Robin has been married to Brian Battershell for almost 40 years, and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. She was a 3rd grade teacher in Houston and Pasadena I.S.D.’s, and a Special Education Counselor/Coordinator, Bell County Cooperative for Exceptional Children and Killeen ISD. Robin was Superintendent for Salado ISD (10 yrs.) and for Temple ISD (10 yrs.). Recently, she was Interim Superintendent for Belton ISD.
Currently, she is a private Strategic Planning Consultant and co-owner for Grandpa Bill’s Honey Farms.
Seleese was born in Marlin, Texas, and grew up in Temple. After graduating from Temple High School, she toured with “Up with People,” traveling 33 states in the U.S. and 7 countries in Northern Europe. Seleese attended Angelo State University and received a degree in Speech Communication, with minors in Marketing and Management. She worked at Texas Instruments as a Region Sales Manager, Laptop Product Manager and Inbound Telemarketing Manager. She is a Small Business Co-founder of Centroplex Auto Recovery and Kokopellie’s Salon and Spa. Owner of Fish Bowl Pet Express, 2012 – 2016, Seleese now owns Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop, 2003 – present, which was selected 2007 National Retail Florist by the Wholesale Florist Industry.
Born and raised in Temple, Jenny has had a lifelong interest in supporting the Temple Community. A 1993 graduate of Temple High School, Jenny studied at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She returned to the Temple area and began working at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in the Transfusion Laboratory where she worked for 20 years. She and her husband, Bo, have 4 daughters and have an active interest in creating and supporting family-friendly businesses and organizations in the Central Texas area. For First United Methodist Church, Jenny is the Family Promise Coordinator and has relationships with the Unincluded Club and McLane’s Children Foundation office.
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Joelle has lived in Temple since 1970. As a music teacher she has taught in public schools (Richardson, TX and Temple College) and in private studio settings. She has degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (BA in music education) and UT Austin (Master of Music). She also managed the dental practice of her husband, Michael. Joelle has volunteered in leadership roles in church, schools, and community organizations and served as a trustee on the T.I.S.D. School Board. She continues to enjoy family gatherings with her 4 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Abbie Atkinson moved to Temple in 1997 with her husband, Tim, who retired in 2021 as Sales VP at Wilsonart. They have three children, Rachel, Reese and Meredith, who were educated in TISD. In the 25 years that they have lived in Temple, Abbie ahs been involved in early education where she taught Kindergarten and Pre-K at St. Francis Episcopal School. Having "semi-retired" in 2021, Abbie currently holds the position of Chaplain at the school. Her experience includes volunteer positions in Jr. League, Girl Scouts, and many church and school organizations. Abbie and Tim enjoy traveling and spending time being "Hunny and Hoss" to their grandchildren Grayson and Nolan.
Marilyn Avery is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first grade in different parts of the country for five years. Marilyn has been married to her husband, Seth, for 37 years, and has four children and seven grandchildren. Their family has lived in Temple for 22 years. Through the years, and in various locations, she has been involved in their churches, Jr. League, PTOs/PTAs, Officer Wives Clubs, school booster clubs, and as a classroom volunteer. Marylin's interests include traveling, cooking, reading, and time with family, especially her grandchildren. She is thrilled to be involved with TCM because she is a firm believer that children learn best through hands on activities and play.
As a professional educator, Denise Ayres serves as the Director of Career & Technical Education for Temple ISD. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Certificate in School Management & Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Denise served as a classroom teacher for eight years at the middle and high school levels. Her classroom experience and passionate desire to see students grow both academically and emotionally lead her to begin working with a non-profit agency implementing violence prevention and mediation programs across multiple school districts, consulting with and training administrators, faculty, staff and students. As a Temple resident, Denise serves on multiple community boards and advisory councils to collaboratively promote education, student, and community development.
Denise is married to Charley Ayres, Director of Industry & Education Partnerships with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. Together, they enjoy hiking, traveling, and football.
Barbara immigrated to America at the age of five and after living in various states has been a resident of Central Texas since 1970. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Temple High School. She graduated from Texas A&M University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Barbara has thirty nine years of business experience including several years in banking. She has been an employee of Temple Housing Authority, a member of the Consortium, since 1991 and has been instrumental in helping the organization to grow and diversify. In February 2005 she became the Executive Director. While employed at the Authority she completed additional accounting classes and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She received an award from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for having one of the top ten highest scores in the state on the CPA exam administered in May 1996. Barbara is a graduate of Leadership Temple and serves on several city and community boards. As a member of the Rotary Club of Temple, she has served on the board in various capacities including President for the 2005-2006 year. Barbara is married to Carl Bozon and they have a son, Brandon, a daughter-in-law, Jessica and a daughter, Brianna all three of which are CPAs. They also have a granddaughter, Elisabeth, and two grandsons, Benjamin and Josef.
John Ciaburri is the founder and creative director of Ciaburri Brand, a local creative advertising agency and digital marketing firm. John has over 20 years of experience in the advertising field with extensive knowledge of branding, web design, logo design, and a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising from Texas State Technical College in Waco. He has worked for several different advertising agencies and print publishers, as well as in-house design and marketing departments for corporate entities. Now John works with both small and large businesses, and community organizations in Central Texas helping his clients grow by boosting visibility to the public and bringing their visions closer to reality.
Born in Dallas, Cyndie moved here from Waco in 1983, with her husband Greg, a commercial real estate broker. She includes among her blessings their three daughters, born and raised here, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Cyndie has a B.S. in Child Development/Early Childhood Ed. From Texas Tech and a M.S. and Post Graduate work in child Development from TWU. She began her teaching career at McClennan Community College as a Child Development/ Early Childhood Ed. Professor. There she designed a new Lab School where her own children were able to attend. Years later, she helped develop the Child Development/ECE program at Temple College where she served as the first chairperson and full-time professor. She has also done consulting, most recently for Workforce and the NAEYC Accreditation Program.
