BALLET AUSTIN FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES & ADVISORY COUNCIL
To provide a legacy for generations to come, Ballet Austin established the Ballet Austin Foundation in 1998 to receive endowment gifts and planned estate giving. This permanent fundraising effort sets in motion a bold vision for our future! Endowment gifts made today create an impact in perpetuity and provide long-term and predictable support. Deferred gifts (commitments to the Legacy Circle) through bequests, beneficiary designations and other charitable gift plans will enrich the lives of future generations. Learn more.
Cathy Thompson, Chair
Cathy was the chief executive officer of Motion Computing from 2011 to 2014. Prior to her position as CEO, Cathy was Motion’s chief operating officer and was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Motion’s finance, operations and service and support organizations.
Prior to joining Motion, Cathy served as vice president of finance for Dell’s Global Marketing organization, where she was responsible for the controller functions for those chief marketing offices. After beginning her career with Dell in 1993 as vice president of internal audit, she also held roles as vice president and corporate controller, vice president of business operations in the Americas, vice president of customer support within the Relationship Group, vice president of global customer programs and vice president of finance supporting the sales segments in the Americas and Commercial Business Group. Before joining Dell, she was a partner at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Company where she was director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth telecommunications and utilities audit and financial consulting practices. Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas in 1974. She is also on the board of Austin Achieve Public Schools.
Emily Moreland, Vice Chair
Emily Moreland plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the real estate company she started in 1986. Her top priority is supporting her agents and their clients, but she still finds the time and energy to be very involved in many organizations that create the quality of life that we all enjoy in Austin. Emily was privileged to serve on the board of directors of the Long Center for the Performing Arts from its inception until 2008. At the present time, she serves on the advisory committee for the Long Center. Additionally, Emily is a past president and former chair the board for Ballet Austin. As a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, she actively supports the Opportunity Austin initiative, which the chamber created to focus on bringing and keeping jobs in Austin. Emily is president of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation Grandparents Club and actively supports raising funds for the hospital. She also currently serves on the steering committee for Foundation Communities, which provides housing for the working poor.
Edie Rogat, Treasurer
Edie and her family moved to Austin in 2009. Her work experience includes planning public programs for the Smithsonian Institution and management consulting for Ernst & Young. She previously served as Parents’ Association President and Board Member of St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Edie and her husband, Cotter Cunningham, have three children.
Sarah Butler, Secretary
Sarah and her husband are residents of Austin since 1969. Sarah’s strong interest in Arts and Education has led her to serve on Ballet Austin Board of Directors. She has served as Chairman of Board of Directors over the last six years and as President of Ballet Austin Foundation over the last 10 years.
Cliff Ernst, The Legacy Circle Chair
Cliff has practiced law for approximately 30 years, the majority of that time with the Austin law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody. Cliff was born in Bartlesville, Okla., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University with his law degree coming from The University of Texas. Cliff and his wife, Martha, have one son.
Diane T. Land
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Sly Majid, Ex-Officio Ballet Austin Board President
Sly Majid is a Government Affairs and Community Relations manager at Volkswagen ADMT, an autonomous vehicle company and subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America. In his role, Sly engages with state and local leaders across the country to support the deployment of autonomous vehicles to make getting around cities safe, easy, and enjoyable for all. Previously, Sly served as the City of Austin’s Chief Service Officer, where he focused on developing and delivering strategic initiatives that address the priorities of Mayor Steve Adler and the City of Austin. During his time in the Mayor’s office, Sly was vital in helping Austin secure the HUD designation for ending veteran homelessness in Austin, developing the Civic I/O program at the South by Southwest Conference & Festival for mayors across the country, and serving as the Mayor’s special advisor on the development of the Innovation Zone. Sly attended the University of Texas at Austin, earned a VA in government, and lives in the Mueller neighborhood with his wife Rachel, daughter Noa, and their dog Peanut.
