Board Elects Trustees & Officers for 2018-2019

The St. Michael’s board is pleased to announce the election of trustees for three-year terms to begin on June 1. We elect trustees in spring so that they can participate in the board retreat that occurs in May. These new trustees come from a variety of professional backgrounds within the Austin community and with experiences and skills that are sure to add value to the student experience for many years to come.
Leslie Suffoletta earned her M.B.A. degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 1990. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in International Relations in 1986 (with Honors). From 1990 to 1993, she held various corporate finance positions, reporting directly to the CFO. From 1993 to 1996 at Calpine Corporation, a public company in the independent power industry, she developed long-term financial models to analyze potential investment and development projects in the energy industry, optimized ownership alternatives and financing arrangements, and made recommendations to the corporate investment committee. She went on to work as a controller for The Vantive Corporation, a public company in the software industry. At Vantive, Leslie managed the corporate-wide annual budget and planning process and worked closely with senior executives in sales and marketing until mid-1998.
Leslie served on the St. Gabriel’s Catholic School board of trustees from 2006 to 2012. She also served on the facilities committee, on the finance committee (for seven years), on the audit committee, as chair of the head of school advisory committee, and as corporate secretary (for four years). At St. Michael’s, Leslie has served on the finance/assets committee since 2013 and as a Crusader Nation team parent for academic competitions. Leslie has also been a volunteer tutor for AISD second-grade reading and eighth-grade math for the past five years.
Leslie and her husband, Rob, have two children who have attended SMCA. James is now a sophomore at Rice University and Thomas is currently a senior at SMCA. The Suffolettas are members of St. Theresa parish.
Trey Boucvalt is the founder and chief executive officer of seven companies: Environmental Safety & Health Inc, Boucvalt Investments, Boucvalt Services, Environmental Safety & Health Production Group, Environmental Safety & Health of Dallas LLC, Environmental Safety & Health Technical Services, and Forefront Emergency Management. Trey’s passion for the environment has placed him at the forefront of ecologically-clean environmental management services for more than 25 years.
His companies include environmental emergency response and management services, proactive emergency management consulting, oilfield labor and consulting, and semiconductor consulting and staff augmentation. His latest venture is Boucvalt Investments, a real estate holding company that offers commercial, industrial, residential, vacation, and ranch real estate services to individuals and businesses.
Trey’s diverse business portfolio reflects his desire to promote environmental health and his interest in real estate investment. It allows him to give back to the communities he cherishes and have contributed to his success. He has made generous donations to his grade school, high school, college, and St. Michael’s. He is currently serving his third year as a member of the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation board of directors. In 2005, LSU bestowed upon him the prestigious Young Alumnus award.
Along with running his businesses and philanthropic endeavors, he is also a fan of athletics. He has coached and sponsored boys’ and girls’ youth teams since the age of 16. He was an assistant coach at Nicholls State University from 2001 to 2005.
Trey attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Norco, Louisiana from kindergarten through eighth grade. The family moved during his adolescent years, and he attended Destrehan High School. He graduated from LSU in 1991 with a degree in Industrial Technology – Safety and Environmental Option.
At St. Michael’s, Trey has volunteered his time to help with sports teams and has extended his generosity in a number of ways. He has been an active advocate in terms of helping to attract students to St. Michael's. He has tangibly helped to build momentum. As he has described himself, he has been a member of the "momentum committee." He has two children at SMCA, classes of 2020 and 2021.
Al Sommers has a junior son and a freshman daughter at St. Michael’s. He has served on the school’s marketing and communications task force since 2016, offering counsel and recommendations to help enhance St. Michael’s exposure to families of prospective students.
Al is the president of Sommers Marketing + Public Relations, an Austin-based communications agency specializing in public relations, advertising, graphic design, and website development. He has more than 25 years of communications experience working for brands including Baylor Scott & White, Coca-Cola, the Denver Broncos, Krispy Kreme, McDonald’s, Starbucks, The Home Depot, and the Urban Land Institute.
In the community, Al is involved with various civic and professional organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Baldwin Elementary Campus Advisory Council, and the Austin Soccer Foundation. He serves as Chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee for the Ex-Student’s Association of The University of Texas (Texas Exes) and as co-chair of the capital campaign for the Circle C Child Development Center.
Sommers graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, emphasis Public Relations. He is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner.
