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Head of School Transition

In November 2022, St. Luke’s Episcopal Head of School Dr. Chelsea Collins notified the Board of Trustees and the school community that she had accepted a position as Head of School at St. Francis Episcopal School in Houston, effective July 1, 2023. With celebration for her achievements and sadness that her time with us will soon come to end, we now search for a new Head of School beginning July 2024.

As we celebrate 75 years of St. Luke’s shining bright in our community, we are well positioned to find a dynamic new leader.

The Board of Trustees has appointed a Head of School Search Committee to lead this effort, co-chaired by Emily Christy and Kelly Weaver. We have also engaged Bob Kirkpatrick and Vicki Raney from the search firm The Education Group (TEG) to guide us through what will be a robust and transparent process.  

The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to welcome Michael Robinson to St. Luke’s as our Interim Head of School for the 2023-2024 school year. Michael has more than 20 years of experience as a head of school, most recently serving as Interim Head of School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta. An ordained Episcopal priest, Michael received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he has led K-12 schools throughout the country.  

Search Timeline

January 2023
Selection of Interim Head of School for 2023-2024 school year

February 2023
Official launch of search for a permanent Head of School
TEG gathers online and in-person input from trustees, parents, faculty, and staff and incorporates it in the SLES Head of School Position Profile

March-July 2023
Candidate cultivation and screening by TEG and Search Committee

August-September 2023
TEG completes candidate screening
Search Committee selects and interviews semifinalists

October-November 2023
Finalists’ campus visits and interviews
Selection and announcement of Head of School

December 2023
Transition process for new Head of School begins
 

Search Committee Members

Emily Christy has daughters in 3rd and 1st grade who have attended St. Luke’s since 2019, and she is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. She works as a partner for SoftBank Group International and serves on the Jefferson Bank Board of Directors. Her previous work experience includes senior positions in federal government in Washington, D.C. and the government affairs department at USAA.

  • Kelly Weaver has been an active member of the St. Luke’s community for 9 years as a parent of a current 8th grader. She just finished serving six years as a trustee. She served as Treasurer, Development Committee Chair, Committee on Trustees Chair, and co-chaired the previous Head of School search and capital campaign. She is a CPA and previously worked for Frost National Bank as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for 12 years. Prior to that she was an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers.  
  • Will Collins has been a member of the St. Luke's community for more than a decade. He recently served the school as a trustee for 7 years, including 4 years as Board Chair, Vice Chair and Finance Committee Chair. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children who have grown up at St. Luke's - a current 8th grader, 7th grader and 2nd grader. Will is the CEO and Founder of Merit Commercial Real Estate, a real estate development and investment company. Will also serves as a Director of the Board of Vantage Bank Texas. 

In almost 25 years of ordained ministry, the Rev. Irv Cutter served churches in Beaumont, Houston and Tulsa, Oklahoma before becoming Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School at the beginning of 2019. Since his arrival on the Hilltop, he has been active in the life of the School as a Trustee, a frequent chapel leader, and as a parent of a current 8th grader. He also worked with various church leaders to guide the church through the pandemic.

Lynnette Embrey has been active in the SLES Community since 2012 as a parent to a current 8th grader, room mom, and Kaleidoscope volunteer. She served as the school nurse from 2018-2019 and has been on the Board of Trustees for the past four years, serving on the Development and Marketing Committees. Lynnette is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Nursing and has worked both clinically as a nurse and also in sales and marketing for Johnson & Johnson. 

Dana Hamilton is a parishioner of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and a former member of the Board of Trustees. She served as a trustee for seven years, including three years as Vice Chair and, most recently, as Board Chair during the 2021-2022 school year. Both her son and daughter are graduates of St. Luke's and are now in high school. Dana works as an education and career consultant in San Antonio.

Mark McCullough has more than a decade of experience in education and is proud to have spent most of his career at St. Luke's. Since joining the SLES community in 2012, Mark has served in various roles, including Digital Learning Specialist, Intermediate and Middle-Level History teacher, faculty mentor, History department chair, football and golf coach, yearbook and student voice advisor and currently is the Interim Director of the Middle School. Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mark earned his B.A. in History and M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University. 

Courtney Smith proudly holds a long history with St. Luke’s. She is an alum, parishioner, former teacher, current trustee, and along with her husband Tobin, is the parent of two St. Luke’s students - a son in Kindergarten and another son in PK4. Courtney has a multifaceted understanding of the school’s unique culture. 

Robert Watson, Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Robert has served as a trustee for 6 years, including serving two years as treasurer and one year as vice chairman. Robert and his wife, Lacey, have a daughter in the 7th grade who started at St. Luke’s as a kindergartner. Robert is an oil and gas executive and currently manages RGW Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company he founded. 

Daniel Westmoreland is in his second year as a Trustee, and has served as BoT Treasurer and on the Finance Committee. He currently serves as Vice Chair and as the head of the Committee on Trustees. He is the parent to a 3rd grader and a kindergartner. Daniel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Accounting degree from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is in a finance leadership role in the oil and gas midstream industry, and prior to this worked at various private equity and venture capital firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.