Board of Directors
 

Board of Directors

Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors serve as unpaid volunteers to guide the policies and direction of the organization.

Potential members can be nominated by anyone and are selected by the existing board, which seeks individuals who have expertise, experience or leadership abilities that will contribute to maintaining Harmony’s standard of excellence in education.

Fatih Ay

CEO

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eginning as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, and later as a science teacher at our first Harmony campus in Houston, a principal in El Paso and most recently as our Dallas Area Superintendent, Mr. Ay is poised to continue the implementation of Harmony’s 2020 Strategic Plan as a 14-year veteran of Harmony. Mr. Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.

Mr. Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.

Dr. Oner Ulvi Celepcikay

Board Chair

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r. Oner Celepcikay is the Founder & CEO of CyberSecurityED.com, an educational technology company that focus on cybersecurity education and coding camps and curriculum. Dr. Celepcikay also teaches Data Science, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity courses at University of Houston College of Technology, University of Houston Downtown, and Texas A&M Commerce. His main teaching and research fields are Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Regression. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his master's and doctorate degrees in Computer Science specializing in Data Mining.

Dr. Celepcikay worked at the University of Houston Educational Technology Outreach Department from 2000 to 2007, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Dr. Celepcikay has been with Harmony since the beginning including participation in recruiting students, running after school program, and grant writing for the first Harmony school. Dr. Celepcikay is current Chairman of the Board of Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter school system in Texas with a STEM focus with 56 campuses in Texas. He also served for 3 years with the appointment of the Texas Education Commissioner as the charter representative board member at the Region 4, which serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 45 public charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students and 1,500 campuses.

Mr. Homer Stewart

Vice - Chair

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r. Stewart is an electronic engineering technologist, a certified teacher in the state of Texas, and a curriculum development specialist and trainer. During his career he has served in the Fort Bend ISD, and as a faculty member at the Houston Community College Northeast Campus. Currently, Mr. Stewart, is employed at Subsea Solutions. LLC, where he develops service curricular for subsea well equipment and subsea control systems targeting training of well completion, petroleum, and subsea engineers. Mr. Stewart's interest is empowering students by correlating critical-thinking academic skills with the hands-on implementation, integration, and translation of academic skills and activities to real world applications. Mr. Stewart serves as an advisory member on several committees in the cities of Houston and Sugar Land.

Daisy Morales

Second Vice - Chair

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aisy Morales has served in the insurance industry for over twenty years, twenty–four years with Prudential/Aetna and 5 years with Humana. Daisy’s passion is women and children and her current role as Vice-President of Community Affairs with Community Health Choice is a perfect fit., biotext2: Community Health Choice is a non-profit HMO that offers access to coverage in Children Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Children’s Medicaid and Marketplace (Affordable Care Act)., biotext3: Daisy is known as an innovator and change agent, her specialty is strengthening organizational operations to yield improvements in service delivery, membership retention and growth., biotext4: Daisy is the president of the Hispanic Health Coalition and former board member of The Women’s Fund. She is also an involved member with The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, The Houston Hispanic Chamber and Houston Association Health Underwriters.

Dr. Hakduran Koc

Secretary

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r. Koc is currently chairman and associate professor of Computer Engineering Program at University of Houston - Clear Lake. After receiving his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, he worked in the industry for two years. Then, he joined Syracuse University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering. During his graduate study, Dr. Koc was at The Pennsylvania State University as visiting scholar. His research and teaching are in the areas of digital system design, embedded systems, and computer architecture. His research work is published in prestigious academic conferences and journals. Dr. Koc is also very active in professional service. He regularly reviews scientific papers for several academic journals and conferences. He has served as executive committee member for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Galveston Bay Section at various capacities including chair, vice chair, and secretary; and he has been the counselor of IEEE Student Brach at UHCL. He regularly serves in science fairs for middle and high school students. Dr. Koc is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards including IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Individuals Award, UHCL Piper Nominee Finalist, IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award and IEEE MGA Outstanding Small Section Award. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Dr. Osman Kanlioglu

Treasurer

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r. Kanlioglu is a research and development engineer at L3 Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience in engineering and education. He had a chance to work in diverse settings such as in industry, public schools and universities with different roles. He taught courses mainly in the STEM area and worked as a dean in a university administration where he specialized in student retention and success.

He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He received his Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Houston. His research interests include Applied Electromagnetics, Wave Propagation and Antenna Design. Dr. Kanlioglu’s passion is using his expertise from higher education and industry in helping public education system to better prepare students for college.

Mrs. Ellen MacDonald

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rs. MacDonald is the Executive Director/CEO of the Senior Guidance Directory. It is a Caregiving Handbook, available free to elders and their caregivers and it provides a comprehensive listing of resources and services that can help improve the lives of seniors and their caregivers as they strive to resolve their health, lifestyle, and safety issues.

She has also previously served as program manager for care consultation and support groups at the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and as Vice President for Health Services at Sheltering Arms Senior Services in Houston.

In 1999, Mrs. MacDonald retired from the University of Texas at Houston, School of Nursing, where she served in a number of important roles, including Division Head for Gerontology in the Department of Systems and Technology at the UT-Houston School of Nursing, and Associate Director for Community Affairs and Operations at the UT-Houston Center on Aging.

She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Houghton College and her master’s in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

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