Terry Modoff has been active in social, civic, and cultural affairs for more than 20 years. Her strong sense of devotion to charitable work and civic leadership is especially evident in her passion for excellence in Catholic education. Her favorite motto is, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Terry was chairperson of a $6.6 million capital campaign at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School that was dedicated to facility expansion and program enrichment. Terry has served on the board of advisors of San Juan Diego Catholic High School since 2014, most recently supporting the planning and successful completion of a $10.4 million capital campaign for a new campus. Terry serves on the advancement task force for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and the Parent Leadership Council for Southern Methodist University.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry served as the hospitality and special events coordinator for St. Matthew Catholic School of San Mateo while supporting a $3 million capital campaign for a multi-purpose building. She served as board president of the Burlingame Mothers’ Club, a non-profit organization with 800 members that provides support, discussion forums, information, and community events.
Other past and present civic activity includes involvement with the University of Texas VOCES Oral History Project, the Blue Sky Luncheon fundraiser for A Legacy of Giving, the National Charity League, the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the Dallas Opera Guild fundraising committee, and the Junior League of San Francisco.
Terry’s business background includes management, marketing, and design. As regional director at 1928 Marketing, Terry was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 50+ people and overseeing their accounts in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. She developed nationally implemented systems and schematics for brand recognition and negotiated brand positioning for maximum exposure within target markets. While living in the Bay Area, Terry was responsible for market expansion and nationwide business development at Lily Samii Designs, a couture design house.
In addition to new trustees, the board re-elected Jason Beiter and Tim Kane for their second three-year terms. Both have worked tirelessly behind the scenes as the new athletic facility has opened and as other capital projects around campus unfold. Be sure to read Tim’s audit committee article either in the link in a recent newsletter or under the board tile on MySMCA.
Trustee recruitment is a responsibility that we take very seriously. We profile ethnicity, age, ZIP code, 21 professions, 14 areas of professional expertise, five areas of expertise unique to non-profit boards, education, and religion. We look for a balance of men and women. We try to have a few alums on the board, and a mix of parents of current students (never to exceed 50%) and parents of alums.
Candidates are vetted according to the skills gaps we have on the board, and skills that best ensure the success of the most recent strategic plan and the multi-generational success of the school. We seek balance, collegiality, openness, a lack of personal agendas, confidentiality, candor rooted in relational trust, and other attributes beneficial to a strategic board.
The profile of the board’s 16 trustees for the 2018-2019 school year is as follows:
  • Gender: 62.5% male, 37.5% female
  • Age: 56% between the ages of 35 and 50, 44% between the ages of 51 and 64
  • Ethnicity: 87% Caucasian and 13% Hispanic
  • Professions: 19 of 21 professions represented (some trustees span multiple professions)
  • Nonprofit board experience: 75% have served on other non-profit boards
  • Areas of expertise: 12 of 14 areas of expertise are represented with strategic planning being the most often cited
  • Alumnus or alumna: 20%
  • Parent of current student: 50% (11 children)
  • Parent of alum: 50% (12 children)
  • Alum or parent of student/alum: 94%
  • Trustees eligible for service the following year: 88% (an important measure of board continuity and stability)
  • Trustees with an advanced degree: 56%
  • Catholic: 88%
  • Average length of board service: 2.13 years
  • Unique ZIP codes: 13
You may note the imbalance in gender and ethnicity. The governance committee hopes to address the issue as it prepares a slate of candidates for next year’s election.
The board always has a few gaps in expertise and looks to non-trustee committee members to fill those gaps. The trustee selection process helps identify potential non-trustee committee members.
Many thanks to my fellow governance committee members for their outstanding work on what is arguably the board’s most important function. The committee gathered formal nominations, added those nominations to a rolling list of potential trustees, profiled all candidates, selected those to put forward based on criteria noted above, explained the duties and responsibilities to each candidate, and, finally, presented their nominations to the full board. The committee’s work continues with the orientation and education of new trustees in the coming months.

Board Elects Officers

A self-perpetuating board of trustees governs St. Michael’s as a non-profit corporation. The four elected officers of the corporation – chair, vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer – serve one-year renewable terms which begin on June 1. The officers, the head of school, and the immediate past chair of the board constitute the executive committee. The executive committee coordinates the work of the board; serves as a sounding board for the head of school; develops and recommends to the board governance policies and procedures; acts in place of the board between board meetings; and performs the annual review and appraisal of the head of school. So in addition to the specific duties of each officer position these individuals take on other responsibilities regarding the affairs of the board and the school.
I am very pleased to announce the election of the board's officers for the 2018-2019 school year.
Christopher Dolce as the new board chair brings us around full circle. He not only is an alum (1988) but also represents a founding family, with children of his own at St. Michael’s now. Chris is the first alum of the school to serve as its board chair which speaks not only to Chris’s commitment to the school and its mission, but also to the maturity of the school. Chris is in his second stint on the board.
