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Executive Staff

Phyllis Geans, CPA, CFO, RTSBA

Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance and Chief Financial Officer

In this role, she is responsible for fiscal management, compliance with federal and state policies, and supervision of a staff devoted to managing various operations (i.e., Transportation, Technology and Child Nutrition) at the school district. Phyllis was Budget Director at Lamar University prior to joining the PAISD team. She retired from Entergy Texas in December 2004 as the Business & Operations Manager reporting to the CEO Joe Domino. Phyllis worked for Entergy over 26 years.


Phyllis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 1985 and her Masters of Art degree in Information Systems Management from Webster University in 1991. She obtained her Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) license in 1988. She is a 2002 graduate of the Wharton/Entergy Executive Program.


She is very active in her community participating and/or leading efforts in such special events supporting Red Cross, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis, and Paint-a-Thon. Phyllis was recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Association for her co-leadership of the 2001 Entergy walk-a-thon and sponsorship.  Phyllis was honored by the YWCA in 2000 for her outstanding service to the community.  She served as an Account Executive for the 2001 United Way campaign and as the Corporate Sector Unit Chair in the 2002 campaign.  Prior to moving to Beaumont, Phyllis was on the Little Rock Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for almost 8 years and was a member of the Family Selection Committee for 10 years. She served as 2nd Vice President on the Beaumont Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, and was the Family Selection Committee Chairperson for this organization. In March 2003, she was be promoted to the 1st President. She was the Beaumont Habitat for Humanity recipient of the 2002 Barry F. Long Award for Outstanding Volunteer. 


She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership of Southeast Texas. She has served in several roles on the advisory council. She has been Alumni Chair for LSET for the last few years.  Phyllis has also been a member of the Lone Star Investment Pool Advisory Board since March 2010.  Most recently, she is a board member and on the finance committee for the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center. 

Dr. Melvin Getwood
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary

Dr. Melvin Getwood is a native of Port Arthur, Texas and a graduate of the now defunct Port Arthur Abraham Lincoln High School. Dr. Getwood earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and History from the University of North Texas (formerly known as North Texas State University) in Denton, Texas. He earned the Master of Education in Administration from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Dr. Getwood earned the Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  Dr. Getwood is certified as a teacher, principal, and as a superintendent.


Dr. Getwood has served as teacher and coach at both the middle and high school levels.  Dr. Getwood also served as the 1st Varsity Assistant Coach to the legendary Coach James Gamble during the Port Arthur Lincoln High School’s winning of four state championships in basketball. In addition, he has served as an assistant principal and high school principal at his alma mater and beloved former Abraham Lincoln High School. Under his leadership at Abraham Lincoln High School, educational opportunities for students were expanded. State and national recognition was earned in the fine arts and athletics for student performance and competition. Lincoln received the Texas Successful Schools Award from TEA for improved TAAS Scores as well as the Texas Monthly Five Star Award for overall academic success by its students. During this time, Dr. Getwood was selected as the Region 5 Secondary Principal of the Year.


He has served on the regional and state Southern Association of Colleges and Schools committees. Additionally, he has served as a Texas School Improvement Initiative representative. He has served as the Region 5 Director of the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas (ACET). He has served as director of External Funding and is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.  In these roles, Dr. Getwood has worked with the budgeting of grants, Title I Programs, special services for students, athletics, safety, security and curriculum and instruction.


He is active in civic, community, church, and fraternal organizations. He currently serves as a Commissioner with the Port Arthur Housing Authority as well as a member of the Sheriff’s Disciplinary Review Board for Internal Affairs of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. Dr. Getwood serves as the President of the Port Arthur West Side Neighborhood Association. He also serves as a committee member of the Port Arthur Industrial Group (PAIG) as well as a member of the Valero (world's largest independent petroleum refiner) advisory community board.


He is married to Yolanda and they are the parents of two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Getwood has remained dedicated to the mission of providing a quality education for all students in the Port Arthur Independent School District.

Robin Arceneaux Beaty
Chief Education Reform Academic Officer

Robin Arceneaux Beaty is a native of Port Arthur, and a graduate of the former Lincoln Senior High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science, in three years from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Robin also has a minor in Journalism, where she took part in an Internship with a local television station during her college years. She earned the Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas.

