Covenant Board of Directors


The direction and management of the affairs of the School, and the control and disposition of its properties and funds is vested in the Board of Directors. The Board has delegated the general charge and supervision of the business, property and affairs of the School to the Head of School, who functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the School.

Under the ultimate direction of the Board, the Head of School sees that all policies, orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The Board carries out all relationships with the school employees through the Head of School.

Christian Ellis

Chair/Parent

Christian Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. He is a founding partner at Bonds, Ellis, Eppich, Schafer, Jones LLP, in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Elise, have two sons who are students at Covenant.

Lori Birbari, M.D.

Secretary/Parent

Lori Birbari earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is married to John, a general surgeon in Fort Worth, and currently practices medicine only on her four children, who are all students at Covenant.

Will Pickett

Treasurer/Parent

Will Pickett earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is self-employed, providing part-time and interim CFO services to small and mid-market privately held companies. He and his wife, Caty, have three children who all attend Covenant.

Rob Opitz

Member/Parent

Rob Opitz holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Taxation from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner with BKD, LLP, in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Christy, have two children – one grown daughter and a son who attends Covenant.

Doug Briley

Member/Parent

Doug Briley holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Michigan State University. After starting his career in marketing at Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries, he started his own advertising agency in 1998. Mr. Briley is an accomplished pianist and composer, serves as a deacon in his church, and enjoys living in Fort Worth with his wife and their four children, who are students at Covenant.

David Capper, M.D.

Member/Parent

David Capper received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Austin College. He went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Capper is now the Executive Director of Covenant Hospice and Palliative Care in Fort Worth and employed by Consultants in Cardiology – THPG. He is also the co-founder and medical director of Christian Community Health Services, a charitable clinic outreach in Fort Worth, as well as the physician overseer of the Homeless Outreach for John Peter Smith Hospital. He also serves as the Medical Director for Trina Health of North Texas. He and his wife, Dianne, have six grown children.

Sam Corlett

Member/Parent

Sam Corlett earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and continued his graduate studies at Oklahoma University. After teaching several years in the public school system, a passion for aviation led Sam to a 30-year civil service career with the Federal Aviation Administration. He is currently an Air Traffic Control Specialist working in system engineering. He and his wife, Noreen, have two children – one grown daughter and a son who attends Covenant.

Scott Fredricks

Member/Parent

Scott Fredricks earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Biola University and a master’s degree in Social Ethics from Emory University. He later received a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law and is a commercial and appellate lawyer at Cantey Hanger, LLP, in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Shelley, have four sons – two are grown and two are Covenant students.

Darren Keyes

Member/Parent

Darren Keyes earned bachelor’s degrees from Abilene Christian University in political communication and international business and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University. He is a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP and practices transactional law with a focus on real estate and construction. Their three school-aged children attend Covenant.

Kim McDonald

Member/Parent

Kim McDonald received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baylor University. Upon graduation, she earned her C.P.A. license and worked in the Dallas, San Antonio and New York offices of Ernst and Young accounting firm. She and her husband, Brent, have three sons. She now enjoys her role as a mother to her boys and volunteer at Covenant and her church.

Jon Stevens

Member/Parent

Jon Stevens earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance as well as a Master of Accountancy from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. He is a CPA and currently the Vice President & Controller at BNSF Railway Company in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Amy, have three daughters and two sons who are students at Covenant.

Ben Cowan

Member/Parent

Ben Cowan graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University. Upon graduation, he worked for Bear Stearns as an Investment Banking Analyst. He is a CFA Charterholder and currently a Vice President at Luther King Capital Management in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Esther, have two daughters who are students at Covenant.

Laura Jageman

Member/Parent

Laura Jageman holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College. She also holds an MBA from Rice University. Laura is a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship. She previously worked as a plant controller and in project management for FMC Technologies in Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Hamburg. She also worked in the treasury department of Tejas Power Corporation. Laura and her husband, Roy, have two daughters who attend Covenant.