Chris has been with Sixthriver Architects since 1994, is a founding principal, and has served as Vice President of the firm since 2001. As the Director of Corporate Interiors, Chris is responsible for a core aspect of the company’s business. He is an expert in programming and space planning, and assists clients in the real estate and design aspects of a purchase or lease transaction. He helps the firm’s clients in negotiating functional and efficient layouts for office and community spaces.
Jarrett Anderson will serve the board as its vice-chair. One duty of a board is to ensure the viability of the school for future generations, and to do this we had identified a need to create a culture of philanthropy at St. Michael’s. Jarrett is as responsible as anyone on the board for making this a reality through his leadership of the marketing and advancement task forces, and through his family’s generosity to the school.
Jarrett graduated Texas A&M University, College Station (B.B.A.) cum laude in 1993 and the University of Texas, Austin (J.D.) in 1996.
Jarrett started his legal career as a civil litigator focused primarily upon defending clients in complex commercial litigation. At the request of the Special Assistant Attorney General in 2001, Jarrett left private practice to serve the Office of Attorney General for the State of Texas as a lead litigator pursuing groundbreaking pharmaceutical pricing litigation. Jarrett returned to the private sector in 2003 and represents clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. These cases involve medical devices and drugs, primarily, and are brought against pharmaceutical manufacturers, device companies, and medical providers.
Jarrett is a Life Fellow of the Texas State Bar. In addition to his service as a member of the St. Michael’s board, Jarrett is honored to serve on the board of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Champions Council for the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation in Austin.
Jarrett and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, classes of 2016 and 2018. Having been raised on a farm in the High Plains of West Texas, Jarrett has always enjoyed a love for the outdoors which includes hunting and ranching with his family in the Hill Country. His other personal interests include travel and golf.
Stephanie Lucie joins the executive committee in the role of secretary. Stephanie has a sophomore daughter at St. Michael’s. Last year, she and her family hosted an international student from China.
We are thrilled to have Stephanie in the rules-and-regulations role on the board. Stephanie has been invaluable to the school and to the board for bringing her legal-eagle eye to a variety of contracts and policies, and each process has been the better for it. She has been a member of the corporate governance committee and has chaired the marketing and communications task force.
Most recently, Stephanie served as general counsel and chief compliance officer at Austin Ventures, where she continues to handle some legal matters. She has served as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, corporate secretary, and head of human resources, with over three decades of experience working with publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as leading law firms in New York City and Houston.
Stephanie is a director of Consortia Holdings, Inc., and she served on the Boards of LifeWorks and SafePlace. She is a founder and past president of non-profit legal organizations in Houston and Austin. She is the editor of “Scagel Handmade,” published in September 2010.
Stephanie received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she served on the Duke Law Journal, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Reagan Nash returns as treasurer and provides continuity on the executive committee. Reagan has a long history of supporting Catholic education by serving on finance and investment committees at both St. Austin’s and St. Michael’s, and we are fortunate to have his continued leadership in the treasurer’s role.
Reagan and his wife Suzanne are the parents of two daughters, Bela '16 and Louisa '19, both graduates of St. Austin Catholic School where he and Suzanne received the 2015 Catholic Education Service Award from the Diocese of Austin. Reagan grew up in Houston and attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school before permanently moving to Austin in 1987 to attend the University of Texas. He graduated with a BBA in Finance in 1991 and began his career in Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch. He joined UBS Financial Services in 2011 in his current role as Vice President – Wealth Management. Reagan serves on the Metro Board of the YMCA of Austin, coordinates a team for a Meals on Wheels route, volunteers at the Helping Hand Home for Children, and is a member of St. Austin Catholic Parish.
Orderly succession is key to the stability and success of the board and the school. Chris steps into the role of chair in his eighth year on the board after serving one year as vice-chair. Jarrett joins the executive committee after serving as the board’s lead in marketing and communications, and then advancement. Stephanie steps into the role of secretary bringing with her many years of experience in law and non-profit board service. Reagan returns as treasurer, his second year in that role and fifth year on the assets committee.
The board thanks its two outgoing officers. We have been blessed to have Leslie Blanke leading the board this year. She continued to improve board operational function and kept the board focused on long-term strategic issues. Nicole Trevino steps down after serving an unheard-of four years as board secretary (and just as she completes her doctorate). Both Leslie and Nicole will remain on the board one more year as we transition their duties to Chris and Stephanie.
Donald Figer
Governance Committee Chair