Our Team

Ascendant Education is owned by Roden Consulting, LLC. We are a Texas based, family run business. Our team cares about people and strives to serve others the best way possible. We operate by the following values:

  1. Excellence: We focus on quality and continuous improvement, while being effective and efficient.
  2. Integrity: We communicate honestly and openly, respond in a timely fashion and only make agreements we are willing, able and intend to keep.
  3. Respect: We promote and support diversity, inclusion, and equity and earn the loyalty of others we serve through our service and commitment.

Our desire is to improve the lives of others and this commitment is what drives Ascendant Education. 

Holly Roden


Throughout her career, Holly has worked in the medical field, the securities compliance industry, and has owned and operated businesses. Her experience united with her compassion for others makes her uniquely qualified to offer direction to ACE.


Bill Roden

Treasurer and Board Member

With 40 years of working in Senior positions Citi Bank, U.S. Bank, G.E. Finance, CIT, The Associates, and currently Triumph Commercial Finance, Mr. Roden brings a wealth of leadership and guidance to ACE.

Alec Weaver

Executive Director and Board Member

Alec has a BA in Film and Digital Media from Baylor University. He is a gifted film-maker and director, has extensive experience creating corporate, promotional videos and has worked for entertainment companies such as Nickelodeon, Cross Creek Pictures, and NBC Universal.

Rachel & Olivio Naldi

Volunteers and Board Members

Rachel has a BA from Baylor and a MA in Media Industry Studies from UNT. She leads the curricula development team and provides expertise in marketing, branding and public relations to ACE. Olivio is a professional handyman by trade and volunteers with ACE to manage equipment and logistics.


Fred Cornforth

Advisory Board Member

Fred Cornforth founded Community Development, Inc (CDI) in 1994, and has completed close to $1 billion in affordable and work force housing, with over 125 real estate sub divisions, commercial projects and apartment communities developed in several states. CDI, as an organization and its properties have won many national awards over the years. CDI has also developed close to 40 orphanages around the world and provided feeding and dental/vision/medical care to ten’s of thousands in the US. He and his wife Jill, live in Boise, Idaho, and have 4 adult children. He has also authored 6 books, is a frequent guest speaker internationally, and also directs a successful media company, Good to Go Media, that encourages the good in humanity.


Willard H. Howard, III, D.O.

Physician and Advisory Board Member

As a passionate advocate for excellent patient care, Dr. Howard has practiced medicine for over 23 years. After years of specializing in Emergency Medicine, he transitioned into Convenient Care for Mercy Health System in NW Arkansas. He serves on the Mercy Convenient Care Advisory Council and is the former president of Rutherford Emergency Medicine.


Catherine Howard

Advisory Board Member and Miss Louisiana 1993

As Miss Louisiana 1993 and a Miss America contestant, Catherine served as spokesperson for President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program. She is a passionate advocate for children and dedicated to encouraging young people to say "yes" to their dreams and "no" to drugs.