Place 1 - Carlin Friar
Board Committee(s): Finance and 504/Special Education Advisory
Mr. Carlin Friar holds the position of Boerne Independent School District Board Member for Place 1.
Mr. Friar is serving his third, three-year term as a BISD Board Trustee.
After graduating from Boerne High School in 1989, Mr. Friar received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has been in the banking and financial services industry for 34 years.
He and his wife Susan have triplets, Blake, Grant and Chloe, who are attending Champion High School.
When asked why he joined the BISD School Board he said, “I was provided a fantastic public education, and graduated from Boerne High School. As a lifelong area resident, my hope is that I can provide perspective and leadership to the District so that current and future students have those same great opportunities, while the District continues to evolve through rapid growth.” Mr. Friar added, “Boerne ISD has the best students, teachers, support staff, administration, and Superintendent in the State of Texas, and we get to live in the best community in the State. Having been recently recognized as HEB’s Excellence in Education Small School District of the Year, the Region 20 School Board of the Year, and Region 20 Superintendent of the Year is a reflection of the support we receive from the community, and an acknowledgment that every decision we make is analyzed in a way to ensure that we are on a trajectory that strives to improve the educational opportunities for every one of our students.”
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family; hunting; and, fishing whenever possible.
Place 2 - Joe Tidwell
Board Committee(s): Technology and Instructional Programs
Dr. Joe Tidwell is a member of the Boerne High School Class of 1995. His children currently attend Boerne schools.
He graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a doctorate in Cognitive and Neural Systems from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Tidwell is in the data science industry.
"As the district has grown, we have been able to provide many more opportunities both inside and outside the classroom than existed when I was a student here; however, the flip side of that growth is that we have to be careful to maintain the high standards and character of our district. We have a great opportunity to make BISD even better than it is today, but we must also focus on maintaining what made it great in the first place."
Place 3 - Jessica Davila-Burnett
Board Committee(s): Legislative, 504/Special Education Advisory, and Communications
Mrs. Davila-Burnett holds the position of board member for Place 3 for Boerne Independent School District.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word and graduated from the inaugural cohort of the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Women’s Campaign School. She received her executive coaching credentials from the CaPP Institute in Peachtree City, GA.
Davila-Burnett owns her own communications and executive coaching firm, JDB Public Relations, located in Boerne.
She and her husband are the parents of two daughters. One at BMSS, and one who graduated from Champion High School in 2020 and now attends UIW.
“BISD is an exemplary school district filled with dedicated teachers, staff, students, parents, and community partners. My family and I are blessed to call Boerne our home. We love BISD!”
Place 4 - Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper
Board Committee(s): Boerne Education Foundation and Facilities
Mrs. Gonzalez-Cooper's children graduated from or currently attend Boerne ISD schools. She was a Biology major at The University of Texas-San Antonio. Currently, she is the owner/director of Artworks Art Studio.
"As a parent, I believe every child deserves the opportunity to receive an excellent education in a safe learning environment. I wish to support Boerne ISD and the community by continuing the positive relationship which has been built."
Place 5 - Garrett Wilson
Board Committee(s): Finance
After attending Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Garrett graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Tech. Garrett is a banker in the Boerne community. Garrett and his wife have two children that attend elementary school in BISD. Garrett enjoys running, hiking, spending time with his family and being involved at church.
“World class education is a team sport that requires the involvement of everyone in the community. We’re extraordinarily blessed to live in a district where our parents, teachers, administrative staff, churches, and businesses are enthusiastically going to bat for our children every day. This teamwork is what makes Boerne such a special place to live.”
Place 6 - Donna Sharp
Mrs. Sharp has served BISD as a PTO president, Boerne Education Foundation board member and president, and Board of Trustees president. All three of her daughters have attended Boerne ISD schools since kindergarten through graduation from Boerne-Samuel V. Champion high school.
Mrs. Sharp graduated from the University of Texas-San Antonio and works for the Kendall County Criminal District Attorney's office.
"I believe a high-quality education is key to an individual's future opportunities and an educated society can make the world a better place. BISD knows how imperative it is to provide its students with many opportunities to learn and help them become self-aware critical thinkers and lifelong learners."
Place 7 - Rich Sena
Board Committee(s): Legislative, Facilities, and Transportation
Mr. Rich Sena holds the position of board member for Place 7 for Boerne Independent School District.
Mr. Sena is in his 4th year as a BISD Board Trustee.
After graduating from Pelham Memorial High School in New York, Mr. Sena received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Colgate University.
Mr. Sena owns his own insurance agency and has two children. His daughter is a 4th-grade teacher at NEISD's Adams Elementary, and his son is a sales associate at Ken Batchelor Cadillac. Both of his children were educated in Boerne ISD for all 13 years of elementary and secondary education.
When asked why he joined the BISD School Board he said, “Providing a strong education for our children is the most important thing a community can do. I want future generations of Boerne ISD students to have the same excellent experience that my children had.” Mr. Sena added, “I want to use my God-given skills to help plan for a prosperous and beneficial future for our students.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and studying public policy.
Mr. Sena’s favorite quote on education is “Climb High, Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky, Your Aim the Star”.