Welcome,

Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Inc. is a not for profit corporation organized in the State of Florida. The management of the corporation is under the direction of its Board of Trustees. According to its by-laws, The Board of Trustees is charged with “the business, equipment, and affairs of the Corporation”.

The Board consists of 20 voting members. The Trustees represent various constituents of the HCES community, including but not limited to parents, grandparents, alumni and members of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Parish. The Head of School and the Rector and Senior Warden of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church are ex-officio members of the Board.

Some of the Board’s responsibilities include retaining the Head of School, managing the financial health of the school including but not limited to setting the budget and determining tuition rates and setting the Corporation’s policies. The Board is also charged with strategic planning to continue the excellence of the past and create an environment for continued growth and development in the future.

The Board of Trustees also oversees the continued growth of the school through capital development. Currently, HCES is engaged in a capital campaign to complete the final building in the colonnade, a performing arts facility and dining cafe.

The Board must insure with the assistance of the Head of School that the school lives its mission in all aspects of school life and community. In this regard, all Trustees are volunteers and are committed both in time and financially to the school’s continued success.

Board of Trustees

List of 24 items.

  • Christine Ashburn

    Christine Ashburn serves as the VP of Communications, Legislative and External Affairs for the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  In her role, Ms. Ashburn serves on the executive leadership team and is an officer of the corporation.  As part of her duties she oversees legislative and cabinet affairs, corporate communications, media and external relations, insurance and technical communications, customer correspondence and public outreach and education.  Her diverse background, prior to joining Citizens in 2005, includes serving as a governmental consultant representing business clients before the Florida legislative and executive branches. There she gained grassroots organizing and communications expertise, along with extensive experience evaluating, drafting and advocating on behalf of legislative clients.  Ms. Ashburn is a native of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Florida State University.  Christine and her husband, Robert, have two daughters who attend HCES.

  • Sara Bayliss

    Sara Bayliss is a Past President of the Parent Association. She has her Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration. She began her career in Denver, Colorado, with Nelnet Corporation, in the education lending industry, as a computer programmer. She worked for Nelnet/ELM Resources in information technology and end-user technical support for 10 years.  Sara is employed by St. John Paul II Catholic High School as a College Advisor. She and her husband Slater have three children, one of whom graduated from HCES and two daughters who currently attend Holy Comforter Episcopal School.
  • Katherine Boland

    Katherine Boland served President of the Parent Association in 2016-2017. She is a graduate of The Florida State University and owns, "Smockaholics", a bi-annual boutique children's consignment sale.  She is married to her husband, Jamie Boland, and has three children, Everett, Eva and Eliza. When is she not busy with her business and children, she enjoys volunteering for local charities with fundraising events.  She was instrumental in the creation and execution for Lee's Place Inaugural fundraiser, "Jubi-Lee" which raises monies for the local grief counseling center".  
  • Brandi Brown

    Brandi Brown is a professional event planner and recovering political aide.  In addition to serving on gubernatorial and presidential campaigns and in the Florida governor's office, Brandi also founded an event planning company that served the Tallahassee community for 10 years.  She now serves as Director of External Affairs at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national non-profit focused on state education policy.  Brandi is a native Floridian and proud alumna of Florida State University. She and her husband, Steve, have twin boys, Day and Ford, and a rescue dog, Mellie. They attend City Church of Tallahassee.  
  • Rachel Cone

    Rachel Cone joined The Southern Group in 2017 and is currently Managing Partner of the Tallahassee office. Before joining Southern, Rachel held a series of key government positions that allowed her to successfully navigate a range of policy areas, including banking and finance, economic and business development, environment and sustainability, local government, medical marijuana, oil and gas, outdoor advertising, policy, strategic planning, telecommunications, and transportation.
     
