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2023-2024 Board of Trustees  

Avril Byrne (2026)

Avril and her husband, Ed, have lived in San Antonio since 2015. Avril studied law at Trinity College University, Dublin and W&L Law School, VA. Having practiced in a large corporate law firm, Avril later went on to work as legal counsel in the National Asset Management Agency in Ireland. Avril was also appointed Secretary to their Board and a number of select sub-committees. Avril and Ed’s two children attend St. Luke’s (3rd and 1st grade). Avril has enjoyed volunteering on various committees and boards within our community and has been grateful for the opportunity to serve our school through the Risk Management Committee, Annual Fund and Kaleidoscope committees.

Emily Christy (2024), Treasurer

Emily was raised in Austin and has lived in San Antonio since 2009. She and her San Antonio born and raised husband, Scott, have two daughters attending St. Luke’s since 2019. Emily received a BA in political science from Davidson College and an MBA from Georgetown University, and she currently works as a partner for SoftBank Group International. She is on the Jefferson Bank Board of Directors and has served as a board member for the San Antonio chapters of Girls Inc., HeartGift, and the Junior League.

The Rev. Irv Cutter, Rector

The Rev. Irv Cutter has been Rector of St. Luke’s  Church and School since January 2019. Having grown up in Corpus Christi, he moved to Houston to attend Rice University, getting a B.A. in 1987. He stayed in Houston, working for a subsidiary of IBM and for Texaco until beginning studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Irv was ordained in 1998 and served churches in Beaumont, Houston, and Tulsa before returning to the Diocese of West Texas. He and his wife Andrea, an attorney with USAA, have two children: a son is at Loyola University Chicago, and their daughter Alicia is at Churchill High School after graduating from St. Luke’s Episcopal School in 2023.

Lynnette Embrey (2024), Chair

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Lynnette has lived in San Antonio since 1997.  She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  Professionally, she has worked both clinically as a registered nurse and sales representative with Johnson & Johnson.   Lynnette and her husband, Trey, have been a part of the St. Luke’s community for many years.  Trey attended kindergarten in 1974 and their daughter was a graduate of St. Luke's in 2023.  After watching both of her nieces grow up at St. Luke’s (now both college graduates), Lynnette knew that SLES would be a good fit for their daughter’s PK3-8th education.  In addition to giving time to her children’s schools, Lynnette has served on the Board of Directors at the Gladney Center for Adoption and enjoys supporting the community through numerous philanthropic initiatives. 

Susanna Frankland (2023), Secretary

Susanna was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in San Antonio. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2001 with a BA in Communications. Susanna and her husband, Bob, have enjoyed being active members in the St. Luke’s community since 2012 when their daughter, Ella, first entered the Mustard Seed program. Ella is currently in the 8th grade. Actively involved in the San Antonio business community for more than 12 years, Susanna is the owner of two retail stores, Meadow and more recently Baker Tatum. She enjoys giving back to the community by hosting events to create awareness of and contribute to numerous non-profit organizations through her businesses. During her time at St. Luke’s, she has enjoyed serving as the chair for the annual fundraiser, Kaleidoscope, and currently serves on the Development Committee.

Claude Koontz (2025)

Claude Koontz has been a St. Luke’s Episcopal Church parishioner since 1999.  He is a partner with M. Capital Advisors.  His wife, Jessica, taught Middle School history at SLES from 2011-2019. Their children Henry (2010) and Serena (2011) attended SLES PK through 8th grade.  Claude served on the SLES Board from 2001-2011.  He currently serves as the Director of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Director of St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Children’s Home (former Board Chair 2006-08, 2016-18).  Other prior association involvement includes Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,  Director of the  Christian Assistance Ministry, Director of San Antonio Zoo, and Director of Catholic Charities. Claude owns and manages a ranch in Victoria County.

Lee McKenna (2026)

Lee McKenna joined Stream in 2018 and serves as Senior Vice President leading the firm’s San Antonio healthcare team. Lee’s primary responsibilities include project leasing, development, investment sales, and tenant representation. He brings with him over 12 years of healthcare industry experience with various roles in operations, finance, and strategy. Lee’s healthcare team represents over 2 million square feet in more than 20 medical office buildings across the San Antonio market and surrounding communities. The portfolio consists of medical properties in every medical sub-market in the area with ownership ranging from local physician owners to national private equity and publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts. Prior to joining Stream, Lee was VP of Operations for the San Antonio based start-up, Ranger Health/FetchMD, a technology backed healthcare services platform. In addition, Lee served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Tenet/Baptist Health System in San Antonio where he led projects in innovative bundled payment, managed the cardiovascular service line, and oversaw all inpatient transfers, admissions, and census management. Lee began his career in the United States Air Force as a healthcare administrator in the Medical Service Corps. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Lee was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base where he served in various roles at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He was deployed to the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in late 2008/early 2009. He then moved to Chapel Hill, NC to complete a Master's Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He finished his military career at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co where he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Academy’s Ambulatory Surgery Center and Clinic. Lee was honorably discharged in August 2014 at the rank of Captain. Lee and his wife Rebecca have three children: Katelyn “Katy” (22) is a senior at Texas Tech University, Lane (12) is a 6th grader at San Antonio Academy, and Ellington (Ellie) (8) is a 3rd grader at St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Lee has served on multiple non-profit, service-related boards including the Rotary Club of San Antonio (Treasurer), Project MEND (Board Chair), “commissioner” for the Alamo Heights Flag Football League, and is on the Hill Country Advisory Board for Texas Regional Bank. He currently serves on the St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s Finance Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Education: Bachelors of Science - Social Science - United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO Masters in Healthcare Administration - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

