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Mr. Brad Cravens, President

Mr. Cravens is serving his 8th consecutive term on the SISD Board of Trustees. He has served as Board President since 2003, and was Vice President in 2002. He has organized and led numerous strategic planning committees to study long-term district needs, and contributes financial expertise to the board’s budgeting process.

In 1999, Mr. Cravens founded the Sunnyvale Education Foundation (SEF), a non-profit organization that has donated $157,000 in teaching grants to the teachers and students of Sunnyvale School. He served several years on the SEF board, including two years as President. He is a PTA member and a lifetime charter member of the Raider Pride Booster Club (RPBC).

Mr. Cravens has also served his town on the Board of Adjustments and Sunnyvale 4B. He is a church Deacon, and has served as Finance Chair, Adult Sunday School Director, and youth Sunday school teacher. He also volunteers his time to coach youth baseball, football, basketball, and soccer.

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Mrs. Linda Gooch, Vice President

Linda currently serves as a director of TASB – representing Region 10.  During her tenure as director she has served on the Legislative Committee and as Vice Chair of the By-Laws Committee.   Previously, she was a member of the TASB Legislative Advisory Council (LAC) and also served on the Region 10 LAC, TASB School Board Advocacy Network, NSBA Federal Relations Network and NSBA Advocacy Institute.

Gooch, an assistant vice-president for Morgan Stanley, is in her eigth consecutive term on the SISD board, and currently serves as vice-president.  In addition, she has served as the board secretary.  Linda, has been honored the United States Presidential Volunteer Service award.  She received the Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree – the highest degree of honorary membership awarded by Texas FFA Association.  Locally, she served on the Town of Sunnyvale Home Rule Committee and helped draft the town’s first charter.

Gooch currently works with the SISD Alumni Association.  She has been active in the Sunnyvale Education Foundation as a board member and as its president, and has served the Sunnyvale PTA as the volunteer coordinator.  She also was a nine-year coach for one of Sunnyvale’s award-winning Destination Imagination teams.  She is also a lifetime member of the Raider Pride Booster Club.

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Mr. Michael Threet

Mr. Threet, Counsel for Haynes & Boone, LLP, is in his third term on the SISD Board of Trustees. He has served on school board committees exploring drug testing policy, high school graduation requirements, and campus and district ratings, and volunteers his legal expertise on new board policies and procedures. He served on the strategic planning committee to study long-term district needs that resulted in the creation of Sunnyvale High School. Mr. Threet supplements his board education with attendance at both TASB state and NSBA national conventions.

Mr. Threet is a lifetime charter member of the Raider Pride Booster Club, a Sunnyvale Education Foundation Board Member, and a member of the PTA. He is an active member of his church and is an ordained Deacon.

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Mr. Ben Wright

After serving Sunnyvale ISD as one of the most beloved teachers and coaches in Sunnyvale history from 1999-2015, Mr. Ben Wright continued his committment as a Raider by joining the SISD Board of Trustees in 2017. He serves as the board's representative for the Sunnyvale Education Foundation and is a member of the PTA. He has also been an active member of the Long-Term Facilities Planning Team (2017).
 
Ben graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999 and holds two Masters Degrees - one in Educational Administration (2003) and one in Anatomy and Physiology (2001). Both advanced degrees are from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
 
Ben and his wife, Karen live in Sunnyvale. They have three daughters who all currently attend (or will soon attend) Sunnyvale ISD schools.

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Dr. Pollye Hunter

Dr. Pollye Hunter joins the Board of Trustees as a 22-year public educator, with experience at all levels. Hunter has worked as a secondary teacher, coach and athletic administrator and has worked at both the elementary and secondary level as a school physical therapist. Hunter’s experience includes both general and special education in Crandall ISD, Mesquite ISD and at the Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation. Currently, she holds the position of Physical Therapist in Mesquite ISD’s Special Education Department.

Her contributions to SISD and the Sunnyvale community are many. She currently serves the district as a member of the finance team and the Staff Quality and Recruitment Action Team, a break-out of the SISD Strategic Planning Team. For the past four years, Hunter has served on the 4B Board for the Town of Sunnyvale which uses sales tax revenue for economic development projects that benefit the town.  She was also a member of the “Vote Yes” steering committee, during the high school bond election campaign.

“Membership on the finance committee has allowed me to work with other community leaders to determine strategies to help us navigate through financial constraints so that we can move forward as a district,” Hunter said. “For SISD to maintain our high standards in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities and competition, it is imperative that our leaders work together to determine feasible solutions to problems associated with adequately funding our schools.”

Dr. Hunter is a valuable, long-time Sunnyvale volunteer who has stepped up for countless activities including: SRYSA coaching, Sunnyvale FBC Upward coaching, spring and summer league coaching, SISD fine arts supporter, cheer and mascot supporter, SISD PTA activities on all levels, Special Olympics volunteer.

