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Advisory Board

Mark Bates

Mark graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in marketing. Mark has volunteered many years at Samaritan Inn and Wysong hospital focusing on meeting the needs of those facing addiction in the McKinney area. Mark also volunteers his time during the Christmas season with Operation Care International based in Dallas, TX. Helping the homeless celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

Mark and his wife Julie have lived in McKinney since 2009. All three children have attended MISD schools, with the youngest still finishing at McKinney Boyd HS. Mark has served on Serenity High’s advisory board since 2017 and is grateful for the opportunities it has given him to help the students of Serenity High.


Rev. Dr. Tommy Brumett

Rev. Dr. Tommy BrumettRev. Dr. Tommy Brumett is Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in McKinney. Tommy has a degree in psychology from Southwestern University and a Doctorate in Ministry from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.

Tommy and his wife Eve have lived, worked, and ministered in downtown McKinney for over a decade. He believes that Serenity High is in the business of providing hope and is proud to serve on its Advisory Board.


Anika Cooper

Anika CooperAnika Cooper’s story is an inspiring one. After experiencing and overcoming multiple struggles in her adolescent and young adult years including drug and alcohol addiction, she felt divinely inspired to help others battling addiction. Upon completing her studies at The University of Texas at Arlington and working in pharmaceutical sales for a few years, she founded Simply Grace in 2011. By 2013, Simply Grace had taken shape as a nonprofit sober living home designed for women to heal in a structured environment and feel empowered to fulfill their purpose. In a span of less than ten years, the organization grew to seven locations across the Lone Star State offering sober living and an Intensive Outpatient Program. In 2021, Anika began a new chapter in her life by joining the nationally-recognized Full Circle Intervention (FCI), a division of Full Circle Addiction & Recovery Services (FCAR) specializing in interventions based on a respectful and professional approach—qualities that align with Anika’s demeanor. At home in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Anika is the mother of a 7 year old and a 17 year old. She enjoys connecting with her inner self and mother nature in her free time.


Juli Ferraro

Juli FerraroJuli Ferraro was the founding Principal of Serenity High, serving in that capacity from 1999-2016. Juli received her BA from University of Wisconsin Platteville, her M.Ed from University of North Texas in counseling and student services, her Mid Management certification from Texas A & M Commerce and her LCDC Licensed Chemical Dependency Certification from the state of Texas. Juli and her husband Tom have lived in McKinney since 1988. Both adult children Jeff and Jodi reside in McKinney with their families. Juli enjoys spending time with her children and grandsons, Kai, Connor and Beckett. Travel is high on the list of Juli’s leisure time pursuits, along with golfing, walking and playing the tenor saxophone in local bands.


Andrea Harvey

Andrea has been in the financial industry for over 22 years. As a local Community Bank VP, she has worked in McKinney for the majority of her career and is a member of many local organizations including the Mckinney Chamber. Andrea is a graduate of the McKinney Leadership program (Class of 2017) and has served on multiple educational and community non-profit Boards and is an MISD Partner in Education. Andrea also serves her company in her professional role as a Business Diversity Committee member. Andrea is a true believer in supporting her local community and helping those around her thrive and succeed by giving of her resources and knowledge.

Andrea has 2 children who attended McKinney ISD schools including a Class of 2022 Senior.

Andrea has served on the Serenity High board since 2019 in a support role, aiding other Board members with their respective duties.


Jason Hernandez

Jason was born and raised in McKinney, Texas. As a young kid he got involved in gangs and drug dealing which ultimately led to him being sentenced in 1998 to life without parole for a drug offense.

In 2013, President Barack Obama reduced Jason’s sentence to 20 years: Jason was released in 2015 after spending nearly 18 years in prison. Jason is a criminal justice reform and youth advocate. He has served on Serenity High’s Board since 2017.


Curtis Logan

Curtis LoganCurtis Logan is an Officer with the McKinney Police Department. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a School Resource Officer at McKinney High School. Curtis graduated from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership Criminal Justice Administration. He also served for 8 years in the United States Air Force working as a Security Police Officer as well as a Training Systems Manager for an aircraft maintenance unit. Curtis is married with three grown children. Curtis and his younger son are both active members in the local McKinney St Johns #51 Masonic Lodge. He and his family enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, music, and exploring new places and things.


Mollie McCune

Mollie McCuneMollie McCune has been involved in McKinney community charities and service organizations for most of the nearly thirty years she has lived here and graduated from the McKinney Leadership program.

She has two grown children who graduated from McKinney schools.


Dr. Rick McDaniel

Dr. Rick McDaniel

Dr. McDaniel is committed to excellence in every aspect of students’ educational experience, and his leadership has been recognized by state and national organizations. During his years at McKinney Boyd, McDaniel received the Distinguished Leader Award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas, the Distinguished Administrator Award from the Texas Music Educators Association and the 2013 National Thespian Award for Administrative Support in the area of Theatre.

In January 2014, Dr. McDaniel took on a broader leadership role as assistant superintendent of student services where he has overseen the District’s secondary school principals and programs such as College and Career Readiness, Advanced Academics, Gifted and Talented, Counseling and Student Support among others.

Dr. McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a doctorate from the University of North Texas.