    Rachel began her career as a military reporter at the Florida Times-Union. She later served as the external affairs director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where she coordinated communications efforts with Florida’s five water management districts on topics like departmental restructuring, the health of Florida’s springs, Governor Rick Scott’s Everglades Restoration Strategies plan, and Florida’s ongoing recovery after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2012, Governor Scott appointed Rachel to serve as his deputy chief of staff, where she advised him on appointments and provided guidance to 14 state and quasi-governmental agencies on operational and management issues, including agency priorities, budget, communication, legislative strategy, and policy. Those agencies were the Departments of Business and Professional Regulation, Citrus, Economic Opportunity, Emergency Management, Environmental Protection (and Water Management Districts), and Transportation. Also included under Rachel’s purview were CareerSource Florida, Florida Wildlife Commission, Space Florida, Visit Florida, and Volunteer Florida. In 2017, Rachel served as the interim secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), where she successfully shepherded the department’s policy agenda and $11 billion budget across the finish line of the 2017 legislative session.

    A proud graduate of Auburn University, Rachel is married to David Cone (University of Florida). The Cones moved to Tallahassee from Jacksonville, Florida in 2011 and are the parents of two young children, Emmeline and Folsom, both of whom attend HCES. They are active members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Chris Corum

    Chris is the founder of a Tallahassee-based consulting and publishing firm that serves international identity and security clients. Chris has a master’s degree in information technology marketing and completed doctoral studies in mass communication at Florida State University. Chris played tennis for Florida State and remains an active player today. A publishing and journalism background complements Chris’s 30-year career in identity and security technology. He has participated in the U.S. move to security technology from numerous angles — as a vendor marketing the technologies, an analyst advising organizations on their utilization, and a publisher covering the industry. Extensive work with issuers and developers of smart card and security products led to the formation of AVISIAN Inc. in the late 90s. Through AVISIAN’s consulting arm, he works with government agencies, universities, financial institutions, and corporations. Clients include the Department of Defense, Chase Bank, Harvard University, and dozens of institutions large and small. His company’s publishing division serves more than 30,000 global subscribers via leading security industry titles such as SecureIDNews and CR80News. 

    He met his wife Beth at Florida State and they have been married for 25 years. They have a ten-year-old daughter Stella who is in the fourth grade at HCES. The family enjoys travel, outdoor pursuits, community outreach, and a growing involvement with Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. 
  • Shawn Coughlin

    Shawn is a web application developer, animator, illustrator and database administrator for the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy at Florida State University. The Center focuses on maternal and child health and early childhood development. He came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University and has received both a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and a Masters in Communications with an Emphasis in Multimedia and Interactive Technologies. During his time with FSU he has been the lead in designing, programming and implementing several web-based and CD-based learning management systems. In 2005, he and his development team won the Davis Productivity Award for designing and implementing an institutional effectiveness assessment and monitoring system that enabled FSU to meet SACS accreditation standards. Shawn and his wife, Rhaena, are members of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and have one son who graduated from HCES and another son currently in 4th grade.
  • C. Adrian Crawford

    A skilled entrepreneur with a passion for people, Mr. Crawford helps unlock authenticity in the earth. He weaves his experience as a father, athlete, entrepreneur, and pastor to evoke new ideas and perspectives and inspires, builds and leads organizations designed to facilitate empowering and diverse cultures. Guided by the fundamental belief that we are all given a purpose in life, he inspires purpose across people, spaces, places and time in a way that shifts the very constructs of latent and complacent systems. He is the CEO/Founder of New Rules Collective, a company that exists to come alongside clients, discover the purpose of their organization, develop the strategies needed to execute their purpose, and deploy tactics to carry out authentic values and culture-shifting methodology to the world around them. Throughout his career, he has undertaken numerous startups. In 2007, he founded Gamespeed Basketball, a high-level skill development company, which sold in 2018. He also founded Gamespeed Nation, a non-profit that provided a world-class basketball training academy for the youth in underdeveloped areas. Additionally, he is the founder and Pastor of Engage Church, a 7 year-old church, which is in the top 5% of growing churches in the nation.
  • Tricia Culbertson

