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”.

Currently, the Board consists of 22 voting members. The Trustees represent various constituents of the HCES community, including but not limited to parents, grandparents, alumni, community leaders, and members of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Parish. The Head of School, 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 25 items.

  • Dustin Blevins

    Dustin Blevins is an audit, risk, and compliance professional with almost 20 years of industry experience. He is currently an Associate Director for CrossCountry Consulting in their Risk and Compliance practice. Dustin serves T-Mobile in the design and implementation of their future state risk and control environment as part of the largest digital transformation in US history. In addition, he provides regulatory compliance expertise to the financial services industry and leads the firm's development of go to market strategies for risk and regulatory compliance transformation service offerings. Dustin and his wife Katie Blevins have been married for 9 years, and they have 3 sons, William, Wyatt, and Weston. Dustin is a graduate of Florida State University, and the Blevins moved to Tallahassee from Tampa in 2021. William and Wyatt currently attend HCES and are in Kindergarten and PK-3 respectively.  
  • 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. 
  • 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 twelve-year-old daughter Stella who is in the seventh grade at HCES. The family enjoys travel, outdoor pursuits, community outreach, and a growing involvement with Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. 
  • 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 exist 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.  Adrian and his wife, Wendy, are parents of two daughters, Brooklyn who graduated from HCES and Peyten who is in middle school.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Frank Fincham

    Frank Fincham, Ph.D. obtained a doctoral degree in social psychology while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He then completed postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University before assuming a position as assistant professor at University of Illinois where he ultimately became professor and Director of Clinical Training. He was SUNY Distinguished Professor at University at Buffalo before assuming his current position as Eminent Scholar at Florida State University. The author of over 350 publications his research has been widely recognized by numerous awards, including the Ernest Burgess Award for “Continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research” from the National Council for Family Relations and the President’s Award for "Distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge" from the British Psychological Society. A Fellow of six different professional societies, Fincham has been listed among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (defined as number of citations per paper).
  • Bridget Garrett-James

    Bridget Garrett-James has been a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church since 1997, serving as a vestry member for two years, and teaching the 1st - 5th grades Sunday school classes for many years. Her main focus has always been outreach and in 2015, Bridget was commissioned and functioned as a Stephen Minister at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Along with her four children, Bridget regularly volunteered in the church’s food pantry distributing food to the needy, including serving as the Food Pantry Coordinator. Mrs. Garrett has volunteered as a mentor for junior high school students and coached junior and senior high school Mathematics Brain Bowl teams. Bridget earned a BSc degree from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and an MSc degree from the University of Reading in England. She is retired from the Department of Revenue and skilled in program development, evaluation, and compliance monitoring. Bridget and her husband, Dr. Neil James, currently reside in Tallahassee.
  • 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 are graduates from HCES. Wes also enjoys baking and is an ice cream connoisseur.
  • Rev. Fr. Allen Hill

    Fr. Allen is the Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and Chaplain of the Episcopal University Center of FSU. Before coming to Tallahassee, he and his family served as missionaries in Peru for 16 years. During that time, Fr. Allen was the Rector of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Lima and, prior to that, Dean/President of Peru’s diocesan seminary. Fr. Allen has a PhD in Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He also has a M.A. in International Education from UNC, a S.T.M. from Nashotah House Seminary, and a M.A. in Religion from Trinity School for Ministry. Fr. Allen’s wife, the Rev. Rachel Hill, is the Vicar of Grace Mission Episcopal Church in downtown Tallahassee. They have two sons, James and John.
  • 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. Ravi has two sons who attend HCES.
  • Kelly Jaap

    Kelly was the PA President for the 2022-2023 school year. She and her husband, Greg, have two children at HCES, Kenzie in 4th grade and Tucker in PK4. After attending college in Tallahassee, Kelly and her husband moved to Daytona Beach where she worked as a Paralegal for 8 years. In 2013, Kelly and her family were given the opportunity to return to Tallahassee and raise their family in this wonderful community. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children and friends. She is so grateful to be a stay-at-home mom which has provided her with the ability to be very involved at HCES with the Parents Association. She loves being able to give her time at the school as there isn’t a better community of students, teachers, staff and parents than the one at HCES.
  • Meghan Kennedy

