Place 1 - Carlin Friar
Board Committee(s): Finance, Facilities, Security
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 37 years.
He and his wife Susan have triplets, Blake, Grant and Chloe, who are all Champion High School graduates.
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, Facilities, Security
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
Board Committee(s): Program Evaluation, Whole Child, SHAC, Communication
Ms. Davila 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 is a professional communicator and works for a global investment management firm.
She has two daughters. One at Champion High School, 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): Security, Legislative Advocacy, Boerne Education Foundation
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, Legislative Advocacy
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 - Kristi Schmidt
Board Committee(s): Program Evaluation, Whole Child, Communication, PTO
Born and raised in West Texas, Mrs. Schmidt was the first person in her family to attend college thanks to her incredible teachers and administrators in public education. She was the last graduating class of Southwest Texas, now Texas State, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, specializing in middle school ELA/Reading/SS and minoring in child psychology.
Mrs. Schmidt was hired at Boerne Middle School North where she taught 7th and 8th grade English and coached volleyball, basketball, and tennis. She served as the StuCo Sponsor, Talent Show Coordinator, mentor teacher for emergency certification teacher, and was even a bus driver for field trips and sporting events.
She left teaching to raise Greyhounds of her own, but kept involved by substituting, volunteering as PTO President, serving on site-based decision committees, district education improvement committees, and the district communications committee.
Outside of school, her 3 teenagers keep her and her husband busy with all of their extracurriculars. They have two at Boerne High School and one at Boerne Middle School North; all three attended Curington Elementary. They are all athletes, so they spend a lot of time on fields, in gyms, and at the courts.
Her family has attended First Baptist Church Boerne for twenty years where they currently help to lead the new member luncheons. Mrs. Schmidt enjoyed spending several years in the children’s ministry department, teaching and leading family activities to children and their families. The Schmidt family also enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and spending time with their family and friends.
Her passion for serving, combined with her genuine care for the students and staff in BISD is what led her to run for the BISD Board of Trustees, Place 6. Boerne is the best place to live, work, and raise a family and she wants to do her part to help maintain this, especially during growth. She strives for communities to thrive and understand that a great village takes obligation, respect, love, conviction, patience, and example.
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” - John C Maxwell
“This is life. Learning to deal with struggle and to develop responsibility is crucial. A good parent prepares the child for the path, not the path for the child. We can still demonstrate gentle and attached parenting without raising children who melt away on a rainy day.” - Jen Hatmaker
Place 7 - Rich Sena
Board Committee(s): Finance, Facilities, Legislative Advocacy
Mr. Rich Sena holds the position of board member for Place 7 for Boerne Independent School District.
Mr. Sena is in his 10th 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 Comal ISD's Bill Brown Elementary, and his son is a sales associate at David Weekly Homes. 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”.