    Patricia (Tricia) Culbertson was born in Tallahassee, has lived in several places in Florida, and returned to attend Florida State University. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Masters in Social Work, and worked primarily in developing public policy and community programs for persons impacted by mental health issues.  A member of Holy Comforter for much of her adult life, she is currently serving as the Senior Warden, and functions as the liaison to the ministries under the Spiritual Lie Commission.  Graham and Rhea, her two children, both attended Holy Comforter lower school.
  • Tom Dennig

    Tom is a financial advisor with twenty years of experience, specializing in retirement planning. He is a longtime youth sports coach, current member of Bradfordville Kiwanis and the Leon High School Foundation. Tom started the All-Pro Dad’s program at Florida High in 2013. He is married to Rebecca Harper Dennig and has one a son in sixth grade at HCES and a daughter at Leon High School, who graduated from HCES in 2018.
  • Wes Haber

    Wes is a shareholder and has practiced with Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. since 2004. He concentrates in community development districts and other special district work, focusing on infrastructure financing, land development, special districts and local government law. Wes graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Advertising in 1996. In 2000, he obtained his law degree with honors from Florida State University. Wes is listed as a “Rising Star” in the annual publication of the Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2013 Editions. In his free time, Wes enjoys spending time with his family, including two children who attend HCES. Wes also enjoys baking and is an ice cream connoisseur.
  • Ravi Howard

    Ravi is the author of two novels, Like, Trees, Walking and Driving the King. He was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His short fiction has appeared in Salon, Massachusetts Review, Saw Palm, Alabama Noir, and Gulf Coast.  His essays have been featured by The New York Times, Atlanta, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has received fellowships and awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. His local arts volunteer work includes projects with the Word of South Festival and the Council on Culture & Arts Poems on Panes project. He is currently an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Florida State University.
  • Meghan Kennedy

    Meghan will be the PA President for 2019-2020. She and her husband Cameron, have two sons in lower school at HCES, Harrison in fourth grade and Bradford in kindergarten. Meghan is from Tallahassee and attended Holy Comforter Episcopal School and graduated from FSU with a degree in elementary education. She is very passionate about children! Meghan enjoys gardening, exercising and spending time at St. George Island with her family and is blessed to be part of the HCES family!
  • Peter Klekamp

    Peter Klekamp was appointed as Head of School for Holy Comforter Episcopal School in 2011. He previously served as the Assistant Headmaster at the Episcopal School of Knoxville from 2004 to 2011 with primary responsibilities overseeing the Middle School and the Admissions office. Peter has worked for the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Michigan as well as beginning his career in education at the Wesleyan School in Atlanta, Georgia. Peter received his BS in Secondary Education from the University of Cincinnati with a minor in History and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a MA in Community Counseling. Peter and his wife Michelle have three children: Connor, John Henry, and Emmie.
  • Ron LaFace

    Ron LaFace is a founding member of Capital City Consulting, a State government affairs lobbying firm.  He received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law (Magna Cum Laude) in 2002.  Before attending law school, Ron served as President of Florida Blue Key at the University of Florida and also as a gubernatorial appointee to Florida’s Postsecondary Education Planning Commission where he was confirmed by the Florida Senate.  Ron also worked as a Professional Practices investigator with the Florida Department of Education.  Ron has served as Treasurer of the Tallahassee Area Ronald McDonald House Board and President of the Governor’s Club Board of Governors.  Ron and his wife, Ley Ann, have two children at HCES, Annelise and Wren.
  • Alexis Lambert

    Alexis currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Florida Division of Bond Finance. The division is the state entity charged with issuing bonds for or on behalf of Florida state agencies and authorities. Prior to her role with the division, Alexis served as Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Health where she was part of the Executive Management Team directing the day-to-day activities and planning for the department and approximately 15,000 employees statewide. She previously served as Communications Director for both the Department of Children and Families and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. She has served as the lead spokesperson for several state agencies including the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the predecessor agencies to the Department of Economic Opportunity. Alexis will be the PA President for the 2021-2022 school year. She and her husband Matt have two daughters in the lower school at HCES, Georgia and Evelyn. Alexis is a Tallahassee native, HCES alumni and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Mercer University.
  • Heath Miller

