Stephen F. Austin State University

SFA Charter Board Information

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Board Meeting Information

SFA Charter Board Members 2018-2019

Judy A. Abbott, Ph.D.
Judy A. Abbott, Ph.D. - Dean and Professor, SFA Charter School Board of Directors, chair Phone: 936.468.1410

Dr. Judy A. Abbott was named dean and professor of the James I. Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University and joined the faculty August 1, 2010. Abbott earned degrees from the University of Oklahoma (B.S. and M.S.) and from the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.).

As dean of the Perkins College of Education, Dr. Abbott is responsible for SFA's largest college with an enrollment of approximately 4,200 students (about 1/3 of the total SFA enrollment) and with about 100 full-time faculty and about 75 part-time faculty. But she does not limit her work to leading the college; she also is involved within the community. She has served on the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is continuing her leadership as the chair of the Chamber's Education Committee. As chair, she coordinates the Leaders of Tomorrow initiative (LOT Crew)-a 9-month leadership program for grade eight students selected from both the city and the county middle schools. Additionally, Dr. Abbott serves on the board of directors for the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc., and is involved in promoting the city of Nacogdoches as an important Texas treasure.

Brandon Fox, Ph.D.
Brandon Fox, Ph.D. - Department Chair, SFA Charter School Board of Directors, member Phone: 936.468.2904
Dr. Brandon Fox has earned degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.S. Kinesiology and M.Ed. Secondary Education), Texas A&M Commerce (M.Ed. Early Childhood Education) and Texas A&M University(Ph.D.). He taught math for several years at Nacogdoches ISD, as well as other school districts. He joined the early childhood faculty in the Department of Elementary Education at SFA in 2012 as an assistant professor and then continued as an associate professor in 2016. He became chair of the Department of Elementary Education in 2019.
Natalie Cardenas
Natalie Cardenas - SFASU Charter School Board of Directors, teacher representative Phone: 936.468.5899
I graduated from SFASU in December 2009. I began my career at SFA Charter School in January 2010. My husband, Johnny, is the head baseball coach at SFA. We have a son. We love being part of the Nacogdoches community as well as the SFA community. Every day I am so excited about the learning that takes place in my classroom. My ultimate goal is for my students to feel safe and comfortable in the learning environment that I have created.
Lori Harkness, Ed.D.
Lori Harkness, Ed.D. - Director of Early Childhood Lab, SFA Charter School Board of Directors, campus coordinator Phone: 936.468.4006

Dr. Lori Harkness has worked as faculty for the James I. Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University since August 1998. She became the Director of the Early Childhood Lab in August 2004. Harkness earned degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.S.I.S. and M.Ed.) and from Walden University, (Ed.D.).

Dr. Harkness was born and raised in Nacogdoches and is the mother for four children, two SFA Charter School graduates, one currently enrolled in the SFA Charter School, and one enrolled in the Early Childhood Lab.

Adam Akerson, Ed.D.
Adam Akerson, Ed.D. - SFA Charter School Board of Directors, Elementary Education representative Phone: 936.468.2269
Dr. Adam Akerson is originally from North East Iowa. Upon earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, he moved to Texas to begin a teaching career in San Antonio. After spending a number of years teaching primary grades, while earning a M.Ed. degree in Teacher Leadership, he went on to obtain an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston. In 2011, Dr. Akerson accepted a faculty position in the department of Elementary Education here at Stephen F. Austin State University. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator of EC-6 education and coordinates field experience opportunities for pre-service teachers at the SFA Charter School. Some of his research interests include: mentoring, teacher preparation, and mathematics education. Additionally, Dr. Akerson serves on a number of department, college, and university committees.
Clint Johnson
Clint Johnson - SFA Charter School Board of Directors, parent representative Phone: 936.205.9922
Bio coming soon!
Weldon T. Beard
Weldon T. Beard - SFA Charter School Board of Directors, community representative

Hometown: Sulphur Springs, Tx
GETCAP Head Start Director February 2005 to present ( 5 Counties with 12 Locations)
Bachelor of Business Administration Concentration: Management (SFASU) 1995
Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program (UCLA Graduate School of Management) 2014
Texas Child Care Director Certification 2008

Professional Activities Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School Board (2008- Present)
Texas Heads Start Association - Board President
Region VI Head Start Association (5 States Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New, Mexico, Texas) - Board Treasure