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 

Maegan Schneider

Maegan and her husband, Paul, have two children that have attended Whitehouse schools since kindergarten. Hattie is a 4th grader at Higgins and Holden is a 6th grader at Holloway. Maegan graduated from Texas Tech University and is a civil engineer at Aqueous Engineering. She is also on the board of Discovery Science Place and is active at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tyler.


Jim Nipp
Immediate Past President

Jim and his wife, Willa, have been part of Whitehouse ISD since 2007 and have three children:  James, a graduate of WHS and SHSU; Katheryn, a 2017 graduate of WHS and sophomore at SHSU; and Angel, a 2018 WHS graduate and freshman at TJC.  Jim is the president of The Genesis Group in Tyler, a Sunday school teacher at Green Acres and is involved in numerous charities in the community.


James Wansley
VP Programs

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.

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.


Anne Phillips
VP Marketing

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 Girl Scouts of America; Boy Scouts of America; Dayspring Methodist Church; Brown Elementary PTO; TJC Academy of Dance; and her neighborhood HOA.  Anne and her husband Jason are Aggies, and their focus is on spending quality time with their family.