The vacancies for the head of Mansfield ISD’s business services department and the head of the district’s facilities and operations department have been filled.
Michele Trongaard is the new associate superintendent of business and finance. She comes to MISD with 16 years of experience in financial operations. Most recently, Trongaard was the assistant superintendent for finance and operations in Wylie ISD.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join Mansfield ISD, which is a destination district,” she said. “I look forward to working with a talented staff in providing what’s best for students by maximizing funds while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
Trongaard obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas. In addition, she has earned state and national awards for her dedication and innovation in school finance.
Joel Falcon, Jr. is now the district’s assistant superintendent of facilities and bond programs. Falcon comes to Mansfield ISD after serving as the executive director of facilities and maintenance for Garland ISD. He has more than 20 years of experience overseeing the maintenance and operations of facilities in public school districts.
“It is my desire to help all learners meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe and conducive to learning,” said Falcon.
Along with his industry certifications, Falcon earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree from Amberton University. He is also an active member in his community.
Trongaard and Falcon are replacing Dr. Karen Wiesman and Jeff Brogden, respectively, who retired from their positions in December.
Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu said she is proud of her first hires and know they will succeed in continuing in the excellence of their predecessors.
“We hire the best. That’s why we spent time vetting these individuals to make sure they were the right fit for the district,” said Dr. Cantu. “Michele and Joel are very well-versed in their areas of expertise, and I know they will serve this district with the heart of putting students first.”
The two were officially approved for hire at the called school board meeting on Monday, Jan. 6.