ABOUT CSS

A Team Built Around Excellence, Integrity And Rich Friendship

There are many great organizations. We just happen to be especially fond of our own. Maybe it’s the selflessness, maybe it’s the enthusiasm. Maybe it’s the 349 years of Texas school experience among us or the total commitment.
Whatever it is, we love it.

“Charter School Success goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service. Karen put in many, many hours to help us meet a last-minute deadline.”

“The CSS team got us through a very tight cash flow spot. We thank them for still being in business. They helped us manage to a strong Charter FIRST rating that same year!”

Meet The Team

Dan Hernandez

President

Dan, President of Charter School Success and the biggest Texas Longhorn fan around, is a big picture guy.

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Jordan Elliott

Chief Operations Officer

Jordan is our wonderfully overqualified Chief Operations Officer. She is a genuine and caring leader and excellent in all she does.

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Jackie Hernandez

Chief FInancial Officer

Jackie, our Chief Financial Officer, has always found comfort in numbers.

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Karen Emery

Senior Finance Director

Karen is a Senior Finance Director for Charter School Success. She has 35 years of experience in both independent school districts and charter school finance accounting.

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Trish Lopez

Finance Director

Trish joins our team as a Finance Director with more than 11 years of experience in school business. Her most recent role as Business Software Support Manager at ESC-Region 20 has made her an expert at troubleshooting and training on the TxEIS software

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Rick Reyes

Finance Director

Rick joins the CSS team with more than 15 years of experience working with charter schools as both a Financial Controller and an Auditor. Working from both perspectives, he fully understands the complexity of running a charter’s finance department.

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Kaitlin Svatek

Finance Director

Kaitlin has experience working in multiple positions within Texas Independent School Districts, ranging from clerk all the way up to District PEIMS Coordinator.

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Sharon Benka

Federal and Special Programs Director

Sharon is an experienced educator as a former teacher, principal and special programs director with ESC Experience.

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Laura Jandle

PEIMS Director

Laura began her PEIMS career at a charter high school and has gone on to coordinate, maintain and submit accurate and timely PEIMS data for a district of 42 campuses.

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Melissa Ball

Marketing and Training Director

Melissa has a wide range of communications experience, including a background in journalism and graphic design, as well as a technical college and charter high school teaching career.

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Angela Garza

PEIMS Manager

Angela is the PEIMS Manager for Charter School Success. She has done it all in PEIMS – from flat files to XMLs, to training hundreds of people, background technical work and miles of procedure documents.

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Denise Babb

Federal and Special Programs Specialist

Denise is a Federal and Special Programs Specialist for Charter School Success. Denise has served in a variety of educational capacities in her 34 years in education, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, and 12 years as a federal programs director.

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Sheila Sherman

Federal and Special Programs Specialist

Dr. Sheila Sherman is a Federal and Special Programs Specialist with Charter School Success. She has served Texas public schools for 31 years and supporting school leadership became her passion.

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Amanda John

Marketing and Operations Specialist

Amanda John is a Marketing and Operations Specialist for Charter School Success. Trained as a PA, she loves the challenge of learning and mastering new systems and tools.

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Chrystal Hartman

Human Resources Manager

Chrystal Hartman is a Human Resources Manager with Charter School Success. She began her career with charter schools back in 2013

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Kaylee Deleon

Finance Manager

Kaylee is a Finance Manager with Charter School Success. She has experience in both charter school and independent school district finance, working primarily with Websmart.

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Lacy Noble

Finance Manager

Lacy is a Finance Manager with Charter School Success. She excels in high paced environments and has been and always will be a team player.

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Annette Miller

Finance Manager

Annette is a Finance Manager with Charter School Success. Analytical, easygoing, motivated and reliable, she brings 20-plus years of finance, school business and accounting experience, including Rio Brazos Education Cooperative and JR3.

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Shelia Jenkins

Finance Manager

Shelia is a Finance Manager with Charter School Success. She brings 14 years of school finance experience and 15 years of corporate accounting to the Charter School Success team.

