Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a group of dedicated volunteers who work toward fulfilling the mission of King’s Academy. The Board is a governing board with a focus on overseeing policy and seeking financial resources.

Mike Ellis, Board Chair

Born in Grafton, West Virginia, Mike Ellis graduated in 1978 from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Science/Civil Engineering. From 1978 to 1987, he served as as a Petroleum Engineer with Amoco Production Company in both Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas. In 1987, Mike founded Alta Mesa Holdings, Houston, Texas, and served Chairman and Chief Operating Officer until he sold the company in 2018. He currently serves as CEO of Threeway Resources. In addition to his role as Head of the King’s Academy Board of Directors, Mike has served on the Advisory Board of Petroleum Engineering at West Virginia University since 2009. Mike and and his wife, Mickey, have two adult children, Chrissy and John, and three grandchildren.

Mike McMennamy, Secretary

Born and raised in Alief, Texas, Mike McMennamy currently resides in Richmond, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Geology. Mike worked as an Exploration Geologist for Alta Mesa Services LP until 2019. He is currently working as an independent geologist. He has been a member of Mission Bend United Methodist Church since 1997. In Mike’s free time, he enjoys running, playing softball, and spending time with his family.

Ernie Carter, Board Member

Ernie Carter received a BS in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1977. He worked for various divisions of the Halliburton Company moving to Houston in 1990 to set up a new environmental service wing of the company. In 1995, he formed Carter Technologies Co. to serve government and large industrial clients in the nuclear and environmental clean-up business. Ernie is a Texas-registered professional engineer who performs specialized consulting engineering for government and industrial clients and who holds over 25 patents. Mr. Carter has served as a church Elder at West Oaks Fellowship since 1992 and also serves on his local Emergency Services board and homeowners association board. With his wife of 42 years, he raised 4 children and has 3 grandchildren.

Hal Chappelle, Board Member

Hal Chappelle is an energy industry veteran with broad, hands-on leadership and value creation. Mr. Chappelle retired as CEO of Alta Mesa in 2018, and now serves as Managing Member of Gideon Mineral Partners and an Advisor to several private companies engaged in upstream, midstream, and downstream energy. Prior to Alta Mesa, Mr. Chappelle served in progressively responsible leadership roles with Southern Company, LL&E, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Navy. He earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Chappelle enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and rose to the rank of Commander before retiring from the Navy Reserve. He is a past Member of the National Petroleum Council, and served on the Boards of Alta Mesa Resources, High Mesa, ARM Energy Marketing, and Orion Drilling, as well as Advisory Boards of Southern Brush and NeuAg, LLC. His community service roles have included the Board of Military Community Youth Ministries, Auburn University College of Business Advisory Council, Board of Emergency Ministries, Board of 7More Ministries, Board of Mission Bend Christian Academy, and Advisory Council for Student Venture Ministries. Mr. Chappelle has been married to Ginger for 47 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Tolu, Board Member

Tolu Olumuyiwa, Board Member

An epidemiologist and public health consultant for the Houston Health Department, Tolu graduated from Tulane University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has taught in children and youth ministries for 20+ years and currently serves at her local church, Living Word Chapel, in Houston.  She loves to write, travel, read and meet new people. Tolu is married to her husband, Ibukun, and they have two children who attend King’s Academy.

Joe Partain, Board Member

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Joe has a B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University and a Master’s in Business Management from Central Michigan University. He served 6 years in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve then joined the U. S. Navy where he served as a Naval Aviation Officer, flew the S3-A Viking Turbojet off the USS Kitty Hawk, was Alpha Mission Commander of the West Coast, Top Secret Control Officer of Wings Atlantic, Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet, and “Special Weapons Officer” for West Pac. He then spent 30 years in the Houston homebuilding market serving as COO of General Homes, Executive Vice President of MHI, Inc., Houston Division President of Hammonds Homes and David Weekly Homes, and President and CEO of Hallmark Design Homes. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Texas Builders Association and served as Chair of the Texas Windstorm Committee. Joe is the founder of Tree of Life, which provides financial assistance for a number of students. Joe and his wife, Laura, live in Richmond, Texas, and have four children and eight grandchildren.