John G. Duman, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
After completing a Bachelor’s of Education degree, John started to work as a math teacher in a school district. He also served as a campus administrator, area superintendent, and a district office administrator for more than fifteen years.He holds teacher, principal, and superintendent certificate. He received M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership of College of Education, Texas State University and received a doctoral degree in the Educational Leadership program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. John is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum.As an adjunct professor, he has taught educational leadership, human resources, and school law and policy courses in educational leadership graduate programs. His areas of interest are leadership development, recruiting, professional development and performance evaluation of administrators in an educational setting
Laurie Bricker, M.Ed.
Development & Strategies
Laurie Bricker is a graduate of the University of Texas, with a Bachelor of Education degree, and a graduate of the University of Houston, with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.As a passionate supporter of education and school reform, Laurie was elected three times as a Trustee of the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Education for 8 ½ years and served as President of the Board in both 1999 and 2002. In 2010, she was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the State Board for Educator Certification, then reappointed in 2013. She currently serves as secretary of that board.She has served on the boards of Leadership Houston, Houston Holocaust Museum, YMCA of Greater Houston, Jewish Community Center, All Kids Alliance, American Leadership Forum. Laurie is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and is a member of the University of Texas Commission of 125.
Michelle Piña has 15+ years of experience in education management and OST programs. Her background includes working as a middle school teacher, professional development coordinator, program evaluator and federal grant director. She is also President of the Texas Afterschool Association, a membership organization affiliated with the National Afterschool Association, focused on supporting the professionals of out-of-school time programs across the state. Previously, Ms. Piña was a Program Manager for Grant Compliance, for CASE for Kids (Center for Afterschool, Summer, and Enrichment), a division of the Harris County Department of Education. Ms. Piña received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tulsa. She has completed post-graduate work for a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate at the University of Central Oklahoma, participated in a Business Fellowship for School Leaders at Rice University, and is a certified K-12 Principal in Texas.