Jennene Mashburn has been an active Ballet Austin Guild member for 14 years, serving as president in 2000/01. She has held several volunteer postions in Assistance League of Austin since 1993, and currently serves as one of their Thrift House day chairs. Jennene is married to Ray Mashburn and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Tom Welch, Ex-Officio Ballet Austin Board Treasurer
Tom joined EZCORP in April 2009 and has responsibility for the legal, compliance, government relations, loss prevention and risk management functions. Prior to joining EZCORP, Tom was vice president – legal and general corporate counsel for Dell Inc., where he had primary responsibility for legal support of Dell’s corporate securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, executive compensation and benefits, facilities, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Dell in May 1995, Tom was vice president – corporate development of Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company (predecessor to Pioneer Natural Resources), Midland, Texas, where he was primarily responsible for merger and acquisition, corporate securities and corporate finance matters. Before joining Parker & Parsley in July 1992, Tom was a shareholder with the law firm of Johnson & Gibbs, P.C., Dallas, Texas, having joined the firm upon graduation from law school in 1980.
Tom received a B.S. degree in Management from Purdue University in 1977 and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Tom has been active in past United Way annual campaigns (serving as chair of the Professional Division for two years) and had the pleasure of doing meaningful volunteer work for Caritas during his career break (April 2008 to April 2009). Tom and his wife, Sally, have lived in Austin for 15 years and have two daughters.
Michael Blue is the managing partner for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Prior to assuming his roles in Austin, Michael was a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets Group in Paris, France and was responsible for European multinational companies going public in the United States and other European multinationals registered on U.S. stock exchanges. He has also worked in San Jose, Frankfurt, Germany and Houston offices.
Michael has more than 26 years experience serving high-growth, technology companies, from venture-backed start-ups to multinational public and privately held companies with a focus on the semiconductor, software and biotechnology industries. He has extensive expertise in SEC reporting, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as international accounting and auditing, and strategic transactions. His clients have included Luminex, GenSet, Whole Foods, Business Objects, Cirrus Logic, Hytek Microsystems, ISSI, National Instruments, SAS, Silicon Laboratories, Topaz Semiconductor, and Xilinx. Michael has served or currently serves on the boards of The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, The University of Texas Accounting Department Advisory Board, and The United Way Capital Area. In addition, he serves on the Audit Committee for KLRU Public Television.
Bio coming soon!
With more than three decades of experience in politics, government and corporate America, Blaine Bull offers clients invaluable strategic insight on communications, crisis management, government affairs, coalition development, and public opinion.
Prior to forming Vianovo in 2005, Blaine was a founding officer and shareowner of Austin-based Public Strategies, Inc. During his 13 years as a managing director with Public Strategies, Blaine oversaw dozens of successful corporate campaigns. As head of the national public affairs division, he supervised more than 125 professionals and managed ten offices nationwide. During his tenure at Public Strategies, Blaine spent four years in-house with SBC Communications, where he successfully coordinated two major mergers: Pacific Telesis and Ameritech.
Previously, Blaine worked for former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen managing his successful 1988 re-election campaign and then in Washington, D.C. serving as his legislative director. Blaine earned his master’s degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University.
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Jennifer, together with a team of advisors at Texas Capital Bank, provides comprehensive wealth management advice and services including concierge private banking, investment management, and trust and estate administration. The advice is integrated by the development of a customized financial and wealth transfer plan designed specifically for each family. A certified financial planner, Jennifer’s role on the team is to seamlessly manage the overall relationship, coordinate with the family’s attorneys and tax counsel, as well as to provide deep expertise on client banking and credit needs. With more than 28 years of experience in the industry, she has expertise in structuring credit needs ranging from simple mortgages to complex interim construction loans and investment real estate loans.
Alex is a senior vice president of investments for UBS and manages the financial affairs for a select number of families and privately held businesses in Central Texas. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former Airborne Ranger, Alex has been in the private banking and investment management business for the last 11 years.
Ryann Reaud was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She attended college at Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Ryann went on to graduate with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She then served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Royal Furgeson in the Western District of Texas. She currently works as a prosecutor in the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
Stephanie was born in Deport, Texas, and has claimed Austin as home since grade school. She earned her degree from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy and continues as a member of its Financial Aid Committee. She has served as local, state and National President of American Lawyers Alliance, and received its Lifetime Achievement Award for championing law related civic education in elementary and secondary schools. As an active member of Assistance League of Austin, she has co-chaired its major capital campaign and served as President of the local chapter. Stephanie and her husband, attorney Bill Whitehurst, have two daughters and two granddaughters.