board member of Ima’s Home for Children, an orphanage in the Philippines, and a long-time financial supporter of local 4H Clubs and the Pasadena Rodeo. Reach Out America, an international emergency relief organization, is another of Tim’s philanthropic interests. For over twenty-five years, however, Tim’s compassionate financial support for community events in southeast Houston, where Beta Academy has opened its first campus, demonstrates an equally sincere commitment to the under-served close to home.

Erika Jones

Board Member

A product of HISD magnet schools, Erika D. Jones is passionate about community engagement, outreach and making a difference in the lives of Houstonians. As a community development officer for Frost Bank, she plans and implements outreach strategies and opportunities geared toward low-to-moderate income individuals and families.

 

Erika has a heart for children of all ages. She is a board member for L.I.F.E. Houston, an agency providing emergency formula for babies, and a longtime volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement, recently serving on their Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Former board seats include Young Audiences of Houston, which provides fine arts to K-12 students, and Hope for Youth, a Christian non-profit providing opportunities for transient youth.

 

Erika’s educational background includes a B.B.A. in International Business from Sam Houston State University, M.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Texas Southern University. Much to the displeasure of her three children, she also holds a teaching certificate for grades 4 through 8.

 

Anita Archer

Secretary of The Beta Foundation

Serving as Board Secretary for The Beta Foundation, Anita brings over twenty-five years of educational experience to Beta Academy. A certified Gifted and Talented teacher, she served by invitation on Governor George W. Bush's Reading Initiative Committee. Her expansive store of experience and service provides both practical and theoretical evidence of her subject mastery and her enthusiasm for meeting each scholar’s needs.

 

Anita is an expert in Classroom Technology Integration and Whole Language teaching methods. Experienced in technology lab design and creation, she has written instructional guides and conducted numerous training events and in-services in classroom technology insertion across all disciplines for teachers and schools throughout Texas. Her highly successful implementation of Whole Language teaching and small group instruction for students with limited English proficiency was widely recognized as exemplary and ultimately served as the program implementation model across multiple Texas school districts. As a Mastery Teacher for Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston, Anita provided classroom demonstration, guidance, and evaluations for student teachers.

 

An accomplished public speaker, Anita has been a contributor at elementary principal and supervisor conferences and training events for Pasadena Independent School District, including her presentation entitled, “Classroom Technology Integration: A Teaching Tool, Not an Independent Workstation”.  As a guest speaker for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) convention in Austin, Texas, she spoke on “Developing Proficient Readers and Writers through Whole Language Methods”.

 

Among her many recognitions and accomplishments, Anita received the District Award for Achievement and was nominated for the HEB “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award for two consecutive years.

 

Anita graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on History. Her graduate work was completed at the University of Texas and the University of Houston, in the areas of Children with Learning Language Disabilities (LLD), Multi Cultural Studies, and Technology.

Teresa Sones

Board Member

A former educator with over 30 years of classroom and administrative experience, Teresa Sones believes every student deserves a great school—one that graduates future community leaders equipped to function confidently, effectively, responsibly, and joyfully in an increasingly complex global society.

 

When Teresa retired from education to help launch and manage an international procurement company, her service-oriented mindset contributed to the firm’s reputation for exceeding client expectations with respect to their multi-national supply chain requirements. Her experience in school administration supported the implementation of sound business practices and accountability standards. And Teresa’s love for teaching translated into mentoring employees and effective team building.

 

A leader who has consistently demonstrated a heart for serving others, Teresa is now active in government-sponsored disaster relief and enjoys volunteering in community service efforts as well. A wife, mother to one daughter and son-in-law, and grandmother to four, Teresa enjoys reading, teaching small groups, traveling and spending time with family and friends of all ages.

 

Jan Saunders

Board Member

As a licensed real estate agent for over 20 years, Jan Saunders realized very early in her career the importance of good schools to a community.  One of the number one priorities of families who are relocating into an area is to make sure their home is zoned to a good school.  Good schools are an important anchor of a community.

 

When the opportunity arose for Jan and her family to live internationally when her two children were young, it was the opportunity of a good education and the experience of travel that became a deciding factor in her husband accepting the position.  And a wonderful experience it was!  Travel is still an experience both Jan and her husband and now adult children and grandchildren enjoy.

 

The opportunity to serve on the board of Beta Academy is considered an honor that Jan takes very seriously.   Jan’s ambition in serving is to partner with the other board members, administration and community to make Beta Academy a shining star among Charter schools.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Carl Glaw

Advisory Board Chair

W. Carl Glaw, Jr. CPA, CGMA, FVS is the founder and managing partner of GLO CPA’s, a top accounting firm in Houston since 1981.  A fourth generation Houstonian and strong proponent of education, Carl is a 1977 graduate of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and continues to support many of the University’s programs.  Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003 and Volunteer of the Year in 2007, he has served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also founded and chaired for two terms, the Advisory Board of the Bauer College of Business, Department of Accounting and Taxation and was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board Executive Committee.

 

In addition to his work at the University of Houston, Carl is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) College of Engineering.  He was instrumental in helping bring Cyber Engineering to the university, making HBU the second university in the world to offer this type of engineering degree. Carl has also joined HBU’s Dunham College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

 

Carl is a longtime supporter of many clubs and philanthropic organizations that seek to better the local Houston community and beyond. He’s a member of the C Club, the Northwest Pachyderm Club, University of Houston Political Action Committee, the Houstonian Club and many, many more.

 

Tirelessly committed to the accounting profession and his community, Carl is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation for which he has worked diligently for 15 years.  Texas Business Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide scholarships for students in 22 Texas colleges. Carl is Chairman of the Finance Committee and has served as a committee member since 2010.

