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ESD Welcomes New Faces to the Board; Gives Thanks for Current and Retiring Members

At their May 4, 2023, meeting, The Episcopal School of Dallas Board of Directors named six new directors, one ex officio position, and two non-director committee members. Full positions are three-year terms; ex officio terms vary by position. Four members retired: Jay Grogan, Veretta Frazier, Giffen Weinmann, and Maria Link.

Click here for a listing of the 2022-23 Board of Directors.

Thank you to all who serve.

Incoming ESD Board of Directors Members: 

William A. Ampofo II leads the Parts & Distribution Services business for Boeing Global Services, which includes the legacy Boeing Distribution Inc., Boeing Distribution Services Inc., Commercial Proprietary Parts and Commercial Managed Parts portfolio.

Ampofo also leads the Global Services Supply Chain function, a division with operations in over 70 countries and more than 300 locations around the world. In this capacity, he leads all aspects of the supply chain function, including distribution and component and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and is responsible for delivering high-quality, efficient and repeatable service offerings to the end customer.

In addition, Ampofo serves on the company’s Executive Council in his capacity as theBoeing Supply Chain Operations Council Chair. In this role, he is responsible for driving supply chain functional excellence across the enterprise through people, processes andtools, as well as ensuring Boeing remains focused on its next-generation production system and services operational life cycle.

Ampofo previously served as vice president for the Business Aviation, General Aviation & OEM Services business unit organization,where he held profit and loss responsibilities, successfully establishing Boeing as a market leader in this sector. Ampofo joined the company as senior vice president of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Aviall, a Boeing subsidiary, where he was responsible for operations, supply chain, capital facilities, global repair services, quality and the chemical management business.

Before joining The Boeing Company in April 2016, Ampofo spent 22 years at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), holding roles of increasing responsibility in finance, information technology, corporate strategy and operations at its corporate headquarters and its Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) divisions. While at UTAS, Ampofo served as vice president of SupplyChain, Commodity and Cost Management, responsible for leading its One-Company Supply Chain initiative and driving sourcing and cost reduction strategies across its $5 billion supply base.

Ampofo is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and currently serves on the board of directors for the General AviationManufacturers Association and the Dallas Regional Chamber as well as the board of trustees for Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition, he is a past advisory board member for Howard University’s Center of Excellence in Supply Chain Management.

Ampofo has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Adelphi University and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University. He has completed executive education coursework at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris and INSEAD. He and his wife, Kristyn, are parents to Taylor (‘27), Devyn (‘29) and Trey (‘33).


Joe Eastin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a Master’s of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Joe is Chief Executive Officer of ISN which he co-founded in 2001.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ISN has offices in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, London, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Midland, and Mexico City. ISN is a software and service company that manages and amalgamates performance, safety, and compliance dates for oil and gas, manufacturing, and other capital-intensive organizations. Today, ISN has 75,000 subscribed companies in over 90 countries with 600 employees.

In addition to his role at ISN, Joe serves on several boards at Oklahoma State University (OSU), the Americas Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a school board in Dallas. Joe has also served in multiple capacities with the Young Presidents’Organization (YPO), Lone Star Chapter. Joe was inducted into the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame in 2019. He has been instrumentalin establishing OSU’s Eastin Center for Career Readiness, providing collegians a professional development framework to enhance their competencies and career readiness. In 2018, Joe was invited to join the prestigious Salesmanship Club in Dallas, a service organization dedicated to transforming kid’s lives. Joe also served on the board with the Lamplighter School for 6 years.

Joe greatly enjoys time with family, friends and the company. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and four children.


Walker Royall is the president and founder of Briarwood Capital Corporation and has more than 25 years experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to forming Briarwood, Walker worked for four years in the retail division of the Paragon Group, now a part of CBRE. Based in Dallas, Paragon owned and managed 10M sq ft of commercial property and 28,000 apartments. In 1998 Walker spent a year living in Asia where he served as VP of Acquisitions over more than $200M in non-performing loans. In his position as President of Briarwood, he has participated in transactions worth in excess of $1B and developed numerous retail and other commercial properties. Walker is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a dual degree in Finance and Real Estate. Walker serves on the boards at the NorthTexas Chapter of the American Red Cross and Oakwood Bank.


Capera Ryan ‘94 is the Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Americas. Over her 20 years in the business, Ms. Ryan has worked as a jewelry expert, managed the Southwest region, and most recently Deputy Chairman of the Americas.Ms. Ryan has been involved in the global art business, bringing major collections to auction from Texas, Aspen, California, London, and New York.

Among the major collections she has brought to auction include the Estate of Edwin L. Cox, the George Michael Collection, Property from the Personal Collection of Jane Fonda, Property from the Estate of Robert Indiana and Personal Collection of Robert Indiana, the Van Cliburn Collection, the Collection of H.S.H Princess Cecil Amelia Von Furstenberg, the T. Boone Pickens Collection, the Sowell Collection, the Betty Gertz “Hatcher” Collection, the Crespi Estate Collection, Property from the Collection of Elizabeth “Betty” Brooke Blake, the Collection of Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass, Property from the Estate of Richard Bass, Property from the Collection of Montgomery “Montie” H.W. Ritchie, the Collection of Melva Bucksbaum, and the Collection of Rita Crocker Clements. Ms. Ryan has worked on acquisitions and deaccessioning for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Museum, the Nasher Museum and the Amon Carter Museum, among other major institutions worldwide.

