Rick Davis, PresidentDistrict 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. 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 current board member and vice president of the Midland County Library Foundation, board member of Midland Chamber’s Midland First Community Advisory Board, and board member of the Midland Reporter-Telegram’s Community Editorial Board. He is a current elder and trustee, and former deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Midland. He is a Midland Leadership graduate, and a board member and past president of West Texas' Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is a former board member of the City of Midland’s Football and Baseball Complex Development Corporation. He previously served as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
As a member of the MISD Board of Trustees since 2008, Rick said, “I want to help ensure that MISD meets all of our children’s educational needs by working with the administration and fellow board members to set priorities, and develop policies that result in the best education our students can receive. I want to seek community support of that objective.”Karen Nicholson, Vice President
Mrs. Karen Nicholson earned a bachelor of science in education from Southwest Texas State College (Texas State), and completed summer work at Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. Nicholson earned a master of education degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a math teacher in Austin ISD and Richardson ISD, an adjunct instructor of math at Midland College, and a math tutor.
She is Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. She served as president of the League of Women Voters of Midland, and has served on the boards of the Richardson and Houston leagues. She has served as a public member of the Grievance Oversight Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas, to oversee the grievance system of the State Bar of Texas. Karen is past president of the Midland Council PTA, Teen Court, and the Midland High School PTA, as well as chair of the After-School Child Care Task Force. Nicholson has served on numerous boards and committees including the Chamber's Education Committee, and the Samaritan Counseling Center.
Karen is married to Jim Nicholson, an engineer in Midland. They have two daughters, Jamie and Jody, and a grandson, Nicholas and granddaughter, Daisy. Nicholson has served on the Midland ISD Board of Trustees since 2006. She said, “I have been involved in education throughout my life as a student, a teacher, a volunteer, a tutor, and an advocate for public education. Being on the School Board was just the next logical step in what I think is so important— helping to make public education the best it can be. Only with a strong public education system can a democracy thrive. Our way of life depends on a well-educated populace.”James Fuller, Secretary
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 currently employed at Midland College 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 is 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 MISD 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 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.”John KennedyDistrict 4
John 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.Bryan Murry
Bryan 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 PTA’s and is a lifetime member of Texas PTA. He has also served the Midland Independent School District 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 21st year of teaching and currently teaches fourth grade at Fasken Elementary. He has three sons, Bryson, Brock and Britton. Bryson and Brock are graduates of Lee High School and currently attend Texas Tech University. Britton currently attends Lee High School. Lyndi, Bryan’s stepdaughter, attends Fasken Elementary. Amy and Bryan are members at Stonegate Fellowship where they serve in the SGKids Department in the GemTown class for 3 year-olds.Tommy Bishop
Mr. Tommy Bishop was born and raised in Crane, Texas. He attended Sul Ross State University, where he played baseball and football. He is an operations supervisor for Chevron Exploration & Production, where he has worked for 26 years.
He served on the Crane ISD School Board for 10 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 two children, Nathan and Jayde.
Tommy has served on the MISD Board of Trustees since 2006. He said, “I serve on the Board to see that every child gets a fair shot at an education.”Robert MarquezDistrict 2Robert 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!” 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”.
Veritas Vitae Magistra