KAPS Board of Trustees 

Contact the board with thoughts or questions at: [email protected]


Ronnie Pinkerton, President

I am a 30-plus year technology professional working for organizations like IBM and CA as well as a variety of smaller software organizations. Most recently, I have been working with medium to large organizations helping them to transform and organize around agility,  sharpening their abilities to inspect and adapt to a rapidly changing business world. I have been involved with various charitable organizations in a variety of positions. I am currently active in our church, specifically organizing and running our audio and video systems. I have a passion to assist KAPS in becoming the best school possible and continue on its mission!

Profession and affiliations:
I am currently a Solutions Architect with Rally, a CA Company. I am currently a member of the Scrum Alliance, Scaled Agile Organization,  PMI, and Barton Creek Ranch Property Owners Association and active supporter of KAPS, Goodwill, Rally Cares, Global Giving, and Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church.  Prior affiliations have included Boy Scouts of America, National Management Association, IEEE, and church committees.

Lisa McClanahan, Vice-President

I have more than 25 years of committed experience helping individuals and organizations discover their identity and purpose and position them to live it out in community so that creativity and innovation are able to flourish and lead to radical transformation. I am passionate about bringing that same experience to the realm of education so that our kids walk confidently in their identity and purpose and become true world changers!

Brian Ziarnick,Treasurer

I was born and raised in Southern CA where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a focus in Finance, Real Estate, and Law. I have had a passion for personal finance and investment management since I began watching Suze Orman at the age of 15. I have over 13 years of work experience in the financial sector doing loan underwriting / approval and investment management. I currently am self employed as a Registered Investment Adviser in the great State of Texas where I manage investment accounts and consult with small businesses.

I have a passion for doing everything I can to make sure our next generation has as bright of a future as possible. In this globally competitive marketplace there’s no question that education will have to undergo changes to better prepare our children for the changing macro environment. I believe my experience in the private sector will bring a unique perspective to the KAPS Board.

Heather Carter, Secretary

Heather Carter is a local artist, activist, and parent. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve the board at KAPS for the second time. Her first term on the 
board was in 2006 when she was able to work with Yana Bland, the founder of KAPS. Knowing Yana’s vision and passion for the school, it has been a pleasure for Heather to see how the school has grown in just 10 years. She looks forward to the next decade at KAPS and being involved in laying the groundwork for the future. The academic, creative and social culture at KAPS is what makes it such a draw for students as well as parents. Heather’s goal is to help the school capitalize on what makes it different, help it to gain recognition as well as support and help it GROW.

In 2007 she co-founded The Bountiful Sprout, an online grocery for local goods that is revolutionizing the way we buy, sell, grow and distribute food. The Bountiful Sprout is now recognized as a national food hub by the USDA and serves Austin, Wimberley and Fredericksburg.

Heather’s latest art installation, “Lifeboats,” is an example of her efforts to focus her work and her life in the same direction. Forming communities and gathering materials, she is finding her place among neighbors and friends, helping to grow a sustainable future for her family and at the same time using her art and Bountiful Sprout as her platform to do so. Her work is permanently displayed in lobbies, libraries and restaurants all over Texas including our very own Leaning Pear in Wimberley.

Clark Gray

Clark is a local real estate agent who works with Realty Austin in their Dripping Springs office, serving clients from Austin to the Hill Country. Prior to moving into real estate, he spent two decades working in print journalism, radio, and television, and received numerous awards for his many contributions, including being creator and Executive Producer of an Emmy Award-winning television series for children. He has excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and follow-through that is an asset to the KAPS Board. He is passionate about his 3 KAPS kids, and making sure all KAPS kids are getting as much out of school and life as possible.

Michelle Piersol

I'm a former KAPS student and have been involved with the school for the past 8 years. Being a former student has given me a unique perspective, since I have been on both sides of the administration.  Currently I am heavily involved in the local theater community, having been on and off stage for the Wimberley Players and The Rep.  I hope to bring my skills at compromise and organization with me to better the experience of the students and staff. KAPS is a place that helped me grow as a person, and I hope to give back so others can experience their own growth.

Profession and Affiliations: A student at Texas State University about to complete my BA in English.  Michelle is a part of PSF at Texas State, and a former participant in Camp Fire USA.

Her hometown is San Marcos.

Dr. Mark Standley

Dr. Mark Standley has been an educator for more than 40 years. His experiences includes all facets of building learning communities toward student engagement and achievement through school reform, competency-based systems, educational leadership, research, and technology.He is the founder/CEO of Educating4Leadership, a non-profit focused on training and development of digital leadership for students and adults. He is a published author, as well as a tennis player/instructor, photographer, and father of two wonderful children. He lives on a ranch on the Blanco River.

Erika Koenig 

Erika Koenig is not only an educator, but also owns and manages the HippoCampus Learning Center. She has three degrees from the University of St. Thomas: BA, BBA, and MEd. Her marketing degree allowed her to travel the country for business, her Spanish degree helped her to appreciate other cultures, and her education degree allows her to help students achieve their potential. She was born and raised in Texas, but has traveled to thirty-six states, two continents, and seventeen countries. She believes that each region of the world has its beauty and each person has a story to share.