Meet the Frisco ISD board of trustees

Two new board members joined the Frisco ISD board of trustees after the May elections. Board members are elected to three-year terms to represent the FISD community. These are the seven school board members currently representing the district.



Gopal Ponangi, Place 1


Ponangi was elected to the board in May and has been an FISD resident since 2003. He has served on the FISD Long Range Planning Committee, FISD Programs and Facilities Evaluation Committee, Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Council of PTAs. Ponangi is involved with the nonprofit Shubham Foundation, Young Entrepreneurs Academy Frisco and several nonprofits around Dallas. Ponangi is a senior manager at Tata Consultancy Services in Dallas.
First elected: 2019
Term ends: 2022






Natalie Hebert, Place 2


Hebert was elected to the board in May and is a certified teacher and a community and school volunteer. She has been an FISD resident since 2004. Hebert taught at Ashley Elementary and Vandeventer Middle schools and served as the Lawler Middle School hospitality chairwoman. Hebert also served on the FISD District Improvement Team and Priorities-Based Budget Committee. She is and has been involved in different areas of Richwoods’ Social Committee.
First elected: 2019
Term ends: 2022






Chad Rudy, President, Place 3


The Oklahoma native was first elected to the board in 2015 and was re-elected in May. He served on the 2014 Citizen Bond Committee and as a volunteer for Watch DOGS at Newman and Carroll elementary schools. Rudy is involved with the Frisco Sunrise Rotary Club and Leadership Frisco Advisory Council. He is a Leadership Frisco Class XIV graduate, a youth basketball and soccer coach and the Cobb Hill Homeowners Association treasurer. Rudy is a certified financial planner with Retirement Investment Advisors Inc.
First elected: 2015
Term ends: 2022






Anne McCausland, Place 4


McCausland is originally from Grapevine and was first elected to the board in 2011. She previously served as board secretary and board president, held numerous positions with the FISD Council of PTAs and school PTAs and was a board member of the Frisco Education Foundation from 2009-14. McCausland is involved with the Young Men’s Service League Frisco Chapter, Dallas North Cities DG Alumnae and Frisco Allen Texas Area Alumnae Panhellenic.
First elected: 2011
Term ends: 2020






Debbie Gillespie, Secretary, Place 5


Gillespie was elected to the board in 2011, and she has been an FISD resident since 1995. She also previously held positions with school PTO/PTAs, Frisco High School Band Boosters, the FISD School Bond Committee and the Frisco Education Foundation. Gillespie is involved with the Texas Association of School Boards board of directors, Frisco Family Services, the National Charity League and the Young Men’s Service League.
First elected: 2011
Term ends: 2020






John Classe, Vice President, Place 6


Classe was first elected to the board in 2015. He was involved with Isbell and Vandeventer PTAs, Watch DOGS and the Frisco Education Foundation. Additionally, Classe was involved with the Frisco Economic Development Corp., Frisco Community Development Corp., Charter Review Commission and Parks and Recreation board. He also has been involved with Leadership Frisco, Grace Avenue United Methodist Church Discipleship and Villages of Hillcrest Homeowners Association. Classe is a certified financial planner with Bell Financial Group.
First elected: 2015
Term ends: 2021






René Archambault, Place 7


Archambault was first elected to the board in 2018. She is originally from Dallas and serves as the deputy director for Southern Methodist University Guildhall. Archambault previously served on the FISD Long Range Planning Committee, FISD Insight’s Class of 2018, the Frisco Education Foundation, Griffin Middle School PTA and the Frisco Council of PTAs. She is involved with Frisco FastPacs and Frisco Women’s League and volunteers with the city of Frisco.
First elected: 2018
Term ends: 2021


By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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