The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation’s Board of Directors named Dr. Thomas White as Executive Director in August 2019. He became the third executive director in the nearly 30-year history of LEF, following longtime Executive Director Connie Pelphrey. White, who came up through Lewisville ISD with his start at Timber Creek Elementary followed by Lamar Middle and graduating from Marcus High, has two children in the school district as well. After nearly a decade teaching in academia at the University of Oklahoma, White stepped into the non-profit world as Assistant Director of Advancement and External Relations at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. From there, he entered collegiate fundraising as the Director of Development Communication at OU before serving most recently as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations Communications at the University of Arlington. “As both a parent of LISD students and a graduate of the school district, I know that this foundation makes a difference,” said White. “Connie has done a tremendous job establishing LEF as an integral partner in the community, and I hope to build on her legacy.”
Sherah joined the Lewsiville ISD Education Foundation in November 2013. She brings more than 10 years of office management and project management experience from the corporate world. Her connection to LISD is strong as her husband teaches in the district and her older son attends an LISD school, with her younger child eager to join him! Her heart for philanthropy is at home in her role where she works to provide funds for increased student opportunities as well as providing guidance on endowment possibilities to preserve the memory or legacy of those who have a heart for LISD students and teachers. Sherah is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.
Advancement Services Manager
Bringing a wealth of experience in corporate and public accounting and operations, Julie joined the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation in October 2019. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Julie has been able to put her business degrees to work in corporate, public, and education settings. In addition to her more than 20 years in corporate offices, she also taught business to high schoolers in Minnesota. With a strong belief in our public education system, Julie found LEF after moving to Flower Mound with her husband. The couple moved south from the North Star State to the Lone Star State once their two grown children made the move to Texas. Now that she is here, Julie is honored to be a part of LEF and its mission to support the Lewisville Independent School District, its students and teachers, and the community it serves in pursuit of excellence in education.
Annual Giving and Marketing Director
Adriana joined the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation in February 2020. Born and raised in central Texas, Adriana found her calling in creative strategy early on as a UIL Journalism competitor, newspaper staff member and chief editor of her high school yearbook. With assistance from a scholarship through her hometown’s local education foundation, she attended Northwood University. She split her time studying at the Texas, Florida, and Michigan campuses before graduating with a B.B.A in Marketing and Advertising. After a few years in the corporate world, Adriana is excited to be a part of LEF and help grow an organization that enriches public education, strengthens community, and fosters opportunities for young students to pursue their dreams.