Beverly Rase

Beverly Rase

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Mrs. Rase and her husband, Dr. Howard Rase, opened the doors of Kirby Hall in 1976. A native of Fort Worth, Mrs. Rase graduated from Dana Hall Preparatory School and Wellesley College. She taught at the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, edited the West Side Post, and organized the Fort Worth Wellesley Club. She served four terms as president of the Austin Wellesley Club and was founding co-chairman of the Wellesley Children’s Art Show. Mrs. Rase served as the Wellesley Fund Director for the Texas-Louisiana District and organized the Eastern College Parents Committee. She helped organize the Laguna Gloria Women’s Art Guild and the first Laguna Gloria Fiesta. She also served as the first vice-president of Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Inc. and president of the Texas Fine Arts Association. Mrs. Rase was the leader of a Camp Fire group and was Program Director of Austin Area Camp Fire. She founded the Elizabet Ney Museum Guild and was its first president. Her community work has included serving on the Good Shepherd Altar Guild and, in 1970, a term as the president of Casis School PTA.

Since opening Kirby Hall School in 1976, her dedication to the school remains profound. She worked without salary until 1985, donated summers until 1996, and continues to be a significant donor. She served as secretary-treasurer on the Accreditation Commission Board of the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools and is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and other biographical volumes. She is the mother of two Kirby Hall graduates.

Helen Roberts

Helen Roberts

Director

Helen joined Kirby Hall in 1998 as part of the administrative staff. She developed a close working relationship with Head of School Beverly Rase, serving as her unfailing right hand. Helen worked diligently with faculty, parents, and students to ensure the mission of Kirby Hall continued. In 2014, when Mrs. Rase stepped down as head of school, it was only natural that the board of trustees appointed Helen as the new director.

Having originally started in 1991 as a Kirby Hall parent when her daughter Sasha entered kindergarten, Helen uniquely understands both the parent and student perspective. She gave generously of her time as a volunteer. In 1998, Helen was offered the position of Administrative Assistant at Kirby Hall. She gladly accepted and has successfully made the transition from mother of two to the adopted mother of hundreds through the years. Her own daughters went on to have very successful college careers, with Sasha entering the University of Texas at Austin with sophomore mid-year standing and Emily graduating Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University.

Helen was born and raised in New York City. Prior to entering education, she had a 19-year career with the Internal Revenue Service in the Treasury Department, including being a Security Analyst and Assistant Chief of the Publishing/Services in the Boston District Office.

Kathy Kempf

Kathy Kempf

Director of Admissions

B.A. Psychology – Trinity University

M.B.A. – University of Texas Austin

Kathy became an Austinite in 1980 and the newest member of the Kirby Hall family in 2017. In between she wore many hats, primarily in administration and finance; but the career of which she is the most proud is that of mom to her two sons, now grown. Taking the school journey with them was both challenging and satisfying and serves as her inspiration to communicate the power of excellence that is the Kirby Hall education.

Our students are amazingly kind,
keenly intelligent, and joyful.”

Kirby Hall is family, love, belonging.”

I value the opportunity to spend my work days surrounded by
loving, compassionate, intelligent
children. Every day they remind me that
the future is bright indeed.”

Claire LaChance

Finance Director, Librarian

MS in Systems Engineering – University of Pennsylvania

BS in Electrical Engineering – Worcester Polytechnic

Claire joined Kirby Hall in 2008. Originally from Massachusetts she earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She spent fifteen years working in engineering until she moved to Austin in 1994. After this distinguished engineering career, Claire trained in accounting, where her analytical and precise mathematical skills served her well.

Sasha Roberts

Sasha Roberts

Child Development Specialist

BA Psychology – The University of Texas at Austin

Sasha joined Kirby Hall in 2008. She is a home-grown accomplishment, graduating from Kirby Hall as its Valedictorian and garnering forty college credits before entering her first-choice university, The University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, Sasha became a valued Kirby Hall child development advisor. She came with an in-depth knowledge of what makes Kirby Hall the amazing school it is.

Sasha’s hobby has turned into her love: pocket billiards. During her teenage years she discovered her excitement for the game and didn’t hesitate when recruited to join The University of Texas Pool Team. During her senior year, she served as the pool team president. Through the Association of College Unions International, Sasha represented the university in the women’s division, receiving a first place in regionals and fifth in nationals. So, when you see Sasha say, “Hello” or “Hola,” but whatever you do, don’t challenge her to a game of pool!

Javier Medina

Javier Medina

Facilities Manager

Javier joined Kirby Hall in 2012 and has become a beloved member of the Kirby Hall family. He was born and raised in Cancun, Mexico, and spent the majority of his life there before moving to Austin eighteen years ago. Javier has two daughters, one son, and three grandsons. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking his specialty chile rellenos, and playing futbol with friends and family.

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