Boards & Committees » School Board » BISD Board of Education Members

BISD Board of Education Members


Brian Bersano - President

Term 2014-2018

Brian Bersano was elected to the BISD board of trustees in May 2010 and re-elected to his seat in November 2014. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Arlington High School in 1989. He received a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M in 1993. In 1995 he received his bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After several years working as a physical therapist he received his MBA from UT Tyler in May 2001. Soon thereafter he became co-owner of Edge Medical Supply for a period of 12 years, selling the business and exiting the medical field. In 2014 he started his own business as a franchisee in the Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins franchise. Brian and his wife Kari have been married since 1994 and have three children: Lauren, a senior at Brownsboro High School; Andrew, a Sophomore at Brownsboro High School; and Lindsey, a sixth-grader at Chandler Intermediate School. They have lived in Chandler since 1998 and are active members of The Chandler First United Methodist Church.

Michele Blackmon - Vice President

Term 2014-2018

Michele Blackmon was first elected in May 2011 to the BISD Board of Trustees and re-elected in 2014. Born and raised in Brownsboro, Michele graduated from Brownsboro High School in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Michele has worked for Jordan Health Services in Tyler for the past 12 yrs as a Home Health Physical Therapist. Michele is active in the local community as a volunteer with youth sports. She attends Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church. Michele and her husband Sean have two children, Gracie and Jackson, who attend BIS and BES respectively.

Steve Sanders - Secretary

Term 2016-2020

Steve Sanders was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2013. He graduated Van High School and attended Tyler Junior College. His employment for more than 27 years has been with the Texas Department of Transportation as a supervisor in the sign department. Steve serves on the Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Trustees.

Steve is deeply involved in Rock Hill Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School, serves on the Deacon Council, Finance Committee and works with the Youth department. In his spare time he raises cattle along with his wife Michele and two sons, Colby and Bryan.

Gerald Essary

Term 2016-2018

Gerald Essary was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December 2016 to fill a board vacancy. Gerald was born in Tyler, Texas and attended school in Van, Texas from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Gerald has been a home builder since 2004 and has lived in Chandler since 2001. Gerald and his wife Jennifer have been married for 21 years and have three children: Tanner (20) currently enrolled at TVCC; Garrett, a junior at BHS; and Madilynn, a 7th grader at BJHS.

Wes Johnston

Term 2014-2018

Wes Johnston was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011 and re-elected in November 2014. Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Gladewater High School (1985) and Baylor University with a degree in Accounting. Wes has been a CPA for 24 years, 10 of those as a CPA with Gollob Morgan Peddy & Co., P.C. in Tyler, Texas. He is Assistant Chief of the Chandler Volunteer Fire Department and has been a member of that department for 14 years. Mr. Johnston and his wife Dianne are proud parents of Taylor (BHS Class of 2014) and Camryn (BHS Class of 2018) and are very involved in the community and BISD. Wes and his family are active members of Chandler First United Methodist Church.

Michele Rinehart

Term 2016-2020

Ms. Rinehart was elected to the board in 2012. She was born in Oceanside, California and has lived in Texas for 44 years. She was raised in Lindale but graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1987. She attended TJC and San Jacinto Community College. She has been employed with the United States Postal Service for almost 17 years. She resides in Chandler, Texas with her husband Terry, and children, Wyatt and Rilee.

Cody Seale

Term 2016-2020

Cody Seale was appointed to the BISD Board of Trustees in January 2015. His appointment was to fill the position vacated by Scott Williams upon his election as a Judge for Henderson County. Cody was born and raised in Kerens, TX, and graduated from Kerens High School. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1984. He is employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance and lives in Chandler with his wife, Jill, and two sons, Joshua (BISD 2014-currently enrolled at UT-Austin) and Caleb (BISD 2016).