District Leadership

Klein ISD Superintendent

DR. JENNY McGOWN
Superintendent

Phone: 832.249.4173
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @jenny_mcgown
Instagram: @jennymcgownsupt
Facebook: facebook.com/jennymcgownsupt

Meet the Superintendent!


Areas of Responsibility

As Superintendent of Schools, Dr. McGown oversees the daily operations and the long-range strategic planning of the school district, working directly with school leaders, district staff, and the school board in order to ensure: the advancement of the district vision and strategic framework; fiscal responsibility, including preparation and adoption of annual budget; development and implementation of policy; district management of day-to-day operations and decisions; quality stakeholder communication and public relations; and the development of student-focused performance goals.

The superintendent has administrative leadership and oversight of:
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Human Resource Services
  • Finance & Budget
  • Facilities & School Services
  • Communications & Planning
  • Chief of Police
  • Internal Audit
  • Research & Program Evaluation

Education

Dr. McGown attended Texas A&M University as a Dwight D. Eisenhower Scholar and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Sam Houston State University.

Biography

Klein ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jenny McGown, has deep roots in the Klein community serving a 53,000-student public school district in northwest Harris County. She is a dedicated leader who has also served Klein ISD in the roles of deputy superintendent, chief learning officer, executive director, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher.

Under Dr. McGown’s leadership as superintendent, Klein ISD earned a tremendous achievement by being named the Districts of Distinction - National District of the Year for 2021 by District Administration Magazine, a national publication, for a tradition of excellence and innovation. Leading the District in the roles of Chief Learning Officer and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. McGown had a pivotal focus in developing unique pathways for students to earn advanced degrees before high school graduation, including the Advanced Nursing Pathway and the first-in-the state Geospatial Engineering and Land Surveying Pathway. She also initiated Innovation Challenges that enable students to solve real-world problems creatively— earning state and national-level recognition for STEM education.

Dr. McGown is an educational leader who has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Professionals under 40 across all sectors in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal (2017); the Houston BizWoman Headliner in Education (2018); the Outstanding Woman in Education by the American Association of University Women (2019); and the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year (2020). Most recently, Dr. McGown was identified as a Top Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (2020), one of only 24 superintendents in the nation selected, and named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association (2021).

Dr. McGown serves on the Google for Education North America K-12 Advisory Board, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Board, and the Northwest Assistance Ministries Board. In Klein ISD, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Klein Education Foundation. Additionally, Dr. McGown is a member of the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Advisory Council. Dr. McGown completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Sam Houston State University.

Outside of professional life, Dr. McGown enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and two children, both Klein ISD students. She and her husband are members of Faithbridge Church, supporters of the Klein Education Foundation, and are involved in the work of Bridging for Tomorrow.

Chief of Schools

DR. BRIAN GREENEY
Chief of Schools

Phone: 832.249.4055
Email: 
[email protected]
Twitter: @DrGreeney

Areas of Responsibility
  • Campus Safety & Support
  • Counseling
  • District Alternative Education Program
  • Foster Care
  • Health Services
Education

Dr. Greeney is a graduate of The University of Texas (Austin) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, Prairie View A&M University with a Master’s in educational leadership, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University.

 
Biography

Brian Greeney began his teaching career in Aldine ISD and Spring Branch ISD before joining Klein ISD in 2001. Brian taught government and coached swimming at Klein Oak High School before being named an assistant principal in 2005. Brian became the proud principal of Wunderlich Intermediate in 2011, and Klein Oak High School in 2013. During this time Klein Oak was designated a Model PLC Campus and he was named the KISD Secondary Principal of the Year in 2013.

Brian was named Assistant Superintendent of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning of Willis ISD in 2017. After spending 5 years in Willis, Brian gratefully returned to Klein in 2022 as Klein ISD’s new Chief of Schools.

Dr. Greeney is an educational leader who has been recognized as a 2021 TASA Inspiring leader (2021), N2Learning Transforming School Leader (2017), and a Model PLC School principal.

Brian is married to Jessica and they have two girls who both attended Klein schools, Paige and Tori. He is an avid Star Wars fan and loves to spend time with his family or reading a good book.
 

Associate Superintendent Communications & Public Relations

DAYNA HERNANDEZ
Chief of Communications & Planning

Phone: 832.249.4453
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @dzhernandez

Areas of Responsibility
  • Communications
  • Media & Public Relations
  • Education Foundation

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sam Houston State University; Masters degree in Educational Leadership

Biography

Dayna Hernandez is a positive, innovative, and relationship-driven educational leader with 23 years of experience. She is a homegrown testament to the tradition of excellence and innovation in Klein ISD. Dayna is a proud alumni of the Klein schools, and has proudly served the school community in a variety of leadership capacities.

