David L. Baad, The Ann and Lee Hobson Family Head of School
As Head of School, David Baad is charged to oversee all operational aspects of the school, support the Mission and Founding Tenets, and serve as a visionary leader to the school community. He believes that "Episcopal schools like ours must wrap all that we do in the classroom and on the fields in the moral framework that a faith-based school provides." His goals are to help shape students' lives and to sustain an atmosphere in which teachers can create and excel. Baad came to ESD from the St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., one of the oldest and most respected Episcopal schools in the country. He has operated on the front line throughout his 28-year career in virtually all aspects of the school, including: strategic planning, admissions, budget management, technology, curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and professional development, as well as board governance support for development and finance.
David earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, was a member of the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and played varsity baseball for Rollins College in Florida. He received a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ruth Burke, Associate Head of School
Ruth Burke is the Associate Head of School at The Episcopal School of Dallas, overseeing Enrollment, Communications, Community Culture, and Strategic Initiatives.
Ruth’s experience in independent school administration spans 28 years with 21 in service to ESD, at three nationally-recognized schools, The Bolles School, University Liggett School, and ESD, in the roles of administrator, teacher, coach, advisor, and dean. She has served as conference chair for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Admission Conference and led numerous panel discussions and seminars for the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and ISAS. From 2009-2012, Ruth taught four-day seminars for Independent School Management (ISM), leading admission professionals from across the country in the application of best practices and admission trends.
Ruth grew up in Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in School Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she played basketball and track & field.
Eric Boberg, Ph. D., Academic Dean
As the Academic Dean of The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dr. Eric Boberg is charged with articulating, overseeing, and leading ESD’s learning and teaching priorities, promoting ESD’s Mission, supporting a system of practice that attracts and retains exemplary educators, and implementing and refining a professional growth system for faculty. Dr. Boberg began his teaching career in 1992 at Pine Crest School in Florida as an English teacher. He was also the school’s Director of Forensics and oversaw the nationally competitive speech and debate program. From 1992 until 2013, he was at Fort Worth Country Day School as an Upper School English teacher, Honor Council advisor, basketball coach, debate coach, and K-12 Curriculum Chair.
Boberg earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has his MBA from TCU’s Neeley School of Business and his Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His dissertation focused on the relationship between school leadership, teacher collective efficacy, teacher extra effort, and student achievement, which he continues to research. He continues to research the effects of student engagement and the importance of trust within schools.
The Reverend Amy Heller, Senior Chaplain
As Senior Chaplain, The Reverend Amy Heller, is responsible for managing and overseeing ESD’s spiritual programming, including Daily Worship and Eucharist. She is also active in the community service program and in CORE programming, and works to ensure the advancement of relevant goals within the School’s strategic plan, including working to achieve goals in Ethics and Leadership and in implementing the Code of Conduct. Heller brings nearly 20 years of diverse experience to the School in pastoral care, teaching, and administration. Prior to joining the ESD community, she served as chaplain, administration team member, and religion department chair at Parish Episcopal School. Additionally, The Reverend Heller served the congregation of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Prior to moving to Texas, she served as chaplain, taught third grade, and developed the religious education curriculum at St. Thomas's Episcopal Day School in New Haven, Connecticut.
Ordained in 2004 by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Heller graduated from Colgate University with an Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Religion and a Master of Divinity, Certificate of Anglican Studies, from Yale University's Divinity School. Yale recognized her leadership and community building with the Berkeley Award in 1994.
Robert Buchholz, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer of The Episcopal School of Dallas, Robert Buchholz oversees all accounting, business operations, facilities, technology, campus safety and food service functions. Prior to this role, Buchholz served on the ESD Board of Directors from 2008-2011. From 2003-2010, Robert served as Chairman of the Board and founder of Town Center Bank.
Buchholz earned a J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, an M.B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University, and a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas and is a former certified public accountant (1984-2003).
Denis Stokes, Chief Advancement Officer
As Chief Advancement Officer for The Episcopal School of Dallas, Denis Stokes oversees The ESD Fund, Alumni Relations, and the comprehensive campaign, Together, We Will.
Appointed November 2017, Stokes joins ESD from Christ School, an Episcopal boarding and day school for boys located in Asheville, North Carolina. With more than 30 years in school administration, Stokes has extensive experience in admission and development work, which has included travel throughout the United States and internationally.
Administrative assignments, in addition to almost 15 years at Christ School as Admission Director and then as Advancement Director, have included time at his undergraduate alma mater Belmont Abbey College as Vice President for Enrollment, Providence Day School, and Tulane University. He holds an MBA from The McColl School of Business, Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Stokes and his wife Felice, originally from New Orleans, have two grown children: Tyler, a Clemson University graduate beginning a career in school administration and coaching with Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio; and Corinne, a University of South Carolina graduate in her second year of Nursing School.
Dawn Lewis, Head of Human Resources
As Head of Human Resources, Dawn Lewis originates and leads HR practices and objectives that provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce; implements the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs while maintaining congruency with the Board approved Mission Statement.
