David Chase has worked for the Tristar Family of Companies, a Richardson based business conglomerate, for the past eight years. Until 2014 Chase served as Vice President of the retail electric provider, Texas Power, L.P. when it sold to NRG (Reliant) in Houston. Working closely with the Tristar leadership, Chase currently works with the sister organization Bess Investments, where he focuses on the 2S Ranch grass fed/finished beef and retail operations.
Prior to his work with the Tristar companies Chase served as an educator in the Dallas and Arlington school districts for five years and later moved to the role of educational consultant for Compass Learning, an Austin based educational technology company. His first year teaching, Chase taught 7th grade reading at Edison Middle Learning Center and later taught 5th grade at Wood Elementary in Arlington.
Chase graduated from Dallas Baptist University with his B.S. in 1997 and completed his M.B.A. in 2013. His wife, Misty, taught previously in the Arlington school district and currently teaches Kindergarten at Grace Prep Academy where their Elementary aged children, Aby and Ryan, attend. They live in South Arlington and are active at First Baptist Church Mansfield. Chase serves on the Church Council (Elder Board) and has previously served as Chairman of the Deacons. Additionally, Chase previously served on the Alumni Board at Dallas Baptist University and currently serves on the Arlington YMCA Board of Directors.
Todd Moore, MD
Todd has been practicing as a colon and rectal surgeon in Arlington since 2004. He shares the office with his wife Angela, who is a dermatologist. They have two boys; Drew is in 5th grade, and Luke is in 3rd.
Todd graduated from Rice University where he was very involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. When he was a child, he went on several missions trips, led by his late father, where they provided eye clinics in Haiti and Ecuador. Thus, it was natural for him to spend one year teaching morals and ethics in Russia before attending medical school in Galveston. He has continued to be involved in international outreach and has visited more than 50 countries. He is currently involved in several innovative Wycliffe translation projects in India where he volunteers with The Seed Company. Now continuing the legacy of missions with his own children, he and his family have been involved in international missions since 2007. Closer to home, they attend Pantego Bible Church where he has served as an elder. He is also an adult Sunday school teacher, and he and Angela host a weekly home group. He enjoys being the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 323.
“I count it an honor and privilege to help lead this school that is helping to lead our children toward Christ-like character. Education has opened many doors for me, and I am committed to seeing our students enjoy those opportunities as well.”
Dr. Sedwick rejoins the Board of Directors after rotating off for a few years. Serving Grace Prep on the Board from 2005 to 2011, Dr. Sedwick has been very instrumental in the success of the Academy. After serving for many years as the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Sedwick’s experience and knowledge of Grace Prep and of Christian Education makes him invaluable to Grace Preps continued progress. Dr. Sedwick currently serves as a Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership on the faculty of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sedwick has more than twenty-six years of youth ministry experience, including the presidency of the Virginia Baptist Youth Ministers Association. As an ordained minister who teaches youth at a large Dallas area church, Dr. Sedwick is a popular conference and seminar speaker. His research and teaching interests include legal and financial issues in ministry, youth development, biblical education for youth, and curriculum design. He is married to Laurie and they have four children. Two of his children (Ana & Lea) have graduated from Grace Prep, while Jay (10th) and Kay Lee (8th) are presently attending Grace Prep.
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Darryl Thornton, SPHR
Darryl Thornton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the St. John Church of Grand Prairie/Southlake. His professional leadership experience includes senior management positions with various companies including BELO, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the Associates First Capital Corporation, Frito-Lay Inc., and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Darryl has held leadership positions on various boards in the DFW community, including the YMCA, the Plano Economic Development Board, Dallas Urban League, United Negro College Fund of Dallas, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Dallas County. He is a life member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a life member and former national board member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of The University of North Texas and the Kingdom Partnerships for Empowerment & Development. A graduate of the University of North Texas, his executive education includes the UNC–Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Darryl has been recognized by the Minority Business News of Texas as an Influential African American in Texas and as a member of Who’s Who of Black Dallas. He has received a number of awards, including the University of North Texas Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Business Administration and the Dallas Urban League Guild’s 21st Century’s Most Promising Leader. He has served as President of the Minority Human Resources Association and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. His professional affiliations also include the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Dallas Human Resources Management Association, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, and the National Association of Church Business Administration.
Darryl’s personal mission is to be the best Christian, husband, father, leader and role model possible. He has chosen to make a difference and demonstrates his leadership ability through his organizational affiliations and his dedicated involvement in the DFW community. He is the author of Enough is Enough: A Wake up Call to Men. Darryl and his wife Yvonne have three sons, Frederick, Joshua, and Micah.
Rand Toulouse will tell you his most important roles in life are that of a husband and father. He has built his career around his desire to be an active, hands-on dad. Rand’s commitment as a partner with his wife to focus on their family and educating their children led him to a career as an independent mortgage broker where he often works from home. He has been with Vista Mortgage in Arlington for 15 years, with a total of 17 years experience in the mortgage industry. Rand is a well-respected and seasoned member of the Arlington and DFW mortgage community. He revels in helping families secure the home where their children will be raised.