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Kayleen Behrens

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Kayleen is a Payroll and Benefits Specialist with Charter School Success. She has experience at JR3, where she worked on the Payroll/Benefits team, working with both Charter Schools and ISDs.

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Michael Eastwood

Finance Specialist

Michael is a Finance Specialist with Charter School Success. He has multiple years of experience in charter schools, working both in finance and human resources.

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Kim Welch

Finance Specialist

Kim is a Finance Specialist with Charter School Success. She has multiple years of experience in Accounting, HR, and Management, and began working with charter schools at JR3.

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Randi Miller

Finance Specialist

Randi is a Finance Specialist with Charter School Success. She brings experience with Websmart from her time as a Payroll Associate at JR3, and several years experience in management, payroll, and Accounts Payables

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Pam Rash

Finance Specialist

With more than 8 years of academic/governmental payroll and finance experience, Pam is a subject matter expert in the areas of payroll vendor transitions, tax compliance, payroll technology integration, Benefits and Human Resources Specialist.

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Sharon Kroll

Finance Specialist

Sharon brings more than 6 years of accounts payable experience, including work at JR3, where she was a Financial Service Specialist for more than four years.

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Jeanine Norwood

Finance Specialist

Jeanine brings multiple years of accounts payable experience, including work in TxEIS. She has worked as Finance Administrator for several Texas charter schools in the Houston metropolitan area.

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Jenny Bravo

HR Specialist

As an HR Specialist, Jenny has the ability to quickly identify and create a plan of action to resolve issues through personalized communication, automated systems, and well-matched connections.

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Kevin Waters

Finance Specialist

Kevin has 10 years of experience working in the educational business, including a career at JR3 as IT support, support staff for payroll and finance, and as a Finance Specialist in accounts payable.

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Carrie Sandlin

Payroll Specialist

Carrie joins us after 22 years of service with an Austin charter school district, where she served as After-School Director, Office Manager, Business Manager, PEIMS Director, Child Nutrition Director, and Director of Scholar and Staff Services.

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Shelly Stautz

Finance Specialist

Shelly is a Finance Specialist with Charter School Success. She brings 20+ years business experience, including more than 8 years of work in school business. 

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Kandace Delaney

Finance Specialist

Kandace Delaney is a Finance Specialist for Charter School Success. She joins our team with extensive experience in Texas school districts. 

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“CSS staff are experts in their fields and have many years of experience. They know the essential need-to-knows, best practices & time-saving tips!”

“I’m so appreciative of how much work you have put in to get us to a better place on the budget this year!!”

Join Our Team

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If you’re looking to join an amazing team making a difference across Texas, and you enjoy things like competitive pay, traveling for work and opportunities for growth, you’ve come to the right place!

Available positions listed below.

Hiring: Human Resources Specialist

Experience required:

  • Minimum of 2 years related experience
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A can-do, team-oriented personality
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective time-management and task-management skills
  • Ability to work remotely full-time, Monday to Friday
  • Strong wireless internet connection
  • Ability to travel in Texas infrequently

Preferred:

  • HR certification
  • Texas public school experience
  • Experience using HR Electronic Systems, Dropbox, TEAL Applications, and the Microsoft Office Suite

Hiring: Finance Specialist

Experience required:

  • Minimum of 3 years related experience in a school system
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A can-do, team oriented personality
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective time-management and task-management skills
  • Fluency in spreadsheet creation and analysis
  • Ability to work remotely, independently (from home)
  • Ability to travel for a multiple day team meeting in Texas, at least quarterly
  • Access to a phone, computer, scanner, printer and other basic office equipment for business
    purposes at home office
  • Stable, high speed internet access

Hiring: Finance Director

Experience required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5+ years Texas charter school administrative experience
  • 5+ years in management experience
  • CSBOC certification, within 90 days of hire
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A can-do, team oriented personality
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective time-management and task-management skills
  • Fluency in spreadsheet creation and analysis
  • Fluency in spreadsheet creation and analysis