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Left to Right: Rick Lambert, Bobby J Rigues, Kathy Duke, Craig Rothmeier, and Vernon Anderson

In 2010, Bobby J Rigues had a vision and led the effort to create a grassroots movement called Make Education a Priority. Advocating for public schools, this movement proved to be a statement of statewide unity among more than 650 school districts. Bobby has served as a trustee in Aledo ISD since 2004 and is a graduate of Leadership TASB (Texas Association of School Boards).  His contributions were recognized with the 2011 Key Communicator award, presented by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).  Bobby can be reached at

Vernon Anderson is retired US Air Force and is currently a Senior Aeronautics Professional.  He has worked diligently over the years to build public awareness of public education and focuses considerable effort on building local partnerships between public schools and industry, with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  He is a founding member of the Aledo Education Foundation.  Vernon can be contacted at

Having served as a trustee in Lewisville ISD from 2004-2015, Kathy Duke provides the Make Education a Priority organization with a skill set that includes leadership qualities and a solid understanding of the nuances of the public education system.  She is a member of the Lewsisville Chamber of Commerce, as well as other community boards and organizations, including Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT).  In 1999, Kathy was recognized as the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.  Kathy can be reached at

Rick Lambert currently serves on the Garland ISD Board of Trustees and is a graduate of the Leadership TASB Class of 2015. He serves on the executive committee of the North Texas Area Association of School Boards.  He has been recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer"  and serves on a number of boards and committees.  Rick's passion for public education and his background in school law provides him a foundation to explore the topic of school board governance and its importance to the system of public education.  Rick can be reached at

Serving as a trustee on the Carroll ISD board from 2005-2015, Craig Rothmeier has extensive experience in working with legislators in Austin.  In addition to reaching out to legislators, he is currently engaged in building relationships with other public education advocacy organizations, all with the intent of creating a unified message at both the State and National level.  He served as president of the North Texas Area Association of School Boards and currently serves as president of the Miracle League of Southlake.  Craig can be reached at


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