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MISD School Board Names New Officers for 2016-2017

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Thursday, June 23, 2016

McKinney, Texas – The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees named new officers at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 21. Bobby Amick was named president, Curtis Rippee was named vice-president and Stephanie O’Dell was named secretary.

Amy Dankel served as board president over the past two years. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve served as president of the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees,” Dankel said. “I’m proud of our efforts in hiring an excellent superintendent to lead our district, and I’m equally pleased that we were able to move forward with much-needed capital projects due to the passage of the 2016 bond while still being able to cut taxes. I look forward to supporting the new slate of officers and continuing to serve as an active board member.”

Bobby Amick — Board President

Head Shot of Bobby Amick

Bobby Amick (Place 2) is a local attorney with the law firm Francis Orr & Totusek, LLP, and has served on the Board since August 2011. Prior to his current position with Francis & Totusek, LLP, Amick began his law career at a large Dallas firm where he worked on a variety of legal matters involving secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases. He is a current member of the Dallas and Collin County Bar Associations and is a barrister in the Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court.

“I’m humbled by the confidence that my fellow board members had in me in electing me president of the board for the upcoming year,” Amick said. “I’m looking forward to a focus on academics and to the great successes that we will be able to achieve as a school district.”

Amick’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude from Baylor. Following his undergraduate studies, he received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he served for eight years. That service is highlighted by more than 5,000 flight hours spread over several deployments to numerous countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. After completing his military service, he earned a general securities license.

Amick has a heart for McKinney ISD fostered through his longstanding involvement in the lives of teachers and students. Amick and his wife of 25 years, Mindy, have one child who is currently an MISD student and two who are in college.

Curtis Rippee — Board Vice-President
Head shot of Curtis RippeeCurtis Rippee (Place 7 — At-Large) was elected to the board in 2010 and has more than 25 years of financial and operational management experience. He is the Managing Partner and CFO of ACIS, Inc. a commercial HVAC and Plumbing service company. Before joining ACIS in 2012, he was the Founder and Principal of StratiFi Partners, LLC, a CFO and consulting services firm. Prior to founding StratiFi Partners, his leadership roles included serving as the Chief Financial Officer of several private companies and as the Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration for a publicly traded company.

Rippee has served as chair of the Executive and Finance Committees of First Baptist Church as well as Treasurer of the Avenues Counseling Center Board of Trustees and the McKinney Education Foundation Board. He has been a Junior Achievement volunteer and is a past participant in McKinney CAN (Community Action Network), a program involving parents and community leaders in a yearlong dialogue with the school district.

He began his professional career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Missouri and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Rippee and wife, Deeann, are active members of First Baptist Church of McKinney and have three girls, Emma Grace, Abigail and Ellie, who attend McKinney Boyd High School and Faubion Middle School.

Stephanie O’Dell — Board Secretary
Head shot of Stephanie O'DellStephanie O’Dell (Place 6 — At-Large) was appointed to the board in 2014 and formally elected by the community in the spring of 2015. She’s been actively involved in McKinney schools for 12 years, and serving in PTO and PTA campus organizations in various roles over the course of that time has given her the opportunity to develop strong relationships with teachers and principals.

In May 2014, O’Dell received the Volunteer of the Year Award for McKinney High School and Lifetime Member of Texas PTA recognition the same month.

The hours O’Dell has devoted to the MISD Board of Trustees over the past two years haven’t diminished her passion for volunteering. She still serves on the McKinney High School PTO and is frequently spotted around campus and at various MHS events. O’Dell also volunteers with the McKinney Education Foundation Board, works with the youth and women’s ministries at First Baptist McKinney and is a mentor in the MISD REACH program.

O’Dell graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and worked in sales for 8 years. She and her husband have two daughters. The older attends Texas A&M University, and the younger is a student at McKinney High School.

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