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    Rick Davis, President
    District 6
    Mr. Richard “Rick” D. Davis, Jr. grew up in Harlingen, Texas and graduated from Harlingen High School in 1978.  He received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, and a J.D. from Texas Tech University’s School of Law in 1985. After serving a one-year clerkship with The Supreme Court of Texas, Rick joined the Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, P.C. law firm, in Midland, where he worked full-time until 2011, when he became vice president of Midland Energy, Inc. and Petroplex Energy, Inc., two oil and gas exploration and production companies. In 2018, he became general counsel for BTA Oil Producers, LLC. He and his wife, Karen, have a son, Jordan, a daughter-in-law, Sara, and two daughters, Taylor and Mills, all of whom graduated from Midland High School.

    Rick helped found the Pro Bono Legal Clinic at Casa de Amigos and is a four-time West Texas Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney Award winner. He is a founding board member of the Midland County Library Foundation. He is a former trustee, an elder, and deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, a Midland Leadership graduate, a former board member and past president of West Texas' Make-A-Wish Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, and a former board member of the City of Midland’s Football and Baseball Complex Development Corporation. Rick and his wife, Karen, were the recipients of the Centers for Chilren and Families' Harriet Herd Founders Award for Community Service in 2018. He is currently a member of Educate Midland's Leadership Team and Priority Midland's Steering Committee.
    As a member of the Midland ISD Board of Trustees since 2008, Rick said, "I want to help ensure that Midland ISD meets all of our children's educational needs by setting student outcome goals and developing policies that result in the best education our studetns can receive. I want to seek community support of that objective."

    Tommy Bishop, Vice President
    District 3

    Mr. Tommy Bishop was born and raised in Crane, Texas. He attended Sul Ross State University, where he played baseball and football. He is from retired Chevron Exploration & Production, where he has worked for over 27 years. He is now employed with Bison Trucking as their Safety & DOT Manager.

    Mr. Bishop is one of two board members in the State of Texas that has served on two different school boards.

    He served on the Crane ISD School Board for 12 years, and served as president for two years. He was president of the Region 18 School Board Association for four years. He has been a member of 4-H, FFA, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of Midland 4B Board, and a member of True Lite Christian Fellowship Church. Tommy and his wife, Claudine, have three children, Nathan, Ebony and Jayde.

    Tommy has served on the MISD Board of Trustees since 2006. He now serves as the Board Vice President. He said, “I serve on the Board to see that every child gets a fair opportunity at an education."

    Bryan Murry, Secretary
    District 7

    Mr. Bryan Murry was born and raised in Odessa, Texas and is a 1988 graduate of Permian High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from West Texas State University in May of 1992 and his CPA license in September of 1994.  Bryan previously worked in public accounting, a public oil and gas company and is currently Controller of III N Investments where he has been employed since February 1, 2000.

    Mr. Murry is a graduate of Leadership Odessa and has been active in the Midland and Odessa communities having served as Treasurer of Permian Basin Child’s Play; President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Ellen Noël Art Museum; President and Treasurer of the Lee High School Football Booster Club; Treasurer of the Lee High School Baseball Booster Club and the Board of the Greater Midland Football League.  Bryan is a past President of the Greathouse Elementary PTA, past President of the Midland Council of PTAs and is a lifetime member of Texas PTA. He was elected to the Midland ISD School Board in 2016 and has also served on two school bond committees in 2010 and 2012, an elementary school-naming committee, and the committee to select the current Executive Director of Athletics. 

    Bryan is married to Amy Murry, who is in her 25th year of teaching and currently teaches fourth grade at Fasken Elementary.  He has three sons, Bryson, Brock and Britton, all of whom are graduates of Midland Lee High School. Bryson is a 2018 graduate of Texas Tech University, Brock is a senior at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Britton is a junior at the University of Kansas.  Lyndi, Bryan’s stepdaughter, attends Abell Junior High.  Amy and Bryan are members at Stonegate Fellowship.

    James Fuller
    District 1

    Mr. James E. Fuller (USMC, Honorably Discharged) was born and reared in San Angelo, Texas; he attended the San Angelo ISD public schools and graduated from San Angelo Central High School (1966); he is a graduate of San Angelo Junior College (Angelo State University) where he earned an Associate in Arts Degree (English) in 1963. Mr. Fuller earned a Bachelor of Arts (English) in 1966 from the University of North Texas (NTSU) and a Master of Arts Degree (English) in 1974 from Texas Tech University. He has done postgraduate work at Texas Tech University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He taught in Lubbock ISD in the disciplines of Social Studies (Struggs Junior High) and English (Coronado High), and served as the department chair of English at Coronado High. 

