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Board of Directors 

Roland Hayes

Roland Hayes has been a proud member of the TxEA Board of Directors for over ten years. He believes in Texas Empowerment whole heartedly and feels that this is the only school in the Austin area that gives our community education, not indoctrination. He works very hard to serve the academy in any way possible. Roland attended Langston University in Oklahoma, majoring in history and sociology. He then obtained his masters degree in African American Studies from Michigan State University. Currently, Mr. Hayes is a professor of History and African American studies at Austin Community College.

Earl Grant

Mr. Grant founded E&G Associates from the strong belief that educating all business owners in the area of Researching, Planning, Marketing, Investing and the proper way of tracking their cash flow will equal a very successful business. Mr. Grant received his MBA from Long Island University in Long Island New York, and undergraduate degree from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the former CFO of the Austin Area Urban League and former IBM Employer. Additionally, Mr. Grant is a current board member of the Texas Empowerment Academy and serves on the Finance Committee for People’s Funds. He is a husband of 22 years and a father of a 21 year old daughter and a 16 year old son. He is an active member of the R.O.C.K Ministries International of Austin. But most of all is his love for God as his favorite saying is, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Douglas Joiner

Douglas Joiner Sr. was born in Elgin, Texas. He comes from a pretty big family so he knows the true definition of being a team player and making sure everyone benefits from the task at hand. He has poured back into Austin’s community in several different ways, and he is now retired from the State General Land Office. Douglas is a husband of 34 years and a father of 1 son and has been an active parent with Texas Empowerment Academy for over 5 years.

Robert Turner

Robert Turner is an entrepreneur with a strong belief that everyone should have a fair opportunity to accomplish their dreams and goals. He has been involved with Texas Empowerment Academy for over 10 years, first as a parent, and now serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Turner is a husband of 26 years and a father of two sons. He is a strong believer that hardworking will always payoff. 


Shawna Berry-Session

Shantandrea Sharp-Marshall 

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