James Morin (2026)

James Morin is the co-founder of Compliance 401K, a retirement plan firm, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner. His responsibilities are to oversee all day-to-day operations of the company, as well as strategic planning, development, and customer service. Before Compliance 401K, James Morin was CEO of CMS Primary Home Care Inc. As a long-term finance professional, he served as Senior Vice President at Lone Star National Bank in McAllen. While at JPMorgan Chase, he served as a Portfolio Manager, where he effectively managed client portfolios. Mr. Morin graduated from the University of Texas, Austin. He currently resides in Alamo Heights, Texas, with his wife and two daughters, who attend SLES, and is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He currently serves on the SLES Risk Management Committee.

Courtney Smith (2024)

Courtney was born and raised in San Antonio, where she attended St. Luke’s Episcopal School and later Alamo Heights High School. After high school, Courtney attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a B.A. in Art History. Courtney returned to San Antonio in 2009 and began teaching art at St. Luke’s in 2010. She taught at the school for 6 wonderful years before “retiring” to have her first child. Courtney is married to Tobin Smith, an architect, and together they have two sons, Ramsey and Calder, who are both enrolled at St. Luke’s. Courtney loves to stay connected and involved at the school and has served on the development committee and as a room parent. This past school year, she co-chaired Kaleidoscope. She and Tobin are members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where they were married and baptized their sons. Courtney has been involved with Girls Inc. of San Antonio, the Southwest School of Art, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center. She is an avid cook who maintains a food blog and teaches culinary demos. She loves to spend time with her family and friends around the dining table! When she isn’t cooking or chasing her boys, she enjoys travel, exercise, art and music. 

Elizabeth Stephens (2026)

Elizabeth Stephens is a lifelong San Antonian, Saint Luke’s alumni, former youth minister and current member at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church and, most importantly, wife to Scott and parents to Lucy (3rd), Ada (Kinder) and Briggs (future Tiger!). She graduated with a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and currently works for Brand Builders Group out of Nashville, where she works with CEOs, entrepreneurs, speakers and authors to build and monetize their personal brands. She has served on The Children’s Bereavement Center Friends Board, Blood and Tissue Bank Board, DoSeum development, and the Gus Owen Stephens Foundation.

Mark Tittel (2026)

Mark grew up in Houston and has lived in San Antonio since 2009. He received his B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) and his J.D. from the University of Texas. He has worked as an attorney for various state government agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission and the Railroad Commission. He is married to Debra Ochoa, a professor of Spanish at Trinity University. Mark and Debra have been members of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church since 2014, and have two sons, Sebastian & Gabriel, who attend SLES.

Barrett Tuttle (2026)

Barrett W Tuttle grew up in suburban Philadelphia, graduating from Germantown Academy (“GA”) in Ft. Washington Pennsylvania in 2001. Barrett attended Emory University in Atlanta where he studied finance, economics and business, graduating in 2005 with a BBA. Barrett was a member of Chi Phi fraternity, serving in various leadership chair positions, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and worked full time at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. Upon graduation, Barrett joined the Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking group within Wachovia Investment Bank (legacy Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co.) as an investment banking analyst. In 2007 Barrett moved to New York City and joined FdG Associates, a growth private equity firm, as an investment associate where he performed new investment due diligence and acquisitions as well as various management roles for the firm’s portfolio of mid-market operating businesses. In 2010 Barrett accepted a position at American Capital’s New York office and continued his private investment career. In the same year, Barrett met his wife, Courtney Collins; Courtney and Barrett were married in 2014. In 2015 Barrett and Courtney moved to San Antonio and Barrett started a private investment firm, Court Stone Partners, currently focused on developing and acquiring real-estate based businesses. Barrett and Courtney started their family in 2015 with the birth of their daughter, Kiki Tuttle, soon followed by Thomas and Adeline. Barrett served on the Zoo Ball committee in 2017, is a member of the finance board committee for St. Luke’s Episcopal School and an advisory board member of Vantage Bank Texas.

Daniel Westmoreland (2023), Vice Chair

Daniel is originally from Dunn, North Carolina, and has lived here with his wife, Sybil, a San Antonio native, since 2012. They are the proud parents of three children, and the oldest two are elementary level students at St. Luke's. Daniel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics and a Master of Accounting degree from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is currently in a Finance 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. Daniel has enjoyed watching his children flourish at SLES and is honored to have the opportunity to serve the school and its families.