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 Business major at Baylor University and Ethan (GSB class 2019 and Business major at Baylor University).
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. When Sutton and Ethan attended Geneva, Lori and Baron chaperoned trips, cooked for tailgate parties, senior celebrations and team dinners, and drove carpools. The Houser family attends Currey Creek Church where they serve as greeters.
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.
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 (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 since their oldest son started kindergarten. 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). Since their oldest boys started in kindergarten, they have enjoyed serving 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.
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). Recently, 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.
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.
KELLEY FITZGERALD, MEMBER
Kelley is a native Texan having lived in Houston, Dallas and Fair Oaks Ranch. She and her family currently reside in San Antonio. Kelley graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing and Management from Mays Business School. After working in retail buying for seven years, Kelley worked as a retail software consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers
managing people and processes.
Kelly met her husband Kevin at Texas A&M. They married in the summer of 1995 and have four children: Kyle (Texas A&M Class of 2022), MacKenzie (Geneva Class of 2020), Ryanne (Brandeis Class of 2021) and K.P. (Geneva Class of 2024).They have enjoyed Geneva since K.P. entered Kindergarten and are blessed by the community of teachers, faculty and families that have guided them. Kelley has served in a variety of ways at Geneva through classroom volunteer opportunities, athletic sporting events, committees, field trips and many more. Kelly and her family are members of Oak Hills Church where she serves on the women’s ministry team.
GREG YOST, MEMBER
Greg was raised in Boerne and graduated from Boerne High School when there was only one high school in town. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology and went on to attend dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He later graduated from St. Mary’s Law School and began practicing law in Boerne where he still practices today. Greg is a past president of the Kendall County Bar Association and his practice consists primarily of probate and fiduciary litigation.
Greg and his wife, Brittney, are both Boerne natives, but did not get to know each other until their college days when Brittney was attending Baylor. They married in the spring of 2008 and have two children who are both students at Geneva: Reese (Class of 2030) and Walker (Class of 2032).
Greg has served as a panelist for the Geneva Senior Thesis and as class reader for his son’s kindergarten class, although he jokes that Brittney’s involvement far exceeds his where she serves as a GCL committee chair, music docent, field trip chaperone, and Grammar School lunch monitor, among others. The Yosts greatly value the Geneva Community and the quality relationships that have been forged in a few short years. They hope to continue contributing to and serving the Geneva Community for years to come. The Yost family attends Currey Creek Church where they teach the Kindergarten Sunday School class.
JOANNE THORNTON, MEMBER
Joanne grew up in Bronxville, New York and graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a concentration in Economics. She enjoyed a career on Wall Street working as an Institutional Corporate Bond Trader for various firms before marrying Robert in 1994. She was one of the three founding families of Geneva School of Boerne where her son Nick (Class of 2013) attended K-12 before matriculating to Baylor University where he studied finance and played on the men’s golf team.
Joanne has served at Geneva as faculty, staff, board member and member of both finance and admissions committees. In addition to serving at Geneva, she has served as the Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship in the Boerne Evening Women’s class for over 25 years. She and Robert attend Trinity Presbyterian Church.
One of Joanne’s favorite Geneva moments was instituting the Eighth Grade Oratorical contest in 2007 as a precursor to the Senior Thesis.