Steve was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, and lived in several cities across the South. His family settled in San Antonio during his middle school years where he remained through high school and college. Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio. After college, he worked as a director for the YMCA in Northwest Houston. Steve and his wife Wendy moved to San Antonio in order to be closer to Wendy’s family. After moving back to San Antonio, he started working in the family business to help begin and grow their San Antonio footprint and launch the franchise operation.
Steve and Wendy have four daughters: Gabrielle (Class of 2019), Sydney (Class of 2022), Sofia (Class of 2024) and Addison (Class of 2028). Steve served in the lunchroom for several years and coached a variety of Geneva kids over the years in soccer, t-ball and basketball. He helped to start the Geneva Youth Sports League and served as one of the commissioners for basketball.
Debbie Ledoux, a native Texan, grew up in Houston. She attended Houston Baptist University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science. She then attended Baylor Law School and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence which laid the foundation for her career in criminal law. Debbie worked as an Assistant District Attorney for both Harris and Bexar counties. Upon the birth of her second child, Debbie quit working full-time. She began serving on several boards including those of the Bexar County Family Justice Center, Providence High School and Women’s Prayer International. Debbie also taught Dialectic to Logic and Rhetoric School students at Geneva.
Debbie is married to Peter Ledoux and they are blessed with five children: Nate (2018 Gonzaga University graduate), Sam (Class of 2017), Sarah (Class of 2020), Hannah (Class of 2021) and Ellie (Class of 2023). Geneva has been part of the Ledoux’s life for well over a decade. Throughout that time, Debbie has served as an art docent, lunchroom volunteer, G.K. Chesterton judge, thesis mentor, room mom, prayer team member and debate coach. The Ledoux family attend Oak Hills Church where Debbie and Peter serve as Prayer Ministers.
Charles grew up in a military family and moving around the country only strengthened his awareness that Texas is a place he wanted to call home. When he and his wife, Annette, relocated their family—Chaz (Class of 2020), Dominic (Class of 2023) and Audrey (Class of 2027)—to San Antonio in 2010, they brought with them a commitment to classical and Christian education.
Charles has degrees in Psychology (University of Houston) and Law (Taft Law School) which have served him well in the Financial Services industry as a Certified Financial Planner™ with both large firms and his own small business. Charles currently works as Director of Strategic Acquisitions at PAX Financial Group.
LORI HOUSER, SECRETARY
Lorie grew up in San Angelo, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in pharmacy. She met and married Baron before beginning a career in hospital pharmacy in Florida, later moving to New Mexico and Atlanta before returning home to Texas. Lori has held several positions with hospital systems before choosing to stay home with their four sons: Barrett (Schreiner University class of 2013), Regan (Baylor University class of 2018), Sutton (GSB class 2017 and Junior Business major at Baylor University and Ethan (GSB class 2019 with plans to study Business at Baylor University starting August 2019).
While staying home with kids, Lori worked with Sam Champion to make SAMS Kids a 501(c)3 Non-Profit student success program for economically disadvantaged students in BISD. Among other activities, Lorie is Founder and President of Circle 2 Plus Ministries which promotes prayer and Bible studies for families, women’s conferences and a weekly web-based Bible study-devotions called Chalk Borders. While Sutton and Ethan have been at Geneva, Lori and Baron have chaperoned trips, cooked for tailgate parties, senior celebrations and team dinners, and driven carpools. The Houser family attends Currey Creek Church where they serve as greeters.
KEVIN YOUNG, CHAPLAIN
Kevin was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Texas as a teenager. He graduated from high school in San Angelo and received an accounting degree from Abilene Christian University. Upon “understanding his limitations as an accountant,” Kevin went to law school at Texas Tech University and graduated in 1988. He practiced with larger law firms in San Antonio until he and his partners started their own firm in 1999 (PHY-law.com). Kevin spends most of his time working on business litigation cases.
He and Cindy have four children: Whitney (Class of 2013) and her husband Brendan Groves, Delaney (Class of 2016), Nathan (Class of 2019) and Jackson (Class of 2021). The Young family attends Currey Creek Church. Kevin was a member of the school board from 2001-2009 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2004-2009. He has served on various committees and helped coach a few teams over the years. Kevin states, “We are committed to the school because we believe in its mission, we are deeply thankful for friendships formed over the years, and we understand (first hand) the benefits of a complete Christian and classical education.”
