One goal, to keep Vanguard the best college preparatory school in Central Texas.

We Are The Vanguard Foundation

Our Mission

The Vanguard Foundation was established in 1992 to help insure Vanguard College Preparatory School’s position as the best private school in Central Texas for decades to come. It does this by awarding scholarships, building an endowment fund, and making occasional loans to the school to cover operating costs and special projects.
The Vanguard Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors operating under by-laws that are distinct from those of Vanguard College Preparatory School. While the two Boards are separate, they collaborate in a spirit of common purpose to serve the best interests of the school, its faculty, staff, and students.
The Vanguard Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3).

The Board of Directors

Mike Raymond,
President
Mike Raymond is a former Chair of the Vanguard School Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Waco Foundation Board and has been involved with a number of local philanthropic causes since moving to Waco in 2002. He has two children who graduated from Vanguard School.
Crystal Anthony,
Vice President
Crystal Anthony served on the West ISD Board of Trustees for over nine years and recognized as a Master School Board Member after a year long Leadership training by the Texas Association of School Board Members. She was on the Board during the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion.  Crystal was part of the rebuilding process of the schools along with her home.  She has served on multiple non-profit boards and committees on the state, county and local areas.  Her daughter Kendee graduated from Vanguard.
Julie Covington,
Secretary/Treasurer
Julie Covington is a 1982 graduate of Vanguard. She went to Baylor University and then taught kindergarten for six years in Waco. She began working at Baylor in 1998 at the Piper Child Development Center and then in 2005 moved to work at the Center for Ministry Effectiveness at Baylor. She currently still works for the center that is now housed at Truett Seminary. Julie is working on a Master’s degree at Truett and hopes to graduate in December 2023.
Bill Borg,
Head of School
Bill Borg became Head of School with Vanguard College Preparatory School in Waco, TX in 2006. He previously served as the founding Head of School for the Mountain State Academy (2002) in Beckley, West Virginia. He has also served in education with Hooper Academy in Alabama and The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. He has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator for over 46 years.
Eloisa Esparza

Eloisa Esparza is a Forensic Scientist IV Breath Testing Technical Supervisor with the Texas Department of Public Safety and has been employed with Texas DPS since October 2007. She started her career with the Department as a Controlled Substance analyst in Tyler after graduating from Sam Houston State University with a degree in chemistry. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Yale University. In June 2012 she was certified to conduct blood alcohol testing in addition to controlled substance testing.

In November 2014 she made the transition to the Breath Alcohol Laboratory and with it a relocation to Waco where she was born and raised. She has served on the DPS Controlled Substance Advisory Board and currently serves as chair of the Breath Alcohol Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS) since 2009 and served as a Board of Directors member, on the Membership Committee, and on the Scholarship Committee for that organization. Eloisa currently serves on the Professional Conduct Committee for SWAFS. She’s a member of the International Association for Chemical Testing, serving on the Publications Committee. As Treasurer of the Alcohol Testing Alliance for the last two years, she has worked on gaining tax exempt status for the organization.

Outside of DPS, Eloisa is the Education Chair advisor for the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Baylor University and has served on the Vanguard Alumni Council of Visitors since its inception as representative of the class of 1998.

Joe Flowers
Joe Flowers was member of the original faculty at Vanguard School and still teaches there today. He has been a leader in systems technology for educational institutions throughout his career, and ensured that Vanguard had a computer on campus for student use as early as 1973. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Vanguard Foundation, a Founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, and a member of the Texas Computer Education Association.
Dena Johns
Dena Johns worked at Vanguard from 1984 until 2016 as a mathematics teacher and administrator. She spent some time as Head of the Mathematics Department and as the Director of Studies. She retired from teaching in 2016. In 2016-2017 she served as the head of a committee that completed the requirements for the school’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is a proud parent of two alums as her boys both graduated from Vanguard.
Brad Livingstone
Brad Livingstone was a teacher and administrator at Vanguard from 1991-2002. After teaching in California and Virginia, he returned to Waco in 2017 and is happy to be once again teaching in the History Department at Vanguard.
Staci Love
Staci Love was born and raised in Waco, Texas. While in college at Prairie View A&M University, she made a commitment to serve the community. She has spent the last 28 years employed with the Department of Family & Protective Services, Children Protective Services. She has held numerous positions within the agency, and is currently a Multi-Stage Program Administrator leading five programs with a staff of 193 people. Staci’s daughter, Evan Paul, attended Vanguard from 2008-2014. She was involved in numerous activities, including National Honor Society, and was a National Black Scholar. She is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College, class of 2018. Staci is a former member of the Junior League of Waco and the National Charity League. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., graduate chapter, Delta Alpha Omega, Waco, Texas.
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