Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Strategic Plan

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  • David Nelson
    David Nelson
    Chairman
  • Robert Fischer
    Robert Fischer
    Capital Campaign & Development Committee Chairs
  • Donna Giarratano
    Donna Giarratano
    Committee on Directors Chair
  • Chris Pretorius
    Chris Pretorius
    Finance Committee Chair
  • Reid Lee
    Reid Lee
    Secretary
  • Joe Bland
    Joe Bland
  • Mark Bode
    Mark Bode
  • Jeff Curry
    Jeff Curry
  • Scott Ewell
    Scott Ewell
  • Michael Guevara
    Michael Guevara
  • Karin Kriel
    Karin Kriel
  • Annie Mendrala
    Annie Mendrala
  • John Scimone
    John Scimone
  • Jeff Marx
    Jeff Marx
    Head of School (non-voting)
  • Greg Meyer
    Greg Meyer
    HCBC Elder Board Representative (non-voting)
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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, class of 2019 alumnus; and Ashleigh, class of 2023. They joined our school community in 2006.

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.

Donna Giarratano
Committee on Directors Chair

Mrs. Giarratano graduated from Houston Baptist University with a double major in marketing and management. She currently serves as the executive vice president/chief operating officer at Phoenix Management, Inc. She and her husband Troy have two children: Lauren, class of 2023; and Anthony (AJ), class of 2024. They joined our school community in 2012.

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.

Reid Lee
Secretary

Mr. Lee graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He has worked in the software industry for over 25 years, leading and mentoring software teams at National Instruments (including two years in Shanghai, China, growing and mentoring technical leadership at NI’s R&D branch) and currently at Cirrus Logic. Reid’s wife, Marcia, has faithfully served the school through our PTF for many years. They have two children: Lauren, class of 2019 alumna; and Jonathan, class of 2023.

Joe Bland

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.

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, class of 2020 alumna; and Gretchen, class of 2022. They joined our school community in 2013.

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

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

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.

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

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, own and operate a cabinet manufacturing business in North Austin and have been married for over 21 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.

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.

Jeff Marx
Head of School (non-voting)

Dr. Marx has a BS, an MS, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as an MA in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Marx began teaching at Hill Country in 2006. He has served our school as a guidance counselor, Upper School principal, Logic School principal, academic dean, department chair, teacher, and coach. Before coming to Hill Country, Dr. Marx served at McKinney Christian Academy as the director of academic guidance and as a teacher and coach. Dr. Marx and his wife, Sherri, moved to Austin in 2006. They have three children: Lewis; Oliver; and Grace, class of 2021 alumna.

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.