“I love SISD and the Raider family,” Hunter said. “The teachers, administrators, and staff work hard to provide all students with great learning opportunities not only in the classroom, but in extra-curricular activities as well. I’m all for doing whatever I can to support them and help our students be successful.”

Dr. Hunter and her husband, Mike, have lived in Sunnyvale for six years. They have two daughters, Landry and Morgan.

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Mr. Kelleyton Wilson, Sr.

Kelleyton J. Wilson, Sr. currently serves a Capital Markets Account Executive at Microsoft. He works with Hedge Funds, Institutional Investors, and Private Equity firms globally. He previously spent 4 ½ years as a Manager at Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services (FIAS).  While he specializes in Financial Services, Kelleyton worked in a complementary manner with each of the FIAS business verticals, but his primary areas of concentration were Mortgage Banking and Retail Credit Services. Additionally, Kelleyton brings a tremendous amount of expertise working collaboratively across Strategy, Risk & Advisory, Private Equity and Performance Improvement business verticals.

  Over the course of his tenure at A&M, Kelleyton was responsible for performing buy-side due diligence and providing analysis for a top tier private equity firm seeking to acquire four independently operated mortgage entities. He has also been engaged in various regulatory compliance remediation activities within multiple financial institutions.

  With more than 20 years of Banking and Financial Services experience, Kelleyton’s extensive hands on experience spans multiple corporate and consumer sectors including Securities, Insurance, and Banking. Prior to joining A&M, Kelleyton shouldered the position of Sr. Manager for Experis Consulting with a focus on financial services and mortgage banking. As a Senior Manager, Kelleyton was an integral part of a team which facilitated the transition of a fortune 100 company from Victoria British Columbia, Canada  to Lithuania. He also led successful engagements for three of the top five mortgage servicers in the United States with scopes ranging from ISO certification process reengineering, to policy and procedure development, to regulatory compliance remediation.

  Additionally, Kelleyton served as the Financial Manager for Beal Bank and was responsible for leading their Finance & Strategy team concentrating on the operational analytics, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the bank’s real estate portfolio, and CMO’s. Under his guidance, the Finance & Strategy team performed extensive due diligence and analysis utilized to facilitate the acquisition of banks that were under FDIC receivership. Kelleyton’s team was also responsible for the realignment of all cost centers and the preparation of the operating budget for submission to the Board of Directors.  

  Kelleyton holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts & Sciences with concentrations in Applied Economics and Finance from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and a Master’s Degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Kelleyton is married to his college sweetheart, Tamara. Together they have two amazing children; their son Kelleyton, Jr. (KJ) and their princess Kennedy. 

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Mrs. Lee Mathew, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC

Sunnyvale resident Lee Mathew, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC has been appointed to the SISD Board of Trustees. Mathew was sworn in during the November board meeting. She joins the board with 17 years experience in the healthcare industry.

“We are excited to add Lee,” Superintendent Doug Williams said. “Her background and experience will provide a great resource to our Team of 8, especially during this unique school year. Her commitment to our district wellness and diversity teams and the PTA board have showcased her commitment and knowledge.”

Mrs. Mathew, who is the Director of Clinical Operations at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Sunnyvale, brings expertise and leadership in the healthcare industry to SISD’s governing board - qualities important to any district facing the challenges of a global pandemic. However, for SISD, Mrs. Mathew’s skills and experience also position her uniquely as an advocate for the many SISD students who participate in the Health Science Technology Program.

“I am passionate about developing new leaders and serving as a mentor to many in my professional and personal roles,” Mathew said. "One of my goals would be to support initiative that aids in innovation – which facilitates futuristic thinking and problem solving. My personal beliefs in mentoring and leadership development will naturally support the SISD goals of student learning, recruitment and retention, innovation and future readiness and overall wellness. My background in healthcare especially during the pandemic has been focused on psychological safety and overall well-being.”

Mrs. Mathew is also a passionate advocate for issues of diversity and inclusion and has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Team, which recently submitted recommendations to the Board of Trustees, which were unanimously approved.

“I think the board and school administration has done a great job of creating diversity as a priority,” Mrs. Mathew said. “I also think that diversity in thought and inclusivity will create an exceptional student body that will be effective leaders as they progress in their lives.”

Mrs. Mathew says that her passion for service in the community and her belief in quality education led to her decision to take on the role of trustee, a position made vacant when trustee Nick Sloan recently resigned. She believes that, “...the school board is responsible for laying the foundation and putting in the building blocks for students to learn, grow and achieve at the highest level possible.”

Mrs. Mathew and her husband, John, live in Sunnyvale with their twin children, Amelia and Nathanael, who attend Sunnyvale Elementary School.