Board governance is a critical component of highly effective independent schools. Generative in nature, the Board of Directors (or Board of Trustees) helps ensure schools are thriving for the long term. Many thanks to all who serve ESD. Each term is a three-year commitment. To view the 2018-19 Board, please click here.
Special thanks to those retiring from the board this June. We are grateful for your service to our community.
Dr. Terry Flowers
Carol Vig '89
Lucy Witte '86
Alumni Association President – Grant Baldwin '99
ESD Parents' Association President – Lori Watson
Incoming Board Members, effective July 1, 2019
Bianca Casanova Anderson is an educator, nonprofit leader and social justice practitioner with expertise in interpersonal communication, racial equity facilitation, and human development. Bianca has over a decade of experience in the field of educational equity. As a classroom teacher for over seven years, she is well versed in collaborating with fellow educators, parents, and members of the community to disrupt patterns of injustice within education. Bianca is an expert in operationalizing empathy, she combines analytical information and experiential expertise to create positive change. Bianca is a published writer and international public speaker. As the former Dallas-Fort Worth Director of the Center for Racial Justice in Education, she advised community leaders and educators around the nation regarding effective racial equity policies and practices. Bianca is committed to creating spaces in which every person feels safe, smart, and significant. Bianca earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
Mary Adair Dockery is Director of Research and Authentication in the Fine Art Department of Heritage Auctions. Prior to Heritage, she worked as Curator of Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen House, assisted with exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, organized programming for Arts & Letters Live, and lectured for ESD’s World Cultures course. For the past decade, Mary Adair has been on the board of Educational Opportunities, which provides scholarships and mentoring to college-bound students from DISD magnet schools. At Saint Michael and All Angels Church, she has held a number of leadership positions, including co-chairing Mission/Outreach and the Stewardship Campaign and serving on the 2007 Rector Search Committee. Mary Adair graduated from The Lovett School and from Davidson College summa cum laude, with a B.A in Art History. Selected as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, she received her M.A. and M.Phil. in Art History from Yale University.
Mary Adair and her husband, Dee, are current and past ESD parents of three children, Sam (St. Mark’s ‘15), Ann (ESD ’17), and Ned (ESD ’20).
Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata is the eighth Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, founded over 70 years ago, and where today 6,500 parishioners of diverse ideologies worship and serve together in more than 100 distinct ministries. Previously, Chris served as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN, Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL, and as a seminarian at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and at St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD. Chris earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Stetson University, a M.A. in Theological Studies from Emory University, a M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and his D.Min. from Duke University. He is a recognized leader in the Episcopal Church, presenting regularly at church-wide conferences, seminars, and retreats. Chris serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Jubilee Park & Community Center. Chris is also a regular contributor to numerous publications nationally and in North Texas.
Chris and his wife, Nicole, are current ESD parents of three children, Brayden ('24), Lyna ('26), and Annemarie ('31).
Kit Sawers is President of Klyde Warren Park. In this capacity, she oversees the daily operations, events, and fundraising for the 5.2-acre deck park. Prior to running Klyde Warren Park, Kit served as Chief Development Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, overseeing United Way's $58 million annual campaign and $100 million endowment campaign. In addition, Kit was CEO of Fay + Sawers Productions, which produced numerous large events, including the Grand Opening of Klyde Warren Park, the annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational and the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four at AT&T Stadium. Kit also served as VP of Special Events for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, overseeing hundreds of events for the region and securing more than $2 million in sponsorships. Kit has chaired many area non-profit events including TACA's Custom Auction Gala, ChildCareGroup's Great Adventure Hunt and Dallas Historical Society's Awards for Excellence. She has also served on multiple local non-profit boards including the SPCA, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and Dallas Afterschool. Kit is a graduate of The Hockaday School. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and J.D. from the SMU School of Law.
Kit and her husband, Kemp, are current ESD parents of Annie ('19) and Elizabeth ('23).
Ryan Kneipper '99, President ESD Alumni Association, ex-officio is a 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 University of 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 has been on the ESD alumni board for the past four years and helps coach varsity men's soccer. 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).
Lauren Swann, President ESD Parents' Association is a native of Dallas. She practiced corporate law at Haynes and Boone, LLP as a corporate/securities attorney for 15 years and is now a legal and executive recruiter at Newhouse + Noblin.
Lauren is also serving as the President of the Women's Auxiliary to Children's Medical Center and on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. She has also served the on the Board of Interfaith Housing – Friends of Children, and has been a member of the Junior League of Dallas, the Family Place, Junior Group of the Dallas Garden Club and Community Partners of Dallas. As well, Lauren has served in various positions on the board of the ESD Parents' Association, including Carnival Chair, Division Coordinator, Grade Representative, and Room Mother.
She and her husband, Stephen '93, are current ESD parents of three boys, Stephen ('24), Henry ('27), and Charlie ('29).