Tate Mulligan

Tate Mulligan grew up in McKinney, Texas and in 2013, graduated from McKinney High School. She accepted a Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship and lived in Argentina for a year; there she learned Spanish and developed a love for cultures outside of her own. Upon her arrival home, she had the opportunity to study International Relations and History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee through the Bonner Service Scholarship Program. There she started a chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a program that reclaims otherwise wasted food from the school’s cafeteria, and donated this reclaimed food to soup kitchens throughout Memphis. After graduating from Rhodes, Tate moved to Belize City, Belize with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked at the Welcome Resource Centre, a community center for individuals experiencing homelessness, and mental health issues. When she returned to the United States, she worked at One Heart McKinney and the Seed Project Foundation. Today, Tate works at Community Lifeline Center as a Research Associate. In her free time, she loves to read, sing in the car with her siblings, bike with her boyfriend, Víctor, and taking long walks with her friendly Golden Retriever, Kane.


Terrie Rattan

Terrie RattanTerrie Rattan currently serves as President of the Serenity High Advisory Board, and she has been an active board member since its inception. Growing up in Port Arthur, Terrie is a native Texan and graduated from Lamar University with a B.A. in Marketing. She was recognized in 2018 as the McKinney ISD Partners in Education Volunteer of the Year, and she is a graduate of Leadership McKinney. During her tenure as Vice President of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, she earned her certification as IOM by the Institute of Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2007. Terrie currently works as VP of Marketing and Community Engagement in their family business, The Body Shop Collision Repair, where she can stay involved in the McKinney and Anna communities. Terrie and her husband, John have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


Angie Rogers

Angie RogersAngie is an Aggie veterinarian, who practiced in Plano for many years before coming to the McKinney area in 2006 until her retirement in 2020.

She and her husband, David, are the parents of boy/girl twins- Blair, who is also a veterinarian, and Brandon, who lost his life to substance use disorder in 2015 and is “forever 24”. Wanting to find purpose in the midst of the excruciating pain of losing their son, a memorial scholarship was set up in his name at Texas A&M University, the funds going to help create a collegiate recovery community and help students just like him.

Angie has been honored to serve on the Serenity High Advisory Board since 2017. She is passionate about young people in recovery and how Serenity High offers them hope along with an educational opportunity and changing the trajectory of young lives.


Jennifer Royo

Jennifer grew up in McKinney and graduated from McKinney High School. She attended Texas A&M University where she graduated with a BS in Biomedical Science. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she obtained her Physician Assistant license. She has worked as a physician assistant in Child Neurology for 22 years.

She has 2 young adult children who have attended McKinney ISD schools. Jennifer enjoys gardening, sports and reading.


Lynn Sperry

Lynn Sperry

Lynn Sperry has served on the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees for 34 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University and taught public school vocal and instrumental music for grades 1 – 8.

Sperry served 12 years as a Director of the Texas Association of School Boards. She is a graduate of the Texas Association of School Boards Leadership TASB program, “Class of 2000” with the designation of “Master Trustee.”

Sperry feels that her experience in education along with her years of involvement as a parent and current involvement as a grandparent are assets to the MISD School Board.


Neil Sperry

Neil SperryNeil Sperry, along with his wife Lynn, served on the planning committee that formed Serenity High in the late 1990s. He has served on the Serenity advisory board since its inception. Neil grew up in College Station, Texas, where both of his parents were on staff at Texas A&M. He is a garden talk show host and garden writer with two degrees in horticulture from Ohio State University. Neil has been selected as Citizen of the Year for the city of McKinney, also Garden Communicator of the Year by the American Association of Nurserymen. He is in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Neil and Lynn are very active in McKinney schools and civic affairs. They have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


Phil Wheat

Phil WheatPhil graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, where he played football. Phil met the love of his life at the post-game party after the last football game of his Senior year. They were married 13 months later, and had their first child 11 months after that. The family situation resulted in Phil’s career plans changing drastically. Rather than becoming a College Professor, Phil needed to immediately start making money for his family. He knew a man who ran an insurance organization, so Phil moved to that career path. He did not like selling insurance, so he moved to the Financial Planning field. He worked diligently and earned a Master’s Degree in Financial Services and the Certified Financial Planner designation. Now some decades later, he and his business Partner Lori Givens own and are the sole Financial Advisors at Wheat-Givens Financial. Phil’s very good friends, Terrie Ratan, Neil and Lynn Sperry asked his to consider being on the Serenity High Advisory Board several years ago. Phil was hesitant to take on additional responsibilities, but attending one meeting changed all of that. In addition to being very active at his Church and The Crape Myrtle Trails Board of McKinney, Phil is the Treasurer of the Serenity High Board. His major strength is his ability to initiate and foster meaningful relationships. Phil and his wife Jan have three children and four grandchildren.


Cyndi Wheless

Cyndi WhelessJudge Wheless received her JD, 1991, SMU Dedman School of Law and is Board Certified in Juvenile Law. She was a member of SMU Law Review. She received her BA in Government & Politics from UTD, 1988, cum laude. In 1999, she was appointed as Juvenile Court Referee by the Collin County Juvenile Board. In 2004, Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Wheless to the 417th Judicial District Court, a court of general jurisdiction giving preference to juvenile cases and designated as a Juvenile Court. Judge Wheless was awarded the “Voice for Children Award” in 2006 by CASA of Collin County. In 2018, Judge Wheless was appointed to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health, by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Chief Judge Sharon Keller.

She has been married for 33 years to Judge Ray Wheless, Regional Presiding Judge for the First Region. Together they have two beautiful boys, Ryan (age 26) and Dylan (age 24).