Term Ends: 2019
Year First Elected: 2010
Rebecca Decker, a University of Houston-Clear Lake adjunct professor of education, formerly served as an assistant principal at Rustic Oak Elementary. She and her husband, Jason, have three daughters who attend Pearland ISD schools. In addition to serving on the Rustic Oak Campus Education Improvement Committee, she has actively participated in the campus PTA and holds the master trustee designation from Texas Association of School Boards. Decker earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in educational management from UHCL. “I will work with my fellow trustees to develop a plan that uses the district’s financial resources efficiently and effectively. I want to ensure that all students in Pearland receive a fair and exemplary education,” she said.
Term Ends: 2018
Year First Elected: 2015
Sean Murphy has longtime Pearland roots, having graduated from Pearland High School and lived here more than 20 years. Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration/management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and currently serves as the vice president of HomeTown Bank of Pearland. In the education arena, he is a founding member of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation and an officer for the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance. An avid community volunteer, he also serves on the Pearland Neighborhood Center Board of Directors and is an active member of the Pearland Rotary Club and Lions Club. Murphy and his wife, Lisa, have a son who attends school in Pearland ISD. "I am vested in supporting teachers, ensuring that the district keeps parents involved and guaranteeing that all students have a path to success," he said.
Term Ends: 2019
Year First Elected: 2013
Lance Botkin, a former Pearland High School teacher and football coach, currently works in outside sales and is part-owner of Floyd’s on the Water Seafood Restaurant. Botkin holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and community service from Southern Arkansas University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to his classroom experience, he formerly served as a youth sports director at Coppinger Family YMCA, recreation director and at-risk youth coordinator. Currently, he serves on the Pearland Parks and Recreation Beautification Board and is an active member of Friendswood United Methodist Church. Botkin and his family have lived in Pearland since 1997. He and his wife, Lori, have four children, three of whom attend Pearland ISD schools. “I would like to bring a proactive vision to the board along with my fellow board members. I hope to take Pearland ISD from a good district to a great one,” he said.
Term Ends: 2019
Year First Elected: 2016
Jeff Barry is actively involved in the community, with service on boards for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, Adult Reading Center, Pearland Economic Development Corporation and the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance. In addition, he served as the founding president of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. The president of Barry Insurance Group, he holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Barry and his wife, Charisse, have lived in Pearland for almost two decades. “I want to ensure that students have a safe, healthy and positive environment for learning with the most innovative teachers and administrators in our area. I would also like to continue down the path of fiscal responsibility so we preserve our district for generations to come,” he said.
Term Ends: 2018
Years First Elected: 2010-16 / Appointed: July 2016-May 2017
Pam Boegler, a third-generation Pearlander, owns Storm Guardian Generators with her husband, Ronnie. They have one son, a Pearland ISD graduate. A firm believer in community involvement, Boegler has volunteered in the classroom and served on her son’s campus PTA and Little League baseball team board of directors. A graduate of Pearland High School, she believes students should graduate with the skills to succeed wherever their paths lead them. “I want students to receive the best education possible to prepare them for the future, whether they go to college or learn a trade and enter the workforce right out of high school,” Boegler said.
Term Ends: 2017
Year First Elected: 2011
Rusty DeBorde, director of business development at Raba Kistner Inc., has lived in Pearland more than 30 years. A 1988 Pearland High School graduate, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to his involvement on the Shadycrest and C.J. Harris elementary schools’ PTAs and Sablatura Middle School’s Campus Education Improvement Committee, DeBorde has served on the board of directors for the Bay Area Builders Association and the Greater Houston Builders Association. Currently, he serves on the Coppinger Family YMCA Board of Directors and community advisory boards for both Memorial Hermann Hospital and Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatrics. He and his wife, Keri, a district teacher, have two daughters who attend Pearland ISD schools. They are all members of St. Helen Catholic Church. “I want to help our young men and women achieve a sense of understanding, purpose and compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs,” he said.
Term Ends: 2017
Year First Elected: 2014
Charles Gooden Jr. is part-owner and chief operating officer of Charles D. Gooden Consulting Engineers, Inc. A Pearland resident since 2003, Gooden earned his master's degree in accountancy from the University of Houston. As a second-generation business owner, he holds great respect for tradition but also values innovation -- a focus that has led him to serve actively in the community. In addition to being a founding board member of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, Gooden has served on the Pearland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Associated Credit Union of Texas Board of Directors, Pearland 20/20 Steering Committee, Pearland Chamber of Commerce and City of Pearland Planning and Zoning Commission. He has also coached flag football and t-ball and volunteered for the Watch D.O.G.S. Program. Gooden and his wife, Angela, have two children in Pearland ISD. "My goal is for Pearland ISD to truly serve the needs of our students and their parents," he said.