Leadership Team

David Vroonland, Ed. D., Superintendent

Dr. David Vroonland officially assumed his position as superintendent of Mesquite ISD on July 1, 2015. An educator for more than 30 years, Vroonland began his education career in 1986 as a teacher and coach in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. In 1991, he accepted a similar position at DuVal High school in Lanham, Md., followed by two and a half years as a coach and teacher in Akishima, Japan. In 1995, Vroonland returned to Texas to teach and coach at McNeil Junior High School in Wichita Falls ISD. 

His administrative experience began in 1999 in Wichita Falls when he became an assistant principal at Zundy Junior High; he later became principal at Barwise Junior High. Vroonland moved to Allen High School in Allen ISD as house principal in 2003. He opened Ereckson Middle School in Allen as principal in 2004 before assuming the role of assistant superintendent of administrative services in Allen ISD in 2006. Most recently, Vroonland served as superintendent of Frenship ISD, which is located on the southwestern side of Lubbock County.

Dr. Vroonland and his wife, Joy, have two sons, Caleb and Matthew, and two grandchildren, Josalin and William. Dr. Vroonland earned his bachelor's degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, his master's from Midwestern State University and his doctorate from the University of North Texas.

Beth Nicholas

Deputy Superintendent

Beth Nicholas

Beth Nicholas has served in the field of education for more than 30 years. She has taught at all levels from elementary to college in Texas, Missouri, and Connecticut. Immediately prior to joining Mesquite ISD in January 2016, she worked in Allen ISD, as a teacher, assistant principal, director, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent. 

Areas of Oversight:

  • Leadership Development
  • Campus Administration
  • Assessment
  • Special Education
  • Instructional Technology
  • Summer Academic Programs
  • ESL/Bilingual Programs
  • RTI
  • Grants
  • Section 504
  • Staffing/Managing Growth
  • Class Size Waivers
  • Library Processing
  • PTA Liaison

Dr. Karyn Cummings

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services

Dr. Cummings has served as principal at every school level during her tenure with 

Mesquite ISD. She began as a teacher at Black Elementary and then taught at Kimbrough Middle School. She later moved into t
he assistant principal role at Kimbrough before becoming principal at Kimball Elementary. She opened Terry Middle School as principal and then moved to Poteet High School as principal there before becoming assistant superintendent.

Areas of Oversight:

  • Policy Development
  • Regulations
  • Legal Compliance
  • Grievances
  • School Resource Officers
  • Information Systems
  • Data Management
  • Data Compliance
  • Alternative Discipline Programs
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Handbook
  • Graduation
  • Crisis Preparedness
  • Drill Team/Cheerleaders
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Elections
  • Food Service
  • Attendance/Truancy
  • Textbooks/IMA
  • Safety and Security
  • Transportation
  • Health Services
  • Compensatory Services
  • Fire Safety Report
  • Enrollment
  • Transfers
  • Pregnancy Related Services

Mary Randall

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services

Mrs. Randall began her teaching career as a high school science teacher in Malvern, Ark., where she taught chemistry and physics for eight years before moving to Texas in 1989. In Texas Mrs. Randall was a high school science teacher at Skyline High School in Dallas ISD for four years. In 1993, she moved to Mesquite ISD and North Mesquite High School, where she taught chemistry for five years before becoming assistant principal there in 1997.

In 2001, she joined Personnel Services, where she served as director of personnel, executive director over secondary and now as assistant superintendent.

Areas of Oversight:

  • Personnel Services
  • Staff Development
  • Benefits
  • Employee Health Clinic
  • Salaries

Laura Jobe

Executive Director for Communications

Laura Jobe






Ms. Jobe joined Mesquite ISD in 1997 as a coordinator in the Communications Department. She later became director and eventually executive director overseeing all of the district's communications functions.

Prior to working in MISD, Ms. Jobe worked in journalism, corporate communications and communications consulting. She received her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and her master's degree from Amberton University.

Areas of Oversight:

  • Communications Services
  • KEOM Radio
  • Video Production
  • Electronic Media Services
  • AV Support
  • Print Shop
  • Web Services
  • Social Media
  • Media Relations
  • Publications
  • Special Events
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Public Information Requests
  • School Board Recognition

Pete Pape

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services

Pete Pape has nearly 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer and director of business services. Besides Deer Park ISD, he has worked for Grape Creek ISD, Region 12 Educational Services Center in Waco, Sealy ISD and Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.

Pape is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Registered Texas School Business Official.

Areas of Oversight:

  • Financial Planning
  • Business Department
  • Purchasing
  • Technical Services
  • Operations/Warehouse
  • Construction
  • Facilities
  • Risk Management
  • Custodial 

Dr. Treva Franklin

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

During her educational career, Dr. Franklin has been an elementary teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator. 

Dr. Franklin oversees the curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, the district's gifted and talented program, federal title programs and other duties. She is committed to "ensuring that all students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to excel in life, learning and work, now and in the future." 


Areas of Oversight:

  • Curriculum
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Acceleration Testing
  • Federal Title Programs
  • Secondary Registration
  • Academics/School Records
  • Advanced Academics
  • Student Success Initiative
  • AVID
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Dyslexia

Dr. Angel Rivera

Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Leadership

After seven years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Rivera served as a teacher and assistant principal with Pasadena ISD before becoming principal at Mike Moses Middle School in Nacogdoches. He then served as principal in Mansfield before relocating to Garland, where he was principal at Lakeview Centennial High School. Most recently, he was area director for curriculum, instruction and assessment with Garland ISD. 

Areas of Oversight:

  • District Strategic Planning
  • District Strategic Initiatives
  • ReadPlayTalk
  • Community Education
  • Community Engagement
  • Governmental Relations
  • Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Liaison
  • Mesquite Education Association Liaison
  • Library Services
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership Development