leadership

School Founders and Leadership Team

TriEA CEO and Superintendent – Michael Hooten, Founding Member
TriEA Chief Academic Officer – Jennifer Hoag, Founding Member

SES Board President and Director – Lisa Tatum, Founding Member
SES Board Vice President and Director – Dhriti Stocks, Founding Member
SES Board Treasurer and Director – Carolynne Smith
​SES Board Secretary and Director – Korey Mack

SES Board Director – Stephanie Wallace

SES Board Director – Kristen Shapiro

SES Board Director – Brittany Teal

SES Board Director – Nick Marino

Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) – Executive Leadership

Michael Hooten, Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent

​Leading Trinity Environmental Academy as Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent is Michael Hooten. He has been worked in Dallas charter schools since 2003. His experience in education has brought him through years as a certified science teacher, instructional coach, leadership roles of Dean of Instruction and Secondary Director, last as the Director of Project Management at one of the largest charter networks in North Texas. During his instructional tenure, he led up to 60 teachers and staff in a TEA Exemplary Rated District, developed the programming for and was awarded an IB World School designation from the International Baccalaureate Organization, received the highest “model school” rating as a T-STEM school Director, was identified as having 2012’s #8 and 2013’s #5 Most Transformational Schools in America as determined by Newsweek, and facilitated a 19% average increase in AP scores in one just year – a district and network best. This was a result of his transformational leadership style, instructional knowledge, meticulous team development, and self-motivating scholar achievement strategies. As a professional educator, he has been a servant leader in Dallas urban communities developing and advocating for the at-risk, gifted, special populations and socioeconomically challenged scholars his entire career. It is here he finds his greatest joy and drive for systemic educational reform and learning equality for all people, collaborating with effective and passionate educators who want to share in this worthy mission. Michael is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, has two adopted sons and enjoys camping, hiking, and rock climbing.

Jennifer Hoag, Chief Academic Officer

​For the past eleven years, Ms. Hoag has been teaching science in charter schools in Dallas serving low income, At-Risk students. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in Science Education while serving as the School Director of the Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences where she oversaw a campus of more than 400 students in grades 4-12 and a faculty of 35 teachers. During the eight years she was at Pegasus she developed a relationship with the Sierra Club to promote outdoor education activities through their Inner City Outings program. While on hikes and camping trips, students are taught the basics of environmental stewardship through this partnership that continues today. Since 2010, she has served as an Instructional Coach for A+ Academy, a charter school in southeast Dallas. Her commitment to STEM education is evidenced by the grant from the Jiv Daya Foundation Ms. Hoag received for a class set of Kindle Fires to implement across the curriculum for her 11th grade students at A+ Academy.

Sustainable Education Solutions (SES) – Board Members

Lisa Tatum, Board President and Director

After completing a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University, Lisa Tatum joined the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program, where she traveled the west coast contributing more than 3,400 hours of community service to nonprofits. She then continued as the Service-learning Coordinator, developing education activities and planning projects for AmeriCorps members. Ms. Tatum continued her investment in service at the American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter and the Student Conservation Association. As a contractor for HandsOn Network/Points of Light Foundation, she developed, conducted, and evaluated online training in the field of volunteer management. Ms. Tatum also coordinated programs for the Student Conservation Association in Dallas, Texas where she developed a strong familiarity with both the need to provide environmental education to young people in North Texas and the resources available to do so. Ms. Tatum also served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership in North Texas from 2007-2012. Now, as the Disaster Service Manager for VolunteerNow, she uses her expertise in preparedness and volunteer engagement/service-learning to train and retain dedicated volunteers for VolunteerNow’s disaster response as a part of the Mass Care Task Force. Ms. Tatum also has also served as the President and Founder of the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas chapter since 2005. She also has a seat on the National Disaster Task Force for the Points of Light Foundations/HandsOn Network.

Dhriti Stocks, Board Vice President and Director

Dhriti Stocks began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps member with VolunteerNow (formerly the Volunteer Center of North Texas), leading service-learning programs and leadership development activities for youth volunteers. After her AmeriCorps term of service, she accepted the role of Grant Writer with the Volunteer Center. She continued her nonprofit work in her role as the Senior Development Manager at Junior Achievement of Dallas and Senior Development Writer for Children’s Medical Center Foundation. She currently serves as Director of Development Research for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, managing the development of a comprehensive fundraising pipeline for the Museum as it continues to lead the region in providing engaging STEM educational opportunities to inspire students to pursue innovative new careers. In her spare time, she co-leads the local chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas, and serves on the board of Trinity Environmental Academy. Ms. Stocks holds Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Austin College and Master of Public Affairs from University of Texas at Dallas.

