BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Harmony Public Schools’ Board of Directors are all unpaid volunteers who come from varied backgrounds in academia, law, science, and mathematics, but share a common passion for education. The Board also solicits input and insight from various individuals and business community members in the Houston area.

Board nominations can be made by anyone, including existing Board members, Harmony school employees, parents of Harmony students, Harmony alumni, and the general public. The existing Board reviews the qualifications of nominees, seeking individuals who have expertise, experience, or leadership abilities that will contribute to maintaining a continued standard of excellence for Harmony Public Schools and its students. Once each year, the existing Board votes on nominations to replace members whose terms have expired, or who have left the Board for other reasons.


 Leadership Biographies

Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current CEO of Harmony Public Schools, high performing K-12 public charter schools located in Texas with a strong focus on science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) providing opportunities for underserved communities. Soner Tarim is the driving force in creating STEM academies with an emphasis on college-readiness and the tracking of performance metrics of its high caliber students. A luminary in the Charter School Community, Soner Tarim’s leadership philosophy recognizes the need to develop meaningful partnerships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and leverage relationships with high-level corporate, business, civic, legislative, and international leaders to advance the mission of Harmony and opportunities for its beneficiaries.

Over his 27 year professional career, Dr. Soner Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. Soner Tarim is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state & STEM conferences and has distinguished himself as a results-oriented educator with unrivaled expertise and knowledge in developing and managing innovative charter schools.

Under Dr. Soner Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 46 schools and 30,500 students from throughout the state of Texas, many of which have been recognized as academically competitive schools in the nation. Harmony has received numerous outstanding awards and recognitions including the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap and a Broad Prize nomination.

Dr. Soner Tarim holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is a trained biologist and ecologist. In addition to his background in biological sciences, he has taught many courses in the field of biology, ecology, general science, and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Dr. Soner Tarim has spearheaded scientific symposiums and international science Olympiads including I-SWEEEP (the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project), the largest science fair event of its kind comprising over 1,000 top-ranked high school students representing 43 states and over 70 nations world-wide presenting and sharing their ideas, experiences, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability. Soner Tarim also has developed and directed successful after school programs.

Dr. Tarim has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, policies, procedures, and guidelines for charter schools in the areas of Admissions, Governance, and Human Resources. He is a certified school board member and school administrator trainer and serves on several boards including the Texas Charter School Association, Texans for Quality Public Charter Schools, and Family Services of Greater Houston.

Dr. Oner Celepcikay is an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Downtown Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology. He also teaches for Texas A&M Commerce. His main teaching and research fields are Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Regression Analysis. He previously taught at University of Phoenix and University of Houston. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his master's and doctorate degrees in Computer Science from the University of Houston. Dr. Celepcikay is a published researcher doing research in spatial data mining, cluster analysis, regional regression analysis, and big data analytics. He worked at the University of Houston Educational Technology Outreach Department from 2000 to 2007, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Dr. Celepcikay is one of the founding members and current Chairman of the Board of Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter school system in Texas with a STEM focus and 43 campuses in Texas. He also sits at he Board of Directors of the Region 4 Education Service Center which serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 45 public charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students and 1,500 campuses.

Mrs. MacDonald is the Executive Director/CEO of the Senior Guidance Directory. It is a Caregiving Handbook, available free to elders and their caregivers and it provides a comprehensive listing of resources and services that can help improve the lives of seniors and their caregivers as they strive to resolve their health, lifestyle, and safety issues.

She has also previously served as program manager for care consultation and support groups at the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and as Vice President for Health Services at Sheltering Arms Senior Services in Houston.

In 1999, Mrs. MacDonald retired from the University of Texas at Houston, School of Nursing, where she served in a number of important roles, including Division Head for Gerontology in the Department of Systems and Technology at the UT-Houston School of Nursing, and Associate Director for Community Affairs and Operations at the UT-Houston Center on Aging.

She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Houghton College and her master’s in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

Mr. Stewart is an electronic engineering technologist, a certified teacher in the state of Texas, and a curriculum development specialist and trainer. During his career he has served in the Fort Bend ISD, and as a faculty member at the Houston Community College Northeast Campus. Currently, Mr. Stewart, is employed at Subsea Solutions. LLC, where he develops service curricular for subsea well equipment and subsea control systems targeting training of well completion, petroleum, and subsea engineers. Mr. Stewart's interest is empowering students by correlating critical-thinking academic skills with the hands-on implementation, integration, and translation of academic skills and activities to real world applications. Mr. Stewart serves as an advisory member on several committees in the cities of Houston and Sugar Land.

Keskin received a Master of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa where he also worked as a research assistant for the University of Tulsa Fluid Flow Projects. Keskin also has a Master of Science degree from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and received his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the same university.

Mr. Keskin is a petroleum engineer and senior flow assurance consultant for SPT Group, a global provider of technology solutions and personnel for the oil production industry. Prior to SPT, Mr. Keskin worked as a flow assurance specialist at Schlumberger Technology Corporation in Houston. Mr. Keskin is active in the academic community, serving as a judge for the science and engineering portions of several Texas middle and high school science fairs.

Dr. Koc is currently chairman and associate professor of Computer Engineering Program at University of Houston - Clear Lake. After receiving his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, he worked in the industry for two years. Then, he joined Syracuse University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering. During his graduate study, Dr. Koc was at The Pennsylvania State University as visiting scholar. His research and teaching are in the areas of digital system design, embedded systems, and computer architecture. His research work is published in prestigious academic conferences and journals. Dr. Koc is also very active in professional service. He regularly reviews scientific papers for several academic journals and conferences. He has served as executive committee member for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Galveston Bay Section at various capacities including chair, vice chair, and secretary; and he has been the counselor of IEEE Student Brach at UHCL. He regularly serves in science fairs for middle and high school students. Dr. Koc is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards including IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Individuals Award, UHCL Piper Nominee Finalist, IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award and IEEE MGA Outstanding Small Section Award. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

 

 

 

Daisy Morales is the Vice President, Community Affairs at Community Health Choice(Community). She has overseen 500% growth at Community, created new market segments, and honed multi-cultural marketing for Community and within the local marketplace.

Daisy is a strategic leader in multi-cultural business practices. She has been a key catalyst for the growth of the Hispanic Health Coalition in Houston, helping redefine marketing to Latino audiences in this region. Daisy is the immediate past President of the Hispanic Health Coalition, capping many years of active service with them.

Daisy helps other organization in the in the community and within her industry grow and thrive. She helps guide the investments her organization makes in other health and human services non-profits. Daisy collaborates with other leaders in the Greater Houston region, helping start new clinics in at-risk neighborhoods, and building capacity at other non-profits.

Daisy is passionate about the wellbeing of women and children. She volunteers with many worthy causes in the community, sometimes in formal leadership and other times simply working on the front lines, anonymously. Additionally, Daisy is involved with the Hispanic Women ‘s Network and March of Dimes advisory committee. She is a former board member of The Good Neighbor Health Center and the Women’s Fund.

Houston Business Journal recently presented Daisy with the “Women That Mean Business” award.

 

 

 


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