    He is retired from Midland College where he served as the coordinator of the Professional Development/Teaching and Learning Center at Midland College, co-facilitator of the Faculty Academy, and facilitator of the faculty evaluation process. Fuller was a member of the English faculty, director of the Midland College Writing Lab, developmental studies instructor, assistant director of developmental studies, and coordinator of the P-16 Initiative.

    As a Midland ISD Board of Trustees member, James is chair of the Board Facilities Committee, and a member of the Board Policy Committee. He is involved in the Midland African-American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council, Inc., Midland African-American Entrepreneurs Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and a member and officer of the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Boards, a member of the National School Board Association, a Certified Lay Leader/Speaker and a Certified Lay Minister of the United Methodist Church (St. Mark’s United Methodist Church). He is an education coordinator for St. Mark’s, a lay delegate for the annual UMC Northwest Texas Conference, and an Honorary Life Member of the PTA and a member of the NAACP.  He has served on the Midland County Library Board, Project Blueprint, Leadership Midland, as a Key Communicator, as Region 10 director of the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, on Habitat for Humanity, and on the Federation of Citizens United to Serve (FOCUS).

    James is married to Robbyne Hocker Fuller. They have a son, Jason, four grandchildren, Jashe, Jayce, Kendrick, and J’erlicia, and a great-grandson, Jakylan. As a Board member since 1988, Fuller said, “The purpose of my serving on the Midland ISD Board of Trustees is to advocate for a quality public school education for all children."
    Robert Marquez
    District 2
    Mr. Robert Marquez was born in Pecos, Texas and raised in a farm community near Verhalen, Texas. Marquez has resided in Midland for the last 39 years. He attended Midland High School, Midland College, College of the Air Force and Troy State University. He served his country in the United States Air Force as MH-53 Sikorsky helicopter crew chief with the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. He has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry for 29 years and currently works as an independent oil & gas consultant.  He is a parishioner at San Miguel Arcangel Catholic Church where he served on the church council, Cursillo ministry, Knights of Columbus, Chair of the Jamaica Festival and Eucharistic Minister. His community involvement includes serving as secretary of the Lee High School Football Booster Club, a mentor at James Bowie Fine Arts Academy and a member of the ad hoc committee for the new construction of Bunche Elementary.
    “My kids attended and graduated from MISD public schools, my wife Delia is an educator and my stepdaughter is a counselor with MISD. I am extremely proud of both of them,” he shared. Marquez’ oldest son graduated as a Civil engineer from University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Dominican novice with the religious Order of Preachers (a Catholic order founded in 1216). His youngest son is currently attending Midland College. Mr. Marquez is very proud of his two beautiful grandchildren who are also attending school in Midland ISD.
    “My passion has been to unlock the God given potential of everyone I come in contact with. I am here to promote the most effective learning environment and advocate for the best educational system in Texas, all while maintaining the most economic delivery model as required by our community," Marquez shared.

    John Kennedy
    District 4

    Mr. John Kennedy was born in Midland.  He attended Henderson and Rusk elementary, then graduated from Richardson High School in 1974.  After receiving his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas in 1978, he returned to Midland in 1980 and worked for Lantern Petroleum Corporation for 20 years. Upon Lantern’s sale, he moved to Houston in 2000. In 2005 he moved to Enid, Oklahoma to market all of Continental Resources crude oil. John returned to Midland in 2007 and currently is President of Diamond K Petroleum. He is an Elder and small group facilitator at First Presbyterian Church. John is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Petroleum Museum. John and his wife Leslie have three grown children, all of which attended MISD schools. 

    John Trischitti III
    District 5
    Mr. John Trischitti III grew up in Lubbock and graduated from Coronado High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2000 and received his Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2009. Trischitti served as the Director of the Midland County Public Libraries from 2011 to 2019.

    In 2019, he was named Executive Director of the Midland Development Corporation, an organization which creates opportunities for businesses and families located within Midland through economic development activities, outreach, education and by providing support.

    Trischitti is a former Texas Librarian of the Year and is active in both the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association. He served on the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Award selection committee and served on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Systems Act Board. Trischitti is a TED Talk presenter on the topics of the social impacts of illiteracy. He is a frequent speaker and program presenter across the state on children’s literature and best practices for public libraries. John currently serves on the City of Midland Airport Board and Basin PBS. He attends Golf Course Road Church of Christ and has five children, Jay, Olivia, Dean, Charlotte and Paul who attend MISD schools.

    “Education changed my life and I want the same opportunity for all students in Midland,” he shared.