Chairman, Read Fort Worth
Matt Rose is chairman of Read Fort Worth and executive chairman of BNSF Railway Co. He served 13 years as BNSF chief executive officer and 11 years as chairman. BNSF became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in 2010.
Mr. Rose serves on the Board of Directors of AT&T and Fluor Corp and on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Texas Christian University. He also serves as Chair of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board of Directors.
Mayor, City of Fort Worth
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2015, Price ran unopposed and was re-elected to a third two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the United States, Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country.
Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged, educated and fiscally responsible city.
Dr. Kent P. Scribner
Superintendent, Fort Worth ISD
Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner is superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, serving more than 87,000 students and 11,000 employees.
During his tenure Dr. Scribner has reduced executive administration and other central office positions to better support teachers and students by redirecting those resources to schools. He’s placed a renewed emphasis on universal pre-kindergarten, broken ground for the I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual and Performing Arts, and begun implementation of FWISD Leadership Academies at five underperforming District campuses.
Dr. Scribner introduced 100X25FWTX, an early literacy goal for the District to have 100 percent of third-graders reading at grade level by the year 2025.
Dr. Scribner began his career in education in Philadelphia, then became a principal and district administrator prior to serving as a superintendent in Phoenix for 13 years. He earned his BA from Carleton College, Master’s of Education from Temple University, and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Together, he and his wife Suleyka have four children.
Trustee, Tarrant County College District
Mrs. Teresa Marie Ayala was elected to the Tarrant County College District Board as a Trustee in May 2015. The Board oversees a $400M budget and approximately $1B in assets. She brings to her role vast professional experience working in top 25 Fortune companies, mentoring and managing employees throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, South America and Asia. She also served as a substitute teacher in the FWISD. She currently works as a contracts subject matter expert in the healthcare industry.
In 2016 Ayala was recognized as a Great Woman of Texas, for her significant contributions in business, civic, social and for her dedication to family and her community. Ayala has volunteered with several youth organizations and has served on the City of Fort Worth Parks and Recreation Advisory, the Commission for Women Boards and the Community Development Council. She has also worked closely with the Rotary, HWNT, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and North Texas Area Community Health Center (NTACHC).
Mrs. Ayala attended Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University where she earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts.
Former Commissioner, Tarrant County
Dionne Phillips Bagsby, retired Tarrant County Commissioner, is a long-term Fort Worth resident who has demonstrated leadership through extensive community involvement. An Educator by training and avocation, Mrs. Bagsby was the first woman and first minority elected as a member of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.
Deeply committed to improving life for all people in need, Mrs. Bagsby continues to be a strong advocate particularly for women and children. She was one of the pioneer educators that worked for peaceful integration of Fort Worth Independent School District. Mrs. Bagsby advocated for early childhood education, and was one of the first Speech Pathologist to work with children as early as age three at their home public school.
Mrs. Bagsby holds an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Speech/Pathology Certification from George Peabody College for Teachers, a Master’s degree from Texas Christian University and is also an alumnus of Leadership Fort Worth.
The Morris Foundation
Elizabeth joined The Morris Foundation in July 2017 to lead the Foundation’s education giving strategy.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Elizabeth worked in Tulsa, Okla. where she lead Reading Partners, a national early-literacy nonprofit focused on increasing the number of third-grade students who are reading on grade-level. During her tenure, Elizabeth developed strategic partnerships with local municipalities, school districts, donors, community partners, and stakeholders to grow the Tulsa region into the largest of Reading Partners’ fourteen national locations while simultaneously producing impressive outcomes for students.
Elizabeth worked at the Tulsa Community Foundation where she collaborated with diverse groups of local, state and regional stakeholders to develop and implement strategic, systems-level change. In this role, she managed relationships between foundations, city officials, community leaders, volunteers and donors and maintained compliance and oversight of approximately 400 individual and corporate charitable funds.
Elizabeth began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught 5th grade and middle school language arts. Elizabeth earned her doctoral degree in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision.
Retired CEO, Alcon Laboratories
Kevin Buehler retired from Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis, after 30 years of service. During his career horizon, the sales revenue for Alcon Laboratories increased from roughly $300 million in 1984, to over $11 billion in 2013.
Since the merger of Alcon into Novartis in April 2011, he served as the division head for the Alcon business and as a member of the executive committee of Novartis. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Buehler was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcon Laboratories and served on the public company board of directors.
Mr. Buehler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Carroll University with concentrations in business administration and political science. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard business school in 1993.
Mr. Buehler currently participates on the following boards: Acelity (private equity owned wound care company), United Way of Tarrant County, and Carroll University.