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 adopted an instructional focus, with an emphasis on best- practice teaching and learning expectations K-12 district-wide. The District has accomplished a District of Innovation designation, and the Board of Trustees/Superintendent team has completed the eXcellence in Governance (XG) professional learning series and adopted the district’s first-ever legislative priorities.

Dr. Bohn has led the district’s planning process for fast growth with a commitment to transparency and community involvement. In November of 2019, Aledo voters approved a $149 million bond, which will result in the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school, and significant renovations to three other campuses.

Under Dr. Bohn’s leadership, the District has also worked to forge connections in the community, through programs such as the 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 is active in leadership positions in state organizations, currently serving on the UIL State Legislative Council, as the Vice Chair of the Fast Growth School Coalition, and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools. Locally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Texas Commission and the Aledo Education Foundation, and works closely with the boards of the Aledo ISD Parent Teacher Organization and Aledo Children’s AdvoCats. She also teaches a course on 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 and Brooks. Brice attends Aledo Middle School and Brooks attends Stuard Elementary.


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 was named the Agriculture Teachers Association Texas Administrator of the Year for Area IV in 2020 and received the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (ASSA) Educational Administration Award. He was selected as one of 25 to join the AASA 2020 National Superintendent’s Certification Program. 
 
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Texas Foundation and has been elected to serve as Secretary for the Texas Fast Growth School Coalition. He is also a board member of the Texas Association of School Administrators’ Leadership Center and serves on the Region 13 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.