About

Board of Trustees

Headwaters Board of Trustees

Headwaters School is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, and is run by a Board of Trustees. The trustees serve without compensation, and are professionals in the community who are committed to the Headwaters Mission. 

Board Officers:

  • Jerry Aubin, Board Chair
  • Jessica Rio, Treasurer
  • Taina Palombo-Price, Secretary
Contact Information

Email boardoftrustees@headwaters.org to send an email to the entire Board of Trustees.


Trustees

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Jerry Aubin

    Jerry Aubin 

    Bio
  • Photo of Adam Battani

    Adam Battani 

    Bio
  • Photo of Allan Cole

    Allan Cole 

    Bio
  • Photo of Cheline Jaidar

    Cheline Jaidar 

    Bio
  • Photo of Melanie Meador

    Melanie Meador 

    Bio
  • Photo of Taina Palombo-Price

    Taina Palombo-Price 

    Bio
  • Photo of Jessica Rio

    Jessica Rio 

    Bio
  • Photo of Magdalena Vial

    Magdalena Vial 

    Bio
  • Photo of Sean Murphy

    Sean Murphy 

    Bio

Committees

We have organized into committees designed to address our strategic needs and staffed with the appropriately skilled Trustees: 
  1. EXECUTIVE
    Description: This committee may exercise all the powers of the Board of Trustees during the interim between meetings in accordance with the bylaws. They may only act between meeting if permission has been delegated by the board.  The executive committee members serve as advisors to the chair. They also appoint or approve the appointment of all committee members.
  2. FINANCE
    Description: Consisting of no less than four (4) trustees, one of which must be the Treasurer and often the chair, the Finance committee also includes the principle business officer of the school.  This committee typically meets one week in advance of any regular board meeting.  This committee, in conjunction with the Head of School and the principle business officer of the school, is responsible for reporting on the overall management and supervision of the financial affairs of the school, including fundraising.  This committee oversees the audit, the preparation of the 990, and the annual school budget.
  3. FACILITIES (sub-committee of Finance)
    Description: This committee is a special committee of the board established to create a master facilities plan that aligns with the Head of School programmatic vision and the strategic plan for the school.
  4. TRUSTEES & GOVERNANCE
    Description: Consisting of no less than three (3) trustees, and one must not be a current parent, this committee focuses on recommendations and enforcement of standards, recruitment, nominations and onboarding of trustee and officer candidates, and lead the board’s efforts to support and evaluate the head of school. 
  5. MARKETING & ENROLLMENT 
    Description: This committee is a special committee of the board established to complete the rebrand (done), understand & foster our feeder school relationships, assess the competitive landscape, and support messaging to the community both from the school and the board. Additionally, this committee understands current enrollment & attrition trends and works to establish a plan to address both.  This committee supports both the Director of Communications and the Director of Admissions.
  6. WELLNESS & SAFETY
    Description: This committee is a special committee of the board established to assess and respond to the risks we face as a school that serves students 18 months to 18 years of age, across three distinct campuses. The focus will be on reactive, proactive and preventative measures we can take to ensure the wellness and safety of our community. Mental health and wellness will be a key focus along with assessment / response plans for current risks identified for our school.  
  7. HEAD SUPPORT & EVALUATION (sub-committee of Trustees & Governance)
    Description: This committee is a special committee of the board established to work with the Head of School in establishing annual goals and to facilitate regular meetings to support the Head of School in achieving the goals, as well as providing a forum for honest and candid discussions around any opportunities or challenges through the year.

Upcoming Meetings

List of 4 events.

  • Dec
    8

    Board of Trustees Meeting #3

    River Campus | 807 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78701
  • Feb
    9

    Board of Trustees Meeting #4

    Offsite
  • Mar
    30

    Board of Trustees Meeting #5

    River Campus | 807 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78701
  • May
    4

    Board of Trustees Meeting #6

    Creek Campus | 9607 Brodie Ln. Austin, TX 78748
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Board News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Board Update, Summer 2021

    Jerry Aubin, Board of Trustees Chair
    As we close the 2020-2021 year and look forward to the start of a new school year, the Board of Trustees thanks each and every student, parent, guide, and staff member in our community for their ongoing support of Headwaters School.
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  • Looking back at 2020 and looking forward for Headwaters

    Jerry Aubin, Board of Trustees Chair
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  • Fall 2020 Board Update

    By Jerry Aubin, Board Chair
    On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we wanted to thank all parents and students for their commitment to the school. This has been unlike any other year in so many ways, but at the same time, the Board is continuing its work and responsibilities to the school. Before we move into the work the Board has been engaged in, we wanted to say a big thank you to two trustees who stepped down from the Board.
    Read More
Archive

Spring Campus

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Creek Campus

List of 1 items.

River Campus

List of 1 items.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters School does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local law in its admissions, hiring, or board membership processes.