Carolynne Chancellor Smith, Board Treasurer and Director

​Carolynne is a native Texan from Tyler. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Business Degree in Finance and Real Estate. After an internship during college with a real estate development firm, she continued with that firm, Elm Development Company, for the next 18 years. Elm originally invested in the West End area of Dallas that is now Victory Park, and was a major player in the redevelopment of Deep Ellum. Carolynne began her family with the birth of her daughter in 2000. That transition guided her to begin helping with a new Texas charter school, Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. First as a volunteer, then a Board Member, she was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in 2002 and continued in that role until 2011. Further transitions have turned to something closer to the environment by growing grapes at her family property near Tyler and starting a vineyard in 2009 that now consists of 2 ½ acres of grapevines. With much guidance from the State of Texas agricultural extensions, and studies at Grayson County Community College Viticulture and Enology Program, she has turned her father’s cow pasture into a scenic and productive vineyard.

Korey Mack, Board Secretary and Director

​Korey Mack is a secondary educator who grew up in the Cedar Crest neighborhood of Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX. He has spent the last eleven years as a teacher and a coach with St. Mark’s School of Texas, Life Charter Schools, and Uplift Education where he recently departed as the Director of Community Development and Government Affairs. Currently, he is the Admissions Officer at his Alma Mater, St. Marks School of Texas.  During his 2011 campaign for Dallas City Council, he became more actively involved with community organizations such as the Cedar Crest Neighborhood Association, the Buckner Terrace Neighborhood Association, and the NAACP to name a few. Korey considers it a great honor to serve as a Board Director with SES, and hopes that his experience and expertise provide him with a great opportunity to contribute to the mission of the school.

Kristin Shapiro, Board Director

Kristin was raised in the DFW area and attended Austin College where she graduated with a BA in Biology and Spanish.  She immediately began teaching and has been a full time teacher in Plano ISD for the past seven years.  She has taught a variety of courses ranging from Chemistry, Food Science, IB and AP Biology, as well as college-prep and AP Environmental Science.  While she enjoys all subjects, Environmental Education quickly became her passion and she has overseen the Environmental Education program at her high school for the past five years.  In addition to teaching in Plano, Kristin spends her summers developing environmental curriculum for a number of local school districts as well as grading national Environmental exams for AP credit.  She also works with the National Math and Science Initiative helping teachers across the nation develop their own Environmental Education programs.  In 2010 she spent her summer working for the Student Conservation Association where she met Lisa Tatum and lead student crews to build various trails throughout the Great Trinity Forest.  Ms. Shapiro is passionate about the environment and hopes to work to spread Environmental Education to all students. She is specifically interested in community involvement as it relates to food production and sustainability.

Nick Marino Jr., Board Director

Currently Nick is working on multiple projects. Nick is the Director of Social Change at TangoTab, a company that is working to end hunger in America. TangoTab is a mobile app that provides people free restaurants offers. Every time a person uses an offer, TangoTab feeds a hungry American in your city. To date, TangoTab has fed over 1.5 million people in need. On top of his work at TangoTab, Nick is the Chief Visionary Officer and founder of MISSIOND. With a focus of getting people to, LIVE WITH PURPOSE. MISSIOND is a platform that highlights individuals making a difference across the streets, states and seas. This also includes the creation of ‘Live With Purpose’ bracelets, which spark people to perform a random act of kindness everyday. In 2010 Nick started the blog, The Revolving Mind. After leaving a career in corporate world, Nick transformed his blog into a business by creating Revolving Mind Media. Through this avenue Nick works on all types of clients, from upcoming startups to established brands. Nick also sits on the board for POWERHANDZ, which is one of the hottest training products in the country for athletes ranging from David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox to Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants to Paul George of the Indiana Pacers to Hall of Famer to Tim Brown to Olympic Gold Medalist Hope Solo and many more. In the fall of 2015 Nick became part of the team at Union Coffee leading all of their communication efforts. Union stand on three pillars and those are coffee, community and cause. This makes Union Coffee one of a handful of socially conscious coffee shops in the state of Texas.

Brittany Teal, Board Director

Brittany is a corporate attorney for a Software as a Service provider in Dallas, Texas. Raised in Fort Worth, she attended the magnet schools in Fort Worth ISD from elementary through high school, which formed the basis for her support of alternative education within the public school system. After graduating from O.D. Wyatt High School, Brittany obtained a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the SMU Dedman School of Law. In addition to her work with the TriEA Board, Brittany is a member of the Mayor’s Star Council and was named a finalist for 2016’s Outstanding Corporate Counsel in D CEO Magazine.

Stephanie Wallace, Board Director

In the past 10 years as a resident of Dallas, Stephanie has ingrained herself in community and culture, building a portfolio of work with high-profile clients and a network of high-impact collaborators while serving the people and issues that affect her surroundings. Her background is in agency and nonprofit communications and she is now the General Manager of the local entertainment website, Do214.com. She has volunteered with several organizations addressing issues for animal welfare, women & girls, health & nutrition, education and environmentalism, and is an alumni of the Mayor’s Star Council. Stephanie is a communicator, music lover, animal advocate, world traveler and yogini.