Marina Ballantyne Walne, Ph.D. , Consultant
B.A. degree with distinction, Stanford University
Dr. Ballantyne has 27 years of experience in education, including athletic director and coach at St. John's School and director of admissions at Rice University. She is most well know for her role as founding head of The John Cooper School, a K-12 college preparatory school that in six years became one of the fastest growing college preparatory schools in the nation. In 1995, Dr. Ballantyne started a consulting business specializing in start-up education ventures. She assisted in the development of four new independent schools located in Madison, WI, McAllen, TX, Kingwood, TX, and Houston, TX. She is also project director for the Essence of Mexico Project. As a consultant to the Texas Governor's Business Council Education Task Force, she helped develop the Charter School Resource Center of Texas and is active in teacher education reform and public private partnerships. Dr. Ballantyne has assisted the American Productivity and Quality Center in the development of its Education Initiative, including a partnership with the National Alliance of Business to develop the Baldrige in Education Initiative. Her work with Enron Corporation Community Relations Department led to Enron's adoption of the Reach out and Read Program and the development of the Urban Business Initiatives. Dr. Ballantyne has served on the boards of The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra (founder and President), Houston YMCA (Chair, Education Committee), Houston Chapter American Red Cross, Education for Tomorrow Alliance, Making Main Street Happen Foundation (founder), the Society for the Performing Arts, and the Gulf Coast Institute. She serves on the Advisory Board for the University of St. Thomas College of Education and the Neuhaus Center. She is a graduate of the American Leadership Forum program and a noted speaker, facilitator, and trainer.