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 21 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 in order 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 nearing completion of the capital campaign that financed the final land purchase that brought the campus to nearly 85 acres, the tennis courts, and the Knight STEM Building.

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.


Jay Smith
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

List of 22 items.

  • Christine Ashburn

    Christine Ashburn serves as the VP of Communications, Legislative and External Affairs for the Citizens Property Insurance CorporationIn 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 a daughter who attends kindergarten at HCES and a 3 year old daughter who will start PK3 in the fall of 2017.
  • Sara Bayliss

    Sara Bayliss is the Immediate 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 and her husband Slater moved to Tallahassee in 2001. They have three children at HCES.
  • Katherine Boland

    Katherine Boland will serve as the President of the Parent Association for 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 (3rd grade HCES student), Eva (1st grade HCES student), 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".  
  • Andy Ellis

    Andy is currently a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the School of Communication at Florida State University. Prior to his doctoral program, he earned a BS degree in Speech Communication at Louisiana Tech University
    and a MS degree in Marketing and Management Communication at Florida State University. When not in the classroom, Andy enjoys a successful career as a communications consultant, providing clients with strategic counsel across a range of services. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children attending HCES.
  • 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.
  • Eva Fernandez

    Eva is an accountant with a focus in auditing. She earned her Bachelor of Accounting degree and Master of Accounting degree from Florida International University. She joined one of the "Big 6" national accounting firms and worked in the Connecticut, New York and Atlanta offices. She was recognized early in her career with a national leadership award from the firm and worked with Fortune 500 clients throughout the country and abroad. She is currently focused on raising her children and enjoys volunteering at Holy Comforter, playing tennis, and supporting local charities. Eva and her husband, Alberto, have two children at Holy Comforter School and a daughter who recently graduated from HCES.
  • Cay Ford

    Cay is a 1991 graduate from Florida State University and a 1993 graduate of University of North Florida with degrees in marketing and finance.  She has held various positions of leadership in the Parent Association of Holy Comforter and also volunteers in the Tallahassee community through other non-profit organizations as well as her church.  Cay is the mother one HCES student and two HCES alums.
  • Hilarie Geraldi

    Hilarie Geraldi is a shareholder in Williams Communications, Inc., and an executive in the wireless telecommunications industry with extensive operational and management experience.  Her knowledge of telecommunications has been instrumental in serving federal, state, public safety, medical and fire organizations by successfully delivering high impact solutions to improve their communications throughout the Eastern United States.  Hilarie was born and raised in Tallahassee.  She is an alumna of Holy Comforter and a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Business and College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.  Hilarie and her husband Tony have one son.
  • Mallory Harrell, Secretary

    Mallory is the parent of two current HCES students and 1 alumni.  She was born and raised in Oklahoma.  She graduated cum laude from Phillips University in 1992 and from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1995.  She currently serves as General Counsel for Hayes E-Govt Resources.  She played a major role in HCES most recent capital campaign and volunteers with several organizations throughout Tallahassee.   Mallory and husband Mike have two sons who attend HCES.
  • Thomas Harrison (Holy Comforter Episcopal Church)

    Thomas Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer of Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, P.A. (“TPCA”). Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, he obtained his degree in Accounting and Finance from the Florida State University College of Business. Tom began his career at Harper, Van Scoik and Company in Clearwater as a Certified Public Accountant.  After coming back home to Tallahassee he worked with Law, Redd, Crona and Munroe, Interim Healthcare of North Florida and then TPCA as the Chief Financial Officer in 1998.   He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1999.  Tom actively participates in Rotary and on several Boards in the community.  He and his beautiful wife, Samantha have two children ages 12 and 6.  Outside of work and community involvement he simply enjoys spending time at home with his family and friends.
  • Dr. Tom Keller

    Dr. Keller is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida State University.  Dr. Keller earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and he and his wife, Laura, are members of Holy Comforter Episcopal
    Church. He previously served on the on the Board of Trustees in 1999 and again from 2002 - 2008 and was Board Chair from 2002-2004. Tom has graciously continued to serve the church and the school in various
    capacities whenever needed.  The Kellers have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Steven, who graduated from HCES.  
  • John Kenny

    John C. Kenny, founder of The John Kenny Law Firm has been practicing law in the State of Florida for over 14 years. Mr. Kenny graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in 1990 and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1994. Over the last 14 years he has focused his practice on complex and challenging family law cases. His extensive litigation experience includes divorce cases, child support, alimony and paternity cases.  Mr. Kenny is the founder and past president of the Midtown Merchants Association and is an active participant in Teen Court and in local high school mock trials teams. John and his wife Stacey, have a son at HCES and a daughter who recently graduated from HCES.
  • 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 lower school 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 (14), John Henry (11), and Emmie (8).
  • Bob Knight

    Bob is the father of three HCES alumni. He is Vice-President of Event Photography Group. He started Bob Knight Photo in 1976 as a sophomore at Florida State University. He graduated from FSU in 1981 with a degree in Communications. He has been involved with Florida American Legion Boys State for 35 years. Bob and his wife, Gail, have three sons who all graduated from Holy Comforter School.
  • 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:  Annelise, a student at
    HCES, and Wren.   
  • Katie Proctor, Treasurer

    Katie Proctor is a Senior Vice President with Prime Meridian Bank.  She received her BA in English and French from Vanderbilt University and her MBA in accounting and finance from Emory University.  Prior to moving to Tallahassee, she was a Series 7 Registered Financial Advisor at Kidder Peabody, a Business Valuation Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, and a Vice President and Client Relationship Manager in Corporate & Investment Banking at Wachovia Bank.  She and her husband Collins moved to Tallahassee in 2002 where they started and owned a North Florida based corporate real estate consulting firm specializing in acquisitions, finance and construction.  Katie also serves on the board of Children’s Home Society.  Katie and Collins have two sons attending HCES and one son who is a HCES alumnus.  The Collins family are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
  • Mara Rumana

    Mara is a Past President of the HCES Parent Association.  She has one child who is a current HCES student and one who is a 2013 HCES graduate. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Allied health with a degree in physical therapy in 1991.  Prior to moving to Tallahassee in 1998, she worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  She has held many different leadership positions in the Holy Comforter Parent Association as well several other non-profit organizations in the Tallahassee community.  The Rumana family has two children who both graduated from HCES.
  • Vince Russo

    Originally from New York, he earned his law degree from George Mason University and spent 25 years as a lawyer specializing in international transactions. Now, Vince is an investor and principal in several technology companies and operates a farm near Tallahassee.  Vince and his wife, Jackie have two children attending HCES.
  • Jay Smith, Chair

    Jay Smith is Vice President of Ajax Building Corporation. Jay, an alumnus of HCES, received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is member of the Florida Governor appointed Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Task Force, former Chair of the Board for Ronald McDonald House Charities and also serves as a trustee on the boards of Big Bend Hospice and the Governors Club. He and his wife, Bri, have three daughters who attend 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.
  • Jackie Watts

    Jackie is the President and Owner of Watts Mechanical, founded in 1989. Watts Mechanical quickly grew into a full-service air conditioning and heating contractor.  She served on Governor Rick Scott’s Construction Industry Licensing Board in 2011-2012.  She has served on Holy Comforter Church’s Vestry and has a son at HCES.
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