Our Board of Directors
Project Schoolhouse is blessed with a very hard-working volunteer board.
In 2000, Thomas (aka Tab), offered to rebuild the basketball hoop in the small town in Costa Rica where he taught English in 1997. They said they needed more classrooms instead, which is what they got. He took the project to Nicaragua next and expanded the work to include not only schools, but community wide water systems, latrines, kitchens, and pedestrian bridges.
Evan, who splits his time between Austin and Houston, joined the Project Schoolhouse board in June, 2014. One of the things that attracted him to Project Schoolhouse was its emphasis on providing educational opportunities to developing communities abroad.
He serves professionally as Director of Development at Rice University, overseeing regional major gifts for the Northeast, including the cities of New York, Boston and Philadelphia. As a professional fundraiser, Evan has worked in major gifts, annual fund and direct marketing positions in the higher education and performing arts nonprofit sectors.
Vice President / Treasurer
Selina brings a graceful yet firm, quiet accountability to Project Schoolhouse. Her role as Secretary and Treasurer for the Board ensures that fundraising meets or exceeds projections and that our project costs fall in line with budgets.
A long-time team member of Whole Foods Market, Selina knows the importance of balancing social good with successful business models. Selina has served as Financial Controller for Whole Foods’s UK expansion, Assistant Controller for US Southwest Region and, most recently, Sr. Coordinator for Growth and Business Development. Selina is a graduate of Rice University.
JP is the supply chain manager for Austin startup CocoJo LLC, which will be launching an innovative line of coconut water based beverages from his home country of Costa Rica, during the latter half of 2018. JP has uniquely diverse professional, academic, and personal experiences including food and technology import and export; sales and marketing; food production and agricultural engineering; business development in multicultural environments; finance and operations analysis and reporting; brand management; and team leadership. In Austin, he has had the fortune to work with organizations such as Dell, Sustainable Food Center, Apple, Whole Foods Market, and Whole Planet Foundation. Over the last couple of decades JP has also enjoyed being a graduate and undergraduate professor of international business, economics and statistics.
JP is of Nicaraguan descent and spent much of his childhood in that country. This personal connection makes him especially proud to serve on the board of Project Schoolhouse.
My international exposure began as an exchange student in Central Mexico where I got my first experience seeing how some of the most impoverished people live in rural Latin America. Years later, when I lived and worked in agriculture in rural northern Nicaragua, I interacted daily with the field workers, many of whom never were able to get even the most basic education such as literacy, and therefore didn't have any options for employment other than manual labor. Through their eyes, I saw that when a child is born into poverty without the opportunities and the "basics" that many of us take for granted, their fate is practically sealed and they are destined for back breaking work for the rest of their life. I believe every child has the right to be safe, healthy, educated and free to be the individual they wish to be. I'm proud to be a board member of Project Schoolhouse working to help give hundreds of children the opportunity to become educated and have the power to pursue the life they desire.