Meredyth M. Cole, Head of School
As Head of School, Meredyth Cole 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. She believes the best schools "meet students where they are, then provide challenge, nurture, inspiration, and structure so that each student can reach his or her full potential." Cole has operated on the front line throughout her 23-year career in virtually all aspects of the school, including: strategic planning; teaching, mentoring, and advising; curriculum development; faculty recruitment and retention; professional development; sustainability; admission, communications, and advancement; and cocurricular life. Cole was formerly the Assistant Head of School for The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, an internationally-renowned independent school, where she also served as the Acting Head of School. Meredyth has presented widely on topics related to school leadership and adolescent issues.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. She was a National Association of Independent Schools EE Ford Fellow in 2003.
Ruth Burke, Assistant Head of School
Ruth Burke is the Assistant Head of School at The Episcopal School of Dallas, overseeing Enrollment, Development, Alumni Relations, Communications, and the Strategic Plan.
Ruth’s experience in independent school administration spans 28 years, at three nationally-recognized schools, in the roles of administrator, teacher, coach, advisor, and dean. She has also served as conference chair for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Admission Conference and lead 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.
Burke earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in School Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
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).
Dawn Lewis, Head of Human Resources
As Head of Human Resources, Dawn Lewis originates and leads HR practices and objectives that will 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, Thomas' 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. Thomas earned her B.A. in Human Resources from American Intercontinental University. 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.
Mike Jenkins, Head of Middle School
As Head of Middle School, Mike Jenkins is responsible for guiding the Middle School experience, which encompasses academics, extracurriculars, and community life. For more than 12 years, Jenkins has been actively involved in Middle School leadership. Jenkins is committed to life-long learning and is an active participant and lecturer at professional development conferences, including iSummit, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and the Peabody Professional Institute at Vanderbilt University.
He is formerly the Middle School Director of Studies for Battle Ground Academy, a 125-year old, coed K-12 school in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has served for six years. He was Interim Head of Middle School and Dean of Middle School Students at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and Dean of Students for seventh and eighth-grade boys at the renowned Rye Country Day School, a K-12, co-ed school in Rye, New York. Mike started his career as a seventh-grade history teacher and team leader at Greenhill School here in Dallas. Mike left Greenhill in 2001 to earn his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the prestigious Teachers College at Columbia University – Klingenstein Center, a program dedicated to developing and strengthening innovative independent school leaders, both domestically and abroad. He also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University.
Chelle Wabrek, Head of Lower School
As Head of Lower School, Chelle Wabrek 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.
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.
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.