Board of Trustees

Clay Stanton

Board Chair, Executive Committee

Elected 2013


Mr. Stanton transitioned from a career as a software executive to manage his family’s ranch in Navasota, Texas. Prior to his return to Texas in 2009, Mr. Stanton lived in Atlanta and Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor’s in Economics with a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.


Mr. Stanton and his wife, Michele, have been members of the Allen family since 2011, with two children enrolled in the Lower School. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013, and served as the Advancement Committee Chair until being elected as Board Chair in 2015.

Daniel Dawson

Board Vice Chair; Committee on Trustees Chair; Executive Committee
Elected 2015


Dr. Dawson is a licensed Obstetrics and Gynecology physician at the Brazos Valley Women’s Center. He also holds positions in healthcare administration, small business operations, and operates a small cattle ranch in the Brazos Valley. Dr. Dawson comes to the Allen community from Richardson, Texas. Dr. Dawson received his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University, his MD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, followed by an MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas.


Dr. Dawson and his wife, Cynthia Jansky, MD, have been members of the Allen family since 2009, and have two children enrolled in the Upper and Middle Schools.

John Clanton

Secretary; Audit Committee; Executive Committee
Elected 2002


Mr. Clanton’s career began in accounting for public and private industry and later shifted to more entrepreneurial achievements in aviation, technology, real estate and research. He received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.


Mr. Clanton and his wife, Martha, have been members of the Allen family since 1998, with four graduates - Kristin '02, Caleb '10, Jacob '12, and Sarah '15. Mr. Clanton’s unwavering support and guidance to the Board are contributions that have positively impacted all aspects of the institution.

Jimmy Loup

Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair; Executive Committee
Elected 2015


Jimmy Loup is Founder and CEO of Grub Burger Bar. Previous to starting Grub, he served as the Joint Venture Partner for Outback Steakhouse in Atlanta and Middle Georgia. Mr. Loup grew up in Houston and received his Bachelor's in Business Administration - Management from Texas A&M University.


Mr. Loup and his wife, Lee Ann, have been members of the Allen family since 2012, and have two children enrolled in the Lower School.

Hege Kalaouze

Audit Committee Chair; Committee on Trustees
Elected 2013


Mrs. Kalaouze is an local retail entrepreneur who is a native of Norway. With her husband as her business partner, she has spent nearly 25 years in the retail industry as owner, GM, and CFO. Mrs. Kalaouze received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and MBA from Texas A&M University. She has also received a Nonprofit Finance Certificate from Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.


Mrs. Kalaouze and her husband, Fadi, have been members of the Allen family since 1999, with one child enrolled in the Upper School, and two graduates, Natasha '14 and Katarina '17.

Dory Scarmardo

Campus Master Plan Committee Chair
Elected 2012


Mrs. Scarmardo is an accomplished entrepreneur first starting a K-2nd grade school in Oklahoma where she grew up. Upon marrying her husband, she relocated to the Brazos Valley area, and is the President of the local enterprise Scarmardo Foods, a family owned and operated business. Mrs. Scarmardo’s other business interests center on property development and design.She received her Bachelor’s in Education with a Minor in Mathematics.


The Scarmardo family have been members of Allen since 2001, with one child enrolled in the Upper School, and two children enrolled in the Middle School.

Peter Mercure

Advancement Committee Chair
Elected 2015


Mr. Mercure is the President of Tiger Energy Services, a multi-national company he founded in 2008 that specializes in oilfield and renewable energy technologies and engineering. Prior to, Mr. Mercure served in engineering and leadership roles for oil/gas development companies domestic and abroad. Mr. Mercure is a native Texan who received his Bachelor’s in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Master’s in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California.


Mr. Mercure and his wife, Lisa, have been members of the Allen family since 2012, and have two children enrolled in the Lower School.

Stephanie Malechek

Committee on Trustees
Elected 1998


Mrs. Malechek is the Vice President of The Adam Corporation overseeing commercial and residential real estate, residential construction and private country club community. She received her Bachelor’s in Communications with a Minor in Business from Texas A&M University.


Mrs. Malechek is an Allen Academy alumnus whose significant contributions, generosity and leadership continue to advance the school’s achievements. She and her husband, Trey, have been members of the Allen family since 1992, with three graduates - Madison ’07, Mackenzie ’11, and Ty ’13.

Paul Dyson

Elected 2017


An Allen alum, Mr. Dyson came to Allen Academy as a student in 1994 and graduated in 1998. Following his education at Allen Academy, Mr. Dyson received a B.S. in Political Science and an MBA from Texas A&M, before earning a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2007. Mr. Dyson then served as a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, Texas, until 2014. Since that time, Mr. Dyson has served as General Counsel for Dyson Energy Group, a family owned and operated oil and gas exploration and production company.


Mr. Dyson and his wife, Teri, now have two children enrolled in Lower School. Mr. Dyson’s son became a student at Allen in the fall of 2014, on the 20th anniversary of his own enrollment at Allen Academy.