Board of Directors


John H. Ivie III, Board Chairman

Partner at Colvan, Tran and Meredith, P.C.

A sixth generation Texan, Mr. Ivie left a career in healthcare to study law at Southern Methodist University in 1998. While in law school, John discovered his passion for advocacy, winning local and national mock trial competitions and ultimately receiving his law school’s highest awards for excellence in trial advocacy, including being selected for the prestigious Order of Barristers. Mr. Ivie joined the firm in March of 2016 and his practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation where he continues to represent individuals, corporations and financial institutions in courts across Texas. Mr. Ivie’s practice areas include real estate and construction litigation, contract disputes, commercial collections, replevins and enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments. Mr. Ivie’s practice also includes working as outside general counsel for small and medium-sized businesses, dealing with everything from employee and human resource issues to negotiating business contracts. John is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

Dawn Mӧeder, Board Member and Treasurer

Partner at Lane Gorman Trubitt, L.L.P.

Dawn joined LGT in 1999 and has approximately 20 years of experience within the accounting industry. Her duties include planning the engagement, supervising the staff, reviewing work papers and financial statements and attending board and audit committee meetings after completion of the audit. Dawn focuses on client service and heads up her firm’s manufacturing distribution niche area. She brings an international perspective to client engagement and all recommendations made are business focused. She also assists clients with planning, consultation, due diligence, designing or critiquing internal control systems as well as financial reporting systems and preparing forecasts and projections.

Lisa Clawson, Board Member

Senior Vice-President at Amegy Bank

Lisa is an experienced Senior Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. She is skilled in commercial lending, banking, credit analysis, asset management, and securities. Lisa is a strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Arts focused in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a private banker with 20 years of experience in financial services. Her current role as a private banker involves several functions that include meeting with clients to develop customized solutions. Her career is client focused with a goal of excellent customer service.

Steven Cobb, Ph.D., Board Member and Co-Director

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs of the College of Arts at the University of North Texas

In addition to his administrative role, Steve is an associate professor of economics and the director of the Center for Economic Education at UNT. Through the Council for Economic Education, he has conducted seminars and workshops in 17 transitional and developing countries to train teachers to teach market-based economics. Cobb has been awarded the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association and the Bessie B. Moore Service Award from the National Association of Economic Educators. His Center for Economic Education received the Albert Beekhuis Award for Centers of Excellence in Economic Education in 2005. Steve belongs to the Society of Economic Educators (SEE), an invitation only society of scholars. He is a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Education. Steve also serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Economics Education Association (GEEA).

Susan Doty, Board Member and Co-Director

Director of the Center for Economic Education & Financial Literacy at The University of Texas at Tyler

Susan joined the faculty in economics at UT Tyler in 2009 and launched the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy in 2011. She provides professional development for over 750 elementary, math, social studies, gifted/talented and career/technology teachers annually. Susan serves on the executive committee for the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and is currently the NAEE President. She also serves on the national boards of both the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and the Global Economic Education Alliance (GEEA) as well as the state advisory board of the Texas Jump$tart Coalition. Susan has been recognized for exceptional teaching and was a recipient of the 2015 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a teaching fellow of both The University of Texas System and the UT Tyler Academies of Distinguished Teachers. She was awarded the 2016 Student Life and Leadership Partnership Award from The University of Texas at Tyler.

O. Homer Erekson, PhD., Board Member

John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University

Dr. Erekson joined TCU as the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business in 2008. He is an alumnus of TCU and member of TCU's National Alumni Board. He came to TCU in July 2008 from the Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was Dean for six years and the Harzfeld Professor of Economics and Business Policy. Before that, he was at Miami University-Ohio for 24 years. Positions he held there include: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics, Director of Planning and Operations, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Honors Coordinator. He was the 2007 Visiting Professor of the Universiteit Antwerp Management School Executive MBA in cooperation with the Institute of Business Studies, Academy of National Economy of the Russian Federation, Moscow. His areas of specialization include corporate and public policy, environmental economics, economics of education, finance and business ethics.

Patricia “Pat” Hardy, Board Member

State Board of Education District 11

Patricia "Pat" Hardy, a lifelong educator, was elected to serve District 11 of the State Board of Education in November 2002 and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014. As a member of the State Board of Education, Hardy represents Parker County and parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties. Pat retired in 2017 as an instructional specialist in the Weatherford Independent School District. For five years she served the district as the Social Studies Coordinator.

Previously, she taught high school world history and world geography for 30 years at Castleberry High School in Fort Worth and received numerous education-related honors throughout her career. In 2005 she was named Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year by the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association. Hardy was selected three times to participate in the Fulbright Seminar Abroad program, traveling to Egypt in 1988, Turkey in 1990, and China in 1994.

Pat has served on many state and national education boards and committees.

Susan Kizer, Board Member

Economic Education Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch

Susan Kizer is the economic education coordinator for the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Her work focuses on professional development for high school and college educators throughout the Eleventh District. She has developed innovative programs including Freedom Riders, Student Board of Directors and History Through an Economic Lens. She previously taught AP economics at Kingwood (Texas) High School, where she served as district coordinator for AP economics and was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Susan holds a BS in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MA in education from Lamar University.

Marcus McCue, Board Member

Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for Guardian Mortgage, a division of Sunflower Bank, N.A.

Guardian Mortgage’s Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer Marcus McCue is an innovative and results-driven leader who has propelled the company to nine-fold growth in retail home loan origination since 2008. A familiar and dynamic force in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Marcus was awarded the Best Mortgage Professional Award for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 from D Magazine, one of the area’s most widely read publications. Marcus began his career as an individual home loan originator at Guardian, where he quickly became the company’s leading producer. Rather than keeping the secrets of his success to himself, Marcus shared his knowledge and helped multiply the company’s successes. To date, Guardian is over 20,000 customers strong with a delinquency rate of approximately 1 percent.

Rob Pivnick, Board Member

General Counsel, Leon Capital Group

Rob Pivnick joined Leon Capital Group in 2015, as general counsel for the firm, where he provides strategic counsel and advice by drawing upon more than 15 years of experience at an AmLaw 200 law firm, focusing on real estate and as in-house counsel for Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising on real estate and capital markets. He has participated in the negotiation and closing of over 900 real estate related transactions totaling more than $13 billion. Mr. Pivnick is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Mortgage Bankers Association and Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. He has both a law degree and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Emory University. Mr. Pivnick is an advocate for financial literacy, and has authored a book on savings and investing for young adults/millennials.


D. Harold Doty, Ph.D., Executive Director ad interim

Dr. Doty is currently a Professor of Management at The University of Texas at Tyler. Previously he served as an Associate Vice President in the Office of Business Affairs, as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and as the Dean and Frank M. and Fannie Burke Professor of Business in the College of Business and Technology at UT Tyler. Prior to joining UT Tyler he served as the Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Management at The University of Southern Mississippi, as Chair of the Department of Strategy and Human Resources in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and on the faculty of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received a Ph.D. in Management and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin after completing his undergraduate degree at Texas State University – San Marcos.

He is listed in more than fifteen biographical references including Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Management Sciences, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.