• Alan Cumming is the President of the Board of Trustees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from LeTourneau University in Longview and an Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Alan is with Morgan Stanley here in Tyler.
  • Amy Carter comes to Promise as a professional in the field of non-profit development and communications. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from John Brown University.
  • Reverend Ricky Garner is the associate pastor at New Days Community Church. He grew up in Tyler and is a product of the community Promise seeks to serve. Reverend Garner studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served as a head pastor in Dallas/Fort Worth before returning to Tyler.
  • Lee Kiblinger is an experienced educator in both urban Christian schools and more affluent areas. She holds a Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University.
  • Brittany Smith also brings knowledge of curriculum and ministry. She attended University of Texas at Austin during which time she gained experience working with after school ministries targeting low-income, urban schools in east Austin. Brittany also holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Ministries from Covenant Theological Seminary.


  • Price Arredondo
  • Mary Berry
  • Bouquet Boulter and Fr. Matt Boulter 
  • Christie and Stanley Cofer
  • Kim and Wes Crawford
  • Dr. Andrea Ellis and The Hon. Jason Ellis
  • Cynthia and Freddie Freeman
  • Roz Gooch
  • Councilman Ed Moore


Sarah Cumming studied Psychology, English, and Biblical Studies at LeTourneau University. Her education background is in Christ-centered schools, 7 years of which was in an urban school, Manhattan Christian Academy in New York City. MCA is one of many successful models for Promise Academy. Sarah is also a member of the Board of Trustees.


Diana Johnson


Debbie Havens


Jazmin Alfaro attended Tyler Junior College. She has a passion for helping children grow to their potential.