Prior to beginning his career in the mortgage industry, Rand was an agent and manager for Combined Insurance, an AON company, based in Chicago. Being a commission only insurance agent taught him the essentials needed to fine tune his communication skills and enhance his perseverance in the face of adversity.
Rand graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with his B.B.A. in Marketing in 1994. He also holds a residential mortgage loan officers license with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. His wife, Holly, was an English teacher in the Keller ISD and The Oakridge School prior to bringing their family to Grace Prep in 2008. Rand and Holly have four children. Colin, Kate and Laura attend Grace Prep and Janie Grace is the newest addition to their family through adoption. They live in south Arlington.
Rand and Holly are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Worth. They have a passion and committment for FUMC’s African Orphan Endeavor Project that funds education for Kenyan children. Rand is also long time member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine chapters of Ft. Worth. In addition to his other charity responsibilities, Rand actively volunteers with the Grace Prep football and basketball programs.
Phillip Wambsganss is the Executive Director for Higher Education Servicing Corporation (HESC) and its sister corporation the North Texas Higher Education Authority, Inc. (NTHEA). Both organizations work together to hold and service low-cost federal and private education loans. HESC through its Outreach Division (“inspirED”) also provides free college access services to students and families in Arlington, Mansfield and Kennedale ISDs, in Arlington Public Libraries, and at other youth serving programs and events throughout North Texas.
Prior to joining HESC in 1998, Mr. Wambsganss was employed in the banking industry for ten years at banks in Arlington, Grapevine and Southlake.
Away from work, Phillip enjoys to serve his church and community in an effort to bring glory to God. He serves as a Trustee at the Church on Rush Creek, the Assistant Secretary for the Arlington Higher Education Finance Corporation, the Chair of United Way Arlington, and a member of the Arlington Rotary Club.
Phillip holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He lives in Mansfield with his wife Tiffani and their three children who attend Grace Preparatory Academy.
Bob Mann, MD
Advisory Board Member
Raised and trained in New England, Dr. Mann moved to Texas as an Air Force neonatologist, setting up a pediatric practice in Arlington in 1971. He has been with Cook Children’s for 18 years, where he now serves as a senior physician. During his career, he has served on numerous boards, including a KERA board, Ft. Worth Opera, and Arlington Civic Chorus (chair). While in the Airforce, Dr. Mann served on the executive committee of the Billy Grahame Crusade in 1968 as the Military Representative. He has been a vice president of Texas Baptist Men and has served with them on medical missions to Ukraine, Turkey, Northern Iraq and Kosovo/Albania.
Bob and Angie, his wife of 56 years, also participated in a mission trip to Thailand. He has been a deacon and has served on numerous church boards and committees. He is a founding board member of Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex, where a medical clinic that he began is named in his honor. He has served on a number of boards at Cook Children’s, including finance chair of the physician group. He has been awarded the Servant-Leadership Award by Cook Children’s and the Humanitarian Award by the Tarrant County Medical Society. In April of 2012, he was the 7th Cook Children’s physician to receive the “Gold Headed Cane” (Distinguished Physician) Award. He served for 25 years on the Physician Resource Council of Focus on the Family, including four years as chair. He also helped co-author Focus’s Baby and Child Care book and participated in writing other books for Focus.
Dr. Mann (who goes by “Bob”) and Angie attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco. They remain committed to Christian education, of which they are both products. Bob and Angie have two married children, Brad, and Jenny Craig. The Manns are also extremely proud of their “Lady Lion” granddaughters and are convinced that due to their family’s efforts, and in part to their education at Grace Prep, they will have an impact on their generation.
Advisory Board Member
Stephen is CEO of Lockwood Management Corporation which has interests in commercial land investment, oil and gas holdings, and cattle ranching. A long time resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Stephen graduated from Richardson High School in 1967, and continued his education on a full academic scholarship at Texas Lutheran University. While at Texas Lutheran Stephen was voted to represent the male student body on the Judiciary Council, which deliberated on matters of student suspension and/or expulsion. Stephen’s passion for effective business practices was demonstrated by his efforts of studying as a double major within Pre-Law and Economics while earning a minor in US History.
Immediately after college Stephen started his first company. His extensive business experience includes serving as the CEO of Classic Attractions Inc. and Ripley’s Entertainment from 1997-2004. Stephen has served the Arlington-Mansfield communities at length by serving on the boards of Mission Arlington, Green Oak School, and American National Bank. Additionally he served as president of Arlington Business Association, was Co-Founder of Mid-Cities Young Republicans, and was honored in 1985 as one of the “Most Outstanding Men in America.” Stephen feels it is an honor to serve Grace Prep as an advisory member and seeks as his main goal to bring honor and glory to Christ in all that he does.