Prior to coming to ESD, Lewis' professional roles included Assistant Vice President at Town Center Bank; Director of Business Development for TienaHealth Medical Group; and Director of Business Services for Coppell Family YMCA. Lewis earned her B.A. in Human Resources from American Intercontinental University and a Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane Law School. Lewis also holds a Senior Human Resources Professional certification through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). Additionally, she has received numerous professional awards and accolades, including the Eight Ball Award for Outstanding Ideas, Top 50 Women in Coppell in 2000, Red Triangle Award for the Partner's campaign, and a Team Award and Professional Director Certification from APD.
Henry Heil, Head of Upper School
As Head of Upper School, Henry Heil is responsible for guiding the Upper School experience, which encompasses academics, extracurriculars, community life, and college placement. Heil also serves as the active voice for academics on the executive committee, representing the Division Heads and Department Chairs.
Prior to joining ESD, Heil was the Founding Director of Residential Life and Assistant Dean of Students at Woodberry Forest, one of the nation’s top boarding schools, where he served for thirteen years. Heil was also the Founding Director of the Peer Leadership Council, Director of Community Service, Administrative Master, and Founding Director of the Woodberry Cup, a strategic initiative that engages students in project-based learning competitions. Before Woodberry Forest, Heil was the Director of Athletics, History and Sociology Instructor, and Head Baseball Coach for Oak Ridge Military Academy, a co-ed 8-12 grade day school in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Heil earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Davidson College, where he played varsity baseball, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of South Carolina. He was the English-speaking Union Scholarship Recipient at Felsted School in Essex County, England, and a Cum Laude Society member and the Honor Committee Chair at Virginia Episcopal School.
Chelle Wabrek, Interim Head of Middle School
As Interim Head of Middle School, Chelle Wabrek is responsible for guiding the Middle School experience, which encompasses academics, extracurriculars, and community life. She serves on the Executive Committee and collaborates closely with the Middle and Upper School Division Heads to ensure continuity of the ESD experience.
Wabrek came to ESD from the Louisville Collegiate School in Kentucky, where she was the exploreCollegiate Director and founding Glenmary Academy Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Wabrek introduced innovative changes to the Lower School Language Arts and Social Studies curricula; researched, secured grants for and pioneered a 1:1 iPad program for Glenmary Academy students; and reinvigorated the school’s auxiliary programs rebranding and expanding a small after-school program into vibrant enrichment programming for students ages three to 63. Prior to appointment to these administrative posts, Chelle gained 15 years of classroom experience as she led the fourth-grade team at Collegiate and as a third and fourth-grade teacher at Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tracey Shirey, Head of Lower School
As Head of Lower School, Tracey Shirey is responsible for orchestrating the school experience of ESD students from age three to fourth grade. This includes academics, enrichment and special programs, Kids on Campus, and community life. She serves on the Executive Committee and collaborates closely with the Middle and Upper School Division Heads to ensure continuity of the ESD experience.
For the eight years prior to Tracey becoming an Eagle, she and Amy Cuccia co-founded Thinking Matters, a teacher coaching and curriculum development firm committed to helping teachers reach their full potential in the classroom for the benefit of each child. Her clients included ESD, Hockaday, St. John's Episcopal School, and Ft. Worth Country Day. Tracey spent the first 15 years of her career as an elementary classroom teacher. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she served at Hockaday as the PK-4 Language Arts Coordinator, co-founder and co-director of the Hockaday Writing Institute, Ten-year ISAS Evaluation Chair, and the Curriculum and Scheduling Coordinator. At Highland Park, she was the fourth-grade team leader, technology chairperson, a member of the systems alignment and math mapping team, and two-year nominee for Teacher of the Year. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Gifted and Talented Education from SMU.
Dan Gill, Director of Athletics
As the Athletic Director at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dan Gill is responsible for sustaining and enhancing the excellence of our athletic programs and infrastructure. Coach Gill is building on ESD’s rich athletic history and will continue to move the School's athletic programming forward in tandem with ESD's Mission and core values of honor, respect, and integrity.
Prior to joining ESD, Coach Gill was the Athletic Director at Central Catholic High School, a large, co-ed independent day high school in Toledo, Ohio. Gill oversaw all aspects of 24 sports programs, mentored and developed coaches and student-athletes, collaborated with the leadership team, division heads, and department chairs to ensure alignment, and professionally represented Central Catholic at the conference and state level. Gill served two years as the Associate Athletic Director for the University School at Nova Southeastern University, a large, co-ed PreK-12 independent day school in Davie, Florida and five years as the Director of Athletics/Assistant Recruitment Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach at St. Mary's High School, a co-ed independent day high school in Lancaster, New York. He served The Ohio State University Men's Basketball Team as team manager, sat on the Lancaster/Depew Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, and acted as the Diocese of Buffalo High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Chairman.
A Buffalo, New York native, Gill earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University. From Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, he earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration and a Master of Science in Physical Education. Gill is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association through which he is a Registered Athletic Administrator.