Board of Directors
The Circle School is governed by a parent volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors determines an annual operating budget, fees and tuition, is in charge of fundraising events, oversees school operations, maintenance and upkeep and oversees all personnel.
Shannon Mariotti, President
President, Shannon Mariotti is mom to Walter (Sky Room) and is married to David Rando. This is their third year with the Circle School and their only regret is not discovering this unique community sooner. Shannon has previously served as Fundraising Development Director, worked on the Grant Writing committee, the Field Trips committee, and has served on several hiring committees. She is also the school's monthly Air Conditioner cleaner. Shannon is a professor of political philosophy at Southwestern University, a small liberal arts college near Austin, where her teaching and scholarship focuses on how we put democratic principles into practice in our everyday lives. Her family loves to read together, listen to music, hang out with their three cats and one dog, go running and walking, and ride bikes.
Carrie Smith, Vice President
Vice President, Carrie Smith is mama to Noah (Rainbow Room) and this is their 4th year at The Circle School. In her professional career, Carris is the Community Education Coordinator for NEISD. During her first two years at The Circle School, Carrie served as the Enrichment Coordinator. She served in dual roles her first year on the Board as both Communications Director and Vice President and is in her 3rd year serving as the Vice President. In this capacity, Carrie has chaired the Bylaws, Strategic Planning and Playground committees. She and Noah enjoy riding bikes, going on adventures and playing with their dog, Marvin.
Jen Morey, Treasurer
Treasurer Jen Morey is mom to June (Sky room) and Alice (Dream room) as well as wife to Nathan. Now a stay at home mom managing AirBnB spaces, Jen's previous careers were in the financial services sector and as a certified Montessori guide. In her spare time, Jen enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family and friends, and watching her girls do anything sports related. She has previously served on the board as Co-op Coordinator.
Rayen Dennis, Secretary
Secretary Rayen Dennis is mom to Adriana (Sky) and Camilo (Sun). She is married to Geoff. Their family have been Co-op members since 2016. Rayen is a copious note taker and her attention to detail serves her well in her position.
Rebecca Steele, Education Director
Education Director, Rebecca Steele is mom to Michaela (Peace Room) and Lorraine, AKA Rainey (Sky Room). She has been a Special Education Teacher for 11 years and is currently a Special Education Master Teacher at ALA @ Fox Tech. She is married to Ben Steele, a Master Electrician. Their family have been members of the Co-op for five years. Together they have served as committee chairs for Circle Fest, International Food Fest, Coffee House, and Gardening. In their spare time, they enjoy having fun together, eating, drinking coffee (yes, even the kids) and gardening, which is why they enjoy giving their time to the school.
Claire Trevino, Communications Director
Communications Director, Claire Trevino is mom to Jojo (Peace Room) and Pepper (Sun Room) and married to Ric, who manages Pam's Patio Kitchen with the extended family. This will be her family's third year at The Circle School and Claire's second year in this position. She enjoys managing things from social media and advertising to school merchandise and graphics. She is also a registered nurse at University Health System.
Mariah Hopkins-Ghannoum, Director of Fundraising Development
Director of Fundraising Development, Mariah Hopkins-Ghannoum is mom to Michael (Rainbow Room) and Gabriel (Sky Room) and married to Wassim. They joined the Circle School community in Fall 2017, and Mariah has served as a member of the grant writing committee, strategic planning committee, and hiring committee. Mariah works as an environmental scientist and epidemiologist and is passionate about all things nature. On the weekends, you can find the Ghannoum family hiking, biking, gardening, birding--or just enjoying a nice cup of tea and a good book in their backyard.
Kevin Barton, Co-Op Coordinator
Co-op Cordinator, Kevin Barton is dad to Ian (Sky room) and Zachary (Star room) and husband to Shirley. The family joined the Co-op in 2019 after struggling to find a really good fit for Ian to begin Kindergarten, and could not be more happy with the whole Circle School experience. Kevin is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Texas A&M-San Antonio and served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and brings many skills to the community.
Lindsey Zuniga, Enrollment Director & New Family Liaison
Enrollment Director & New Family Liaison, Lindsey Zuniga is mom to AJ (Song Room) as well as two older children Vidal and Espy. She's married to Antonio Zuniga. This will be her family's second year at The Circle School. Lindsey spent lots of time last year assisting in the front office, getting to know the families in the co-op and details of school operations. She's excited to help new families find their place in the co-op this year.
Cesar Silva, Building & Grounds Director
Building and Grounds Director, Cesar Silva is dad to Nico (alumni), Juliet (alumni), and Sofia (Sun Room) and husband to Priscilla. He has been on the board for four years and enjoys the level of involvement and responsibility that comes with the job. He is a quiet voice that efficiently patches holes, screws stuff together and offers handy-man level advice. His love of coffee, his beard and power tools is only surpassed by his love for his three littles. Together with his powerhouse-of-a-wife (who is famous for her to-do lists), they run Facilities and Logistics committees for our fundraising events and school workdays.
Omar Velasco, Building & Grounds Director
Building and Grounds Director, Omar Velasco is dad to Paola (Star Room) and Valeria (Alumni). His daughters started at The Circle School four years ago. Omar comes to this position with fifteen years of experience remodeling older houses, which is perfect for our Old Schoolhouse, and he's excited to give the building the attention and care it needs.