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Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
  Position Name & Email  Term Expires Biography
  1 Jim Dossey (Vice President)
  2020 Biography
  2 Adam Simmons   2020 Biography
  3 David Eargle     2020 Biography
  4 Trey Kirby (Secretary)   2021 Biography
  5 Linda Porten   2021 Biography
  6 Ken Thomet (President)   2019 Biography
  7 Trish Mayne   2019 Biography

Regular School Board Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. These meetings are held in the Board Room of the MISD District Office, 13159 Walden Road, Montgomery, TX 77356.

Montgomery ISD is governed by an elected seven member board. Individual trustees, serving without pay, are elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. Elections are held on the second Saturday in May annually. Although elected to numbered positions, trustees represent the District as a whole, not specific geographic areas.

The seven member board, while composed of individuals, acts officially only as a group. No member or group of members acts in the name of the Board unless authorized by the Board. A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

School board members are guardians of the public trust and, through the policies they make, are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of local public education. The board serves as the advocate for educational excellence for the community’s youth and puts those interests first. The policies school boards make dictate the standards and philosophy by which schools are run and the criteria used to judge whether they are being run well.

The key roles and responsibilities of the school board members are:

  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent and delegate all administrative responsibilities
  • Approve the school district’s budget
  • Establish goals and evaluate outcomes
  • Adopt and evaluate policies
  • Communicate with the community

The Board functions according to state and federal laws, the rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, and the Texas Education Agency. The board powers and duties are listed in MISD Policy BAA(LEGAL) and board ethics are listed in MISD Policy BBF(LOCAL), both available as part of the online MISD Board Policy Manual.

Jim Dossey is an attorney / partner at Dossey and Jones PLLC in The Woodlands, concentrating in business law, intellectual property, tax, estate planning, and probate.  Jim is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to his legal career, Jim worked in various roles in Bank of America’s Management Rotational Program for 5 years.  Before that, Jim worked as a software consultant for 5 years at an oil and gas consulting firm in Houston.

In addition to his law degree, Jim holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  He also has an MBA in corporate finance and strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Jim lives with his wife, Jennifer, in the April Sound subdivision on Lake Conroe.  Jim and Jennifer grew up in Montgomery, both having attended MISD’s single elementary school, intermediate school, junior high school and high school.  Jim and Jennifer have three children:  two girls, Claire (14) and Phoebe (11) and one son, Noah (8) who all attend Montgomery schools.  Jim and his family are active members at the Ark Church in Conroe, Texas.

Adam Simmons graduated from Klein High School in 1996 and went on to graduate from what is now Texas State University in 2000, with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. After living in Austin for a couple of years he and his wife Tiffany decided to move closer to family to raise theirs. They moved to Montgomery in June of 2006.

Adam, having been in the home finance industry since 2003, started Crystal Clear Mortgage with a business partner in 2008.  Together they have helped, literally, thousands of people with their goals of home ownership in Montgomery County and more specially, in the MISD area.

Adam felt he needed to give back to the community that welcomed him and his family with open arms, and to the community that allowed him to own and operate a successful business. Also, with a 7 year old and an 11 year old currently enrolled in MISD, it was very important for Adam to have a say in the direction of the district.  Adam is very eager to help the district, and learn and grow along the way.
David EargleDavid Eargle (Vice-President)

David Eargle is a retired executive from El Paso Corporation. David worked for 29 years in Houston and Corpus Christi in the natural gas industry.  During his career, he was a Vice President with El Paso Corporation and Gulfterra Corporation, and Senior Vice President and a Board Member of Eastex Energy.  He graduated from the University of Texas in 1976 with a BBA in Marketing.

In addition to serving on the MISD School Board, he is Board President of the Walden Community Improvement Association and an avid supporter of the Montgomery Bearbackers.  David also formerly served as President of the Walden Men’s Association and on the board of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program for 9 years, 3 years as President.

David and his wife, Nancy, have two children, both of whom graduated from Montgomery High School.  Their daughter, Betsy, is a graduate of University of Houston.  Their son, Kelsey, is a Captain in the U. S. Army.

David and his family enjoy hunting, fishing, sailing, and traveling.

Trey Kirby moved to Montgomery, TX in 1987 after being born in the city of Richardson in north Texas.  After graduating from MHS and getting his college education, he returned to continue his career and start his family in the community he calls home.

Currently, Trey serves as the Texas Regional Manager for DRC Emergency Services, owned by Sullivan Interests out of Galveston, TX and has been with the company for five years.  He attended both Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994.

