Bud to Boss is a 2-day workshop for school district employees who are promoted from within their departments (or district) and don’t necessarily have leadership/management experience. The skills you used to get promoted aren’t always the ones that will help you to achieve success as a leader. If you haven’t coached or led people, handled time management issues, built a team or administered district policy, then this training will provide the fundamentals to help you succeed!

Learn how to:

  • Inspire and motivate employees who are your former colleagues (and maybe even friends!)
  • Give difficult and uncomfortable feedback
  • Understand and manage the expectations of your new role
  • Manage high-risk decisions

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Meet the Facilitators

Jeff Bright, Ed.D., RTSBA, is the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Support Services for the San Angelo Independent School District and has over 31 years of experience in public education. He is a certified teacher with teaching fields in secondary mathematics and physical education and holds mid-management, principal, and superintendent certifications. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor for the Angelo State University graduate studies program and the Texas Tech Educational Leadership doctoral program. He is the district’s lead staff representative for the Texas School Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Business Officials.

Mike Brooks, CTSBO, is the Chief Operations Officer for Salado ISD and oversees facilities, construction, food service and transportation. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Maintenance at Flour Bluff ISD in the Corpus Christi area. Brooks worked for the Texas Association of School Boards to develop the Facilities Department and served as the Director for eight years. During that time, he worked with districts to develop long-range facility plans and assisted with bond elections. Additionally, he has been the President of the Coastal Bend TASBO affiliate, served on the TASBO Risk Management Committee and is currently serving on the TASBO Maintenance & Operations Committee.

Bob Cervi, CTSBO, is the Executive Director for Austin ISD and oversees the daily operations of the Construction Management Department. Currently, his team is overseeing the construction of 17 new or modernized campus facilities as well as making improvements to address overcrowding and critical needs. In this role Cervi also works with the Facilities Department which includes maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, sustainability, and planning for the over 80,000 students and 130+ schools and administrative sites. Cervi has worked in public education for more than 30 years in various district support services departments.

Becky Estrada, RTSBA, has been involved in public education since 1976 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Lackland ISD on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Previously, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance at Southside ISD in San Antonio. Her duties in both roles included finance, payroll, human resources, maintenance/operations, transportation, food service, police department, data processing, PEIMS, records management, and construction. Estrada has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience to make schools successful for students. She served as TASBO Board President in 2010.

Lindy Finley, RTSBA, is the Associate Superintendent of Finance and Operations for Jacksonville ISD. Throughout her 25 years in JISD, she has served in various roles including Payroll Supervisor, Supervisor of Human Resources and Business Manager. Her duties in all of these roles included finance, payroll, human resources, maintenance/operations, transportation, food service, PEIMS, and construction. Finley has served on the TASBO Board and was the 2017 TASBO Commitment to Excellence Award recipient.

Kelly Penny, RTSBA, MBA, has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Coppell ISD since 2007. She was previously the Executive Director of Finance in Rockwall ISD and the Director of Finance and Accounting in Richardson ISD. Throughout her 23-year career in school finance, she has been responsible for finance, purchasing, payroll, accounts payable, PEIMs, textbooks/IMA and benefits. She served as TASBO Board President in 2014-2015 and is a past President of DFW TASBO. She is the 2018 TASBO Commitment to Excellence Award recipient and is also a 2018 ASBO International Eagle Award recipient.

Kimi Tate, RTSBA, is retired and a Life Member of TASBO. Throughout her 34 years of school business she has had a multitude of roles, including Executive Director of Procurement, MWBE Services and Graphics; Manager of Business and Operations, and Construction Specialist with service in the areas of transportation/fleet services, maintenance, warehouse and finance. Her passion is to continue to cultivate the environment where all people yearn for the enrichment the learning experience. Tate has been a facilitator for TASBO Certification Courses, workshops and training, and has served as Chairperson of her local affiliate and on the TASBO Purchasing Research Committee.

Upcoming Bud to Boss Events

DateLocationFacilitatorRegister
September 23-24, 2019AustinKimi Tate, RTSBARegister for 9/23-24/19
January 13-14, 2020KatyBob Cervi, CTSBORegister for 1/13-14/20

Hear why facilitator Lindy Finley, RTSBA believes Bud to Boss is an important training that can "help our industry, and us, grow in who we are as business officials and leaders."

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