Christal Murray is married to Phil. She has two biological sons in elementary school and a preschool aged daughter who was adopted through the foster care system. She also works as an oncologist and hematologist in Austin. Her joy for caring for the marginalized flows from Jesus’ love and was born out of her experience as a foster mom.
Phil Murray is a husband and father in Austin, TX. Phil was initially reluctant to begin fostering, but through the urging of his wife Christal to seriously consider it, and after (unexpectedly!) hearing God clearly calling his family to become involved in foster care, they began a multiple year journey in fostering culminating in an adoption of their nearly 3 year old daughter Nora in January 2017. In addition to their daughter, they have two boys, Nathan (8yo) and Micah (6yo).
The surprises continued as Phil and his wife Christal became involved in birthing the initial vision of PETRA as a result of a difficult experience they had when attempting to secure preschool care for their foster daughter. This has led to an incredible journey in seeking God’s will as Phil and Christal have shared their vision with many about this unique community engagement opportunity.
In his day job, Phil serves as CFO for Austin-based Camp Gladiator, an outdoor health fitness business.
Mindy Lee grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was relocated to Austin in 2005 due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education through 6th grade. After graduation, Mindy started working for a private preschool in north Austin as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and a Preschool teacher. She left her previous job as the Curriculum Coordinator, that supports and develops the teachers with curriculum implementation, behavior management, and classroom management to pursue the Director position at Petra Preschool. Mindy’s desire as a Director is to meet the need of a quality preschool with a gospel- informed approach for the underserved families in central Austin.
Tara Thornton is a wife and stay-at-home mom currently residing near Austin, TX. Tara and her husband have a 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son, and a 1 year old foster son. They have been involved with foster care since 2013 when they felt God leading them to pursue foster care and adoption and have a passion to share the love of Jesus with children who come from hard places. Tara is interested in raising awareness for the needs of kids and families who are struggling. She loves to encourage other foster/adoptive parents. Tara has a professional background in human resources working with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has a wide variety of volunteer experience from children’s ministries to fundraising events for charities and is excited to be a part of the Petra dream becoming a reality!
Sarah has her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University and an undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry from Ouachita Baptist University. She married her college friend Byron Dickard in 2013 and has been living in Austin for 7 years. During that time, she has served and attended the Austin Stone Church at West Campus. She is currently working at The University of Texas at Austin and preparing for a little one to join the family!
Luke Bourlon joined the board of Petra Preschool in 2015 after experiencing the vision and heart behind the mission from friends and founders, Phil and Christal Murray. As the husband to a social worker who has over a decade of experience in the foster care system, Luke was excited to be part of a team affecting real change in the lives of young children and their families. Luke saw an opportunity to put his real estate development background to work on behalf of the board and help procure a facility for the school. Luke is a graduate of Texas A&M University with BBA in Finance and has been married to Courtney for 12 years. They have 3 kids; Jolene, Drake, and Vivienne. Team Bourlon is thankful to be part of the Petra Preschool and excited to see God impact many lives.
Jennifer Jones is excited to join the Petra Preschool board! She is from Houston and went to college at Rice University. She then attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. She has been a pediatrician now for over 18 years, 14 of those years in Austin. She is married to a pastor and has two children, a 16-year old girl and 13-year-old boy. She loves the mission of Petra and hopes to help the preschool share God’s love to foster and economically disadvantaged children in our community.
Stuart Dupuy is an entrepreneur, successfully founding multiple businesses in the childcare industry. Additionally, Stuart was a successful Dell executive where he had a 17 year career. Prior to joining Dell, Stuart was an attorney practicing commercial litigation with Fulbright & Jaworski.
Stuart has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University, with a semester at the London School of Economics. Stuart is married and a father of four children ages 12 through 20, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends. Stuart is a competitive mountain biker and triathlete. Stuart and his family are active members of Life Austin Church in Austin.
Shelby Wanstrath is a Senior Investment Manager in the Private Equity Group at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She has primary responsibility for the group’s $8bn large buyout portfolio and is a member of the Private Equity Investment and Management Committees.
Shelby joined TRS in 2014 from the London office of Partner’s Group, where she led European private equity investments and served on the Investment Committee. Previously, she also worked on the investment teams at WhiteHorse Capital and Prudential Capital Group. She holds an MBA from London Business School and an MS in Accounting and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. She is also a CFA charterholder.
Becca Harris is the KIDS Director at The St. John Campus of The Austin Stone Community Church. She has a degree in Children’s Ministry and Family Development from Oklahoma Baptist University, worked at Pine Cove Camps full-time before moving to Austin in 2007 to be on staff at The Austin Stone. Becca is a single mom to two boys (now young men) that she adopted out of foster care in 2013. Becca has first hand experience with foster care and lots of connections with families who are currently involved in foster care. She is excited for foster families to have more support and have an opportunity to send their children to a Christian school.