Inspired by the excellent teachers in her educational career, Dayna has made it her life’s work to harness the gifts of public speaking, establishing strong partnerships of trust, and commitment to serving others. As an educator, she has wholeheartedly poured these gifts into her career. Before serving the past four years as a Teaching and Learning Executive Director, who coaches and supports elementary educators across the district, Dayna began her career as a student teacher in Klein ISD. In 1999, she was selected by her principal and superintendent to lead her campus in a district collaborative cohort to design a model classroom for the 21st century, which shaped the strong technology integration we have today throughout Klein ISD classrooms. She was awarded the campus teacher of the year at Kuehnle Elementary in 2000. Her passion for researching, designing and delivering engaging experiences in the classroom led her into serving as a district technology trainer. Through many encouraging educators in Klein and a desire to impact students in a greater capacity, Dayna later served as an assistant principal at Krimmel Intermediate and Theiss Elementary. Her passion for serving students landed her as the principal at Brill Elementary, and founding principal of Mahaffey Elementary. Dayna was awarded Principal of the Year in 2016 by her colleagues in the district.

As a forever learner, Dayna has completed the Rice Education Entrepreneur Program to apply business theories to the public education setting. Additionally, she is currently working with the Holdsworth Center, in partnership with Klein ISD, to continue strengthening the district’s work on achieving excellent and equitable outcomes for students by impacting the quality of K-12 public education for all students through supporting and developing leaders in the district.

In her free time, Dayna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising outdoors, and supporting her church, Champion Forest North Klein, as an active member. Dayna’s family is deeply-rooted in Klein ISD, as her husband is a teacher and coach at Klein Oak High School, along with her parents and two adult sons as community members in Klein.

Chief Academic Officer

DR. ANTHONY INDELICATO
Chief Academic Officer

Phone: 832.249.4241
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Responsibility
  • Athletics
  • College and Career Pathways
  • Core Academics
  • Data Services
  • Digital Learning
  • Language(s) Other Than English (LOTE)
  • Multilingual
  • School Leadership & Principal Supervision
  • Special Programs

 

Education

Dr. Indelicato is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) with a master’s degree in fine arts and a master’s and doctorate degree from Sam Houston State University in Educational Leadership.

Biography

Dr. Indelicato is a proud graduate of Klein Forest High School and attended Kaiser Elementary and Wunderlich Intermediate. After teaching in Conroe ISD and Aldine ISD, he started his administrative career in Klein having the opportunity to serve as an assistant principal at Klein Intermediate and Klein High School and then principal at Klein Intermediate. He was the 2009 Klein ISD Secondary Principal of the Year.

Anthony went on to serve as a leadership consultant at Region 4 for a year and then transitioned to Fort Bend ISD where he served as a high school principal, an assistant superintendent, and most recently as Chief of Staff and Collaborative Communities.

Anthony married Kimberly, a fellow Klein Forest graduate, and they have a daughter named Grace. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, exercising, and reading. Anthony is excited and feels very blessed to support our vision of every Klein student Entering with a Promise and Exiting with a Purpose.

Chief of Police

MARLON RUNNELS
Chief of Police
Klein ISD Police Department

Phone: 832.249.4261
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @kleinisdpd

Areas of Responsibility
  • Manages Klein ISD Police Department
  • Leads and supervises district police officers
  • Performs traditional law enforcement duties
  • Promotes
    • Campus safety
    • Discipline
    • Prevention of drugs and violence
    • Education

    School District police are authorized to enforce all laws and may arrest individuals found in violation of those laws. Additionally, officers may write citations for appropriate offenses that are covered by State law including offenses listed in the Texas Education Code. These citations are filed with the appropriate Justice of the Peace.

    Klein ISD Police Officers are commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the District. The authority to commission police officers comes from the Texas Education Code under section 37.081. The Board of Trustees sets the jurisdiction and scope of duties for school district police.
    Refer to the Police FAQs and Board Policy for more information.

Education

Chief Runnels earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University.

Biography

Chief Marlon Runnels is a Houston native and a Klein ISD parent. He is a seasoned police administrator with 16 years of experience providing protection, safety, and security to students throughout the greater Houston area. His time working in Klein has afforded him the unique opportunity to be keenly aware of the specific needs of Klein ISD. As a Klein ISD parent and law enforcement professional, he relishes the opportunity to support the growth, needs, and overall safety of the Klein Family everyday.

