21 Transformational Leaders To Be Honored at Dean's Roundtable

photo of dean from 2017 roundtable event

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 01, 2018

The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University will honor 21 transformational leaders at the 2018 Dean’s Roundtable to be held on Friday, May 4th at the Hildebrand Equine Complex in College Station, Texas.

Former Texas A&M head football coach and current special advisor to the TAMU president, R. C. Slocum will deliver the keynote address.  Slocum is known not only for his team’s success on the field, but also for the way he cared about his players and instilled life lessons such has handling adversity, responding in a positive manner, and never quitting.

For the past 26 years, members of the Dean’s Roundtable have sought to elevate the work of those unsung heroes who through dedicated leadership and service to others, transform lives and enrich our world. Since 1991, benefactors have honored over 550 individuals who have been role models to their students and/or peers, mentors for new professionals, and servant leaders in their communities.  They have raised over $450,000 in support of scholarships, programs, and college initiatives.

“Dean’s Roundtable sponsors select representatives who model the ideals we hope all our graduates will emulate,” stated CEHD Dean Joyce M. Alexander.  “This year, as always, our benefactors have chosen to honor a distinguished group of professionals who share our vision of transforming lives.”

The 2018 Dean’s Roundtable honorees include superintendents, administrators, classroom teachers, professors, and those professionals who have devoted their careers to helping others. They include: 

Dr. Wanda Bamberg, Superintendent. Aldine ISD, Houston, Texas

Dana Ballard Carter ’85, Secondary Math Teacher, Victoria East High School, Victoria, Texas

Sheridan Clinkscales, Agriculture Science Teacher, College Station High School, College Station, Texas

Scott Corrick, Director of Human Resources for High Schools, Aldine ISD, Houston, Texas

Johnathon R. (Bert) Dodd, Clinical Professor, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College Station, Texas

Mandy Louise Gallego, Math and Science Teacher, Bowen Elementary, Bryan ISD, Bryan, Texas

Javier Joel Garza, Principal, Keller Elementary, Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, Texas

Dr. Jo Beth Hawkins, Psychologist, Private Practice, Houston, Texas

Bob Herndon, Director of Development and Operations, Stilwell Retirement Residence, Waco, Texas

Dr. Dayanna V. Kelly, Principal, McShan Elementary, Dallas ISD, Dallas, Texas

Beth Jez Lawrence, Head of School, St. Thomas Early Learning Center, College Station, Texas

Elena Martinez-Buley, Principal, Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary, Houston ISD, Houston, Texas

Barbara McCreary, Secondary Math Teacher, Malakoff High School, Malakoff ISD, Malakoff, Texas

Paula J. Miller, Clinical Professor, Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Dr. Henry Kasonde Musoma, Assistant Clinical Professor, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Bertha Alicia Peña, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, Texas

Andrew Persyn, Secondary Math Teacher, Bryan Collegiate High School, Bryan ISD, Bryan, Texas

Chris L. Ribardo, History Teacher, College Station Middle School, College Station ISD, College Station, Texas

R. C. Slocum, Special Advisor to the President of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Angela Stacks, History Teacher, Glenda Dawson High School, Pearland ISD, Pearland, Texas

Dr. Deirdre A. Williams, Author and Consultant, Books by Deirdre, Lockhart, Texas


The College of Education and Human Development is committed to enhancing education and health outcomes for all. By partnering with the college, members of the Dean’s Roundtable make an investment in the future of Texas and the nation. For more information, contact Erin Kleinecke at ekleinecke@tamu.edu or 979-845-5355.