    Meghan served as the PA President for the 2019-2020 school. She and her husband Cameron, have two sons, Harrison is an HCES graduate and Bradford is in lower school at HCES. 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 who graduated from HCES, Connor, John Henry and Emmie.
  • 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 was the PA President for the 2021-2022 school year. She and her husband Matt have two daughters in 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.
  • Randi Mackintosh

    Randi will be the PA President for the 2023-2024 school year. She and her husband, Andrew, have two daughters at HCES, Carlin in 3rd grade and Ellie in Kindergarten. After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, she moved back to her home state of Florida to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology. In 2010, Randi moved to Tallahassee to work at Florida State University where she served as a clinical psychologist and Outreach Director for the diverse student population. She left FSU to start a private practice in 2015 where her focus has been on building resilience and enhancing well-being for college students and adults. Randi was honored to serve on the Florida Board of Psychology for the past eight years where she acted as Chair for the past two years. She has thoroughly enjoyed getting more involved at HCES through volunteering and is excited about the opportunity to serve in a more dedicated role in the Parents Association this school year.
  • Pam Marsh

    Pamela C. Marsh is president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee, FL. She served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida from 2010 to 2015. As U.S. Attorney, Pamela was the lead federal prosecutor in 23 counties, from Alachua to Escambia, and was the first woman appointed to the position. She earned a reputation for investigating and prosecuting cases related to banking, healthcare fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, international and domestic terrorism, as well as human trafficking. Pamela earned her J.D., cum laude, and B.S. in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
  • Logan Mitchell McFaddin

    Logan Mitchell McFaddin is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Tallahassee. She attended first through fifth grades at Holy Comforter Episcopal School from 1984-1989, graduating high school from Maclay in 1996. She then attended Florida State University, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and a minor in British Studies. Logan began her professional career as a Library Services Specialist with the Leon County Public Library System. In 2006 she shifted to state government, serving both as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Budget Manager for the Florida Department of State under former Governors Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush. Logan went on to serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs under both Governor Charlie Crist and Governor Rick Scott for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. She then served Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jeff Atwater as his Director of Legislative Affairs for over three years. Logan joined the American Property Casualty Insurers Association (APCIA) in December of 2014 as the Vice President for State Government Relations and covers property casualty legislative and regulatory efforts for Florida, Alabama, and Puerto Rico. Logan has also served as Florida’s CFO appointment to the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors since 2018. Logan and her husband James reside in Tallahassee.
  • Jane Menton

    Jane Aurell Menton is a community volunteer in Tallahassee, with primary interests in education, cultural arts, and historic preservation. She has enjoyed involvements with Leadership Tallahassee, Friends of Florida History, The Collins Institute, Holy Comforter School, Maclay School, and St. John’s Church. She previously worked as a Cabinet Aide to former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, artist representative for W. Stanley Proctor, and as the Director of Development at Holy Comforter School. Jane is also the published author of The Grove: A Florida Home through Seven Generations. She received her AB from Davidson College and her EdM from Harvard University. Jane is married to attorney Steve Menton is the mother of three adult children: Jane Darby, Caroline, and John.
  • 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 and son who attend HCES.
  • Judy Shipman

    Judy Shipman has been a member of Holy Comforter Church since 1979. She currently serves as Senior Warden of the Vestry. As a social worker, she has worked as Coordinator of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Memory Disorder Clinic and also at Big Bend Hospice. She is currently employed part-time by the Tallahassee Senior Center. An active parishioner, Judy volunteers at the Food Pantry and serves on the Altar Guild and as an usher. A widow with one son, she enjoys reading, travel and walking with her two small dogs.
  • 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 Executive Director of the Florida Education Foundation which is the direct support organization for the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

    Lindsey has over a decade of government relations experience which includes serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) which runs the state’s Medicaid program covering approximately 5 million low-income individuals, and licenses over 45,000 of the state’s health care facilities. She also served as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and as the Legislative Specialist at the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). While at DCF, Lindsey also served as the Executive Director of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet which is charged with promoting and implementing collaboration, increased efficiency, and improved service delivery between state agencies and organizations for the benefit of Florida’s children. Prior to working at DCF, Lindsey served in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget where she focused primarily on public safety policy and budget issues, and she also gained experience in private sector consulting. 

    Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida, and a Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. A Florida native, and HCES alumni, Lindsey lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Skylar, and two children, Emma (5) and John (2).