Board of Trustees

The seven-member Board of Trustees governs the Klein Independent School District. Each member is elected to an at-large position for three years in a non-partisan election. An election is held each year for either two or three positions. Board members, like the administrative staff and teachers, are here to serve you to the best of their ability.

 They proudly accept their responsibility of providing the appropriate educational experiences for all of our students. The Board of Trustees conducts all business in open meetings. Matters relating to personnel, student conduct, school security, pending litigation, and land acquisitions may be discussed privately. However, the final vote is taken in the open meeting. This procedure is in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas concerning school board meetings.


In Klein ISD, EVERY student enters with a PROMISE and exits with a PURPOSE. -Klein ISD Shared Vision

We will achieve our shared vision by focusing on...
PATHWAYS: Providing every student with a rich, relevant, and clear pathway to success.
CHALLENGE: Focusing on the whole student so that everyone will engage in rigorous learning and build excellent character.
EQUITY: Closing gaps by personalizing learning by knowing every student by name, strength, and need.
LEADERSHIP: Retaining, attaining, and growing excellent leaders throughout our system so that every student learns in a quality environment.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: Gathering feedback from every voice in order to eliminate silos, build strategic partnerships, and foster a culture of learning.

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DOUG JAMES
President

Email: djames99@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @DougJames4Klein

Biography

Doug James was elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees in 2017. He and his wife Ronda have lived in and been involved with the district for more than 31 years. Their three children are graduates of Klein Forest High School and Stephen F. Austin State University respectively, and currently are educators in Klein ISD.

Doug’s commitment to education is evident in his work as a volunteer at a variety of Klein schools and on various district leadership teams. Doug served on the 2015 Bond Committee and as one of the original directors of the Klein Education Foundation. He also helped to establish the International Business Academy at Klein Forest High School.

Doug continues to be an active volunteer in the community, serving on the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Economic Outlook Committee. He also serves as a Sunday School & Bible Study leader, as well as a mentor at his church. Doug is on the board of the Greater Southeast Community Economic Council (GSCEC), and he is the owner and operator of the D. James Group Marketing Communication & Design Firm. A graduate of Ohio University and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Doug has a passion for education and helping cause-centered businesses that are dedicated to improving our communities. Doug enjoys working with the superintendent and Board of Trustees to help Klein realize its strong Promise to Purpose vision for the future of our children.

GEORGAN REITMEIER
Vice President

Email: greitmeier@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @greitmeier

Biography

In 2005, Georgan Reitmeier was elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees. She and her husband Tom have lived in the district for more than 40 years. Their two children graduated from Klein Forest High School.

Georgan has been involved with the Klein ISD for 30 years, serving more than 15 years as a parent volunteer, and 15 years as the program director with the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Keep Pace program. She retired as the director of the ECI Keep Pace program for the Harris County Department of Education. She is serving her second term as a director on the Texas Association of School Boards where she is chairman of the Resolutions Committee. She is past president and currently on the board of
directors for the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards. Additionally, she is on the steering committee for Go Public Gulf Coast. Ms. Reitmeier earned Master Trustee certification from Leadership TASB [Texas Association of School Boards].

As a volunteer, she served as the district coordinator of Klein ISD volunteers and president of two booster clubs at Klein Forest High School. Georgan currently volunteers as a mentor at McDougle Elementary and is serving on the Literacy Squad with Bridging for Tomorrow with students at Klenk Elementary. Georgan earned both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in education from Oklahoma State University.

CHRIS TODD
Secretary

Email: ctodd99@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @ct4kisd

Biography

Chris Todd is currently serving his second term on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees. He attended Benfer, Strack, and is a graduate of Klein Oak. Chris and his wife Katie are residents of the district and have two children who both attend Klein ISD schools.

Chris is the Pastor of Operations and COO at Champion Forest Baptist Church. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Psychology.
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RONNIE ANDERSON
Trustee

Email: randerson1@kleinisd.net

Biography

In 2009, Ronnie Anderson was elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees.

A resident of Klein since 1974, he attended Haude, Theiss, Strack, Kleb and graduated from Klein High School where he met his wife Tracie.

Ronnie earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from Texas A&M University. Ronnie is a Vice President at McGriff, Seibels & Williams. He and his wife, who have two sons, serve as youth bible study leaders at Faithbridge Church. Ronnie also served as a Lay Elder at Faithbridge for seven years. Ronnie also serves as a Ministry Leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He coaches showcase, high school prep baseball, and has coached Upward Basketball and Klein Broncos football.