With family ties to both Dallas and Fort Worth, Capera is an active member of the community and the liaison between local clients and Christie's worldwide. She is on the Board of the American Federation of the Arts in New York and has chaired their gala several years. She is on the Board of the American Friends of the Musee D’Orsay (New York) and Anderson Ranch (Aspen). She chaired the American Heart Association’s record-breaking luncheon, which surpassed NYC and Chicago for the most money raised for AHA luncheon in the country, and she was Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. She is an active member and leaderat Dallas Museum of Art, having chaired various events for the DMA. She is a member of the Sweetheart Ball Committee for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is a member of the Founders Garden Club of America. She is on theBoard of the Texas Ballet Theatre. She is an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution. She is on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She hosted a luncheon honoring Prince Edward and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. She and her mother co-chaired a record breaking year for the Awards of Excellence in Community Service Luncheon for the Dallas Historical Society. She is a member of The Dallas Assembly. She sits on the board of the Van Zandt Cottage Foundation in Fort Worth.

While at Vanderbilt University, she spent three years as the Head of the Vanderbilt Sarratt Art Gallery. She graduated with degrees in Art History and Organizational Development. In addition to ESD, Capera attended Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Prior to joining Christie's in 2002, Ms. Ryan worked as a Specialist in the Jewelry Department of Sotheby's, New York.


Ginny Searcy, a native Oklahoman, lives in Dallas, Texas. Aside from her full-time job as mother to three teenage children (Will ‘23, Brooks ‘24, and Ellie), Ginny partners withorganizations to advance their goals and long term missions, specifically in education, healthcare, the arts and issues related to children. She currently serves on boards at her alma mater, Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Children’s MedicalCenter of Dallas, and the Nasher Sculpture Center with past appointments at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Junior League of Dallas, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and Episcopal School of Dallas. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He serves as Chief of the Division of Mood Disorders and the founding Director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, where he holds the Betty Jo Hay Distinguished Chair in Mental Health and the Julie K. Hersh Chair for Depression Research and Clinical Care. Dr. Trivedi earned his medical degree at Baroda Medical College in India, where he also completed a residency in psychiatry. He performed a second residency in psychiatry at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and received advanced training in functional brain imaging and psychopharmacology through UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Trivedi focuses ondeveloping and validating biosignatures of depression. He also conducts research on pharmacological, psychosocial, and nonpharmacological treatments for depression. He has been a principal investigator on numerous translational research projects and clinical trials, and has one of the longest running longitudinal research studies on depression.

He is a member of numerous other organizations, including the American Brain Coalition, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American College of Psychiatrists, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Society of Biological Psychiatry, Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.


Ex-Officio Director

April Cook, President ESD Parents’ Association, is originally from San Antonio, but has resided in Dallas since graduating from Baylor University in 1998. She was a Senior Vice President of Private Banking with Frost Bank from 1999-2002 and with Tolleson Private Bank from 2002-2007. April is now a stay-at-home mom and dedicated volunteer at ESD, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, and the Young Men’s Service League.

April currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas as well as a member of the Development Committee. She is also a current member of the Young Men’s Service League and serves on the Executive Board of the Dallas Chapter. Over the past 10 years, April has served in various positions on the Board of the ESD Parents’ Association includingPresident (2019-2020) Volunteer Coordinator, Middle School Division Coordinator, Carnival Chair, Grade Representative, Lower School Lunch Coordinator, and LS Room Mom.

She and her husband, Chad, are current ESD parents of two boys, Will (’26) and Ben (’30).


Non-Director Committee Member Nominees

David    Davidson    Jr.    ‘05    is    Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Davidson Bogel Real Estate. He specializes in land sales, acquisitions,and ground-up developments throughout North Texas and within several select markets across the state. In his       career, he has closed more than1,000 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $2.133 billion.

David was born to market and sell land. A second-generation land broker, he grew up immersed in the industry and culture of commercial real estate and quickly determined land would also be his calling.

After earning his degree in economics and finance at Southern Methodist University, his passion for commercial real estate led him to intern at Davidson Real Estate Company and John T. Evans Company while at SMU. From 2009 until April 2015, David worked for Venture Commercial, where he Co-Founded their Land Division with Edward Bogel.

During their time at Venture Commercial, David and Edward made the decision to co-found Davidson Bogel Real Estate in April 2015 with encouragement from family and colleagues.

As one of the most consistently recognized top brokers in the region, David serves as the North Texas Land Council President since 2019 and has been recognized with the following awards:

  • Bisnow 35 Under 35: Dallas Rising Stars in Commercial Real Estate
  • The Dallas Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40’
  • Dallas Business Journal Top Broker
  • Dallas Business Journal Top Land Broker in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dallas Business Journal Best Real Estate Deal of the Year Award
  • Dallas Business Journal Best Commercial Property Sale
  • Dallas Business Journal Best Real Estate Deal
  • Dallas Business Journal Best Data Center
  • Dallas Business Journal Best Land Deal
  • D Magazine Power Broker (12 years)
  • D Magazine Best Retail Project Award
  • D Magazine Best Commercial Property Sale
  • D Magazine Top Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • D CEO Best Land Deal
  • D CEO Best Data Center Project
  • Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award - 100 Fastest-Growing Small Private Companies in North Texas

Outside the office, David enjoys traveling with his wife, Kelsey, son, Council, and daughter, McCall.


Ryan Kneipper ‘99, is a Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services Inc. For the past decade, he and his team have advised a select group of ultra-high net worth families, corporations, family offices and private foundations. He received his degree from Universityof North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2003. At UNC, Ryan was a member of the 2001 Division I National Championship soccer team and was named the most valuable player of the NCAA tournament.

Ryan is a past President of the ESD alumni board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Jonathan’s Place and as a mentor for veterans through American Corporate Partners.

Ryan and his wife, Kate, are current ESD parents of two children Elizabeth (’30), and Max (’31).