Who We Are

Our Mission

The Texas Public Charter Schools Association (TPCSA) is committed to making sure every child in Texas has access to a high-quality public school that will set them on the path to future success. Working as complements to ISDs, public charter schools in Texas are preparing the workforce of the future - more students to and through colleges, universities, and technical training programs. Public charter schools are accountable to taxpayers and are doing their part to help the state meet its academic goals so that all Texas children can thrive.

TPCSA's mission is to support and advocate for public charter schools to ensure every family has the ability to choose a high-quality public school. We are committed to informing the public and policymakers about the value of charter schools and advancing policies that will enable public charter schools to serve students well.


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Starlee Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
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Michelle Agullar
Government Affairs Project Manager
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Katrina Corte
Special Events Manager
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Brandon Garcia
Director of Outreach & Advocacy, Central Texas
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Laurel Garcia
Director of Continuing Education
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Elizabeth Gunter
Development Project Manager
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Ryan Hecker
Political Director, Charter Schools Now
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Tamoria Jones
Senior Attorney & Director of Regulatory Affairs
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Natalie Kaharick
Chief Operating Officer
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Nadia D. Luna
Vice President of Member Services
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Timothy Mattison, Ph.D
Director of Policy and Research
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Shreé Medlock
Vice President of Strategic Engagement
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Alesia Palmer
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Erin Tholen
Chief of Staff
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Brian Whitley
VP of Policy & Advocacy

Board of Directors

Chuck Cook, Chair
Responsive Education Solutions
Chris Barbic, Vice Chair
El Dorado Capital
Kathleen Zimmermann, Treasurer
NYOS Charter School
George Pedraza, Secretary
Wells Fargo Public Finance
Stacy Alton 
Leadership Prep School
John Armbrust 
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Fatih Ay 
Harmony Public Schools
Richard Baumgartner 
Rise Academy
Tom Castro 
El Dorado Capital
Eddie Conger 
International Leadership of Texas
Dr. Jennifer Goodman 
Odyssey Academy
JoAnn Gama 
Idea Public Schools
Joe Hoffer 
Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
Virginia Lannen 
Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Christopher Mayes 
Beatrice Mayes Institute
Sehba Ali 
KIPP Public Charter Schools
Brent Wilson 
Life School