CISD Board of Trustees
January is Board Recognition Month
This month we celebrate the willingness of seven community members who unselfishly set the course for Commerce ISD. Board members will be recognized Tuesday, January 20 during the January Board meeting.

Ted Oats, President

Mr. Oats joined the Board May 2008. He is a retired airline pilot who is married to Ellen, a retired CISD teacher. Their two children attended Commerce schools.

Randy Starks, Vice President

Randy Starks was elected to the Board in 2009. He is a senior sales representative for Allergan Pharmaceutical. He and his wife Karen have a son who is a 2011 graduate of Commerce High School.

Kathleen Hooten

Ms. Hooten was elected to the Board in 2013. She and her husband Greg have one son who attends Commerce High School. Ms. Hooten is an educator and she serves on several Boards of Directors including Northeast Texas Children's Museum. She runs the day-to-day operation of the family ranch.

Michael Beane

Mr. Beane was elected to the Board in 2013. He is a lifelong Commerce resident. He and his wife Wanda have two children in the district. He owns a local HVAC company.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks

Dr. Hendricks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He serves as president of the Texas Council of Faculty Senates.

Etta Herring

Ms. Herring was appointed to the Board in July 2012. She has three children who graduated from Commerce schools and she works at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in Greenville.

Gabe Wittkopf

Gabe Wittkopf was elected to the CISD Board of Trustees in May 2010. Gabe and his wife Alicia have two children who are students in the District. He is a firefighter for the City of Commerce.