Richard N. Rickey, Founder & CEO

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Richard N. Rickey, Founder & CEO

Mr. Rickey is the founder of Orenda Education. Early in his career he was the Director of Education and then Executive Director for a community health foundation that developed and provided health promotion curriculum and programs to numerous schools in Central Oklahoma. He later went into the health care field and served as a hospital Chief Executive Officer with Hospital Corporation of America and Behavioral Healthcare Corporation, a physician practice management company owner and most recently as a multi-facility healthcare executive overseeing hospitals and clinics in multiple states.

Mr. Rickey received a Master of Public Health degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also received a Master of Arts degree from Southern Nazarene University and a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College. Mr. Rickey recently served on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems and is a former board member of the National Association for Children's Behavioral Health.

Richard comes from a family of teachers and is involved with the Texas Charter School Association, the National Fatherhood Initiative, the Salvation Army and the American Heart Association. He has also coached youth basketball and baseball teams. He is the proud father of a daughter and a son.

 Carla Silber, Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer

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Carla Silber, Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer

Before coming to Orenda, Carla served as Assistant Executive Director at the Not Your Ordinary School (NYOS), a charter school in Austin.   She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned her master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University in Austin. 

Her career path in public education has included six years in the classroom as a middle school and high school science teacher and five years in administration as Secondary Assistant Principal and Interim Executive Director at NYOS.
 

Carla handles the duties and responsibilities that include campus operations and academic results, along with oversight of the departments of special education, registration, testing and textbooks, among others. Reporting to Carla are the five Orenda campus Principals, Director of Special Education, and District PEIMS Coordinator.
 
She is married with two children and lives in Round Rock.

 Margina Escobar, Chief Financial Officer

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Margina Escobar, Chief Financial Officer

Margina has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry.   Prior to joining Orenda in 2009, she worked for Round Rock ISD in the Secondary Education Department managing budgets and working closely with campus administrators & central office personnel to support the district’s secondary campuses. Mrs. Escobar also worked for JP Morgan Chase as a Compliance Specialist & Lead Teller assisting commercial clients, helping with employee audits, risk management, and policy & procedure training.

Mrs. Escobar received a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas State University and a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In her role as CFO, Margina oversees all district financial & accounting matters including accounts payable & receivables, budget, debt service management, financial reporting, payroll processing, fiscal policies, and more. 

Margina and her husband, Milton, reside in Round Rock and are actively involved with their church, House of Power Outreach, where Mrs. Escobar serves as Financial Director and board member.

 Teresa Moreno, Director of Human Resources

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Teresa Moreno, Director of Human Resources

Mrs. Terry Moreno has 20 years of experience in various human resource functions including training & development, benefits administration, worker's compensation, employee relations, and recruiting. Terry has worked in the industries of banking, manufacturing and most recently health care with Scott & White Healthcare System.

Terry has her Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR) and is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Austin Human Resources Management Association (AHRMA), and Williamson County Human Resources Management Association (WCHRMA).

Terry is married and has two middle school-aged children. They reside in Round Rock, TX.

 Albert Rodriguez, Director of Information Technology

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Albert Rodriguez, Director of Information Technology

Mr. Rodriguez began his career while still enrolled as a high school student in the Brownsville Independent School District. Soon after graduation, he was employed full-time as a Micro Computer Specialist and later as Network Administrator for the Brownsville ISD, a position he held for 12 years prior to coming to Orenda Education. During his tenure in the Texas Valley, he oversaw the technology network for 59 schools.

At Orenda, he supports and oversees all new technology and data communication services associated with all five school district campuses.

 Kelsey R.W. Rentschler, Director of Community Relations & Development

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Kelsey R.W. Rentschler, Director of Community Relations & Development

Before coming to Orenda, Kelsey used her marketing and public relations talents in the advertising, software, and beverage industries. She has experience in various areas, including brand management, social media marketing, copywriting, SEM, and content creation. Kelsey graduated from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi with a bachelor's degree in political science and public relations. 

She and her husband live in Georgetown, where they enjoy hiking, staying active, and spending time with their pets.

 Melissa De Leon, Director of Special Education

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Melissa De Leon, Director of Special Education

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in Special Education, most recently as an Instructional, Child Find, and ECSE Special Education Coordinator in DVISD. Prior to this she was employed by AISD as a Special Education Administrative Supervisor and supported over 90 Elementary Schools. She began her career in P-SJ-A ISD in Pharr, Tx as a Special Education Teacher, and later serving as a Bilingual Educational Diagnostician for elementary and secondary schools. 

Ms. De Leon earned her Bachelor's from the University of Texas PanAmerican in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in Special Education. She also holds a Masters as an Educational Diagnostician and also has her Principal Certification. 

Melissa has three children, two sons and one daughter. Her daughter recently graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Early Childhood. Her youngest son is a Sr. at Round Rock High School this year, and her oldest son is a successful business partner at EA Corporation. 

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