Rainard School of Houston Announces New Board of Directors

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Houston’s Only Private School for Gifted Students Expands Board

Rainard School for Gifted Students has announced seven new members of its Board of Directors, expanding the group from four to nine members. The new board has combined expertise in education, law, psychology, advocacy, and business. Like the school’s student body, the new board members come from across the greater Houston area, including Sugarland, Spring-Cypress, and The Woodlands.

“The decision to increase the size of our board was deliberate,” said Paula Steakley, Rainard’s board president. “Our school is growing and becoming more diverse, and we wanted our board to reflect that change. We sought new members with fresh perspectives and talents who can support our continued growth and advancement.”

“Our new board brings tremendous talent and experience,” said Dr. Todd Deveau, Rainard’s head of school and an ex officio member of the group. “It's a committed and impassioned team. All of the new members have gifted children themselves, and they share our vision of expanding the premier school for academically gifted children in our region.”

Incoming board members are:

  •          Dr. Tara Tomicic, a clinical psychologist who has taught psychology and worked as a clinician with both children and adults. She is president-elect of the board;
  •     David Healey, J.D., a senior principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., one of the country’s largest firms specializing in intellectual property law;
  •     Hugh Nicholson-Lailey, a British ex-pat who served in the UK’s Department of Education before moving to Asia where he studied management psychology and served on the board of a leading British International School;
  •     Mitra Miller Roehr, a management consultant and advisor specializing in business planning, strategy, marketing-communications, and product development;
  •     Brice Sumrall, senior vice president at Willis, a global insurance broker, and a 30-year veteran of the insurance industry;
  •     Stacia Taylor, a 10-year parent advocate for gifted children and the founder of Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted, who brings strong experience in social media; and
  •     Heidi Vaughan, director of HIVE Houston, who brings a deep background in public relations and fundraising.

“I feel so lucky that I found Rainard for my daughter,” said board President-Elect Tara Tomicic. “The teachers here understand the unique needs of gifted kids, and know how to both nurture and challenge them in the classroom. As a member of the board, I hope to give more families access to this invaluable resource.”

Continuing board members are Paula Steakley as president; Meredith Hester, the former director of Rainard’s acclaimed high school, as vice president; and Dr. Todd Deveau, the current head of school, ex officio. The school expresses its gratitude to departing board members Dick Kantenberger and Mary Graham for their valued and dedicated service.

Founded in 1986, Rainard School for Gifted Students is Houston’s only private, non-profit school for academically gifted students, ranging from age 4-½ through high school. Located in west Houston, the school combines small class size, mixed-age classrooms, and ability-based learning to provide a unique environment where gifted students can thrive. For more information go to http://www.rainard.org or call 713-647-7246.

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