Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees
The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members, each of whom has been elected to serve a three-year term. School board members are entrusted with the responsibility of setting policy and promoting educational excellence for Highland Park ISD, and receive no compensation.
President, Place 2
Term expiration: 2024
Maryjane Bonfield was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2021.
Bonfield attended University Park Elementary School, McCulloch Middle School and Highland Park High School, where she graduated “Top Ten” and received the Blanket Award in 1996. She received a double major in mathematics and fine arts from Vanderbilt University in 2000 and earned her law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2004. Between college and law school, Bonfield worked as a business consultant for Arthur Andersen. Following law school, she worked as a judicial clerk for the Texas Supreme Court and then as a corporate attorney for Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP.
Prior to being elected to the Board, Bonfield served in many different volunteer capacities across the district. She has served as a member of the HPISD Facilities Advisory Committee, the HPISD Technology Committee, the Highland Park Education Foundation Board, as well as the Foundation’s Bylaws Committee. Bonfield co-chaired the Hyer Legacy Committee and chaired the 5th Elementary PTO Establishment Committee. She has held several different positions within the Hyer PTA including the e-News Chair, Cafeteria Finance Chair, and most recently, Hyer PTA President.Bonfield is married to Chris Bonfield. They have three children, all of whom attend HPISD schools: Boone (Class of 2026), Mary Hays (Class of 2028), and Duke (Class of 2030). The Bonfields are active members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
Vice President, Place 3
Term expiration: 2025
Benson is a partner at Akerman LLP, a national law firm with over seven hundred attorneys. His legal practice focuses on business and securities litigation, and he serves as head of the litigation practice group in Dallas. Benson considers it an honor to use his law degree on pro bono matters, particularly adoption. He graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in history and a minor in Spanish, and from the University of Texas School of Law. Studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was a highlight of college and fostered a life-long love of travel and appreciation for other cultures.
In addition to his volunteer roles for HPISD, Benson has been an Eagle Project Coach for Boy Scout Troops 82 and 518. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 1990 and is proud to be the parent of two Eagle Scouts, with his youngest son on the trail to Eagle.
Benson is married to Amy, who has served in various PTA roles since 2014. They have three sons: Carter (Class of 2023) attends Texas A&M University, Caleb (Class of 2025) is a junior at HPHS and Barrett (Class of 2030) is a sixth grader at HPMIS. The Bensons are active members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Benson serves as a deacon.
Secretary, Place 4
Term expiration: 2025
Finance Officer, Place 1
Term expiration: 2024
Doug Woodward was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2021 and serves as the school board's Finance Officer.
Prior to his election to the Board, he served as a member of the 2019 HPISD Boundary Rezoning Committee as well as numerous volunteer leadership roles across HPISD campuses.
Born and raised in Allenhurst, NJ, Woodward graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 1984 and his MBA from Rollins College in 1996. He began his professional career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH and has built a successful career in Consumer Goods with executive roles at Walt Disney Attractions, 7-Eleven Inc., MillerCoors and Dean Foods. Currently, he serves as Vice President, Sales Strategy & Operations at CROSSMARK, a leading national sales and marketing services agency based in Plano.
In addition to his HPISD service, Woodward is a graduate of Leadership University Park and has served the city on numerous committees including Public Safety, Retail Advisory and the Centennial Master Plan Focus Committee. He has also served the Finance and Scholarship committees for the Highland Park Education Foundation, as Stewardship Chair for United Way Metropolitan Dallas and on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy (now Ability Connection).
Woodward is married to Genevieve and has two children, Dylan (HPHS Class of 2022) attends the University of Alabama) and Maggie (Class of 2024) is a junior at HPHS. They are active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church where he has led Sunday School and Confirmation classes, served on the executive committee for Carpenters for Christ and volunteered multiple times as a member of HPUMC’s international mission team in Costa Rica.
Term expiration: 2025
Ellen Lee was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2022.
Lee attended University Park Elementary School, McCulloch Middle School and Highland Park High School, where she graduated “Top Ten” in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia in 1996 and a Teacher Certification from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1997. Following her time in education, Lee was a copywriter for nonprofit organizations including World Vision, World Concern, Open Doors and others.
Prior to being elected to the Board, Lee served in various volunteer roles throughout the district. She was a member of the HPISD Boundary Redistricting Committee, the Highland Park Education Foundation and the Parent Education Committee. She also volunteered in the community including initiatives related to the Golden Pennies for Teachers Campaign. She has given 15 years of service in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, outdoor gardens and on field trips.
In addition to her volunteer roles for HPISD, Lee is a graduate of the City of University Park’s Leadership UP Program and has subsequently served on the City’s Zoning and Development Advisory Committee and the City’s 100 Year Master Plan HPISD/SMU/UP Focus Group.
Lee is married to Paul Lee (Class of 1994). They have three children, all of whom have attended HPISD schools: Trip (HPHS Class of 2020) attends Texas A&M University, Davis (HPHS Class of 2022) attends Texas A&M University, and Marshall (Class of 2025) is a sophmore at HPHS. The Lees are active members of Watermark Community Church.
Trustee, Place 6
Term expiration: 2026
Blythe Koch was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2023. She serves on the Education Services Committee and Policy Committee and is the Board liaison to the PTAs and the School Health Advisory Committee.
Koch attended Bradfield Elementary School, McCulloch Middle School and Highland Park High School, where she graduated “Top Ten” in 1997. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2001 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Following school, Koch worked as business analyst for Capital One before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Prior to being elected to the Board, Koch served in many volunteer capacities across the district. She served as a member of the HPISD Facilities Advisory Committee, the Boundary Rezoning Committee, the 5th Elementary Design Committee, and the 5th Elementary PTO Establishment Committee. She also held several positions with the Hyer PTA as Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, and Facilities & Grounds Chair, with the HPHS PTA as the Scots Challenge Chair-Elect, and with the Boone PTO as the inaugural President. Koch has also served in roles with the HPHS Theatre and Band Booster Clubs.
Koch is married to Adam Koch, whom she met at Vanderbilt. They have three children, all attending HPISD schools: Natalie (Class of 2025), Cooper (Class of 2027), and Blake (Class of 2029). The Koches are members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church and are also active with the National Charity League and Young Men’s Service League.
Trustee, Place 7
Term expiration: 2026
Pete Flowers was elected to the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees in May 2023.
Pete was born and raised in the Park Cities and attended Hyer Elementary School, McCulloch Middle School and Highland Park High School, where he graduated in 1997 in the top 10% of his class and received the Blanket Award. Following graduation from high school, he attended Baylor University in the Honors Program, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001 with a BBA in Finance and a Minor in Spanish. After college, he worked for Wells Fargo in the Middle Market Banking division in Houston and San Francisco, then in the Commercial Real Estate Lending group in Dallas. Pete received his MBA in Finance from SMU in 2010, where he was a Cox Scholar, and is now working in commercial land development and investment.
Before his election to the HPISD Board of Trustees, Pete served on the Highland Park Education Foundation Board of Directors (2021-2023), the Highland Park Alumni Association Board (2018-2021), Park Cities Dad’s Club Executive Board (2020-2023), President of the Bradfield Dad’s Club (2019-2020), and Treasurer of the Golden Pennies Campaign (2021). He has served as a volunteer with Troop 82 and has coached more sports teams at the Moody YMCA than he can really remember.
Pete and his wife Ashley have four children, three of whom are at HPISD schools (HPHS, HPMS and MIS). He and his family are active members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church.