    Heath Miller was born and raised in Tallahassee. He attended Stetson University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He currently owns and serves as President of Miller's Plumbing and Mechanical Inc., a commercial sub-contracting business with a focus on healthcare, laboratory, government, and education facilities. Heath and his wife Jenny have three sons: Hunter, Mach, and Archer. all who currently attend HCES.  
  • Lance Mitchell

    Lance Mitchell was raised in the small town of Sneads, Florida. He attended Florida State University and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting. He began working at First Franklin as Service Assistant in 2007 and has been working as a licensed Advisor since 2008. He heads up all due diligence research on every investment used by the firm and also serves as Research Director for the Tallahassee Economic Index. Lance is a member of the FSU Alumni Association, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee Quarterback Club High School Awards Committee and is the Founder of the Todd Davis Memorial Scholarship. Lance has served as the Chair of the HCES Investment Committee for the previous two years. Lance considers himself a history buff and in his spare time enjoys anything sports-related and spending time with his wife, April, and sons, Keegan and Cason.
  • Darby Scott

    Darby Kerrigan Scott is a Clinical Professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she directs the Immigration and Farmworker Project and the COVID-19 Veterans Legal Clinic within the Public Interest Law Center. She serves as Co-Chair of Leadership Tallahassee 2.0 Journey to Racial Justice. She served as the 2019-2020 Chair of the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She previously served on the Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls (Leon County), the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association, and the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC). She is a proud member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33 – the most social class ever! Darby and her husband Robert have a daughter who attends HCES and a son who will attend HCES starting in 2022.
  • Fr. Jerry Smith

    Fr Jerry Smith has been the Rector (Sr. Pastor) of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Tallahassee since the spring of 2016.  He arrived here after almost 12 years in Nashville and before that served on faculty of a seminary, and as rector of a number of parishes in Canada. He has graduate degrees in education and divinity and a doctoral degree in ministry. He and his wife Marjie (a retired journalist) have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
  • Royce Riker Spring, II (Rick)

    Rick is a CPA and was a founding partner in the Patients First Medical Centers from inception until it was acquired in 2016. He was licensed as a CPA in 1981 and worked for several local CPA firms until helping to create the Patients First Organization in 1988. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rick has been married to his wife Melanie for 40 years and has a grandson attending HCES.
  • Beth Thielen

    Beth Thielen is both a parish member and HCES parent. She is currently the marketing director for Thielen+ Tax & Business Consulting. Formerly, as a Certified Media Generalist, she was a media buyer and media director for two local advertising agencies. After several years of volunteering at the school, she is happy to serve in this capacity as well. Beth and her husband, Jim, have two boys at HCES – James and Patrick.
  • Rick Wagner, Ph.D.

    Richard Wager, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University and holds the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He is also an associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FRCC). He earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University, a Master’s Degree in School Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Akron. His directs an NICHD Multidisciplinary Learning Disabilities Center at the Florida Center for Reading Research.
  • Lindsey Zander

    Lindsey Zander currently serves as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). While at DCF, she has also served as the Legislative Specialist as well as the Executive Director of the
    Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Prior to working at DCF, Lindsey worked in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget where she focused primarily on public safety policy and budget issues. She also worked at The Southern Group as a governmental consultant. In 2014, Lindsey was named one of the "30
    Under 30" Rising Stars in Florida Politics by SaintPetersBlog. Lindsey earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida, as well as her Master of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Lindsey is a Tallahassee native and attended Holy Comforter Episcopal School from 1993-2002. She is married to Skylar Zander,
    and they have a beautiful daughter named Emma and have just welcomed a precious baby boy, John.