Tonya Christal was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated from Clark High School back when De Zavala Road really was a cow pasture. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and returned home to pursue her dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She graduated with honors in 2002 and went to work alongside her dad in her family’s practice, Lee Dental Centers. Six years later, her sister Danielle Powell (mother of Luke Powell, Geneva Class of 2029) graduated dental school as well and joined the practice. Since Dr. Lee’s retirement, the sisters continue to practice Family and Cosmetic Dentistry while owning and stewarding Lee Dental’s five locations.
Tonya and Jeff were friends from their Clark High School days, but didn’t date until both were in graduate programs in San Antonio. They married in 2000 in the midst of dental and medical school and have two sons: Aidan (Class of 2022) and Britton (Class of 2025). They have been at Geneva School since Aidan started kindergarten nine years ago.
Tonya has been active in many areas within the Geneva community—serving as an art docent and room mom as well as volunteering for all manner of Geneva activities and sign-up opportunities. She and her family are members at Currey Creek Church and deeply appreciate the community of believers that surround their family. Their family is also proud to support Young Life in San Antonio and Boerne. Tonya is also involved in the C12 Group, a Christian CEO mentor ship organization.
BRIAN DONOVAN, MEMBER
Brian was born and raised in Scotch Plains, N.J., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 with a degree in Naval Architecture. After serving as a pilot in the Navy for nine years, he worked as an engineer for Chesapeake Energy before getting his MBA from Harvard Business School. Brian and his family moved to Texas in 2016 for a job at Valero Energy, where he now manages public policy and strategic planning.
Brian and his wife, Lori, met in 2003 at a wedding in Lori’s hometown of New Orleans. They have three children – Molly (class of 2028), Brendan (class of 2030) and Nora (their three-year old that they hope will join the future class of 2034.)
Geneva has been a blessing for the entire Donovan family since Molly started first grade and they moved to Fair Oaks Ranch. Geneva’s strong sense of community has fostered wonderful relationships with the children’s teachers and other families, and has helped to make their experience in Texas incredibly fulfilling. Brian and his family attend St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne.
Jim Guy is a third generation San Antonio native. After receiving his degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, he began an initial career with AT&T, holding a number of management positions both in San Antonio and Austin in Engineering and Construction Services. Resigning from AT&T in 2006, Jim Guy began what would be a 10-year career at Roalson Interests Inc., a commercial real estate firm in San Antonio, where he enjoyed building strong relationships with clients and peers and working on a number of real estate projects throughout Central and South Texas. In December of 2016, Jim Guy joined Bill Miller BBQ, where he currently serves as President and CEO
Jim Guy and his family have been at Geneva for the past seven years. He married his high school sweetheart, Heather, in 2001 and together they have three children at Geneva: Rider (Class of 2023), Madeline (Class of 2025) and Levi (Class of 2030). Jim Guy has served in a variety of ways throughout campus. He has been a classroom reader, served on several committees and been involved with GYSL as a league commissioner and a coach. He is a member of Currey Creek Baptist Church, involved in Bible Study Fellowship, active on committees in the City of Boerne and is a life member of The San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
Ben was born and raised in San Antonio. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and attended Harvard University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Neurobiology. Interestingly, he wrote a research thesis describing a mouse model of epilepsy late in his collegiate career which he neither had to memorize nor orate. At Geneva, his children are slated to achieve this academic milestone of writing and defending a senior thesis years before their father and in a more challenging fashion.
Ben is a physician and completed his medical training in association with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Hospital and Pediatric Gastroenterology in San Antonio in 1999. He has served on numerous medical boards, both locally and nationally, in the past 20 years.
Ben and his wife, Kristi, met in San Antonio and have three active children: Alexa (class of 2022), Ford (class of 2024) and Gage (class of 2026). All three children started at Geneva in kindergarten and participate in numerous extracurricular activities at Geneva. Kristi is an active member of the Geneva photography team. Ben volunteered at Geneva for multiple years as a Grammar School lunch monitor and reader, GYSL volunteer coach, field trip(s) chaperone, biology class lecturer and recently a member of an administrative committee. Although the Elizondos have served the Geneva Community in many ways, it is clear to them that they have received much more than they have given. The Elizondo family attends the Boerne Church of Christ.
CARRIE FRIESENHAHN, MEMBER
A native Texan, Carrie grew up in San Antonio. She graduated from Baylor University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications. Marketing, Human Resources and developing/implementing training programs have been her professional focus for the past 20 years, specifically in the arena of green home-building and design.
