2019-2020 Board of Directors

From the start, the WISDEF has been passionate about and committed a minimal operating budget in order to fund the maximum amount of grants. Our Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers, each giving of their time and talent to support the mission of the Foundation.


Ginger Brandt

Zack Briscoe

Claude Brown

Ginger Cardwell

Allison Carr

Kelley Clarida

Colleen Colby

Pam Crabtree

Scott Dillingham

Kelly Doherty

Russel Enright

Al Flanagan

Kara Fulmer

Tony Harris

JJ Massey

Miles McCrary

Li-Yu Mitchell

Roy Morrison

Tara Odell

Shawn Onley

Shelli Peters

Anne Phillips

Maegan Schneider

Laura Severt

Chris Sigwald

Susan Soward

Traci Wagner

James Wansley

Meet the Executive Board 

James Wansley

James (class of 1993) and his father (class of 1968) both graduated from Whitehouse High School. James and his wife, Leah (class of 1995), have two daughters in WISD; both are members of the band. James has been with Tyler software development firm The Genesis Group for almost 20 years. James also serves on the Whitehouse City Council, for Grace EmBEDded and Leadership Tyler. James enjoys learning, running and traveling with his family, especially on trains.


Maegan Schneider
Past President

Maegan and her husband, Paul, have two children that have attended Whitehouse schools since kindergarten. Maegan graduated from Texas Tech University and is a civil engineer at Aqueous Engineering. Since moving to Whitehouse, she has been involved with Leadership Tyler, Discovery Science Place, Meals on Wheels, Hospice of East Texas and Texas Society of Professional Engineers.  Her family is active at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tyler.


Anne Phillips

Anne and her husband, Jason, have two children and have lived in Whitehouse ISD since 2014. Anne graduated from Texas A&M University with a Masters in Construction Management in 2003. Since relocating to Tyler, Anne has served the TJC Academy of Dance, Boy Scouts of America, Dayspring United Methodist Church, PTO, TJC Academy of Dance, and her neighborhood HOA.  Anne and Jason are Aggies, and their focus is on spending quality time with their family.


JJ Massey
VP Grants

JJ and his wife, Rachel, both graduated from Whitehouse High School (Class of 2007/2009), and have spent the majority of their lives in Whitehouse, Texas. JJ graduated from The University of Texas of Tyler with a Bachelors (BBA-2011) and Masters in Management (MBA-2012). In addition to the Education Foundation, he has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations in the East Texas community, including Leadership Tyler, Tyler Innovation Pipeline, and the Tyler Run For Autism.

Ginger Cardwell
VP Development

Ginger and her family moved to Whitehouse in 2004. She has three daughters: Tori, a 2016 WHS graduate and 2018 graduate of Southeastern University; Alli, a 2017 WHS graduate; and Bella, a Junior at WHS and member of the soccer team. Ginger owns a small Business Consulting Firm; serves on the Whitehouse City Council, volunteers regularly, and loves to explore the world through travel.


Laura Severt
VP Finance & Governance

Laura and her husband, Scott, moved to Whitehouse ISD in 2009. They have three children, two of which currently attend Whitehouse schools. Laura previously taught 6th and 7th grade English in the Houston area; she is now an attorney with Shelton Family Law, PLLC in Tyler, Texas. Laura teaches 4th and 5th grade Sunday School at South Spring Baptist Church, is co-chair for the Family Law Section of the Smith County Bar Association, and is a Karaoke enthusiast.


Traci Wagner
VP Marketing

Traci Wagner and her husband, Sammy, moved to Whitehouse ISD in 2009. They have two children, Hayden and Aubri, who attend WISD. Traci graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2000 with a masters degree in counseling. She is a Program Administrator for Methodist Children’s Home, overseeing 7 locations offering foster care and prevention and parent education services. Traci also serves on the boards of the East Texas Network for Children and The Fostering Collective.


Kelly Doherty
VP Events

Kelly Doherty is the Founding Brand Manager of Kiepersol, a food, wine and spirits destination in Tyler. Kelly has been the creative force behind Kiepersol's branding and marketing for over twenty years. She is a writer and photographer by trade with a Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas, as well as being a certified Texas Wine Specialist. Her passions of education and championing charities related to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities keep her busy when she's not relaxing on the farm.