Board Members

Ann Wink

Ann Wink, President: Second Term. 2016-2019.

Ann Wink has been a long-time mentor and friend to Meridian, and is often referred to as the school's biggest cheerleader. She served as a charter member of the school's very first Board and has an extensive background in education. Her expert knowledge of the International Baccalaureate program served the school founders and continues to serve the school leadership today.

Ann worked as Director of Gifted Education for Texas at the Texas Education Agency where she was trained in all of the IB Programmes. She then went on to serve as a program specialist for the IB Americas before retiring in 2014. Ann continues to consult in gifted education and the International Baccalaureate and serves as an advisor on the Commissioners Advisor Committee representing Texas IB Schools and the Board of Texas IB Schools (TIBS).

Joe Stippick

Paul Emerson, Vice President: First Term 2017-2020.

Meridian welcomes out newest member, Mr. Paul Emerson, who brings to the board experience in institutional finance and the Texas legislature. Mr. Emerson joined the Texas Association of Counties in April 2006 as a state financial analyst. Before that he served as chief of staff for State Representative Sylvester Turner; a budget analyst for the Senate Finance Committee under both chairmen, the late former Senator Teel Bivins and Senator Rodney Ellis; and worked as a policy analyst for Senator Ellis.

Joe Stippick

Joe Stippick, Secretary: First Term. 2017 - 2020.

Joe Stippick is the parent to three children who have attended Meridian since its inaugural year. Since before the school even opened in 2011, he and his wife, Casey, have shown a tremendous amount of support to Meridian and are well-connected to other parents and families through their volunteer efforts.

Joe is a master plumber, and his hands-on experience and ability were invaluable during the start and throughout the expansion – leading the installation of the playground, hanging ‘white boards’, installing bookcases, painting, etc. He has also served in a leadership role for the Meridian’s parent organization, Volunteers in Partnership, which has been helpful in maintaining and making improvements throughout the school.

Bhavani Parpia

Bhavani Parpia, Board Member: Second Term. 2017-2020.

Bhavani Parpia has lived her life as an educator, beginning in India as a Montessori teacher, obtaining her Masters from Virginia Tech. For more than twenty years, she has worked as a teacher and administrator, most recently founding the non-profit, ConnecTeach to work with teachers in underserved communities in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa to improve the quality of teachers. She is the coordinator of Global Initiatives for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD in the DFW area. She is a consultant for IB Americas. She has been recently awarded the Embrey Human Rights Program Triumph of the Spirit Award honoring her work.

Sofia L. O'Malley

Sofia L. O'Malley, Board Member: First Term. 2018-2021

Marketing Director for Dell's Outlet division, Ms. O'Malley is responsible for all facets of marketing, including strategy, demand generation, merchandising and brand positioning across markets. She devotes time to engaging and mentoring diverse talent across multiple regions. Given her experience leading global teams, Ms. O'Malley believes in the positive impact of the International Baccalaureates’ approach to developing future multicultural leaders. A UT McCombs Business School graduate, she earned her MBA and was recently honored as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility.

Robert R. Smith

Robert R. Smith, Board Member: First Term. 2018-2021

Coming from a long line of teachers, Robert Smith had the importance of education instilled within him as a child. He believes that the International Baccalaureate program prepares our future generations in the ways of knowledge, leadership, and meeting life’s challenges. As an experienced attorney, he has served on several different advisory committees for the City of Georgetown. The committees recommended changes to the City Charter and outlined a city-wide bond proposal. Subsequently he was the treasurer of the committee that successfully promoted adoption of the bond package.

Tadd Phillips

Tadd Phillips, Board Member: First Term. 2018-2021

Tadd Phillips is the current Human Resources Director for the City of Georgetown. He earned his MBA from the University of North Texas, is certified SPHR and SHRM-SCP, and serves on the board of the Texas Municipal League. He is also past president of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association and the Texas Public Employer Labor Relations Associations. As a father of three, soccer and basketball coach, he believes that there are few things more gratifying than seeing a child engage, learn and overcome adversity.