Carrie is married to Johnny and they have four children (plus nieces and a nephew) at Geneva: John Henry (Class of 2021), Jackson (Class of 2021), Kate (Class of 2025) and Wren (Class of 2032). They have enjoyed 11 years as part of the Geneva community. Carrie has served on the Admissions Committee for six years and in the classroom as a Music Docent for nine years. She currently serves as coordinator for Geneva’s Art and Music Docent Program. Through the Docent Program, she has treasured building relationships with entire classes of Geneva students—many of whom she now cheers for quite loudly at a variety of Geneva sporting events. Carrie and her family are members of Currey Creek Church and they share a passion for adoption and foster care.
KIRK LANIER, MEMBER
Kirk is not a native Texan, but admittedly says he got here as quick as he could. He grew up in Milton, Florida, which was a small town of 5,000 near Pensacola. Kirk attend the University of Alabama and the University of West Florida studying Radio/TV Communications before pursuing a career in the restaurant industry. Between 1996 and 2015 he worked in the McAlister’s Deli system with rules ranging from manager to President and COO of the largest franchisee in the country. He led a team of 2,500 employees and operated 60 restaurants throughout four states. Kirk currently works as a partner and COO of Mission Ridge Range & Academy located in San Antonio at 1604 and Military Hwy.
Kirk and his wife, Kim, met in Dallas as their paths crossed in the hospitality industry. You could say Diet Dr. Pepper brought them together! They married in the fall of 2006 and have a third grade daughter (Lily Ruth) and a second grade son (Levi). After spending most of their working lives in Dallas, in an effort to be closer to family they moved to Fair Oaks Ranch in June of 2015 and Lily Ruth began kindergarten in the fall of that year.
Kirk has served in several areas with the Geneva community – serving in the lunch room, as a kindergarten music docent, serving as a reader for both of his children’s classes and as temporary care given for multiple class pets. He also volunteered as head coach of the GSB eighth grade boys basketball team in the fall of 2015 (the upcoming senior class). Beyond Geneva, Kirk and his family attend Cibolo Creek Community Church where he also serves and supports Kids Creek as part of the children’s ministry.
PHYLLIS RIPKIN, MEMBER
Phyllis was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She graduated from Lamar University with a degree in education and a specialization in geology. Phyllis taught math and science to grades six, seven and eight for thirty years at schools in Klein, Dallas, Plano and Boerne. She considers it a blessing to have spent the last four years of her career teaching science and math in the Logic School at Geneva, where she retired in 2008. During her career she was honored with Teacher of the Year, chosen to study with NASA scientists, and was a recognized workshop presenter on teaching strategies.
Phyllis and her husband, Joe, have lived in Boerne since 2003. They have three grown sons: Layton (graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design); Justin (graduate of University of Washington); and Hunter (graduate of University of Texas). In June, Joe and Phyllis were blessed with the birth of their first grandchild, a girl.
Phyllis and Joe attend St. John Lutheran Church, where Geneva had its first campus. At St. John, Phyllis currently serves on the Core Team of Discipleship Initiative, as a mentor for middle school age students and as a greeter. She has also served St. John as an adult Sunday School Teacher and as a member on the Pastor Nominating Committee.
After her retirement, Phyllis has served Geneva as a substitute in the Science Department, a Debate Judge, member of the Senior Thesis Panel and an Exam Proctor.
DAVE TIPPIT, MEMBER
Dave was born in Chicago but spent his childhood living in a variety of places, from the Pacific Northwest to Europe to San Antonio. He graduated from Baylor University, where he received a BBA in Finance. For the last several years, he has ministered primarily in countries of the developing world. Dave has traveled to 45 countries around the world, which has been his greatest education in life.
Dave married his high-school sweetheart Kelly (Hotchkiss) in 1996. He has three children who attend Geneva: Taylor (Class of 2019), Riley (Class of 2021) and Braden (Class of 2025). Dave has been a reader in various Geneva classrooms, coached GYSL basketball teams and helped assist with the administration of the GYSL basketball league.
Travis Vaught was born and raised in Corsicana, Texas. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Baylor University in 1993. Travis ran a software startup in Austin for eight years and currently helps run a family business office in San Antonio.
Travis and his wife, Ginger, met at Baylor and have three children: Mack (Class of 2016); Haven (Class of 2017); and Callen (Class of 2019). Travis and his family attend Currey Creek Church where Travis serves as an elder and helps with the youth “Upstream” small group ministry. Travis has previously served on the Geneva Board (2008-2011) and has volunteered in various capacities since 2004, including Summer STEM camps for the last two years.