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.


Brett Ewing
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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  • 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".  
  • Heather Brown

    Heather is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with experience in labor and delivery, family care/mother-baby, and pediatrics. Heather has years of volunteer experience as HCES as homeroom parent, Father-Daughter Dance Co-Chair, Mother-Son Co-Chair, Spring Fling Chair, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week Chair, Gala Chair and Fall Middle School Dance Chair. She was the PA President of HCES in 2018-2019. Heather’s husband, Jake, is the co-owner and Vice President of Brown’s Refrigeration. Heather and Jake have two students at HCES.
  • Rachel Cone

    Rachel currently serves as the Interim Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation. Prior to this role, she most recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Finance & Administration for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  As the Assistant Secretary, Rachel oversaw the Offices of the Comptroller, Administration, Human Resources, Work Program and Budget, Information Systems, Performance Management and Procurement. In 2012, Rachel was appointed to serve as Governor Rick Scott’s Deputy Chief of Staff.  In this role, Rachel was responsible for advising the Governor on statewide issues and providing guidance and direction to 14 state and quasi-governmental agencies on operational and management issues, including policy, budget, communication, legislative strategy and agency priorities.  Rachel’s area of responsibility included FDOT and transportation issues.  Prior to joining Governor Scott’s leadership team, Rachel served as the External Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and also worked in the administration of Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton. 
    A proud graduate of Auburn University, Rachel is married to David Cone (University of Florida).  The Cones moved to Tallahassee from Jacksonville, Fla. In 2011 and are the parents of two young children, Emmeline and Folsom. Emmeline is in fourth grade at Holy Comforter Episcopal School. They are active members of Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Tallahassee, Fla.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brett Ewing

    Brett F. Ewing is the owner, Senior Financial Advisor and Chief Market Strategist of First Franklin Financial Services. Brett is a Tallahassee native and third generation Financial Planner. He graduated with a dual degree in Economics and Finance from Florida State University and holds his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He became licensed in 1997 and has been working in the financial planning field for the past 19 years. In 2012, Brett created the Tallahassee Economic Index, a research tool to track and predict economic growth in the city of Tallahassee. When not working, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, playing golf and working with local charities. Brett’s Notable Service Achievements include: President, Tallahassee Lions Club, 2004-2006; Board Member, Children’s Home Society Board, 2009-2012; President, Tallahassee Quarterback Club, 2010; Board of Trustees, Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation 2011-2013; Honorary Trustee, 2014-present; Chairman, Tallahassee Young Entrepreneur Organization, 2014; Board of Trustees, Holy Comforter Episcopal School, 2014-present Finance Committee, Holy Comforter Episcopal School, 2014-present.
  • Bobbi Fernandez

    Bobbie Fernandez is the Events & Outreach Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia and an MA in Art History from Florida State University. She currently serves on the FSU Friends of Dance Board and has served on several other volunteer boards in the Tallahassee community. Bobbie is an Atlanta native but moved to Tallahassee in 2002 in pursuit of her graduate degree. She enjoys traveling with her family and attending her children’s soccer games and dance performances. Bobbie and her husband, Segundo, have four children at HCES: Diana, Sarah, Henry and Peter.
  • 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.
  • Cynthia Jester

    As a member of Holy Comforter Church for the past three years, I have come to understand the important relationship between the church and Holy Comforter Episcopal School. I take the opportunity to be a part of the school board seriously and look forward to serving the students and parents as well as representing the parishioners of the church. Seeing things from a new perspective is a good thing and I want to bring all that I can into this discussion.
  • Amy Johnson

    Amy L. Johnson has served as the State Librarian and Director of the Division of Library and Information Services (DLIS) at the Florida Department of State since her appointment in 2015.  Since joining the department in 2000, Amy has held several positions, serving as Chief of the Bureau of Library Development from late 2011 through 2015. 
    Prior to joining the Florida Department of State, Amy was a librarian at the Marshall W. Hamilton Library at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. Ms. Johnson completed a Master of Science in Library Science degree at Florida State University. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Amy has two children who both graduated from Holy Comforter Episcopal School.
  • 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!
  • Amy Kise

    Amy Kise is the mother of two current HCES students and the incoming President of the Parent Association. Amy was raised in Tampa, Florida, and received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1995. She began her career as a Branch Manager at First Union National Bank, and later served as a pharmaceutical sales representative for both Sanofi-Aventis and Cephalon. She is a past member of the Junior League of Tampa and Tallahassee. Amy and her husband Chris moved to Tallahassee in 2003, and are the parents of two HCES students.
  • 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.
  • Sterling Luce

    Sterling Luce, a retired banker, is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and graduate of Holy Comforter Episcopal Day School (1981).  He and his wife Brandy are current members of Holy Comforter Church and serve on the Finance, Hospitality, and Stewardship Committees.  Sterling and Brandy have two children, Caroline and Parker, who both attended Holy Comforter lower school. 
  • James R “Bobby” Maddox, CPM

    Bobby Maddox is the Director of Administration at the Florida Public Service Commission. He is responsible for oversight of the Agency’s Budget, Human Resources, General Services, and Information Technology. Mr. Maddox attended Holy Comforter Church in the 1970s into the 1980s. His daughter, Annabelle, also attended HCES beginning in PK4 and graduated 8th grade in 2012. During his daughter’s time at HCES, Mr. Maddox served as Athletic Booster President for two years. Mr. Maddox as a 40+ year bond with the School and Church and looks forward to continuing to serve both.
  • Henry Mayfield

    Henry Mayfield currently serves as Vice President of M of Tallahassee, Inc., a local heavy civil contractor. Along with his wife Brittney, they have two children.  Regan is a fifth grader at Holy Comforter, and Marshall is at Gretchen Everhart Elementary. Henry currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Transportation Builders Association and the Everhart Excellence Foundation. In addition, Henry served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee from 2012-2016.  Henry is a lifelong Tallahassee resident who attended Holy Comforter Episcopal School starting in PK-4 through the 5th grade. Following Holy Comforter, he attended Cobb Middle School, Leon High School, and graduated in 1999 from Florida State University with a BS in Finance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clifford Stokes, Jr.

    Clifford has over 16 years in state government 12 of which were in law enforcement working cybercrime investigations, primarily crimes against children. Clifford currently is an Information Security Consultant for the state of Florida’s Agency for State Technology. There he provides strategic security direction for the state’s major IT initiatives and primary data centers.   He is also an adjunct instructor at ITT Technical Institute. Clifford also is a small business owner providing IT Security Consulting Services.With his obvious love for technology his priority in life is always his lovely wife Felicia and their two children who attend HCES.
  • Lisa Umana

    Lisa Umana is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and serves as an independent contractor in her field. She is a member of Capital Medical Society and is the current HCES PA President. Lisa is a Cub Scout Leader and enjoys white water rafting, repelling, hiking and playing sand volleyball. Lisa is married to Ernesto Umana, a Cardiologist and has two children, one of which graduated from HCES and her son is currently in 5th grade at HCES.