Category Archives: Board of Trustees

In this blog, we will take a look at Donald Thornton’s legacy and the impact he had on the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

 

Donald dedicated his life to education and to the Cy-Fair community. From September 1964 to 1991, he served in the CFISD for 28 years as a teacher, coach, Associate Superintendent, and Superintendent. Donald was Superintendent from 1986 to 1991. One of Donald’s important responsibilities during his time with CFISD was figuring out how to apply for large sums of federal money. At the time, school districts had just become eligible to receive the funds.CFEF Legacy Trustee Donald Thornton

 

Donald also contributed greatly to the CFEF. He became a Board Member in 1982 and served in that role for close to ten years. He retired from the Superintendent position, and the CFEF Board, in 1991. Two years later, Thornton Middle School opened in his honor. Both Donald and his wife, Dixie, were well-respected, dedicated employees of CFISD who helped to shape the direction of the school district.

 

Regarding his thoughts on the CFEF, Donald noted that the organization has grown and adapted to CFISD’s size and needs. He was enormously impressed with the amount of scholarship funding raised through CFEF on an annual basis to keep pace with the rising cost of education and the growing need for student scholarships and teacher grants. “They have carried it further than [CFEF’s] founders and I could even envision,” Donald said. “CFEF started out raising money for one scholarship a year, which was great, but now it raises far beyond what we imagined. The Foundation has exceeded our expectations.”

 

Donald Thornton passed away on March 31, 2016. We are grateful for the significant contributions Donald made to the CFEF and to the Cy-Fair community during his life. To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!  Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Future!

In this week’s blog, we will provide a profile on one of our newest members to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Board of Trustees: Jill Smith. Jill is a Broker Associate/Realtor at Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene. Better Homes and Gardens has a deep commitment to home ownership that builds quality of life for individuals, families, and communities since 1924.

Jill is a highly distinguished real estate agent in our community. She has received 9 industry awards, including 2014 & 2015 – Top 2% Nationwide among Better Homes and Gardens agents, and 2014 & 2015 Emerald Elite Award Winner, Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene. In addition, Jill has pursued multiple designations within the real estate industry – Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI), Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), and Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) to name a few.

With 24 years of sales experience, including nine years in the pharmaceutical industry, Jill is an accomplished business woman. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in finance. Jill resides in the Cy-Fair area with her husband and their children. Her interests include spending time with family, traveling, reading, water sports, snow skiing, and golf.

If you are looking to purchase a new home, reach out to Jill Smith at Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene! To view our Board of Trustees, click here. To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!  Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Future!

In this week’s blog, we will provide a trustee profile on Keith Grothaus.  Keith contributes more than 29 years of successful real estate experience to Caldwell Companies.  He is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for real estate land investment portfolios and individual properties.  In addition to owner representation, Keith works as a buyer’s representative to locate and assist with the acquisition of property for commercial and residential developments and/or investments. Continue reading Trustee Profile- Keith Grothaus

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of the community and countless individuals who dedicate their time, talent, and/or treasure to support the Foundation.   This blog will give an overview of our Board of Trustees and the important role that they serve. Continue reading CFEF Board of Trustees