Randy Schackmann was first elected to the C-FB ISD school board in 2013. He is currently the district’s most experienced board member, and one of only two members who brings teaching experience to the board room.
An ordained minister, with both an A.A. and B.A. degree from Cascade College (Portland OR), he did his M.S. in Ministry work at Pepperdine University (Malibu CA). Randy worked full-time as a minister in Glendale, California for 15 years.
Schackmann transitioned into a second career as a nonprofit management consultant and fundraiser, primarily for faith-based and community service organizations. He has helped raise nearly $400,000,000 for food banks, homeless shelters, hospices, Salvation Army and cancer fighting charities. During this time, he earned a post-graduate certificate from Indiana University in nonprofit management and a charitable estate planning credential from the Law School at William & Mary.
Randy has worked with and trained over 200 boards across the United States in strategic planning, integrated marketing, board operations and budgeting. He took an early retirement in 2016 after selling his consulting business. These days, in addition to his elected board role at CFBISD, he serves as a member of the Board of Regents for Nations University and is on the board of directors for Vista River Holdings.
Randy and his wife, Ruth, have been married 13 years, and Dr. Ruth has taught in CFBISD for 22 years. They live in Carrollton where they are both very active in the community and school district. Their other passion is serving at The Branch Church where they are involved in the welcome, worship and small group ministries.
Randy and Ruth have two sons, both R.L. Turner grads (go Lions!), their daughter-in-law, granddaughter and a new grandson on the way.
All five of Randy’s children, three previous and his stepsons are the products of public education. He has always had a passion for pre-K through grade 12 education. He has been active over the years in PTA, booster clubs, campus and district level improvement committees, volunteering in many ways, and more. His mother was a public school teacher who retired after 32 years in the classroom, and he has many family members who are teachers.
Regarding his board service, Randy says, “It’s all about education, and education is always about student growth and achievement.”