 

 

 

Ann Ziker

Advisory Board Member

With over 20 years of experience, Ann oversees the overall management and leadership of the Brown Foundation, whose mission is to build strong and more vibrant communities. She works closely with the Board of Trustees to determine the foundation’s strategy and focus.

 

Prior to joining The Brown Foundation, Ann served as Executive Vice President; Executive Director (interim); and Vice President for Advancement for YES Prep Public Schools, an award-winning public charter school network. Before joining YES Prep, Ann was the founding Managing Director for Education Pioneers–Houston and a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where she served public and private sector clients on a variety of strategic and organizational issues.

 

Ann holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science, magna cum laude, and a doctorate in History from Rice University. She and her husband have lived in Houston for many years and have two children.

 

 

Willie Davis

Advisory Board Member

Willie Davis has spent his life in the service of others.  Raised in the Third Ward by a single mother, in a home with 10 siblings, he is no stranger to hardship.  Wealth and comfort were luxuries he was unfamiliar with, but these hard times taught him a lesson that he would carry with him for the rest of his life.  It’s people and the relationships we have with them that is important.  As Willie puts it, “We had very little money and it was a hard time, but what we did have was each other.”

 

What he learned from taking care of friends and family, he carried with him when he joined the United States Army.  When he left the military he answered a higher calling of service and became a pastor.  With three decades of ministering to the spiritual needs of those around him, Pastor Willie Davis tirelessly tended to his congregation at the MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church on the Southside, and continues to do so today.

 

Lynne Tiras

Advisory Board Member

Lynne Tiras, CMP is President and Owner of International Meeting Managers, Inc. (IMM), an association, meetings, marketing and special events management company. The company was formed in 1986 by Lynne.

 

Lynne served for seventeen years on the Board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has served on various industry Meetings Advisory Boards and major industry Editorial Board publications.  Currently, Lynne serves on the Houston Community Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation and on the Associated Luxury Hotels Industry (ALHI) Advisory Council. Lynne served as Executive Director for 29 years for the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

 

In 2017, Lynne was named as one of the Top Influential Women by Smart Meetings Magazine in the Leadership Category and in 2019 named one of Connect Magazine Association’s 15 over 50 in their inaugural list.

 

Lynne is Past President of the Houston Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and was named Meeting Planner of the Year for 1988 -1989. Lynne served on the international level of MPI’s Advisory Council of Special Interest Groups for Independent Meeting Professionals from 1992 through 1998 and served as chair of that council for 1994 -1995. Lynne was one of the first in the hospitality industry to obtain the title of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Lynne has been a writer for industry publications and a speaker at both local and international Hospitality Industry meetings.

 

Besides working professionally with her husband, Harvey Tiras, CPA, Lynne is most proud of her family including Harvey, daughter, Pam, son, Craig, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

James Mable

Advisory Board Member

James Mable serves as the first Director of Career & Job Placement Services at Houston Community College. Mable has been in the role since December 2017. He has worked in a variety of Career Services environments including the for-profit sector at American InterContinental University where he attained a 91% job placement rate as a Career Advisor.

Mable also served as Alumni Career Services Assistant Director at the University of Houston and later served as Director of Career & Calling at Houston Baptist University.

 

In his current role, the Career & Job Placement Services department was newly formed in the spring of 2018 and Mable provides shared oversight of the six Career Centers throughout the HCC System. Houston Community College has an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students.

 

Mable is from College Station, TX. He served in the United States Marines immediately after high school and later attained his Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Master of Education both at Sam Houston State University. Mable is also a certified Professional Resume Writer.

Ludmila Golovine

Advisory Board Member

Graduate of the first class of the University of Houston (UH) Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE) at Bauer College of Business, Ludmila (Mila) Rusakova Golovine, years later, runs the global language solutions company she presented in her class business plan and then started in 1993.  She has grown MasterWord into a top-ranked multi-million-dollar company that delivers language access and enables success of international organizations, projects, and initiatives in over 250 languages.

 

As a professional translator, interpreter and business leader, she made a lifetime commitment to quality, innovation, and connecting people across language and culture. Golovine believes community involvement and service on both personal and corporate levels are the backbone of any organization. She is the Texas Chapter Manager and the Strategic Partnerships Manager for the Global Chapter of Women in Localization; serves on the Board of Translation Commons, a nonprofit online platform advancing linguistic professional enrichment for under-resourced languages; chairs the Advisory Subcommittee for the Translation and Interpretation Program at the Houston Community College; serves on the Survivor Service Committee of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition for Victims of Human Trafficking, serves on the Advisory Board for the Mind, Body, Spirit Institute of The Jung Center;  served on the Board of the Rothko Chapel, and is an active member of several professional organizations.

 

She is an advocate of social justice and is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including Houston Business Journal's 2019 Women Who Mean Business Award; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Gulf Coast Area Finalist (2017), and Congressional Recognition G7 “Excellence in International Service” award (2015).

Sean Harman

Advisory Board Member

Sean Harman is Senior Associate of Belvoir Real Estate Group, with a primary focus in brokerage and return maximization through the acquisition of investment property portfolios.

 

Over the last 3 years, he has helped lead Belvoir Real Estate Group in becoming one of the fastest growing commercial brokerages in the Greater Houston Area. Sean has over 10 years of

education and youth development experience. As a former Algebra I Curriculum Chair, he led a

Title I School to a Texas Outstanding Math Achievement Award and a 94% overall passing rate

on STAAR EOC.

 

Sean is a native Houstonian, member of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and proud

product of Galena Park ISD.

 

Education

Sam Houston State University, M. Ed. Instructional Leadership (2016)

Sam Houston State University, B.S. Business Administration in Accounting (2009)

 

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