Her educational career spans close to 30 years as a Master Teacher in the Houston Independent School District, where she served as a Lead Teacher, Grade Level Chairperson, and a Teacher Trainer for Professional Development. During her career she was selected by District Personnel to Mentor teachers new to the District, based on her classroom management and organization to deliver instruction at the highest level.  She has served as a High School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director. Her current position in PAISD is Chief Education Reform Academic Officer.

During her tenure as Principal, she was named Principal of the Year by Region IV Service Center, in Houston, Texas. Robin has also had the distinct honor of overseeing two campuses during a school year.  She also was selected by the Superintendent to open a new campus, Grades Pre-Kinder-Fifth grade.

As Chief Academic Officer, she oversees the Curriculum Supervisors, Campus Counselors, Social Workers, and the Gifted and Talented Teacher Program.  She also serves as one of the District Coordinators for School Improvement.

She is a graduate of the Leadership of Southeast Texas 2018. This organization is tailored for leaders in the Southeast Texas area. Through this initiative she was afforded the opportunity to build a strong network and complete a service project that was beneficial to the Golden Triangle area.

She is proud to work in the community where she calls home. Her father, Leroy Arceneaux, was also a Teacher and Coach with the Port Arthur Independent School District for over thirty years; therefore, she prides herself in continuing a family legacy.

Her goal is to be an agent for change in reaching the highest level of accountability for all students.

Robin is married to Rahn, and they have an adult son, Carl, who is a graduate of the University of Houston. She also loves to spend time with her Cockatiel birds, Robert and Lucy, who are 21 and 13 years old.

Dr. Kim Vine
Chief Education Reform Officer
Dr. Kim Vine has more than 28 years of experience in the field of public education. Her professional history includes the following positions: General Education and Gifted/Talented Classroom Teacher, District Lead Reading Teacher, Grants Manager, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal, and presently- Chief Academic Officer (a District-level Role). Her Curriculum Vitae reflects the following degrees, certifications, and licenses: Bachelor of Science Degree (Majors: Education and English), Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Doctorate of Education (Concentration in Educational Leadership), Superintendent’s Certification, Principal Certification, Lifetime Texas Teaching Certificate, Gifted/Talented Certification, T-TESS, T-PESS Appraisal Certification, and Field Supervisor Certification through Region V ESC.  Currently, she provides instructional leadership, supervision, and support to all of the district’s elementary schools and the early childhood center. Additionally, she leads the District's Instructional Coaching Program. Dr. Vine holds herself highly accountable for creating the conditions for learning and enhancing instructional effectiveness. In partnership with members of the Learning Community, she contributes to continuous improvement through data-driven processes and the standardization of professional practice (PK-12). Dr. Vine is widely known as a perpetual learner and problem solver. She is truly grateful for the opportunity to serve, in Port Arthur ISD, as Chief Academic Officer, facilitating the growth and development of educators and children, in the name of educational equity and Excellence for All.
Kathy E. Londow, SPHR, SCP-SHRM
Executive Director of Human Resources

As the Director of Human Resources for the Port Arthur Independent School District, Kathy E. Londow is responsible for leading the school district’s HR programs and policies, in particular -  recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, certification and performance management.  Supporting the district’s goals, Ms. Londow is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function.

A native of Port Arthur and graduate of the former Stephen F. Austin High School, Ms. Londow received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication in 1979 and a Master of Science degree in Speech/Communication from Lamar University - Beaumont, Texas in 1985.  Additionally, she holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Administration (2005) from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. 

Ms. Londow begin her professional career as a News Reporter for KBMT TV in Beaumont.  She also worked in the Child Protective Services unit of the Texas Department of Human Resources in Beaumont and as an HR Representative and Trainer for Chemical Waste Management (CWM) Inc. in Port Arthur.

A promotion to Human Resources Manager for the South Central Region of CWM, Ms. Londow relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where she lived for over 20 years.  While in Memphis, she also worked in various HR leadership positions for Managed Care Corporation, Inc., Christ Community Health Services and Regional One Health, Inc. – the largest teaching medical facility in the southeastern United States.  Returning to Port Arthur in 2015, Ms. Londow worked as the HR Director for Gulf Coast Health Center before joining the PAISD executive team.

Ms. Londow is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management and also holds the distinguished certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with the Human Resources Certification Institute.  She received a Memphis and Shelby County Silver Star Achievers Award for community service while in Memphis and she was active in a variety of civic and service organizations.  Ms. Londow is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a graduate of both Leadership Beaumont in 1989 and Leadership Memphis – Executive Program in 2012.