Board of Directors

Hill Country Christian School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors. The primary mission of the board is to advance the purpose, mission and vision of the school as a ministry of Hill Country Bible Church Austin. They provide exceptional strategic direction and oversight of school bylaws and core values; exercise fiduciary responsibility to protect the school’s assets; establish policy-based governance, and recruit and manage the head of school.

We are thankful for the board’s service and are eternally grateful for their leadership, wisdom, and commitment to Hill Country.

David Nelson

Chairman

David Nelson

Chairman

Mr. Nelson graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in economics and earned an MBA from Dartmouth College. He manages operations and finance for MiliMatch, a recruiting assessment company.  He and his wife, Mary Christy, have two children: Mason (alumnus) class of 2019; and Ashleigh, class of 2023. They joined our school community in 2006.

Joe Bland

Building Committee Chair

Joe Bland

Building Committee Chair

Mr. Bland attended the University of Texas. He is the president of Joe Bland Construction, L.P. He and his wife Barbara have two sons who are Hill Country graduates, classes of 2009 and 2012.

Robert Fischer

Capital Campaign & Development Committee Chairs

Robert Fischer

Capital Campaign & Development Committee Chairs

Mr. Fischer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in marketing and a minor in business. He is the owner of the RJF Team at Keller Williams Realty. He and his wife Michelle have two children: RJ, class of 2026; and AJ, class of 2029. Their family has been part of our school community for six years.

Chris Pretorius

Finance Committee Chair

Chris Pretorius

Finance Committee Chair

Mr. Pretorius is a native of South Africa and became a United States citizen in 2007. He has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Johannesburg and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) for 20 years. Currently, he works as a finance director at Apple. He is married to Grace, and they have one son, Daniel, class of 2030.

Mark Bode

Mark Bode

Mr. Bode graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in electrical engineering. He also earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He currently works at AMD as a product line director. He and his wife Jessica have two children: Rachel (alumna), class of 2020; and Gretchen, class of 2022. They joined our school community in 2013.

Jeff Curry

Jeff Curry

Mr. Curry grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin from McCombs School of Business. He spent 18 years in management consulting across North American and Europe with clients ranging from aerospace to government. He is currently the Vice President of Operations at West Star Aviation. He and his wife Stancey have one grown son, four grandchildren, and one son who currently attends Hill Country; Ty, class of 2024. They also host a foreign exchange student, Huaicheng, class of 2024. The Currys have been part of the Hill Country community since 2003.

Scott Ewell

Scott Ewell

Mr. Ewell graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in construction engineering. He is a co-owner of Culhane Premier Properties. He and his wife Amber have a 4-year-old daughter, Reese. Scott and Amber have been members of Hill Country Bible Church since 2011.

Michael Guevara

Michael Guevara

Mr. Guevara earned a Bachelor of Arts from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a partner with Shahan Guevara Decker Arrott, PC. He and his wife Amy have two children: Chloe, class of 2027; and Anthony, class of 2030. Their family has been part of our school community for six years.

Matt Kouri

Matt Kouri

Mr. Kouri is the founder and president of Good Works Strategic Advisors, where he helps nonprofits, philanthropists, schools, and companies increase their impact in the world. He has business and public policy degrees from the University of Chicago and Oklahoma State University. He and his wife Julie are members at Mosaic Church and have two sons at Hill Country: West, class of 2023, and Creed, class of 2025, and one daughter, Niya, class of 2029, who is hoping to transfer to Hill Country in the fall.

Karin Kriel

Karin Kriel

Mrs. Kriel is a fun-loving communicator at heart. Originally from South Africa, she is passionate in her pursuit of God’s purposes and serves in teaching and worship ministries. She has led alongside her husband, Jurie, for the past 20 years ranging from student ministry to multi-campus leadership and Women’s ministry. She and her husband have two sons: Josh, class of 2023; and Ethan, class of 2027.

Annie Mendrala

Annie Mendrala

Mrs. Mendrala graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a lifetime teaching certificate in secondary education. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in Austin and been married for over 22 years. They are members of Hill Country Bible Church and attend the Steiner Ranch campus. In 2015, the Lord called her to homeschool her boys, where she gained experience and passion for the Classical Christian model of education. Two of their three sons attend Hill Country: Dillon, class of 2024; and Sam, class of 2026. Their oldest son, Michael, attends Liberty University and is pursuing a commercial aviation degree.

Richard Sayles

Richard Sayles

John Scimone

John Scimone

Mr. Scimone is a technology and risk management professional, having earned degrees in Computer Science and Strategic Intelligence, and performed post-graduate studies in international management and leadership. He previously led security and risk management programs for the Department of Defense and Sony Group, and currently serves as the Chief Security Officer at Dell Technologies. He and his wife Meghan are members of Hill Country Bible Church and have three students at Hill Country Christian School: Lilah, class of 2029; Graham, class of 2031; and Violet, class of 2034.

Matthew Donnowitz

Head of School (non-voting)

Matthew Donnowitz

Head of School (non-voting)

Mr. Donnowitz graduated with his BA from Purdue University, MA from Trinity School for Ministry, and is currently completing his EdD in Educational Leadership at Concordia University Texas. In 2016, he and his wife, Taryn, moved to Austin. He began teaching at Hill Country Christian School that year, served as the Upper School Principal from 2018 to 2022, and became the Head of School in 2022. He has two future Hill Country students, class of 2034 and class of 2037.

Greg Meyer

HCBC Elder Board Representative (non-voting)

Greg Meyer

HCBC Elder Board Representative (non-voting)

Mr. Meyer is a Texas native and graduated from Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. He earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and has worked with State Farm insurance for 30 years. He and his wife Donna have been members of Hill Country Bible Church since 2007 and have three adult daughters, one son-in-law, and one grandson.