School Board


Major General James Williams


Commanding General, 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) – over 35 years of service worldwide

Policy leadership in military, government, industry, non-profits, and service to communities.

Masters: International Security Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2000; Hospital Management/Public Health, Yale University, 1984; Government and National Security Affairs, Georgetown University, 1981

Baccalaureate, Slippery Rock University, 1975

Lynne Beach

Dr. Lynne Beach

Vice President

Pediatrician serving DFW communities for over 20 years.

Residency, Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, 1988

M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 1985

B.S., Zoology, Texas A&M, 1981

Tracy Cox

Tracy Cox


Controller, Service First Mortgage Corporation

Previous service with Ericsson telecommunications, LSG Sky Chefs, Bank of America, Rexene chemicals and CyrusOne, PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

M.B.A., Texas A&M, 1983

B.B.A., Finance, Texas A&M, 1981


Dr. Soner Tarim

Board Member

Dr. Soner Tarim is the founder of Harmony Public Schools and he has been an educational advocate for nearly 30 years, encouraging students in underserved communities to pursue learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He established first Harmony in August 2000 in Houston Texas and he was the first principal/CEO at Houston campus while serving 200 students.


Peter A. Gudmundsson

Board Member

Over 17 years as a CEO with experience in education, human capital, media, private equity, venture capital, and

start-up and turnaround management.

M.B.A., Harvard University

B.A., Brown University


Gabriela Smith 

Board Member

Managing Attorney | The Smith Law Group

Gabriela is the Managing Attorney of The Smith Law Group and is based in the Firm's Plano office.  Her passion for international legal work stems from her personal background and experiences in several countries. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived until her early teen years. During most of her teenage years, she lived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she graduated from Tiquipaya High School and completed three semesters at the law program of Universidad Catolica Boliviana in Cochabamba. In 2001, Gabriela moved to the U.S. and completed her higher education.

​Gabriela is fluent in Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese. She is an active member of the community and enjoys volunteering at Gateway Church in Frisco, Texas.


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Finn Simmensen

Title: Parliamentarian/

Legal Services Coordinator

Phone: 972-479-9078 ext:1024