•  Corsicana Independent School District

    Board of Trustees

                                                                                                   Board 2021



    2022 Filing Information


    Corsicana ISD welcomes Kamar Chambers to the Board of Trustees! Chambers has been a servant leader and dedicated member of the Corsicana community.

Phone: 903-602-8145


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Kent Rogers, President

Board member from 1992-2010 & 2014-2021, term expires 2023 (Special election Nov. 2021)

Over 20 years of service on the CISD Board makes Dr. Kent Rogers a veteran in more ways than one.  A former Navy sailor aboard the USS Grand Canyon, Dr. Rogers currently serves as the Medical Director of Corsicana’s Navarro County Health Department. 

Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, one could say being a Tiger is natural.  Although he has traded the Mt. Pleasant Tigers’ black and gold for the Corsicana Tigers’ blue and gold, a Tiger is a Tiger, and for the past 30 years you could find Dr. Rogers on the sidelines in the fall under the Friday night lights serving as one of the Corsicana Tiger Football team physicians.

Dr. Rogers helped form CARE in the late 80s which drew him to the interworking of the district and an appreciation for the impact boards can have on education and the community.   So, he decided to run. 

In Corsicana ISD, “…we are emulating the best of America’s notion of a melting pot and blending the best qualities of diverse individuals into a competitive, curious, compassionate world of young adults.  This should be and is indeed a mission.”

Dr. Rogers and his wife Donna Jo have 3 children (Cyndi, Susan and Mark).


Dr. Kent Rogers passed away from COVID complications on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He fought a valiant battle to protect the community against the COVID virus. His life-long commitment of service to others will never be forgotten. 




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Leah Dill Blackard, President

Board member from 2008-2014 & 2016-Present, term expires 2022 


A Corsicana native, Ms. Leah Dill Blackard currently serves as President of the CISD Board of Trustees.

After spending 7 years away from home, upon returning to Tiger Nation in 2001, Ms. Blackard became deeply involved in the community and district serving with the United Way, on the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, as PTO president, Chair of the Standardized Dress Committee, and as President of the Corsicana Education Foundation (not once, but twice). 

After several years of service, the UNT alum felt that she had the knowledge and leadership ability necessary to add to her love and passion for CISD… she knew the “obvious” next step was running for the school board.  “I’ve been told I am fiercely passionate about CISD, and I take that as a compliment.”

Blackard and her husband Stephen have watched their children Reese (16) and Dill (10) attend some of the same schools she attended growing up: Bowie, Carroll, Collins, Drane, and CHS. 

Currently in her ninth year of Board service, (2008-2014, 2016-present), Blackard’s connection to and heart for CISD is undeniable “being a Tiger is part of who I am…[and] while it may sound cliché, I truly want to give back to the district that was so influential in my life.  I take CHS’ motto to heart, TCC!”




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Cathy Branch, Vice President

Board member from 2018-Present, term expires 2024

Although new to the CISD Board, Ms. Cathy Branch is not new to service.  A native of Tomball, during her short twelve years in Corsicana, Mrs. Branch has served on the YMCA and Corsicana Education Foundation Boards, and has volunteered with Northside Baptist Church and as a community Bible study teacher. 

So don’t call her a transplant, “I call this town home.  Home for my family.  So I have a lot of passion for CISD.”

Ms. Branch says that, “Corsicana ISD is a huge part of the community.  I want Corsicana to thrive,” and decided to run for the school board “to be involved with the school to the fullest for each student and each teacher.”

She and husband Matthew have three children Lindsay (14), Madeline (12) and Corbin (10).

Ms. Branch graduated from Southwest Texas State University earning a CIS Degree.  




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Dr. Seth Brown, Secretary

Elected May 2019, term expires 2023


With a record of service to various organizations that began nearly 15 years ago, Dr. Seth Brown maintains a connection to the community he cares for as a pharmacist outside the walls of his formal workplace.  Yet, long before his service to the community began, Dr. Brown developed a passion for education.  “Being a child of a school teacher/administrator, I know the impact that good school systems have on their communities,” said Dr. Brown. 

A busy doctor and family man, when asked why he decided to run for the Board, Dr. Brown answered, “As an employer in this town [with] 3 children who will grow up in these schools, …I want to see that our students of the future have the best education and opportunities available to them to meet the demands of a changing world.”

Although originally from Frankston, Texas, Dr. Brown calls Corsicana home.  “When I moved to Corsicana in 2004, this town welcomed me with open arms.  I have grown to love Corsicana…I have seen many examples of how CISD is helping our future grow, and I am proud to be a part of this organization.”

The University of Houston graduate is married to Kelly Batchelor Brown and has three children:  Cade (11), Ryan (7) and Brooke (4).




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Barbara Kelley

Board member 2009-present, Term expires 2024

Having served for twelve years on the CISD Board, Ms. Barbara Kelley says, “I love the fact, that we have committed administrators, teachers and staff who want to see our students succeed.” 

Ms. Kelley’s roots run deep in Tiger Nation.  A 1984 CHS graduate, she has served the Corsicana Education Foundation and the Navarro County NAACP.  Currently the Police Lead Telecommunicator for DART, Ms. Kelley having lived in, gone to school and worked in Corsicana, “wanted to take the next step as a community leader, to become more involved within our school district” by running for the school board.

A Texas A&M Commerce alum, Ms. Kelley and her husband Mr. Charles Kelley share 6 children (Kendall, Dewayne, Kayla, Klinton, Kishawn and Kim).




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Jamie Roman

Elected May 2019, term expires 2022

Ms. Jamie Roman became a School Board trustee just three short months ago, but is a veteran volunteer in the community.  A Nacogdoches native, Ms. Roman landed in Corsicana 14 years ago and hit the ground serving…on PTO Boards at Bowie and Sam Houston Elementary schools, Collins Intermediate and Corsicana Middle School, as a mentor for the DEFY non-profit organization, and as Vice President of the Corsicana Athletic Booster Club and President of the Corsicana Cheer Booster Club.

Ms. Roman’s many years of volunteer work in the schools represents her belief and commitment to “public education as the best choice to educate and develop our students to be future leaders, citizens and members of the work force.”  She goes on to explain that, “The children we educate today, will be the teachers, nurses, doctors and law makers of tomorrow.” 

This passion for education spurred Jamie Roman’s run for the school board, according to her “to ensure that students, teachers and staff of CISD get the tools they need to be successful so that our community, state and country can continue to prosper… and to help our district achieve its goals.” 

A BBA graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Ms. Roman is married to Michael and has two children: Allika (Senior, Texas A&M University)and Corbet (8th grade).