Meet the Board Members

Karen Peck
Position 7
Board Member since 2013

Ms. Peck grew up primarily in Louisiana. She and her husband Doug moved to Houston in 2000 and selected this area based on the Spring Branch ISD schools. An attorney who practices primarily in the area of employment law, Ms. Peck has long been active in her community, having served as president of two local PTAs and her homeowners' association as well as on the board of trustees of her church, St. Paul's United Methodist. She has also previously served on the board of Writers in the Schools. Additionally, she is one of the founding directors of TAMSA, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment.

Ms. Peck graduated in 1984 from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science and obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987.

Ms. Peck and her husband have two children, both now in college, who grew up in and graduated from Spring Branch schools.

"Education opens the doorways to opportunity and personal fulfillment. Spring Branch ISD has expressed the laudable aim of instilling in all students the belief that they can achieve more than they thought possible, and I am honored to serve on its Board of Trustees."

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Josef D. Klam
Vice President
Position 1
Board Member since 2016

Rev. Klam is a third generation resident of Spring Branch, and is a graduate of Memorial High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas, where he earned UT Baseball’s Longhorn Spirit Award for leadership with character. Rev. Klam received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. 

Rev. Klam has been dedicated to advocating for and serving children, teenagers, and their families since joining the staff of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in 1997.  His service in Spring Branch has included coaching, mentoring, and active participation as a volunteer on several SBISD campuses.  He has also participated in the SBISD Financial Advisory Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee exploring implications and opportunities associated with the District of Innovation status. 

Rev. Klam and his wife, Amy, live in Spring Valley and are raising three children with his eldest two attending Spring Woods and Memorial High Schools respectively.  

"It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve all children, parents, teachers, and citizens of SBISD.  In a rapidly changing culture, our school district has a unique opportunity to shape the way we prepare future generations while maintaining our historic expectation of excellence.” 

Chris Gonzalez
Position 2
Board Member since 2011

Ms. Gonzalez earned her MBA from Rice University and holds Bachelors’ degrees from Baylor University in Waco. She has taught middle and high school history, and she has also worked in benefits and human resources at Hewitt Associates and Baker Hughes. Ms. Gonzalez spent more than a decade in public schools, most recently  as the marketing and public relations director for KIPP Houston Public Schools. Ms. Gonzalez currently serves the field marketing director for Sixup, which provides innovative college financing options for high-achieving, low-income students. Ms. Gonzalez resides in SBISD with her husband and their four children.

"I believe that opportunity arises through education, and education is every child's gateway to the world of opportunities that await him or her."

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Pam Goodson
Position 6
Board Member since 2010

Mrs. Goodson is a former Spring Branch ISD educator.  She taught at Wilchester Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary and worked as the Administrative Intern at Memorial Drive Elementary.  Mrs. Goodson is on the Board of Directors of the Spring Branch Education Foundation, where she has chaired the Run for the Arts event for two consecutive years.

Mrs. Goodson and her husband Doug have two children, both attending Spring Branch ISD schools.

"I serve on the Board because I am passionate about quality instruction and student achievement. I want our students engaged in a rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for graduation and post secondary success."

Katherine Dawson
Position 3
Board Member since 2012

Ms. Dawson attended Spring Branch ISD schools and graduated from Stratford HIgh School.  As a former SBISD teacher, she taught at Housman Elementary and student taught at Hunters Creek Elementary School.  As an active SBISD volunteer, Ms. Dawson has held various leadership positions on a school and district level that include local PTA president, president and treasurer of the Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs, and executive board member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation.  She has also served on the SBISD Finance Team, District Improvement Team, Volunteer Advisory Board, Customer Service Task Force, Employee of the Month Committee, and Teacher of the Year Committee.  As an active community member, Ms. Dawson coaches an Odyssey of the Mind team, serves as a Girl Scout Leader, is a past officer in her homeowner's association and remains active in the Junior League of Houston.  Prior to teaching, Ms. Dawson worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch as a library administrator and public affairs specialist.

Ms. Dawson and her husband, Lane, have three children who attend Spring Branch ISD schools.

"It is a privilege to serve the children, parents, teachers and citizens of SBISD and to join a strong board committed and focused on doing what is best for all children in our district so that each child is prepared for life in the 21st century and achieves some form of post-secondary success.  I am passionate about education and committed to the success of Spring Branch ISD."

J. Carter Breed
Position 5
Board Member since 2016

Mr. Breed grew up in Spring Branch and moved back to the area so his children could benefit from Spring Branch schools and the community. Mr. Breed is a long-standing Executive Committee Member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation.  He has served on the FFA Buyer’s Committee, the Bond Committee, the Bond PAC, the Frostwood Campus Improvement Team, has been a member of numerous PTAs, and has supported SBISD schools and programs financially.  Mr. Breed and his wife have three daughters, two of which attend Spring Branch schools, and one that graduated from Texas A&M Galveston.

He owns and operates a small successful real estate firm specializing in the brokerage, management, and ownership of residential properties.

“I serve on the Board because I am passionate about our District and want to see our children receive a top-flight education and fulfill our T24 Goal.”

Chris Vierra
Position 4
Board Member since 2012

Ms. Vierra is a founding member of Spring Branch Speaks, a SBISD neighborhood grass-roots legislative network, served on the 2012 SBISD Budget Task Force, and has held various local PTA chair positions including two years as Treasurer.

Ms. Vierra and her husband have three children, all whom attend Spring Branch ISD schools.

"I believe a good education is a foundation for success; every child deserves this investment in their future."