The Humble ISD school board election is set for May 1 with five candidates, Janie Branham, Marques Holmes, Lonnie Jackson, Kenneth Kirchhofer and Chase Stevens, vying for Position 4.

The Tribune profiled Branham, Jackson, Kirchhofer and Stevens. Marques Holmes did not provide adequate contact information through Humble ISD. This is the final school board candidate profile.

Janie Branham

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

I am a career educator and certified teacher who has extensive experience in teaching, management and fundraising in public schools. After 27 years, I retired to raise my children. However, in August, with COVID-19 causing a teacher shortage, I was called to come out of retirement to teach full time and I accepted the call. I am currently teaching secondary school in both face-to-face and virtual formats.

Do you have any children who have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD? Did you attend any Humble ISD schools yourself?

While I am a lifelong Texan, I did not attend Humble ISD for my education. However, my two 16-year-old twins are currently attending Humble ISD and have done so since first grade. Humble ISD is the district that I wanted for my children and I have not been disappointed in my decision. I have always been proud to be a part of this great school district.

What motivated you to run for this position?

I am motivated to take on this responsibility because I want to do whatever I can to make Humble ISD the best school district that it can be. I have no other agenda or underlying motive. I love Humble ISD. It has been the place where I have chosen to live and educate my children. I want to use my work ethic, my constant energy and my expertise to do whatever I can to make it better.

Why should voters elect you?

I should be elected because of my long commitment to our community and because of my extensive qualifications for this position. I have served as an officer in the Humble ISD PTO/PTA at the elementary, middle school and high school levels and have volunteered in Humble ISD Title 1 schools. I have volunteered at the Humble Rodeo and for Hurricane Harvey relief. I have also done fundraising for the Humble ISD golf tournament and for Humble’s FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, where I was honored as a “Woman of Achievement” for community activism. Being a school board trustee is a very important and demanding job. It takes hard work and a lot of energy. Our children deserve the best. I am committed to providing that and have the track record to show that I will provide it.

Kenneth Kirchhofer

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

I have been married for 28 years and have two children, Brooke and Tyler. My family has lived in Humble ISD for 22 years and we are members of Northeast Houston Baptist Church. I graduated from the Professional Golfer’s Management Program, I am a PGA member and the current director of operations for Atascocita Golf Club in Humble.

Do you have any children who have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD? Did you attend Humble ISD?

I have two children who spent the entirety of their education in Humble ISD. My daughter, Brooke, graduated in 2013 from AHS and my son graduated in 2015 from AHS. I did not attend Humble ISD, however, I now have 19 Humble ISD student employees and employees’ children under my leadership.

What motivated you to run for this position?

I was approached in early 2020 by community leaders, concerned school parents and my pastor and was asked to consider running for one of the open positions for the upcoming election in spring of 2021. In the middle of the election campaign, I suffered a traumatic spinal injury that left me hospitalized and paralyzed — it is a miracle that I am walking today. My injury encouraged me to push on with this election and I am dedicated to being a voice of leadership and ensuring that all students in Humble ISD are given a fair and equal education.

Why should voters elect you?

I want to help support the current board and provide new energy and leadership the next four years. My professional experience uniquely qualifies me for this position, as I am responsible for a large golf club with many moving parts, including organizing large-scale events. I was hired by a group of investors to perform a complete turnaround of a dying golf club. Since I have taken over the golf club, membership has grown by 382% and revenue is up 138%. I am very experienced in large scale logistics and finance. With a school district as large as Humble ISD, there are constant logistical and financial challenges. I bring a lot of experience in those arenas. I will never quit on the kids.

Chase Stevens

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

I grew up in Louisiana and graduated from LSU with a bachelors in biological sciences. I worked for Halliburton across a variety of roles for 13 years and I currently work at Hudson Services Inc. as an account manager. I have resided in Humble ISD since 2011. My family and I attend Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.

Do you have any children who have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD? Did you attend Humble ISD?

I have two sons, one in first grade and one in second, who are currently attending Humble ISD. Although I did not attend Humble ISD, I now call this community my home. I feel that not only is Humble ISD a leading district in the Houston metro area but it is also a top tier ISD in the state of Texas.

What motivated you to run for this position?

I was fortunate enough to learn the importance of giving back at early age through my parents. I felt an urge to serve our community and I feel that I should be a part of giving every student of Humble ISD a fair, equal and competitive education. Through the years, I have learned that investing in the future begins with our children. In that I have two sons attending Humble ISD, I see on a daily basis the modern methods in which they learn, and the way these methods will affect their futures. If elected, I will work toward ensuring every student in Humble ISD is provided the appropriate technology that will allow them to learn and grow through technology, and that no student will be hindered by not having access to the proper equipment.

Why should voters elect you?

Having children attending the district puts a lot of things into perspective for me. I want my children to have the best education possible. I believe that my experiences working in the energy industry, specifically finance, will allow me to work with the budget committee and CFO to ensure that the budget is being used to compensate our teachers and staff properly so that Humble ISD will be able to retain the top talent we currently have, as well as to recruit additional talent in the future. I want my children to be able to call this community their home and I want the future of Humble ISD to be prosperous and bright.

Lonnie Jackson

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

My name is Lonnie Jackson and I have been married to Renae Jackson for 29 years. Together, we have two boys and two girls, one granddaughter, two Goddaughters and three Godsons. I have lived in Humble since December 2002. I am an educator and have been for over 20 years. My experience in education includes working in administration and teaching. I’m also an adjunct professor at Houston Community College as well as an elected official; elected to WCID No. 96 over 10 years ago. I have owned a maintenance business for over 30 years.

Do you have any children that have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD?  Did you attend any Humble ISD schools yourself?

My daughter, Tayler, attended and graduated from Summer Creek High School. My son, Tyler, is currently a student in Humble ISD at Wood Creek Middle School. I did not attend any Humble ISD schools.

What motivated you to run for this position?

As an educator and community servant, I’ve always had the desire to play a significant role in supporting the academic programming and overall positive development of students. This has been evident during my career as a teacher and administrator, as well as through my volunteering and service at Humble ISD schools as well as other Humble area organizations. My desire to seek election to the board of trustees is not just by chance or for political gain; it’s something that has developed over time and comes from a genuine desire to effectuate positive change in the school environment. Additionally, with the challenges education will certainly face, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will become even more critical to have both an educator’s perspective and voice at the table.

Why should voters elect you?

My desire to serve. My education and business background. My history in the community of being a true advocate for students and parents. My passion for the accomplishments for students and educators. The passion that did not just start when I decided to run for school board, but that has been a part of my resume for some years now in the Humble ISD community.

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