Being a proud graduate of MHS in 1989, Trey felt it was time to give back to a community that has given him so much.  Prior to being elected as an MISD trustee, he served on multiple committees and campus advisory boards throughout the district.  Along with this, he is very active as a volunteer and member of local organizations.  He is a member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Conroe Area Republican Women, volunteer coach for North County Football League, and former board member and coach for Montgomery Soccer Club.  His priority is his service to his Lord and church as a member and volunteer at Fellowship of Montgomery. When not volunteering, his free time includes fishing along the Texas coast, hunting ducks in the marsh, golfing with friends and traveling with his family.  
Trey is married to Mallory, who has been employed by MISD since 2003 and currently serves as the principal at Keenan Elementary School.  Married since 2004, they have two children, daughter Kati-Grace and son Kannon. 

Linda Porten
Linda Porten grew up in Dallas, Texas graduating from Hillcrest High School prior to graduating from Texas Tech University in 1973 where she was president of the Speech and Hearing Honorary Fraternity her senior year. She worked as a speech therapist at Pine Tree Elementary in Longview, Texas while in graduate school at ETSU in Commerce. She relocated to San Antonio, Texas where she worked in Northside ISD and San Antonio Christian School before moving to Montgomery. She began her work in 1990 as a part-time speech therapist at Montgomery Elementary and retired in 2014 as speech therapist, resource reading teacher and science co-teacher.

While serving the district for the last few years as a substitute teacher in the upper grades, she recognized an opportunity for utilizing the community in supporting potentially at-risk students. Project Impact under the direction of Jada Mullins began in November of 2017 with about 18 committed individuals. This volunteer program continues to expand in order to support and encourage staff and students in the rewarding but challenging work public schools endeavor to do.

Linda and her husband Jim share twelve grandchildren and six children (two of whom were Montgomery Bears, Eric Crabb and Carrie Fulham). They worship at Walden Community Church where she has served the church board as secretary for the last five years.


Ken Thomet Ken Thomet has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1983.  Ken opened his own practice in 2002 and now offices on Walden Road in Montgomery, Texas.  Prior positions held include: Chief Financial Officer for the US operations of an international plastic company, divisional controller for a national construction company, Senior Auditor for the international CPA firm Grant Thornton and a Bank Auditor.  Ken is a graduate of Western Michigan University earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration Majoring in Accounting.  Ken holds a Professional Membership with the Texas Society of CPA’s.

In addition to currently serving his 4th term as a Board of Trustee for Montgomery ISD, Ken has also served on various District committees that include Long Range Facilities Committee, District Advisory Committee, MES Campus Advisory Committee, and Principal Selection Committee.  Ken also served on the board of trustees and assisted with accreditation for the St.Thomas Episcopal School in Nassau Bay, Texas before moving his family to Montgomery.

Ken is an active participant in our community.  He donates his financial services to support many organizations for our local youth.  He has volunteered to serve as Treasurer for many other area organizations that include Montgomery County Cattle Barons Ball for American Cancer Society, Lone Star Honor Flight, for which he has proudly served as a consistent Guardian, Project Graduation Class of 2008 and 2012, and Leap of Faith, an Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding program for the disabled.  

Ken and his family have lived in Montgomery since 1997.  Ken and his wife Susan, a Montgomery native, have three daughters that have graduated from Montgomery High School - Lyndsey graduated in 2008 and is now attending Lone Star College, Julie graduated in 2012 and graduated from TAMU in 2016, and Abby graduated in 2015 and attends St. Edwards University.
Trish Mayne
Trish Roche Mayne began her aviation career in 1985 with Continental Airlines n Denver, Colorado as a Flight Attendant. She transferred to Houston in 1998 to raise her family in beautiful Montgomery. Her favorite passengers have been the WWII Veterans on the Lone Star Honor Flights. Prior to 1985, she worked as a Marketing Director for a PGA Golf Tournament and an ATP Tennis Tournament in Florida. Directly out of college Xerox Corporation hired her as a sales executive.

Trish attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida on a partial academic scholarship from 1976-1978. She then transferred to Rollins College (1978-1980) in Winter Park, Florida on a full Golf Scholarship obtaining a Business Degree. During the first semester of her senior year at Rollins, she was accepted to the student exchange program in Dublin, Ireland.

Trish is very committed to Montgomery ISD. She was elected to the MISD School Board in 2004. She has served as MES PTA President, Campus Improvement Committee, District Improvement Committee and numerous school PTO’s prior to becoming a School Board Trustee. She is an active volunteer in MISD.

Trish is married to Steve Mayne. Steve is a 767/757 Captain at Continental Airlines. He enjoys flying international flights. Trish and Steve met 25 years ago flying together. They have two children, Christopher and Stephanie. Prior to living in Montgomery, they lived in Denver, Colorado, Seattle, Washington and Vail, Colorado. Both their children were born in Vail, Colorado. The family periodically takes trips to Colorado to see friends, ski or enjoy the outdoors. Trish and her family are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, Texas.



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