"I believe that educating our youth is priority number one. Our teachers are tasked with fulfilling this priority and deserve the very best the district can offer."
Chris Dillon is a Bastrop native and 1990 graduate of Bastrop High School. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1999 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2000. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University.
While at St. Mary’s, Dillon completed a program of studies on Global Legal Issues at The University of Innsbruck, Austria, under the direction of his professors and The Honorable William H. Rehnquist, then Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as an appellate briefing attorney for the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas before returning to Bastrop to open his private law practice in 2001.
Dillon is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Bastrop County Bar Association.
He and his wife of 17 years, Kristina, live in Bastrop along with their two sons.
Chris M. Dillon (Incumbent)
Amy’s philosophy: “Good reading and critical thinking skills are the cornerstones of a successful education. Shared fate in education can make our community more prosperous or disadvantaged. The role of the school board is to holistically support kids, teachers, and parents so that the educational experiences of our children produce socially and emotionally intelligent young people.”
Amy Fariss and family moved to Bastrop County in 2010 so that her spouse could expand as an artist and Amy could be closer to the land. In 2016 after 2 years as foster parents, they adopted their now 9-year-old daughter. In order to reduce the gap of their daughter’s developmental delays, their daughter has attended private, charter, and public schools. She will again attend their neighborhood BISD school in fall, 2019
Amy completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University in 1992. She worked for Travis County’s Pretrial Services, the SHORT Program (the Drug Diversion Court under the District Attorney’s office) and helped analyze, research, and write public and private grant submissions. She also served as a community liaison for the program. She identified, developed and coordinated services for defendants.
In 1999, Amy completed a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in the school of Occupational Education at Southwest Texas University (now Texas State University). She worked in management and training for several Central Texas landscape and horticultural products world. In February, 2019, Amy completed 11 years with corporate Whole Foods Market. She was as a Senior Analyst working to enhance food safety, farming sustainability, and social welfare.
Professionally and as a parent, Amy has witnessed how unmet needs impact a child’s ability to learn. She’s seen how personal challenges, the continuous need for classroom resources, and a difficult to navigate special education system have had negative impacts on kids, teachers, schools, school districts and communities. Amy is committed to enhancing the learning experiences for all and especially for those who are struggling. She’s also interested in Conscious Discipline as a means to heal and find hope in a challenging world. Amy will seek transparent accountability to state and federal regulations and to the innovation that could help all kids succeed at BISD.