board of governors

The following individuals make up our Board of Governors (l to r):

Dr. Ryan Brown (not pictured - on sabbatical)
Ryan is an Associate Professor at The University of Oklahoma, where he teaches social psychology, statistics, and research methods. Ryan received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, and his BA in psychology from Rice University in Houston, TX. He and his wife, Catherine, are parents to two boys, Nathan and Luke, both of whom attend The Academy. Ryan is a founding board member.

Jonathan Dodson
Jonathan is married to Katie and they have lived in Oklahoma City for over ten years. The Dodsons have four children, with the oldest two attending The Academy, one in each model (Traditional and Blended). Since graduating from Oklahoma State, Jonathan spent ten years within commercial banking before leaving to consult and develop urban infill projects within Oklahoma City.

Curt Stafford
Curt graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BA in Political Science in 1985. He returned to Norman in 1986 with his wife, Karla, to raise their three children, Carolyn, Stephanie, and J. C. (one of our first graduates). Curt is a CPA and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Energetic Systems, Inc., a manufacturing company located in Norman. Curt is a founding board member.

Christie Thomas
A sixth-year homeschooling mom, Christie and her husband, George, have four children, all of whom attend The Academy. Christie earned a BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University and worked in sales for a consumer packaged goods company for seventeen years. She occupied several positions during her career before making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom.

Tony Capucille (chair)
Tony is Chief Sales Officer at Heartland Payment Systems in Edmond. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Tony serves as vice-chair of our Board of Governors as well an elder at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. He and his wife, Christy, are parents to three Academy students, Cassady, Eli, and Luci. Tony is a founding board member.

Brooke Garriott

Brooke and her husband Phillip are Oklahoma natives. They have four children, three who attend The Academy, in both the blended and traditional models. Brooke graduated from the University of Oklahoma. She practiced dental hygiene for five years before deciding to be a stay at home mom.

Jerome Loughridge
Jerome serves as president of Great Plains Oilfield Rentals, one of three operating companies of Oklahoma City-based Seventy Seven Energy. A former White House Fellow and chief of staff at Baylor University, Jerome earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor as well as a masters from Harvard. He and Tricia are members of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond and have two boys who attend The Academy.

Nichole Hughes

Role of the Board of Governors
The role of our Board of Governors is to safeguard the vision and mission of the school. It does so in several ways, but the primary means is in hiring, overseeing, and advising the Headmaster. The Board keeps the Headmaster accountable for the goals set for the school, which are set jointly by the Board and Headmaster. The Headmaster, along with help from his Executive Team, is responsible to hold staff, faculty, parents, and students accountable in their educational roles and commitments.

Board members serve three-year terms and are selected by the Board of Governors with input from the Headmaster.

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