Board Members

Joan Manning, President

Place 4 - Term began November 8, 2022 – Term expires November 2025

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Joan Manning was elected to the Board in 1995 and is currently serving as the Board's president. After her father retired from the military and settled in Copperas Cove, she met and married her high school sweetheart, Jay. After attending college, they returned to Copperas Cove to be closer to her family.

Mrs. Manning and her husband currently own Manning Homes, a family building business in Copperas Cove. She stays busy being a mom and a grandmother to five, working in the building business, serving on several local boards, and being an active member of Eastside Baptist Church.

Joan Manning

Shameria Ann Davis, Board Member

Place 2 - Term began November 3, 2021 – Term expires November 5, 2024

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Ann Davis was initially elected to the Board in November 2018. Ms. Davis received Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Houston. She is also a Retired Army Captain who served in the United States Army in both Active and Reserve components for 20 honorable years.

Ms. Davis is an avid volunteer with several community organizations, including the Parent Advisory Council in CCISD, Children’s Choir Director and Worship Leader at Grace Christian Center, Chaplain of the National Pan Hellenic Council of Austin, member of the Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Omega Military Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Davis also earned a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from American Military University and became a certified personal trainer and certified health coach with the American Council on Exercise. She serves as a Legislative Policy Analyst with the Texas Association of Counties, having earned the official designation of Certified Public Manager® (CPM), accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. She has two young and active sons enrolled in the district.

Shameria Ann Davis,

Inez Faison, Vice President

Place 1 - Term began November 3, 2021 – Term expires November 5, 2024

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Inez Faison was elected to the Board in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. In May 2009, she was elected to a full three-year term and currently serves as the Board's Vice-President. Mrs. Faison received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and was commissioned in the Army in May 1981. She served 12 years of active duty, retiring in 2006 after spending the majority of her career in the Reserves.

In 1991, she received a Master's degree in International Business from St. Mary's University. Over the past 27 years, Mrs. Faison has served in a number of officer positions, taught ROTC, and attended classes at Oklahoma State University.

Mrs. Faison is actively involved in a number of community organizations.

She currently serves as president of the Noon Exchange Club, vice president for programs in the Altrusa International Club of Copperas Cove, member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove, member of the Killeen Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and director of business operations for Copperas Cove Crusaders AAU basketball organization.

She is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Copperas Cove.

Inez Faison

John Gallen, Board Member

Place 6 - Term began November 7, 2023 – Term expires November 7, 2026

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John Gallen graduated from Marquette University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Mr. Gallen retired in 1993 follow 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. Mr. Gallen taught ROTC at Norwich University before obtaining his Master’s degree to become a certified special education teacher. Mr. Gallen taught at CCHS for 20 years, retiring in 2013. Mr. Gallen served on Copperas Cove City Council from 2000-2007 and was elected to CCISD Board of Trustees in November 2020.

John Gallen

Mike Wilburn, Board Secretary

Place 3 - Term began November 8, 2022 – Term expires November 2025

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Mike Wilburn was elected to the Board in 2007. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, he began his teaching career with CCISD as an elementary physical education teacher. He then received his Master's Degree at Tarleton University and after seven years of teaching and coaching, became vice principal of J.L. Williams Junior High School. Later, he served as principal of Fairview Elementary School for three years before becoming an Education Instruction Specialist for the IBM Corporation in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Wilburn returned to Copperas Cove in 1986 and became principal once again for Fairview Elementary. He then went on to serve as principal of J.L. Williams Elementary School and Copperas Cove High School. He finished his career by serving as Executive Director of Secondary Education and Technology until retiring from CCISD in July 2006.

Mr. Wilburn has served as a member of a number of community organizations to include; the Association of the United States Army, Copperas Cove Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, City Traffic Safety Commission, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, Copperas Cove Quarterback Club and the Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Commission. He currently is the chairman of deacons for First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove.

Mike Wilburn

Heather Copeland, Board Member

Place 5 - Term began November 8, 2022– Term expires November 2026

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Heather Copeland came to this area in 1974 and has primarily lived in Copperas Cove since then.  Her son was born and raised in Copperas Cove, and graduated from Copperas Cove High School.  Mrs. Copeland worked at Fort Hood for the majority of her career.  She primarily worked in transporation, until she participated in an internship in the computer science program on post.  Mrs. Copeland worked her way into being the network engineer for the testing association on West Fort Hood.  She is now retired, and all of her siblings have moved to this area. Mrs. Copeland now has 11 grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews in the school district.  One of her grandchildren graduated from Cove High school during the pandemic, and she was very impressed with the way the education program and the concern of the administrative staff, especially the counselors, was organized and implemented.  Mrs. Copeland is very active in her church home and works with the youth in the congregation

Heather Copeland

Jeff Gorres, Board Member

Place 7 - Term began November 7, 2023 – Term expires November 2026

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Jeff Gorres retired from the U.S. Army after serving nearly 26 years. He has served in multiple combat tours, contingency and overseas tours, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Central America, and Europe. He is the recipient of the Order of Saint Michael as well as the Order of Saint Martin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and professional certification in Aerospace Engineering, as well as a masters in Homeland Security with a concentration in disaster and emergency management. Mr. Gorres has served on the CCISD strategic planning committee as well as the facilities planning committee. A resident of Copperas Cove since 1995, his and his wife Teresa’s four children have graduated from or attend CCISD schools.

Jeff Gorres