“Having the Temple Children’s Museum in our community is an extraordinary opportunity to educate and promote the importance of “hands-on”, exploratory education for all children and families,” says Cyndie.
Fabian is the CAD Manager/Senior Designer for KPA Engineers in Temple. He and his wife, Robin, have been married 29 years, have 3 children, and have lived in Temple 20 years. Fabian is a self-claimed, strong supporter of the Temple community – and the Wildcats!
Currently, Fabian serves as Chairman of the City of Temple Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He will soon be serving on the Temple College and TISD P.A.C.’s. Other leadership positions he has had are: Vice-chair, Temple Quarterback Club Board of Directors; THS Choir Boosters; and PTO President of Scott Elementary School.
After attending Southern Methodist University, I was offered entre into the fashion industry. The next twenty plus years were spent representing high end designers of ladies’ apparel with showrooms in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. I also traveled to various countries in Europe and South America to meet and negotiate with designers who wished to have a presence in the American market. While serving on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Apparel Mart I was invited by the United States Department of Commerce to join a task force evaluating the economic impact Mexico might have on American textile and apparel manufactures if the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, was passed.
Almost four years ago we chose to trade Houston’s hurricanes for a slower, quieter life. Temple, Texas put us right in the middle of our blended family. I was soon introduced to The Temple Children’s Museum, a young, vibrant organization doing great things in the community. In TCM I saw a volunteer opportunity where my skill set could contribute. Other activities include membership in The Contemporaries, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Altar Guild of Christ Episcopal Church.
Kathryn and her husband Michael moved to Temple 30 years ago. Here they raised four children together and a few years ago welcomed their first grandson into the mix. While Michael worked as a Urologist at Scott & White Kathryn became very involved in the arts and humanities, and established herself as a prominent member of the community. Kathryn served on the TISD school board, started the quilt guild, served as President of Contemporaries and so much more. She is currently the director of Covenant Lutheran Preschool. Her main focus on the TCM board is fundraising and events. "I have always been aware of the need for hands on learning opportunities in Temple. When Susan came to me with this idea I immediately said 'We can make that happen!' I am very active in the community and passionate about education, so the museum really brings both of these together for me and allows me to leave a legacy for future generations in the community I love so dearly"- states Hermans.
Kayla and her husband, Chris and two daughters, ages 9 and 6, are long-time Temple residents. Kayla and Chris grew up in near-by Rogers and have always thought of the Central Texas area as home. Kayla is a Legal Writing Lecturer at Baylor Law School and serves as Senior counsel for West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. Kayla has been active with the Temple Children’s Museum for several years and is excited to watch the museum grow into a destination for young children in Temple and surrounding areas.
Dell Ingram-Walker joined Scott & White, now Baylor Scott & White Health, over 23 years ago. She first began her career as a Financial Analyst and quickly transitioned to managing ambulatory operations for the Department of Pediatrics.
Dell graduated with a BS in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Central Texas. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). She is an active member of the Waco, Temple, and Killeen communities, as a member of the Temple Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Waco Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and the Temple Chapter of Altrusa International. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Temple, TX, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Texas A&M University – Central Texas College of Business Administration and the UMHB Public Health Program Community Advisory Board.
Originally from Houston and Fort Worth, Laura received her undergraduate degree in Home Economics from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree in Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She taught science in Buckholts ISD for two years, was the director of the First United Methodist Church Belton Preschool for three years, and taught kindergarten in Killeen ISD for twenty-eight years, retiring in 2015.
Laura and her husband Wayne have lived in Temple for 40 years.
“I am always proud to say that our children, Emily and Earl, are products of this community. Temple has been a wonderful place to raise our children and then send them off into the world. So many talented and caring people have influenced our lives. Now that we have a grandson nearby, I want to be a part of creating a new generation of lifelong learners."
Dan was appointed to the Temple ISD Board of Trustees in November 2011. The appointment was to complete the term ending May 2012. He was elected to retain his position in 2012, 2015, 2018 and re-elected in 2021. He served as Vice President for five years and currently serves as President. Dan attended Temple High School and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts – Journalism/Political Science degree. He received his Master of Public Administration from Texas State University. He is married to Maria and they have one son, Andrew. Dan served on the Temple Chamber of Commerce board and Board of Governors of the Association of the United States Army. He is also a member of the NAACP. Dan has a strong interest in history and enjoys attending Temple ISD events.
Maria has been a resident of Temple since 1998. She is currently a volunteer at TAMRA Learning Academy in Temple and serves on the Board of Directors of Academie Musique in Temple. She is the proud mom of one son, Andrew. In her spare time Maria enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Kim graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Business/Finance. She has been a resident of Temple since December, 1989. She has been active in the community with past positions on various boards and organizations in the community. Past memberships include: Children’s Advocacy Board; Altrusa club member and board member; American Cancer Society Board; many PTO boards; and Temple Education Foundation Board.
Bobbie Kettles, born in Fort Hood, TX, is married to James Kettles, and they have three daughters and ten grandchildren. Bobbie has worked in the early childcare field for over thirty-five years. Bobbie co-founded A New Day Learning Academy in the old Bethune Elementary School, Temple, TX. She graduated from Walden University with a bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Management. Bobbie and her husband serve as elders at A New Day Fellowship Church.
Recently Bobbie completed a Leadership Essential Fellowship with childcare directors throughout Texas sponsored by Texas Workforce Commission. Bobbie is the Executive Director of A New Day Learning Academy.