Board of Trustees




Joseph G. Taylor
President
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taylorj@hpisd.org

Joe Taylor was elected to the HPISD Board of Trustees in 2008, and was elected as Board President in 2015. He previously served as the Board Finance Officer and on the district’s Finance Committee.

Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Taylor received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1981. Following an 18-year career in banking, he joined Brinker International, Inc. as VP-Finance. He currently holds the position of VP-Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs for the company.

Taylor currently serves on the boards of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a member of the board and a past chairman of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. He also is a past president of the Hyer Dads Club.

He and his wife, Mary (HPHS ’78), have three daughters: Caroline, a 2009 graduate of Highland Park High School and a 2013 Texas A&M University graduate, Ellen, a 2011 graduate of Highland Park High School and a 2015 Texas A&M graduate, and Maggie, a 2014 graduate of Highland Park High School and a sophomore at Vanderbilt. The Taylors are all active members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church.



Paul E. Rowsey
Vice President
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rowseyp@hpisd.org

Paul Rowsey joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, and he currently serves as the Vice President of the Board. He previously served as the Board Secretary, and as a member of the Finance Committee, the Facilities Committee and the Superintendent Search Focus Group. Rowsey is a past president of the Highland Park Sports Club. 

He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Compatriot Capital, Inc., a real estate investment and operating company, and a subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc, one of the largest private companies in the United States. He also serves a Chairman of the Board of Directors  of ENSCO, plc, a publicly traded company based in London, and as chairman of the Investment Committee of E2M Partners, LLC, a sponsor and manager of private real estate equity funds.  Born and raised in Oklahoma, he is 36-year resident of the Park Cities. He is a 1977 graduate of Duke University with a degree in management science, and a 1980 graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law. 

Rowsey has previously served on numerous public and private boards of directors, and currently serves as a board member of a number of privately held companies and non-profits. A former board member of the Park Cities YMCA, Rowsey also served as chairman of the Park Cities YMCA Boys’ Sports Committee. He coached his children’s Park Cities YMCA sports teams for 14 years. 

He and his wife, Bonnie, have three children; Paul, a 2002 HPHS graduate and a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University, Fred, a 2006 HPHS graduate and a 2010 graduate of Harvard University, and Laura, a 2009 HPHS graduate and 2013 graduate of Texas Christian University. The Rowseys are members of University Park United Methodist Church.


   
  Sam Dalton
Secretary
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Daltons@hpisd.org 

Sam Dalton was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2011. He currently serves as Board Secretary, and has served as a member of the Calendar Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Demographic Study Committee, and as chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. 

Dalton is a native of Springfield, Mo., and a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Texas School of Law. He worked for 14 years as a commercial litigation attorney for Locke Purnell and Vinson & Elkins before branching out on his own.  He has managed a family investment partnership since 2006, and is involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures.

Dalton and his wife, Carol, have four children. Sam, Jr. is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, daughter Loring is in her third year at Texas Christian University, daughter Katie is a freshman at the University of Texas, and William is a freshman at Highland Park High School. The Daltons are members of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church
   

Kelly J. Walker
Finance Officer
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walkerk@hpisd.org

Kelly Walker joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, and serves as the Finance Officer. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the HP Education Foundation, and is a guild member of La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas. She previously served as the Chair to the Board Facilities Committee, and is a former member of the Hyer PTA Gift Committee and the HPISD Strategic Planning Committee.

Walker was born in Dallas and has been a University Park resident for the past 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in geology from Tarleton State University in 1985, and is a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Texas. She is the president and founder of Benchmark Environmental Consultants in Dallas, and she has previously served on public and private boards of directors and continues to serve as a board member and advisory member to privately held companies.

Walker served as a City of University Park councilperson from 2004-10 and the Mayor Pro Tem from 2008-09. She currently serves on the Capital Projects Committee for the city, the YMCA Girls Sports Committee and the C.A.R.E. board. 

She and
her husband, James P. Walker, Jr., have two children, Cameron, a junior at Highland Park High School and Claire, a freshman at Highland Park High School. The Walkers are members of the Highland Park United Methodist Church.

   
  James L. Hitzelberger
Trustee
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hitzelj@hpisd.org

Jim Hitzelberger joined the Board of Trustees in 2009, and he chairs the Facilities Committee. He previously served as Board Vice President. Prior to joining the board, he served as a member of the Finance Committee, the Facilities Committee, and the Superintendent Search Focus Group. Hitzelberger served as president of the Highland Park High School Alumni Association from 2004-06.

Hitzelberger is an attorney and mediator. Raised in the Park Cities, he is a 1974 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of San Diego and earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 1992. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1993 and to the Washington bar in 2002. He is a 2001 graduate of the American Academy of Attorney-Mediators.

Hitzelberger served as president of the Garland Bar Association. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association.

Jim is married to Laurie and is the father of three sons, Christian, a senior at Sam Houston State University, Michael, a sophomore at Bennington College, and Mark, a senior at Highland Park High School. The Hitzelbergers are members of Highland Park United Methodist Church.

   
  Lee E. Michaels
Trustee
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michael@hpisd.org

Lee Michaels joined the HPISD Board of Trustees in 2015.  Prior to her election, she served as a member of the Finance Committee and in numerous PTA roles, including President of HPMS and Chair of the Gift Committee, Parent Education Committee and Building/Grounds Committee for HPISD schools.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised primarily in Sarasota, Florida, Mrs. Michaels received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 1984. After a brief career in banking, she attended the SMU Dedman School of Law and received her law degree in 1991. She practiced corporate law for various firms and corporations for more than 10 years and also worked as a Career Counselor at The Dedman School of Law. 

She currently serves as the Member Co-Chair of the Grant Halliburton Foundation’s Auxiliary, an organization that addresses the mental health of teenagers and suicide prevention and on the board of C.A.R.E. (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education)
She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Vickery Meadow Food Bank, The Bridge and Vogel Alcove, where she plays with and rocks homeless babies and toddlers.

Lee and her husband, Paul, have two children. Kate is a 2011 HPHS graduate and a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Lindsey is a 2014 HPHS graduate and is a junior at Washington and Lee University. 


   
  Edward Herring
Trustee
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herrine@hpisd.org

Edward Herring was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2016. Prior to being elected to the Board, he served as a member of the District’s Finance Committee since 2014. 

Herring is the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Tailwater Capital, a specialized private equity firm focused on the energy industry.  He has over 20 years of investment experience, and his primary responsibilities at Tailwater include deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of the investments as well as management of the Firm.  Prior to co-founding Tailwater, Herring was a Partner with HM Capital and served on the firm’s Investment Committee.  He also worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1993-1996.  Raised in the Park Cities, Herring attended Bradfield Elementary, McCulloch Middle School and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1989.  Herring received a double major in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University in 1993 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.

Herring has previously served on numerous public and private boards of directors, and currently serves as a board member of seven privately-held companies in the energy sector.  As a former Board member of Capital for Kids, Herring has been active in charitable organizations focused on improving the lives and educational opportunities for children in North Texas.  Herring is also an active volunteer for the YMCA, and has coached his children’s sports teams for 30 seasons and counting.

He and his wife, Kay, who is also a 1989 Highland Park graduate, have four children who attend HPISD schools:  James, a junior at Highland Park High School; Johnny, an eighth-grader at HPMS; Luke, a sixth-grader at MIS; and Abbie, a fourth-grader at Armstrong Elementary.  The Herrings are members of Highland Park United Methodist Church.