Board of Directors
Sanger Education Foundation Board of Directors
Brad Isbell – Board President – Eikon Consulting Group, Inc.
Brad Isbell was born in Valley View, Texas and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation Brad Isbell joined his family’s Sanger based business in 2001. Currently he serves as president of EIKON Consulting Group, an Architecture and Engineering firm providing services in the North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. He has been President-in-Charge for large, multi discipline projects involving the coordination of sub-consultant teams with diverse stakeholder participation. His expertise is in structural engineering with project experience including structural modeling, building assessment, construction administration, site observation, and complete project management. Project experiences include the fields of education, sports, governmental, commercial, and healthcare. Brad joined the Administration Committee in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. To learn more about EIKON Consulting Group visit: EIKONCG.COM
Gary Bilyeu – VP Administration – KFA Financial
Service has always been and continues to be an integral part of Gary’s life. Gary has been a Marine for more than 23 years and continue to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves, earning multiple distinctions, which include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal as well as Series Honor Man. Gary serves his community, as a City Councilman (4th term) and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sanger, Texas; and as a Charter Member of the Marine Corps League Detachment 1300. He has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and am a Distinguished Graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College. His strong belief in that his work within and for the community allows him to see the world through others’ eyes, which in turn helps him assist people to create financial plans that suit their individual lives. He enjoys the fact that no two plans are ever the same. Whether it is young people making their very first investment or people at the end of their working career, He finds true satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals and dreams. Gary joined the Administration Committee in 2018, becoming a Board of Director in 2019.
John Reed, DDS – Board Secretary
Dr. Reed grew up in Sanger and graduated from Sanger High School in 2002. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science. Dr. Reed graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry, a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, in Dallas. Dr. Reed joined the Investment Committee in 2013 and has served consistently on the Investment Committee and has served as Committee Chair in both the Programs Committee and Development Event Committee. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014, serving two terms before stepping down in August 2019. He rejoined the Board of Directors in September 2020, and is currently serving as Board Secretary and an Investment Committee member.
Dennis Dillon, VP Investment – Treasurer
Dennis grew up in Northeast Arkansas graduating from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting in 1970. He retired in 1995 from Moore Business Forms and began a small business accounting and bookkeeping service. Dennis has lived in Sanger since 2005. He is an active member of he Sanger Community, serving in capacities at his church, Sanger Planning & Zoning Commission and the Sanger Lions Club. He joined the Sanger Education Foundation in 2014 as a member of the Investment Committee, joining the Board of Directors in 2015 as VP Investment and Treasurer. Dennis will tell you that living in a small community such as Sanger, it has been easy to see the difference the foundation makes for the children of Sanger ISD.
Guy Jones, VP Marketing Development – G & L Financial Strategies, Inc.
Guy W. Jones, established his insurance agency in 1982. In the beginning his primary product offering was Auto, Home and Life insurance. In 1983 He became a Registered Representative for Securities Management and Research, Inc. (SM&R) expanding his product offering to Mutual Funds and Variable Contracts. In 1998, Guy achieved the Certified Financial Planner, CFP, designation, and in 2014 earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional, RICP designation. Thus expanding the services he is able to provide. With the sale of SM&R to Berthel Fisher & Company in 2010, Guy is now able to offer a full line of investment opportunities.
Jodie Miller, VP Event Development – Sanger Insurance
Jodie Miller started her insurance career in 2000 and has been with Sanger Insurance since 2009 where she is currently the Agency Manager and Commercial Lines Agent. In the past she has served on the Board of Directors for the Sanger Chamber of Commerce and was a committee member & chair of donations for the Event Development Committee for the Sanger Education Foundation in 2019. She has now transitioned to a Board of Directors position in 2020. Jodie loves giving back and volunteering in her community, both personally and professionally. She is excited to join the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.
For more information about Sanger Insurance visit: Sangerinsurance.com
Carol Danner, VP Programs
Carol Danner holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and in 2019 retired from Sanger ISD after teaching math at Sanger High School for 40 years. Carol and her husband Mike have been married 43 years and have 2 exceptional daughters, 2 incredible sons-in-law, and 2 outstanding grandsons. carol loves her Sanger school family, and when asked will tell your she is greatly pleased to be able to give back to the community and teaching staff of Sanger ISD through her involvement in the Sanger Education Foundation.
Dixie Berry, At-Large – North Texas Print Solutions
Dixie Berry is a proud alumni of Sanger High School, having attended UNT on a Basketball scholarship. Mrs. Berry graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Recreation. For the last 23 years Dixie has worked extensively in building a successful career in Marketing and Print Publications offering a range of marketing and print services to clients throughout the North Texas area. In April 2014 Dixie created and opened North Texas Print Solutions catering to all types of the marketing, print and advertising needs of her clients. In addition, Dixie has volunteered throughout Denton County serving as a CASA Board of Director for over 15 years, served on 2 Community Committees within United Way of Denton County for 3 years and has served as both a SEF Public Relations Committee Member and a Board Member for over 10 years. For additional information about Dixie and North Texas Print Solutions visit North Texas Print Solutions.
The Board of Directors meet the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Professional Development Training Room located in the Sanger ISD Community Outreach Center – SEF Office. 602 Peach St. Sanger, Texas. For additional information please contact the foundation office at 940-458-4859.
Valerie Foster, CEFL, Foundation Executive Director
Valerie was one of three who envisioned the formation of the foundation and was instrumental in the organization and development of the Sanger Education Foundation and brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit fundraising. In 1999 Mrs. Foster was chosen as recipient of Heroes for Children for contributions and dedication to public education by The State Board of Education. She was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Sanger Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and again in 2013. She is an honorary Member of both the Rotary Club of Sanger and Lion’s Club. Most recently Valerie was awarded the 2014 Spirit Award as a Heart and Hero’s Recipient for her non-profit work in Denton County from Health Services of North Texas. Mrs. Foster earned her CEFL in 2016 from NSFA and the Sanford Educational Center at National University. Since 2012 Valerie serves on the Texas Education Foundation Network Conference Committee and holds memberships with TSPRA and NSFA.