A+ Across the Board.

Our board of trustees consists of active members of the community who volunteer their time to promote the growth and development of Cornerstone Christian Academy. 

  • Sean Burnett
    Sean BurnettPresident

    Sean Burnett, is the vice president of marketing for HCA Gulf Coast Division. Burnett is responsible for setting and executing digital and traditional marketing strategy, building and managing the organizational infrastructure for divisional and hospital teams, growing service lines, and identifying and executing business development opportunities, ultimately delivering on HCA's institutional value proposition.

    Before joining HCA Gulf Coast Division, Burnett served as vice president of sales, marketing and training at Covia Health, an innovative health care services firm based in Houston and focused on detecting and preventing late-stage breast cancer.

    With nearly 20 years of experience in brand management and strategic planning, Burnett has launched comprehensive marketing programs, designed communication initiatives, and impacted global brands such as OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. (Outback Steakhouse), Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), IKEA, Igloo Products Corp., Rice University and SYSCO Foods, among others.

    Sean actively supports community involvement initiatives and generally works to leave a positive legacy for those around him. He sees the value in balancing work with life and purpose. In his personal time, Sean volunteers with the City of Sugar Land, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas Episcopal School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and First Colony Church of Christ. 

    Sean lives in Sugar Land with his amazing wife of more than 17 years, Nancy, as well as being blessed with a beautiful daughter, Hannah.

  • Dr. Don Hooper
    Vice President
    Dr. Don HooperVice President

    Dr. Don Hooper is president of the Center for Quality Leadership, Inc., an organization committed to assisting school district administrators with the planning required to focus available resources on improving student achievement and administrative leadership and management of school operations. He has over 47 years of experience in public education, serving 33 years as an educator, instructional leader, and district administrator, serving 25 years as superintendent in five school districts ranging in size from 110 students to 60,000 students. He also has experience working with boards of education to formulate school district policy, develop and implement strategic plans, and oversee day-to-day school district administration and operations. Dr. Hooper was named Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1995 and named educator of the Month by Texas School Business Magazine. He was the 2001-02 president of the American Association of School Administrators. He has served as an adjunct professor for the Department of School Administration/Supervision in the University of Houston System, The University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hooper is the Executive Director of School Research Nexus.  Additionally, he is serving on two private school boards and two corporate boards.  Dr. Hooper and his wife, Sandra, have been active members of First Colony Church of Christ since 1995, where Dr. Hooper currently serves as an Elder and Bible teacher.

  • Don Bryan, Jr.
    Don Bryan, Jr. Secretary

    Don Bryan, Jr. is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.  Don joined the firm after graduating from Abilene Christian University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, in 1990.  Today he manages a private client practice with a concentration on wealth preservation and transfer, and risk management.  Don is a past board member of the Houston Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Southwest Houston Recreational Swim League, and Boy Scout Troop 1331.  Don is a former marathon runner and is active in US masters swimming.  

  • Thom Besso
    Board Member
    Thom BessoBoard Member

    Thom Besso, a graduate of the College of New Jersey, is Founder and President of SolomonSwann International and has over 25 years of recruiting, consulting, and management experience. Before forming SolomonSwann International in 1997, Thom held senior management positions and corporate recruiting positions in the retail and petroleum industries. Thom has experience in the development of recruiting and interviewing models. He has traveled the country as a career development speaker on many of the nation's college campuses. He has served as the chairman and chief advisor of the finance and banking network for National Personnel Association, an international coalition of over 400 elite executive search firms. Thom is highly active in his community. He holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate and volunteers his time to teach and mentor youth in the Houston area. He is also involved in several mission projects where he travels and works in third world countries including Haiti and Honduras.

  • Meredith Duncan
    Board Member
    Meredith DuncanBoard Member

    Meredith is a professor at University of Houston Law Center. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. Upon graduation from the Law Center, she clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. She was an associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP prior to returning to clerk for Judge Jones for a few years, after which time she joined the faculty at UHLC. Mrs. Duncan's areas of expertise include legal ethics, criminal law, and torts.  Meredith met her husband, Curtis at Northwestern. They have been married for 30 years. They have two sons, Graham (22) and Schaeffer (20). Meredith enjoys enjoys watching/playing tennis, cooking and sometimes scrapbooking.

  • Mark Mize
    Board Member
    Mark MizeBoard Member

    Mark J. Mize serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Halcon Resources. Mr. Mize served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from August 2007 until BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in August 2011. Mr. Mize served as the Chief Ethics Officer and Insider Trading Compliance Officer for Petrohawk until June 2009. Additionally, he served as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Petrohawk from July 2005 until August 2007. Mr. Mize first joined Petrohawk in November 2004 as Controller. Prior to working at Petrohawk, Mr. Mize was the Manager of Financial Reporting of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, a public oil and gas exploration company, from January 2003 to November 2004. He was an Audit Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Mize has a Bachelor degree in Accounting from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mark and his wife, Heather, and two children are active members of First Colony Church of Christ.   Both children attend Cornerstone Christian Academy, and Heather is an active volunteer. 

  • Phyllis Murray
    Board Member
    Phyllis MurrayBoard Member

    Phyllis Murray is a native Texan, 47 year resident of Ft. Bend County and has lived in First Colony for 35 years.  Married to Grant, they were blessed with one outstanding daughter.  Their family now includes a loving son-in-law and an adorable granddaughter.  Phyllis is a retired municipal employee with the City of Houston following a 28 year career. Since that time, Phyllis has volunteered with the following organizations:  The American Heart Association "Go Red" for Women Campaign, Northeast-Cultural Arts Council, MD Anderson Cancer Institute - Health Disparities Center, Ft. Bend Office of Emergency Management, City of Sugar Land Solid Waste Taskforce and First Colony Community Services Association.  As a 15 year volunteer with First Colony, Phyllis has been a member of the board since 2015 and was recently elected President of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Phyllis is a graduate of The Ft. Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum 2019.   Phyllis  also enjoys reading James Patterson books, listening to jazz music, traveling, movie nights with the family and spending time with the granddaughter. Phyllis is a Christian, member of Covenant Glen United Methodist Church and serves as the Missions & Outreach Coordinator, Co-chair Health & Wellness Ministry, Chair-Community Connections Ministry,  Girl Scouts Troop 28015, Wee Disciples Ministry and capital campaign fund.  Through her efforts, faith-based partnerships have been developed with MDAnderson, Susan G. Komen, Texas Southern University School of Pharmacy, Stafford Municipal School District and The Heart Association. Phyllis believes in fair representation for all,  to allow people of any faith to hear the word of God through song, prayer or worship and afford all children/youth the ability to receive educational tools that will enhance their lives and provide them with economic growth and stability.

  • Andi St. Jean
    Board Member
    Andi St. JeanBoard Member

    Andi St. Jean is the Operating Partner and broker of Keller Williams Southwest in Sugar Land. She is responsible for the vision and direction of the franchise, along with its financial stability. Andi is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston to teach school in Alief ISD. She is married to Chad and they have four boys, all of which were or are current students at CCA. In addition, Andi and Chad have been longtime supporters of Cornerstone. The St. Jeans are active members of First Colony Church of Christ.