Luke’s family joined Great Oak School in August of 2014. He began attending Board Meetings in June 2016 and officially joined the board in September 2016. Luke studied Philosophy at Lon Morris College; Creative Writing at the University of Houston; and English Literature/History at Sam Houston State before joining the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1997. For the last 16 years he has worked in various Operational and BD roles in both the Chemical Transportation and Oil and Gas Service industries. His roles have included West Texas Operations Manager and North American Operations Manager for Weatherford Directional Drilling, Director of Business Development for Archer Well Company and President of Archer Directional Drilling. Today Luke is the Chief Operations Officer for QES Directional Drilling. Luke and his wife Lindsey have four children (Erik, Ethan, Sylvia and Margo).
Dave Tegtmeier Secretary
Dave’s family joined Great Oak School in Winter 2009. He joined the Board as Vice President in May 2013. Dave holds a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from Stephen F. Austin State University and MFA in Arts Management from Western Michigan University. Dave is currently a Project Manager at Edwin Jones Company, a rep agency for lighting controls. His previous work experience is in production management and project management for theatrical systems.
David Alvarey Treasurer
David was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was raised in an army family in various locations in the U.S. and Germany. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), he served six years in the army as a Field Artillery officer in Oklahoma, Germany, Kosovo, and Iraq. Upon returning to the U.S. and leaving active duty, David earned his MBA from Duke University, and has lived in Texas since 2009. David and his wife, Laura, have two children at Great Oak School (Kiera and Luke). In his free time, he enjoys keeping busy by spending time with the family, golfing, skiing, and traveling.
JR Batek Member at Large
JR’s family joined Great Oak School in August of 2014. He co-chaired the FUNdraising committee in 2016 and joined the board in 2017. JR studied accounting and management information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University. JR has held various positions with manufacturing companies including auditor, pricing manager, SAP systems lead, marketing manager and finance and reporting manager. He and his wife Becky have two children at Great Oak, Jack and Cecelia.
Buck Holden Member at Large
Buck’s family joined Great Oak School in Spring 2015. He formally joined the board in December of 2018. Buck holds BA’s in Psychology and Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, has a CPMR designation from Arizona State University and studies Electrical Engineering through Penn Foster. For the past 18 years, he has owned and operated Holden Technologies Inc, a technical sales and design company primarily focused on the Oil and Gas and Military/Aerospace sectors. Buck was born in Texas and grew up in The Woodlands. In his free time he enjoys training and competing in triathlons and is an avid cyclist and swimmer. He and his wife, Beth, have three children at Great Oak School (Travis, Wyatt, and Silas).
Paul Tilton Member at Large
Paul is the father of two children – Claire (1st grade) and Jack (Kindergarten). He and his wife Marianne first became involved in GOS in 2015. Paul began attending board meetings in September 2018 and officially joined the board in December 2018. Paul holds a B.A. in Chinese and a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society which emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences. He works in Product Management for Gardner Denver Nash. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing guitar, and being outdoors.
Zuzana Leckova Member at Large
Zuzana has a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, MBA in Managerial Accounting from Pace University, New York, NY and MS in Taxation from Fordham University, New York, NY. She is a CPA in the state of New York. Zuzana’s accounting and tax experience ranges from Big Four Accounting Firm, VP of Tax in The Royal Bank of Scotland plc to most recently working for a local CPA firm. She has served on the Board of Directors of Great Oak School as the Treasurer from January 2010 until becoming a full time staff member at Great Oak School in November 2014. Zuzana joined the board back in September 2016. Zuzana’s two daughters joined Great Oak School in September 2009, when the school first opened its doors. Zuzana loves photography, traveling, tennis, skiing and music.
Britney Maxwell Shirk Member at Large
Britney holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Akron University. She also works part-time as a child and family counselor. Britney and her three children found Great Oak School in 2012. They fell in love with the community and have been happily connected ever since that time. In free time, Britney enjoys yoga, her artistic endeavors, cooking, traveling and the outdoors. Britney is grateful for the opportunity to connect children, families and teachers together at Great Oak School. Britney joined the board in September 2016.
Tami Arndt-Beatty Early Childhood Representative
Tami was born and raised in the small Northern California coastal village of Point Reyes Station. As a young adult she was employed as a nanny in Hawaii where she discovered Waldorf education. This discovery lead her to pursue a study in anthroposophy on the islands and ultimately to return to California to enroll in the Bay Area Waldorf Teacher Training. Tami graduated in 2002 and started her family in West Marin. Over the course of her teaching career, Tami has taught as an assistant and lead teacher in a home preschool using Waldorf principles, was an assistant at Marin Waldorf School for four years and eventually created and opened her own home-based preschool inspired by Waldorf education once her two sons were born. In January 2015 Tami moved to the Houston area with her husband and three children. Tami taught as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at Bayou Village School in Houston for two years. Tami is an active runner, enjoys crafts and creative work and is devoted to her family. Tami joined the board in March 2017.
Hayley Kay Haynes Grades Representative
Hayley joined Great Oak School in the Spring of 2014 as a child shadow in the 1st and 2nd grade classes. Since then she has worked 2 years as an early childhood assistant and approximately 2 years as an assistant for 1st through 6th grade. She has led a 1st grade play and a 6 grade play. She has also taught movement, handwork, and substituted in every grade level throughout the years. Hayley has her Bachelors of Arts in Child and Adolescent Psychology and has started her Master’s of Education and Waldorf Certification in the summer of 2018. Hayley enjoys drawing, hand work, obstacle course training, theater, and working with children.