EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


DR. SUSAN BOHN

President • Aledo ISD

Dr. Susan K. Bohn has served as the Superintendent of Aledo ISD since June of 2018.

Since her hiring, Aledo ISD has established a commitment to growing greatness and the provision of exceptional experiences for all students, staff, parents, and community members. In prioritizing high levels of learning for all students, Aledo ISD has adopted a consistent district-wide instructional focus, with an emphasis on best-practice teaching and learning expectations K-12. Dr. Bohn has emphasized increasing both academic and extracurricular opportunities for students in an effort to help them find what they love about school and best prepare them for the world.

Together with the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees and leadership team, Dr. Bohn has led the district’s work in forging and consistently improving a deep connection and level of trust between the district and its community.

With a firm belief that trust is earned through the way that she and the district serve children, families, staff, and the greater community, Dr. Bohn has worked closely with the Board of Trustees to engage in good governance and excellence in communication. The Board/Superintendent team completed the eXcellence in Governance (XG) professional learning series and adopted the district’s first-ever legislative priorities and advocacy plan on behalf of the Aledo ISD community. The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees was named the 2021 TASB Outstanding School Board for the state of Texas.

This work to forge and consistently improve a deep connection and level of trust between Aledo ISD and its community includes initiatives such as the Aledo ISD Local Government Collaborative, which brings together leaders in city, county, and state government, as well as chamber of commerce and education foundation leaders to collaborate in representation of the citizens of Aledo ISD’s fast-growth community.

Dr. Bohn has facilitated the Aledo ISD’s community’s planning for the current and projected significant fast growth of the district with a commitment to transparency and listening to and meeting the expectations of students, community members, and staff. In November of 2019, Aledo voters approved a $149 million bond, which is resulting in the current construction of a new elementary school, a new middle school, and significant renovations to three other campuses.

After being nominated by the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Bohn was named the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year in 2021. She is active in leadership positions in state-wide organizations, currently and having served as the Chair of the Fast Growth School Coalition, President of the Texas Association of Suburban and MidUrban Schools, a member of the UIL State Legislative Council and UIL State Executive Committee, and on the executive committee of the Texas Council of Women School Executives. Locally, she has served as the chair and vice-chair of the Region 11 superintendents council and on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Commission (chair of the Superintendent Advisory Council and co-chair of the Education and Workforce Policy Task Force). She works closely with the boards of the Aledo Education Foundation, Aledo ISD Parent Teacher Organization and Aledo Children’s AdvoCats as they work together in service to children, staff, and families in Aledo ISD. Dr. Bohn is active as a mentor for Texas superintendents new to the role and has taught policy, politics, and governance as an adjunct professor in Baylor University’s Educational Leadership/Superintendent preparation doctoral program.

She previously served as the Superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District from 2015-2018, where she was nominated by the Board of Trustees for Superintendent of the Year. Prior to Lockhart, she worked nine years in Lake Travis ISD as Interim Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and General Counsel. Her professional career also includes working in Fort Bend ISD as a high school teacher and as a school attorney for Bracewell.

Dr. Bohn has three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program, a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctorate from the UT School of Law. She also has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Bohn is a native Texan and a graduate of Austin public schools. She and her husband Bill have two sons, proud Bearcats, Brice (class of 2026) and Brooks (class of 2031).


DR. MARTHA SALAZAR-ZAMORA

Vice President • Tomball ISD

Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora has been an educator in Texas for the past 34 years.  Currently she serves as Superintendent of Schools for Tomball Independent School District after working as their Chief Academic Officer for three years.  Previously she served the Round Rock Independent School District as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Administration and the  Houston Independent School District as the Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services. She also served Spring ISD as an Assistant Superintendent and Kingsville Independent School District as the Superintendent of Schools, 

  She was recently nominated and selected for three years as the Texas representative for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), an appointed member of the Texas Education Agency Commissioner’s Cabinet, an elected member of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Executive Committee representing Region 4, the Region 4 Texas Council for Women School Executives (TCWSE) Vice President of Membership and the Past President of Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) where she was a founding member.   

Dr. Salazar-Zamora earned a doctorate of education at Texas A&M University, a master of education in educational administration and a master of education in special education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a bachelor of science at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.

 

DR. DOUG KILLIAN

Immediate Past President • Pflugerville ISD

Dr. Doug Killian was recently named Superintendent of Pflugerville ISD, and served in that role at Hutto ISD since 2010. In 2014, he was named the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year and in 2015 was Region 13’s Superintendent of the Year. Locally, Killian is a member of Rotary and Lions Club, and is involved in the Chamber of Commerce.

Doug is married to Lorie Killian, a Registered Nurse, for 25 years, and the Killians are blessed to have three wonderful boys.

Doug began his educational career at United ISD severing as a 1st Grade teacher. He has held various administrative positions including serving as superintendent in Poteet and Huffman, as well as rolls in ESC 3 and 20. He believes the success of Texas in drawing business to the state has created a new issue in our communities: the incredible pressure of classroom facilities and funding needs in many fast growth districts. The Fast Growth Coalition is essential to bringing those needs to the forefront.

Remember Texas Public Schools!

 

DR. CADE SMITH

Secretary • New Braunfels ISD

Dr. Cade Smith has more than 20 years of experience working in education with a majority in administrative roles at the district and campus level. The past three years he served as the Superintendent of Brock ISD, a fast-growing district that is high-performing.

He also worked for Georgetown ISD and Frisco ISD as a district administrator or high school administrator. He began his career in education as a high school teacher and coach and worked in Kaufman, Allen and Lockhart ISD.

Dr. Smith is a 2022 graduate of the American Association of School Administrators (ASSA) National Superintendent's Certification Program and received the 2017 ASSA Educational Administration Award. In 2020, he was named the Agriculture Teachers Association Texas Administrator of the Year for Area IV.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Texas Foundation and on the Executive Committee of the Texas Fast Growth School Coalition as Secretary. He has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Leadership Center. He previously served on the Region 11 Education Service Center Superintendent’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Haley, a family nurse practitioner, are the proud parents of two school-age children, Callen and Taylor. His educational background consists of a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification from Texas State University, a master’s degree in Education Administration and Principal Certification from Lamar University, a Superintendent’s Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Ph.D. in School Improvement from Texas State University. He is a public school product and graduate of Harlingen High School-South as well as the son of 1993’s Texas Superintendent of the Year, Dr. James F. Smith.

 

BRUCE GEARING, Ed.D

Treasurer • Leander ISD

Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. has served as the Superintendent of Leander ISD since September 2019.  Leander ISD, a fast-growing district north of Austin, added more than 1,000 new students for the 2019-20 school year, totaling more than 41,000 across its roughly 200-square mile district.

Previous to his time at Leander ISD, he was named Region 13 Superintendent of the Year and served as the Dripping Springs ISD superintendent since February 2012. During his tenure, he oversaw a fast-growth district, growing by approximately 50 percent, while supporting students with state and national success in academics, arts and athletics. 

Before moving to Dripping Springs, Gearing served as superintendent of Marshall ISD from 2009-2012, three years as an assistant superintendent at Mount Pleasant ISD, one year as a junior high principal, and four years as an elementary principal. A native of South Africa, Gearing started his career teaching science and math at the high school level, including three years at international schools. He proudly became a United States citizen in 2010. 

Gearing earned his doctorate degree from Texas A&M – Commerce, master’s degree from Texas A&M – Texarkana, and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand.