Board of Trustees

  • Because we believe in the mission, community, and educational environment that makes up Selwyn, we dedicate our time and resources to furthering its mission. As a Texas independent school, Selwyn is governed by a Board of Trustees, a group of individuals committed to nurturing Selwyn and making decisions that will help the well-being of the school and the children we educate here. You can contact the Selwyn Board of Trustees at any time:

    Meet Your 2016-2017 Selwyn Board of Trustees

    Board Chair: Darcy Rentz

    The 2016-17 school year marks our fifth year at Selwyn.  I have two bright, amazing children that are a second grader and fourth grader in the 2016-17 school year.  For many reasons, different for each child, the challenging but supportive environment at Selwyn is a great fit for them.  I feel like my fourth grader, in particular, has a sense of confidence and accomplishment that he might not have in a different environment. 

    My family is deeply rooted in Denton’s educational and business communities.  My grandfather served as Business Manager at Texas Woman’s University for a number of years and later operated a local photography studio.  My mother attended Texas Women’s University, ran two retail establishments in town, and has been active in multiple community organizations.  My father was born in Denton, completing his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas and returning here to practice law after law school.  My aunt has served Texas Women’s University as a regent. 

    I was also born in Denton and graduated from Denton High School the last year before the school split into two campuses.  I attended American University in Washington, D.C. and Baylor University School of Law, returning to Denton to practice with my father.  Our seventeen year partnership focuses primarily on family law, and our practice encompasses litigation and collaborative practice, and we travel to speak at various continuing education seminars.  I have served on various other boards, and continue to serve on the board of directors for the Denton Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (DCAP).   I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Selwyn, which is providing such a fine opportunity for my children. 

    I would be happy to talk with you about how you can help Selwyn move forward into the exciting new phase of the school that is beginning as we relocate the campus, because this is a time for the entire Selwyn family – old and new – to stand united behind the school as it develops the full potential this move can help the school achieve.  Always with new changes come many new challenges and considerations, and I would also be comfortable sitting down with you to receive your feedback and address any concerns you might bring to the board.  Please feel free to contact me at any time. 


    Carol DeBruyn

    We have been part of the Selwyn family since my son, Ethan, came to the school in January 2011 for the second half of his second grade year. We are grateful for the opportunities he has been afforded in his education at Selwyn and look forward to what the future holds as he progresses through each grade.

    I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station with a Bachelor of Science in economics and a minor in business solutions application development. Since graduating, I’ve primarily been a computer programmer, serving as a Senior Systems Analyst and Architect for major mortgage solution providers and large mortgage companies. My current responsibilities are as a Senior Project Manager at Experian, managing multi-million dollar clients and their implementations of decisioning software.

    I love to travel, and my family enjoys any opportunity to discover new places. In the mid-90s, I put on a backpack and traveled Europe, visiting 11 different countries. My future goals include a yearlong journey to visit every state in the US. I’ve learned so much in meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, and I want to instill the same desire to explore in Ethan.

    When you love something, you spend time with it. That is why I asked to be a part of the Selwyn Board of Trustees. I love this school and want to contribute to its future successes, and am pleased to be an integral part of our continued growth.

    I look forward to getting to know each and every family. Our best asset is our parents.

    Tobie Carcano

    My family and I have been part of the Selwyn family for 12 years. My husband and I have a daughter, Arianna, in the 4th grade and our oldest daughter, Rebecca, who attended Selwyn until last year. My parents, the girl’s grandparents, Robert (late) and Tracy Matern, have always been big supporters of the school and are always amazed at the advanced and consistent growth of their granddaughters.

    I grew up in Murphy, Texas, just east of Plano and then attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, with a BS degree in Law Enforcement – Police Science. For the past 21 years, I have worked for Aramark Corporation, a $14B multi-service company. In my current role as Regional Finance Director, I oversee audit and compliance, strategy and the overall financial health of multiple contracts that generate $300M per year in revenue. I am an analyst at heart and thoroughly enjoy driving results and overcoming challenges.  

    I asked for a place on the Board of Trustees as a way to give back to Selwyn for the amazing opportunities and education my girls were receiving. In my tenure of just at 4 years on the Board, I strive to make the best strategic decisions for the school and the most advantageous decisions for the betterment of our children here at Selwyn. I also serve as the Board Secretary.

    I personally thank you for your interest in Selwyn, whether it is to determine if Selwyn is the right home for you and your family or to understand my commitment to you as a current Selwyn family.

    Andrea Massey

    This is our seventh year as proud members of the Selwyn family. Our daughter, Sarah Catherine, began her education at Selwyn in the Early Childhood Development Center for pre-kindergarten in 2008. Mary, our youngest, is currently enjoying her first year at Selwyn in kindergarten. Even after several years, we continue to be amazed at the way the Selwyn faculty and staff manages to provide a cohesive blend of both a warm, nurturing environment and challenging academic standards. We feel we’ve truly found the best of both worlds here and look forward to our girls reaping the benefits for many years to come.

    I was born and raised here in Denton. After graduating from Denton High, I completed my undergraduate studies in Magazine Service Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Since returning to Denton, I further studied Finance at the University of North Texas. I currently am employed by Texas Woman’s University in the Office of Procurement Services where I am responsible for developing and delivering training to TWU faculty and staff concerning business practices in higher education.

    Growing up in Denton, I have always loved Selwyn. The idea of a school where academic successes are not only required but are encouraged and explored as exciting opportunities to learn more about yourself and the world around you is appealing on every level. The fact that Selwyn faculty and staff elicit academic success from its students while also growing them into compassionate and upstanding individuals is admirable.

    I feel strongly that my role on the board is to help Selwyn continue to be the best of both worlds for students and their families for years to come. 

    Monte Jensen

    My family and I have been part of the Selwyn family since 2005. Before we opened our own business, my wife, Martha, was part of the Selwyn Lower School faculty, and also served as a member of the administration. Our son, Luke, started at Selwyn in the Early Childhood Development Center in the pre-kindergarten, two-year-old class, and we intend for him to continue to excel at Selwyn through Lower, Middle and Upper Schools until he graduates from grade 12.

    I grew up on a cattle and crop farm in Iowa and earned my undergraduate degree in business from Northwest Missouri State University as well as a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. During my years in the military, I served as a nuclear weapons officer, paratrooper, and operations officer stationed at many locations across the United States, as well as the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Haiti.

    After leaving the Army, I spent seven years working in a risk management/fraud detection job for a Fortune 200 company. From 2003-07, I worked in Baghdad, Iraq, as a US government contractor. When I returned to the US, I provided loan and member services to 300 credit unions through CO-OP Financial Services and CUNA Mutual Group. In September 2011, Martha and I opened the Mellow Mushroom in Denton.

    I joined the Selwyn Board of Trustees in 2009 and served on the Finance Committee. At the June 5, 2012, board meeting, I was elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I am committed to the continued and ongoing effort to work toward improvements to successfully fulfill Selwyn’s educational mission.

    The board welcomes suggestions from the Selwyn community about how we can help further and advance the excellence in education for which Selwyn is known.

    Katherine Barnett-White

    This year marks the beginning of our ninth year as part of the Selwyn family. My son, Will, started at Selwyn as a first grader after attending a preschool and private kindergarten in Denton. We were referred to Selwyn by his kindergarten teacher and scheduled the testing during our first visit. My family and I have always been impressed with the education he receives at Selwyn and the family atmosphere in which that excellent education is provided.

    Originally, I am from Alvin, Texas. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNT. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I worked as an emergency planning consultant writing emergency procedures for South Texas Nuclear Project, Sandia National Labs and the National Institute for Petroleum Energy Research. About 21 years ago, I began working for the City of Denton while pursuing my master’s degree. In my current position as Sustainability and Special Projects Administrator, I am responsible for the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center/Area, Sustainability Plan Development and Implementation, Customer Conservation and Efficiency programs, facilities renovations and construction of utilities facilities, energy efficiency upgrades, special events planning and a host of other duties.

    Finding and creating a home is important to me. When we came to Selwyn, I found the educational home for my son. I found a family where both of us have made lasting friendships. I am committed to Selwyn and am excited to be involved in this unique opportunity to make Selwyn stronger while maintaining that same sense of family and home.

    As the board-parent liaison, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you, and I look forward to your input.

    Michael Rubenstein

    I am originally from Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Selwyn as a boarding student. Though I was only a Selwyn student for two years, many of my longest-lasting friendships have their roots in Selwyn soil. While a student, I played varsity soccer, basketball and baseball. I was also a member of the famed Selwyn School Varsity Cooking Squad. I spent my lunch hours in the Selwyn kitchen working for Mrs. Doncaster, where I learned so much more than how to operate a commercial dishwasher. I also was a member of CORE (Selwyn’s version of resident advisors in the dorms), and I participated in Perspectives Maine led by none other than Barry Hanstein.

    I graduated from Selwyn in 1986 and moved on to Tulane University in New Orleans, where I received both an undergraduate business degree and a law degree. After serving as a law clerk to a federal district judge, I entered private practice with Liskow & Lewis in the New Orleans office. I lived in New Orleans until 2006, when I moved to our firm’s Houston office. My practice (both in New Orleans and Houston) is focused on business litigation, business bankruptcy and white-collar criminal law.

    Selwyn was and remains a special place to me. I am both privileged and pleased to serve Selwyn as a member of its board of trustees and as the designated liaison between alumni and the board. I look forward to helping the school build for the future while honoring its past. 

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