His former roles include Assistant Chief of Police and Police Sergeant for Klein ISD, Montgomery ISD Chief of Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Deputy, and time as a Police Officer for the City of Conroe. Chief Runnels is a United States Marine Corp Reserve Veteran who bravely served our country and was deployed during the Operation Iraqi Freedom War.

Chief Runnels is also active in the policing community and holds many affiliations with organizations such as Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), Houston Area Police Chiefs Association (HAPCA), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), Leadership North Houston Class XXVII (LNH), and Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE).

Additionally, he has garnered many awards and accolades, including Campus Safety Magazine Safety Director of the Year (Runner Up- 2019-2020), Former 3rd VP of Texas ISD Police Chiefs Association, and he is a part of a select group of law enforcement leaders to receive the FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award.

Chief Marlon Runnels believes employee empowerment and innovation are essential tenants to the long-term viability of a school-based law enforcement agency. He feels blessed to lead a phenomenal group of men and women who come to work every day to make a positive impact for every student in the Klein family.

Chief Financial Officer

DANIEL SCHAEFER
Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 832.249.4651
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @KleinISDDan

Areas of Responsibility
  • Accounting
  • Budget
  • Purchasing
  • Tax Office
  • Warehouse
  • Risk Management
  • Benefits
  • Payroll
Education

Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Schreiner University.

Biography

Daniel Schaefer became Klein ISD’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2018. He was the former Chief Finance and Governmental Affairs Officer for Brazosport ISD. Mr. Schaefer has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and finance with over half of those years serving public school districts.

Prior to serving in public education, Mr. Schaefer spent ten years in public accounting performing audits and tax related services and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 2000. Mr. Schaefer enjoys taking the “fear out of finance” by making information presented relevant and relatable to the audience.

Dan’s wife, Shannon, is a fitness instructor and manages the many activities of their children Kyle and Katy. Kyle is a graduate of Texas A&M University while Katy is a senior at Tarleton State University.

Interim Associate Superintendent - Human Resource Services

GWYN TOUCHET
Interim Associate Superintendent
Human Resource Services

Phone: 832.249.4211
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Responsibility
  • Human Resource Services
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment
Education

  • Master of Education 2004, University of Houston- Victoria

           Administration and Supervision

  • Bachelor of Science 1995, McMurry University

            Multidisciplinary Studies II Composite Science


Biography

Gwyn Touchet is a heart-centered educator who started her career in education in 1995, with half of those years spent on campus directly taking care of students and half of those years spent in central office taking care of the people who take care of the students. She is committed to changing systems and thoughtfully disrupting the status quo to improve educational experiences for all shareholders, and especially for students.

Gwyn spent her entire career serving in the 7th largest Texas school district before making her way to Klein ISD in 2021. She has 14 years of experience leading various Human Resource functions starting as a Coordinator developing and coaching teachers and leaders, then serving as the Director of Organizational Development, then as the Director of Total Rewards, then as the Executive Director of Talent Management before assuming the role of Chief Officer of Human Resources and Strategic Transformation.

Although it took Gwyn 20+ years to find Klein, in just a short years’ time she proclaims that Klein ISD is a hidden gem, with amazingly talented people and a special place she is honored and privileged to call home.

In her personal time, Gwyn loves boating on the lake, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Associate Superintendent Facilities & School Services

AUGUST WUNDERLICH
Associate Superintendent
Facility & School Services

Phone: 832.249.4520
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Responsibility
  • Facility & School Services
  • Capital Projects
  • Energy Maintenance
  • Information Technology
  • Nutrition & Food Services
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Plant Operations
  • Safety
  • Transportation
Education

August is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. His mid-management certification is from Texas A&M University, and he is a Registered Texas School Business Official.

Biography

August grew up on a local truck farm, which he describes as “Old McDonald's Farm,” where present day Doerre Intermediate is located. At the age of sixteen, as part of a high school coop program, August began working as a Klein ISD custodian assigned to the district administration building. He continued working for the district and remained on a part-time basis during college.

After graduating from Sam Houston State University, August taught at his alma mater Klein High School before moving to Klein Oak High School. He later transitioned to the maintenance department where he served in several leadership roles before becoming the Executive Director of Facilities and School Services. He currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Facilities and School Services.

Since becoming a district administrator, August has earned the Commitment to Excellence award from the Gulf Coast Maintenance and Operations Association and the FM for Excellence award from Building Operation Management magazine.

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