Ronnie is a Board Member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation/King of Swing Charities and serves as a Board Member at Large on the Phoenix District Committee for the Boy Scouts of America.
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CATHY ARELLANO
Trustee

Email: carellano99@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @CathyArellano99

Biography

Cathy Arellano has been part of the Klein ISD community since 1987. She worked at Klein Oak High as a Dance Team Director, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal and Head Principal of the Freshmen wing before retiring after 40 years in education. She has been a proud resident of Northampton for many years and her son, Chance, graduated from Klein Oak in 2007.

Cathy is a graduate of The University of Texas with a BS degree in Education and Masters’ Degree from Prairie View A&M. Cathy has been involved in dance education since 1987 and was a charter member and President of Texas Dance Educator Association. She was instrumental in working with TEA in having Dance Education recognized as a Fine Art in the mid 1990s.

Cathy is the owner of Miss Dance Drill Team Texas (MDDTTEXAS) Dance Competitions and class owner of Jazzercise – The Woodlands. She is Co-owner of Dance Surge Dance Camps and Battleground Dance Special Events.

She is very proud to have received the Klein District Administrator of the Year Award and takes pride in being recognized as a KISD Diamond at the 75 Year Celebration. Cathy is a Director with The Klein Education Foundation, a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association and the Texas Association of School Boards. She serves as a mentor at one of the elementary schools and volunteers throughout the district.

Cathy has served on the Klein ISD School Board since 2016. She brings her expertise in education, administration and is a longtime resident of the Klein community.
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JULIE BENES
Trustee

Email: jbenes99@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @BenesJulie

Biography

Julie Benes was elected to Klein ISD’s board of trustees in 2018. She is an attorney and owner of Benes Law PLLC, where she counsels businesses in employment, intellectual property, contracts and commercial matters. She has two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Journalism, both from Boston University. She received her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Julie is an active volunteer in her church and community, serving on the board of the Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce and for the Houston Bar Association Lawyers for Literacy and Teach Texas committees.

Julie and her husband, Edward, have three children who currently attend Klein schools.


ROB ELLIS
Trustee

Email: rellis99@kleinisd.net

Biography

In 2019, Rob Ellis was elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees.

He is the proud son of a former Klein ISD board member and attended Ehrhardt and Mittelstädt Elementary, Kleb Intermediate, and Klein High School.

Ellis graduated from Harvard Law School and University of Cambridge, clerked for United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Elrod, worked as a partner at Yetter Coleman LLP, and is currently head of litigation at Noble Energy.

He and his wife Christa have five children, three of whom are students in the district.


DR. JENNY MCGOWN
Superintendent

Email: jmcgown@kleinisd.net
Twitter: @jenny_mcgown

Biography

Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown has deep roots in the Klein community and has most recently served as deputy superintendent for Klein ISD, a 54,000-student district in northwest Harris County. She is a dedicated leader who has also served Klein ISD in the roles of chief learning officer, executive director, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher.

As Chief Learning Officer and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. McGown had a pivotal role in developing unique pathways for students to earn advanced degrees before high school graduation, including the Advanced Nursing Pathway and the first-in-the state Geospatial Engineering and Land Surveying Pathway. She also initiated Innovation Challenges that enable students to solve real-world problems creatively— earning state and national-level recognition for STEM education by JASON Learning—as well as KleinTalks, an annual celebration for students to speak about their passions.

Dr. McGown was recognized as one of the top 40 professionals under 40 across all sectors in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal in 2017 and the Houston BizWoman Headliner in Education in 2018. In 2019, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) named her the Outstanding Woman in Education, and just recently, she was named the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year for 2020. Dr. McGown serves on the Google for Education North America K-12 Advisory Board, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Board, and the Northwest Assistance Ministries Board. In Klein ISD, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Klein Education Foundation. Additionally, Dr. McGown is a member of the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Advisory Council and a member of the JASON’s Superintendents Advisory Board. Dr. McGown completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Sam Houston State University.

Outside of professional life, Dr. McGown enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and children, Joshua and Mary Claire, both Klein ISD students. She and her husband are members of Faithbridge Church, supporters of the Klein Education Foundation, and are involved in the work of Bridging for Tomorrow and Love 146.
 
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